Today we have bad news and good news for the osteoporosis community. There’s bad news about genetically-modified soy, but good news about municipal water fluoridation in Israel. And milk makes news again – this time because it appears to be slowly dying out.
On to the news! Let’s start with the soy…
USDA Approves Bayer’s New GMO Soy
Bayer has come out with a new type of genetically-modified soy that can withstand the highly toxic herbicide, isoxaflutole (IFT). And the USDA has actually approved it.
“‘Bayer’s new GE soybeans represent the next wave in agricultural biotechnology—crops that dramatically increase farmers’ use of and dependence on toxic herbicides,’ said Bill Freese, science policy analyst at Center for Food Safety.
Dubbed FG72, these GE soybeans were developed by Bayer CropScience, the second-largest agrichemicals firm in the world.
The EPA has designated IFT as a ‘probable human carcinogen’ based on animal tests in which it triggered liver and thyroid tumors in rats. IFT and its major breakdown product persist in surface waters, and despite its limited use, at present is frequently detected in tests. … IFT is so toxic that three states—Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota—rejected the Bayer-EPA label for this herbicide as insufficiently protective of human health, the environment and neighboring crops.”1
Of course, the carcinogenic nature of IFT is of great concern; but herbicides like IFT also cause significant damage to your bones, because IFT and herbicides in general are acidifying toxins. Like pesticides, they should be avoided by anyone on a bone-healthy diet.
That’s not the only concern here. The GMO soybeans themselves can, like all genetically-modified foods, cause kidney and liver damage.2 When the kidneys and liver are overloaded with toxins they can’t perform their all-important tasks of maintaing the pH balance and detoxifying the body.Your whole system suffers under this poisonous overload, including your bones.
Israel to Stop Municipal Water Fluoridation in 2014
Here’s some of the good news I mentioned earlier. Israel is forging ahead with total cessation of fluoride in their public water supplies.
“The popularity of water fluoridation continues to plummet, with an entire country pulling the plug on the practice in one fell swoop in recent weeks.
On July 29, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel noted in its ruling on a 2012 petition the State’s intention to cease compulsory fluoridation of public water supplies in 2014.
The November 12, 2012 petition from Yaacov Gurman and the Izun Hozer Association for Dissemination of Health Education demanded that the Ministry of Health order the cessation of fluoridation due to health dangers and the fact that its benefits are no longer widely accepted.”3
If you live in the US and you’re concerned about municipal water fluoridation where you live, take heart – the trend seems to be spreading:
“Despite the United States being in the minority around the world with most communities stubbornly backing water fluoridation, support has continued to slowly erode with an increasing number of localities deciding to end the practice.”3
Savers are familiar with the damage that fluoride does to your bones. Let’s hope that other countries will catch on after Israel’s decision, and remove toxic fluoride from municipal water once and for all.
However, there’s a cautionary point to be made here. If Israel stops adding fluoride to its public water supply, will they add anything else instead? It may pave the way for some other toxic substance to be added to water.
Or maybe Israel may add fluoride to table salt, as is the case in many European countries. Seven countries in the European Union currently produce and market fluoridated table salt: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Slovakia.4
While consumers have the choice between fluoridated or non-fluoridated salt, the prevalence of this toxin in table salt will make it even harder to avoid. Many people won’t read the label, for instance, and others aren’t aware that fluoride is a poison and will buy and use the salt without realizing what they’re ingesting.
Let’s hope that if people around the world are beginning to see the useless and dangerous nature of adding fluoride to drinking water, they will also wake up to its dangers in salt.
Will We Witness the “Slow Death” of Milk?
Government officials have apparently been a little too busy to address the Farm Bill this year. If they don’t get to it, an antiquated law from 1949 will take effect, requiring the Agriculture Department to price milk in such a way as to roughly double its cost at today’s rates.
“Dairy farmers warn that there could be a jump in price at the grocery store by year’s end.
Ken Nobis is with the Michigan Milk Producers Association and notes that Congress has its plate full of very pressing issues and fears the Farm Bill may be on the back burner…
He says without congressional action – an old law would kick in – and you could end up paying a lot more.
“‘Probably, talking in the neighborhood of $5-6 a gallon for milk,’ said Nobis. ‘The consequences are consumers aren’t going to buy the product at that cost.’”5
I consider this in the “good news” category. After all, even the Medical Establishment (which has been touting milk as essential for health for decades) is beginning to question milk’s “benefits”. And Savers are well aware of the fact that milk is an acidifying animal protein, and therefore unnecessary – and harmful – to bone health.
As I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, milk does contain calcium (300mg per cup), but it’s so acidifying that it actually causes you to lose bone.
So higher milk prices may be a blessing in disguise for everyone’s bones!
Till next time,
1 “New Generation of Genetically Engineered Crops Found to Drastically Increase Use of Toxic Pesticides.” EcoWatch. August 30, 2013. Web. http://ecowatch.com/2013/new-generation-genetically-engineered-crops-increase-toxic-pesticides/
2 Derbyshire, David. “Fears grow as study shows genetically modified crops ‘can cause liver and kidney damage.’ Daily Mail Online. January 1, 2010. Web. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1244824/Fears-grow-study-shows-genetically-modified-crops-cause-liver-kidney-damage.html
3 “Israel Suspends Water Fluoridation Citing Health Concerns.” The Healthy Home Economist. August 14, 2013. Web. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/israel-bans-all-water-fluoridation-citing-health-concerns/
4 Gotzfried, Franz. “Legal aspects of fluoride in salt, particularly within the EU.” 21 January 2006. Pdf
5 “Ready To Pay $6 For A Gallon Of Milk?” CBSLocal. September 10, 2013. Web. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/09/10/ready-to-pay-6-for-a-gallon-of-milk/