February 7 is Heart Health Day as established by the American Heart Association. While we should all be wearing red to raise awareness about heart health, we at Moms Across America are also seeing red because of how angry we are that corporations like Cargill, Kraft, PepsiCo, Perdue, and others are allowed to sponsor a nonprofit like the American Heart Association. According to Healthy Eating Politics the American Heart Association makes huge sums of money each year from food manufacturers like Kellogg’s and General Mills. By endorsing more than 630 food industry products including chocolate milk, high sugar breakfast cereals, and processed meat products among other unhealthy products, the AHA, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) makes over $2 million dollars each year.
These products make people sick. There is solid evidence showing that a high carbohydrate, low-fat diet, such as the one the AHA recommends, has the effect of elevated blood glucose, blood insulin levels, and increased arterial inflammation. All of these conditions contribute to heart disease. Clearly the financial sponsorship from these companies affects the American Heart Association’s recommendations. For instance, you won’t find information about how pesticides increase heart issues and how a plant-based diet can reduce heart disease on the American Heart Association website. Could it be because so many meat companies (that use grain feed sprayed with pesticides) give them money?
Heart disease, unfortunately, does claim the lives of almost 500,000 women each year. At Moms Across America we want to make sure that you know the role that toxic chemicals - specifically glyphosate - play.
Over the years, dozens of studies have shown the relationship between glyphosate exposure and numerous health issues including heart disease. One study on Zebrafish stated, “We conclude that glyphosate is developmentally toxic to the zebrafish heart.”
We have also long known that glyphosate can disrupt the body's enzymes, causing lysosomal dysfunction, a major factor in cardiovascular disease and heart failure. New scientific research and data is constantly coming to light. According to the January 1, 2019 issue of Healthline:
Hispanic and Latino people who are exposed to pesticides at work are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who aren’t, according to research published mid-December (2109) in the journal Heart.
In his article entitled, The 14 Most Dangerous Toxins to the Heart, cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra gives “insecticides and pesticides” the #1 spot out of 14. Facts and figures like these should have us all seeing red.
This February 7th, and every day, MAA would like to remind you, and the women in your life, of the importance of first and foremost eating organic. Visit our website to find the information, lifestyle tips, and health solutions you need to make your life as glyphosate-free as possible.
Then, take one or more steps to care for your heart health:
- Schedule a Well-Woman visit with your health care provider. Get a full blood work up, checking for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, check your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Vitamins and more sun! Studies show that vitamin D3 has a restorative effect on the cardiovascular system, reducing the risk of heart attack and repairing the damage done by hypertension, atherosclerosis, and diabetes.
- Detox! Try Primary Detox, a heavy metal and pesticide remover by BioRay. This Moms Across America Gold Standard 5 Star product is made with love by a mom too!
- Check out leading cardiologist, Dr. Joel Kahn’s website and books that show that a plant-based lifestyle can dramatically reduce heart attacks.
- Engage in some serious self-care! You deserve it! Laugh, make art, dance, take a walk in the forest or by the ocean....whatever makes your heart sing.
Together we can keep heart disease from having such an impact on women. See red for the right reasons. Harness your passion for your family by taking care of yourself and making heart disease, along with glyphosate itself, a thing of the past.
Zen Honeycutt and the MAA Team