In 2005, I experienced something that rocked my world. It started with an itch about halfway between my right knee and ankle, on the side of my leg. I inspected the area, and saw a couple of small bumps that looked like pimples. By the next day, the affected area had grown from just these few bumps to a dime-sized area filled with them. The itching increased. I sloughed it off to some sort of allergic reaction that would go away shortly. It didn’t. In fact, it grew to the point of keeping me awake at night.
When scratched, the bumps oozed clear liquid. I can best describe what this turned into as the worst case of poison oak rash that anyone has ever endured. This rash spread all the way up my leg to my shoulders, and included the other leg as well. There seemed to be no relief in sight. I got so desperate to ease the itching that I actually bathed in bleach. This DID NOT help. In fact, it only made things worse. Antibiotics did not work, fungicides did not work, steroid creams did not work. NOTHING worked. I was desperate.
I finally determined that the food I was eating must have something to do with it and stopped eating, drinking my pure well water only. The itching seemed to subside. Quite frankly, after making this connection, I was scared to eat! This couldn’t go on for long, so after hunger took over, I slowly started introducing foods into my diet, one item at a time.
It should be noted that during this time, I was told about genetically modified foods (GMOs) and started doing some research. I checked out the labels of all of the processed foods in my kitchen, and found that almost all of them contained known GM ingredients such as corn, soy, beet sugar, and milk containing rBGH hormone. Could this be the cause of my affliction? I would soon find out.
The first foods I started eating were raw fruits and veggies, non-GMO. I had no reaction. So, I added fruit juices without sweetener, tea, and a little coffee. No reaction. I was on the right track. During this time, I lost almost 70 lbs., and looked like a refugee from Auschwitz. But I didn’t itch. And the rash was going away. When the rash got to the point of being bearable, I started experimenting. I tried items that I knew had a very high possibility of containing GMOs. I immediately started itching, and the rash got worse. Cause and effect. When I stopped eating the contaminated food, the itching subsided and the rash got better. I tried this with several foods, one at a time, and sure enough, each one that was most certainly GM, I had a reaction.
It’s been several years now, and I have gained back some of the weight, although not all of it, as I really was a bit on the chunky side. I now grow my own organic veggies, and stay away from any processed food that has any ingredients that might be GM. But was I unique? Was this some sort of affliction that nobody else had? The doctors didn’t know what it was, and had nothing to offer. So I put it down to an individual allergic reaction. Then I ran into Sudhir Kumar Kaura on Facebook, and saw this video:
Dreaded Skin Affection seen above has become common in people working in BT cotton farms. This photograph shows a 60 year old farm labourer Mr Ram Singh of Village Agroha, (District Hisar, India) being affected by unknown skin disease due to BT cotton. (savefarmer.info)
I wasn’t alone. Someone else was experiencing a horrible itchy skin disease in another country that spread all over his body. And he works in GM fields. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Now I know that there are more people out there who are experiencing the same type of thing, and they haven’t yet figured out that it just may be GMOs that are doing it to them. The doctors will not make the connection. We have to make this connection ourselves. It is not easy, but the only alternative is to live with something that, quite frankly, makes you not want to live at all. And it’s not only the farmers who are getting sick.
Cyanide found in BT Cotton!
And the GM pushers aren’t done yet. In fact, they are working tirelessly to spread GMOs all over the planet.
Help raise awareness in Belize!
Belize is “nestled between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast of Central America,” and it is undergoing its first GM corn trial. For what? For corporate profits at the expense of a natural resource that cannot be replaced, and the contamination of a pure food supply that will most certainly result in the same sort of thing that India is experiencing due to BT cotton.
Nowhere on earth will you find a friendlier people than the people of Belize. From the moment you arrive, you will feel as comfortable in this small Caribbean country as you do in your own hometown.
The people of Belize have an array of traditions and customs that represent more than 10 diverse cultures. This is truly a melting pot of colorful personalities, making the 314,000 residents of Belize the country’s greatest resource on the tourism front. The Belizean people are comprised of a harmonious combination of Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab and Chinese, as well as a number of European, American and other expatriates, a combination which has resulted in one of the happiest and most peaceful countries in the region and a widespread reputation as one of the friendliest tourist destinations in the world!
Get involved, and spread the word. Join the ever-growing movement to alert people to the dangers of genetic modification. First they came for the U.S., but we were so involved with our own lives that we didn’t care. Then they came for India, and we looked the other way. Then they came for Africa, and we said “so what?” Now they are coming for Belize… End the apathy NOW!
© 2011 Barbara H. Peterson