Questions & Answers regarding I 522 and Label Genentically Engineered Foods #2

Questions & Answers regarding I 522 and Label Genentically Engineered Foods #2

3. How much money do you expect to raise?

Although we will never be able to match the many millions of dollars we anticipate big agribusiness will pour into Washington to defeat this measure, we believe we will enjoy significant financial support from citizens across the state and that this support will enable us to raise the resources we need to run a competitive campaign.


4. What groups have endorsed I-522?

Our support is diverse and widespread across the state. Community groups, environmental organizations, businesses, Washington Nurses Association and Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Republicans and Democrats, moms and dads, fishing families, and farmers have come together in support of I-522. We are also pleased to have the support of businesses like PCC Natural Markets, Marlene’s Market, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Nature’s Path, Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar, Amy’s Kitchen, and Whole Foods, which recently announced that it will require the labeling of genetically modified food in its stores within five years.

For more information visit the website:  yeson522.com

Remember to vote Tuesday, November 5th

Questions & Answers regarding I 522 and Label Genentically Engineered Foods #2

Questions & Answers regarding I 522 and Label Genetically Engineered Foods #1

1. Why is it important to pass Initiative 522 (I-522)?

A “yes” vote on Initiative 522 (I-522) would give Washington shoppers more information about what’s in the food they eat and feed their families. Under this initiative, genetically engineered foods, including corn or soy, or foods with genetically engineered ingredients like chips, cold cereals, soft drinks, and candy would be required to be labeled noting that the food or processed food has been genetically engineered. Labeling genetically engineered foods would give shoppers more control over their shopping decisions.
2. Will this impact food prices?

Contrary to the opposition’s claims, label updates are a routine part of business for the food industry and should not result in additional costs to shoppers. For example, Food companies re-label soda cans and cereal boxes all the time and it doesn’t affect cost. We already include labels for sugar and fat content, ingredients and numerous other things, so there would be no cost in labeling genetically engineered foods. Labeling genetically engineered foods is about transparency and empowering shoppers.

Even food companies are saying there is no real additional cost:
According to Arran Stephens, president and founder of Nature’s Path: “We, as with most manufacturers, are continually updating our packaging. It is a regular cost of doing business – a small one at that – and is already built into our cost structure. Claims that labeling GMOs would significantly increase the price of food for consumers just aren’t true. Companies would certainly be updating their packaging for other reasons within the 18 months they will be given to comply with the new law, and could simply make the additional GMO labeling changes at the same time.”

On labeling genetically engineered foods, Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield stated that, “This can be done. It won’t materially affect the company’s profit margins.”

Check back for more information regarding I 522, remember to vote Tues November 5th

For more information visit website: yeson522.com

A Pebble In Your Shoe…

A Pebble In Your Shoe…


I often use analogies to help explain the effects a vertebral subluxation can have on the body. By the way, a vertebral subluxation is what we upper cervical chiropractors fix and in so doing we help improve the function of the nervous system which enables our patients to heal from complicated and chronic health problems. One of my most frequently used analogies is the story about what happens when you get a pebble in your shoe.



It goes a little like this – Imagine that you’re on a 10-mile hike with your friends. After a couple of miles on the trail, you notice a little pebble has made its way into your right shoe. For the sake of this analogy let’s assume you and your friends are competitive and have agreed that the first person to complete the hike gets a free lunch at the expense of all the others on the hike. You really want that free lunch and therefore you don’t want to take the time to stop and remove the pebble, so you just keep hiking.


For the first mile or so you just kick your foot around trying to position the pebble up near your toes to minimize the rubbing. After a few more miles you notice a blister forming on your other foot as you’ve had to walk a little funny to keep the pebble in place. As the miles add up you notice that now your knees and low back are beginning to ache as well. Eventually, even your upper back and neck start to hurt because your whole body has had to adapt to the impact of that little pebble in your right shoe.


You end up coming in last even without stopping to take out the pebble because the pain slows you down. At this point, you wish you could go back in time and just take a couple of minutes to remove the pebble.



A vertebral subluxation (you can think of it as a bone in your neck just slightly out of place) has a similar, but even more devastating effect on your body and how it functions. Why? Well, the top two bones in your neck (atlas and axis, or C1 and C2) help to protect your brainstem. Your brainstem is the part of your nervous system that controls and regulates nearly all of the life-supporting and life-sustaining functions of your body.

If you have a problem at the top of your neck (and it doesn’t always mean you’ll have neck pain) and you don’t get it fixed you can expect to have major health problems down the road. Problems like migraines, fibromyalgia, digestive trouble, even auto-immune conditions. Fixing the underlying cause now is easier than suffering from chronic problems later.

Mercer Island Chiropractic, Dr. Jeff Parton





Chiropractic vs AMA

Chiropractic vs AMA

There is a book out there called Medicine, Monopolies and Malice. This talks about Chester Wilk the main chiropractor in this case. Read this, the AMA doesn’t care about your health, they care about making money. Your medical doctor is not an expert on your spine. Asking an MD about a spinal problem is like asking an electrician about a plumbing problem.ChiroVsAMArtfd
Condition of the Month – Scoliosis

Condition of the Month – Scoliosis

Scoliosis… more than just growing pains

Between the ages of 8 and 18, during those growing years, is when scoliosis usually shows up. And, while any child can have or develop scoliosis, a lateral curvature of the spine, it is more common in girls. The two most common causes are congenital (being born with a curvature of the spine) and habitual. Habitual, or environmental, causes vary from improperly carrying backpacks to poor posture and sitting habits, which affect the proper development of the spine. Unfortunately, the related problems, backaches, and fatigue aren’t just growing pains and can continue into adulthood.



Along with the physical symptoms of backache, leg pain, and fatigue, scoliosis has visual indicators including:

  • Spinal curving abnormally to the side (laterally)
  • High or uneven shoulders and/or hips
  • Stooped Posture
  • Tilted or off-center head


Chiropractic care helps children and adults manage scoliosis and lessen or eliminate the accompanying pain and discomfort. Plus, maintaining a healthy spine allows for an ongoing, active lifestyle for most people suffering from scoliosis.

Maybe it is not just growing pains…contact your chiropractor today.