Sunday, April 15, 2018

“Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show” published on 9/6/2015 - to - "Kevin Folta, PhD. v. The New York Times Company et al"

“Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show” published on 9/6/2015 - to - "Kevin Folta, PhD. v. The New York Times Company et al"

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The Article
Day 1: Sunday, 9/6/2015 Jackson Wyoming wanting to enjoy the first real vacation in about 10 years with my husband Kevin Folta. We wanted a stress-free vacation, we did not receive it.  We spent the rest of the vacation and the rest of our marriage worried about the article and the fallout from it.


For a bigger impact, the New York Times posted the article on a Sunday, when readership was high.

The Threats
"I know where your wife cycles"



I was afraid for my life. Afraid to be alone. I continue to live in fear. I feared that someone would throw acid on me or stab me when I went to the grocery store or out to eat. I avoided cycling with my cycling club and found different routes, but always looking over my shoulder. There was no longer the carefree joy of being part of a group ride with fellow cyclists.  I was afraid to endanger others by being with them. When Kevin was out of town, I kept the lights on outside so I could see if anyone was watching me or trying to break in. I could not open packages, or pick up packages that were left outside the house.

Our home was broken into, I was scared for my life and continue to be affected. I requested that Kevin Folta not respond to anything written about me. However he continued to keep me in the forefront to people that read the New York Times article and were harassing him. I felt that if they knew it bothered me, that they would continue. There is not one reply from me to these memes until now. I did nothing wrong, and do not deserve to have my emotions so carelessly disregarded. I am being ignored that this was and is problematic for me.


Kevin Folta Engages
I am a regular blogger and I have blogged for about the past 15 years.  I was setting up a new blog, securing the name, testing the site.
I asked Kevin Folta not to post anything about me or about my blog.  He ignored my wishes and my life has never been the same.
Fake Nurse

The memes continued, the stories were reposted, reposted, and reposted. I was forced to remove myself from social media, and bury myself, change my social media identity.





My life was turned upside down. These memes were meant to hurt me, to humiliate me, and they did. Nurses were outraged and commented that I should be ashamed, and I was.

Please Stop

I begged Kevin Folta not to engage any more and to let it die down, but he continued.

Kevin Folta says "fake nurse" claims are "libelous" and the work of "evil people"










Kevin Folta took to Twitter against my wishes and posted my information which led to doxing, articles, threats, memes, social media terrorism, and a harassing phone call to the director of my program.


An Attempt to Correct the Damage Done




The Lawsuit
When Kevin was contemplating filing a lawsuit against the New York Times, Eric Lipton, and Gary Ruskin of USRTK, I encouraged him to pursue it. As a couple, we decided together to go forward with the lawsuit as it would impact both us. It could have positive or very harsh negative financial implications. We talked about how we would pay the legal fees in the event he lost the case, I stood behind Kevin and we decided to go forward. This was a joint effort, and we were both affected. Although Kevin is currently the petitioner, I am now asking to be added to the lawsuit as a petitioner.

Everyday from 9/6/2015 forward the New York Times article has been a dark cloud over our lives. The pending lawsuit against Eric Lipton, The New York Times, and Gary Ruskin of USRTK (filed on 9/1/2017) adds to the already heightened stress from all the media attention. Kevin Folta filed the suit alleging that the article was malicious, and even though Eric Lipton knew it was false, he wrote the article with bias and with intent to defame Kevin Folta. Folta alleges that Lipton was fed a story and colluded with Gary Ruskin of USRTK without regard for the truth or the facts.
Updates to the pending lawsuit




Mediation is set for 5/21/2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Everyone has BRCA genes


Everyone has BRCA genes

BRCA stands for "BReast CAncer". It is the inherited mutation of the BRCA gene that can increase the risk for developing cancers. BRCA1 gene is located on chromosome 17 and BRCA2 gene is located on chromosome 11.



The mechanism for cancer occurs when breaks in DNA strands develop during DNA replication, which is a prerequisite to cell division. These breaks eventuate when the replication fork that duplicates the genome stalls at sites of DNA damage. Genomic instability results when these breaks are not repaired properly, which leads to cancer and other diseases.

BRCA genes are tumor suppressor genes that inhibit tumor development when functioning normally. When there is a mutation in the gene that suppresses tumors, the genes do not function normally. and the potential for these tumors to occur is increased. Women with a mutation of the BRCA1 gene and/or BRCA2 gene have a 40-80% chance of developing breast cancer. Mutations in BRCA genes may cause as many as 10-40% of inherited breast cancers and lead to a higher risk for developing ovarian, colon, pancreatic and uterine cancers. 

Mutations in the genes ATM, CDH1, CHEK2, NBN, NF1, PALB2, PTEN, STK11, TP53 can also increase the risk of breast cancer. Most breast cancers are not caused by genetic factors and you may still be at risk if you are negative to the BRCA mutation. Family history, and environmental causes are other risk factors for developing cancers. 

While 5-10% of breast cancers in women are thought to be due to gene mutations, up to 40% of breast cancers in men may be related to BRCA2 mutations, and men who have a BRCA1/2 mutation have an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Whether you test positive or negative for the BRCA gene mutation, there will always be a potential risk for cancers. Early detection for cancer is a goal in order to initiate early treatment. 

As we discover more about the genetic and non-genetic causes, why and how cancers occur, treatments and cures can be developed. The future for our world to eradicate cancers and all diseases rely on what we do with this knowledge. Please support cancer research.


References

Screening & Early Detection References. (n.d.). Retrieved March 03, 2018, from https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/EarlyDetectionReferences.html