FACTS ON SOME OF THE FOODS WE CONSUME REGULARLY.
MILK: It is in itself healthy and nutritious. A better alternative to cow’s milk is goat milk because it has a chemical structure similar to breast milk. As such, it is less allergenic, easier to digest, and may even have more nutritional value.
Commercial milk however, is not healthy because it comes from cows that are given antibiotics and growth hormones in order to increase production. Furthermore, a very harmful bovine growth hormone called rbGH is still being given in some countries. The production of dairy products derived from commercial milk and the meat itself, is something that we should also be concerned about because they will have a detrimental effect on our health.
Organic milk is seen as a better alternative. But even organic milk is derived from cows that may well have been fed harmful GMO corn containing pesticides and herbicides.
We must instead choose milk that is not only organic but is derived from grass-fed cows. Grass is a cow’s natural food, corn is not.
Pasteurization is a process in which milk is treated with heat to eliminate pathogens and extend shelf life. Unfortunately, pasteurization also destroys the milk’s many benefits. Among these is lactase, the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of lactose, a disaccharide sugar. If this sugar is not broken down, it will cause digestion problems. Many experience this as lactose intolerance. Pasteurization also destroys phosphatase, an enzyme that is crucial for the absorption of calcium. This may lead to osteoporosis, a disorder where bones become porous and brittle.
For these many reasons it is much more beneficial to consume unpasteurized, raw and organic milk derived from grass-fed cows. To prevent the spread of disease-producing pathogens without pasteurization, all that is required is a hygienic environment where the milk is produced.
The notion that we need to consume dairy products for healthy bones is debatable because the problem of osteoporosis has not improved. In fact, some Eastern cultures that do not consume dairy products, have a very low rate of osteoporosis. Their calcium intake comes from easily-absorbed plant-based vegetables like kale, which also contains other nutrients. Vitamin K is one and is needed to prevent bone weakening. We can also improve the health of our bones by simply getting enough sunshine because it increases our levels of the bone strengthening vitamin D.
SUSHI (raw fish): Is it healthy? The simple answer is no because sushi poses many potential health dangers due to parasites, heavy metals like mercury as well as bacteria.
If fish is served raw and was not flash frozen (the process of fish being frozen within just a few hours of being caught), chances are it has been contaminated with parasites, even when sold from shops that market their seafood as being fresh.
Even if cooked, there are concerns with the fish because it is in high probability, farmed. Farmed fish has questionable nutritional value in spite of the fact that it is generally recognized as a good source of omega-3s. However, most likely it did not feed on omega-3 rich aquatic plants, but on GMO corn and soy.
It is also laden with antibiotics that can cause human antibiotic resistant diseases. Farmed fish is full of diseases and parasites due to the fish being packed tightly together in fish farms that are loaded with toxins derived from their own excrements.
You may conclude that wild fish is therefore the best choice; it is but we must be aware of the fact that a lot of the wild fish contain high amounts of toxic mercury, as well as other heavy metals found in polluted seas. To minimize this risk, it is best to stay away from bigger fish and choose smaller ones instead. The better choices are the Atlantic mackerel, salmon and trouts fished in pristine areas, the Atlantic and Baltic Sea herring, and sardines from the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas.
Due to the recent Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, it is highly advisable to stay away from consuming all fish from the Pacific Ocean due to radiation contamination.
In summary, you may decide it is better to get your omega-3s from flaxseed and other plant-based sources.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM (GMO).
An organic apple will look less appealing when placed beside a GM apple that has been heavily sprayed with pesticide. This is because the organic apple is natural, toxic-free and with a much higher nutritional level and as such, will have insect bites on it. The GM apple will instead look flawless because being toxic, no living creature will go near it with the exception of humans.
The organic apple is twice the price and since we have not been made aware of the serious health consequences of consuming GM and heavily pesticide-sprayed foods, we opt for the cheaper option. Its cumulative negative effects on our health will only manifest themselves years down the road – at which point we will not make the connection between GM foods and our illness.
Sadly, genetic engineering is not confined to plants. There is now a host of modified animal life like the fast growing salmon, the featherless chicken, the web-spinning goat and even a less flatulent cow. The ramifications of such irresponsible practices on our environment can be very serious, especially when these Frankenstein-like creatures start mating with their natural counterparts. This abomination may eventually take over our wildlife.
The GM crops killing off of the vital ecosystem of insects is not making headline news. This has huge
implications considering that an insect like the honeybee, our most important food pollinator, is dying off.
From insects to birds and so forth up the ladder. The latest stats show a steep decline in our birthrate.
When will the time come for our own DNA to be altered with genetically modified organisms; perhaps through the guise of a timely godsend vaccine to save us all from a fear driven "pandemic".