Control Group in GMO Animal Studies Not Actually Controlled

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Caen in France is slated to be published in the journal, PLOS ONE. This study reveals that most rodent feed that is used for control groups in laboratory studies is actually contaminated with GMO’s, pesticides and toxic metals, even the studies on the safety of GMO’s.

The researchers analyzed 13 separate dried rodent chows produced on five continents and tested for traces of 4 heavy metals, 17 dioxins and furans, 18 PCBs, 22 GMO’s and 262 pesticides. They found that every feed had numerous toxins, toxins at high enough levels to cause diseases. If consumed over a long period of time, all of these diets could be expected to pose a high risk to health. The researchers found that 11 of the 13 diets contained GMO’s engineered to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate), and nine of the diets contained detectable levels of glyphosate.


Lack of Control:

These findings immediately call into the question the validity of all diet-based research conducted in rodents, especially that on potentially toxic substances, like GMO’s and PCB’s. If the control diets are actually high in toxic substances, a number of rodents in the control group are then expected to develop serious health problems. This means that the toxic effect of the substance in test would have to be exceptionally high in order to stand out from the control. If a group of animals being fed one potentially toxic substance is compared to a group being fed a cocktail of substances known to be toxic, there is essentially no control group.

With no control group, the results of these studies essentially undermine any time regulators have declared that pesticides or chemical are safe for use. Our level of “normal” at which we believe animals develop health problems is inaccurate. The high rates of “spontaneous” illness found in historic control data are not spontaneous at all.

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Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is terrific!

Turmeric is a perennial plant native to southwest India. A member of the ginger family, turmeric is cultivated most commonly for it’s rhizomes. The rhizomes are boiled, dried and ground to produce a fine orange-yellow powder. That powder is how most people consume turmeric, especially in America. The spice is commonly used in Indian cuisine, especially in curries. It is high in vitamin C, vitamin B1, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and other vital nutrients and minerals.  Aside from it’s culinary applications, turmeric has many holistic health benefits. Turmeric is used heavily in Siddha medicine — a traditional medicine system related to Hinduism.
Let’s explore a few ways that people use turmeric to improve their lives.

Digestive and Respiratory Problems

Turmeric extract has been used to treat digestive tract problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, for centuries. This long used treatment was proven effective during studies among otherwise healthy results. The turmeric extract improved symptoms. The plant has also been used to treat respiratory issues. The essential oil can relief coughs, reducing wheezing and even treat asthma.


The most important active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is what creates the earthy, peppery flavor and smell, as well as it’s yellow color. Under clinical settings, curcumin has been observed to reduce post-surgery inflammation. Turmeric has also been recommended by medical professionals to treat sports injuries. The discomfort of back pain, sports injuries or whiplash is caused by inflammation, which turmeric is known to do.

Totally Topical

Another great benefit of turmeric is it’s ability to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, brighten skin, and treat acne. Turmeric can be applied topically to the face and neck as a mask. It’s anti-inflammatory properties are compounded by it’s anti-bacterial and antioxidant qualities.
These are just a few of the ways people use turmeric to improve their health. With so many applications, it’s no surprise that turmeric has been used medicinally for so long.

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