March 9, 1999

Subject: LOTS of New feedbacks

A big thank you to everyone for all your feedbacks and complementary info.

Enjoy ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999
From: neva <>
Subject: genetically engineered foods

Hi Jean,

You are wonderful, a networker of rare and uncommon ability. Bless you!

Because of the information presented in many of your emails, I have followed through and become an activist in several areas, almost before I realized what I was doing---if you know what I mean.

Since your last email of Feb. 26, I have been researching genetically engineered foods. I have talked to friends and family about this horrendous disaster happening, but as yet I am mostly in overwhelm! I continue researching and learning more. I will move out of this state of being overwhelmed (I have learned that this is often my initial mode of operation) and begin the steps to taking action. A site with numerous links for information as well as sites that list "what you can do," is

Your dedication is greatly appreciated. thank you! Neva Anderson


Date: Sun, 07 Mar 1999
Shanna Mac Lean <>
Subject: Re: Chernobyl of Biotech

Jean: I don't know about everyone else but I am on overwhelm concerning this Frankenfood issue. Thanks so much for all the excellent information. Is there something concrete we can take action on?

In love,


From: "Jeni" <>
Subject: Re: Chernobyl of Biotech
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999

I want to thank you for sending this info on GE and BT. I am new to all this and now I understand more about this problem. I am going to a meeting this afternoon about community preparedness for y2k and sustainable living, and will pass on your e-mail to the committees on Food and Seedsaving. Thanks again, Jeni Jones (of the Central Victoria Community Preparedness Group)

From: "Walt Coon" <>
Subject: Fw: Chernobyl of Biotech

Hi Jean,

Excellent Report! Wife and I discussed it for hours. We are vegies but our Residents at our 12 bed home for Disabled and Elderly are not. We will definitely be looking for ways to buy only non GM or GE foods and will be pushing for labeling of foods in this reguard.

Thanks again Jean for this eye-opening report.

Walt Golden Years Personal Care Home IN VOLUNERABLE: Muskegon, Michigan USA

From: "Kathryn L Nesbitt" <>
Subject: Genetically engineered food, etc.
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999


I read your information on genetically altered foods, and it does concern me. I had heard about it awhile back, but had no idea to what extent it had proceeded. I have sent the info to a friend who owns an Herb Shop, and she will disperse the information to her customers.

Also, I will write to my congressman and alert him to what is taking place. The addition of chemicals to the soil, herbicides which are absorbed into the plants, and then by us, the use of anti-biotics on an everyday basis by producers of meats has set off a growing problem among our population.

Until recently, say that past 4-5 years, I was able to consume milk and milk products with no problem. I am allergic to penicillin and tetracycline, both of which are used in animals. I eat ice cream or cheese and my sinuses fill up, I get bags under my eyes...and these are the symptoms I can see.

For a long time, the BIG companies have done their best to corner the market on seeds, to develop and sell only certain seed. Vegetables have been hybridized to make shipping the primary concern. Vitamins and nutrition have been bred out of them. Fortunately, people have been saving seeds, and there are still companies out there who sell open pollinated seeds.

We, as consumers, need to begin taking responsibility for our own lives, and stop trusting the government, the chemical companies, the television ads to tell us what is best for us. We have to decide that. Encourage people to write to their representatives, make their voice heard. We tend to feel that we are powerless to accomplish anything, being "just" one individual, but if each individual expressed their would be amazed at how many individuals would be heard!

Herbs are making a comeback to provide health and nutrition and healing properties, but, have you noticed, now the big companies have stepped in and say that they have improved on Nature, had extracted the active ingredients and it is "better" for you.

WIse up, people! Whether you believe in God, or a Creator, or Mother Nature as your higher power...there was a plan, there is a balance within plants that have been allowed to grow and prosper without human interference. There is a cure for everything on Earth...dis-ease is our body out of balance. Taking a plant that can re-balance our bodies and give it a chance to heal itself is a viable alternative to chemicals, or chemically altered herbs.

Begin to take a look at what you are putting into your bodies, take a look at how your bodies are responding! With the introduction of genetically altered foods, our bodies will be in greater risk of suffering total collapse. Then, take "pen in hand" and speak your mind.

Another way we can help Mother Earth and her inhabitants, is to pray, if that is a word you are comfortable with, or send Love and Light to the Earth and all of Creation, if that is more to your belief system. But do something, we can make a difference, and it won't be done unless we do it.

Thank you, Jean for the work you do, keep on your Path!

Kathryn L. Nesbitt

Date: Sun, 07 Mar 1999
From: Aklea <>
Subject: GE plants and food

Jean, I really appreciate your efforts in sending the information on genetically engineered plants. I am flabbergasted that you have not had any replies regarding this. I have read articles off and on for several years and have deep concern about the issue. As far back as 25 years ago there was a conspiracy theory about chemical companies, seeds, and the food supply. And here it is in our face although a little bit different track. The issue is greed and tecknology fantasy vs the sacred interrelationship of all lifeforms and the responsibility of every human to employ and ask to be employed enviromental practices of farming that preserve LIFE GIVING energies to alllife forms. Sometimes I feel the scientists/corporations are getting "high off their creations" --a very real addiction--without bring balance and responsibility for the effect of their actions on the Earth and her peoples. Thanks...for bringing greater awareness in your communication to others.



The Wall Street Journal, March 3, 1999

Biotech Industry Sees Big Threat To Patentability of Modified Plants


A legal challenge to a fundamental premise of the biotechnology industry -- the patentability of modified plants -- is setting off a wave of fear inside big agriculture companies.

An Iowa seed merchant is arguing that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office erred in granting patents on modifications to plants such as corn, soybeans and cotton. A federal appeals court agreed to rule on the issue in October, and word has been quietly spreading since. The court's action indicates that the patentability of manmade plants remains legally untested, and that places at risk much of the billions of dollars in investments by companies such as Monsanto Co., DuPont Co. and Novartis AG.

"What could be at stake is a very significant deterrent to research," says Vernon Rice, chief intellectual-property counsel at DuPont. "You'd still have a biotechnology industry, but not a robust one."

When the patent office granted the first modified-plant patent in 1985, chemical companies and seed concerns began to spend heavily on research and acquisitions. The result has been thousands of patents on products that are just now sweeping across the U.S. farm belt and South America.

Industry analysts have predicted that the premiums farmers pay annually for the seed to grow these crops, currently in the hundreds of millions of dollars, would soon leap far into the billions. But that economic model could fall apart if patents for biotech plants lose their legal force.

Accidental Test

The issue before the appeals court represents an almost accidental test of plant patents. Certainly, 34-year-old Marvin Redenius never aspired to spearhead a landmark court case. As president of a farm-supply dealership in Belmond, Iowa, Mr. Redenius bought 600 bags of Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. corn seed last year from a third company for about $54,000, then resold the bags to his customers.

Pioneer got paid for the seed. But it sued Mr. Redenius's company, Farm Advantage, in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Iowa. Under its newly won corn-plant patents, Pioneer says, only it gets to decide who sells its corn seed. Mr. Redenius didn't have Pioneer's permission.

Mr. Redenius and his attorney came up with a straightforward defense strategy: They requested that the case be thrown out on the grounds that plant patents are illegal because Congress doesn't want the major food crops to be patented.

U.S. District Judge Donald E. O'Brien rejected Mr. Redenius's request that the case be dismissed. But he considered the contention to be serious enough to warrant the attention of a higher court, and he cleared the way for the patent-legality issue to be resolved. In a rare procedural move, the federal appeals court in Washington that specializes in patent law decided to take up the patent-legality issue. Oral arguments could begin as early as this spring. The case itself, meanwhile, has been postponed pending the appeals court's decision.

The American Intellectual Property Law Association, a trade group of patent attorneys, is preparing a friend-of-the-court brief in favor of keeping plant patents. "This case is absolutely critical to the
biotechnology industry," says Michael Kirk, executive director of the group. Undoing patents on plants "would have a significant negative impact on an entire industry," he adds.

Some company executives and intellectual-property lawyers are worried that the court case is creating an opening for anti-biotechnology groups, which question the safety of altered food and oppose corporate ownership of crops. In Europe, such groups have succeeded in requiring the labeling of genetically modified food, something not even under consideration in the U.S.

Growing Determination

One measure of the value of plant patents is the growing determination of biotechnology companies to initiate legal action over them. Patent attorneys say that plant patents are the most legally contested variety these days, next to software.

Monsanto is currently investigating hundreds of farmers suspected of unauthorized use of its Roundup Ready soybeans. Genetically altered to survive a dousing from Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, the Roundup Ready soybeans make it far easier for farmers to chemically weed their fields. The product is on track to reap roughly $300 million this year in revenue for the company and its partners, figures Mark Wiltamuth, an analyst at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, New York.

All told, Monsanto owns more than a hundred patents for specialty lines of corn and soybeans, among other crops. David Snively, assistant general counsel for Monsanto, figures that the company's most valuable patents --which cover genes that it transplants into crops from microorganisms -- are in the clear because they aren't from plants.

But some legal experts at other companies with similar patents aren't so sure. These synthetic genes tell a plant how to make its own insecticide, for example. The U.S. patent office began issuing plant patents in the wake of a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980 that allowed General Electric Co. to patent a genetically altered oil-eating bacterium.

The patentability of asexually reproducing plants such as roses and fruit trees, which are grown from cuttings and grafting, was established by Congress in a 1930 law. But seeds and plant breeding are the issues in the Iowa case, and Congress has tried to ensure that rival companies could continue to use each other's seed in their breeding programs. Lawmakers have also protected the right of farmers to save seed from their harvests for replanting the next year. Both of those activities could be prohibited by patents.

From: "jmewhort" <>
Subject: Re: Chernobyl of Biotech

Dear Jean: Is there any movement in Canada to stop this poisoning of our environment? June Mewhort


Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999
Subject: Finding a global healing vision!


This is for Jean Hudon!

I love your Email updates... anyway, I've already linked to your site, and I request permission to reprint some of your Emails in a 'Mailbag' section at The Dreamtime. It's not yet on-line, however, it will be soon - if possible I'd like to include some of your Valuable Emails to make others aware of the resources beyond finding the links on their own.

Please let me know if this is ok.

Thank you,

Brett from the dreamtime.... earth, spirit
health alternatives

From: "Christiane Blanco Vega" <>
Subject: J'ai peur! (I'm afraid!)
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999

Dear Jean

Salut! I didn't know you spoke French, too. I do too but I feel more confortable writting in English. Well, I just wanted to let you know that here in Muncie, Indiana, at Ball State University, we had a visit from Susana Steingraber last week. She is a biologist and a poet. She is also a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with bladder cancer at the age of 20. She's spent a lot of time trying to trace back the reasons for her illness and she's found out that the rates of Cancer are dangerously increasing. And yes, just like you would imagine, after years of research she discovered the reason for so many cancer cases around the area where she lived in Illinois: drinking well water, eating corn and soybeans infected with pesticides and fertilizers. She says that children of farmers tend to get cancer more than ordinary city children. She says that we can change our lives individually, choosing carefully waht to eat and so on, but that real, world-wide change has to be done politically.

To tell you the truth Jean, I feel scared everytime I go to the Grocery store to buy my food, thinking I might be buying something really dangerous for my health, while I think I am just eating a healthy salad. Like Susana Steingraber says, we shouldn't be the ones trying to do all the research to avoid these foods, it should be the government wanting to protect their people from these poisons and doing something about it. It is so sad! Not only have we humans misused science to bring harm and destructions to our Earth, but we are now doing it to our own selves. I think something big must be done, but I don't know how I can help. I would love to help if there is any possible way that you or someone else know of.

Well, goodbye and thank you for keeping us posted. Love and Light, the best wishes for all. It is so good to be alive!

Christiane Mariposa Blanca

Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999
From: Jukka E Isosaari <>
Subject: Genetic Foods and their effects


Some points that people often neglect to note:

* Some of the most popular genetically modified plants are those that have been modified to withstand more pesticides.

* In recent years there has been great alarm in the US about the apparent genocide several amphibian species.

* The pesticides have been suggested as an apparent reason for the amphibian deaths and mutations.

* The rise in pesticide use is due to genetically modified plants, especially in the US.

* There has been no equal wide alarm about amphibian death in the Europe. I don't know if there even has been one?


++ J

Dear Jukka E Isosaari

Thank you for your information about the possible effect of pesticides on the amphibian species. In my opinion, there are many causes - habitat destruction, pesticides and chemical pollution in general, but the depletion of the ozone layer is I think a major cause for this global amphibian species extinction (because their eggs are exposed to increased UV in shallow waters for an extended period of time and their natural protection - they turn up the darker side of the egg against the sun rays - isn't strong enough to withstand the UV rays.

Best regards,

Jean Hudon

From: "Jennie Gorman" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999

Hi Jean

Thanks for the article. I have been using Wild Yam now for a couple of years and wouldn't be without it. I use it in cream form as well as tablet. Anyone wanting more info please refer them to me. Natural and toxic chemical free is the only way to go!!!

Love, light and many blessings


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From: Karuna Thal <>

I just sent the below message to a girlfriend. I am starting to spread the word to women I know about the importance of taking progesterone. Please share this information--especially to people at risk for breast cancer (really all of us).

Also I've been listening to a tape by Dr. John Lee about natural progesterone cream. (He has two books out--the first is smaller and more technical, the second longer and in laywoman's terms--helps a woman to figure out if she is estrogen dominant, and how to balance her hormones using progesterone.

I've been using progesterone from Mexican Wild Yam for 6 years, and after listening to Dr. Lee's tape, I believe that ALL WOMEN OUR AGE SHOULD BE USING NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM TO MINIMIZE RISK OF BREAST CANCER, OSTEOPORISIS,
HEART ATTACKS DUE TO TOO MUCH UNOPPOSED (IMBALLANCED) ESTROGEN IN OUR BODIES. Other effects of Progesterone (derived from Mexican Wild Yam) are weight loss the ability to build lean muscle, wrinkle reduction improved skin tone, higher libido, and on and on. We are full of estrogens from Dairy, Beef, and other sources outside ourselves, and we are full of dangerous "xenoestrogens" that occupy our estrogen receptor sites from plastics and other petrochemicals.

The reason we don't know about this is that natural progesterone is non-patentable, that means it's relatively inexpensive, and can be purshased at a health food store, it is totally non-toxic, and no one pharmaceutical company can make billions off of it like they are doing with Premarin and Provera--drugs which are synthetic hormones and dangerous for women. The only thing these synthetic hormones do that is positive is stop hot flashes. The netagative side effects include: increased breast and uterine cancer rates, weight gain, depression, tender breasts.......for starters. SYNTHETIC ESTROGENS DO NOT--AS MOST DOCTORS WILLL TELL YOU THEY DO--LESSEN OSTEOPOROSIS OR HEART ATTACK RATES, AND THEY DO INCREASE CHANCES OF BREAST CANCER! Why would any woman take these drugs at all? I think only because we are ignorant of the truth. Lets all start to change that!

Please encourage women to educate themselves on these matters, and take our power over our bodies back. I didn't listen to the tape until I was on the way home in the airplane, or I would have mentioned it to you, but I can't help but feel the Progesterone would help you to loose weight and gain lean muscle. Of course you need to combine that with good diet, and exercise, but now with your new mag-steps, you are walking more--right? Let me know.

By the way, I use "Phillips Nutritionals" brand of progesterone cream, it has 1050 gm of progesterone per 2 oz jar, which should last about 52 days, which is 26 days/month times 2 (they say to go on it for 26 days, off for 5, even if not having periods). You can look for something comparable in you health food store. (well maybe not in Nepal)

An excellent source of information on all this is Dr. Christiane Northrup, a now holistically oriented OB/GYN physician from Maine. She has done a lot to let women know the truth, and how we need to support ourselves to be healthy. Her newsletter can be ordered from Philips Publishing 800-705-5559 or Box 60110, Potomac, MD 20897-5924 It's $40/year, and it comes with an excellent "creating health" package, or for $80 for 2 years, and also her book "Women's Bodies Women's Wisdom" is included. I was looking at all that recently at my sister's place, and ordered a home test kit for testing the rate of bone loss. It's cheaper and said to be more accurate than X-ray tests. A 45 year old woman close to me was recently diagnosed with severe osteoporisis! And she's active and eats well! It must be hormonal imballance!

Hope you don't mind all this information, but I think it's really important. Please forward it to women friends who might need this. With love,


From: "Lynn Montana" <>

Hello Jean,

I have been enjoying your e-mails for some time now. Especially the one's on nutritional aspects, Aspartame, ect. I wrote a letter to the local newspaper about the dangers of Apsartame, but it refused to print it. Any surprise? Anyway I want to mention several very interesting books I have been reading lately which everyone would find extremely interesting. The following two books are published in Canada and cannot be ditributed here. You must write or fax form them from the publishers (Marcus Books, P.O. Box 327, Queensville, Ontario, Canada LOG 1RO Fax: 905 478-8338.)

These two books are about the conspiracy to keep secret the cure for cancer found in the thirties by Royal Raymond Rife, and many other alternative health practices which cure cancer. They are written by Barry Lynes and are called: "The Cancer Cure That Worked! - 50 years of suppression" and "The Healing of Cancer - the Cures- the Cover-ups and the solution now!" These are incredible books, well documented and factually. A must for anyone who knows someone with cancer or wants to educate oneself as to the history of cancer research and available cures. Also much information on AIDS and the political intrigue going on there. People should be sending copies of this to your congress women and men, to your Doctors also. The third book is "The Persecution and Trial of Gaston Naessens - the true story of the efforts to suppress an alternative treatment for cancer, aids, and other immunologically based diseases." by Christopher Birds, coauthor of the Internaitonal Best-selling "the Secret Lives of Plants" and "Secrets of the Soil". I encourage anyone to read these books and spread them around so that this conspiracy may be stopped.

Thanks for the platform, love and best wishes in your good efforts.

Lynn Montana,

Date: Sun, 07 Mar 1999
From: Ginny Rodgers <>
Subject: Estrogen Deception, Myths and More Info On Importance of Progesterone

Dear Jean,

Thanks for forwarding the info about progesterone! I truly appreciate your taking the lead and using your vast resources to get the information out. In that light, thought you might like to pass on the attached file regarding estrogen, myths about osteoporosis and the importance of progesterone to our sisters and perhaps our brothers, too. (they might like to pass it on).

The article is long (for e-mail) and well worth the read. (At the end, I think it briefly promotes a progesterone product made by a company called Neways, so just disregard that).

Also, one of the best books I've seen for us lay people is: "Hormone Replacement Therapy: Yes or No" by Betty Kamen, Ph.D.

Thanks again, Jean!

Love Ginny


Date: Sun, 07 Mar 1999
From: "Dave Rietz (" <>
Subject: Proof positive milk/dairy does NOT provide calcium

Hello, Jean,

I know you get tons of Email everyday... but! (I assume this is why you are not on the Anti Dairy Coalition newsletter list) However, todays newsletter provides proof positive that obtaining needed calcium from milk is a myth based on 78,000 nurses in a 12 year test. There is no way the dairy industry can lie their way out of this one. Couple this with a simple question... where do COWS get their calcium (from plants), it should set the facts in concrete.

html version at

************* The Anti-Dairy Coalition Weekly Newsletter **************

THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IS IN A BAD MOOOOOOD If everybody in America reads today's newsletter, tomorrow will begin a most devastating week for dairy farmers. The single-most important reason for drinking milk has been contradicted and negated by the largest scientific study in history. Last week's events provided bad news for milk drinkers and milk producers. (CLIP)




Date: Sun, 07 Mar 1999
From: Shanna Mac Lean <>
Subject: "Know Your Customer" Update

Dear Jean: here is an update on Know Your Customer banking rule from the web site sponsored by the Libertarian Party.
In love,

Here's what's going on with the FDIC's proposed "Know Your Customer" regulation:

1) The campaign against KYC is going like gangbusters!

The FDIC has "counted" over 140,000 comments opposed to the "Know Your Customer" rule, with only twenty (that's right -- 20!) in favor. They have stacks and stacks of uncounted mail lying around the office, and their in-baskets are full!

OVER 140,000 Americans have now joined you in signing our online petition to the FDIC opposing the Know Your Customer regulation. It appears that has been responsible for generating the majority of the comments against KYC!

2) Bill introduced to repeal KYC; Judiciary
Banking Committees hold hearings. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has introduced the "Know Your Customer Sunset >Act," which would prevent agencies like the FDIC from imposing KYC >regulations. Support for Paul's bill -- HR 516 -- is growing rapidly, and already has 40 co-sponsors, including influential members like Majority Whip Tom Delay and Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde. We will keep you posted on its progress.

Rep Paul testified against Know Your Customer before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 4th. Rep. Paul was also scheduled to introduce an amendment to a bill under consideration in a subcommittee of the Banking Committee that would repeal Know Your Customer. Details will be provided in our next update.

3) "Know Your Customer" is a hot topic on talk radio!

Pressure to kill the bank spying law is building to a fever pitch on talk radio. We have had representatives on the air repeatedly in major media markets like New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington, Miami, and Pittsburgh.

In all, more than 2000 stations have broadcast interviews with us about Know Your Customer in the past few weeks. As a result, tens of thousands of outraged talk radio listeners have rushed to and signed the online petition.

Through talk radio we are also reaching millions of Americans *without* Internet access and persuading them to join our campaign. Thousands of them have responded by faxing and writing to the FDIC to demand an end to Big Brother banking. We will continue to saturate the airwaves with the truth about Know Your Customer until the comment period ends.


Only three days are left to sign the petition (the deadline is March 8), so if you have friends who haven't yet signed the petition, please refer them to the site ASAP at

Thank you again for your support. is provided as a public service by the Libertarian Party.

Date: Sat, 6 Mar 1999
Subject: Time for a :::giggle:::

Q: How many internet mail list subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: 1,343 - 1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail list that the light bulb has been changed;
14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently;
7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs;
27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs;
53 to flame the spell checkers;
41 to correct spelling/grammar flames;
6 to argue over whether it's ''lightbulb'' or ''light bulb'' and another
6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive;
156 to write to the list administrator about the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list;
109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please take this email exchange to litebulb-l;
203 to demand that cross posting to grammar-l, spelling-l and illuminati-l about changing light bulbs be stopped;
111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts *are* relevant to this mail list;
306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty;
27 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs;
14 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and the post the corrected URL's;
3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to this list which makes light bulbs relevant to this list;
33 to link all posts to date, then quote them including all headers and footers and then add ''Me too'';
12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy;
19 to quote the ''Me too's'' to say ''Me three'';
4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ;
44 to ask what is ''FAQ'';
4 to say ''didn't we go through this already a short time ago on Usenet?''
143 to ask ''what's Usenet?''