Hippocrates or Hypocrisy?

Hippocrates bustHippocrates is often referred to as the father of Western medicine.

For those of you who don’t know of him, he lived from 460 BC to 370 BC in ancient Greece. He was the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine and is responsible for coining the Hippocratic Oath, which is still recited by all graduating physicians almost 2500 years later.

One of his most famous recorded quotes is…

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

I am a huge proponent of this philosophy, as is the rest of the team here at FOHN.

I personally dove deep into the “living food” world, even going to the extreme of becoming a raw vegan for 3 years, so I could rebuild my body with real nutrients.

I was raised on Hungry-Man frozen dinners and Burger King® for the first half of my life, so becoming a raw vegan was not something that came naturally to me.

It was a conscious choice. One of the most powerful I ever made.

When I chose to eat real whole foods and chose to stop eating processed fast foods my body got stronger, my mind became sharper, my stamina increased significantly, and best of all, my attitude improved dramatically! I found it difficult to be anything but totally excited about life — even when times were tough!

I don’t express a desire for you to go down the same path I did to find health, but I do believe immensely in your power to choose your path to health.

So when I see blatant manipulations of our choices I get pissed off and feel obligated to share my observations for any who would like to explore these discoveries with me.

So what pissed me off today, you ask?

Well…with election times almost here, there are a few important propositions up for vote, and I consider one of the most important Proposition 37 in California.

It covers the labeling of GMO derived foods on the consumer market.

I don’t know about you, but I want to have a choice whether or not to consume this “food” big agribusiness genetically engineers (supposedly for the greater good of humanity)…

Apparently there are a few folks who don’t want you or me to be able to make that decision.

The “big dog” in the this pack of wolves is Monsanto corp., of course.

They know their product is unpopular and potentially dangerous, so they and their partners do not want us to know what we’re eating.

The most recent example of the potential proof of GMO dangers comes from France.

It shows that over a 2 year period, up to 75% of the animals fed GMO-grown food contracted cancerous tumors.

The “silver bullet,” for me, in the study is the revelation that all the tumors started to grow after 90 days of consumption of GMO food, but in all previous studies, which placed GMO’s in the “safe” category were less then 90-day tests!!!

Check out this study for yourself:

http://research.sustainablefoodtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Final-Paper.pdf

I liken this to similar situations in our recent past, like the aggressive spraying of DDT.

We were told it was safe and it was marketed aggressively to our society. Remember when Doctors still pushed cigarettes as a healthy stress reliever? These industries were fueled by corporate profits and consumers obediently trusted and consumed these and many other products, approved from mainstream sources we trusted.

What really gets me though, is how Monsanto claims to upholding the Hippocratic Oath and working towards the betterment of society, and even the world.

But…they are honestly the biggest embodiment of Hypocrisy I have seen in recent history.

Monsanto and other corporate and private donors have put up tens of millions of dollars to fight “Prop 37″ in California

Why? So you, the consumer, will not be able to choose if you want to eat GMO food, or not.

Imagine if you didn’t have a choice to consume MSG, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, or partially hydrogenated oils…

 

 

We would all be MUCH worse off if we didn’t have those choices, and that is exactly why consumers like you and I have fought to have those ingredients labeled.

To find out more about who is supporting and who is attacking Prop 37, check out this infographic here:

http://www.thefutureofhealthnow.com/infographic-gmo-who-supports-what/

Additional evidence that Monsanto knows there’s a problem with their GMO products — and the most compelling demonstration of their hypocrisy — comes from their corporate campus in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK.

In their own cafeteria, they have allowed their employees to BAN all GMO food on the menu!

The reason, they say, “Yes, this is the case, and it is because we believe in choice!”

They believe in choice for their employees and but not for their public consumers!?!

You can read about it here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/gm-food-banned-in-monsanto-canteen-737948.html

So what do you think?

Am I confused on this issue?

Are GMOs really from the school of Hippocrates or grown from the prison of Hypocrisy?

I look forward to reading your responses below.

Be Well,

Craig

28 Comments

  1. ivareihl says:

    I agree that GMO’s are not a healthy choice for us.  I grew up on the farm in the days before GMO’S became prevalent, continues my way of eating after moving to town and at 81 am very healthy and active.  My husband who has eaten my cooking for 60 year is also healthy. My four kids likewise.  One grandchild who was allowed to eat whatever he wanted has health problems.  Keep up the good work.

    • blackbird fly says:

      @ivareihl Thank you for sharing and you are so, so very right. Eat well. Live well. We humans have known this forever. What happened? Is this all just by accident?

  2. natz36 says:

    I agree with you completely.  I am a strong believer in the dangers of GMO food and not knowing if my food is GMO would definitely PISS ME OFF! What Monsanto is doing has NOTHING to do with Hippocrates and I continue to educate my family and friends about their choices.  It really all has to do with information and what each of us is willing to accept as truth and how much each of us is willing to accept change! Keep up the good work!

  3. StephanieStuber says:

    Fellow raw vegan here. I too have experienced all the benefits of a whole food vegan diet. As a botanist I can definitively conclude that GMOs are a dangerous, needless experiment with no beneficial outcome

  4. lmgetz says:

    We’ve been kept in the dark for so many years now… and look at the results!  We have a sick and obese nation and the only people that are profiting from our sickness and obesity are the medical, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.  The United States citizens need to stand up for their ‘right to know’ and thereby be given the power to choose what is best for themselves and their families!!  Thank you for helping getting the word out!

  5. Doctor Pete says:

    First you spray ROUND UP to defoliate the soil. Then you plant GMO crops since those are the only ones that can grow in the tainted soil. Next we will need GMO animals and humans to survive eating CORN-oid and SOY BEAN-oid crops. bye bye us…

  6. CherylUlrich says:

    We put child safety locks on cabinets with hazardous contents, so why can’t we put labels on hazardous food?

  7. Anonaon says:

    Even the earliest of tests on GMO foods were stopped prematurely: no real longevity studies exist.  The labels have been required for years in Europe, but would you like consider how easily a label is removed or switched?  In general, the American farmer treats those who dispute GMO foods as silly, fanatical, or naive.  They trust Monsanto because it is fiscally sound to do so.  Americans like money.  And profit.  Looking the other way is easy to do when recognizing the problem hurts the bottom line. And the argument goes that GMOs increase production, so we can “feed the world.”  Poison not withstanding.  You can fight for labels, but I am not sure they will solve the issue—again peel and switch.  The answer may lie in controlling distribution or trying to inhibit production.  Good luck with that.

    • Wow. I love your comment here Anonaon.

      Well said.

      Eventually here with this very community I would like to have a forum large enough where we can actually rally enough people necessary with tangible action items to truly help “control” said distribution or inhibit production.

      I know right now it seems pretty far away and “we the people” really don’t feel that we have that much power. I’ve felt many times as you do with your “good luck with that” comment.

      I DO believe and you would probably agree however that without us.. Monsanto.. the govt that receives their lobbying money.. both are powerless. And that if enough of us.. as we are doing here.. continue to rally together with a focused effort and cause.. We can win..

      Eventually right will always over come wrong.. Eventually :O)

  8. blackbird fly says:

    I believe there are people with good will, caring and kind in spirit.
    I also believe there are damaged people who have no great love for their kind and find it easy to do great harm.
    I have chosen my way and am right with it.
    By the way. This is it. There is no other side.
    I salute my brothers and sisters, People of Good Will.

  9. absbodysym says:

    Somewhere along the way I started to pay attention to how foods were being labled and how much misdirection and miscommunication the powers that be were using in media to keep us all distracted and blinded to the truth about the state of the foods the big corporations are providing.  .It’s bad enough that our soil is poisoned by the after effects of DDT all these years later.  It’s worse that so many people choose to continue consuming these poisonous products.  Really if we could get our neighbors to buy less of the products created by these corporations and spend more time purchasing locally grown produce we could actually make a difference to our health and the health of our environment.  If we the people would stop spending our hard earned money on those food products we know are less than real or nutritious, we would see some changes.  The hard part is getting people to pay attention and become more active in the policies of government where food is concerned. The question is really how do we get a mass of people to act together with they same energy they do for reality shows and celebrity magazines?  If we can harness that energy we can go after the Monsanto’s and Del Monte companies easily

  10. Ravensees says:

    Greetings,   In my humble opinion Monsanto and all of it tentacles ranks as the MOST dangerous corporation in the world.  Why would a company not want you to know what is in your food?   It can’t be for anything good and it is obvious that they want to fight our knowing and deny our right to choice via their billions of dollars.
     
    jerry

  11. pepa1944 says:

    It clear to me that GMO is just a contemporary replacement for of Adolf Hitler Auschwitz.
    Just look at the evidence:
    Sheeps do not reproduce beyond second generation!
    Monsanto has threatened Wisconsin with the lawsuit if they will implement mandatory labeling. (Do Monsanto has a mandate to execute population reduction?)
    It may fit well with 47% slackers/useless eaters Mr. Romney is talking about and he don’t want that the society will have to throw them some scrumps.

  12. RobertPaulDenton says:

    Today October 17 / 2012 it was announced that Nestlé and Kellogg’s were reducing their cereals sugar content by 25% and salt by 17%. The journalist and nutritional expert discussing this move welcomed it yet asked why it took so long.  Although I do not eat such cereals I am happy for those that do. However, I noted the nutritionist mention that the sugar is being exchanged for other substances. Happy as I am to note that sugar and salt is being reduced but what are these other sweetening and salt substitutes? I have read about the dangers of so many artificial sweeteners on the market. Frankly when I rarely drink a Coca Cola I prefer to drink the origin sugared version then the diet ot Zero alternatives. At least I know what sugar is. I do not know nor like to subject myself to alternative sweeteners. So also what on earth are they introducing to replace salt? A further issue is that these cereal manufacturers are apparently introducing more whole grains. Anyone following Palaeolithic Nutrition the science of what our ancestors ate, will know that our digestive system is very poor at digesting grains particularly whole grains. If not engaged in considerable exercise the liver turns the undigested elements directly into fat. I find this new line of Palaeolithic science interesting as more than 35 years ago by virtue of my own observations, I found that after eating whole grain bread I felt lethargic and weak for several hours whereas when eating processed white bread this was also apparent but less so. In addition I found that cutting out all grains, cereals, breads, pasta, etc, my energy increased while my Hay-fever sensitivity dropped dramatically. Clearly there is much more knowledge of what we eat and public awareness to be shared not only about the truth about many foods considered as healthy also what the process food manufacturers are actually up to and what is being hidden behind legal obligations with confusing languages and technical jargon.

  13. SarahRoss says:

    GMO’s are bad bad bad in so many ways and people are so unaware of their food ingredients but those of us who wish to read it should be able to. But it is more systemic than that. It is ruinous to agriculture, bio diversity and natures web are threatened and I really don’t understand how anyone expects this to be a sustainable future for feeding ourselves. It is a threat to life.

    • blackbird fly says:

      @SarahRoss  So true and well said. The problem is broadened by a lack of governmental oversight which should, I would hope , respond with prudence and caution in requiring new technologies  be viewed with interest and concern until conclusively proved to be non-harmful.     We , as citizens, deserve and require this.                                     To allow a paradigm shift in the creation of our food source and blithely accept  it’s wholesomeness seems to me a fundamental breakdown of Governmental responsibility.

  14. Ravensees says:

    RE: Blackbird fly’s comment:   Are you just being nice?   Monsanto and members of our electorate are in bed together.   Said members are dependent upon the  generosity of the Monsanto coffers for which we are all paying a big price.
    There are those amongst us who are sheep and there are those amongst us who are the guard dogs….   Too many sheep, not enough warriors…… yet.

    • blackbird fly says:

      @Ravensees There is no argument that our government does not act fundamentally in the interest of it’s citizens. Some argue that the method for changing this is to alter the legally permitted relationships between big business and government. I mistrust our legal system as much as I mistrust our government. We can fight over gmo’s, big insurance, Big monied interests of all types. , Or. we can insist our government provide the basic services of oversight and protection for it’s citizens. I know our government has taken sides and I know they do not care about  Me, My Family or my values.
      I know your anger. I share it.
      I wish to keep my anger away from my dialog is all.

      • Ravensees says:

        @blackbird fly   Good Morning,   I understand and appreciate your comment.   My anger is muted in these exchanges.   Since we do not who reads all of this – does Homeland Security monitor this site as it does with many others – I think that it is important for the powers that be to have a clear sense of how we are responding/reacting to the goings on.
        I live in an area with a heavy military presence with multiple branches represented.  Among the older active duty members and retirees I can tell you that their disappointment in our gov’t is great.  The level of anger is palpable….

        • blackbird fly says:

          @Ravensees Take away our freedom to verbal and written communication is to drive the final nail into the coffin of oppression. Too many of us are forced to stew in our frustration and the tactic is obvious. To take away our willingness to dissent. The more we abide in our unhappiness and do nothing, the more sure they can be that we indeed will not do anything. So many of my peers comment so negatively about the OCCUPY movement when they should applaud the effort. The more we observe and do nothing, the better for those who do not have high regard for our rights.

  15. blackbird fly says:

    The fight which needs winning is the fight for the hearts and minds of the citizens of this great land.
    Here, on this site, we all speak with the same understanding, the same anger, the same fear.
    Ten years ago I think many would try to hold on to the past.
    Now…
    I believe we know that change is coming.
     
    Sheep or warrior, sinner or saint
     
     
    Strength in Unity

  16. RobertPaulDenton says:

    I have for a very long time realised that fear is a friend. If you are in a state of fear it is an emotional centre of your brain expressing that fact you are missing some important information. Search what you are missing. You will know when you have found it because your fear will disappear. If you fear the future than find what will give you confidence to move forward with confidence. There is only one way to go and that is forward. So the sooner you find how to do that the better for you also those around you.
    Ten years ago those in the vanguard of the Bio revolution feared doom and destruction. Look at it today. The bio/Green movement is forging ahead in leaps and bounds. Okay it is not time for the ‘Fat Lady to Sing’, there is a vast Bio/ Green era yet to be conquered. Have confidence, the fact that large corporations are changing under the pressure of their consumers and governments is great news. This is positive evidence how conscious awareness, the greater public awareness is immensely powerful though it does take time. To turn a corporation is like steering a great sea liner, it happens slowly. Large lumbering ships do not turn on a sixpence or dime. Nonetheless, the worlds populations must become more aware, more demanding and constantly demanding to know what is really going into the supposedly healthy food the manufacturers spend millions on publicity to convince us all of the virtues of their products. Remember this, their driving motivation is profit. In the past that profit has been at the cost of brutally honest truth. That is beginning to change thanks to independent investigations and research also the internet. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Do not be critical of profit. Remember good profits means more jobs and the world needs more jobs as much as it needs healthy food. So let us stay focused on persuading all the lobbying forces possible to encourage food manufacturers to produce really healthy food, free of pesticides (poisons), free of palm oil, soya oil containing poisonous petrochemicals used to extract the oil or any other harmful substances used in manufacturing processes simply to make processed foods taste how the real and genuine article tastes. Food enhancements are best when they are natural herbs and spices not artificial chemically synthesised copies. The question is do we want cheap food that is killing us or are we prepared to pay the higher price for really healthy food, which genuinely sustains both mind and body. Lobby groups and pressure is important. What really makes the manufacturers sit up and take notice is when their customers/ consumers vote with their feet and their purses by changing to more healthy alternatives. So get you boots on and start heading for the bio shops instead of the supermarkets persuaded and bullied by the big manufacturers to push their unhealthy products. Yes Bio/ natural free of pesticides and fertilizers is more expensive right now. Remember that when flat screen TVs first came on the market they were very expensive. Now they are really cheap and much berreter than the original version. So support producers of good healthy food so they feel confident to produce more also at a cheaper price.  QED.

    • blackbird fly says:

      @RobertPaulDenton I agree that corporations are driven by the profit motive. That is both a good thing AND bad thing.. Look st how  Monsanto busies itself purchasing seed banks. Is this to preserve seed stocks or to control seed stocks? The profit motive would require that they lever the ownership into control of seeds.If Monsanto is in the GenMod business, Why do they need to control the sources of natural seed stock? I would imagine the motivation is clear and the danger real. The money motive is not just about consumer feedback through natural market demand theories.The money motive is also bout controlling market choices.I cannot argue with any point you made. I think we have different sensibilities as to what methods corporations employ LEGAL strategies to gain wealth. I would simply argue that our government would , for the sake of protecting the interests of their electorate, deny Monsanto’s right to on the one hand ,Design plants and on the other own the natural seed stock. I trust you can see the danger implicit in this reality.

      • RobertPaulDenton says:

        Yes, you make your point, which I hear constant agreement and I have read and heard it so many times. This same complaint is seriously entering the realms of navel gazing. The focus is all the time on the problem not the solution. Monsanto is such a powerful company that many tell me owns governments through its highly skilled lobby strategies. I imagine that from their point of view, all is fair in love and war and business. Goliath and David is a lovely story that Hollywood loves to promote and endless stories of the baddies, goodies and a happy ending. No one person is going to bring Monsanto down with a sling and pocket full of old gripes people are fed up with hearing. It is a very negative story and people are desperate for some good positive news, particularly a reason that motivates them into action. Therefore, we the great public must seem to you as if we are all turning a deaf ear so in your opinion supporting Monsanto. Thus, I understand you feel more frustrated because there seems to be so much apathy about all the Monsanto issues. One important thing to understand is that Monsanto has an ‘Achilles heel’ like all companies. Find its weakness and it will fall if you focus your fire power on that point. Monsanto knows this, therefore protects itself with smokescreens of every conceivable shade and colour. I have not looked so I have no hard evidence, however I have little doubt that Monsanto has bought grace and favour support for decades by building schools, libraries, roads, community centres and probably much more, such as supporting politicians to be re-elected, etc. I am not accusing Monsanto of these things because I have no such information. However my past experience in business and endless hours sitting in court rooms as a legal expert witness, I know that is what many companies do to change attitudes and gain support where it really matters. However, not buying their products such as artificial sweeteners will have little effect because they are virtually everywhere you look. One of the problems is that the public do not buy their products directly only the producers do. This leaves you punching at shadows The solution to bringing Monsanto to heel is to find its weak point and concentrate your effort until it hurts them so much, they will shout stop. There is an interesting study of evolution, extinction and economics by Paul Ormerod published in his book, Why Most Things Fail. ISBN 0-571-22012-6    It is an interesting study of what happens to big companies and why they invariably fail, or are bought up, split apart or changed. Many years ago British based Marconi Electronics was one of my clients. They were a world beating indomitable corporation. Now Marconi Electronics is barely a name plate on some company directors office in Oslo. Statistically Monsanto will eventually fail due to an action or actions it took at some time in its formation or development. That or those actions are like a ticking time bomb. It is just a matter of time when and who helps to trigger the implosion. Therefore the answer is to focus attention on the solution rather than constantly pouring you energy down the sink hole of the problem. The first will turn you into a real leader with hoards battering down your door to offer support. The latter will only get you deeper frustration as Monsanto stands on the side lines laughing.

  17. RobertPaulDenton says:

    Ravensees, you make an important point. Yet nothing has changes in thousands of years of managing people. Whether Genghis Karn, Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Hitler, Starlin, the Knights Templers, many, many totalitarian country governments claiming to be democratic, Local authorities, small, medium, large and monster corporations like Monsanto, none of them  like to be criticised because it damages their image also opens doors to questions and enquires they would rather not happen. Furthermore it challenges their chosen polices and most of all it is perceived to threaten their self adopted right and passage of leadership. It is the very stewing of frustration of suffering people, which galvanises individuals to mass like bees swarming, in their revolt. In civilised peaceful educated countries we do this by voting with our feet by moving to the another camp. (Indecently bees swarm because they can no longer accept the political regime within their hive. In short one or more new leaders have appeared on the scene, so the colony divides to search for a new home.) This same process is seen constantly in political parties also within companies where party members or one or more employees perceive a better way to do what their party or employers are doing. It takes focused, attention, action and courage to step out of the security of conformity. Yes stewing, surviving, coping with no positive planned action, leads to more  frustration and anger. Democratic politics works by the majority choosing a leader, who has the strength also courage to change the tide. It is only people like you who give that leader the power to be strong. If they fail to perform to your wishes then it is time to move your feet and back someone new who will. This conversation is all about Monsanto and its policies. Trying to destroy Monsanto will only cause frustration and anger. The answer is to find a strong leader with a clear vision, then give them the power to create the changes you require. If that leader fails then choose a new leader who will succeed. This is how the world has progressed across the ages. Over the past year the world has witnessed what hase been labelled as the Arab Spring. This is exactly the same as bees swarming to follow a new leader and a new order. The brutal honest truth is that bees do it very quickly but humans may take generations to settle down to create a new peaceful order. Then the process starts all over again. It is called the Chaos to Order to Chaos syndrome. It has always been like this, it will always be like this because this is how man nature and the universe has evolve since the Big Bang. True leaders, movers and shakers act on recognising what the masses want. They recognise the rules of man, nature and the universe and work with it rather than against it.

  18. blackbird fly says:

    BTW I cannot say rightly , that I know I don’t eat GMO tainted food. I do know that eating fresh, exercising hard and smart, along with getting your sleep will contribute to your well being. Do right by people in need. Be a friend. Don’t add to the grief in this world. Trust when you absolutely know you have NO choice. (Keep your options open) :)

  19. Ravensees says:

    I start everyday promising to do no harm to any living being and all things.    It has been very helpful in raising my awareness.  And,  it has brought me to change behaviors that I was not really aware of.

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