Archive for August, 2007
To sum: Study Up, Have a Back-Up Plan, Know the Drill, Be a Label Detective (use AllergyKids’ research in our previous newsletters to help identify those hidden allergens that aren’t included on the labels!), Create Identification Cards (use the AllergyKids symbol!), and Take the Time to Meet the Faculty and Staff.
Thank you, Dr. Bassett, for your remarkable work on behalf of our children!
This article recently appeared on Healthy Child with Erin Brockovich, Meryl Streep and others…
A famous French political thinker once said that the public would rather believe a simple lie than a complex truth.
The truth behind genetic engineering is extremely complex. It has been used for decades, but it is only in the last ten years that neurotoxins have been engineered into our food supply.
No one has studied the long term health implications of children consuming foods containing neurotoxins, novel proteins and allergens.
Though to look back over the last ten years, you quickly remember that ten years ago, we didn’t have to worry about sending a peanut butter and jelly sandwich into school with our children; we didn’t have to medicate our eight year olds to get them through the school day; and the movie, “Rain Man,” was all we knew of autism.
Today, at least 1 out of every 17 children under the age of three has a food allergy with at least 5 million American children suffering from this condition (though these statistics are from 2002, over five years old). Autism, diabetes and obesity are often referred to as “American epidemics”.
So what has changed?
In 1996, the United States adopted widespread use of genetically modified crops due to growing public concern over the health risks associated with the industrial spraying of insecticidal and pesiticidal toxins. In an effort to reduce the spraying of these toxins, scientists began using biotechnology to engineer these pesticides and insecticides into the plants themselves.
As these ingredients were introduced around the world ten years ago, government agencies in Europe, Asia, Australia, Japan, Russia and 45 developed countries required them to be listed on food labels, so that consumers could make informed choices when it came to feeding their families.
In the United States, our regulatory agencies do not require these genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled. So, unlike other developed countries, we have not been informed that almost 70% of our corn, 90% of our soy and 75% of our processed food now contain neurotoxins, novel proteins and allergens.
Today one out of every three children suffers from allergies, asthma, autism or ADHD. It appears that we have unknowingly and without informed consent engaged our children in one of the largest human trials in history.
Ten years into this human trial, our children are trying to tell us something…
Shouldn’t we listen?
As we continue to focus on food safety and the hidden dangers in our children’s foods, AllergyKids is grateful for the work of our friend, Andy Weil, who serves on the board of the Organic Center - a group with which we are working closely in our efforts to provide you with ways to help protect the health of your families.
We would like to highlight Dr. Weil’s recent article “Five Ways to Safer Foods” as seen here.
As the number of children (and adults) with dairy allergy appears to be increasing, AllergyKids is taking a close (very close!) look at recent changes that have been made to milk.
In 1993, the FDA approved a controversial genetically engineered hormone called rBGH (or rBST). This hormone is administered to cows in the form of a vaccine in an effort to increase profitability by enabling the cows to produce more milk.
The controversy arose when pus was found in this new cow’s milk, when the cows developed mastitis, an increase in IGF-1 was found, and when the genetically engineered hormone was linked to breast and prostate cancers. Yikes! Can you imagine if we were forced to inject ourselves with a daily vaccine with these side effects while we were breast feeding?
Despite the fact that the FDA still stands by the safety of this genetically engineered hormone (after all, the FDA commisioner who approved it also worked for the corporation profiting from the hormone!), there are some bold and courageous corporations who have said, “Enough of this insanity!”
AllergyKids is thrilled to announce that Kroger has just announced that they are joining Safeway, Starbucks, Publix and Chipotle in removing this potentially dangerous chemical hormone from their milk! On behalf of the little ones around the country, we can not begin to express our gratitude for these courageous leaders and thank them for being voices for our children!