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News You Can Use – March 24 – 31 2013

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of March 24 – March 31 2013!”

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Genetically Modified Foods – Are They Safe?

GMOs. Are they safe?

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“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes.  My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

Currently in the US, it is estimated that 70% of processed foods on our grocery store shelves contain genetically modified ingredients. The FDA reports that there are no differences between GMO and non-GMO foods; their policy states that “the agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way”. Later, FDA documents were made public during a law suit that showed that statement was untrue. The FDAs own scientists repeatedly requested that the FDA complete long-term studies, due to concerns of increased allergens, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems.  Michael Taylor, the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods, repeatedly overruled the scientist’s recommendations. It should be noted that prior to working for the FDA, Taylor was a Monsanto attorney and later a Monsanto vice-president. Currently, if a biotech food company “believes” that their genetically modified “creations” are safe, they can put the food in our food supply without reporting it to the FDA. Many biotech food companies don’t feel they should have to be responsible for ensuring that their foods are safe. In a New York Times Interview, Monsanto’s Director of Corporate Communications stated that “Monsanto should not have to vouch the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) strongly urges consumers to avoid genetically modified foods. Studies link GMOs with toxins, allergies, infertility, infant mortality, immune dysfunction, stunted growth, accelerated aging, and death. The Institute for Responsible Technology has listed many of these studies on their website, here are just a few of the findings of that they list:

  • Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants
  • Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies
  • More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller
  • Testicle cells of mice and rats on a GM soy change significantly
  • By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies
  • Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity
  • Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen
  • Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced
  • The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.
  • Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.

Why do we have GMOs in the United States, when some countries like Europe are virtually GMO-free? It’s all about the “tipping point”. A tipping point is “the critical point in an evolving situation that leads to a new and irreversible development”. Europe hit the tipping point in April 1999, enough consumers stopped buying GMO foods to hurt the industry. Within one week of hitting this tipping point, all major food producers committed to ending the use of genetically modified ingredients in their products. These same companies are still using genetically modified ingredients in their US products. According to author and GMO expert Jeffrey M. Smith, if 5% of the US population refused to purchase genetically modified foods, major food manufacturers would no longer use genetically modified ingredients. Smith reports that there are several reasons that we have not hit the tipping point in the United States:

  • the American population has not been educated on genetically modified foods
  • American consumers don’t know which products contain genetically modified ingredients, due to lack of labeling

According to a poll completed by CBS and the New York Times, if genetically modified foods were labeled today, 53% of Americans would not purchase the labeled products. Smith predicts that even if 9 out of 10 of these Americans did not follow through with refusing to purchase these products, it would still be enough to reach our tipping point in the United States.

Without food labeling, it’s overwhelming to even begin removing all genetically modified foods from our diets. According to Smith, there are four tips to protect ourselves from genetically modified foods:

  • Buy organic foods
  • Avoid at-risk ingredients such as soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar derived from sugar beets, zucchini, crooked-neck squash, and Hawaiian papaya
  • Buy products that are labeled as being non-GMO
  • Buy products that are listed in a non-GMO shopping guide

The Institute for Responsible Technology is an excellent resource for obtaining reliable information about avoiding genetically modified foods. Founded in 2003 by Jeffrey M Smith, the goal of the organization is to stop the genetic engineering of our food supply. Responsible Technology has created an iPhone app to help consumers protect themselves from GMOs. The organization has also created a GMO Education program that provides a wealth of information about genetically modified foods such as:

  • The health risks associated with genetically modified foods
  • A shopping guide
  • The environmental dangers imposed by genetically modified foods
  • A physician’s guide
  • Tips on determining whether a product is genetically modified based on package labeling
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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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Sources:

Smith, Jeffrey M. (2008, November). Everything You HAVE TO KNOW about Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods. Speech presented at The Weston. A. Price Conference, San Diego, California.

GMO Health Dangers. (n.d.). Institute for Responsible Technology. Retrieved from the homepage of http://responsibletechnology.org/.

GMO Education. (n.d.). Institute for Responsible Technology. Retreived from http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education/.

Pollan, Michael. (1998, October 25). Playing God in the Garden. The New York Times.

The Norton Center – News You Can Use

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your news update for the week of April 15 – April 22 2012!”

Urge Surfing – Riding the Wave of the Urge to Use Eating Disorder Behaviors
Spike in US Autism Rates Linked to HFCS Consumption
Pepsi’s ‘Next’ Generation – Less Sugar, More Toxins
The Four Best Functional Beverages for Health and Performance
Dr Russell Blaylock on Vaccinations
Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia: Not Just a Potted Pet. Now It’s a Health Food
Vegetarian Fed Meat, BCAAs and Bland Grassfed Beef

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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News You Can Use – Feb 12-19 2012


“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your news update for the week of February 12-19 2012!”

Yes, There’s Arsenic in Your Rice. But is that Bad?

Can a Clean Diet Clean Out Toxins in the Body?

Artificial Hamburger Meat Successfully Grown in Vat of Bovine Fetal Cells

NutraSweet Company Brags about the Second Coming of Aspartame: Neotame Now Taking Over World Markets

Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids May Be Harmful to Your Health

Faulty Fat Sensor Implicated in Obesity and Liver Disease

How 1-Minute Intervals Can Improve Your Health
How did Arsenic Get into Organic Baby Formula?
Why Writing Trumps Positive Thinking Alone for Goal-Setting

Why Wireless Children Are More Successful in School

Processed vs. Whole Food: A Stomach’s Perspective [Video]

Is Your Child Being Teased About His Weight?

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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Is Your Shampoo Affecting Your Weight Management Goals?

Shampoo

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When we think of managing our weight, the areas of our lifestyle we look at are usually diet and exercise. Right? What if there was something lurking in your shower that was the culprit for some of these excess pounds? Obesogens; agents that when absorbed, contribute to obesity. Our world is full of them. They lurk in everything from the foods we eat to the receipt for things we purchase.

According to Leah Zerbe of Rodale, obesogens are “chemicals and compounds in our environment that disrupt hormones, making it hard to maintain a healthy weight”. Obesogens mimic estrogen, causing the body to send a signal to convert stem cells to fat cells. In addition to affecting our endocrine (hormone) system, research shows that obesogens may also cause cancer, birth defects, infertility, insuline resistance, ADHD, autism, and high cholesterol. The main sources of obesogens are pesticides, BPA, personal-care products, vinyl, non-stick products, PCBs, soy and nicotine.

Pesticides, which are designed to disrupt the hormone systems of pests, also affect the hormone systems of humans. Some genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are even designed to create their own pesticides.

So, what is the solution to this seemingly impossible situation? There are several easy things we can do to reduce the amount of obesogens we are exposed to.  There are also some more difficult things that will require more of a lifestyle change.

  1. We can purchase organic foods and avoid GMOs.
  2. Eliminating processed foods is also important, because they often contain soy and corn. Soy and corn are two of the most commonly modified crops in the US.
  3. In situations where organic produce is not accessible, a wash and rinse with a water and vinegar spray will remove many pesticides.
  4. To avoid BPA, choose fresh, jarred or frozen foods instead of canned. Cans are often lined with BPA to avoid a chemical reaction between the contained food and metal of the can. Some companies do not line their cans with BPA, but the chemical the do line the cans with has not been in use long enough to be deemed “safe”.
  5. Also, try to avoid getting receipts, whenever possible. Receipts are printed with thermal printers, and BPA is used during this printing process.
  6. Avoid using plastics. Use metal water bottles instead of plastic, use glass or stainless steel food storage containers.

If you really want to get serious:

  •     Vinyl contains obesogens called “phthalates”. Many shower curtain liners are made of vinyl. We can used hemp shower curtain liners as an alternative. Hemp is naturally anti-microbial, and has a much longer lifespan than vinyl.
  •     Non-stick coating is found on many products, including cookware, microwave popcorn bags, fast food packaging and non-stick cooking sprays. We can avoid being exposed to this obesogen by using stainless steel or US-made cast iron cookware, popping popcorn in coconut oil on the stovetop, and using healthy oils (such as coconut or olive oil) to cook our foods.
  •     Personal care products and household cleaners contain many obesogens, including phthalates, petrochemicals (petroleum products), and parabens. The ingredients “fragrance”, “parfum” and “perfume” are 95% petrochemicals. By eliminating products that contain “fragrance”, we can eliminate up to 700 petrochemicals from our lives. When shopping for personal care products and household cleaners, avoid any products containing ingredients ending in “eth”, such as “sodium laurETH sulfate”.
  •   Anything ending in “eth” was produced using petrochemicals. Also, avoid any ingredients containing the words “methyl”, “propyl”, “butyl”, “ethyl”, “mineral oil” or “paraffin”, these are all parabens. Some products use a “natural” preservative called “grapefruit seed extract” but petrochemicals are used to derive this extract from the seed.

According to “green beauty expert”, Paige Padgett, good quality safe personal care products are available. Some companies that make these products include: Jane Iredale, Eco Nvey, Primitive, Suki, David Babaii, and Prima Vera. Seventh Generation makes safe household cleaners. Visit www.paigepadgett.com and www.rodale.com for additional suggestions for safe personal care products and household cleaners. Rodale also offers tutorials on creating your own household cleaning products.

Sources
Rodale – Where Health Meets Green (http://www.rodale.com/)
Paige Padgett – Green Beauty Expert (http://paigepadgett.com/)
Croxton, S. (2011, July 21). The Organic Manifesto. Underground Wellness Podcast. Podcast retrieved from www.undergroundwellness.com
Michaels, J. (2011, April 8). Fat is not the enemy and green beauty. Jillian Michaels Radio Show. Podcast retrieved from www.jillianmichaelsradioshow.com

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

© 2011, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible.

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