August 14, 2013 – some initial thoughts

corn really does shuck (suck).  it is in everything. check the ingredients of your hand soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, laundry detergent, etc… while it might not list “corn” as an ingredient; it will probably list words like “xanthan gum”, “citric acid”, and “tocopherol (vitamin E)”.  those words sure don’t look like corn, but they most likely are.  the United States has managed to turn corn into all sorts of gels, gums, bases, blah, blah, blah. it’s confusing and disconcerting, but it is an American reality.  knowledge is power.  for a fantastic list of all potential corn items, please go here: http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-list.php

so, why does it matter that corn is in everything?  well, it turns out that having corn be such a constant in our daily lives can cause us to develop allergies and intolerance to it.  this isn’t true for everyone, of course.  many people will go most of their lives without having an allergic reaction (at least a noticeable one) to corn or other foods.  but, let’s look at our society right now.  we have an ever-growing issue with obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and the list goes on.  the rapid growth in diseases shows that there is a glitch in the system.  now, many scientists and others will totally disagree with my theory and that’s ok.  I’m not a doctor and never will be, but I think questioning items in our environment that are ever-present seems logical.

the other issue with corn? GMO. genetically engineered food is a huge commodity in the United States.  there is a world of GMO information online and I suggest anyone who isn’t well-versed in the subject to do a little google search and find out more.  here are a couple great places to start some reading: http://gmo-awareness.com/all-about-gmos/gmo-risks/  and http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/.  again, knowledge is power.

more thoughts to come…

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