My Kind of Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day and I wish all mothers a wonderful day! I know there will be special outings, dinners, flowers and gifts flowing today.  I’m a mother myself and like most mothers I’ve done my share of standing up for my children and protecting them when I see they may be in harm’s way.

So in celebration of Mother’s Day, this is what I’m writing about on behalf of all the mothers, the unborn, the newborn, the babies, the toddlers, the young sprouts, the teens, the grown children and the elderly.

DON’T LET PSYCHIATRISTS ELECTROSHOCK CHILDREN!

cchr protest photo

Most people I have talked to think electroshock therapy is totally barbaric and unacceptable.

Most people I know would never want to put themselves, their family or their friends through the agony of electroshock therapy. But they aren’t worried about it because . . .

Most people think electroshock therapy is something that was done in the past, circa “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

In fact, electroshock therapy is one of the most brutal “treatments” ever inflicted on people in the name of mental health care and is still being done today on at least a million people a year including about 100,000 elderly, pregnant mothers and children in the United States. (Yes, I said pregnant mothers.)

And the psychiatric industry would like to do much, much more of it. In the United States the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is lobbying the FDA to allow use of electroshock on children, stating in their letter to the FDA that having ECT available is “especially meaningful in children and adolescents….”

They are claiming that if allowed to give ECT to pregnant women, newborns and the very young, the children will not grow up with mental health problems. Yeah. 450 volts through the brain. That’ll quiet ’em down. Maybe forever.

To push their agenda further along, the APA is holding their annual conference next week in San Diego, California to discuss ETC for children. They will be severely challenged by some of the country’s most dedicated human rights activists–members of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and those who stand with them in solidarity against such brutal torture.

What Can You Do About This?

Join CCHR’s Protest March demanding that ECT is BANNED in the United States. The March will be on Saturday May 20th starting at 11 a.m. in Horton Plaza, 4th and Broadway in San Diego. Contact CCHRofLA@gmail.com.

Sign the CCHR petition to ban ECT here and share it with everyone you know.

Learn more about it here. 

 

 

 

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Massive Social Outrage Over “Natural” Kashi Cereal

Massive Social Outrage Over “Natural” Kashi Cereal.

And outraged we should be.

But we also should be responsible by taking action.  Educate yourself.  Please read this. 

Bright and Sunny This Morning, Heavy Clouds and Possible Chance of Cannibalism Later Today

Human genes engineered into experimental GMO rice being grown in Kansas  

Learn more:

http://www.naturalnews.com/035745_GMO_rice_human_genes_Kansas.html#ixzz1tj09BfFa

This is the Natural News headline I found in my email box this morning.  I was still feeling kinda warm and glowy about getting a nice acknowledgement/award from a fellow blogger yesterday.  But it’s back to business for me today.

I have so many concerns about this that I can’t keep count.  The first one is that now I’m going to need to track down the source of this information and find out if it is just the rantings of the merchants of chaos or does it have some basis in truth?

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gmo (Photo credit: decorat)

Then if there is any truth to it, well, obviously there are lots of concerns such as the fact that plants and crops don’t keep to themselves exactly.  The wind blows—things fly through the air—mix around—and get into other plants and crops.  I have seen quite a bit recently about “traces of GMO” in non-GMO foods.

There is the fact that currently the FDA doesn’t make food manufacturers label their products GMO.  Supposedly organic food would not be GMO but what if the organic farm is downwind from this place in Kansas?

I worry about the children who will eat this stuff and the mothers and fathers who will eat it and then produce children.  And then of course there’s the whole idea of some sort of cannabalism and that is a disturbing thought.  Who comes up with the idea to do something like this in the first place?

That is what I want to know.

Fifty-two FDA Approved Ingredients

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Logo of the . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just saw this Tweet from Christopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen!  Mark Bittman (New York Times) wrote an article about 52 FDA Approved Ingredients for processing foods.  OMG!  I’m sending this as a follow up to some of my previous posts https://mycookinglife.com/2012/03/18/the-whole-food-and-nothing-but-the-food/ and https://mycookinglife.com/2012/03/09/we-have-a-right-to-know/ and https://mycookinglife.com/2012/01/23/whats-good-enough-to-eat/.

This would be more appropriate for a quick Facebook post (which I will do) but . . . if you care about what is being approved to put in food (think restaurants and when you  are traveling and can’t eat at home) I think it is worth reading through this.  Here’s the link: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/7120.1.pdf

We can’t just look out for ourselves and our families.  It is important to consider our society and our future (children) and stand up for what is right.  I don’t have a clue what most of the things in this FDA document are, but I know they aren’t “food.”  I know that I am not going to use things in my own kitchen that contain these products or that have been exposed to these products in processing (hopefully).

But I also know that my family and I, and others who are conscientious about choosing organic, whole foods, are nevertheless a part of a society and a world and that we have a responsibility to ensure our future generations have the best opportunities possible so they can flourish and prosper and so our planet can flourish and prosper.

Please contribute your ideas on what should be done.

Food Adjectives

I have a very fortunate shopping ability when I buy clothing–I can walk in the store, look around a few minutes, pick something up that I like and as long as they have it in my size, I am ready to buy.  It’s fast and painless!

I could do that when it comes to food shopping too, especially if I go in there hungry.  It is so easy to breeze through, load up the cart (start to eat some of the purchase before reaching the checkout), and voila–food for the week!

But I don’t.  In the food store (grocery, health food or otherwise) I am a label reader and I bet you are too.  If you’ve been reading my recent posts you know how important it is to check on the quality of your ingredients before you buy them no matter what store you’re in.  (See https://mycookinglife.com/2012/03/18/the-whole-food-and-nothing-but-the-food/ and https://mycookinglife.com/2012/01/23/whats-good-enough-to-eat/ and https://mycookinglife.com/2012/01/24/a-bandwagon-worth-jumping-on/)

A row of shopping carts.

A row of shopping carts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not only is it important to know the basic ingredients and make sure those are all actually real food, but you have to know the food adjectives.  These are the ones on the front of the packaging and in the ingredient list such as “healthy,”  “whole grain,”  “low fat,” and here’s a real doozie, “smart.”

To help you with more pieces to this puzzle, here’s an article I thought you would like to see:  Health – philly.com.

And P.S. I am all for going food shopping while hungry.  Some of my most inspired menus result from that!

We Have a Right to Know

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM (Photo credit: live w mcs)

More About Genetically Engineered (or Genetically Modified) Food

A follower recently asked me what was actually bad about GMO’s besides the fact that they’re unnatural.  It was a good question! I wrote about this subject January 23rd and 24th. https://mycookinglife.com/2012/01/24/a-bandwagon-worth-jumping-on/ and  https://mycookinglife.com/2012/01/23/whats-good-enough-to-eat/  I’ve continued reading about this subject and have come to understand that it is not just a problem of having a fruit, vegetable or animal’s genes modified in order to develop some quality or characteristic that it wouldn’t normally have.  (Though for me, this is unnatural enough and reason enough for me to not want GMO food.) The problem is also the reason that foods are being GMO’d.

One reason is that food is modified so it can withstand harsher pesticides.  When this is done, then the harsher pesticide can be used without killing off the plant but then what does that do to our environment now that we’re using harsher pesticides? Another problem is that the pesticides themselves are being GMO’d.  What is that doing to them and how does that worsen their affect on our environment?  Do we really want to mess with Mother Nature that way? Look at this picture of a guy pouring Monsanto pesticide (Monsanta is very BIG in the GMO business) to be sprayed on food crops.  What do the mask, jumpsuit and heavy rubber gloves say to you about the safety of having that in and on our food?

English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on f...

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And as far as I can see, no one has actually laid out exactly what the effect of GMO food is on our bodies, though the link below does mention GMO pesticides being found in the umbilical cord of pregnant women.  Well, you can find pesticides in lots of living things and this is never a good thing and I do my best to avoid exposure to pesticides altogether.

The GMO industry is money-driven, of course.  And the first step we need to take in order to change the direction of increasing alteration of natural food by genetically modifying them, is to be able to know if a food product is GMO or not.  In forty countries, GMO labeling is required.  It is not required in my country, the United States.  You should find out if it is required in yours.

If we can get laws passed to label GMO’d food products, then we have the ability to choose if we want to consume them or not.  And if enough of us get educated and decide not to consume GMO foods, then the problem will take care of itself. Here’s the link to some basic information about GMO foods from “Just Label It” http://justlabelit.org/about-ge-foods/ge-foods-at-a-glance/