Letter from Publisher, July 2019

As many of you know, Upstate Natural Awakenings presents documentary films from time to time on subjects we think will be of interest to our readers. I watched a film a few months ago called Secret Ingredients. When the film ended I knew I had found the next film that you, our readers, would want to see.

Secret Ingredients is a film about our food supply. It tells the story of a secret ingredient in our food that you don’t hear being debated on the nightly news. It is an ingredient that is sold without any warning labels in stores all over the country. It may be a lead driver of our obesity, infertility, cancer, digestive problems, autism, brain fog, skin conditions, gluten sensitivity, allergies, fatigue, anxiety, and many other conditions. The secret ingredient is genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and food sprayed with toxic herbicides like Roundup, manufactured by Monsanto, a company now owned by Bayer.

Roundup contains glyphosate, a chemical the World Health Organization has identified as a carcinogen. It is the basis of a verdict by a jury that resulted in an award in 2018 of $289 million in damages to a California groundskeeper who claimed his exposure to glyphosate is responsible for his terminal cancer.

The film follows Kathleen DiChiara and her family. Despite their best efforts to live a healthy lifestyle—always exercising and eating right—they were struggling with a list of chronic conditions. When she discovered the secret ingredients in their food that were keeping them in a perpetual cycle of illness and removed them, the results were dramatic. The film shares many other stories of people who regained their health after changing to an all organic diet, free of GMOs, Roundup and other pesticides. These experiences are backed up by physicians, scientists and experts.

Secret Ingredients will be part of an evening event held on Thursday, July 25, at The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. For more information, read a health brief on GMOs here, read more about the film here, and get more details on the Spartanburg screening here. The evening will include a hospitality hour with free, healthy refreshments, starting at 5:30 p.m. It will be followed by an introduction of the film’s sponsors, Belue Farms Natural Market and Belue Chiropractic Clinic. The film will air at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with local experts in the health and food industry.

This is an evening you won’t want to miss. Tickets are available on EventBrite, TinyURL.com/y6z4sog9.

Peace and Blessings,
Roberta Bolduc