Austin Challenge - October 15th-16th, 2011

Team Peterson


Peterson GM Free Food

Genetically Modified Foods

Our commitment is to raise funds for LiveStrong Cancer Research and Educate

Cancer is Environmental

  • The water we drink
  • The food we eat
  • The air we breathe
  • The stress in our lives

Our Team

Bill Peterson

Bill is in the battle, diagnosed last fall with non-smokers Adenocarcinoma which has Metastasized to Bone. When diagnosed - I looked at cancer as a new obstacle to over come. I never thought I would not beat it with the help of Dr Garland (AZ Cancer Center), advice from Dr Becht (Sea Cost Cancer Center), support from friends around the world, help from LiveStrong and the latest therapies - Deal with what this aggressive disease throws at you – Cancer is a roller coaster need to keep fighting - Keep moving and exercising even if you don't think you can - Be In-tune with your body read the signs and listen to it - When exercising push yourself - use a heart rate monitor to evaluate your intensity to body function - Lots of recovery (sleep) - Nutrition is key it's your body's fuel to help stay strong and recover (Organic - NO GM food) - It's a long way back - work hard and stay positive - NED (No Evidence of Disease) is what I am looking for - I ride the bike between chemo in my recovery weeks which has helped my lungs to improve – I can now transfer oxygen - I have a long way to go but I can not express how staying Positive and Active helps.

Susan Winder Peterson

Susan is my pillar of love and support. She has done extensive research to keep us informed, up to date on the latest therapies and funding. Helps push me on the bike and dedicated her life to my recovery.

Christy Evans

I am a long time friend of Bill's and am riding to support Bill in his fight against cancer. I know Bill is going to beat this demon and he is going to be skiing with me at Big Sky this winter!

Skip Gilkerson

Skip is a two time survivor

Water skiing has always been my passion. From the time I was 6 years old and learned to ski, skiing has been my life. My dedication resulted in a professional career, receiving the USA Water Ski Award of Distinction, being inducted into the Water Ski Hall of Fame, and being named the Greatest Show Skier in History by Water Ski Magazine. All those hours of practice in the intense sun resulted in something else... advanced malignant melanoma and a prognosis of just months to live. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Dr. Mark Albertini and the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center. They literally gave me a second chance. Here I am 17 years and 15 surgical procedures later. In that time I have done over 100 Triathlons and ridden RAGBRAI 5 times.

I beat cancer because of my faith, a healthy diet, exercise, positive attitude, proper treatment and support from my wife Sharon and my countless friends. Cancer is a very tough enemy but it can be defeated. I am absolutely positive that Bill will be a winner in his fight.

Scott Peterson

Scott’s mother and sister died of cancer and his dad is in the battle.

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Educate yourself about the Food you Eat and Water you Drink

Eating genetically modified (GM) food could give you cancer. That is the stark warning today from one of Scotland's leading experts in tissue diseases.

Dr Stanley Ewen, a consultant histopathologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, says that a cauliflower virus used in GM foods could increase the risk of stomach and colon cancers.

He is calling for the health of people who live near the farm-scale GM crop trials in Aberdeenshire, Ross-shire and Fife to be monitored. Their food and water will be contaminated by GM material, he said, which could hasten the growth of malignant tumors.

'I don't want to be scare-mongering, I want to be understated,' Ewen told the Sunday Herald. 'But I'm very concerned that people who rely on local produce might be endangering themselves.'

The government, backed by its scientific advisors, has always insisted the GM trials pose no risk to human health or the environment. Never theless, the trials have provoked widespread opposition, with dozens of protesters arrested for damaging GM crops.

Ewen's warning, which has been delivered to the Scottish Parliament's Health and Community Care Committee, is bound to be seized on by critics . The committee is just completing an investigation into the safety of GM food and is hoping to report its findings this week.

Ewen, who has 29 years' experience as a histopathologist, is currently leading a pilot project in Grampian to screen people for colon cancer. In 1999, along with Dr Arpad Pusztai, a former researcher at Aberdeen's Rowett Institute, he published a study suggesting that GM potatoes harm rats.

In his submission to the health committee, Ewen expressed 'great concern' about the use of the cauliflower mosaic virus as a 'promoter' in GM foods. The virus is used like a tiny engine to drive implanted genes to express themselves.

But Ewen pointed out that the virus is infectious, and could act as a 'growth factor' in the stomach or colon, encouraging the growth of polyps. The faster and bigger polyps grow, the more likely they are to be malignant, he added.

There are also risks in feeding GM products like maize to cattle, he cautioned.

'It is possible cows' milk will contain GM derivatives that can be directly ingested by humans as milk or cheese. Even a lightly cooked, thick fillet steak could contain active GM material.'

GM material can be destroyed by cooking or boiling for 10 minutes, and it can be broken down by the acids and enzymes in the stomach. But Ewen is worried that genes in uncooked GM fruit and vegetables could survive common stomach infections.

'It is possible GM DNA could affect stomach and colonic lining by causing a growth factor effect with the unproven possibility of hastening cancer formation in those organs,' he stated.

Ewen stressed that he is not opposed to all GM technology, which he believes could have real benefits, particularly in medicine. But he is sufficiently alarmed by the current use of the technology to urge the health committee to call for a ban on GM crop trials while their safety is tested on animals.

Doctors from the British Medical Association have also suggested a GM ban to the committee because of the unknown effects on health. The committee's investigation was prompted by a petition of 6000 signatures gathered by protesters who maintained a vigil at a GM trial site at Munlochy in Ross-shire.

'What is most worrying about Dr Ewen's evidence is that while his concerns are disease-specific, the risks extend to a wide range of GM food crops,' said Jo Hunt, director of the lobby group Highlands and Islands GM Concern.

'The effects are caused not by just one 'bad' DNA fragment, but are a result of the reaction of plant cells to genetic engineering itself. All the major GM food plants currently produced could have the same effect when eaten.'

Hunt argued that long-term research was needed to establish whether GM food was safe. 'But instead of looking at the impact of GM food on people's health, the Scottish Executive has spent over £5 million on farm-scale trials to see how growing GM crops on Scottish farms will affect butterflies and weeds. The Executive has already released GM at 11 sites and is considering allowing GM to be released anywhere in the country from 2004, before it knows whether GM food is safe to eat.'

The Executive also came under fire from the Scottish National Party's shadow environment minister, Bruce Crawford, who demanded a freeze on GM crops trials. 'We cannot allow GM material to enter the food chain until there are absolute guarantees that there are no risks,' he said.

He pointed out that, in a recent letter, the environment minister, Ross Finnie, had admitted to him that plants around GM crops could become contaminated . Finnie added, however, that the government's advice was 'unanimous in its conclusion that GM crops that have approval do not pose a safety threat.'

Ewen's evidence to the health committee is backed up by a separate submission from Arpad Pusztai, who now works as an independent consultant. He warned that GM contamination could jeopardise human health and cause irreversible environmental damage.

'We need to rethink the whole strategy of genetic engineering,' Pusztai said. 'Because of its potential importance for, and effect on, mankind, it should not be left to the decision of a few multinational companies.'