March 8, 2019 – Oakland, California - - The trial of Pilliod v. Monsanto Company (now Bayer) begins with jury selection on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Superior Court of California for the County of Alameda before Judge Winifred Smith. Attorneys for the plaintiffs anticipate the trial will last about a month.
Pilliod v. Monsanto is the first case in the California Roundup Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings (JCCP) and the third Roundup cancer case to proceed to trial.
More than 250 Roundup cancer cases are consolidated before Judge Smith as part of the California Roundup JCCP. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.Read more
More and more we are all hearing about the huge role our genetics play in our health. It is the age-old question of nature vs nurture or another way to phrase it is genetics vs lifestyle.
Disturbing news was released today by US Pirg showing even higher levels of glyphosate in popular wine and beer than the test results Moms Across America commissioned in 2017. These results clearly show that glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH) must be banned. Despite the fact that farmers have known since 2015 that glyphosate herbicides can cause cancer and many other serious health effects, they continue to spray GBH as a drying agent on their grain crops. Because the US EPA says it is safe to do so. 34 countries have banned or restricted glyphosate, but not the USA.
Sign the petition from USPirg to the USDA to test for glyphosate here.
The contamination of beer and wines is another great reason to join in the Friends of the Earth call to action and go to your local Kroger-owned Grocery Store this today or tomorrow ( find out of your local grocery store is owned by Kroger's here) and ask them to stop selling products with toxic pesticides in them! Find out more about the call to action here.
Read the full USPirg report and take action here.
We thank the USPirg team for their excellent work!Read more
OpEd By Zen Honeycutt
Ladies, Mark Ruffalo. Need I say more?
Men, yes, I do. Here’s a little Valentine’s Day tip for you on what makes him so darn sexy.
Mark Ruffalo does not only raise the eyebrows of women around the planet because of his rugged good looks. There is another reason, one that has cropped up in the past few years. One that the media will not describe on CBS Good Morning Show or in the pages of the “Sexiest Man Alive” articles in Vanity Fair. One that makes casting directors cringe and producers angry.
“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”—WINSTON CHURCHILL
When I declared Moms Across America—and essentially, myself—UNSTOPPABLE, I had no idea how much the universe would throw at me. I used the word “unstoppable” to encourage and support moms to keep going. Little did I know that there would be times when I felt not only stopped but also crushed. Pamm Larry, instigator of California’s ballot initiative to label GMOs, helped me put things into perspective when she said, “What’s the fastest way to get criticized? Do something.”Read more
By Evan Zislis
We are naturally wired to help each other. It’s just part of our DNA. It may be the most exceptional trait of our species. Our collective history is defined by a shared ancestral memory of cooperation, collaboration, empathy, and assistance. Things fall apart when we forget. But in times of crisis, we remember – all at once, like suddenly we’re all hearing the same inspiring song – and we re-engage in step to the music. Suddenly, we’re one. And together, we evolve.
I’m a professional organizer. In my professional practice, I help people to simplify so they can focus on the things that matter most: who we love, what we do, how, and why we live… because everything else is just stuff. I help my clients de-clutter and get organized, but all that work is really just a guise for saving the world.
Start in your bathroom with the products you use most. Things like makeup, shampoo, lotion, soaps, toothpaste, etc. Anything with chemicals and fragrances are good candidates for switching out. Then move to the kitchen and laundry and take an inventory of the cleaning agents. Steadily migrate over as your products run out or simply throw away and start over. With online marketplaces like Amazon, Thrive Market, and independent retailers like Honest Company and others, reducing your overall chemical load is easier than ever.Read more
On Friday, January 18, Elizabeth Desiree of Washington state posted on Facebook that she just got a call from an employee at Costco and he told her that Costco would no longer be selling Roundup. She had written him a letter and he was calling her back. I was excited but reserved my excitement. There is so much fake news these days. I called the headquarters, and after two days of messages and calls, I did finally confirm with three people that Costco was not ordering Roundup or any glyphosate-based herbicides for the incoming spring shipments. They would not be selling it in any stores, all across America. This is HUGE! How fantastic! One employee mentioned that they had looked into organic alternatives first and were happy with the results. More than one employee mentioned the lawsuit (Johnson V Monsanto) for part of the reasoning. They said they just felt like it was the right thing to do.
I asked for an official statement and was told that usually, Costco does not issue press releases, etc discussing which items they have discontinued. Despite not hearing back from the Costco PR department, I decided to announce the information anyway. I told them that the 89,000 people who signed a petition to Costco, Home Depot, and Lowe's deserved to have an answer. I knew that they would be happy to know that Costco was doing the right thing.Read more
Have you been wondering why many farmers, scientists, and regulatory agencies are claiming that glyphosate is safe? Are you confused as to why our EPA says that they have the science to show that glyphosate is not a carcinogen...but the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) has found that it is a carcinogen? We have!
Thank Goodness that scientist Charles Benbrook has combed through the studies analyzed by both agencies and has found out exactly why they came to their decisions. Guess what... SURPRISE! cherrypicking is definitely at play!
To summarize for you:
EPA cited 109 total assays not included in the IARC report, 87% of which were regulatory studies commissioned by industry, and all but one was negative.
IARC included the results from 67 assays not included in EPA’s analysis, all of which were from peer-reviewed publications, and 82% of which had at least one positive result for genotoxicity.
In genetics, genotoxicity describes the property of chemical agents that damage the genetic information within a cell causing mutations, which may lead to cancer. While genotoxicity is often confused with mutagenicity, all mutagens are genotoxic, whereas not all genotoxic substances are mutagenic.
Watch our Facebook live discussing the issue with Zen Honeycutt here.
The following is the full paper by Charles Benbrook PhD. published on www.hygeia-analytics.comRead more
The Ultimate Detox Part 1
The holiday season is over, and the new year is here, which means our excuses for eating and drinking everything in sight have now expired. It’s officially time for phase two of the holiday season; the cleanup.
The famed “new year cleanse” (or is it detox?) often consists of green juices, superfood smoothies, charcoal tablets, and the highly popular fasting techniques. There is no shortage of recipes and dietary strategies promising to ditch the holiday weight and boost energy levels to help you start the year off right. But it’s 2019. Aren’t we supposed to be like, super woke? That’s what my millennium colleagues tell me.
Forgive me, but it seems a bit naive to think we can undo the damage created by a fast pace lifestyle, over-stimulation from electronics, genetically modified foods, processed ingredients, the constant barrage of thousands of chemicals in our environment, an emotionally charged sociopolitical climate…all with a few glasses of green juice?
Look, I’m a fan of green juice and healthy smoothies. Heck, I live in Southern California. Might as well be the green juice capital. My quick calculations indicate that 21% of state revenue in 2018 came from sales of green juice. Just kidding…or am I? At $14 a bottle, the calculations might be correct. All joking aside, the new year does provide the perfect opportunity to reevaluate our lifestyle and refocus on creating a healthier, more balanced life.
For those focused on semantics, I might suggest the term, “detox”, be generally reserved for the inbuilt biological processes that organic lifeforms use to metabolize and excrete a plethora of organic and inorganic substances in order to maintain balance and harmony in the system. Detox might include metabolic functions of microbiota in the gut and elsewhere. Or it can occur intracellularly in a variety of tissues throughout the body including the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, bowels, brain, and lymphatic system, among others. Detoxification processes also occur inside our mitochondria, and in the extra cellular matrix. In fact, there aren’t many places in the body where detoxification doesn’t occur.
When we speak of cleansing, I might suggest this term more appropriately describes the actions we take to alter our internal and external environment, thereby lowering our overall toxic load and allowing the body to properly detoxify, expel, or excrete substances that disrupt homeostatic balance in our system.
So, we might say the key to detoxification is to use a variety of cleansing techniques to reduce the internal toxic load, while also providing the substrates needed to carry out the biological processes required for metabolizing and excreting substances that contribute to imbalance – things like disruptive chemicals, disruptive metals, hormone metabolites, and pathogenic organisms.
But instead of getting too caught up in the semantics of words like “cleanse” and “detoxification”, let us focus more on the syntax of these two terms. Let’s approach 2019 like the woke humans we are. No longer is it sufficient to simply focus on food if we want to lose weight, increase energy, improve mood, and optimize function. Instead, if we look at cleansing and detoxification as more of an archetype, we can apply these concepts to many areas of our daily life.
Your diet is not only what you eat. It’s what you listen to,
what you read, and what you watch. It’s what you think and feel.
Be mindful of the mental, emotional, and physical things that you embody.
Truth is, there exist a number of lifestyle factors that can disrupt homeostasis and prevent your body from optimal physiological detoxification. So here are the four primary areas of your life that you can cleanse and detoxify to improve your overall health.
This is a fantastic place to start because the change is very tangible, and you may notice an immediate improvement to your health. Probably the most unrecognized and increasingly pervasive “toxin” in the home these days is artificial light. Run-of-the-mill overhead lighting in the house and the bright lighted emitted from various electronic screens, particularly after sunset, have decimated both sleep time and sleep quality. So much so that research continues to show that poor sleep caused by artificial light is contributing to weight gain, increased breast cancer risk, fatigue, and many other chronic conditions. Improving sleep quality can dramatically improve health across the board. Wearing blue blocking glasses at night, swapping out your traditional lights with orange bulbs, and using beeswax or organic soy candles are easy ways to detoxify your nighttime lighting environment.
Another fantastic way to detox your environment is to do a “spring cleaning” and get rid of anything you don’t really need. Employ minimalist strategies and clear out stale energy and emotions bound up in material goods you don’t use. If you have a hard time tossing out old furniture, books, knickknacks, or clothes that haven’t made their way out of your closet in 2 years, you’ve got emotional attachment that needs to be cleared. Besides, less fortunate people can probably use the clothes you aren’t wearing or furniture sitting in your basement or garage. Did I mention that research suggests generosity and altruism benefit your health.
Jason Prall is a former mechanical engineer turned entrepreneur, filmmaker, and Health Optimization Practitioner. Due to 20 years of his own health challenges, Jason was given the opportunity to discover the reality behind his symptoms. Over the years, he transitioned from working as a practitioner in the integrative disease care model to a model of health optimization and lifestyle medicine. In May of 2018, his extensive research and experience were distilled into a documentary film series called, "The Human Longevity Project", which uncovers the complex mechanisms of chronic disease and aging, and the true nature of longevity in our modern world.