Yesterday I was saddened to hear about the death of Senator John McCain. After a year long battle with brain cancer, his 81 year old body could no longer fight. As a cancer survivor, his death reminds me how blessed I am to still be alive. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
When the news of his cancer was made public last year, many articles such as this one- What Caused John McCain’s Cancer surfaced that suggested his cancer was caused by the substance known as Agent Orange.
Agent Orange was a toxic herbicide that was sprayed all over Vietnam between 1961 and 1972. The Department of Defense used this chemical as part of a strategy to flush out the enemy and wipe out their food supply. Sadly for our vets, the plan severely backfired.
This chemical has been implicated as a primary cause of death of thousands of U.S. soldiers that were exposed to it. Some, like McCain, didn’t see the effects fully manifest until many years after the exposure.
It is awful to think that our government would place our own soldiers in harms way like this. What I also find awful is that they’ve allowed chemicals such as these into our environment and our food supply for MANY years.
The chemical giant Monsanto, (who ironically was a leading manufacturer of Agent Orange) has legally sprayed 1.8 million tons of their herbicide Round-Up on crops in the U.S. since 1974. They have repeatedly bought their way out of lawsuits and have largely gone unpunished despite a mountain of evidence that shows that their chemicals cause major health problems including cancer.
Thankfully, a judge in California recently took a stand against the chemical giant. Groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson sued Monsanto after discovering that his terminal cancer was due to his repeated exposure to Round-Up. The judge decided to make a strong point during her ruling and said Monsanto “acted with malice, oppression and fraud, and should be punished for its conduct.” Mr. Johnson was awarded a $289 million dollar settlement.
As consumers, these are things we should be aware of. Much of the non-organic wheat, corn, soy, fruits and vegetables we eat have been doused with this same toxic substance. In fact, USA Today recently reported that certain brands of oatmeal and breakfast items have also been found to have unsafe levels of this toxic substance.
You can see which ones by clicking here- Toxic Breakfast Foods
Sadly, we live in a world where greed and technology have combined to create an incredibly dangerous environment for us to live in. Each year over 1.7 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer and over 600,000 people die from it.
Thankfully, there are ways to avoid these cancer causing toxins by choosing organic and non genetically modified (Non-GMO) foods. Although it costs a little more at the store, it can save us a lot in healthcare (sick care) costs.
I encourage you to also read this article about the history of Monsanto to get a better idea of how deep this rabbit hole truly goes. They really are BAD news.
Check it out here- The Chilling History of Monsanto
To your health,