I’m sure they only have the most ethical intentions with this technology… Scared yet???


By Judson Parker

Experts in the biotechnology field say that genetically modified (GM) wheat currently in development could potentially silence human genes if ingested, resulting in premature death and risk of passing the defect on to future generations.

The wheat, developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), is engineered to turn off undesirable genes permanently.

However, the wheat genes intended to be silenced are a match for the human GBE gene sequence, according to Professor Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety, who published a report on the experimental wheat.

Through ingestion, these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes,” says Heinemann.

GBE dictates glycogen storage in humans. Children who are born with this enzyme not working tend to die by the age of about five. Adults with malfunctioning GBE genes can experience cognitive impairment, pyramidal quadriplegia, peripheral neuropathy, and neurogenic bladder.

The real danger behind this genetically modified variety of wheat is that scientists used double stranded RNA, or dsRNA, to achieve their desired results. Heinemann describes the dsRNAs present in modified wheat as “remarkably stable in the environment.”

The dsRNA is able to withstand processing and cooking, and can also survive the human digestive system and enter into the blood stream. It then circulates through the body, where it amplifies into more and different dsRNAs and alters gene expression.

These altered genes can be passed on to later generations, assuming the consumer doesn’t die of cancer or liver damage before procreating.

Using dsRNA to silence genes is not without precedent. Monsanto, the world’s largest manufacturer of bioengineered seeds, has published research in the past about how to commercially exploit the fact that dsRNA survives digestion in insects.

The company genetically engineered plants to produce a dsRNA, which insects ingest when they eat the plant; the dsRNA survives digestion in the insect and then silences genes in the insect to stunt its growth and kill it.

While not yet commercialized, the GM wheat is currently undergoing field tests in Australia. If approved, it will likely be grown alongside conventional wheat and sold unlabeled to consumers.

How to Motivate Yourself to Workout in the Morning…


Exercise benefits, such as weight control, sleeping better, improving mood and reducing the risk of diseases and health conditions, such as stroke, high cholesterol, arthritis and certain cancers, might not be enough motivation to get in an early morning workout. If you’re not a morning person, you might have to make small adjustments to your lifestyle to help motivate you to get up and work up a sweat.

1. Schedule a set time each morning for your workout so it becomes routine. Write your exercise sessions on your calendar as if they’re important appointments that you can’t reschedule or miss. According to the University of Virginia Health System, regular morning exercise sessions can more easily form a habit than exercise habits later in the day.

2. Exercise with a friend so your workout becomes more of a social engagement, which might make waking up early less difficult. Knowing that your friend is waiting for you, obligates you to show up. Alternatively, schedule morning exercise sessions with a personal trainer. He’ll hold you accountable so you can get your money’s worth.

3. Sleep seven to nine hours each night as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. Getting enough sleep and feeling fully rested can make it easier to wake up early for exercise. Go to bed and wake up at the same times each day and develop a bedtime routine, such as reading a book or taking a bath, to unwind before going to sleep.

4. Incorporate exercise that you enjoy into your workout routine. If exercise is fun, it might be easier to wake up at the crack of dawn and you’ll look forward to it. Try different types of exercise to find out what you like — yoga, group sports, swimming, bike riding and aerobics and dance classes are all options.

5. Set realistic goals and reward yourself for achieving them. A realistic goal might be to start exercising for 30 minutes on three mornings per week. At the end of each week, reward yourself — get a massage, buy new workout clothes or see a movie. The extra incentive helps keep you motivated to workout early in the morning.

Against the Grain Dining – Wholly Cow!!!


I was on the run today and needed a quick bite. Not us how I ever missed this place when I was living downtown, but it’s killer. Located just south of 7th St on Congress, Wholly Cow features local, grass-fed beef in all their burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, reubens and chili as well as locally-grown organic produce.

I went with the Fit Cross Burger and Sweet Potato Fries (yeah, yeah, yeah, I know they’re not paleo, but it was one of those days 😉 The burger was hugged between two portobello mushroom caps with lettuce, tomato and onions. The mushroom caps are a nice change from my standard naked burger. There’s something just not quite right about having to eat a burger with silverware and lettuce cups tend to disintegrate about halfway through. I’ve had other restaurants attempts at shroom buns, but most of the time you end up with one of two things. The caps are either raw and end up crumbling, or they are over marinated or cooked to the point that they are a slimy mess. This was perfect. I’ll definitely be back and will have to checkout their S. Lamar location inside Zen Food Mart and Convenience Store. Zen is also known for their selection of local organic produce for sale as well as organic non-GMO Fredericksburg Peaches while you’re there. Noms!!!


The original location is located inside the new ZEN Food Mart Convenience Store at 3010 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704. 512-394-8156.
Restaurant hours are:
Mon-Thurs from 7AM – 9:30PM.
Friday & Saturday 7AM -10:30PM.
Sunday 10:30AM – 8:30PM.

The downtown location is at 619 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701. 512-425-0811
Hours are:
Monday – Thursday 8AM – 9PM.
Friday 8AM – 3AM. Saturday 10AM – 3AM.
Sunday 10:30AM – 8:30PM.

Congratulations to Master Relson Gracie on his promotion to Red Belt…

Last weekend Relson Gracie earned his Red Belt after 60 years of jiu-jitsu. Red Belt is the highest rank one can achieve in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Grand Master Rorion was present to bestow this honor upon his brother. Congratulations Master Relson, and thank you for everything you’ve done for jiu-jitsu!