For your listening pleasure…

PodcastsIf you’ve been wanting to learn more about health, but not so much into doing lots of research or reading, this post is for you!  While I love reading & highlighting a good health book now and then, I don’t always have the time or energy for it.  I love listening to podcasts during my commutes to (1) avoid annoying radio commercials and (2) to encourage and remind me to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few of my favorite podcasts & some episodes I found interesting to give you a place to start:

  • Underground Wellness – By far my #1 pick… I love everything I’ve listened to and there are years worth in the archive.  It’s hard to pick, but here are a few of my favorite episodes: Deep Nutrition with Dr. Cate Shanahan, MORE Deep Nutrition, The Coconut Oil Miracle with Bruce Fife, Heal Thy Mouth with Will Revak of OraWellness, Genetically Modified Foods with Jeffrey Smith, The Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried, Gerald Roliz: Ex Pharma Sales Rep Tells All.
  • Wellness Mama – I love Katie’s blog, so of course love her podcasts: How to Know if You Have Gluten Sensitivity, Micronutrients & Healthy Fats, Can Cavities Remineralize?, Reversing Infertility & PCOS Naturally
  • The Primal Blueprint – Interviews with health experts and narrated articles from Mark Sisson’s super popular paleo blog
  • Bulletproof Radio – Best enjoyed with a cup of bulletproof coffee: Dr. Cate Shanahan and Bulletproofing the NBA, Hashimoto’s: The Root Cause, Dr. John Salerno: Holistic Medicine, Heavy Metals & Allergies; Dr. Daniel Amen: Alzheimer’s, Brain Food & SPECT Scans
  • Balanced Bites – Two gals talking about modern real-food living: Women’s Health, PCOS & Body Image with Stefani Ruper; Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue with Laura Schoenfeld
  • The Fat-Burning Man – Abel James experienced quite the life change by transitioning to a “wild diet”: Raw + Paleo for Your Dog, Dr. Alan Christianson: The Adrenal-Reset Diet

Do you have any others to recommend?

Happy listening!

A GMO News Update

A couple of months ago, I posted a blog all about the terrifying dangers of GMOs – a topic that many people don’t know much about and one that was completely unknown to me until just a couple of years ago. Finally, the truth is starting to come out and I thought I would share a few updates with you in case you missed it:

In March, President Obama signed an agricultural bill into law that contained a secret, well-hidden (to the public, not to the government) rider with very bad news for us.   Monsanto (the corporation behind GMOs) wrote this rider themselves to legally protect them from ever being held responsible for the consequences of the products they create.  It’s called the Farmer Assurance Provision, meaning that companies can research, produce and sell genetically modified seeds and crops without interference or consequences from the government, even if health issues result from those products.  This rider came shortly after federal courts had ruled that the US Dept of Agriculture had not fully evaluated the physical harm that could result from GMOs.  While the language in the bill seems to lead on that regulations are already in place to prevent such issues, this is not true.  The FDA asks Monsanto to provide its own studies to prove that their products are safe.  For a company that’s making billions off these items, I doubt moral obligation would result in any self-imposed regulations.  This is clear failure of the government to protect its people from the power of large corporations.  Thankfully, when the truth came out, outrage by the people towards what has now been dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” is forcing Congress to review the bill. Finally, some Senators are stepping up to speak out and try to get this repealed.  Fingers crossed!

In the meantime, there are a couple of easy ways that you can take action and protect yourself against the harms of GMOs:

  • Take a stand and tell your Senator to fight for your rights at Food Democracy Now
  • Download the awesome FREE new Buycott app to help you shop GMO-free.  Simply scan the barcode of an item while you are shopping to see if the company uses GMOs in its products.  It also lets you support companies who support other causes you care about!  Learn more here.

What do you think about this recent legislation? Is this news to you?

– Christine

Resources:

http://www.policymic.com/articles/31783/monsanto-protection-act-highlights-special-interests-behind-legislative-process

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmer_Assurance_Provision

http://geneticroulettemovie.com/