Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
Are we becoming walking, talking chemical cocktails?
In the 1970s, the recommended schedule for childhood vaccinations totaled 23 doses of 7 vaccines. By 2014, that number has increased dramatically to 69 doses of 16 vaccines, with 49 of those doses before age 61.
Visit your doctor for almost any reason, and you are likely to receive a prescription to help reduce symptoms, instead of solving the underlying problem.
Watch television and you see a steady dose of advertisements for prescription and over-the-counter drugs that seem to make people vibrant and happy.
And to top it off, that snack you’re eating, while watching happy drug commercials, is likely to contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
The sheer volume of vaccines, prescription drugs, and GMOs pouring into our bodies is unprecedented. The impact of this chemical cocktail is not known and is not being properly studied.
Something is just not right. I have decided I need to know better, so I can do better.
At Happy Living, we do not claim expertise in any particular field. Rather, we are students of creating a good life and are dedicated to sharing ideas for happy living. We believe in questioning the status quo. We study and research issues to educate ourselves. We conduct experiments and act on what we learn. And as we make positive changes within ourselves, we share our discoveries and ideas for happy living.
Here are a few questions I have started to investigate:
Are we getting sicker because the pharmaceutical, medical, and food industries have lost the delicate balance between serving humankind and serving its businesses?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the labeling of prescription medicines to inform consumers about the drugs they are consuming2. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforce labeling laws for our clothing3. Why is it then, that the U.S. does not have laws that require labeling of genetically engineered foods when many include harmful chemicals like BT Toxin and Roundup Ready?
Why do 64 other countries – including 15 European nations, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia, and even China – require labeling of genetically engineered foods4?
I began learning about potential health issues from food when someone recommended that I read the book Wheat Belly. I continued my education by reading Grain Brain. Recently, I learned more about the risks poised by ingesting so many chemicals when I watched the movie, BOUGHT.
It didn’t take me long to learn that GMO foods are dangerous to our health5.
My wife and I began experimenting with this new knowledge at home. First, we gave up wheat. Then, we dramatically reduced our consumption of processed foods. We started buying organic vegetables, wild-caught fish, and organic meat. We have also enjoyed shopping at a local Farmer’s Market.
We have reduced the amount of processed foods available to our daughters. We encourage them to snack from the refrigerator (where they can find real food) rather than the pantry.
This process has taken some time, and has required learning new patterns, but we believe it is worth the effort. We are sending a message to the food industry by voting for change with our dollars. We feel better. And we’re teaching our children how to eat healthfully.
I am grateful that my job is to research and share ideas for happy living. It is my way of encouraging others to question, educate, act, and lead change efforts that improve the health and wellbeing of their families.
I recommend watching the movie, BOUGHT, with your family. You will learn important information from inspiring people who are leading some great causes. The movie addresses vital topics like regaining control of our health, returning to evidence-based science, and creating grass-roots pressure to restore the delicate balance between serving both humankind and industry.
Continue your personal education by learning about these courageous leaders and their organizations:
Moms Across America
GMO Free America
GMO Free Connecticut
Louise Kuo Habakas
Kelly Brogan, MD
The Cornucopia Institute
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- BOUGHT: The hidden story about vaccines, drugs and food ↩
- PDF – fda.gov: An Introduction to the Improved FDA Prescription Drug Labeling ↩
- American Apparel & Footwear Association: Frequently Asked Questions ↩
- Just Label It: Labeling Around the World ↩
- Institute for Responsible Technology: 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs ↩