Monthly Archives: July 2015

August 2015 Newsletter – Yours Truly Attacked by GMO Seed Rep

As some of you may be aware, I write a monthly nutrition article in our local paper, the Ozaukee News Graphic. Several weeks ago I experienced a first. My article about the dangers of pesticides, particularly glyphosate as found in RoundUp was attacked in a letter to the editor. The headline read, “Rosen column based on faulty science.” Once I read the letter I of course had to see who this guy was, and sure enough he was a local seed distributor of Monsanto products! Of course he failed to mention that little point in his attack on me and the scientist whose work I shared.

As I wrote in my original article, now several months ago, the more I read about it, the more I am convinced that it is the pesticides, perhaps even more so than gluten, is behind so much of the increase in chronic health problems we see today. This issue of the newsletter contains my original article, Mr. Monsanto’s letter to the editor, my reply to him, and some additional reference articles on the dangers of pesticides.

On another note, it’s almost been one year since the most impactful training of my nutrition career – studying advanced muscle testing with Dr. Joe Teff. What I learned from him has not only transformed my practice but has helped an ever growing client population achieve greater health. Thanks again to Dr. Teff. Muscle testing has helped many people and below is the story of the recent Men’s Wimbledon Champion and his personal experience!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

My Glyphosate Article Attacked by Local Monsanto Seed Dealer and My Response

As I mentioned above my recent article in the News Graphic was attacked by a local Monsanto seed dealer. This link contains a link to my original article, the attack, and my response to the attack. It is a bit long, but worth the read. For those who want the quick version I’ll provide that below. Again, for all the details and the full drama click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=10.

To the Editor: Glyphosate: Just the Facts

I’d like the opportunity to respond to Mr. Rick Lemke’s criticism of my column which he states is “filled with inaccuracies and bad science.” Here are the facts.

Fact: Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic.

Fact: Glyphosate was first patented as a mineral chelator in 1964.

Fact: Several studies including those done by Monsanto link glyphosate to cancer.

Fact: Dr. Seneff has numerous sources supporting her work, and has published over 170 referenced articles.

Fact: Mr. Lemke’s business sells genetically modified and Roundup ready seeds.

Fact: Monsanto seed products have been removed and/or banned by: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, and Switzerland.


More Scary Stuff About Pesticides and Glyphosate

Here’s two additional solid articles about the dangers of pesticides and glyphosate.

The first one is from GreenMedInfo.com. This is a great website. Did you know that there are bacteria in the sky? This article explores the possibilities that the same bacteria killing properties of the pesticides on earth (remember glyphosate is also an antibiotic) are impacting the bacteria in the clouds and possibly contributing to the draught conditions being experienced in California. To read this article click here: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/california-drought-surprising-cause.

The second article is from Natural News. This article explains how glyphosate is used as a wheat crop drying chemical to speed up harvesting. So, in addition to being soaked up by the plant in the ground, there is extra being applied directly to the wheat prior to harvest. I guess that’s our bonus dose! To read this article click here: http://www.naturalnews.com/050583_glyphosate_wheat_bread_crop_contamination.html.

The Power of Muscle Testing

Novak Djokovic is one of the biggest stars in Men’s tennis. After recently winning Wimbledon he is ranked number one. How did he go from good to great? In a recent book he explains it was a result of a dietary change discovered through muscle testing! To read the article click here: http://edgytruth.com/2015/07/13/holistic-dr-has-diet-secret-for-wimbledon-tennis-star-it-worked/#.

My Glyphosate Article Attacked by Local Monsanto Seed Dealer and My Response

This past week I experienced a first. One of my monthly nutrition articles in our local paper, the Ozaukee News Graphic, was attacked in a letter to the editor. The headline reads, “Rosen column based on faulty science.” Once I read the letter I of course had to see who this guy was, and sure enough he was a local seed distributor of Monsanto products. The irony is that the article is limited by space so I could only get so much in. My rebuttal to his attack will allow me to publish additional points. Hopefully the news paper will publish it, but if not, it is here on the web!

This might be a bit long, but is well worth your time to read.

Here’s his letter followed by my response. For the original article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=16

His letter:

Rosen column based on faulty science To the Editor

I recently had a chance to read your column on glyphosate by Bernard Rosen in which he discusses “research” on the negative health effects of glyphosate. This column is filled with inaccuracies and bad science. From the article: “As a side note, this is how Roundup kills bugs. It blows their guts up!” Roundup is a herbicide; it kills weeds, not bugs. The author may be confused with BT protein that is used as an insecticide, that protein does kill bugs by disrupting their guts. Interestingly, BT protein is commonly used as an insecticide in organic food production.

The rest of the author’s conclusions seem to be based on the “research” of Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. Dr. Seneff has her doctorate in electrical engineering. It appears her “research” is based on two laughable methodologies. First, she assumes all correlation equals causation. Roundup has seen a large increase in use at the same time that many diseases have increased, so Roundup must be the cause. You could use the same faulty argument to claim that the increase in autism the last 20 years must be caused by the huge increase in cell phone use. Celiac disease can be explained by the large increase in hybrid cars, or even the large increase in organic food sales. The increase in one variable at the same time that another variable increases does not mean the one causes the other.

The other methodology used seems to be that if glyphosate can disrupt certain bacteria, it must disrupt the bacteria in our guts. This argument again comes from an electrical engineer who didn’t actually do any biological research.

Don’t believe me, take the author’s advice and actually Google Stephanie Seneff. You will find many articles debunking her wild claims. I think the best is on the Huffington Post (not a big supporter of Monsanto) titled “Condemning Monsanto with Bad Science is Just Dumb.”

Rick Lemke Mequon

Here’s my response:

To the Editor: Glyphosate: Just the Facts

I’d like the opportunity to respond to Mr. Rick Lemke’s criticism of my column which he states is “filled with inaccuracies and bad science.” Here are the facts.

Fact: Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. The first “inaccuracy” Mr. Lemke cited is my statement that Roundup kills bugs by blowing up their guts. Mr. Lemke is correct in that Roundup is sold as an herbicide which is designed to kill plants and weeds, but inherently kills the bugs that eat the contaminated plants. So, how do we get from an herbicide that kills weeds to killing bugs? Well, it turns out that glyphosate is patented by Monsanto as an antibiotic. Antibiotics kill both soil bacteria and human or animal gut bacteria. The collateral damage does not end with the destruction of the soil bacteria or killing of these bugs, but carries through the plant to the end user (humans) that ultimately consume the plant crop.

Fact: Glyphosate was first patented as a mineral chelator in 1964. This means it immobilizes nutrients so they are not physiologically available to the weed. Remember a “weed” is a plant. The plant is starved of minerals it needs to survive and thus dies. It is believed the same mechanism works in humans exposed to glyphosate. Thus the claim of various nutrient deficiencies described by Dr. Seneff.

Fact: Several studies including those done by Monsanto link glyphosate to cancer. Earlier this year the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) deemed glyphosate “probably carcinogenic.” That means it likely causes cancer. There are many studies supporting this conclusion. The web site Natural News recently had this to say, “Both Monsanto and the EPA knew full well, at least as early as 1981, that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, causes cancer in mammals. Earlier studies conducted during the late 1970s and early 1980s appear to have documented cancer-causing effects from glyphosate in rats, mice and dogs, though this information was buried by Monsanto with the blessing of the EPA.”

Fact: Dr. Seneff has numerous sources supporting her work, and has published over 170 referenced articles. Mr. Lemke continues his personal attack on Dr. Seneff calling her research “laughable” and makes other assumptions about her work. Dr. Seneff has a BS in Biophysics in 1968, a M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. Mr. Lemke was quick to dismiss Dr. Seneff’s degree in Biophysics given her doctorate degree in another area. However, these various degrees form the basis for her research interests that explore the intersection of biology and computer engineering in modeling. There are many different opinions with scientists on all sides of this discussion. Each has persuasive arguments.

Fact: Mr. Lemke’s business sells genetically modified and Roundup ready seeds. Mr. Lemke should point out this fact. He clearly has a financial stake in this discussion.

Fact: Monsanto seed products have been removed and/or banned by: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, and Switzerland.

I agree whole heartedly with Mr. Lemke’s conclusion. “Don’t believe me; take the author’s (referring to me) advice and actually Google Stephanie Seneff.” And do more: Google Glyphosate, GMOs, Cancer, Toxicity, Countries Banning Monsanto, and Countries Banning GMOs.

Bernard Rosen

July 2015 Newsletter – Summer Means Nice Weather and Fresh Vegetables

Summer has arrived with all its glory – long days, beautiful weather, and from a nutritional perspective – the beginning of lots of fresh vegetables and fruits! While there are a wide variety of nutrition experts offering their opinions –one that most agree on is to eat vegetables! Vegetables are loaded with important nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This month’s feature article reviews the vitamins most abundant in vegetables; next month’s focuses on the minerals. With the supply of fresh vegetables it is also a great time to consider a cleanse. Even if you are not up for the full 21 days I have several 10 day versions available as well.

This past month I’ve continued my blood chemistry training and have a new software program that analyzes your results and produces supplement recommendations. More on that below.

Now’s the Time to Take Advantage of Fresh Vegetables and Their Nutritional Benefits – Part 1

I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather beautiful and the days long, but it means our fresh local vegetables are here! They are at the road side stands, the Farmer’s Markets, and the CSAs begin delivering. For those of you unfamiliar with the term CSA it means Consumer Supported Agriculture. You (the consumer) buy direct from local farmers who offer these programs. There are many CSAs in our area with deliveries likely into your neighborhood and I encourage you to find one. It is not only good for you, but supports your local farmer as well. The CSA I belong to had its first delivery of the year including basil, lettuce, spinach, arugula, green onions, pole beans, and even some maple syrup!

For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=12

Blood Chemistry Special Offer

As I mentioned above last month I attended another workshop on interpreting blood chemistry. I find this work fascinating since we all are familiar with the story – someone doesn’t feel well, they go to their doctor and have a blood test, and are told everything is “normal.” As I’ve said before “normal” does not mean “healthy.” Normal means you are under the bell curve and within 95% of the population taking the test at that lab. In today’s world that certainly doesn’t pass for healthy.

Part of this workshop included a software package. This program looks at all the information together, rather than in isolation. It finds the patterns and makes recommendations to bring the body into more healthy balance.

This month I have a special offer – I’ll do the analysis for $50 – one half the normal cost. You can bring in a recent blood test either from your doctor or go to http://www.directlabs.com/ to get a fresh blood draw at a local lab. For more information give me a call or send an email.

Speaking of Direct Labs – this month’s special is awesome – Male and Female Health Check – includes the Comprehensive Wellness Panel plus urinalysis, hormones, and C-Reactive protein (inflammation marker).

Try a 10 Day Cleanse

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the fresh vegetables that are abundant and to a cleanse. Perhaps the 21 day program is too much commitment with all the summer parties? Well, I have the solution – a 10 day program! I have several options for you: – a 10-day detox, blood sugar balance, female vitality, male vitality, or anti-inflammation. For more information give me a call or send an email.