I have been doing research for a while now and I want to give it to your in roughly the sequence I have been finding it. I started by looking into the food we eat. My oldest daughter has just been diagnosed with “leaky gut syndrome”, my middle daughter has constant low low stomach pain and itching and the doctors can’t find anything wrong. My youngest just can’t sit still – not that he has to but sometimes his uncontrolled running seems a bit much. I feel like I am feeding my kids better then I ate as a child but I don’t remember having this much trouble.
I bumped into a video about a year ago on facebook. It was a mother who was traveling around talking about genetically modified foods and allergies. Her daughter had had an allergic reaction which led her to research the current food supply.
What struck me, is that she had similar views on food to me. I was raised on this – what is the big deal. But are we actually buying the same thing we ate as kids? Same packing and label but is it the same inside?
She explained that an allergy is your body’s reaction to a foreign substance. She found that in 1994 the milk supply in the US began being modified with the cows being filled with engineered proteins and growth hormones. As there were no human studies done, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan, New Zealand and all 27 countries of Europe banned it as it wasn’t proven safe. The US allowed it as it wasn’t proven dangerous. GO U.S.! The elevated hormones have been linked to several kinds of cancer.
In 1996 the soy bean began being genetically modified followed a few years later by the corn seed having insecticide added to the seed directly.
As a result, the US has the highest rate of cancer of any country on the planet. There has been a 265% increase in hospitalization because of allergies and 1 in 17 kids under 3 have a food allergy. One in 8 women get breast cancer, yet only 1 in 10 of those are from genetic causes, meaning that 9 out of 10 cases of breast cancer are environmentally caused.
This mother’s name is Robyn O’Brien and I have linked her video here. Its only 18 minutes long but very enlightening, inspiring and horrifying.
I googled more about Robyn and found that she has founded Allergy Kids Foundation and written books on the subject.
Here is a quote from the website:
“Founded by author, public speaker and mother of four, Robyn O’Brien, the AllergyKids Foundation’s site officially launched on Mother’s Day 2010 to bring attention to recent changes to the food supply and the dramatic increases in the rates of allergies, asthma, autism and ADHD in the last twenty years:
- 400% increase in allergies
- 300% increase in asthma
- 400% increase in ADHD
- and an increase of between 1,500 and 6,000% in the number of children with autism-spectrum disorders.”
This really struck me as I am sure it just did for you too. We are in fact not feeding our kids the same food we ate.
So the first thing I learned is I need to go organic!