Greetings from Budapest, city of my birth, and the source of an astounding array of bread, rolls, pastries, and baked goods.

These would normally be foods that I avoid because of their effect on my joints. Wheat products give me achy joints so here at home I stick to 100% Rye bread or sprouted breads, like Ezekial products, which have less wheat.photo-1

But on this trip I conducted an experiment with my diet. Many of my clients had reported to me that they don’t experience problematic symptoms from wheat and wheat products, such as bread and beer, when traveling abroad. So I tested it out. I ate bread and drank beer nearly daily … quite the pleasant experiment! And had no joint pain, not even morning stiffness.

So what makes their bread different from ours?? 

It has to do with the ingredients that are used to make bread, beer, etc. Their wheat, corn, soy and other crops have not been altered into a version that the human body is not able to metabolize.

In other words, European bakeries use wheat that is in the same form as it was 100 years ago. In America, we use hybridized wheat, GMO corn, soy, canola, dairy, etc.  To date, US wheat has not become GMO, but it has been hybridized over the past 50 years so that it is more difficult to digest. It contains known toxins such as sodium azide.  Great summary on this topic is the book “Wheat Belly” by cardiologist William Davis.

SO what is a GMO?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. They are “plants or animals that have been genetically engineered from the DNA of bacteria, viruses, other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes cannot occur in nature.”  In other words, GMOs are “FrankenFood” and more than 60 countries, including Hungary, have banned GMOs as part of their food supply. They refuse to participate in this diabolical experiment.

Why are companies growing GMO crops? Profit. By making crops able to withstand direct application of herbicides. They actually do not produce more yield, are not more drought tolerant, and bug resistant, as has been promised.  Instead they are making us sick. For a full discussion of this topic please see:  www.nongmoproject.org

Also look for a new documentary on the topic called GMO/OMG!  It is entertaining and sobering at the same time.

So what can we do to protect our health by becoming smarter about the source of our food?

  • Seek out non GMO foods. A good place to start is the above referenced website, which actually identifies nonGMO foods and has a verification system to discern new ones.
  • Consider becoming a food activist. We are in the process of starting a State College chapter of the NonGMO Project. If you are interested in learning more or becoming part of this organization, please let us know.
  • Try to eat organic as much as possible, whether its your own produce from a home garden or from the local farmers market. See the list of The Clean 15 foods on our website that are important to buy organic.
  • Consider installing a home garden next year, even if it’s just a few tomato plants on your patio. Especially if you have children, it’s important for them to understand where food comes from. If you need help, contact