Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Our Food
Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria areincreasing. The overuse of antibiotics in raising farm animals is partially responsible for this. Genetically modifying antibiotics along with greatly decreasing antibiotics in our food should reduce this problem.1
"In the laboratory, the spectinomycin analogs blocked the growth of strains of the pneumococcal bacteria resistant to commonly used antibiotics. The second-generation spectinomycins demonstrated increased antibacterial activity against Haemophilus influenza and Moraxella catarrhalis, which are additional common causes of respiratory infection. The spectinomycin analogs were also more effective against bacteria responsible for most cases of Legionnaires’ disease and the sexually transmitted diseases gonorrhea and chlamydia."1
1. St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Re-Engineered Antibiotic Shows Potential for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Bacteria. Newswise http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/634613/?sc=dwhn
COLON CANCER RISK REDUCED IN AFRICAN DIET.
Diet swap has dramatic effects on colon cancer risk for Americans and Africans. Imperial College London. Science Daily. April 28, 2015 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150428125038.htm
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION FINDS GLYPHOSATE A PROBABLE CARCINOGENIC.
"The cancer-research arm of the World Health Organization last week announced that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans."1.2. "Glyphosate has been linked to tumours in mice and rats — and there is also what the IARC classifies as ‘mechanistic evidence’, such as DNA damage to human cells from exposure to glyphosate."1,2 "The US Environmental Protection Agency is currently conducting a formal review of the safety of glyphosate (which it does not consider carcinogenic in humans) and said that it would give “full consideration” to the IARC study."1,2 "Glyphosate has been detected in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, indicating absorption."1,2. The Working Group classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A).1,2. "An agency of the World Health Organization has declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, “probably” causes cancer in people."3
1. Daniel Crerssey. Widely used herbicide linked to cancer.. March 24, 2015. Nature News & Comment
2. Kathryn Z. Guyton, Dana Loommis, Yann Grosse, Fathiha El Ghissassi, Lamia benbrahim Tallaa, Neela Guha, Ghiara Scoccianti, Heidi Mattock, Kurt Straif. Carcinogenicity of tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate. The Lancet. Published Online: 20 March 2015
3. Andrew Pollack. Weed Killer, Long Cleared, Is Doubted. The New York Times. March 27, 2015.
Gut Microbes Against Obesity.
"Microbes may just be the next diet craze. Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that, through normal metabolism, becomes a hunger-suppressing lipid. Mice that drank water laced with the programmed bacteria ate less, had lower body fat and staved off diabetes -- even when fed a high-fat diet -- offering a potential weight-loss strategy for humans."1.
1. Special microbes make anti-obesity molecule in the gut. American Chemical Society. March 23, 2015. Science Daily.
Alzheimer's reversed with diet and life style change.
"They avoided simple carbs, gluten and processed foods. They increased their fish intake, took yoga and meditated. They were instructed to take melatonin, get adequate sleep, incorporate vitamin B-12, vitamin D-3 and fish oil." UCLA study: Non-drug treatment may reverse Alzheimer's.
Dale E. Bredesen. Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program. Aging. September 27, 2014.
Genetically Modified Organisms.
"A coalition of Maui and Molokaʻi residents, farmers, and public interest groups, represented by Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice, has filed papersin Honolulu federal district court to defend the County of Maui’s recently passed genetically engineered (GE) crop safety initiative from a legal challenge by multinational chemical companies"1
1.Coalition Steps in to Defend Maui Residents from Pesticides and GE Contamination. Earthjustice.org. November 24, 2014.
Low-Glycemic Index Carbohydrate Diet Does Not Improve CV Risk Factors, Insulin Resistance. Newswise.com.
December 17. 2014 http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/627382/?sc=dwhn
Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
Antibiotics are used to increase production of farm animals and food crops. This has contributed to antibiotic resistant bacteria.
"Each year in the U.S, at least 2 million people are infected with drug-resistant bacteria, and at least 23,000 die as a direct result of these infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."1 Peptides named "cationic antimicrobial peptides" are new potential drugs to treat people infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria. These are not a antibiotics, but nonetheless they kill harmful bacteria. Peptides are 2 or more aminos acids forming a molecule. CAPs are highly effective against antibiotic, resistant bacteria. See below:
1. New drug proves effective against antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs" Science Daily. December 10, 2014. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141210080738.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29
Genetically Modified Organisms, Oregon
"Law360, New York (December 09, 2014, 6:48 PM ET) -- Proponents of a ballot initiative that would require food manufacturers and retailers to label products containing genetically modified organisms said Monday they have filed a lawsuit that would force regulators to recount approximately 4,600 mail ballots that were rejected by the state."
Jonathan Randles. Oregon GMO Measure's Backers Sue Over Rejected Votes . Food and Beverage
New Type of Genetically Modified Organisms
The European Food Safety Authority is preparing a report concerning new GMO technology which interferes with (for example turns-off) genes in plants and animals.
This is known as RNAi.1 This technology can be used to eliminate toxins. For example cottonseed is an excellent source of nutrition, but it contains toxins.
Tobacco plants produce carcinogens. The carcinogens could be eliminated. Allergic causing toxins could be eliminated from foods2.
The problem is we don't know the dangers of this technology.
1. Preparing EFSA for the next generation of GMOs. December 4, 2014. European Food Safety Authority. Accessed December 4, 2014.
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/141204.htm?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20141203&utm_conten=hlt RNAi report
2. RNA interference. Accessed December 4, 2014. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA_interference
Antibiotics and Biocides in water, toothpaste, wipes.
The biocide/antibiotic, Triclosan is added to soaps, toothpaste, antiseptic wipes, and is in water.
Type into any search engine, "Triclosan in Antibacterial Soap," "Triclosan in Wipes." Triclosan in water1 ,
and “Triclosan and antibiotic resistance”. It causes liver cancer and turmors and is in most human breast milk, lakes, streams...2
1. APUA White Paper on Triclosan. Tufts University. Jan. 2011. Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics http://www.google.com/url?
2. This Week in Science. Nov 19, 2014. Episode 490. http://www.twis.org/2014/11/21/1654/
Celiacs are having immune responses to non-gluten proteins in wheat.1.2
"The researchers found that a substantial number of the subjects with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis (a rash associated with the disease)
had an immune reaction to five groups of non-gluten proteins.3
1. Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn. Not the only culprit? Celiacs react to non-gluten wheat proteins. www.foodnavigator.com. November 18, 2014.
2. Catharine Paddock, PhD. Celiac disease triggers may include non-gluten proteins. November 6, 2014. Medicalnewstoday.com.
3. Could non-gluten proteins play a role in celiac disease? American Chemical Society. November 5, 2014.
Air Pollution Associated with Higher Rates of Chronic Kidney Disease. ASN. Released: 23-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT
Kids and Food
Susan M. Gross, Allison Zucker, Erin Biehl, Sahnah Lim, Beth Marshall, Marycatherine Augustyn, David M. Paige and Kristin N. Mmari..
Young Children Take but Often Barely Touch Healthy School-Food Options. John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
November 12, 2014 http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/626088/?sc=dwhn
Genetically Modified Organisms
California Bans Genetically Modified Salmon.
California Ban on Genetically Engineered Salmon Expands Protexctions, but Opens a Dangerous Loophole. October 2, 2014. Center for Food Safety.
Scientists in Italy are experimenting with sound vibrations to replace pesticides1
1. Youris.com. Reducing pesticides, adding sound vibrations and boosting harvests. Science Daily. September 16, 2014.
FDA rejects petitions to ban aspartame. American Council on Science and Health. November 5, 2014.
Jeff Overley. FDA Rejects Ban On Diet Soda Sweetener Aspartame. Law 360. October 27, 2014.
"The exquisite and pivotal laboratory work done by Professor Maria Alemany is proof conclusive that aspartame
and, therefore, methanol does turn into formaldehyde within the living organism. Dr. Alemany… clearly and unequivocally demonstrated methanol’s evolution into the formation of formaldehyde modified proteins and DNA."1
1. ROTGUT ASPARTAME, METHANOL MANIA By Dr. Betty Martini. National Health Foundation. March 4, 2014.
GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)
Oregon and California ballot measures would require genetically modified foods to be labeled.
"On Nov. 4, in the most expensive ballot measure campaign in Oregon history, voters will decide whether to force food manufacturers to label their products
that contain genetically modified ingredients sold in the state."1
"The measure would require any "prepackaged, processed food or raw agricultural commodity
that has been produced using genetic modification" to include the label: "Produced with genetic engineering."
If approved, the law would be put into effect by January 1, 2016."2
1. Tracy Loew. All eyes on Oregon as voters decide GMO labeling. Statesman Journal.
2. Colorado Mandatory Labeling of GMOs Initiative, Proposition 105 (2014). Ballot Pedia.
Peanut Corporation of America officials found guilty
A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts against three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) employees in relation to a Salmonella outbreak which sickened almost 700.
Food Quality NewsSept 22, 2014
Artificial Sweeteners and Obesity.
Sugar Substitutes Linked to Obesity. Nature. Sept. 17, 2014.
Sweeteners 'could cause obesity' scientists warn. The Telegraph. Sept. 17, 2014.
Oregon GMO labeling initiative secures place on November laveling ballot.
An initiative to mandate the labeling of foods containing ingredients from genetically engineered crops has qualified for statewide vote in November.
Oregon GMO labeling initiative secures place on November labeling ballot.
Food Navigaator-usa.com July 25, 2014
BPA (Bisphenol A)
If passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, the Ban Poisonous Additives Act would within 180 days of enactment require that
reusable food and beverage containers (such as Thermoses) that contain BPA cannot be sold, and other food and beverage containers containing the substance cannot be introduced into commerce.
Legislation to ban BPA could push America backward-NAMPA.
Human trials planned for genetically-modified super bananas
www.gizmag.com June 17, 2014
Genetically Modified Foods
Bananas that have been genetically modified to have high levels of Vitamin C
are scheduled to be tested. Hopefully, if they are marketed, they will be labeled as genetically modified.
Genetically modified ‘super banana’ to be tested on Americans
rt.comJune 16, 2014
Human trials planned for genetically-modified super bananas
www.gizmag.com June 17, 2014