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    Be sure to read all of it, for in doing so you will best understand the matter.

    One thing is clear, to me that is, those in support of promoting GMO produced grains sought a few researchers to aid in criticizing the perameters of the study in order to put off potential law suits from human customers. In support of the squirrels I share this here. Just rememberr I'm just the messenger, not the author


    Warning: These photos of the rats may be upsetting to view.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-on...es-controversy

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5044955/

    http://www.ratwhisperer.net/attentio...od-might-kill/

    Since Oxbow has admited includes soy and canola GMO , or Harlan Teklad that most likely includes GMO corn, will you like the rat owner continue to feed Oxbow or other commerical block with GMO sources, or not?

    The question is, will you?

    You can use this poll if you would like to share your opinion anonymously.

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    These next group of articles lend much to clarifying the matter of what the research of the Monsanto GMO corn found to cause in the rats fed

    the GMO corn diet vs the rats in the control group that weren't fed the GMO corn. And although their is debate as to the techical cause,

    what is clear is what the diet with GMO corn did to the rats. Other animals fed GMO corn have shown similar outcomes.


    http://responsibletechnology.org/gen...tive-failures/

    http://www.egyptindependent.com/test...ealth-hazards/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffre..._b_544575.html

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    The study data results:

    See both charts on page: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/GM_Soya_Fed_Rats.php

    Unmistakably the GM Soya + rat diet caused deaths in rat pups at a far higher percentage than non GM corn + rat diet did.

    Thirty-six percent of the pups from rats fed GM soya were severely stunted, some 5 to 6 times the percentage in the controls. By three weeks, 55.6 percent of the pups from rats fed GM soya had died, the death rate was 6 to 8 times the controls. These results were statistically highly significant (p<0.00012).
    Once again, Oxbow has confirmed that their soya and canola oil used n their Regal Rat diet is GMO.

    http://www.ratwhisperer.net/attentio...od-might-kill/

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    The Problem With What We Feed

    Just like with people, GMO's may be harmful to pet rats. GMO stands for genetically modified organism and studies have shown that these non-naturally occurring foods can be harmful when eaten. A French study recently tested out this theory on rats and proved that non-GMO corn is much safer for our pets (but there is a lot of debate on this topic still).

    Genetically Modified Corn

    The University of Caen in France discovered that genetically modified corn that is made to be resistant to spraying of weed killer such as Roundup causes mammary tumors, and severe kidney and liver damage when fed to rats.

    They ran a study where they fed this corn to rats and 50% of the males and 70% of the females died prematurely while only 30% of males and 20% of females in the control group died prematurely.

    The company that makes the NK603 seed that was tested claims the the researchers had reached "unsubstantiated conclusions" but was published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal nonetheless.


    Due to concerns and the safety of GMO foods, further research is being done by the European Food Safety Authority.


    https://www.thespruce.com/rat-food-and-tumors-1238290

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    Though this website addresses foods that humans with kidney problems should not include in tehir diets, this quote also has application in the diets of older tree squirrels with impaired kidney function, or those that are aged. One key difference in tree squirrels than humans is that they are able wthi the support of (SBO) Prebiotic/ probiotic soil based organisms do degrace some of the oxalates in their diet. That said, when the diet is overloaded the good bacteria in the gut can be damaged from higher oxalic acid intake, as this acid is corrosive. If this happens then the normal degrading of oxalates in their intesines can be reduced significallt, resulting in poor digestion of nutrients from their food, and the uptake of CaOx into their bloodstream that is fodder for CaOx kidney and bladder stones. To support the good gut flora "Pet Flora" from Vitality Science offers excellent support towards this end. It is also available on Amazon.com

    https://www.top10homeremedies.com/ne...kidneys.html/3

    Genetically Modified Foods

    Any food that has been genetically modified, such as some varieties of corn, soy, rice, sugar cane, sugar beets and canola, is not good for people suffering from kidney problems. Such foods can affect the health of your kidneys due to the high levels of oxalates, which bind with calcium in the kidneys to form kidney stones.

    A 2009 study published in the International Journal of Biological Science analyzed three types of genetically modified Monsanto corn and found that they had negative health effects on the kidney and liver functioning of rats. The researchers concluded that the three varieties tested created a state of hepatorenal (liver and kidney) toxicity.

    Another study published in 2015 in Environmental Health reports that glyphosate-based herbicides, which are the major pesticides used worldwide, pose health risks to the liver and kidneys, although low environmentally relevant doses have not been examined.

    Along with genetically modified foods, you must not consume other oxalate-rich foods, including rhubarb, concord grapes, strawberries, sweet potatoes, spinach, summer squash, beets, leeks, tea, coffee, nuts and tofu. Stick to organic foods as much as possible.
    Feeding only organic sources supports lower oxalate intake, and greatly reduces pesticide contamination. Steaming summer squash lowers oxalates also. Soaking nuts in a mixture of low fat Kefir and filterred water overnight and oven drying them on low heat also supports lower oxalates, and phytates they sources contain.

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    Even the Squirrels know!
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    With evidence that rodent block diets have contributed to the death of laboratory rats, and the findings of the, "French Study" in GMOs in corn and soy, this study tested a group of rodent block diets from all over the globe for potential levels of common toxins (GMOs, PBC's, Dioxins, Furan, pesticides, and heavy metals) commonly found in animal feeds. (See Study Chart for specifics) The conclusion was that these rodent block diets contained toxins that were not properly regulated under the present industry standards.

    Laboratory Rodent Diets Contain Toxic Levels of Environmental Contaminants: Implications for Regulatory Tests
    Article: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/ar...l.pone.0128429

    Study Chart: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/ar...e.0128429.g002


    The two sources of Rodent block diets from Italy contained the highest levels of organophosphates of all the sources tested in this study. .

    One of the diets from Italy included in this study is noted as HT TD 2016 Rodent Block Diet.

    This is a summary on the results of the tests on this source:

    Contained: no GMOs


    Contained: lead and cadmium


    Contained: Pesticides Residues (toxins/poisons)

    (Levels higher than those found in most other blocks tested in study)

    https://www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicol...hates-toxicity


    Contained: PCBs (neurotoxins)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychlorinated_biphenyl


    Contained: (DL-PCBs) (Dioxins) (neurotoxins)

    http://www.afsca.be/comitescientifiq...7_Dioxines.pdf


    Contained: PcDD/Fs (Polychlorinated dibenzo(p)dioxin and furan

    http://chemistry-matters.com/chemica...furans-pcddfs/

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    More info on food contaminants:

    https://www.gov.mb.ca/inr/pdf/pubs/n..._of_canada.pdf

    4.3 Common contaminants found in food

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    https://planetpermaculture.wordpress...carlo-leifert/

    Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food, and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis data.
    The team, led by Prof Carlo Leifert at Newcastle University, concludes that there are “statistically significant, meaningful” differences, with a range of antioxidants being “substantially higher” – between 19% and 69% – in organic food. It is the first study to demonstrate clear and wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals.

    In other studies in Organic produced vs. Conventionally produced:


    in a recent meta-analyses, conducted on the basis on 343 peer-reviewed publications concerning the composition of organic and conventional crops/crop-based foods, was shown that the prohibition of synthetic chemical pesticide use under organic farming standards results in a more than 4-fold reduction in the number of samples with pesticide residues (Barański et al., 2014).
    van Ruth, Alewijn, Rogers, Newton-Smith, and Tena (2011) suggested that the carotenoid content can be used to discriminate organic and conventional eggs. In fact, carotenoids are common colorants of egg yolk and their presence is influenced by the hens’ feeding. In the study the yolks of the organic eggs were subjected to carotenoid fingerprint analysis. It was found that organic eggs contained a greater quantity of lutein and zeaxanthin compared to free range and barn eggs. Lutein and zeaxanthin are important antioxidant compounds, representing about 85% of all carotenoids. These results confirm the findings of Breithaupt, Weller and Grashorn (Breithaupt, Weller, & Grashorn, 2003) which revealed a higher lutein concentration in organic eggs compared to conventional eggs..
    https://www.researchgate.net/profile...ication_detail

    The content of plant secondary metabolites beneficial for human health was the topic of great interest in recent years. 72% of studies (Benbrook et al., 2008) indicated higher level of total polyphenols in organically produced plant foods in comparison with conventionally produced ones (e.g. Carbonaro et al. 2002; Young et al., 2005; Abu-Zahra et al., 2007). Polyphenols represent a large class of plant secondary metabolites with potential antioxidative properties. Moreover, there is a large number of studies reporting the neuroprotective, cardioprotective and chemopreventive actions of these substances (Frei & Higdon, 2003; Carlson et al., 2007; Kampa et al., 2007; Ortuno et al., 2007). The important group of polyphenols identified in higher contents in organic plants are flavonols (Caris-Veynard et al., 2004; Rembiałkowska et al., 2005), which were found to diminish the incidence of heart disease, cancer, gastrointestinal, neurological and liver diseases, atherosclerosis, obesity and allergies (Frei & Higdon, 2003; Fresco et al., 2006; Ramos, 2007; Shankar et al., 2007).
    According to the meta-analysis made by Benbrook et al. (2008) organic crops, compared to conventional ones, contain also more beneficial substances, such as quercetin (acc. to 87% of studies), kaempferol (55%), vitamin C (63%), vitamin E (62%) and phosphorus (63%). They are also known to contain more sugars (Stertz, 2005; Hallmann & Rembiałkowska, 2006) what is probably one of the reasons of better sensory quality of organic produce.
    According to the meta-analysis made by Benbrook et al. (2008) organic crops, compared to conventional ones, contain also more beneficial substances, such as quercetin (acc. to 87% of studies), kaempferol (55%), vitamin C (63%), vitamin E (62%) and phosphorus (63%). They are also known to contain more sugars (Stertz, 2005; Hallmann & Rembiałkowska, 2006) what is probably one of the reasons of better sensory quality of organic produce.
    Organic crops contain also significantly lower residues of pesticides (Baker et al., 2002) which are known to exert carcinogenic, mutagenic, neuro-destructive, endocrine and allergenic effects
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    Harmful substances, such as nitrates, are found in lower contents in organic crops comparing to conventional ones according to 83% of previously published studies (e.g. Abu-Zahra et al., 2007). Organic crops contain also significantly lower residues of pesticides (Baker et al., 2002) which are known to exert carcinogenic, mutagenic, neuro-destructive, endocrine and allergenic effects.
    Nitrogen fertilized has long been confirmed to raise the level of oxalates in cultivars, thus organic crops are lower in them better support calcium and the other macro minerals than do conventionally produced cultivars.

    See rat study file pdf link below:

    Organically: low input of fertilizer without pesticides

    Minimally fertilized: low input of fertilizer with pesticides

    Conventionally: high input of fertilizer with pesticides
    Results:

    The rats fed the organic diet had an improved immune system, slept better, were less fat, had higher vitamin E than the Conventionally fed group.
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    "Laboratory Rodent Diets Contain Toxic Levels of Environmental Contaminants: Implications for Regulatory Tests"

    https://journals.plos.org/plosone/ar...l.pone.0128429

    The two diets from Italy (TG 2016 HT and (4RE21) were the highest in pesticides, and the lowest in GMO's.

    The 5002 LabDiet USA. , and the (R94) New Zealand Diet were the lowest in pesticides, and the highest in GMO's.
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