Those of you who live in the South know that sometimes it’s hard to avoid bugs. Especially, when the summer months come around and the rains start. I live in Florida and we have our share of critters all year round, to say the least, with our most common bug being the cockroach, or palmetto bug. Living close to a wildlife preserve in Florida during the hot summer months seems to get them going – I swear they have a Gold’s Gym in the woods behind my house. These suckers can get rather big. I saw one carrying a fresh macaroni over his back in my kitchen one night all dressed up in the colors of the Italian flag, I couldn’t believe my eyes! 😉
Before I started using natural ways to keep these misfits on their side of the woods, and out of my house, I used Raid. I would grab a nice-sized bottle and chase them down while screaming my head off. I was never able to get a full spray on these suckers because they were way too fast – I would get a small spray hitting only a portion of their backside and they still would continue running around laughing at me. Yes, my cockroaches laugh. At least in my eyes they do.
The small hit of Raid would slow them down, but not fully kill them. Sometimes it took several hits to finally succeed in my war against them. Even though Raid was so toxic, I noticed that a little spray never fully killed them right away unless I had a full blast on them. I thought about this concept and how it relates to when we eat foods that have been sprayed with herbicides, or pesticides, we slow down in many ways but we never die right away. The toxins slowly accumulate in the tissues of the body over time to a point where we slow down, little by little. Our digestion is usually the first sign, with many other ailments that follow.
The other day, while at one of the corporate offices I serve as a wellness practitioner, I walked in on a close friend (and client) heating up her lunch in the microwave. Like most people today, everyone is on tight schedules all day with meetings and deadlines. Lunch for a lot of people consists of a quick drive through at some fast food restaurant or heating up a frozen meal. Usually, when I walk into a break room, people run out very quickly because they know I’m going to check on what they’re eating!
My lovely friend is a married woman in her 30s, has kids at home and a full time job. Her time is limited and cooking a healthy meal to bring to work on a consistent basis isn’t always at the top of her priority list. But, I’m sure she would agree, her energy level and long-term health is of importance to her family. My friend stood in the break room heating up a frozen meal that day consisting of a meat, potatoes and corn. I reached into the garbage with a smile to grab the box out and read her all the ingredients that she was about to eat and ingest. I explained what it would do to her, where it came from and how it was processed. She agreed that it was pretty bad and even laughed as she said it. She mentioned how good it tasted, despite all the chemicals in the ingredients. I went as far to tell her that she was about to eat the same thing that a cockroach is sprayed with. She really laughed at that and said, “At least it will keep cockroaches off me.” She then took her “dead” food back to her desk and ate it quickly.
I’ve had this interaction many times with similar responses. Everyone that consumes these types of quick foods have all complained of digestive problems, headaches, metabolism issues and fatigue. But, they still don’t want to believe that what they’re eating isn’t real … and is actually killing them just like the cockroaches – very slowly.
In an earlier post, I shared what GMO foods are and mentioned glyphosate – the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad spectrum herbicide Roundup, which is generously doused on genetically modified crops (mostly corn, wheat and soy in which most packaged foods have today). According to the National Pesticide Information Center, glyphosate is an herbicide applied to the leaves of plants and grasses. Its sodium salt form is used to regulate plant growth and ripen fruits quickly, and it is the most widely used herbicide in the United States while being banned in many other countries across the globe.
Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, meaning it prevents plants from making certain proteins that are needed for growth, and it also kills a specific enzyme pathway in plants. It’s so toxic that it will kill enzymes in your human body as well. Genetically engineered crops can withstand very high levels of Roundup sprayed on them without perishing along with the weed, but glyphosate doesn’t ever wash out of your food once it makes it to your table.
In some of my research I came across a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) research scientist, Dr. Seneff, who reveals how glyphosate wrecks human health through many nutritional deficiencies and systemic toxicity. Dr. Seneff believes that it is “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic disease and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized Societies including: autism, allergies, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, gastrointestinal disease, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn’s disease, infertility, multiple sclerosis, obesity, depression, Alzheimer’s and ALS. The commonly consumed foods in the United States, or Western diet that all have glyphosate residue is found in include genetically engineered sugar, corn, soy and wheat.”
I also came across Dr. Nancy Swanson, a U.S. Navy scientist with a Ph.D. in physics, who became very sick from consuming genetically engineered foods. She switched her whole diet to organic foods and made herself well again. Read her story
Glyphosate causes extreme disruption in our bodies. For every cell in your body, you have 10 microbes of various kinds. Bacteria in your body outnumbers your cells 10 to 1, so you need good bacteria in your gut to fight off disease in your body. Glyphosate affects beneficial bacteria which allows pathogens to overgrow and take over. Once chronic inflammation sets in, you’re on your way toward chronic and potentially debilitating disease.
Microbes in your body will breakdown glyphosate, which is good. However, a byproduct of this action is ammonia. High levels of ammonia are hard on the liver and kidneys, especially if you eat high protein and shower in chlorinated water. Once in the bloodstream, it can cause encephalitis (brain inflammation). Another unfortunate agent from consuming genetically engineered corn is the prevalence of formaldehyde. The levels found in the GE corn were 200 times the amount found in animal studies determined to be toxic to animals. Formaldehyde destroys DNA and can also cause cancer.
I hope you understand the importance of consistently choosing organic food after learning about the toxic effects of chemicals in GMO foods, including glyphosate. Your body will thank you!
With more than 24 years of diverse experience in the health and wellness industry, Jaime has
dedicated her life to caring for and enabling people to increase their overall wellness.