ARE GM FOODS KILLING US?

 

GM or Genetically Modified foods make up 70% of the foods in the USA today. This is alarming given the high risks involved in this untested technology. The rates of childhood and adult diseases have skyrocketed and health care costs along with them.  

 

There are 3 types of GM that can occur to foods:

1. BT Toxin (corn, soy, cotton). These crops are genetically engineered to have a built-in toxic pesticide and to constantly produce it at all times. 

When bugs try to eat this GMO crop, their stomachs explode and they die. These crops are REGISTERED as pesticides with the EPA, and we are literally eating them on our dinner plates.

 

2. Roundup Ready. The crop has been genetically engineered to withstand “Roundup,” which is an herbicide. We can spray them with all the herbicide we want (5 billion pounds a year), and the crops just won’t die. Unfortunately, everything else around it dies. The worms, the bugs, all the nutrient-rich weeds, the good bacteria in the soil, etc. It soaks into the plant and does NOT wash off. The problem with that is that there’s a chemical in Roundup called “glyphosate,” which DESTROYS our gut bacteria. 70% of our immune system is there. Without that gut bacteria, our bodies don’t produce tryptophan. Without tryptophan, our bodies don’t produce serotonin. Without serotonin, our bodies can’t regulate blood sugar. Diabetes costs the US government $279 billion dollars a year. Just to put that in perspective, $514 billion is what is spent on ALL of our health issues combined, including cancer. The projection is that in 13 years there will not be money for any other healthcare at all, except for diabetes. We will not have a health care system.

 

3. Desired trait. They inject this desired trait, but the problem is that it has two promoters on either end of it. These promoters’ jobs are to wake genes up. These promoters could be waking genes up in our children’s bodies. We all have latent cancer genes… or maybe even rare diseases that are never meant to wake up. But with these promoters, who knows what’s happening? There’s been no testing. Interesting that, all of a sudden, cancer is the number one killer of our children? 

 

Effects of GMO

Scientists and doctors have risked their lives to go public with their findings because of corruption and GM foods are in fact very dangerous to human health. 

 

According to “Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition,” studies with GM foods indicate, “they may cause hepatic, pancreatic, renal, and reproductive effects and may alter hematological [blood], biochemical, and immunologic parameters” (Dona, 2009). 

 

Mice fed GM soy over 24 months showed more acute signs of aging in the liver than the control group (Vecchio, 2004). Rabbits fed GM soy showed enzyme function disturbances in the kidneys and heart (Tudisco, 2006). 

Female rats fed GM soy showed changes in uterus and ovaries compared with controls fed organic non-GM soy or no soy at all (Brasil, 2009). Old and young mice alike fed GM corn showed significant disturbance in immune system cells and biochemical activity (Malatesta, 2008). 

 

A review of 19 studies (including the corporations’ own studies) on mammals fed GM soy and corn (that are already in our food) found consistent toxic effects on the liver and kidneys (de Vendomois, 2009). Such effects are very similar to the markers of chronic disease. 

Although most of the studies completed were performed on animals, human studies have begun to take place. In one study, humans were fed a single GM soybean meal. GM DNA survived intestinal processing and this foreign DNA was detected in the digestive tract (Netherwood, 2004). 

Horrifyingly, the GM DNA transferred to humans’ gut bacterium and changed their DNA, causing it to mutate. 

 

In another study on humans, subjects showed an immune response to GM soy but not to non-GM soy (Heritage, 2004).

 

Epidemiological studies show that cases of allergies and sensitivities, antibiotic resistance, diabetes, autism, beahvioural disorders, learning disorders, ADD/ADHD, heart disease and cancer have been on the sharp rise since the event of GMO foods. 

 

What to do?

Buy organic to be sure you are not consuming GMO foods. If you can not afford to buy fully organic, rid your house of products containing soy, corn, sugar beets, alfalfa, cotton (peanut butter, cookies, crackers), aspartamne, wheat/gluten, and dairy. 

 

Vicki Witt

Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Coach, Certified LEAP allergy therapist, Reiki Master

BS (Nutr & Food Sci) PG Dip Clin Nutr RNutr

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