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‘Roundup’ the Neighbors and Kids, Folks… This One’s a Doozy

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90-Day GMO & ‘Roundup’ Studies Ending Prematurely – Grave Consequences

A recent French study performed by a team of scientists under the direction of molecular biologist Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, sustained by CRIIGEN, an independent research organization, produced alarming analyses concerning the digestion of, and long-term reaction to, Monsanto’s genetically modified corn and the company’s renowned weed-killer ‘Roundup’ among groups of lab-rats. The rats were fed a lifetime (two years) of the corn and weed-killer and, after four months since the study’s inception, began showing frightful signs of response which only intensified afterward, implying that the commonly accepted 90-day studies have been ending prematurely in their full analysis of side-effects.

The symptoms of the GM corn and ‘Roundup’ among the lifetime-exposed rodents include massive mammary tumors, multiple organ damage, especially pertaining to the liver and kidneys, as well as heightened mortality rates. The study showed that 70% of female and 50% of male rats died early when contrasted with the respective 20% and 30% death-rates of the control group.

“[The] study published today finds that rats with prolonged exposure to roundup-ridden corn suffered health problems including mammary tumors and severe liver and kidney damage. While numerous 90-day studies have already linked GMO foods to allergies and other health problems, the study, which was published in “Food and Chemical Toxicology,” marks the first-ever long term animal study on the health effects of genetically engineered foods.”

In response, “Monsanto said at the time of the earlier research that the French researchers had reached unsubstantiated conclusions. Seralini believes his latest lifetime rat tests give a more realistic and authoritative view of risks than the 90-day feeding trials that form the basis of GM crop approvals, since three months is only the equivalent of early adulthood in rats.”

In summation of the ‘Sustainable Food Trust’ YouTube video featuring the Director Patrick Holden, genetically modified corn is widely grown in America, fed to commonly consumed livestock, primarily cows, pigs and chickens, which is then digested by humans as processed through animals. ‘Roundup,’ being the world’s most popular weed-killer, is consistently finding its way into our foodstuffs, which could induce severe health-based results.

Counting the Convoluted Cost

It is worth noting that, according to the Reuters.com article from September 19th, “Although the lead researcher’s past record as a critic of the industry may make other experts wary of drawing hasty conclusions, the finding will stoke controversy about the safety of GM crops.

In an unusual move, the research group did not allow reporters to seek outside comment on their paper before its publication in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology and presentation at a news conference in London.”

With so many eyes directed toward the aftermath of genetically modified food studies, politics are swimming with intense motions towards monitoring food production and notifying the public on what exactly is being placed on the dinner table. California’s ‘Proposition 37 Right to Know’ initiative promoting the labeling of genetically engineered food is making big waves as America moves toward the November elections. “The initiative has two main provisions: first, requiring ‘labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specific ways,’ and secondly, banning foods from being labeled ‘natural’ when they contain genetically-altered ingredients.”

For now we’ll need to educate ourselves on the facts, act to make our collective voices heard regarding the condition of our personal and communal health, and wait to see what new laws will, or will not, be put in place.

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday at Sea and there will be tons of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources

http://laist.com/2012/09/19/french_study_finds_massive_tumors_i.php

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/19/gmcrops-safety-idUSL5E8KJAGN20120919

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SzXvBwvhd4

 

 

Clinton Stays Healthy After Clipping Ties from Animal Products

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I… No Longer… Have Relations… With That Cheeseburger

After years of indulging on fast food and a smorgasbord of animal products, Clinton’s classic McDonald’s diet began to take its toll on more than just his flabby tummy. As quoted from an August article on Examiner.com, “Clinton switched to a plant-based diet in 2011 and within several months had lost 24 pounds. The previous year, he had two stents placed in his coronary artery after having undergone a quadruple heart-bypass surgery in 2004.” With a family history of heart disease and a lifelong battle with his weight, Clinton celebrated his 66th birthday this August attributing his newfound healthy existence entirely to his lifestyle reformation. This progression came in phases, however.

“When I had my second heart incident [in 2010] and I had the stents put in, I had passed all my physicals, I was doing great, but I was still building up plaque in my arteries,’ he recounted. ‘So I decided that I wanted to see if I could live to be a grandfather, so I just went all the way.’”

Noting Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. as personal guides into the world of healthier living, the old daily, and nightly, feasting rituals no longer hold the same sway over Bill’s belly.

“’I like the vegetables, the fruits, the beans, the stuff I eat now,’ said Clinton, whose weight hovers at around 185 pounds — his weight at age 13! – ‘All my blood tests are good, and my vital signs are good, and I feel good. I also have more energy.’”

From ‘Krispy Kreme’ to Kale & Beans

The former president has formed a massive wave in changing the tide concerning veganism within the celebrity circuit. Veganism is slowly arching into the celestial realm as star-studded elites, including Rev. Al Sharpton, actress Michelle Pfeiffer, and most recently hip-hop artist Usher, align with the concept of removing meat, dairy, eggs and oils from their diet.

With a greener and more grateful outlook on life, Clinton has cited the documentary ‘Forks Over Knives’ and the book ‘The China Study’ as a reminder as to why and how a plant-based diet is such a vital facet in his everyday life. Instead of jogging towards a Mickey D’s, Clinton runs past them, claiming “Getting rid of the dairy was great, getting rid of the meat was — I just don’t miss it.”

So who’s next on the influential former president’s list of new vegan initiates? We’re willing to bet he’ll leave a leafy-legacy with his future grandchildren.

“’Hillary and I, we are happy, we love our son-in-law,’ said Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea got married in July 2012. ‘And we would like to be around if there are grandkids, we would like to do our part.’”

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday at Sea and there will be tons of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

 

Sources

http://www.examiner.com/article/former-president-bill-clinton-turns-66-a-vegan-diet-saved-my-life

 

Integrative Relaxation – A Serene State of Wellbeing

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One of the most enjoyed and sought-after programs of the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise are the Integrative Relaxation classes. Centered on optimizing your ability to experience blissful relaxation akin to deep, rejuvenating rest, Integrative Relaxation, also known as Yoga Nidra, allows for an emotional release of pain, both internally and externally. Offering intense benefits to your entire consciousness, this simple, easily adaptable tool, once properly learned, can quickly be applied to your daily routine once you’re back at home from your gorgeously luxurious vegan, macrobiotic cruise! By consistently utilizing and applying Integrative Relaxation to your everyday life, you’re initiating a state of comprehensive mental, physical and emotional relaxation that unfetters you from the damaging patterns of anxiety, tension and stress in your life. By combining ‘breath awareness’ with physical relaxation to boost your employment of intention, you will be calmly guided through a series of modest techniques practiced by either simply lying on the floor, or by sitting in a comfortable chair. With careful instruction, you will experience direct access to sound relaxation, a slow release from anxious, stressful mental patterns, constructive pain management and an overall sense of wellbeing. We’re proud to continue to have Chandrakant Hiester on board to guide our guests along the path to a happier, healthier life!

Introducing Chandrakant Hiester
As a senior teacher, as well as a seminar leader for the last seven years at the Amrit Yoga Institution in Salt Springs, Florida, Chandrakant Hiester’s experience and expertise has made him a national and international presence. A psychology graduate of Rutgers University and a well-seasoned specialist of the martial arts, Chandrakant’s passion lays in teaching Amrit Yoga, Amrit Yoga Nidra and various other yoga and stress-reducing practices, as well as preparing and leading professional training programs for those seeking to further the instruction of their wellbeing through yoga. Having studied under our very own Yoga Amrit Desai for over thirty years, Chandrakant has accumulated vast experience, providing him with powerful implementation programs centered on fostering and encouraging beneficial progression in understanding one’s behavioral practices and tuning them towards self-nurturing awareness.

Chandrakant’s involvement with the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for more than two decades has been occupied in various roles. Acting as executive chef while overseeing the preparation of 500 to 700 vegetarian meals served to guests daily, Chandrakant has also acted as Yogi Desai’s personal chef for over twelve years having been trained to prepare true Indian cuisine from none other than Yogi Desai’s wife, Mataji!

Quiet Your Mind, Quiet Your Pain, and Enjoy Your Cruise!
Every morning Chandrakant leads his ‘Daily Morning Amrit Yoga Asana Sequence’ class, teaching the steps on how to bond with the true source, experience and purpose of yoga to unite with a timeless state of being. As practiced through the implementation of various yoga postures, Chandrakant guides the practitioner through simple poses, instructing how the body can be used as a means of transportation to wellbeing, fully activating the body and mind into stillness. By bringing the both the active and receptive energies of your body into balance, Chandrakant’s classes are designed to specifically tune your personal energy levels into the deepest meditative state possible. The quiet calm of Integrative Relaxation softens and depletes the pain caused from emotional and physical pain, reducing your bodily and mental ‘fight or flight’ response that keeps you on edge. From fear, depression, anxiety, insomnia and even high blood pressure, Chandrakant will teach you how to calm the active energies of your mind and implement serenity, introducing his personalized blend of veteran comprehension and concrete psychology, leading you along your way to an even more enjoyable cruise experience!


Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday at Sea and there will be tons of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

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