Genetically Modified Foods

2 05 2010

On May 19th, 2009, the The American Academy Of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) sent out a press advisory calling for Immediate Moratorium On Genetically Modified Foods” and for physicians to “educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible, and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.” They also advised that physicians should “consider the role of GM foods in their patients’ disease processes.” Former AAEM President Dr. Jennifer Armstrong says,
“Physicians are probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to ask the right questions.” Renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava also believes that GMOs are a major contributor to the deteriorating health in America.

In their position paper, the AAEM states that several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM foods, including:

-Immune problems
-Accelerated aging
-Insulin regulation
-Changes in major organs
-Gastrointestinal changes and problems

The AAEM concludes,
There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation, as defined by recognized scientific criteria. The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”

GM foods are particularly dangerous for pregnant moms and children. After GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died—compared to 10 percent deaths among controls fed natural soy. GM-fed babies were smaller, and possibly infertile. About two dozen US farmers said thousands of pigs became sterile from certain GM corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies; others gave birth to bags of water. Cows and bulls also became infertile. In the US, incidence of low birth weight babies, infertility, and infant mortality are all escalating.

For an in-depth education on the many dangers of GM foods, I highly recommend reading Jeffrey Smith’s books, ‘Seeds of Deception’ and ‘Genetic Roulette’. Smith documents at least 65 serious health risks from GM products of all kinds, including:

-Offspring of rats fed GM soy show a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce.

-Male mice fed GM soy have damaged young sperm cells.

-The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice have altered DNA functioning.

-Several US farmers have reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn varieties.

-Investigators in India have documented fertility problems, abortions, premature births, and other serious health issues, including deaths, among buffaloes fed GM cottonseed products.

-Animals fed GM foods have developed bleeding stomachs, potentially precancerous cell growth, damaged organs and immune systems, kidney inflammation, problems with blood and liver cells, and unexplained deaths.

-Soy allergies have skyrocketed after the introduction of GM soy.

-Genes from GM crops transfer to human gut bacteria, which might transform your intestinal flora into a “living pesticide factory”.

No one knows the full extent of what happens to the end product when you splice in new genes, and then eat that product for several generations. The only thing that is guaranteed is that it will create surprise side effects.

However, according to Smith’s research, what we do know is that between 1994 and 2001 — the same time that GMO’s flooded the market – food related illnesses DOUBLED.

GMO foods can be:


It may also create brand new diseases that we’ve never seen before, in addition to spurring on the disease rate of some we already have, such as cancer.

4 main ways to avoid GM foods:

-Buy organic
-Only buy products that carry a Non-GMO label
-Only buy products listed in the non-GMO shopping guide

Avoid products that contain these at-risk ingredients:


The offspring of these products include items such as maltodextrin, soy lecithin, and high fructose corn syrup.

As for fresh produce, you’ll want to avoid some varieties of zucchini, crookneck squash, and papayas from Hawaii, as these are mainly GM.

Other common GM-containing foods to avoid include:

-Milk containing rbGH
-Rennet (containing genetically modified enzymes) used to make hard cheeses
-Aspartame (NutraSweet)

Avoiding GM products in your diet means avoiding all of the foods and ingredients mentioned above, or choosing organic versions of them.

If your diet consists largely of processed foods, you can be sure you’re eating about 70 percent GM foods, as the ingredients listed above (particularly corn and soy) are in a vast majority of all processed food products!

Non-GMO Shopping Guide

To hear the rest of the interview click here.

Many are under the flawed assumption that genetic engineering is a very precise, refined science.

Not so, explains Smith.

… in order to understand the risks associated with GMOs, I’m going to back up and talk about the process of creating a genetically modified organism because if we understand that, then a whole host of things that can go wrong all of a sudden become clear.

… The biotech industry gives you this impression that it’s a very clean process. We just take a gene from a species and carefully splice it into another, and the only thing that’s different is it’s producing some new beneficial protein to produces some trait.

This is far from the truth.

What they do is – let’s say you want to create a corn plant that produces a pesticide. So you go to the soil bacterium called BT for “Bacillus thuringiensis” and you change it so it’s more toxic, and you make millions of copies of the gene.

You actually put a piece of a virus there which turns it on, it’s called the promoter. It’s the “on” switch that turns this gene on, 24/7, around the clock.

You make millions of copies and you put it in a gun and you shoot that gun into a plate of millions of cells, hoping that some of the genes make it into the DNA of some of those cells. Then you clone those cells into plants.

Now the process of insertion and cloning causes massive collateral damage in the DNA that could have higher levels, and do have higher levels, of allergens and toxins.

… Anti-nutrients of soybeans that are genetically engineered have as much as seven times higher the amount of a known allergen cold trypsin inhibitor when compared to non-GM soy, in their cooked state.

There is a new allergen in genetically modified corn. There is a new anti-nutrient in the [GM] soy which blocks the absorption of nutrients.

They don’t look for these things. These are found after they’re on the market by some few of the independent researchers that are doing their work.

Sean Croxton of interviews Jeffrey Smith on his radio show,

Jeffrey Smith talks about the health dangers of genetically modified foods.

Jeffrey Smith has written two books about the significant danger genetically modified (GM) foods pose to your health, and the health of the entire planet. His first book, ‘Seeds of Deception‘, is the world’s bestselling book on the topic. His second, ‘Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods‘, provides overwhelming evidence that GMOs are unsafe and should never have been introduced.

He’s also the executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, whose Campaign for Healthier Eating in America is designed to create the tipping point of consumer rejection of GMOs, forcing them out of our food supply. As a major force riling against GM foods, Smith is responsible for limiting the spread of GM crops in the US, just like others have successfully done in Europe.

In addition to his books he has also created two videos: ‘Hidden Dangers in Kids’ Meals‘, and ‘Your Milk on Drugs, Just Say No‘.

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