Adding GMO food lables would scare consumers???

There was an article in the paper yesterday about the California initiative concerning the resolution on the ballot in November to have foods labels GMO.  In fact, the label would say “Partially produced with genetic engineering.”    What exactly does this mean?


The Agribusiness giants PepsiCo, Nestle, and Coca-Cola are opposing this measure.  They say that the benefits of genetically engineered foods are greater than any risk.  I am not sure I agree with them.  One example of bioengineering is Aqua Bounty salmon.  The so-called ‘frankinfish’ can survive in colder water longer.    The developers say that this fish is safe to eat, but the opponents say that this fish, “according to the evidence, their buff salmon might have higher levels of a cancer promoting hormone IGF-1, more antibiotics, and more of a potentially life-threatening allergen(s).”  I certainly agree that we need to be aware if we are eating genetically modified foods.  The research further states that this “GM salmon’s nutritional value, has the lowest omega-3 to omega-6 value of all the salmon studied, while also having 20 to 52 percent higher allergenic potency than normal salmon, increasing your chances of having a potentially deadly allergic reaction.”  Tell me again why I need to buy this?  Don’t I have the right to know what I am getting in a restaurant?


Bob Goldberg, a molecular biologist who is a professor at UCLA makes this statement concerning bioengineered crops:  “I’ve been testing them for over 40 years.  They’re like the Model T Ford.  There is not one credible scientist working on this that would call it unsafe.”  However, that does not hold up under scrutiny. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has condemned genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and urged all physicians to prescribe non-GMO diets. “GMO-Free” is one of the fastest growing health claims among US brands for the past two years, and a tipping point of consumer rejection of all GE ingredients appears to be just over the horizon.”


As you can imagine, there is a good deal of angst concerning the extra paperwork, and the potential lawsuits if restaurants continue to sell its patrons GMOs.  They obviously have a dog in the fight.  However, you and I are ultimately responsible for our own health.  It is our right to know the origins of the foods we are consuming, and it is our right to insist on the freshest, most natural, most organic foods we can buy.


Research it yourself, stay informed.


Until next time,



The Houston Chronicle, Sunday, August 12, 2010



About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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