gmoNew evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer’s plants are now freely growing there.

A new study published in PLoS titled,”Unexpected Diversity of Feral Genetically Modified Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus L.) Despite a Cultivation and Import Ban in Switzerland,”[1] is believed to be the first report of its kind showing that despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer’s GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it can not be put back.

The GM plants were found growing freely along railway lines and in port areas at four sites in 2011 and 2012, with the most afflicted being the Rhine port of Basel and the St. Johann freight railway station in Basel, Switzerland. The glyphosate-resistant[2] GM plants were identified as Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready GM event GT73. Additionally, the researchers found the glufosinate-resistant GM events MS8xRF3, MS8 and RF3 (all traded as InVigor, Bayer) at five sampling locations in the Rhine port. They noted that this is, to their knowledge, the first time that Bayer’s feral MS8xRF3, MS8 or RF3 plants were detected in Europe.

Another concerning finding was the discovery of ‘outcrossing’ (transference of genetic material between differing plant strains) between Monsanto’s GT73 GM plant and two non-GM oilseed rape plants. This confirms fears that GM plants are capable of transforming conventional and/or organically produced plants into GM ones (i.e. ‘biorape’[3]).

In fact, the study addresses this possibility directly:

“Another concern with respect to the cultivation of GM OSR [genetically modified oilseed rape] is an unintended gene flow towards conventional or organic OSR crops which could lead to co-existence conflicts between different farming systems[4].”

Continue reading this article at GreenMedInfo.com.

Originally posted 2015-01-11 11:10:51.

Depression treated with tumericA recent study published in Phytotherapy Research shows that curcumin, the main polyphenol in turmeric, is as at least as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating depression. (1)

Not only can it help ease symptoms of depression, but it does so safely, without the potential to cause suicidal thoughts, weight gain and even changes in blood pressure and heart rate that can lead to shock and death — some of the many side effects which have been linked to Prozac. (2)

The study, conducted by researchers from the Department of Pharmacology at the Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, India, assessed groups of people who took curcumin capsules and Prozac, either individually or combined. (1) Twenty people took 500 mg curcumin capsules twice daily, 20 took 20 mg of Prozac daily, and the remaining 20 people took a combination of the two. (3) The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, a questionnaire designed to gauge the severity of a person’s depression level, was given to assess any changes in mood among the individuals who participated in this study.

The importance of turning to natural methods instead of prescribed drugs

The findings showed that curcumin worked just as well as Prozac, acting as the “first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders.” (1, 3) MDD stands for “Major Depressive Disorder.”

Although experts are quick to point out that such findings are preliminary and are not meant to necessarily become a substitute for drugs approved by the FDA, many people are hesitant to trust FDA suggestions due to admissions from the agency that negatively impact health. For example, through the years, the FDA has admitted that chicken meat sold in the U.S. contains arsenic, and more recently, has come forward with statements that some acne products can actually be fatal. (4, 5)

Other health benefits of turmeric, plus a healthy turmeric tea recipe

Therefore, turning to natural alternatives to help heal is often a choice made by those seeking to improve or maintain their health. Turmeric, which is a part of the ginger family, has been known to help aid conditions that range from acne and clogged arteries to improving inflammation-related ailments, depression and insomnia. (6)

To enjoy these benefits, a tea made with curcumin can help. By boiling 1/4 cup of grated fresh turmeric root (or 1 tablespoon ground turmeric) with 2 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger root in 4 cups of water, a healthy turmeric tea that serves four people can easily be prepared. (6) Add lemon or a natural sweetener if preferred.

Article Source: www.naturalnews.com/curcumin_depression_treatment.

Originally posted 2014-08-06 09:28:57.