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Organic food – worth the bother?

Is organic food a scam? 

Why would you spend the extra on organic food?  Is there a payback in your future or even in the very near term?   The short answer is, YES!  

If this is the case let's look into the science and stats behind the assertion that Organic food could be your MOST effective health spend. 

Eating to live well

Who says so... 

I have been following the work of Dr Stephanie Seneff for a number of years and I find her one of the most interesting minds in the health and science arena.  Her qualifications are unusual for their diversity.  She is full time at MIT in the artificial intelligence department.  Her first qualification in 1968 was in biophysics and then in Electrical Engineering and further study leading to a PhD in Electrical engineering and Computer Science.  All her qualifications have been gained at MIT, a highly prestigious university in the US.

Here is her web page:

Her basic methodology is to look at data find relationships and then look at the biology to understand how the outcome could be achieved. 

She has a particular interest in environmental toxins and how they interfere with body systems and chemistry.

What does this mean for us as consumers?

At the farm level, the Glyphosate damages the soil bacteria and fungi. They help the plants to pick up nutrients from the soil.  The plants are not as nourishing as a result.   There are 3 main crops that are “Roundup Ready” Soy, Canola, Corn, plus; sugar, Sugar beet, Alfalfa,Tobacco and Cotton. 

Processed food will contain these. A quick look at labels will show that processed foods often contain Corn syrup, Canola oil and Soya protein.  The amounts in food are often quite small, but if we eat them daily then the chemicals build up quite quickly.  

Glyphosate disrupts a key pathway of your gut bacteria.  The Shikimate pathway, which produces phenylaline, tryptophan, tyrosine, neurotransmitters and thyroid hormone. Tryptophan leads to the production of seratonin. Vitamin k and Folate are also disrupted.

These are all important for feeling good relaxing well and sleeping.  Who have you heard has been for a sleep study recently? 

Here is a graphic from Dr Seneff's web page at MIT:

Gut flora sensitive hard workers

A very important species of gut flora is Bifidobacteria. It breaks down the bile acids from the Liver and Gall Bladder.  Taurine and glycine are both in digestive acids.  Taurine is a store house of Sulphate.  Low sulphate levels are associated with many modern diseases.  Your GP probably has you on a drug to control one of the many common effects of low sulphate.  

Glyphosate kills Bifidobacteria which then causes a drop in the sulphate levels in the body. 

Low sulphate levels are responsible for many modern diseases. 

So What else does Round up do?

  • Glyphosate stops the body making digestive salts in the liver.  Digestive salts  help with protein and fat breakdown. It is the preferred delivery system of cholesterol to the body. 
  • Glyphosate binds important minerals such as iron, cobalt, zinc, and manganese which leads to shortages. 
  • Glyphosate interferes with the making of various amino acids leading to shortages of critical neurotransmitters. 
  • Disrupts sulphate production and transport. 
  • Allows the overgrowth of pathogen microbes in the gut such as Clostridia and Salmonella
  • Glyphosate can take the place of Glycine in bile acids and other proteins because they are nearly the same, with devastating consequences. 
  • Glyphosate limits or stops E coli from breaking down taurine leading to a sulphate shortage. 
  • Sulphur in the form of Sulphate is vital to our nervous system health.  This will be discussed in detail in a future blog.  

So the take shopping message is that Organic is very much a good choice for your health and reducing later health costs.  It could be the cheapest way to look after your health.