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Dara Jones’ Foreign Invaders provides fact-based analysis of GM food

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The full title is long: Foreign Invaders, An Autoimmune Disease Journey through Monsanto’s World of Genetically Modified Food.

Jones' story of her original diagnosis of an auto-immune disease, and her subsequent search for medical solutions, followed by her improved health through dietary change, is presented in a dry and fact-based approach.

What’s different about Jones’ book and what’s also refreshing, is that she provides clearly-sourced material, with a lengthy list of citations.

Too frequently, as Jones herself notes in her introduction, articles about genetically modified food and our food system take a strong emotional position without providing the facts and data to support that position.She illustrates this in Foreign Invaders with a list of ‘claims’about GMOs—both pro and con. “They cause cancer.” “They are perfectly safe.” “People who don’t trust GMOs or the research done on them are simply being emotional and irrational.” “Sick people who remove GMOs from their diet get well.” (Foreign Invaders) Jones follows her rhetorical analysis with a calm examination of facts about GMs, providing one of the clearest scientific explanations I’ve read regarding how GMs are created.

Genetically Modified Foods (GMs) aren’t the only focus in Foreign Invaders. Early on, Jones tackles the data behind auto-immune diseases. Perhaps the most chilling fact she presents is that 50 million Americans suffer from an array of auto-immune diseases—more than those with cancer, or heart disease. That’s a staggering number, and it’s a trend that mainstream media seems to ignore.

Jones is careful not to draw correlations without evidence. She prefers to let the facts speak for themselves by telling her own story of healing, at least partially, by eating what she terms “real food” for better health. Her personal story is a tough one and she doesn’t provide an over-abundance of detail about her feelings about her multi-year recovery from severe illness, preferring to focus on research and data. But Jones does make it clear that her choice to avoid GMs, and her strategy to examine closely and address all potential negative environmental factors have played key roles in her recovery process.

If there is any negative with Foreign Invaders, it’s that Jones’ voice is too dry. She goes almost too far in avoiding an emotional statement about a health issue that isn’t just hers but ultimately impacts all of us.

GMs are now present in about 80% of food available in US grocery stores. GM foods are not labelled, and their impact on American health is unknown.

Published December of this year as a Kindle Edition on Amazon, Foreign Invaders provides a solid source of factual, researched, and documented information about genetically modified food. Short in length but packed with information, this is a must-read for anyone concerned about their health or a family member’s health—or to be more direct, anyone with concerns about the relationship between our food and our health.

Jones also has a website, likeanormalperson.com, that provides additional resources on healthy food choices. The website and the book are refreshing additions to the many voices of concern about our industrial food system.

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