Time to Call Senators: Speak Out Against Monsanto Protection Act

Time to Call Senators:  Speak Out Against Monsanto Protection Act

The Monsanto Protection Act is in both houses of Congress.  Monsanto supporters put the provision as a rider on pending Appropriations legislation.  This rider, which could become legislation with a positive vote, puts Monsanto above the law.  The judicial system would lose its power to question or rule on their activities when they violate regulatory provisions or statutes in introducing new GMOs into the marketplace.

You and I have to obey traffic laws, criminal laws, civil laws, etc. or we face penalties, judgments or possibly incarceration.  Can you explain to me why a special sub-segment of an industry should not face what we face?  Is that fairness or justice?

Apparently the vote in the Senate for what’s been labeled the Monsanto Protection Act will happen on next Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  Please contact your two Senators and tell them you want them to support the Tester Amendment 74 regarding the Monsanto Rider.

If you think your phone call is a waste of time, you’re wrong!  In the early portion of my career I worked in two Congressmen’s offices.  Congressional staff members collect number of phone calls on pending legislation (support or against) and report them to their boss.

Here is a list of all U. S. Senators, their state and phone numbers:  U.S. Senator Phone Directory.  If you want to be effective, then only call the Senators from your state.  Even if you can get though to the staff of the other Senators, they probably will count your call in their talley.  –No Name Attorney

 

Action Alert:  We Have 1 Week Or Less to Stop Genetically Engineered Foods and Destruction of the Separation of Powers

Posted on March 20, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog

 Do We Have a Right to Know If Our Food Has Been Genetically Modified?Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com.

Bill Would Strip Courts of Power … And Push Genetically Modified Foods Onto Our Plates

America has been decimated by the breakdown of the separation of powers between different branches of government. For example, the executive branch is negotiating laws in secret – and grabbing powers – without telling Congress.And life-and-death decisions about who the government labels an “enemy combatant” and assassinates are being kept away from the judges altogether.At the same time, government agencies like the FDA go to great lengths to cover up the potential health damage from genetically modified foods, and to keep the consumer in the dark about what they’re really eating.

Remember, genetically engineered foods have been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases (brief, must-watch videos here and here).Things are about to get a lot worse within the next week … unless we stand up and say “NO!”Specifically, a law has been snuck into the Agriculture Appropriations bill – which will be approved by March 27th – which would destroy the separation of powers by stripping courts of the power to challenge genetically modified foods.How?The “Monsanto Rider” (section 735) uses “farmer-friendly” happy talk, but is an iron-fisted ploy to allow GMO crops to be planted even if a court has ruled that planting them is illegal.If the United States Department of Agriculture – which suffered “regulatory capture” by the big food companies decades ago – approves a genetically modified food without any testing, a court can enjoin (i.e. halt) production of that food until testing occurs.Yet the Monsanto Rider would strip the courts of power, and would allow GMO crops to be planted and put in our food … no matter what a judge has ruled.As the Weston Price Foundation notes:

If a GMO crop approval was shown to violate the law and require further analysis of its harmful impacts (as several courts have concluded in recent years, for example with GMO alfalfa and GMO sugar beets) this provision would override any court-mandated caution and allow continued planting and commercialization while further review takes place.Here’s a good summary of the bill.

Learn to Read Food Labels

Major food companies import food from China.  Did you know many of the mandarin oranges are grown in China?  Research and you will find many issues with Chinese agricultural practices and government practices that condone or attempt to hide the issues. Dole Mandarin Oranges come from China.  Does that motivate you to go purchase this product?

 

This past weekend I gave a talk (with Q & A’s from the audience–love those! :)) about how to read food labels.  (BTW if your group would like me to speak about this issue, food politics, etc. just send me an email to thrive@northstate.net and we’ll discuss it.)

Unfortunately still too many people do not understand the issues about genetically modified (GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) foods, MSG, “hidden MSG”, aspartame or rbgh and rbst.

Just as important as those issues is the origin of the country where the foods are grown.  Let’s face it, some countries have better agricultural practices than others.  I know that I want to avoid as much as possible all imported foods from China or Southeast Asia.  Beyond their questionable agricultural practices, government corruption and history of contaminated food, I try my best to avoid buying products from China.  Our nation owes them too much money and some day we are going to get a much nastier boomerang than we are currently experiencing from this foreign trade imbalance.

I came across this article that has a basic explanation of the “organic” labeling program with some links for research.  I hope it conveys one reason why reading your food labels are important for your health and your purse!  –No Name Attorney

Organic Labels Come in Different Shapes and Sizes

Organic labels and their cousins abound. Here’s a look at some of the most  important labels consumers will see in grocery stores.

By Brian Clark Howard

Labeling may not seem like a particularly exciting topic, but it is extremely  important to those with nut allergies, diabetics and those busy people  everywhere who rely on labels to know what’s inside the foods they eat. Consider  the heated controversy over whether genetically engineered foods should be  explicitly labeled, or the ongoing fight over country-of-origin seals and how  that relates to recent scares over food imported from China.  When it comes to the much-touted word “organic,” there is much at stake. Not  only is the sector the fastest growing in the food industry, but also advocates  are positioning organics as a great hope in the battle to protect the  environment from the ravages of industrial agriculture and even oil-fueled  climate change. There are perhaps as many detailed definitions of “organic” as  there are farmers, chefs and consumers. But here are some of the most important  labels:

Read more here…

Motivation, Mission and Vision

Motivation, Mission and Vision

What’s motivated me to start Survive-Thrive?  What’s the Mission and the Vision?

Motivation

When I connect the dots—my career experience, background and the medical challenges I’ve battled—I want to help others so they don’t have to have the same or similar health experiences.  Multiple life threatening situations these past few years got my full attention.

This journey though dark corridors of severe pain and suffering has a higher purpose that God can use for His glory.

Life has joy and sorrow.  No matter how tragic or painful the event, we don’t have to stay stuck in the negative.  We can embrace the challenge and gleam pearls from our trials and tribulations. 

The choice is ours:  Are you going to make lemonade from the lemons?

Each of us is made in the image of our Creator.  He does have a purpose (or many purposes) for each of us.  We have the responsibility to find that purpose.

When I considered everything that’s happened in the past few years, the many blessings I have and where I feel He is leading me, it resulted in this food, health and economic ministry.

Mission and Vision

  • Encourage wise food, health and economic stewardship.
  • Educate consumers how GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and  excitotoxins may be a cause or trigger of chronic health conditions and allergies.
  • Help consumers save money on their food household budget.
  • Share how longer range planning helps mitigate the impact of food inflation.
  • Motivate others to reexamine the quality of their diet and whether their current diet is impacting their health.
  • Stimulate analytical and critical thinking skills when evaluating food, health and economic news.
  • Unite with other motivated individuals in various locations in the world who want to encourage others in improving the quality of our food, health and financial resources.

About New Page  “* NEWS TO KNOW *”

There’ so much fluidity with food, health and economic news.  We’re experiencing information overload.

Survive-Thrive’s “* News to Know*” is different in how it aggregates news.

When I share an article, I’ll sometimes add comments.  It could be an assessment or nothing more than asking questions as I would in the classroom teaching my MBA students.  It does not mean I agree with the author.  I may be only posting an article to show another perspective on an issue.

The objective is encouraging deeper analytical and critical thinking of shared news rather than accepting  what the original author writes. 

News stories are written by fallible humans.  Despite one’s best attempt to be even handed they are still writing from the lens of their world.    It’s unfair to authors to put the responsibility on them for our analysis of the news. 

If we are to have better health, be wiser stewards of our financial resources, etc., then we must get off the bench and get into the game.  Passing the buck is unacceptable.  In that process we are accountable.  Everyone’s involvement is valuable. 

Positive change will occur for our country when we at the ground level demonstrate positive change.  Our integrity must rise to the top and influence our leaders instead of vice versa.  If you don’t study the cause(s) then how are you going to find the solution(s)?  Are you just treating the symptoms or are you trying to cure the disease?

We must get engaged and be accountable.  Survive-Thrive promotes positive change by encouraging others to be actively involved.

“We Vote on Our Health With Our Dollars!”™

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Healthier Than the Grocery Store

We have over 17 fruits and 22 vegetable products. Hormone free meat and dairy too!

Healthier Than the Grocery Store:

No Hidden MSG, GMOs or Aspartame

Thrive Foods are high quality, foods that are healthier than the grocery store: natural grains, vegetables, non-hormone meat and poultry, dairy, yogurt, beans, and more.   When you buy the actual ingredient (rather than prepared or processed foods) you have more control over the quality of your food.

Our method of freeze drying food kills the salmonella, e.coli and other viruses and bacteria while preserving 98% of the natural phytonutrients.  No chemical vitamins or preservatives are added!  Plus you get a bonus of foods coming chopped, diced and prepared (thus cutting cooking and prep time 50% or more).  You only add water, wait 5 minutes and then drain off the water.

From an analysis of studies and objective medical literature and research, the quality of our food supply is being attacked in three separate ways:

  • The use of GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods and food  additives;
  • The injection and use of bovine growth hormone on animals and overuse of antibiotics with meat and/or poultry;  and
  • The use of neurotoxins and excitotoxins as additives for flavor enhancing and calorie reduction.

Did you know that now over 80% of the food in our grocery store contains one or more GMO (genetically modified organism) ingredients?  They’ve done this by modifying food crops that are commonly used as ingredients in processed foods:  Corn88%; Soy94%;  Canola90%; Cottonseed (oil)-90%; Sugar beets (refined sugar)-95%; Hawaiian Papaya50% +; Zucchiniover 24,000 acres; and Crookneck Squashover 24,000 acres.

This method of corporate farming, using Roundup, modifying seeds to be resistant to Roundup in which they alter the DNA through crossing species, in independents studies have been linked to a wide array of chronic, life threatening conditions: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, organ failure, etc.  In mice fed strictly a GMO diet after three generations were sterile.  Want to learn more about GMOs?  An excellent website is Institute for Responsible Technology.

Another reason many items in your grocery store are not healthy is the food additives put in processed food. You may not realize it but neurotoxins or excitotoxins get added to processed food.  In layman’s language an excitotoxin is any substance that causes brain cells to become very excited, start firing their impulses so rapidly that they become exhausted and prematurely die. 

Two common excitotoxins in our food supply are monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame.  Most MSG in our foods is not listed as MSG on the ingredients because the FDA only requires MSG to be specifically identified if it is 99% pure grade.  Aspartame, an artificial sweetener, is also an excitotoxin.  It is responsible for about 75% of the complaints regarding food to the FDA.

Besides prematurely killing certain brain cells, which attacks the hypothalamus in our brain, these food additives are highly addictive, causing you to eat more food. This means food manufacturers sell more food.

 You and your family’s health would benefit tremendously by watching an interview with Dr. Russell Blaylock.  Dr. Blaylock is a board certified neurosurgeon, author and a is a leading researcher on neurotoxins and excitotoxins.  During this interview Dr. Blaylock  explains the science as well as sharing the numerous adverse effects to our nervous and endocrine system (i.e., causes obesity, increased diabetes, heart disease, cancer, reduced fertility, increased Alzheimer’s disease, etc.).  This interview was in March 2012 and has the latest research.

With all of these biotech and food additive attacks on our food supply, do you now see why I say Thrive Foods are healthier than the grocery store?

We vote on our health with our dollars.  We can improve our health by engaging more, examining food supplies, eating healthy foods, limiting exposure to environmental toxins and maximizing our vitamin and nutrient intake.

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