Detox Diets and Monsanto; Why You Should Think for Yourself

I’m pretty big into helping people make choices by giving them correct information.  I spend a lot of time researching topics for people who just want to know their food is healthy and safe.  I’ve invested a lot of personal energy in debunking myths and misconceptions.  Even with all that, sometimes I fall for it too.

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This is my juicer, bought for more money than I’d like to admit.  Another thing that’s a little hard to admit?  I purchased it as part of a fad-diet detox plan.  An unscientific, un-researched, unproven detox plan.

Because I’ve done it too.  I wanted something to be true.  I was counting on the idea that eating a special diet of veggies and whole grains could clear my body of all the pizza and pop and mini Twix bars.  I was a tired new mom and I needed this to work.

I bought the book of some guy; not a professor or scientist or nutritionist but the maker of a health food product he wanted you to buy.  I ate tofu, for which my only excuse is that it is made of soybeans.  I spent SO much money on vegetables that I ground up into juice and drank by the gallon.

Then I sugar-crashed.

And the diet I needed didn’t work.

Because I didn’t do the research.

I’m not going to present the research here because this blog isn’t about detox diets, but if you want to know, Fitness Reloaded does a great job laying out the facts.

The point I’m trying to make is that we have all believed the hype–listened to the thousands of voices selling something.  We have all forgotten to think for ourselves.

Yesterday I was on a Facebook thread with a person who stated “Monsanto is evil no matter what you think about GMOs.”  I responded with one word.


She didn’t know.  She had heard a lot of hype, so there must be something.  She just didn’t know what it was.

If you believe organic must be better for you because it just must, well, I get that.  If you want non-GMOs because “genetically modified” is scary, well, I can see that too.  But don’t let it get in the way of thinking for yourself, of finding out the facts, of knowing what you believe and why.  (But for the love of all that is good and decent, check your sources!)

And if you should still decide you want organic, hormone-free, paleo food, then go for it.

I have a juicer I can sell you.

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20 thoughts on “Detox Diets and Monsanto; Why You Should Think for Yourself

  1. I guess I’m wrong in assuming that you can’t post your thoughts on a public forum. LOL, I really do appreciate all of your thoughts and educational insight. As stated before, you’ll always find conflicting research. I really do appreciate all of your passion though. However, I’ll continue to limit my intake of conventially grown produce and I’ll continue give my “opinions” regarding food. As, I’m sure you will as well.


    Herbicide resistance from a divided EPSPS protein: the split Synechocystis DnaE intein as an in vivo affinity domain.

    Molecular profiles: A new tool to substantiate serum banks for evaluation of potential allergenicity of GMO

    Endogenous allergens in the regulatory assessment of genetically engineered crops

    Time to re-think the GMO revolution in agriculture

    Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. — the first sixteen years

    • You can post your thoughts. What is happening is a discussion. But you are on what is known as a Gish Gallop.

      There is not that much conflicting research in this area and the scientific consensus is strong on GMOs.
      Some responses to your links. Food and Water Watch is not a scientific agency, they are a lobbying group with an agenda.

      The paper you cited about EPSPS is from 2001. I’m not even sure what point you are trying to make with that paper.

      The link about Molecular Profiles, the tool to assess allergenicity, helps my case not yours. As I mentioned before, GMOs are extensively tested and screened for allergenicity before being approved for sale and distribution in the US. Same comment on the next link (“Endogenous allergens” etc, this paper talks about technological advancements to improve this screening process.)

      The next one (Time to re-think the GMO revolution in agriculture): This is one paper in a questionable journal the runs counter to scientific consensus.

      Final paper, again counter to the meta-analysis I shared earlier (one study does not outweigh a well-done meta-analysis). There are some methodological concerns (from a quick skim it looks like they forgot to correct the use for the number of acres farmed). Also this is a highly questionable journal.

      In the interest of your research, I hope you read the links that I am sharing.

      Still curious whose lab you are in at Mayo. I am funded by NIEHS to explore epigenetics in Parkinson’s disease.

    • Hey Tiffany Rebekah, you are welcome to post your thoughts on my site, but this is not a public forum. Blog space is owned by the writer- I control what can be displayed or not. My rules are: keep it PG (not being an issue) and have polite discussion like adults. Disagreement is fine, but I’m guessing this conversation isn’t going to lead anywhere, so maybe we’re at “agree to disagree.”

  2. very interesting thoughts and reads everyone!! And I did read Wheat Belly. I was hoping for some insight into my digestive problem, no help there, still have to follow science and Dr. advice. No quick cure for this Farmers wife who is intolerant of wheat, from a major stress event in her life. and believe me is isn’t easy.

    • I used to have irritable bowel syndrome. It was majorly related to my anxiety and once I got that under control, by IBS went away. A lot of current work into this area has to do with FODMAPs. In fact, the scientists that initially published the paper suggesting that non-celiac gluten intolerance was a thing have since revised their findings to suggest that the culprit is FODMAPs. Through trial and error, I eventually ended up with a diet that mainly consisted of low FODMAP foods to control my symptoms (this information was not available when I was suffering from these symptoms). Anyway, here’s some information on this topic from Science-Based Medicine.

  3. I think Kelly Carter misread what I wrote. I said, enzymes break down food into nutrients. No, enzymes don’t cause reactions. Yes, it’s the immune system that initiates an initial response to foreigners. Thank you for making that clearer as you misunderstood what I said. The problem I have is GMOs are engineered to allow crops to withstand tons of pesticides, which end up in our food. So my problem isn’t necessarily modified food it’s the extreme use of pesticides. Because yes, most food has been modified. I have a mini garden and I reuse the best seeds. That would be considered moderation.

    The truth of the matter NO ONE really knows how GMOs or pesticides affect us. I could supply you with link after link with conflicting research but I don’t have time of that. You seem intelligent, so I’m sure you can look it up yourself. But you’re right I do need to do more “study of science”. LOL I’m currently working at the Mayo Clinic studying epigenetics in a neuroscience lab. I’m working towards a medial degree. What I have learned from “real research” is that there’s always conflicting research.

    I’ve come to the conclusion (not scientific) that you have to do what works for you. No one will react the same. What is harmful for me, may be safe for you. So, if you’re ok with GMOs and pesticides in your food and you feel you and your family are safe, great! I just feel people should have a choice of what they consume.

    • GMOs allow a farmer to use LESS pesticide, not more. That’s misunderstanding for a lot of people, but pesticide use has steadily fallen since the early 2000s and the intro of GMOs. On our farm we use less because we don’t have to protect the plants from as many pests or diseases. Chemicals are expensive for a farmer and we don’t apply them needlessly.

      • That’s good to know. I live in Florida, and I try my best to support the local farmers. I know it’s a tough business with a lot of politics involved. Best of luck to you!

    • You are making lots of claims that go against scientific consensus without citations. GMOs reduce pesticide use (here is one giant meta-analysis: We know a ton about GMOs (check out the Genera website: and pesticides (you should read my page and my recent post on the topic at Fitness Reloaded (
      Whose lab are you in? I have a friend from grad school who is faculty at Mayo (in Florida).

    • Tiffanie

      GE crops are not designed to withstand “tons” of pesticides. The RoundUp ready crops are able to be sprayed without damaging the plant itself. Farmers are not idiots, they know the exact ratio of pesticide to water for their acreage. They also would not waste thousands of dollars spraying unnecessary amounts of pesticide. The amount of pesticide used, is about a can of soda on 3/4 of a football field. That is little more than a drop for every sq foot. I would not consider that drenching or “tons”. As for your comment that “most of our food is modified”. Yes it is, by centuries and decades of random mutation, selective breeding, grafting and mutagenesis. As for GE crops, there are only 8 approved and cultivated for human/animal consumption in the US. Most of the GE corn/soybean is used for animal feed and ethanol and there is very little GE sweet corn circulating in the market. The only GE crops you will find in your produce section is papaya and summer squash. And without GE tech the Hawaiian papaya would be extinct due to the ringspot virus.

      How could we not know how GE tech affects human, we have been consuming them for over two decades. They are the most studied food product in our food supply. There was recently a trillion meal study done over 18 years on the consumption of GE feed and food animals. There was ZERO evidence that GE crops cause any problems to the animals or humans that consume these animals. Large scale farming is not cheap and it is not easy. If their were problems, farmers would be the first ones in the revolution against GE tech. If it makes you “feel” better to eat organic, that is cool. But try not to come onto a public forum and spread misinformation due to your personal bias.

  4. Tiffanie

    The majority of allergic reactions to foods are caused by the product’s proteins. Some reactions to food are caused by the LACK of a specific enzyme. Lactose intolerance is a problem for people that lack specific amounts of lactase to break down the milk’s main sugar, lactate. Celiac’s is not a true allergy, it is an autoimmune disease, that causes irritation in the small intestine. Conventional and organic wheat both have gluten, so there is no reason to add this to the discussion of Monsanto, GE or pesticides. There is also no GE wheat on the market. There is a study being conducted about removing the gluten from wheat genetically so Celiacs can have wheat. GE foods alter specific parts of the DNA in a plant. This has nothing to do with a human’s lack of enzyme or a human’s individual reaction to a plant’s protein. GE is tested substantially for any possible allergic reaction.

  5. Veronika

    P.S. The books mentioned are all quackery, which is poorly researched and akin to FoodBabeisms like “there is just no safe level of any chemical to ingest, ever”.

    Oh and lady? I have several degrees in science and no, googling for websites that confirm what you want to believe isn’t “research”.

    • Veronika is spot on in her assessment of Tiffany’s claims. The books Tiffany mentions are not science.

      The enzymes in your body cannot distinguish between genetically engineered (what we generally refer to as GMOs) and other food. All crops that we grow have been “modified” from their “natural” state. Hybrids have 50% of their genes altered, where as a genetically engineered crop will have 1 gene. If a hybrid can’t fool your enzymes, a GMO sure can’t. Furthermore, GMOs are more tested than any other food in our food supply. It requires approval by the USDA and EPA, with optional FDA approval (but all GM crops in the US have undergone FDA approval). Testing takes years. This includes screening for possible allergens. Conventionally bred crops required little to no testing. I also have lots of good info on the above issues if you are interested. Come follow my Facebook page!

      I was also just getting ready to share this article on my page and it has a lot of good links about Monsanto and what is true and what is not about that.

  6. I love your title and I respect your opinion. I agree with your FB friend thinking Monsanto is evil. In my heart of all hearts I believe they are, but I have a reason. I study science. I understand the chemical makeup of food and how our bodies break it down. The simplest explanation is enzymes. We have enzymes that break our food into nutrients for use. When we consistently ingest food that is modified, you can have a reaction. Everyone won’t react the same, but I think you get my point. I could really go on and on and on about this topic. Honestly, it’s bigger than just Monsanto. I wish you luck with your health journey 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment–I think studying a subject is the key! I’d be interested in the research you mentioned about having a reaction to modified food. Do you have a link?

      • No, I’m sorry I don’t have a direct link. It’s just knowledge I’ve picked up over the years of reading and studying on my own. However, if you’re really interested, look into these books: Grain Brain, Wheat Belly & In Defense of Food. If you haven’t read them, check them out. They are great reads and it breaks down a lot of what you’ve heard about organic food & GMOs with supporting research.

      • Veronika

        No, she doesn’t, because, without pulling any punches, the comment above is complete and utter bollocks. The key words there are “food that is modified” and the implication that GMO food is biochemically different from non-GMO food. It isn’t.

    • I think you are confusing enzymes which do break food down into molecular components for use by the body and the immune system, which can “react” to proteins in our food that the body recognizes as different otherwise known as allergins. Hate to tell you this though…. If you have an allergy to a GMO food item you will also have the same allergy with the same degree of “reaction” to same conventionally grown food item. Sorry enzymes do not create or cause “reactions”. Might want to start studying some basic biochemistry text books as part of your “study of science”.

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