Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Migraines and Chronic Shoulder Pain...GM Corn?

When I went away to college at 17, I began experiencing pain in my right shoulder that has been with me mostly ever since.  A few times it's gone away when I was eating healthier, especially when I did my first  liver detox (Fat Flush).  Recently I've had major improvement in this area again as I've begun eating non-processed simple organic foods.  But every once in a while I have another flare up, usually after eating something   highly processed (such as fast food, I know why do I do it!) or popcorn at the movies.  Usually I get migraines that last 2 or 3 days when my shoulder is really acting up, which used to be as often as once a week!  

Today my shoulder is bothering me and I don't have a migraine (at least yet) but I do have a headache.  And guess what?  Last night Aaron and I went to see a movie and I had popcorn.  Methinks I'm seeing a pattern!   And do you know what I found out after a little online research?  Most fast food is made up primarily of corn, along with  many other yucky things of course, which I'm pretty sure will be of the cheapest non-organic GM variety.  I don't think this is a coincidence! 

I don't know a whole lot about genetically modified foods, but I do not it's neither safe or natural.  I plan on studying it more and I'll share whatever I learn.  Meanwhile I think I should always pass on theatre popcorn and fast food!   I think I already knew that....

Anyway, here are a couple of more links if you're interested in reading more:

Genetically Modified Foods: The Latest Findings

How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods


  1. Yeah I have been keeping my eye out for some non GMO corn to pop at home for the boys. Although, I 'think' Trader Joe's has a microwave variety that is non GMO - I will have to find out for sure.

  2. I just get organic popcorn, but I cook mine in a big pot with some oil. And now I have to write about microwaves haha. Anything organic will also be non GMO or as much as possilbe. With cross pollinators like corn it's likely there won't be such a thing as non GMO corn eventually.

  3. Yeah, I hear you on the microwave - been tempted to just go ahead and get rid of mine, I only use it mostly to heat water for tea as I don't have a tea kettle, but many times will just reheat leftovers - dang convenience ;)

  4. I've suffered from migraines for the past seven years. I eleminated wheat and thought it was wheat but then was getting low-grade constant headaches even without wheat and especially bad ones after I made a huge batch of tamales with Maseca masa from a regular grocery store. I am now honing in on gmo corn as the culprit for my years of suffering. There is no gmo wheat on the market. It makes sense to me that trangenic crops would be harder to assimilate in our bodies. I read about an experiment a farmer did where he offered gmo corn and then some non-gmo corn further away to some cows, and they all chose the non-gmo over the gmo. The meddling with our food system is affecting those sensitive people - women and children - first. Women are the barometers for how we treat the earth. We're not doing so well. I felt very strongly before linking my migraines to gmo corn that transgenic meddling and most anything Monsanto does is wrong - now I feel passionately that it is nothing short of criminal. The years of low-grade headaches, the loss of productivity that those of us who are sensitive have lived with for so long is horrible. It will certainly make an activist out of me. This has just gone too far!