Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning genetically modified food, golf and generic drugs.
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Learn about Genetically Modified Food, Golf and Generic Drugs Host: Some say that fresh is best naturally but these days, the words natural might become an optional extra when describing fruit, veggies and grain. Human beings design furniture, cars, buildings and clothes, why not the perfect plant? Since the early 1990s, genetically modified food crops have become part of our diets whether we like it or not. Supersonic wheat that just can't die, strawberries complete wit a frost-resistant pine tree gene, rot-resistant tomatoes, but are they safe for consumption? Jim Smith: Infant food is the sole source of nutrition for children. And it's very important that the nutritional aspects of that food is properly regulated. One must be absolutely sure since this is all food. It's perfectly safe and nutritionally complete. So, that’s one of the things we want to make sure. Host: Scientists site World Hunger as the reason for fail safe GM crops. However, more and more studies are showing that GM might not be a path worth taking. Genetically modified genes have been found in the gut bacteria of people who have eaten GM hamburgers and mice-fed on GM mace developed infertility according to the Austrian Ministry of Health. If you're concerned about GMs making an appearance in your shopping basket, simply check the label. Today, any food containing genetically modified ingredients has to display it on the packaging. Golf is becoming increasingly popular with people of all ages and it's proving a remarkable way to keep fit. According to a trial in Finland, men who play golf regularly are well muscle toned, lean and have greater endurance. What’s more is it was found that golf actually increased their levels of good cholesterol. It's all of that walking. If you ditched the baggy and go on foot, you’ll be doing maybe four kilometers again. And if you go one step further and lug your own clubs, you’ll be burning over 700 calories in a nine-hole outing. Add that all up at the end of a golfing week and you’ve burned over 2,500 calories. The magical number that doctors say keeps diabetes, heart disease, and cancer on the back foot. Here’s a little secret for you. People who walk the cause are more likely to win. A walk as brain gets a chance to map the terrain more efficiently than are bulky riders. It's right there in the steps, walkers score higher. Get fit. Go golfing. Getting sick can be an expensive procedure. For example, a kidney or lung transplant patient who has to take 50 tablets a day maybe out for a bill for over $500.00 at the end of the month. Is it any one wonder that name brand drug sales have fallen by 12% over the last four years as people take the cheaper option. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, a generic drug is one that copies the brand named drug exactly in dosage, safety, strength, how it's taken, quality, performance and intended use. Brand name and generic drug making facilities both have to meet the same exact in standards. So, you're not getting a poor copy of the original, the generic drug may look a little different in shape and color versus the law that the active ingredients are identical. That’s also the law. So as a consumer, you have a choice to make and that puts you in a powerful position. Ask your pharmacist is there is a generic alternative to the brand drug you’ve been prescribed. It could be healthier for you pocket.