GMO Corn Questions

A recent conversion about GMOs came through from a piece of fiction. Since food affects everyone and we don’t produce our own food any more. The last part meaning you may have a garden or fruit trees, but the ability to raise cow, chickens, and pork isn’t allowed in every community.

GMO is abbreviation for Genetic Modified Organism. Us humans have been playing with our food for thousands of years. For instance, in 1400’s corn had kernels on the top of the plant, not ears covered with them. Today, bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) corn actually has genetic coding from bacteria included in its own DNA. Thus modifying its genetics. While selective breeding has created thousands of varieties over decades, the process of genetic splicing produces much faster results.

Crop production is the added benefit through either faster production, resistance to pests, and/or resistance to herbicides. The ‘traditional’ of pest control methods included things like applying sprays of Bacillus thuringiensis (bt). The bacteria is light sensitive did sunlight would break down the applications of bacteria fairly quickly. Which means lots of reapplying. And high costs to purchase more and more product. But why use it, the bacteria has a chemical toxic to pests and only dissolves in alakine digestive systems. Hey, ours are highly acidic! Therefore extremely safe for humans, birds, cows and pigs.

Don’t mistake the Bacillus thuringiensis for the bt Corn. There are differences in what they are and why. The corn plant has the bt genes in its stalk, leaves, silks, ears, and roots. So Mr Bug eats at any part and ingests the toxin. Goodbye, Mr Bug. So far, so good. The bacteria has an outer shell between the toxin and the bug. The digestive juices eats away the shell. We don’t digest the shell, so we don’t ingest the toxin.

There have been several studies to investigate the level of scariness that bt Corn should cause. Obviously, producers of bt Corn have financed a few of these and they say there are no side effects to humans. Also tip of the environmental hat, it requires less pesticides! There are many environmental groups that paid for studies that show bt Corn as franken-corn, ready to storm the world corn village destroying it all.

The truth is probably closer to the middle. The bt Corn is usually resistant to herbicides like Glyphosphate (Commercially known as Round-up). Farmers tend to cultivate (weed) their fields by spraying Glyphosphate. The herbicide is water soluble and binds to proteins (animal and plant proteins). This is where things get cloudy. If consumed Glyphosphate can be found in stomach linings, esophagus, and intestines due to its ability to bind to proteins. It doesn’t flush out of the digestive system quickly because of the acidic environment. The catch is his much is in that ear of corn. Noone really knows.

Why, each variety has different water content and kernels vary between feed (dry) and sweet corn. Corn meal can be made from either, but feed corn is mostly for animals we eat. There are few studies that compare corn with number of applications of Glyphosphate and concentration of Glyphosphate in the harvested bt Corn. There are fewer that analyse the concentration of Glyphosphate within beef, poultry and pork that ate bt Corn. But the reason here is fed corn isn’t labeled GMO sourced, how does a research know without analysing all the feed. These animals eat well… like pigs. You couldn’t do anything but spot check. Mist peole aren’t crazy because of variance your numbers would be questionable. It still could be done with multiple studies, each either verifying or disproving the original study. Again few studies are done and released but most are subsidized by manufacturer of Glyphosphate.

In 2016, 90-95% of corn sold in US was classified as bt Corn. I sourced the websites and all had different numbers these represent the range of all three. Some websites state it is not appropriate to share their data (so they all anonymous). I have read a dozen articles and they are divergent at best in their findings. Personally, i make the decision to rely on chemistry and moderation with a heavy infusion of Farmers markets.

If it is toxic to a bacteria or plant, than in sufficient quantities it becomes toxic to my cells. If it is binding to my cells, than it can alter my cells in sufficient quantities. What the hell is that about? Cancer is irregular cell division and toxins tend to interfere with cell division. Not everyone will die of cancer because of Glyphosphate. But several courts have awarded damages from its use. Reducing exposure to Glyphosphate is healthier for you. If you don’t know your food source then consider organic. Organic is NO guarantee to be free if GMOs, it means less chemicals exposed to the plants that produce your food.

*I’m a former Chemistry major, with 20 years of gardening experience, and relatives who still make an honest living playing in the dirt, doing God’s work, farming

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Letter From My Congressman

There’s a movement in Healthcare here in the US. Congress has tried to kill one system and replace it with another. The ACA (Obamacare) used an income tax on the Top 2% incomes to pay for a significant chunk. The ACHA (Trumpcare) cuts that tax and uses $880 billion taken from Medicare expanded coverage.  The biggest issue with the new system is there is no way to control what you may be charged based on age and history.  If you believe your health is all lifestyle and rich people need an average of $24,000,000 in tax cuts more than people who worked their whole life to afford retirement than this might make sense.  The young people living on $30,000 a year actually weren’t paying more after ACA.  Which is a claim made that healthy people subsidized unhealthy people (it works this way for all insurance Life, Auto, Homeowners….) Insurance is a risk based industry. A hurricane hits Florida, your home owners insurance goes up in Maine, Kansas, Montana… For profit companies will make money.  Healthcare is being called a privilege. And without a 3% growth in domestic Gross National Product, Congress can’t balance this tax cut. We are looking at 1.9% in a very positive year.

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Mr. Mark Reynolds


Star Valley, AZ 85541-3983

 

Dear Mr. Reynolds,

 

Thank you for contacting me regarding the American Health Care Act (AHCA). I appreciate your thoughts on this issue and welcome the opportunity to respond.

 

Before coming to Washington to be your member of Congress, I owned and operated a dental practice in Northern Arizona for more than 25 years. Serving the community as a health care provider, both by practicing dentistry as well as engaging in charitable and non-profit activities with other Arizona doctors and physicians, I know the best health care not only focuses on preventative services and wellness but also empowers the doctor-patient relationship by getting government and insurance regulation out of the way.

 

America needs health care reform to lower costs, increase access, and enhance patient choice. As your Congressman, I am committed to reform that is both patient-centered and market-based.  That is why I strongly oppose the burdensome and costly regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. Former President Obama’s colossal overhaul of the American health care system delivered 20,000 pages of regulations which have restricted choice, driven up insurance premiums and put bureaucrats between you and your doctor. The mandates and regulations included in this law have driven insurance companies out of the market and put millions of Americans at risk of losing their private, individual health insurance. Public opposition to Obamacare helped deliver victories to Republicans across the country with a mandate to repeal the law and replace it with common-sense policies that lower costs and improve access to care for average Americans.

 

On May 4th, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – a measure to begin the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare – with my supportI am going to tell Arizonans the truth about the updated version of the American Health Care Act: This bill is not a full repeal and replace of Obamacare. However, after working alongside my colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus, we have been able to secure Conservative changes to the bill that will immediately eliminate Obamacare taxes, lower health care premiums and offer more choices for Arizonans. Additionally, my support for AHCA was contingent upon not giving Members of Congress special treatment. Elected leaders must be subject to the same rules governing all Americans, and this important measure explicitly applies to this bill.

 

Conservatives worked tirelessly in the weeks preceding the House vote to make the AHCA better for the American people. In particular, the Freedom Caucus – following up on our earlier offer of a full repeal and replace plan – immediately got to work to mitigate problems within the original bill text. The new plan has updated language to immediately roll back stifling requirements while also protecting individuals with preexisting conditions. While this revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, my conservative colleagues and I support it as part of our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs and make a down-payment on a full repeal. Millions of Americans are drowning right now under the tidal wave of Obamacare regulations and mandates that have destroyed our entire healthcare system. The American Health Care Act is a life raft to those suffering and represents real movement toward a true market-based solution.

 

One important policy change in this bill is the increase in state authority to drive down costs and tailor specific plans to the unique needs of their citizens. The MacArthur amendment will grant individual states the ability to effectively repeal cost-driving aspects of Obamacare not already addressed by the AHCA. Especially in the interim period before Obamacare can be fully repealed, this increased authority will empower states to free individuals, families and businesses from the most burdensome Obamacare regulations that drive up the cost of their premiums. The healthcare needs of Arizonans are often different from those of Alaskans, Californians or New Yorkers. This amendment respects those differences and allows individual state governments, not a disconnected federal bureaucracy, to make the critical decisions that impact healthcare.

 

It is important to set the record straight on two myths being perpetuated by special interest groups about the AHCA, specifically the updated age rating  the so-called “age tax”  and how patients with preexisting conditions receive insurance coverage. First, the age rating. The American Health Care Act restores market balance to the premiums charged for each age group. It stops the generational theft that Obamacare imposed upon the nations young adults in an effort to disguise the price increases wreaking havoc on older Americans premiums. Instead of utilizing reforms that would actually lower the price of health care, Obamacare tried to hide the massive costs of regulation by requiring young, healthy adults to subsidize the health care costs of older Americans at a rate well above what a well-functioning market would prescribe. Kicking the can down the road and shifting costs onto our children and grandchildren is not only unfair, it is wrong. The AHCA brings fairness back to the age pricing structure for premiums and lowers costs for all ages by instituting reforms that fundamentally lower costs of care, not mask them with funny money gimmicks. In fact, according to the Foundation for Government Accountability, seniors over 60 could see up to 45 percent lower premiums under the AHCA while young adults and other age groups would see savings of up to 50 percent.

 

The AHCA maintains the federal standard that no individual may be denied insurance coverage due to a preexisting condition. Period. Despite fear mongering from the Democrats and special interest groups hell-bent on maintaining a failing system, the AHCA maintains protections for our sickest and most vulnerable patients – and it does so in a more effective, cost efficient manner than Obamacare. Similar to the cost-shifting hijinks of the age rating,Obamacare did nothing to lower the cost of care for the very sick; it just attempted to cover up that cost by charging everyone moreIn Obamacare, everyone was priced as if they were sick. In the AHCA, everyone is priced as if they are healthy and those with known high risks are subsidized behind the scenes by “invisible” high risk pools. This is much smarter, cost efficient way to control costs for those with expensive medical needs and prevent premiums for healthier patients from spiraling out of control. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department, 50% of the nation’s health care costs come from just 5% of the population. The AHCA will provide these patients with a variety of affordable health insurance options and safety nets while keeping premiums low for the general population. These are the facts, without the emotional hysteria the Left is whipping up to cloud the policy debate.

 

Combined with my bipartisan legislation, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, which passed the House by a vote of 416-7, the AHCA takes the necessary first step to rebuilding America’s healthcare market. While I still support full repeal and replacement of Obamacare, the revised AHCA finally opens the door to free-market solutions that empowers states and individuals to have more control over health care decisions. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress as well as President Trump to deliver the health care reform we were sent to Washington to deliver.

 

Again, I appreciate your thoughts and concerns.  It is an honor to serve Arizona as part of its congressional delegation. Your suggestions are always welcome, and if ever I may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.  To receive the latest legislative updates and news you can sign up for my e-newsletter at gosar.house.gov.

Sincerely,
(signed)
Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
Member of Congress
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Pet Meds

There’s an interesting thing in the American health system.  Mergers and outsourcing products have conspired with “universal” health care.  In a truly American way, the only winners are the drug companies. I have found this by having an asthmatic cat.

My little girl is 15 years old.  She has regiment of drugs that keep her from wheezing.  They drugs are all human drugs.  This means I can go to any pharmacy and supposedly they will be available as they are common.  Well, interesting thing when insurance companies are involved.  They can change the compensation they get from insurance companies.  If you had thousands of drugs to sell it might be hard to pick a new price every month, but these are dedicated people!

It was just fine when her Flovent went from $125  to $190 by about ten dollars each refill.  That was every other month.  Now it took away my breath each time, I should have used some of it. But she has a prednisone prescription but that’s $15 every two months from the veterinarian.  Now here’s the best part.  At the human pharmacy, it’s double.  The reason Obamacare.  The increase in coverage had no provisions for price control.  Meaning if you failed to enroll you were penalized by fees and drug costs.  Because the powers that be, never think of the consequences of their laws.

But why am I here today?  The pharmacy game is mergers among generic drugs.  Large companies with brand names rake in billions in higher costs. They have based pricing on research money and time required to bring drugs to market.  But generic drugs, well now these are cheap knock outs that are crazy profitable .  There’s no fees to the developer as patient is expired.  But that’s not good enough for giant profits.  So they get bought out and the drugs are made overseas.  The standards that the US government puts on formularies for drug manufactures is tops in the world.  That means a common drug made for decades has been wait approval since November!  The drug very common is not available because of this.  One marker makes almost all of the drug.  It took twenty calls, to every thing from chains to small stores.  Finally, I found an online place.  But it’s not all easy because I have a veterinarian in a different state who doesn’t like online places because some sell outdated drugs!  

And the compounding online pharmacy is at least fresh stuff.  Now that federal hiring freeze, nothing is getting done as far as approving anything being imported.  It’s not looking good.  I hope no one else is stuck in this place.  But sooner or later, it’ll hit people hard.  We have outsourced a bit to far.

Like Your National Parks? Congress Changing Rules 

If they distract you with eliminating healthcare, what are they thinking?  The energy sector is huge in the new administration’s cabinet.  Guess why?  Click below its easier

http://www.businessinsider.com/congress-lays-groundwork-to-get-rid-of-federal-land-and-national-parks-2017-1

GMO Rice

In my distant past, I may have posted once or twice about GMO foods.  I really try to avoid them.   There is no research that says they are different under the microscope or to the naked eye. 

It’s the concept to why they are modified. The excuse is a moving target sometimes.  At first it was to ward off pests, by the plant producing it’s own defenses.  The Monarch Butterfly would thank them but it can’t where Bt corn is grown.  

Then it was to reduce the competition from weeds and the extra time it takes Mega farms to cultivate fields.  Now we spray a protein binding general herbicide.  The protein can be animal or vegetable and changes under the right conditions  (digestion possibly).

But what… we use the same herbicide to dry grains to quicken the time between harvest and sale!

Let’s forget they interbreed with ‘normal’ varieties altering them to carry the modified genetic materials.  Don’t worry the production is reduced in the real world.  So why do we do this…..?

I digress.  According to Center for Food Safety, 92% of US corn has genetically-engineered origin, 94% soybeans and cotton are as well.  Cottonseed oil is a cheap oil used in mass produced food. Transgenic wheat is a mystery.  It doesn’t exist but traces are found in our food. Rice is 60 to 70% modified in our foods.  Most of these many represent the grains as mixed as an ingredient not always whole grain.

I actually look at boxes.   Most people want to tell you what’s in there stuff.  The largest food corporations in the US fought mandatory labelling.  Imagine finding it your Coke is GMO! (High fructose corn syrup, yep)

But here’s where I started off.  My Fancy Uncle Ben’s Rice …. GMO.  Regular Uncle Ben’s rice is not!  You can’t just assume everything is the same.  Those tiny words at the bottom of the side, watching below nutritional data, ingredients, is partially produced with genetic engineering 

Most famous post ever is here about GMO potato chips 

Genetically Engineered Chips?! – http://wp.me/p5WPVY-1re

Frankengrass Approved

They can’t contain the GMO grass, it spreads like wildfire.  You can’t kill it, so the USDA says “ok sell it”

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Please Tell What Wrong Here?!

I’m trying to have a BLT sandwich.  My bacon and lettuce are fine but….  There’s this green thing inside the tomato.  This is a seed sprouting inside.  It’s one of four that I find.  

Now if I wanted to grow them.  I would have to dry them and chill them for a month.  But these came from the store.  Anyone with an idea?!  This isn’t supposed to happen.