You’ll Never Know If You’re Eating #GMO, Thanks @HouseFloor

GMOGMOs or genetically modified organisms were deemed so safe that labeling isn’t necessary in foods, according to a recently passed law. Labeling foods that contain GMOs would require a vast overhaul of the foods we already consume on a regular basis. Supporters of the recently passed anti-GMO labeling law realize that this shift in awareness may cause undue alarm among the public and a painful blow to the expenses of food manufacturers having to update their labels. Supporters deemed this the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Those who contested this act referred to their efforts as “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act. The EPA recognizes that certain herbicides used to treat GMO crops can alter DNA. Foods harvested from these crops have measurable levels of this carcinogenic herbicide. We go to school to learn. We go to the doctor to stay healthy. What happens when the government decides that we can’t handle the decision to choose GMO or not?

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@TIME, Why Is Poop On The #Cilantro?

cilantroI love how a prestigious magazine like TIME used the word poop in a headline. In all seriousness if you like cilantro, you need to know the business at hand. The FDA has issued a ban on the import of cilantro from certain regions in Mexico. The ban was issued after human feces and toilet paper were found near fields growing cilantro for import to the US. The band will be lifted on August 31, 2015. In hindsight, the band was enacted in April of this year. Don’t be too heartbroken if you must lead the cilantro out of your guacamole. Until this all blows over, avocado hummus is a crowd-pleaser.

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@MLG, eSports Are Upping The Stakes!

gamersIf you didn’t know this, let me bring you up to date. Gaming is serious business. It is so serious that an organization is calling for drug testing. An accomplished gamer has impressive hand-eye coordination. Put that gamer on a stimulant, and you’ve got a gaming boss on your hands. Recently, a tournament competitors confessed to using the popular stimulant Adderall. This opened Pandora’s Box to investigate the recreational use of stimulants to enhance performance for gaming. Considering the prize pools and the number of cyber athletes is increasing, these athletes should be held to the same standards. No worries, High Scorer. It’s just a skin test. If you’re doing it the old fashioned way, it’s worth $250,000 or more, right?

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Good News @CeliacAwareness, Egg Yolk Supplement To Hide #Gluten

celiacIf gluten makes your belly sad, here’s some news to make your tummy smile: a supplement is being considered to help people with Celiac disease eat foods with gluten. People suffering from Celiac disease or any degree of gluten sensitivity may appreciate the magic this supplement can work on hiding the gluten from their body, mitigating the uncomfortable and unforgiving side effects of gluten sensitivity. The supplement, derived from the yolks of chicken eggs, prevents gliadin from being absorbed. Gliadin is a type of protein people with gluten sensitivity cannot properly digest, hence the abdominal pains and other unforgiving side effects. Think about your favorite foods. Do they contain gluten? This could be a game-changer in your food choices.

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Have You Heard Of #FGM? What Can We Do @StopFGMNow?

FGMIn a world where women are treated like animals, mutilated, and stricken with pain, this cultural tradition is known as female genital mutilation. Reading a list as to why such atrocities occur, it’s essentially for the empowerment of men. For curious minds, this is an animation video showing how such a surgery is performed. Culturally, it’s a rite of passage into womanhood however it’s possible to have the surgery undone. One surgeon remarked that the clitoral tissue is abundant throughout the pelvic region of a woman. Once it is identified, it’s possible to reverse FGM. Countries that have outlawed FGM are: Britain, Canada, France, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US. As cited in the headline article, states in the US are implored to outlaw FGM, on a state-by-state basis. It’s alarming to know that although a federal law bans the practice throughout the country, only 24 out of 50 states have enacted legislation at the local level. It’s not coincidental that the aforementioned countries and leading sates are more progressive than those who continue to mutilate women with FGM. It’s hard to believe, but as a cultural tradition in certain cultures, FGM is supported by both men and women. I’m guessing those FGM supporters aren’t reading this post.

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#Metformin Protects Against #Parkinsons

parkinsonsPeople with Type 2 diabetes who use metformin, or glitazone drugs are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, as shown in a UK study. Healthy people are not recommended to take these drugs to prevent the development of Parkinson’s disease because the negative side effects far outweigh the benefits. However, for people with T2D, when they no longer used the glitazone drug, the protective effects were shown to diminish. For the general population in the US, it’s estimated that 91 million people currently have pre-diabetes. Metformin is used as a treatment for pre-diabetes. To protect against the neurodegenerative ailment of Parkinson’s disease, is this a calculated risk worth taking for nearly one-third of the population?

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Bacon As A #Superfood? Thank @oregonstatenews For Dulse.

baconWe all know what a superfood is and why we should eat them.  That’s easier said than done, especially when those foods aren’t winning any popularity contests. Enter dulse. Oregon State University scientists have patented a strain of red seaweed that tastes like bacon. It’s teeming with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and packs more punch, nutritionally, than kale. Take that, struggling garnish! Dulse is the tasty seaweed in town. Oregon’s looking to cultivate a new industry and this imminent superfood may be the flagship export of the state, given the ample sea water, sunshine, and fast “crop” turnover. Who knew seaweed would give kale a run for its money? Checkout this video for more details on where to get dulse now.

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#Health Waits For No One, Right @Fly_Flirtey? Call The Drones!

droneSpecial delivery of medication! The first government-approve drone dropped its order of medication to a pop-up medical facility in Virginia, last Friday, July 17, 2015. The groundbreaking drone delivery of vital medical supplies couldn’t have come at a better time. This area of rural Virginia is in dire financial straits, with the poverty rate above 25% and layoffs on a weekly basis. Jack Kennedy is a seventh-generation resident of the county launching the drone-delivery trial. He also spearheaded the partnership between Wise County and Firtey, the drone-operated aircraft company. Kennedy said,”this is as much of an opportunity as the Internet when it first started. We can be there early.” When it comes to the need of medical supplies, it’s more than being there early. It’s about getting in there, regardless of excuses. Drones don’t make excuses. Drones make it happen.

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@LadyGaGa Can Birth Order Influence Our Personality? #bornthisway

birthorderNot all of us can be a well-adjusted middle child, or the beloved baby, or some other personality, according to birth order. But never mind that silly folklore. A new study finds that birth order doesn’t determine personality. From a backseat driver’s perspective, in other words I’m not a parent, every child will have a unique personality. Parents adapt to it, regardless of whether he or she is the oldest, the middle child, the baby or somewhere in-between. The one thing researchers tried to hit home in this study was that each child deserves to be parented with individuality in mind. Don’t rob your child of the freedom of expression for their true personality because of their birth order. Just put your paws up because you were born this way, baby.

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Is #Fracking As Bad As It Sounds @EPAwater?

frackingNot only does the word fracking sound bad, it’s been linked to hospitalizations for heart, neurological, and other conditions. Hydraulic fracking is a method of pumping chemicals into the ground, at high pressure, to release oil. It is also known as hydraulic drilling or fracking. This method was deemed safe for drinking water, by the EPA. This recently published 5-year study shows it may pose a risk of contamination to the water supply. For the counties closest to the fracking sites, the rates of hospitalizations for cardiac distress, neurological illness, skin conditions, and cancer increased by 27%. From my point-of-view, it doesn’t seem like the risk outweighs the reward. Your health isn’t worth the barter trade for cheaper and more accessible oil. Then again, if you have any doubt as to the safety of the drinking water – you can always distill your next sip.

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