These are the supporting notes from a live stream chat we had on October 2, 2015.
We start with a brief introduction into GMO foods, glyposate (the world’s most used herbicide) and then discuss organic foods. We had intended to talk about packaged foods and the ingredients within but we ran out of time. You will find that information at the end of this post (not in the video).
Any one of these topics – even a subset of these of topics – could take hours on its own so my intention is to give you just enough information to pique your interest with the hope that you’ll dig deeper into the research.
“Who The *KETO* Are You?”
We are not scientists nor are we trained in farming, soil analysis, or chemical warfare.
We are, however, decent researchers that can smell a ‘spin story’ a mile away. We steer clear of conspiracy theories, hyperbole, and do our best to dig deeper into actual research.
We are a mother and daughter team who fashioned our own Low Carb High Fat or Ketogenic diet by incorporating our own clean eating protocols. We are as adamant about clean food sources as we are about “macro balancing”.
The two biggest problems farmers face: weeds and bugs. Herbicides handle weeds, pesticides handle bugs.
What Is A GMO?
A GMO is a plant or animal that has been genetically modified on a molecular level. One living organism is added to the genetic material of another organism(s). Since our focus is on plant life, this could be a splice of another plant, but it could also be a bacterium or a fungus.
The mot common GMO is “Bt Corn”. The spliced gene is a soil bacterium. The result is a plant that kills the larvae of the European corn borer. (Essentially a corn plant that has its own pesticide built right into it.)
Most GMOs are alterations that provide protection from pests, tolerance to herbicide and pesticide sprays, or to improve the original plant’s quality.
Most Common GMO Crops
- rice (? – I need to research this further for commonality. Power went out due to a storm while researching!)
If you’re eating any of the GMO foods above (now 90% of the total crops in the USA and Canada) you’re putting you and your family at risk. As you consider each of these “frankenfoods” remember that they have been ‘created’ to withstand heavy chemical spraying (herbicides and pesticides) and/or actually contain DNA of natural pesticides within the food itself.
On a side note, tomorrow is the deadline for registration of the GM-free movement in Europe. Fifteen states have joined along with four separate regions accounting for 65% of the EU’s arable cropland, and 65% of its population.
- Agro-business and their paid henchmen shout “we’re giving you more food! higher yields! less work!”
- But the public isn’t buying it any more and the biggest reason is “your herbicides and pesticides are genocidal at best!” (at least in Europe, Mexico, and other countries)
Keeping in mind that all of your foods (not just the GMO crops listed above) have been heavily sprayed with pesticides and herbicides (whether they’re in the fresh food aisle or the packaged food aisle), we’re going to look at the most researched offender of the group – Glyphosate. This is the herbicide that is sold and used the most worldwide.
We’ve seen an increase in Glyphosate use in the US since the 1990s; largely due to the increase in glyphosate-resistant GE crops. (“GE” – genetically engineered – the GMOs created to withstand heavy spraying without harming the crop plant.)
For our history buffs, Glyphosate is the modern day equivalent to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl – now banned worldwide), DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane – now banned worldwide), and Agent Orange (first used for herbicide warfare – now banned worldwide). These chemicals have been created and distributed by the same companies as glyphosate. Monsanto isn’t the only one.
Before we go into the dangers of consuming foods sprayed with glyphosate (they are numerous and not strictly GEs), let’s look at the most sprayed crops around the world. These foods have been repeatedly tested at time of market and found to contain high levels of glyphosate residue. You can’t see it or taste it, but it is there.
- sugar beets
- canola – rapeseed
- cereal grains
- other oil seeds
- sweet potatoes
- animal feed fodder, hay, cereal grains, soybeans (hay and hulls), and meat byproducts (WTF? I have no idea what “meat byproducts” are – but the term shows up in multiple reports)
Glyphosate Associated Diseases
Glyphosate disrupts the endocrine system and the balance of gut bacteria, it damages DNA and is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer.
The study I’m going to reference searched US government databases for GE crop data, glyphosate application data, and disease epidemiological data. They made ample allowance for age of the afflicted (elderly participants who might have been affected by Agent Orange, DDT, etc.).
The conclusion? Glyphosate use is strongly linked to cancers of the liver, kidney, bladder/urinary and thyroid – plus multiple other chronic health problems.
Here is the 32 page study with age-adjusted analysis, including 5 pages of references to supporting research and literature. http://www.organic-systems.org/journal/92/JOS_Volume-9_Number-2_Nov_2014-Swanson-et-al.pdf
On our live stream talk we had a few people argue with us about cell mutations leading to cancer, about DNA damage to those who consume foods that have been sprayed with glyphosate and so on. We’re not arguing with anyone here. Start with the research paper above and if you want to argue whether or not this crap is going to kill you and your family, please argue with the growing number of scientists around the world who are actually doing this research!
Back to the research – it is no longer hard to find! We started talking about this over a year ago and finally the WHO (World Health Organization) and even the foremost respected Cancer research site now lists glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic”. Cancer.org on Glyphosate
If you think the foods that have been repeatedly sprayed in the stuff, grown in the stuff, gets magically washed away by the time it hits the grocery store, remember the point above about the tests at time of market. Furthermore you aren’t going to wash this stuff off with a vinegar bath in your kitchen sink. It has grown directly into the foods while in the field.
Maybe you aren’t afraid of cancer. That’s your prerogative, but we also want you to know that the world is seeing diseases showing up in multiple agricultural communities. Each is tied to heavy spraying of glyphosate.
For instance, an unknown strain of CKD (chronic kidney disease; most often a result of diabetes or hypertension). Yet in these cases we’re talking about poor agricultural workers, with no diabetes or hypertension. The outbreak has been labelled as “CKDu”. The “u” is for unknown.
CKDu simply didn’t exist prior to 1990. This ‘unknown’ has now killed 20,000 people in Central America. CKDu has killed more people than AIDS, diabetes, and leukemia combined in the past five years. The crops are glyphosate sprayed on sugarcane and rice.
- Here’s the start of the research on CKDu – multiple pre-studies and articles are linked from within this, and related articles at this site.
- (Specifically Sri Lanka) http://www.globalresearch.ca/chronic-kidney-failure-5-times-higher-in-glyphosate-ridden-monsanto-roundup-areas-study-confirms/5434947
- (Research Study) http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2012/09/20/jech-2012-201141
- August 2014 – Argentina deaths from cancerous tumors are double the national average in agricultural areas focused on GMO and high pesticide/herbicide use. http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2525411/cancer_deaths_double_in_argentinas_gmo_agribusiness_areas.html
We’re finding glyphosate-based herbicide residues in food, animal feed and in the environment. (You don’t have to be eating the foods listed above to be affected by it, but you limit your risks by not consuming foods grown in it!)
- Here at home: March 2015 – A link has been discovered on pathogenic bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics when people have been exposed to ‘acceptable levels’ of herbicides. (I’ve lost my supporting link from the blackout.)
- Glyphosate as an endocrine disruptor (affects hormones). New studies are cross-linking the naturally occurring phytoestrogen in soybean (genistein) with heavy glyphosate spraying which results in “an additive estrogenic effect”. And the result – increase in particular types of breast cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170
Live Longer, Look & Feel Better with Our LCHF KETO DIET
Thankfully we don’t eat that stuff above! In fact, in our own KetoHybrid diet we are as concerned about clean foods (unprocessed, well raised) as we are about limiting carbs and increasing fat intake.
Residue, wash off, contamination of water table is showing up everywhere. You’ll be exposed to it no matter how clean you live – but our goal is to limit your exposure. Not just by keeping you away from the crops we’ve listed (because (a) they’re carby, but also because (b) they’re contaminated), but also by steering you towards organic and responsibly grown foods.
What Are We Eating on This LCHF KETO CLEAN DIET?
In growing: “Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not allowed, although certain approved pesticides may be used. In general, organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.”
Let’s be completely honest here, this is an imperfect system. Labeling, policing of the “organic” labeling, testing of soils and market-ready produce can be faulty. However, buying organic is significantly better than eating a standard American diet of fast food (even fine dining in restaurants), and packaged foods.
Pasture-Raised, Grass Fed, Free Range
Again, each one of these topics could take an hour or longer to discuss fully, but the essence of purchasing these food choices is to limit your exposure to endocrine-disrupting, DNA-changing, cancer-causing, contaminates.
You can easily research feed lot cattle vs. pasture-raised (and see the difference in the food these animals eat). You can just as easily search for and find what chickens eat when left to their natural preferences vs the GMO foods (soy, corn, etc.) commercial growers feed them.
Just because you can’t see tumors or DNA damage or the difference in nutrients and essential fatty acids in your steak or fried egg does not mean it doesn’t exist on a molecular level. It is, after all, on that molecular level that we become sick.
We’re not saying “all chemicals are bad”. We’re simply saying “too much” is obviously causing health concerns that are over and above weight loss. Not only that but studies have proven one chemical is safe in limited quantities, can not take into account the effects of cross-chemical contamination.
Just as in the research above we see that soybeans mixed with glyphosate (not in a dish or to be eaten with a spoon, but in a standard growing example) heighten the ‘molecular expression’ that is responsible for some types of breast cancer.
I dug through my pantry to give you an example (slim pickings for crap foods)! There’s an old can of factory-made ravioli stuff and an equally old box of sugar-free gelatin. You know both of these products well – they’ve been around for years – I’m not naming brands. Between the two ingredient labels I see many ingredients I wouldn’t touch even in their natural state (hydrogenated oils, etc.), but I also see many items I don’t even recognize as ‘food’!
Acidulent, adipic acid, amonium chloride, aspartame, potassium chloride, sodium phosphate, sodium citrate, phenylalanine, acesulfame-potassium, tartrazine, to name a few. And goodness only knows what went into the proprietary toxic dump of “artificial flavors”, “toasted wheat crumbs”, and “processed cheese spread”!
Again, each one of those ingredients may not harm you.
They may not even harm you if you eat them every day for the rest of your life.
But let me ask you…
“What happens when we mix sodium phosphate with phenylalanine or any of the other two listed ingredients above?
Now add in some endocrine-disrupting soy beans.
Now add in some glyphosate residue.”
Do you know?
Do scientists even know?
By now you already know that weight gain isn’t a simple matter of calories in, calories out.
Hormones, genetics, macro-balancing, even your own body intelligence – all have important roles in your overall health and weight.
Neither Veronica nor I are perfect. We do not always eat the best possible foods. We simply do our best and that is what we wish for you. Our motto is “Do your best. A little better every day.”
A little better every day means less (none!) boxed foods, less restaurant meals, getting to know how your foods are grown, steering clear of known GMO crops (which you’re doing anyway if you’re eating LCHF), and eating organic or responsibly raised foods as much as you can afford.
As we’ve seen tonight, this diet is not just about weight loss (although the hormone disruption of the cumulative effect of poor food choices could be locking you into a plateau) but more importantly, longevity!
Neither Veronica nor I want you to get sick. No one needs a skinny corpse. Let’s keep you alive and vibrant for as many years as possible!
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We will try to find time to edit out the “ums” and pauses out of the YouTube video below (we are both just so incredibly busy at the moment). In the meantime, it is posted below for you.