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Coast to Coast Am is a program that I listen to on a daily basis. They deal with a range of topics and in particular the lead host regularly tackles personal and public health issues. The May 18, 2010 show was all about the effects of GMO foods and how it has been shown to kill and sterilize live stock and lab animals.

You have to have a subscription to hear the archived program but you can link to the websites of the guests to get more info on the topics.

http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2010/05/18

Program Description:

GM Food Dangers

Author and filmmaker Jeffrey Smith discussed the dangers of eating genetically modified (GM) foods, and how the biotech industry has tried to cover up negative reports. The stakes are high right now, with a Supreme Court battle over approval of genetically modified alfalfa, and the Dept. of Justice combined with the Dept. of Agriculture investigating if Monsanto is a monopoly, he reported. Some countries are taking the threat of GM foods seriously, with India recently banning GM eggplant.

Genetically modified foods are created to either tolerate herbicides or become insect killers themselves. Right now, the main GM crops are soy (91%), corn (85%), canola (85%), cottonseed, and sugar beets, he detailed. A recent study of hamsters fed GM soy beans, showed that by the third generation most of them had become infertile or sterile, died at 5x the rate of the control group, and were slower to reach sexual maturity, Smith said. In testing of farm animals, they demonstrated a marked preference for non-GM feed, and would avoid eating the GM feed, he added.

Monsanto is “amazing in their ability to completely spin the truth,” and they rigged research when it came to their genetically modified bovine growth hormone, Smith asserted. Their ultimate goal is to “genetically engineer 100% of the commercial seeds in the world and patent them– to replace nature!” he continued. The Non-GMO Shopping Guide offers a listing of various food categories and specifies which brands are not genetically modified.

Aspartame Update

In the last hour, Dr. Betty Martini shared an update on aspartame, the artificial sweetener used in hundreds of products. Based on many studies, she classified aspartame as a poison and said its use is associated with numerous health problems. Because of the bad publicity, aspartame has recently been rebranded as AminoSweet, she noted, adding that such products as Just Like Sugar, and pure Stevia are safe alternatives to artificial sweeteners.


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