Vol. 1, #2
August 7, 2004

Q: I am a female who lifts weights as part of my fitness program. Will I develop the looks and muscles of a male?-Technical

A: With few exceptions, no. At birth, physically speaking, we are all born resembling very closely, the female form. Men and women have varying amounts of both sex hormones-estrogen, the female hormone, and testosterone, the male hormone. The ratios of these hormones determines our gender characteristics. Unless some codition(i.e.-naturally occurring abnormal ratios of the sex hormones, tumors, genetic abnormalities{different types of hemaphrodism-organisms demonstrating genetic and/or physiological gender characteristics of both sexes}, drug(i.e.-steroid) use, etc.) abnormally increases the testosterone level in the female, male muscles and characteristics simply will NOT occur in the female lifting weights. An interesting side point to note here is that an athlete in the 1936 Olympics female division was disqualified because the athlete, although, outwardly appearing to be female, genetically tested out to be male.

Q: I see the words "no GE or no GMO" on the labels of many foods in the health food stores. What do these words mean?-Technical

A: GE stands for Genetically Engineered, GMO for Genetically Manipulated Organism(s), respectively. Simply put, these words mean scientists are altering the genetic make-up of the animals and plants the human population consumes, the safety of which is far from fully understood. As of this writing, this process is not regulated in any way by the FDA or any other branch of government. Up to 70% of our food supply is manipulated in this manner. One very striking danger of this type of manipulation is that some people suffer life-threatening allergic reactions known as anaphylactic shock upon even the smell of certain allergens. The airways quickly swell shut and this becomes a medical emergency. One extremely dangerous allergen that comes to mind, is the peanut, a legume, not a nut. The peanut has been proven to cause deaths from allergic reactions, yet, some genes from this legume have already been transferred to other plants. If a person, suffering from a severe allergy to peanuts, unwittingly, eats of a genetically altered plant, the results could be fatal. It was also believed that a gene regulating, for instance, growth in one plant would do only this when spliced into another plant. This has not been found to be the case. When the gene is spliced into another plant, the gene interacts differently in the new environment, altering such things as the nutritional value of the plant, the plant's naturally occurring insecticide levels, which, in some cases may be carcinogenic(induce cancer) in humans, the plant's resiliency in the environment it normally grows in. The effects of genetic splicing is not limited to plants. About 70-80% of the cows producing our milk, now have the human gene for growth hormone spliced into their genes. There is growing evidence growth hormone may be, in part, for children reaching puberty sooner then earlier generations. The alterations are not only harmful to humans, but also the animals put through this kind of genetic engineering. Cattle with the human growth hormone gene spliced into their genes have been experiencing greater problems than usual in all their systems, but in particular, the cardiovascular, intestinal, musculature, and skeletal systems.

July, 2004 Newsletter

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