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Safety First!

As doctors, we take the Hippocratic Oath that says we will first do no harm. Safety is important in all aspects of life. Did you know that there is no proof that genetically modified foods are safe for us to eat? There has been little study of effects from GMO’s on people.   However, there is greater and greater concern because of the results of the animal testing. A genetically modified food is where foreign genetic material is incorporated into the seeds of crops. Foreign material in the body requires the body’s immune system to rev up for war. Doesn’t that sounds like an autoimmune disease?  When we think man can do things better than God, is that being grandiose?

When we put anything in the body that is not meant to be there, we are likely asking for trouble.  The most common way that food is genetically modified is through herbicides or pesticides.  They will put some foreign material in the seed that will keep round up from killing the plant or pests from eating the plant.  That foreign material goes into our body too and has a reaction.  Not everyone has bad gut problems, but I see many more gut problems than the first few years out of chiropractic school.  Let’s see what happens several generations down the line.  Would you like to bet that people will get sicker or healthier eating GMO’s?

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Sun as Medicine!

 

As the saying goes, say it often enough and people will believe it. Today, the wonder of the internet brings us instant information, so please, don’t necessarily take my word for anything. Or anyone else’s word either. Look it up yourself. With that said, we have more skin cancer now than we ever had before the invention of sun block. Isn’t that amazing? The makers of sun block forgot to tell us that the rays blocked by their products are not the rays that cause cancer. Did God create the sun for us to enjoy? Of course, any good thing can be overdone and being very fair myself, if I go to the lake, I’ll use sunscreen. Normally, I think of the sun as my medicine (after all the sun block we have used, people are very deficient in vitamin D) but I don’t tarry in it too long at a time.

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Healthcare Prices?

Reading an article full of facts about health care can be eye opening.  The report may be from 2013, but the US spent $750 billion more for health care than other developed countries.  Why?  The price of one Lipitor in the US is the same as three Lipitor in Argentina.  One Plavix in the US is the same price as four Plavix in Spain.  One Nexium in the US is the same price as eight in France.  Sigh…  And other countries like Japan, Australia, and Spain have higher life expectancies for their population than the US does and they spend less per person than the US does.  The article gave prices for certain procedures and the US was always the most expensive.  I personally know someone who had open-heart surgery in Thailand and paid $26,000 for it. His cardiologist was ranked the best in the world. How much do you think that surgery would cost in the US?

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To Label or Not to Label? That Is the Question!

The Dark Act was defeated in Congress.  It was referred to as the Dark Act because it wanted to “make dark” to the citizens of the US what is in your food.  It was defeated!  YEAH!!  Do you want to know what is in your food?  If they think GMO’s are so good for you, why wouldn’t they want to label everything that had them and we would finally see the truth and demand GMO’s.  If we put a shirt on our body, we get to know where it was made and what kind of cloth it is, but we don’t get the same information about what we put in our body?  Just to let you know, they aren’t through with us yet.  They have done a test vote to see if the congressmen would like to bring the Dark Act back up for discussion.  SIGH!  The people have spoken, but our congressmen don’t seem to care.  In Colorado, Congressman Bennett and Gardner both voted to have new discussions.  Why?  Well, let’s just say that they get much money from the agricultural industry.  In fact, it was reported that Congressmen that voted to have discussions about it received a total of $58,991,192 from the agricultural industry.  That averaged out to $867,518 per Congressmen.  Those who voted against bringing talks back were given a total of $10,175,439 in aggregate with $350,877 being the average.  Both Congressmen from Colorado voted for more talks.  Call your Congressman and tell them to allow us to know what is in our food.  And Congressman Bennett has received $473,397 from the agricultural industry while Congressman Gardner received  $946,349.  That could influence anyone.  These facts were taken from the Organic Consumers Association.  Let your voice be heard!!