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Apr
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Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country’s First No-Strings-Attached GMO Labeling Law

On APril 16, 2014, by a vote of 28-2, the Vermont state Senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

The bill now goes back to the House which is expected to agree to the Senate’s amendments, then to Gov. Peter Shumlin who is expected to sign it.

Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), issued the following statement:

Today’s victory in Vermont has been 20 years in the making. Ever since genetically modified crops and foods entered the U.S. food supply in the early 1990s, without adequate independent pre-market safety testing and without labels, U.S. consumers have fought to require the labeling of foods containing GMOs.

Consumer demand for mandatory labeling of GMOs spawned a national grassroots movement that has persevered despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the biotech and food industries to lobby state lawmakers in Vermont, and to fund anti-labeling campaigns in California (2012) and Washington State (2013).

Today, consumers and a number of principled legislators in Vermont made it clear to Monsanto, Coca-Cola and other opponents of consumers’ right to know: We will not back down. This movement is here to stay.

We expect that Monsanto will sue the state of Vermont in order to prevent enactment of H.112. We also expect that Monsanto will lose, and the law will go into effect on schedule, on July 1, 2016.

We expect that the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a multi-billion lobbying group representing more than 300 food, pesticide and drug makers, will try to pass their “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” introduced last week by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), intended to strip Vermont, and all other states, of their right to pass GMO labeling laws. And we expect that Congress will not pass this law, dubbed the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act, which seeks to deny consumers the right to know if their food has been genetically engineered, and deny states the right to enact laws designed to protect public health.

Vermont’s landmark victory today will force food companies to either label GMOs in all states, or reformulate their products to be GMO-free in order to avoid stating “this product was produced using genetic engineering” on their packaging. When Oregon passes a citizens’ ballot initiative to label GMOs in November, as we believe it will, the biotech and food industries will have lost, beyond the shadow of a doubt, their battle to keep consumers in the dark.

The OCA has worked closely over the past several years with the pro-labeling grassroots movement in Vermont. Today we congratulate Vermont activists for their passionate pursuit of this law, Vermont lawmakers for having the courage to pass the law, and Vermont citizens for being the first in the country to have the benefit of GMO labels on their food. And we reaffirm our commitment to work with Oregon and other states to pass similar laws, and to fight any and all attempts by industry and/or Congress to overturn these laws.

Source: Organic Consumers Association

 

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Apr
10
2014
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Lance Armstrong Names Names Under Oath

Lance Armstrong named names and provided additional new details about his doping practices when he was compelled to respond to questions under oath in a recent lawsuit – his first publicly revealed answers under oath since his famous confession to Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.

The answers came last November but weren’t made public until Wednesday, when they were obtained by USA TODAY Sports after being filed in federal court by an attorney for former cycling teammate Floyd Landis as part of another lawsuit.

When asked who provided him with performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, Armstrong replied with four names: trainer Pepi Marti, Dr. Pedro Celaya, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral and Dr. Michele Ferrari, all part of Armstrong’s cycling entourage.

When asked who delivered the drugs he used to cheat in races, Armstrong replied with more names: masseuse Emma O’Reilly, bike mechanic Julien de Vriese and Philippe Maire, who has previously been described as “Motoman,” a motorbike courier.

Almost all of the names Armstrong mentions have at various times denied involvement in or knowledge of doping, including team manager Johan Bruyneel.

“Johan Bruyneel participated in or assisted with Armstrong’s use of PEDs, and knew of that use through their conversations and acts,” Armstrong states.

Armstrong also replied that he generally paid for the substances he used. “There may have been additional persons, but Armstrong does not recall any others at this time,” he answered.

In another response, Armstrong stated, “Armstrong would typically supervise his own use of PEDs, but on certain occasions, the use of PEDs was supervised by Dr. Celaya, Dr. del Moral, or Dr. Ferrari.”

Armstrong said he recalled using the blood booster EPO at the Tour de France as early as 1995. In his answers, he again denied cheating during his comeback years in 2009 and 2010.

After several years of denials, Armstrong admitted in 2013 in his televised interview with Winfrey that he had doped during all of his Tour de France victories from 1999 to 2005. He did not name names in that interview or get into detail about how he obtained the drugs or who else knew about it.

But he was compelled to give these written answers last fall in a lawsuit filed against him by Acceptance Insurance, which sought to recover $3 million from him for bonuses paid to him for winning the Tour de France from 1999 to 2001. One day before he was scheduled to give a deposition in that case in November, Armstrong reached an undisclosed settlement to end it and cancel the deposition.

BACKGROUND: Armstrong settles Acceptance Insurance case

LANCE’S LIFE: One year after the Oprah interview

The answers were not available in the public court record until Wednesday, when attorneys for former cycling teammate Floyd Landis filed them as an exhibit in Landis’ separate federal whistleblower lawsuit against Armstrong. Landis’ attorney filed the answers in support of his motion to compel discovery materials from Thomas Weisel, the financier of Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service cycling team.

As previously reported by USA TODAY Sports, Armstrong replied in his written answers from November that he believed that “Mr. Weisel was aware of doping on the USPS team.” Weisel has denied the allegation.

Armstrong also refers to his cycling team’s general mananger, Mark Gorski, and former cyclist Chris Carmichael in his answers in the Acceptance case.

“As for Mr. Gorski, it is Armstrong’s belief that he was aware of doping by the USPS team,” Armstrong states. “Mr. Armstrong told Chris Carmichael in 1995 of his use of PEDs.”

Armstrong also was asked to name every person or entity he has paid to keep his doping secret.

“Armstrong has not paid or offered to pay someone to keep his or others’ doping a secret,” he stated. “However, Armstrong has, on occasion, provided benefits or made contributions to many people and institutions, some of whom may have been aware of, or suspected Armstrong’s use of performance-enhancing drugs and banned methods. Armstrong never provided any such benefits or contributions with the intent for it to be a payoff to keep doping a secret.”

 

Source: USA TODAY

 

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Apr
07
2014
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Top 8 Foods & Herbs For Healing Cancer

cancerWith 44% of men and 39% of women now being diagnosed with cancer, it has become more important than ever to understand the foods that will not only nourish your body, but also detoxify it of any cancer causing agents. Here are some of the most potent cancer destroying foods and herbs.

Sea Vegetables

Kelp, kombu, and nori are three of the more common sea vegetables with remarkable effects on cancer. They are one of the richest and most bioavailable sources of iodine, a substance lacking in the average diet that is implicated in many patients with breast and ovarian cancer.

They are also rich in calcium and potassium, as well as all minerals, which assist in promoting a very alkaline environment, which makes it very difficult for existing cancer to survive.

Algae

Chlorella and spirulina are two of the most potent algae and are proven cancer fighters.

Due to their incredible detoxification action (including binding to and eliminating heavy metals) and immune boosting properties (by promoting production of healthy gut flora and fighting candida overgrowth), they are a must have when healing cancer.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage have been linked to lower cancer risks and have the ability to halt growth of cancer cells for tumors in the breast, uterine lining, lung, colon, liver, and cervix.

It appears that a phytochemical called sulforaphane can stimulate enzymes that detoxify carcinogens before they damage cells, as well as indole 3-carbinol and crambene, which are also suspected of activating detoxification enzymes.

Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms such as reishi and chaga have had a number of bioactive molecules, including anti-tumor agents, identified in their structure. These bioactive compounds include polysaccharides, alkaloids, tocopherols, phenolics, flavonoids, carotenoids, folates, ascorbic acid enzymes, and organic acids.

Studies show that long-term consumption of reishi prevents tumor proliferation and growth by increasing the level of antioxidants in an individual’s blood plasma while boosting the immunity of those suffering from advanced stage cancer.

Aloe Vera

Research shows strong immunomodulatory and anti-tumor properties for polysaccharides in aloe vera, which means it boosts immune system function and destroys cancer tumors.

A study in International Immunopharmacology showed that aloe vera polysaccharides exhibited potent macrophage activating activities including producing increased volumes of nitric oxide, which has anti-tumor potential.

Hemp

The hemp plant contains some of the most balanced and richest sources of oils on the planet, with an ideal ratio of 3:1 for omega 6 to omega 3. Hemp seed oil also contains 80% essential fatty acids, the highest of any plant.

Essential fatty acids are fundamental to immune function due to their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory fatty acids, which helps oxidize the cells and restores health at a cellular level. Since cancer cannot survive in a highly oxygenated environment, the superb EFA content in hemp makes it a great option for healing cancer.

Garlic

A double blind, randomized study with over 3000 human subjects for seven clinical years showed that cancer risk was cut by 60% for those with the highest intake of allium containing vegetables, including aged garlic.

The miracle nutrient appears to be the enzyme alliinase (a nutrient in the Allium genus) which produces the anti-cancer compounds. The key is to crush it and let it sit for 15 minutes in order to release these anti-cancer compounds.

Turmeric

The Life Extension Foundation has conducted extensive research into the anti-cancer properties of turmeric and found that it targets 10 causative factors involved in cancer development, including DNA damage, chronic inflammation, and disruption of cell signaling pathways.

Hundreds of studies have also shown that curcumin is a potent anti-cancer food that blocks cancer development in a number of unique ways.

I hope this inspires you to trust nature, so we can start to reverse these scary statistics.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.healingthebody.ca/healing-benefits-of-chlorella/
http://www.naturalnews.com/027530_iodine_breast_cancer.html
http://www.naturalnews.com
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339609/
http://www.naturalnews.com/021858_aloe_vera_gel.html
http://www.cancer.gov
http://www.naturalnews.com
http://www.naturalnews.com/044329_beating_cancer_garlic_Alliums.html

Source: Natural News

 

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