tombstone.jpgThis is a guest article by Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks

While Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds that produce plants growing genetically modified fruits and vegetables are not the only cause for the deterioration of American health in recent years, it is our opinion (and that of others) that they are a primary cause that cannot be ignored.

As you review the statistics below, ask yourself, is there any other explanation for these statistics than the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Food in America has been adulterated with dangerous addictive chemicals such as GMO soy, MSG and high fructose corn syrup that appear in 90% of packaged and processed foods. High fructose corn syrup is made from Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt corn.

If you look at the labels on many frozen dinners, the ingredients exceed 100. Some ice creams have in excess of 54 ingredients while many baby foods contain as many as 15 ingredients. Many products such as Dannon yogurt boast of raspberry and blueberry flavors while containing none of the fruits advertised on the products’ ingredients labels or the beautiful pictures on the containers. It is deceptive to say the least.

The air we breathe has been polluted with acid rain and fallout from chemical and oil spills from manufacturing plants and coal refineries. This water is used to irrigate factory farms.

The manure lagoons are used to fertilize the land and the water run off during storms pollutes the water you drink. Shockingly, a seven-acre manure lagoon can legally leak as much as 16 million gallons of liquefied manure annually – and many do and even more. At present, 70% of Iowa’s streams are polluted, largely due to agricultural runoff. A recent survey of Iowa’s 56,000 manure pits from 5,500 CAFOs found that 18% were built over alluvial aquifers, which are widely used drinking water sources.

The EPA estimates that hog, chicken and cattle waste has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states. Even the Potomac River that runs through our Nation’s capital is polluted.

The water we drink is contaminated with chemical run offs from industry plants trying to avoid the EPA rules; pesticide run offs in the water from factory farms; and high levels of mercury and other dangerous elements found in streams, lakes and other important water sources.  Every time it rains or there are floods, more contamination pollutes farms across America.

One need look no farther than the contamination found in the rising Mississippi in May 2011 filled with pesticides, sewerage and diesel fuel as well as the marshes around New Orleans a year after the BP oil spill. Thirty-five thousand lakes and rivers have been contaminated by these run offs in the past decade.

Consider these statistics on heart disease alone.

*   About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event while about one every minute will die from one. According to the CDC, Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability.

*   26.6 million (12%) adults have heart disease in the United States resulting in 16 million annual visits to the doctor with heart disease as the primary diagnosis.

*    There are more than 2,500 Americans who will die daily from a fatal heart disease.

*    Almost 6 million hospitalizations each year are due to cardiovascular disease.

*    In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack.

*    Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. About 795,000 strokes occur in the United States each year.

*    Among adults age 20 and older, the prevalence of stroke in 2005 was 6,500,000 (about 2,600,000 males and 3,900,000 females).

*    In 2006, 137,119 people died from stroke in the United States. It is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability.

*    Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.

*    The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack.

In the coming years, heart disease may be trumped by the dramatic increase in cancer statistics.

According to the American Cancer Society:

“This year about 569,490 Americans are expected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second largest cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. In the United States, cancer accounts for one out of four deaths.”

Consider these cancer statistics.

*    In 2010, 1,529,560 people received a first-time diagnosis of cancer.

*    In 2007, there were 2,591,855 American women alive who had a history of breast cancer. That number has risen since.

*    The National Institutes of Health estimates the overall cost of cancer for 2010 at 263.8 billion.

*    108.2 billion will be spent on direct medical costs (total of health expenditures).

*    20.9 billion will be spent on indirect morbidity (cost of lost productivity due to illness).

*    And, 140.1 billion dollars will be spent for indirect mortality cost (cost of lost productivity due to premature death).

Diabetes and childhood diabetes are escalating at an alarming rate.  Hardly a day goes by without a newspaper, magazine or TV station running a news special on it.

*    As of 2010, 25.8 million people – 8.3% of the population – have diabetes.

*    1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2010.

*    According to the CDC, a one in 3 ratio of Americans who will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

Much has been said about the growing number of obese children.  But when you look at the actual numbers, it is a frightening increase in the last decade.  No generation in the history of the world has been plagued by overweight and obesity problems as much as this generation, which has grown up on fast foods, packaged foods and processed foods since the late 1990s.

It is safe to say that McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants were basically organic from the 1950s through 1980s before the intrusion of genetically modified foods, factory farmed meats and before the increased use of pesticides and other chemical ingredients. Consider these statistics on obesity.

*    11% of children age 2-5 years are overweight.

*    15% of children age 6-11 years are overweight.

*    18% of adolescents age 12-19 years are overweight.

*    10 million children are either overweight and obese.

*    Obese children have a 70% chance of becoming obese adults. The percentage increases to 80% if either one or both of the parents are obese as well.

*    85% of all children in the U.S. cannot pass a basic physical fitness test.

*    40% of 12-year old children display heart disease factors (i.e. obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and inactivity).

*    1 out of every 4 Americans (or 80 million persons) suffers from an eating disorder.

*    68% of adults age 20 years and over are overweight or obese, one-third of them are diagnosed as clinically obese.

*    Approximately 50,000 people die annually from eating disorders.

*    Obese people spend almost $2,500 more per year on health care – including drugs – about 41% more than a normal-weight person.

*    Obesity now carries the hefty price tag of $147 billion per year in direct medical costs.

*    Over 9% of all medical spending in America – compared to 6.5% in 1998.

One in 12 people has asthma in the United States.  There are no numbers for food intolerance, one of the primary causes of asthma reactions and inflammation, that leads to other diseases.

Epilepsy affects 2,500,000 Americans with 150,000 new cases diagnosed yearly.  There is an estimated $15.5 billion annual cost of medical treatment, lost or reduced earnings and productivity due to epilepsy in the US. Ten percent of Americans will have a seizure in their lifetime.

CDC estimates that between one in 80 and one in 240, with an average of one in 110, children in the United States have autism. We can go on and on with the negative statistical data.

These statistics speak for themselves and reflect the health of Americans today and predict its future decline.  If food is medicine, what kind of medicine is being fed to the American people daily to cause such a large number of people afflicted with illnesses, disability, obesity and death?

These foods and chemicals are now affecting pregnant women in such a way that these statistics will only increase in the future.  Developing fetuses are being harmed and addicted to the chemicals in the food their mothers eat.  Newborns are being addicted to high fructose corn syrup if they eat commercial baby food.  Sadly, a fetus’ genetics can be irreparably harmed by the chemicals described in our books and blogs.

What is in processed food that causes these statistics?  What is in fast food that causes these statistics? The answer is: the only new products placed into the commerce of food manufacturing since the early 1990s are genetically modified foods; additive chemicals in packaged; and processed foods and the use of factory farmed meats by 99% of America’s restaurants and grocery stores.

The hottest ticket in town is the chemotherapy room.  It is standing room only in the U.S.  One of the longest lines after chemotherapy is the line for kidney dialysis.  On some days, the line at the pharmacy looks longer than the hot dog line at a sporting event.

Companies like Monsanto, DuPont, Archer Midland Daniels and their shills, the Corn Refiners Association will continue to say “there is no scientific data to prove their biological and chemical foods are not safe”. That is patently false. All independent testing around the world has found many of these products are dangerous to humanity.

Common sense and looking at the statistical data of the countless illnesses, diseases and deaths from food related illness, should tell any reader that the proof is in the pudding. The statistics listed in our various blogs on food bourne illnesses and recalls further confirm the truth behind the problem.

What is it going to take for people to understand what is happening to them and their families? All in the name of corporate profiteers who will only stop when they can no longer sell their products. To them, the general public is just a source of profit. There is no sense of ethics or morality with a large corporation and you should expect none.  Do the right thing or make more money? Which choice do you think they will make?

Food manufacturing is the new tobacco industry with all of its dirty little secrets, hidden tests masked by the dissemination of false information; industry-paid-for tests; and misleading or simply false advertising in the media.

The food industry and the owners of factory farms should look to the children raised on factory farms and those living adjacent. For those children being raised on factory farms, even their thought process have been tainted. They see animal abuse with chickens and pigs stacked in cages and think it is normal. Manure lagoons filled with liquid stench for six months to a year and poured onto fields and into rivers is normal when a child sees only this every day.

Kicking, beating animals to death and tossing their carcasses onto the roadside is normal when children see it every day. Diseased animals on a factory farm can still be profitable as long as you hide it in the herd going to slaughter. Killing 250,000 male chicks by grinding them into a meat grinder live is normal if you see it on your family’s farm every day.

The psychology of what is happening to today’s youth through the treatment of factory farm animals is the picture they carry in their minds about health. In their formative years, children want to be just like their parents. Does that mean we are breeding a new generation of meanspirited animal abusers in the name of farming?

Children are also too unsophisticated to sort through the misinformation in media ads.  Children may actually believe what they see in a TV commercial. That alone is sad.  Is this what every American wants for our country’s children?

There are more than 22,000 factory farms across America.  Knowing where your food comes from is important. Knowing that every time you buy that food, you are supporting the conduct on these farms and the use of these products that impact the future health of Americans. If you eat factory farmed meats, you are supporting animal abuse.

Look again at the stats. Ask yourself, how many people on that list are now changing their eating habits. We find that people go to McDonald’s after having kidney dialysis. That seems self-defeating at best, an insurance policy on dying at the worst.  For many, it is too late. Waiting until you become ill once your organs have been removed, replaced or are too diseased to fix is too late.

The commitment starts from the moment you know the truth about your food and the source of it. If you ignore that reality, you are insuring your destiny with an illness or disease.  It will just be a matter of time.

Our commitment is to educate others so they do not walk down the same horrible path of illness we walked down, only to find out that it was caused by the food they ate. We continue to learn from others, talk to doctors and scientists, read constantly and share what knowledge we can with anyone who will listen.

Isn’t it time for all Americans to join together and stop this deadly chain of events?  Education about what you eat, every chemical ingredient and it’s impact on your body and health can change your future and that of your children. Don’t wait until it is too late.
Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks, R.N., are the authors of award winning books – Arthritis, Inflammation, Gout, Crohn’s, IBD and IBS – How to Eliminate Pain and Extend your Life (Books and Authors 2010 Best Books in the Health, Diet & Reference Categories) and Mannie’s Diet and Enzyme Formula – A Change of Lifestyle Diet Designed for Everyone (Blogger News Net 2010 Best Health And Nutrition Book Award winner) available at, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and other booksellers around the world.

The authors’ latest book, It’s Not Your Fault – Weight Gain, Obesity and Food Addiction is now available at, Amazon and booksellers everywhere.

Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks are the co-hosts of Surviving the 21st Century with Simon Barrett on Blogger News Network on Saturdays at 10:00 A.M. PST/1:00 PM EST found at or Blog Talk Radio.

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