GOD IS A KEEPER!

I’m totally amazed at how God must have known that Monsanto was going to make such a huge mistake. By now, you must have heard glyphosate, the chemical used in Monsanto’s most widely used weed-killing product, Round-up, actually removed the minerals and vitamins from our soils because of its chelating action.

What about its effect on all the GMO (genetically modified organism) and GE (genetically engineered) foods? E.g. Corn, soy, papaya, zucchini, yellow squash, aspartame, cotton, sugar, canola, dairy. Have you seen the little tomatoes in the veggie section in plastic packages that say “do not refrigerate”?
Oh, maybe you’ve heard that high fructose corn syrup has been re-named “fructose” and now containing mercury.

A Refresher

The technology often called “modern biotechnology” or “gene technology”, is sometimes also called “recombinant DNA technology” or “genetic engineering”. It allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another, even between nonrelated species. Foods produced from or using GM organisms are often referred to as GMO and GE foods.

THERE IS CONTROVERSY

There are 3 main issues of concern for human health:

The first, allergenicity, is the potential to provoke allergic reaction. As a matter of principle, the transfer of genes from commonly allergenic organisms to non-allergic organisms is discouraged unless it can be demonstrated that the protein product of the transferred gene is not allergenic. While foods developed using traditional breeding methods are not generally tested for allergenicity.
Gene transfer from GM foods to cells of the body or to bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract would cause concern if the transferred genetic material adversely affects human health. This would be particularly relevant if antibiotic resistance genes, which are used as markers when creating GMOs, were to be transferred.
The migration of genes from GM plants into conventional crops or related species in the wild is referred to as “outcrossing”. This outcrossing, as well as the mixing of crops derived from conventional seeds with GM crops, may have an indirect effect on food safety and food security. Cases have been reported where GM crops approved for animal feed or industrial use were detected at low levels in the products intended for human consumption.

WELL, HERE IS WHAT IS AMAZING!

Montsanto created a brilliant product that would spare the backs of the gardeners – it is a weed killer that caused the weeds to vanish. Unfortunately, not only did the weeds vanish, so did the nutrients that were in the soil. In other words, the soils are left sterile and the vegetables and fruit grown in the soils look pretty but are scarcely nutritious. Furthermore, the microbes that grow in the soil and populate our guts to make hundreds of neurotransmitters, amino acids, minerals and vitamins; neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, were wiped out.

As a matter of fact, when serotonin cannot be made in the body, as it used to before the widespread ingestion of glyphosate, I believe that people were able to manage stress much easier. When serotonin levels are low we get more easily frustrated- our tolerance for frustration is much lower- so we are even more irritable. Plus, it interferes with our ability to get a good night’s sleep and lends to waking up throughout the night. This has increased our need for sleep aids and is related to the difficulties many children have in sleeping.

These problems with our ability to rest occur because when you can’t make serotonin you can’t make melatonin. And Roundup, glyphosate, blocks the pathways to producing tyrosine and tryptophan amino acids which are necessary to make serotonin and melatonin.

Glyphosate also stops the absorption of vitamins and minerals from the soil as crops grow. So we go to the grocery stores and purchase those pretty vegetables and fruits, but don’t get the nutrients we are paying for. (see list)

Monsanto’s arrogance also caused an additional mistake. They thought even though their weed killer blocked the pathways to making these important substances in plants, since we were not plants it wouldn’t bother us. This was a huge mistake because we rely on the plants we eat to manufacture the substances that go on to make our serotonin and neurotransmitters.

Another big oversight was how important manganese (Mn) is to human beings. With the disappearance of manganese, the gut cannot produce lactobacillus because these health producing microbes need manganese to live. They just weren’t in the gut to do the job of making serotonin so we wouldn’t be anxious. Manganese is also an activator of beaucoup enzymes; specifically, the enzymes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids and cholesterol.

If a deficiency occurs in these enzymes, it could result in impaired glucose tolerance, a pre-diabetic state characterized by high blood sugar levels. We know how serious that is because it means that our body can just pack on the fat and have a difficult time shedding it. In fact, that may account for why so many people have type II diabetes these days.

Another situation that occurs with manganese deficiency is defects in our cartilage and bone making ability. This often leads to frequent cartilage or even bone fractures and injuries. A deficiency of manganese also may lead to seizures. A high incidence of seizures is found in children with autism – seizures also associated with reduced serum manganese.

Finally, a factor from the disruption of the shikimate pathway manganese supports is vitamin K deficiency, which is associated with cholestatic liver disease and blood cholesterol levels. And no discussion is complete without acknowledging that manganese deficiency can account for poor sperm motility and therefore low fertilization rates.

NOW, WHAT DID GOD DO?

He provided for us a group of plants capable of reinvigorating our soil and our bodies with an unending supply of essential nutrients. Even when a chelating agent like glyphosate removes them, the plants’ chromosomes are programmed to manufacture and release those nutrients; something the GMO/GE plants CANNOT DO! Which is why ingesting those counterfeits actually harms our bodies. It doesn’t happen all at once but as time passes, our organs age beyond our years and along with that, come a host of infirmities. Let’s look at the group of plants and how they can help us fight the effects of glyphosate.

Here is the most amazing thing I have ever learned!

GOD is a keeper – The Sine qua non evidence You’re now aware of the unlimited supply of nutrients in lambs quarters. Well, that supply of nutrients becomes available to you immediately as you consume it. This wonderful little veggie in its natural genome produces those nutrients and delivers them into the soil, thus improving its quality and value via its long root system! When this veggie jewel is growing in a soil containing toxins, it removes them while dumping the corrective nutrients into the soil simultaneously. (Our soil is organic with no man-made chemicals in it.) This system is so efficient that some commercial businesses are using the plants to enrich the soil with organic matter around their grounds…naturally! Furthermore, the local gardeners have found that cut up lambs quarters placed as a mulch over their gardens during the winter enrich their soil. As a psychiatrist, I am particularly impressed that the “Keeper” wants us to be emotionally balanced… there is lithium in each of these super foods!

SUPER FOOD – #1 PURSLANE

This wonderful little weed, called purslane, was not planted by ‘anyone’. They grow freely….everywhere. Henry Thoreau wrote of PURSLANE Portulaca oleracea – “I have made a satisfactory dinner off a dish of purslane which I gathered and boiled. Yet men have come to such a pass that they frequently starve, not from want of necessaries, but for want of luxuries.”

Part of the reason for its evolutionary success is that a single plant can produce more than 52,000 seeds, and those seeds can survive for up to 30 years. It is a great gift, guaranteeing us nutritious, free food no matter what happens to global industrial agriculture.

Purslane is easy to identify by its succulent, rounded, wedge-shaped leaves that form clusters along the stem.

Nutritious Part of an Edible Landscape

Purslane is common, but uncommonly good for you. It tops the list of plants high in vitamin E and more essential omega-3 fatty acids including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Artemis Simopoulos, co-author of “The Omega Diet” says purslane is the richest known plant source of ALA. It also has 6 times more vitamin E than spinach, more beta carotene than carrots, calcium, and is rich in vitamin C, manganese, lithium, 20 times more melatonin, iron, magnesium, folate, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorus and more omega 3 fatty acids than any other plant source in the solar system.

Research studies show that consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and help prevent the development of ADHD, autism, and other developmental differences in children.

Some helpful links:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/power-packed-purslane-zmaz05amzsel.aspx (a-linolenic acid)

http://www.eattheweeds.com/purslane-omega-3-fatty-weed/

http://www.chelseagreen.com/blogs/use-lambsquarter-from-root-to-seed

SUPERFOOD –  #2 AMARANTH

The amazing thing about amaranth is how it compares nutritionally to other grains: far more iron, calcium, protein, manganese, fiber, and other phytonutrients than wheat or rice. Amaranth is one of the most protein-rich of any plant-based food, rivaling that of animal-based foods like cheese.

http://foodfacts.mercola.com/amaranth.html. http://www.innovateus.net/health/12-health-benefits-eating-amaranth-leaves

Amaranth was a key part of the diets of the pre-Columbian Aztecs, and it was used not just for food but also as part of their religious ceremonies. Sadly, when Cortez and the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century, amaranth crops were burned and its use forbidden. Fortunately, the plant was never quite eliminated.

Some facts about Amaranth:

It’s Actually A Seed: Like quinoa, amaranth is not technically a grain but is the seed of the amaranth plant. One plant can produce up to 60,000 seeds.

It’s Gluten-Free: Amaranth doesn’t contain any gluten, which makes it a great choice for people who are celiac or gluten intolerant and an excellent way to boost the nutritional power of gluten-free recipes.

It Contains Lysine: Most grains like wheat are short on lysine, an amino acid, but that’s not the case for amaranth. This makes amaranth a complete protein, because it contains all the essential amino acids.

It Contains Protein: Amaranth’s protein content is about 13 percent, or 26 grams per cup, which is much higher than for most other grains. To compare, a cup of long-grain white rice has just 13 grams of protein.

The Plant Is Hardy: Amaranth prefers a high elevation, but can grow at almost any elevation in temperate climates if it has moist, loose soil with good drainage. It can also survive in low-water conditions once the plants have been established.

You Can Eat Other Parts Of The Plant: Amaranth seeds may be the best-known part of the plant, which has more than 60 different species, but the leaves are also edible. They’re commonly used in Asian and Caribbean cuisines — try them stir-fried or chopped and added to soup.

It’s A Source of Key Vitamins and Minerals: Amaranth contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron. One cup of uncooked amaranth has 31 percent of the RDA for calcium, 14 percent for vitamin C, and a whopping 82 percent for iron.

Humans Have Eaten It For Millennia: It’s estimated that amaranth was first domesticated 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, which means we’ve been eating it for a very long time. Considering how easily and quickly it grows, that makes sense!

It Can Be Popped: Popped amaranth is used in Mexico as a topping for toast, among other things. It looks like tiny popcorn kernels and has a nutty taste, and you can even do it yourself at home.

It Grows Around The World: Though amaranth is considered a native plant of Peru, it is now grown around the world in countries including China, Russia, Thailand, Nigeria, and Mexico. It has also become a part of the cuisines of parts of India, Nepal, and the African continent. There are even farmers growing it in parts of the United States, including Nebraska and North Dakota.

It’s Good For Your Heart: Several studies have shown that amaranth could have cholesterol-lowering potential. For example, in 1996 an American study found that the oil found in amaranth could lower total and LDL cholesterol in chickens. Another published in 2003, out of Guelph, showed that amaranth has phytosterols, which have cholesterol-cutting properties.

It’s A Great Breakfast Option: Amaranth’s tiny grains take on a porridge-like texture when cooked, making it a great option for your first meal of the day, like this recipe from Jeannette’s Healthy Living. In fact, amaranth porridge is a traditional breakfast in India, Peru, Mexico, and Nepal.

It Can Help Keep You Regular: Among its other impressive nutritional stats, amaranth is also a source of fiber with 13 grams of dietary fiber per uncooked cup compared to just 2 grams for the same amount of long-grain white rice.

SUPER FOOD – #3 LAMBS QUARTERS

This nutritious herb is similar to spinach and a relative of beet greens and swiss chard. In fact, common lambs quarters, is a member of the goosefoot family, and is among the most widespread summer annuals. Found in gardens throughout North America, young lambs quarters leaves are edible, watch for older leaves which have a white underside of minerals.

This amazing plant that lives forever and contains all of the minerals and nutrients that glyphosate removes from the soil and plants. Lambs quarters is a purifying plant and helps to restore healthy nutrients to the soil.

You can find seedlings for sale in our Holistic Health Shop to improve your garden!

This food is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol. It is also a good source of niacin, folate, iron, magnesium, and phosphorous and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese.

Lambsquarters is eaten raw, cooked, stir-fry, in smoothies etc. The smoothies are super for everyone and one with autism and Alzheimer’s. It detoxifies and provides more benefits than I can state here.
http://www.chelseagreen.com/blogs/use-lambsquarter-from-root-to-seed

So, can you see why I said that God is a keeper?

He knew that Monsanto would make such a mistake that would imperil and compromise our health; and once again, He created a perfect plan for us all!

For years, opponents have argued that genetically engineered plants wreak havoc with human health and nature, and accuse plant biotech companies, such as Monsanto, of putting profits before people. Now, you have enough information to form your own opinion.

Become familiar with the most common applications of genetic modification. About 20 years ago, a company now owned by Monsanto introduced the Flavr Savr tomato — the first genetically modified organism approved for consumption in the United States. Since then, farmers across the country have been using more and more GMOs every year.

Most Commonly Genetically Modified Foods:

• Soybeans — Gene taken from bacteria (Agrobacterium sp. strain CP4) and inserted into soybeans to make them more resistant to herbicides.
• Corn — There are two main varieties of GE corn. One has a gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis inserted to produce the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin, which poisons Lepidoteran pests (moths and butterflies).
• Rapeseed/Canola — Gene added/transferred to make the crop more resistant to herbicide.
• Sugar beets — Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
• Cotton — engineered to produce BT toxin. The seeds are pressed into cottonseed oil, a common ingredient in vegetable oil and margarine.
• Dairy — Cows injected with GE hormone rBGH/rBST; possibly fed GM grains and hay.
• Sugar. In 2012, the FDA approved the sale of GMO beet sugars under the name “SUGAR.” So now, when we go to buy “All Natural” Breyers ice cream, we can’t even know for sure that we are actually eating regular, natural cane sugar. If you see “CANE SUGAR,” there’s a good chance it’s not GMO.
• Papayas.
• Zucchini, yellow squash
• Corn sold directly to the consumer at roadside stands/markets. Buy only organic corn, popcorn, and corn chips.
• Baked goods often have one or more of the common GM ingredients.
• Canned soups