Wise Traditions 2015 Focus on Fats

GMO Issue Sparks Activism


GMO Book on Kindle Fire

An Activist is Born:  Why I Wrote Foreign Invaders, An Autoimmune Disease Journey Through Monsanto’s World of Genetically Modified Food

By Dara Jones

When I learned about the GMO issue (genetically modified foods) in 2010, I was shocked.  At the time I was extremely ill and disabled from Lyme Disease, as well as Graves and Hashimoto’s Disease – both autoimmune thyroid disorders.  I had been to a long list of doctors and nutritionists in search of answers on how to heal, and had been disappointed each time.  When I realized I was on my own to figure this out, there was nothing that was going to stop me from learning everything possible in order to get my life back.  As I read website after website, watched the documentary Genetic Roulette online, and grappled with our government’s support of corporate interests over the health of the population they are tasked to protect, my transformation into an activist unknowingly began.

As I dug deeper into the GMO issue and the influence of the biotech industry in the US government, scientific research, and agricultural practices here and in developing countries, a feeling of hopelessness and despair would overtake me.  How could “the people” ever take back the food supply with these powerful forces at work?   What would become of us who had health problems?  How could we ever heal our bodies if our food supply was becoming increasingly toxic?  What could we do about it?

Knowing I had to do something besides make just myself healthy, I searched for inspiration about how to become active in the GMO issue and the movement to protect our food supply. I also wanted to spread the message to people with autoimmune disease that food does, indeed, make a difference to their health.   While I was exploring different ways to contribute, I started attending the local Weston A. Price Whole Foods Nutrition Meetups.  I was deeply grateful to connect with Kimberly Hartke and other like-minded people.  As I my health continued to improve through changing to a traditional diet, I started a blog, (www.likeanormalperson.com), and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lifeasanormalperson) to begin writing about my experience and reach others like myself who had been effected by Lyme and autoimmune disease.

Then this summer, I had the opportunity to write and publish a Kindle Singles style book in 13 weeks.  With a longstanding desire to become a published author, writing a book about our food supply, and the GMO issue in particular, was a natural decision. With the recent GMO labeling initiatives in the news, the time was ripe. I was feeling better than before I got sick in 2007, and knew it was time to tell my story.

An activist was born.

FOREIGN INVADERS: An Autoimmune Disease Journey Through Monsanto’s World of Genetically Modified Food


GMO Book on IPhone

In the book I chronicle my journey of going from being a normal, healthy person in 2007 unaware of the GMO issue, to almost dying and becoming disabled with autoimmune and Lyme Disease, to discovering GMOs (and other so-called healthy foods) and finally, to recovering my health and life through the power of real food.

The stakes are high. There are currently 100 different autoimmune diseases identified including Type-1 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s and Lupus.  50 million Americans, or 1 in 5, have one of these diseases and 75 percent are women. Autoimmune disease is now one of the top 10 leading causes of death of women under the age of 65. It is responsible for more than $100 billion in direct health care costs annually in the US.

The book covers this current state of the autoimmune epidemic, how GMOs are created, how they interact with the immune system and how you can eliminate them from your diet.  I also include some of the sustainability, social justice and environmental issues with genetically engineered food.  The risks of GMOs go far beyond what they do to us personally.

Based on what I’ve learned in these eye-opening and life-changing years, I am passionate about the GMO issue and spreading the message about the transformative effects food has on our lives.  I simply cannot remain silent while people needlessly suffer.

I hope you’ll join me in sharing this message of hope, recovery, empowerment and action.

Be well,

Dara Jones

Author of FOREIGN INVADERS: An Autoimmune Disease Journey through Monsanto’s World of Genetically Modified Foods

Blog:  www.likeanormalperson.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/lifeasanormalperson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dararjones

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/dararjones


How to buy the book:

The book is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle eBook and costs $2.99.  You can find the book here.  You do not need a Kindle device to read the book.  You can use the Kindle Cloud Reader and read the book in your internet browser, or download the free Kindle Reading App to your PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone.  You can find the free reader app here.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Paid Endorsement Disclosure: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of renumeration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.


  1. Did you have luck helping your thyroid issues? I’ve read that bone broths and animal fat are very healing.


  1. […] Kimberley Hartke reports: GMO Issue Sparks Activism […]

Speak Your Mind