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Do you like interesting statistics? Here’s one: Did you know that 90 percent of the food we buy in our supermarkets today didn’t exist 100 years ago?

That would be no big deal except that the American Academy of Environmental Medicine says that several studies have shown these new genetically modified foods cause infertility problems, immune system problems, accelerate aging, cause insulin regulation issues and change our major organs and gastrointestinal systems.

In other words, if you are what you eat, you and your offspring are about to change.

Here’s another interesting and sad statistic: Did you know that more American soldiers die from suicide than from fighting in combat?

According to a United States Department of Veterans Affairs study, 22 veterans commit suicide each day, or about one every 65 minutes. That’s alarming.

Here’s another interesting statistic: Did you know that cardiopulmonary resuscitation only works about 2 percent of the time?

For those of you who don’t know what CPR is, it is a lifesaving technique that is supposed to be useful in many emergencies, including heart attacks or near drownings, where someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

Then again, according to the American Medical Association, only about 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander anyway, either because they don’t want too or don’t know how to do it. So don’t expect CPR to be your lifesaver.

You probably also didn’t know that sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. That’s because sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating; whereas, a heart attack is when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. Still, a heart attack also can cause a cardiac arrest.

Did you also know that 58 percent of the United States adult population never reads another book after high school?

That’s alarming because nearly 70 percent of the students who cannot read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.

Now, my mother makes the best fried chicken in America almost every Sunday and I can’t think of anything I’d rather eat. So I was alarmed to learn that 88 percent of the chicken raised for human consumption in the United State contains arsenic, just like North Dakota’s oil drilling salt water.

Of course, arsenic is a poison that promotes cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And we wonder why our neighbors are getting sick? It’s partly because our chickens have arsenic levels over the FDA safety standards.

Now, the FDA disputes those declarations but the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine warned that most consumers are unaware that feces, toxic chemicals, superbugs, carcinogens and cholesterol are likely hiding in every bite of chicken that you eat.

That’s important because 8 million chickens are slaughtered in the United States each year and Americans eat a staggering 84 pounds of chicken per person per year.

For some reason, it reminds me of a quote by American biologist, professor and politician Barry Commoner who said, “Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.”


Kevin Holten is the president of the North Dakota Cowboy Association and executive producer of "Special Cowboy Moments" on RFD-TV.