Rapid Global Increase of Celiac's Disease

More than 40% of the world population has a  genetic predisposition  to Celiac's disease. Celiac's is an autoimmune disease caused by ingesting gluten in many cereals, condiments and foods, medications, vitamins, some herbals, enhanced poultry and pork....The list of products is expanding, as more people are developing Celiac's in wheat eating countries, including Asians. Researchers warn of epidemic proportion as incidence increases. Gluten may not be listed on food labels. Many other grains and foods are grown in wheat, rye and barley fields and processed in the same facility as glutenous foods. 

Celiac's was discovered by a doctor in the 1940's.A tiny amount of gluten triggers an intense autoimmune inflammation and atrophy in the small intestine. Poor absorption of nutrients cause multiple deficiencies and diseases. Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and fatigue are common. Celiac's can move to different locations in the abdomen.

A list of the most common diseases for people with Celiac's is: osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity,hypothyroid, Sjorgen's, liver ailments, cancer, infertility, anxiety/depression, irritable bowel, bleeding disorders, juvenile arthritis, anemia, autism, migraine, peripheral neuropathy, learning disabilities, Turner's and William's syndrome(missing genetic chromosome diseases).Since Celiac's is also genetic, occurrence can happen anytime during a lifetime. The incidence in children is alarming.

Researchers are experimenting with vaccines to reduce autoimmune inflammation and atrophy of the intestinal villi. To date , only a strict gluten free diet can help. There is no cure. The diet must be ongoing.

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How Rice Absorbs Arsenic

Arsenic in rice originates from groundwater, soil levels, and pesticides previously applied to rice fields. In flooded rice paddies, arsenite, an inorganic more toxic form is prevalent.

Rice absorbs more arsenite in flooded fields because it cannot differentiate arsenite and silicic acid. Rice likes the silicon because it strengthens the stem. It can absorb  10 x's more than other grasses. As it absorbs more silicon, it also absorbs more arsenite. (MaryLou Guerinot, Dartmouth College)

Rice can also be grown in aerobic conditions where fields are not flooded. Arsenate, another toxic form of arsenic is prevalent in this condition. Rice cannot differentiate arsenate from phosphate, a beneficial nutrient available in soil. As rice absorbs phosphate, it also absorbs arsenate.

Rice needs high levels of silicon and phosphate to strengthen, protect, and enhance its nutrition. The most obvious way to lower arsenic absorption is to lower the use of pesticides containing arsenic used in agricultural fields.

Recently, the F.D.A. has solicited pharmaceutical veterinary drug companies to phase out arsenic in more than 100 pet products. The use of arsenic in poultry has already been removed commercially.

Source: Urvashi Rangan, Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center 

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A Meth Lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology ?

On July 18, 2015, an explosion at the National Institute of Standards and Technology campus, in Gaithersburg, Md., led to an investigation of a suspected illegal methamphetamine lab on campus, a taxpayer-funded facility. A security officer was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. He immediately resigned from his job. The Federal Drug Enforcement agency and Congress have joined the police investigation. Their statement is that no  research project or scientists were injured.! Continue reading

Common Herbicide 2, 4-D A Possible Carcinogen

The International Cancer Agency, from the World Health Organization, considers 2,4 D broad leaf herbicide a possible carcinogen because it causes oxidative stress. This can lead to chronic inflammation and cancer in humans. 2,4- D is the most commonly used pesticide in the world, marketed as Weed B gone, Tri Kill, Killex, Weedaway Trillion and Par 3 to name a few. Last year, it was marketed as Enlist Duo, combined with glyphosphate by Dow AgroSciences. It is part of Agent Orange, mixed with dioxin. Alone, it has been used since World War Two. Previous concern is it causes cirrhosis of the liver, especially in golfers.Chemical manufacturers are disputing the classification of a possible carcinogen from previous studies. In other words, it may not cause cancer in everyone exposed to eating food grown during its use. Environmental agencies, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council are filing lawsuits to discontinue its use. What are you spraying on your lawn and garden? Continue reading

E.P.A. Moves to Restrict Fracking Wastewater

The E.P.A. proposed a rule to prevent sending fracking waste water to public sewage plants. Some oil and gas extraction facilities have previously sent waste water to publicly owned facilities. In fact, we are drinking it. 

During fracking, millions of gallons daily of this water is sent underground. Most of the water returns to the surface containing various metals, salts, radioactive material and organic matter we don't want to drink. Public treatment sewage plants are not able to remove these materials. This polluted sewage is also apparent in some well water.

Let your city leaders know we expect the clean water we pay for.

Chemical& Engineering News, April 15, 2015

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Respite for the Bees

U.S. beekeepers lost 42% of their honeybees from April 2014 to 2015.This is the second highest loss ever recorded. Although Congress is frustrated with the conflicting research, it has asked President Obama to release a strategy to protect our pollinators within the next 2 weeks.

Although the U.S.D.A. finds no reason to restrict soybean seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides, the E.P.A. has recently restricted any new use of these pesticides accused by consumer groups for decimating the bee and pollinator population. This includes aerial spraying or any different application until all data is evaluated.

On April 2,a letter to chemical companies indicated any new  use of clothian,dinotefuran, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam will not be approved any time soon. The manufacturers are asked to withdraw them from production or delete them from outdoor use. The E.P.A. admitted lack of sufficient data to determine the outcome of usage on bees and  pollinators. Peter Jenkins, Center for Food Safety, says under federal regulation (F.IF.R.A), the E.P.A. should suspend existing use of these pesticides, pending a thorough investigation of impact of these pesticides on the environment. The outcry and demands from the public have retailers removing neonicotinoids from their shelves and have forced the E.P.A. and government agencies to seriously reconsider use in the future. Until the E.P.A. can prove these pesticides are safe for pollinators and the public, further use may be restricted all together.

Sources: Chemical and Engineering News, May 11 and May 16, 2015.

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The first G MO Apple

The Arctic, non browning apple is the first G MO apple approved by the USDA. This new variety will be  available in markets in 2016, labeled Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny. Non browning is achieved by gene silencing, reducing the amounts of poly-phenol oxidase that causes browning. Okanagan Specialty Fruits, who parented this apple, says the nutritional value is comparable to other apples.

In fact, a 2003 survey proved wild apples to have 475 times more phytonutrients than commercially produced apples. The least nutritious varieties include Empire, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady and Fuji. Other commercial varieties and wild apples contain as much as 80 times more cancer compounds than the ones previously listed .Fuji, the most popular apple today, contains almost no phytonutrients to fight cancer and is also at the top of the list of the least nutritious apples. 

The most nutritious apple originates from New Zealand, Called Monty's Surprise.This variety produces the most phytonutrients that reduce or destroy most cancer cells, especially colon cancer. New Zealanders call it the Full Monty. Hopefully, these apples will be available by the time Arctic apples appear in 2016.


Sources: Chemical and Engineering News: Coming Soon: Non browning Apples, Britt Erikson, Feb 23, 2015

Eating On the Wild Side, Jo Robinson, 2014.

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Regulating Strontium in Drinking Water

Strontium is detected in 99% of U.S. drinking water. The present amounts raise concern in at least 7% of public drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires the E.P.A. to check unregulated contaminants of concern in drinking water every 5 years. The E.P.A. will make a decision about regulating Strontium levels in drinking water in 2015.

Strontium is a trace element that can replace calcium in the bones. It especially affects children, infants and adolescents. I am concerned for pregnant and lactating women also. Small levels of Strontium could affect mother's milk. Also the skeletal formation of fetus may also be adversely affected by Strontium levels. 

Recently, the E.P.A. has decided not to regulate 2 organophosphates in drinking water. They originate from pesticides. The E.P.A. estimates up to 10% of pesticides drift from their target during application. These and other pollutants of similar nature could easily land in our sources of drinking water. The E.P.A. has no regulatory government agency to over rule its decisions. Only the court system can over rule an E.P.A. mandate.

Concerned about contaminates in our drinking water? Contact an environmental agency lobbying the E.P.A. . They often collect funds to take the E.P.A. to court on our behalf. Or, you can always contact your state and national representatives who have contacts in Washington. Let them know your concerns. 

Questions? email Judy Griffin, PhD. at

Concerned about Strontium in your bones? Contact Judy Griffin about a trace mineral analysis consultation at 1800 4962125/ 817 293 5410

Source: Chemical and Engineering News: October 27 2014. 

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Update on Honeybees

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics will be collecting more data on what is killing our honeybees. We all know pesticides are a culprit, but mites and lack of habitat will also be included. The new surveys will look at small bee keepers with less than 5 hives. The goal is to document colony movement, stress to the hives and losses. This seems to be necessary to provide funding to help the bees and legislation to remove toxic pesticides from the market. We hope.

The good news is the USDA will provide 4 million dollars to farmers and ranchers to use conservation and provide cover crops that provide food for the bees. This is a small amount, but it is a start.

The reason the USDA is beginning to move to help the bees is because of environmental groups protesting toxic pesticides.  Also,folks  are willing to contact their congress men and women to aid in the honeybee dilemma. We need research and answers to allow the colonies to grow and pollinate our food. Yes, I'm petitioning each of you to let state and national legislators know this is important. I'm also asking you to plant flowering herbs and plants that attract and feed bees every year. Whether you grow in pots or gardens doesn't matter. If you have questions about easy plants to grow, please contact me or the county agricultural department or local nurseryman. If you live in the area, I may have some cuttings or extra plants you can have for the asking.

We started the organic movement 50+ years ago, one gardener at a time. We can do the same to save bees. Keep the faith.

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