Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Why genetic modification is baaaaa-d: Sheep edition

Normally, the arguments against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) centres around the notion that we should not combine the genes of species that could never occur naturally (at least, this is one of Joel Salatin's main counterpoints). Well, today there is another reason: conventional wisdom, meet genetic engineering. 

In a story reported today in the Edmonton Journal, scientists have apparently modified a sheep such that it produces an over-abundance of supposedly "heart healthy" polyunsaturated fat (PUFAs). This "breakthrough" is ironic, since PUFAs are thought by many to be one of the main causes of modern health issues. Non-GMO sheep, and their saturated fat (that is healthy, by the way) are just fine, thank you, especially when they are raised from start to finish on grass, the way nature intended. 

If you needed ammunition to win an argument against GMOs, this is a good one.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

sturdyteam registered for MS Walk 2012

sturdyteam at the 2011 MS Walk

We are once again completing the MS Walk (in Edmonton again this year) to raise awareness of and funds for MS research and related programs. As many (most, all?) know, I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2009. The disease initially affected my vision and balance. I have been on 2 different medications in the past almost 3 years, Rebif and now Copaxone. (both are injectable - I have written about this before). I have also completely overhauled my diet, fitness, and lifestyle. I won't bore you with the details, but many of the links on the side of my blog lead to other sites that are in line with my changes. Things have been going very well with only small bumps in the road (mostly from the medications themselves). I do not know for certain how much of this is due to the medications, other significant lifestyle changes I have made, or just luck. I guess it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Nothing sounds sweeter than people telling me that "they had no idea" that I had MS. I hope to keep it this way. Please consider sponsoring us and supporting this worthwhile cause.