May 2021

Published by the Atlanta Chapter of the Human Ecology Action League (HEAL), Inc.
P.O. Box 28116, Atlanta, GA 30358-0116www.atlantaheal.org

President: Andrew Heyward, First Vice President, Program Chairman: Sydna Fisher, Second Vice President,
Membership: Joyce Taylor, Secretary: Joyce Taylor,Treasurer: Andrew B, Webmaster: Ian Greenberg, Newsletter: Sydna Fisher


GMOs made with synthetic biology, synbio for short, uses CRISPR and other gene editing tools to re-engineer microorganisms to generate products through fermentation that they would never produce naturally. Touted as “nature identical”, this form of gene editing is totally unregulated and not required to carry a GMO label. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, passed by congress in 2016 and launched in 2020, does not apply, because it mandates the labeling of bioengineered foods containing foreign DNA, which synbio ingredients typically do not have.

The threat of these GMOs in the food supply is real. In 1989, a Japanese company created L-tryptophan using synbio which inadvertently generated several hundred mystery compounds along with it. These contaminants sickened thousands of Americans with EMS, a rare condition affecting the muscles, lungs, and skin. 1500 cases were directly linked to the product.

Proliferating unchecked, synbio is omnipresent in food and beverages, and is increasingly sneaking into dietary supply chains. Today they are being used in Impossible Burgers, dairy-free ice cream made with Perfect Day’s non-animal whey protein, vanillin and other flavorings, several colorants, CBD, collagen, plant-based proteins, dairy proteins, vitamins, omegas, probiotics, dairy milk proteins, astaxanthin resveratrol, collagen, and squalane.

The details are often so technical that suppliers are not clear about what they are purchasing as raw materials. Many food and dietary supplement manufacturers are unaware of the true identity of ingredients they are purchasing, They are told that something was produced via fermentation, making something sound better than it is.

A growing coalition of scientists, technology monitoring organizations, and natural products industry stake holders are working to spread the truth about synbio. The only third party certifier in North America of non-GMO products, the Non-GMO Project is currently monitoring more than 400 companies developing GMOs for the food and supplements industry. Producers include many of the same agrochemical corporations behind other genetically modified crops as well as new biotechnology companies around the world. Synbio is infiltrating the supply chain at every level.

The Non-GMO Project verification requires companies to trace their inputs all the way to the source, and unlike federal regulators, their definition of GMOs covers synbio. There is a full time research team dedicated to identifying and monitoring the worldwide development and commercialization of all GMOs. Their standards make it more difficult to get the Non-GMO butterfly stamp.



The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a given food is converted into glucose and enters the bloodstream. The original studies of the glycemic response were done with about ten volunteers who were given identical foods to eat and then had their blood sugar measured. The average response among the ten people became the glycemic index for that food. However, there can be wide variations in individual responses to the same foods, even with identical twins. There is recent research on the subject using age, gender, lifestyle, medical history, body mass index, microbiome, genetics, circadian rhythms, sex, height, and blood pressure as factors which can influence glycemic response. 800 volunteers kept a log of what they ate and when, as well as sleep and activity patterns. For a week, researchers recorded their glycemic responses to more than 52,000 meals. Responses were highly individualized. One of the strongest predictors of an individual response to any given meal was their biometric data, especially microbiome composition. Besides gut microbes, circadian rhythms, sleep, exercise, and timing of meals were also factors. The conclusion is that there is no such thing as a healthy diet that works for everyone and that individual nutrition plans are the ideal. A diverse diet with fiber-rich foods, an appropriate amount of fat, and limited processed foods is recommended.

Using a skin prick glucose monitor can be very helpful for testing glycemic responses to foods/meals.

-New Scientist


If you would like information on the COVID-19 vaccines, which include the ingredients, see the following links. (If you would like a printout, contact Sydna Fisher)

According to Eric Topal, a clinical trials expert and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, the two leading candidates for what is causing anaphylactic reactions are polyethylene glycol and lipid nanoparticles that encapsulate the messenger RNA. Both are components of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. See the link www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-18/what-to-know-about-vaccine-related-deaths-allergies-quicktake


Dr. David Amen offers a version of the butterfly hug to use when we are upset or fearful. Cross your arms and put each hand on the opposite shoulder. Stroke down each arm gently and slowly ten times while you repeat a comforting phrase. If fear is foremost, he suggests saying “I am safe. I am here. This is now.” Another method of bilateral brain stimulation is to simply rub your hands together briskly as if you were warming them.


[] QBC Plex by Solaray contains quercetin, bromelain, and vitamin C.

[] Pantothenic acid and vitamin C.

[] Anthronex by Standard Process (antihistamine).

[] Congaplex by Standard Process for healthy mucous membranes.

[] Baking soda to calm histamine reactions. [] Avoid foods high in histamine, such as aged cheeses, fish, cured meats, tomatoes, chocolate, fermented foods (yogurt, sauerkr

aut, soy sauce, kefir, kombucha, etc).


[] Pat Amason would like a recommendation for a canister vacuum cleaner.

[] My Green Mattress offers an organic three layer cotton, wool, and latex mattress with no coils and no odor. www.mygreenmattress.com/spring-free-mattresses/hope-latex/

[] Nature Clean is a fragrance-free face and body soap for sensitive skin. (NEEDS)


May: Jean Leslie 9th, Lisa Ehler 13th, Andrew B 14th, Andrew Heyward 15th, Leah Spitzer 26th.

June: Sunnye Martin 8th, Sharon Reynolds 30th, Barbara Schwartz - no date.

July: Curtis Hodson 30th.

August: Jerry Heltzer 12th, Jean Hensley 28th.


[] A corrected membership list is included with this newsletter. Please discard/delete the last one.

[] The newsletter will be on vacation for the summer, but if something important comes up, we’ll send a bulletin.

Thank you to Mark Fisher and Ian Greenberg for their assistance in this newsletter.

This newsletter is meant for information only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional advice.

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