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Vitamin D activating enzyme and Glyphosate, the herbicide Roundup,

The herbicide Roundup has an active ingredient, glyphosate, that has been found to inhibit the action of a group of enzymes, the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, which are important within the liver for synthesis of cholesterol products and for activation of vitamin D to the active hormone D form.

Taking megadoses of vitamin D would not help much if the body is unable to activate it to the hormone form.

Presumably glyphosate is only toxic to bacteria but our intestines and our health depend on our intestines having a healthy balance of bacteria. And more bad news, one of the few types of intestinal bacteria that are able to break down glyphosate, unfortunately are able to break it down to formaldehyde which is toxic to humans and has been associated with increased risk for developing autism. It also chelates some trace minerals including zinc and cobalt.

  • This article is long and complicated but it is written for the average reader as well as for those in academic fields. It explains the complicated chemistry of the enzyme involved in vitamin D metabolism and glysophate better than I could try to re-explain it. An excerpt of the closing paragraphs: “I also would argue that Alzheimer’s disease arises from similar pathologies as does autism, and it might be characterized as “autism for the elderly.” Therefore, its recent alarming increases may also be due predominantly to glyphosate. Glyphosate can also easily explain the obesity epidemic and depression through its disruption of the supply of tryptophan, the sole precursor to serotonin. I have shown how glyphosate disrupts both sulfate synthesis and sulfate transport, and my research has led me to believe that impaired sulfate supply to all the tissues is a common underlying pathology in most modern diseases.The best way to minimize glyphosate exposure is to adhere strictly to a completely organic diet. Most important is to avoid all the Roundup-Ready GMO crops: corn, soy, sugar beets, canola oil, and cottonseed oil, as well as wheat and sugar cane, due to desiccation practices. Any use of Roundup to kill weeds in lawn maintenance should be abandoned.” (I added the bold font): — by Seneff S., “Roundup: The “Nontoxic” Chemical that May Be Destroying our Health,” (Oct. 30, 2013)  [http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/roundup-the-nontoxic-chemical-that-may-be-destroying-our-health/]

So the preventing autism diet just got a lot more complicated – avoid all Roundup-Ready crops and crops that use Roundup as a desiccant — corn, soy, sugar beets, canola oil, and cottonseed oil, as well as wheat and sugar cane, and limit use of herbicides that contain Roundup within your home garden or lawn.

Moderation generally helps but this is a large group to have to avoid. Ending the use of the GMO crops that have been associated with negative health effects in the first place would make the question about labeling less critical or  unnecessary – in my opinion.

But if you needed some added incentive for resisting sugary foods now you can use possibly protecting yourself from Alzheimer’s Disease as a motivator to avoid sugar beets and sugar cane. Maybe it’s time for a glass of spirulina water – naturally sweet and a pretty blue-green color. (Note: Chlorella  is a type of green algae so the health benefits of spirulina and chlorella may be slightly different, in a past blog I had suggested they were likely similar but at that time I hadn’t realized that they are not both types of blue-green algae.)

Additional article on the topic of glysophate: [http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/14/glyphosate.aspx]

/Disclosure: Opinions are my own and this information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

“You Can’t Care about Everything, so You Shouldn’t Even Try”

You can’t care about everything, so you shouldn’t even try,” is paraphrased from a comment I read recently. While I can certainly agree that you can’t care about everything at the same time – because the human short term memory maxes out at around five to nine items – I don’t agree that it is right for someone else to set parameters for another person’s interests.

As a government employee teaching about gun control safety was actually part of my job. I even had a pile of trigger locks available to give out for free to clients who needed one. I was responsible for writing lesson plans and handouts for roughly 100 to 150 topics and all of the materials had to be available for state auditors to review every other year. I was also responsible for any special need education topics for high risk clients so along the way I learned about a variety of unusual but life threatening diagnoses.

Religion however was not part of my job – our nation is based on separation of church and state – but it seems that religion has become part of our daily lives anyway as more and more laws have been passed that blend religious views into public life.

Our city’s and town’s infrastructures are at risk [4, 5] in part because businesses are not being taxed at the same levels as they were in the past — but also because there are more people and businesses using the infrastructure and natural resources (water, clean air).

The city officials in Flint that have been charged for the criminal negligence that led to the deaths of many people due to Legionnaire’s Disease and to the poisoning of drinking water and corrosion of water pipes throughout the city do not include the state appointed Emergency Management official that was appointed by a Governor who ignored a vote by the people of the state to disband the Emergency Management law nor does it include the Governor. The city officials that were charged likely were trying to cope with the Emergency Management takeover of their city and were likely trying to make do with a limited budget — yes they are likely culpable of criminal negligence and possibly trying to cover up evidence but the Governor who ignored a vote by the people of the state and who appointed an Emergency Management official also seems culpable as well as the Emergency Manager — in my opinion. [Emergency Management law: 1, 2, 3 ] [Flint officials charged: 7]

Government officials are supposed to try to care about all of the details and all of the people, equally without discrimination due to age, race, nation of origin, sexual identity, disability, or educational level, and they are supposed to care about it each work day – and many are also responsible for being available at any time during emergency situations.

So  I’ve been trained and expected to care about a wide variety of details, every day, and to be aware of any emergency situations that may be likely to occur and to be prepared to cope with those as well — and sadly those seem to have been getting more prevalent and of a wider variety over the last few decades. [8, 9 , 10, 11] Government agencies at the federal, state and local levels do very important things involving many, many details every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Government is not just about writing legislation it is about maintaining safe infrastructure and safe standards for protecting public health — every day.

I was asked to resign from my job or be fired because of medical marijuana and so I resigned because it is not an approved medication for use within a government agency or as a health professional — I was wrong and I knew it and so I resigned. It is a medication that can affect decision making skills but it is also a medication that affects functions in every cell and in every organ system of the body so it does have medical value for people who have a genetic defect or other malfunction in their ability to produce cannabinoids internally. If elected President of the United States I will work towards reclassifying medical marijuana from a Schedule 1 to a Schedule 3 controlled substance, [6], and I will work towards developing and providing safety information regarding safe usage and risks of medical marijuana – because like most medications it does have risks.

I’m not currently using the medication because the negative side effects became too severe for my health — the negative symptoms it was causing were worse than the negative symptoms that it was helping prevent; and a genetic screening that I received recently provided me with individualized guidance regarding my body’s increased needs for a few specific nutrients involved with the ability to produce cannabinoids internally. With the intake of the specific nutrients my health has improved without the use of medical marijuana as an external source of cannabinoids.

If elected President of the United States, I would care about everything and everyone without discrimination  — but not all at the exact same time, the memory can only work with about five to nine items at one time — that is why I take notes. Everything is connected in some way because we all live on the same planet and breath the same air and drink from the same water — our water supply is connected via the oceans and the air and the plants respiration cycles and with all the pollution that our regulations and lack of maintenance is allowing to enter the air and water supplies.

  1. 7 Things to know about Michigan’s emergency manager law,” by Michigan Radio Newsroom, (Dec. 6, 2011) [http://michiganradio.org/post/7-things-know-about-michigans-emergency-manager-law#stream/0 ]
  2. Emergency Manager,” Fact Sheet, Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan.gov[http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/EMF_Fact_Sheet2_347889_7.pdf]
  3. Michigan’s Hostile Takeover,” by Paul Abowd, (Feb. 15, 2012) Excerpt: “When the city of Pontiac, Michigan, shut down its fire department last Christmas Eve, city councilman K. Williams learned about it in the morning paper. “Nobody reports to me anymore,” Williams says. “It just gets reported in the press.” This was just the latest in a series of radical changes in the city, where elected officials such as Williams have been replaced by a single person with unprecedented control over the city’s operation and budget.” [http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/michigan-emergency-manager-pontiac-detroit]
  4. Mayors: Flint Could Happen to Us, A third of mayors fear that they have jeopardized lives to cut infrastructure costs.,” By Ben Wofford, (
    Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebookhttp://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/04/what-works-mayors-survey-flint-infrastructure-213854]
  5. As Water Infrastructure Crumbles, Many Cities Seek Private Help,” by Mindy Fettermen, (March 30, 2016)[ http://www.govtech.com/fs/As-Water-Infrastructure-Crumbles-Many-Cities-Seek-Private-Help.html]
  6. “Removal of cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act,” Wikipedia,[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_cannabis_from_Schedule_I_of_the_Controlled_Substances_Act ]
  7. Charges against 3 in Flint water crisis ‘only the beginning,’” by Elliot C. McLaughlin and Catherine E. Schoichet, (April 20, 2016) [ http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/20/health/flint-water-crisis-charges/index.html]
  8. Hanford, Not Fukushima, Is Big Radiological Threat To West Coast,” by Robert Jacobs, (April 30, 2016) [https://www.popularresistance.org/hanford-not-fukushima-is-big-radiological-threat-to-west-coast/]
  9. As Americans bicker about gender-neutral toilets, three nuclear disasters are unfolding,” by Matt Agorist, (April 30, 2016) [https://www.sott.net/article/317417-As-Americans-bicker-about-gender-neutral-toilets-three-nuclear-disasters-are-unfolding]
  10. “How iodine may help protect you from radiation damage,” by Anne Dunev, (May 25, 2011)[ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-dunev/how-iodine-may-help-protect-you_b_792735.html ]
    1. Lemon balm, which prevents the formation of damaging chemicals triggered by ionizing radiation,18,19
    2. Ginkgo biloba, which protects fragile DNA from the resulting cancer-causing damage,7,8
    3. Spirulina, which stimulates the immune system, particularly bone marrow, to make and maintain levels of white blood cells, whose production is impaired by ionizing radiation.20
  11. Excerpt from “Cancer Risks of CT Scans,” by Andrea Levy, (December 2015)[http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2015/12/cancer-risks-of-ct-scans/page-01]

/Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and  the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

“The Earth needs a good lawyer,” as well as a team of lobbyists, and so do the bees

Subtitle: A Discussion of Trains, Politics, and Symbolism

The Earth needs a good lawyer,” is a slogan of the Earthjustice non-profit organization, [1],  and it is a very true statement. Corporations typically do have teams of lawyers and teams of lobbyists. Lobbyists are paid professionals dedicated to lobbying politicians regarding bills or laws that may affect the business who had hired the lobbyists. Lobbyists may be lawyers who specialize in writing guidance for politicians which then may become incorporated into the legislator’s bills and ultimately become passed into law. So the Earth and its many residents such as bees also deserve excellent legal representation at local, state and federal levels because legislators are busy people and like to feel that they are helping constituents. So we as individual people need to chip in together in order to hire lawyers and lobbyists to represent constituents who are not corporations, such as individual people, and the Earth, and the bees (and baby calves).

So I become a contributing member of three different environmental organizations who all are working to protect the bees not because my $15 or $25 dollar donation is sizeable but because there is strength in numbers. A group that works to affect legislation may send a more powerful message to politicians when they can point to a large membership of active voters. So my $15 or $25 dollar membership contribution may not pay for a lot of legal time but it helps a little and my joining their group adds to the size of the organization’s membership.

Magazines may offer inexpensive subscriptions in part because a larger circulation would be attractive to potential advertisers. The magazine company’s income may be derived more from the advertising space that is sold rather than from the price individual subscribers are charged.

A larger number of members or subscribers may also be an attractive message to share with potential new members or subscribers. People have a tendency to follow a group. We are a social species and instinctually tend to be comfortable when we fit in with group expectations.

Some political candidates seem to be more or less aware of this tendency of people to follow the lead of larger groups of people — the people are the train not the candidate. The political candidate is applying to be a train engineer and the candidate’s platform points make the base that attracts which people might make up the interest group train. A candidate whose platform attracts a significant following may affect legislation even if they don’t win the election. A large interest group who becomes vocal about the platform points can become obvious to other politicians, who then may incorporate portions of the platform into their own platform and/or if they are elected — who then may eventually incorporate the platform points into law.

So if I had a train, symbolically, feedback suggests that it crashed a long time ago, but ideas themselves don’t crash, they may just have to wait for a time when there is more people interested in those platform points, or some of the points may get picked up by other people.

The book, The 8th Habit, by Stephen R. Covey helped clarify my own thoughts about my skills in the areas of leadership and management. Managers are essential for seeing that things get done and leaders are essential for seeing that the right things get done. [Paraphrase of a couple quotes by Warren Bennis, 1993, 1994, see Appendix 3, page 360. Amazon] My degree is in Clinical and Administrative Dietetics and while I did hold a management position during my career, my strengths and interests are more in the clinical area rather than the administrative. Managers can be hired though; leaders with the vision to see that we are heading down the wrong path may be less available.

Polluting the planet for centuries in the pursuit of short term profit is not a right thing for the long term health of humans, or for the planet, or for the bees.

Polluting the planet by bombing nations may also leave a generation of people with multiple birth defects who have little hope for their own health and safety or for their future generation of children.

Thankfully even if all the bees succumb to toxic pesticides, we will probably still be able to grow algae at least, and it is quite nutritious.

Chorella is a source of protein and rich in other nutrients, but alas, it proved to be somewhat delicate to grow as well as being a water and space intensive crop (and not that tasty, I take spirulina powder in gel capsules.) [2] Spirulina has been shown to have protective affects against radiation toxicity. [3] Blue-green algae such as chlorella or spirulina would still need to be grown in clean water as it has been known to absorb heavy metal toxins from the water source in which it is grown. [4]

So I join many more activist organizations than I can remember at one time because of the power of numbers — the number of people not just the number of dollars.

/Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

  1. Earthjustice, “Because the Earth needs a good lawyer,” motto. [http://earthjustice.org/]
  2. No. 1315: Algae Burgers, [http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi1315.htm]
  3. Cancer Risks of CT Scans,” Life Extension Foundation, [http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2015/12/cancer-risks-of-ct-scans/page-01]
  4. Spirulina, University of Maryland, [http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/spirulina]
  5. (and baby calves), Humane Farming Association’s National Veal Boycott, [http://www.hfa.org/vealBoycott.html]