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Tuseday, June 12th, 2012:
Must-Avoid Foods: Linking GMO to Toxicity and Disease
GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) have been found to:
- Generate intestinal damage.
- Create food allergies, a sign of immune system dysfunction.
- Change reproductive function in both men and women, including sterility.
- Lead to increased infant mortality.
What Is a GMO?
A genetically modified organism is something that was developed in a laboratory setting. When creating a GMO, the genetic material from one species is forced into the DNA of an unrelated plant or animal.
This unnatural genetic swapping takes place between bacteria, viruses, insects, animals, and human beings.
In agriculture, there are two types of GM crops:
- Herbicide tolerant
- Self-generating insecticide
The herbicide tolerant variety is designed to survive high doses of toxic weed killers. Such toxic weed killers are themselves linked to a string of health disorders like birth defects, cancer, and hormone disruption. When used on highly resistant crops, some of these toxins end up in our food.
Other GM foods are designed to produce their own insecticide in each and every cell. An example of this is BT-toxin.
BT-toxin is an insecticide that breaks open the stomachs of insects in order to kill them. It has been reported that BT-toxin can also break the wall of human cells.
According to one study, BT-toxin from genetically modified corn was found in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and 80% of their unborn fetuses. (1)
Genetically modified food generates a deep toxicity within the body.
It has been found that the genetic information inserted into GM soy actually has the ability to transfer into the bacteria that make up our inner ecosystem.
When we eat something that is artificially encoded with an antibiotic or with a gene that produces BT-toxin, our intestinal bacteria can pick up this information - contributing to antibiotic resistance and to chronic poor health.
Once this happens, the genetic information continues to play out its message. In the case of GM crops like soy, this message is often destructive. Bacteria that have adapted to this new genetic information can continue to broadcast it, even when our diets have changed and when we stop eating GM foods.
The GMO-Disease Connection
GM foods play a significant role in the development of many of America’s most common diseases, causing mild symptoms and affecting the body long-term. GM foods are imperceptible, making them a silent killer in the food industry.
Research gathered by a physicians’ group called the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) reports that lab animals fed GMOs suffered from signs of:
- Premature aging
- Reproductive disorders
- Immune imbalance
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Organ damage
- Insulin and cholesterol disorders
Now more than ever, medical organizations like the AAEM are telling us to stop eating GMOs.
Plants are not the only GM foods that have been linked to disease.
Some dairy farms in the United States still inject their cows with something called bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST). Bovine growth hormone is an artificial hormone that was first developed by the agricultural biotech corporation Monsanto.
Genetically engineered bovine growth hormone promotes milk production. It also produces high levels of a hormone called IGF-1 in milk, which is known to cause cancer.
The synthetic form of this hormone has been banned in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, and all European Union countries.
While diary farmers in the United States are still free to use bovine growth hormone, the American Public Health Association openly condemns the practice, and many products are now available rbST-free.
Choosing organic is important.
If we want to avoid GMOs in our diet, we must choose to eat organic foods, and we must do our best to avoid specific GM food crops, which may not be labeled.
GM food crops are:
- Canola (oil)
- Cottonseed (oil)
- Sugar from sugar beets
- Hawaiian papaya
- Alfalfa used for hay
- Some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash
- Some corn on the cob
When shopping, you may notice that fruits and vegetables have a little sticker on them with a four or five-digit number. This is the PLU code (price lookup code).
Contrary to what many believe, a PLU code does not verify whether or not a piece of produce is GMO. While a PLU code was created specifically for GM produce, it never caught on. The code is a five-digit number, starting with the number eight, and it is likely you have never come across one of these codes while shopping.
Therefore, Hawaiian papaya, some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash, and some corn on the cob are often GM - unless labeled otherwise.
Also, avoid items like vegetable oil, soy lecithin, and corn syrup. They are derived from GM foods and are found in over 70% of the food at the supermarket.
Non-GMO and organic food are essential to the Body Ecology Diet.
Choosing food that is non-GMO falls right in line with the Body Ecology principles of healing.
Fortunately, the communication and transfer of genetic information that happens between bacteria is an ongoing process. In other words, we may have the ability to re-educate our inner ecosystem by continually supplying beneficial microorganisms to the digestive tract.
The best way to populate the gastrointestinal tract with beneficial bugs? Eat fermented foods and drink probiotic beverages on a daily basis while incorporating the Body Ecology principles of balance and healing! And whenever possible, choose non-GMO and organic foods to protect your health.
What to Remember Most About This Article:
GMOs have been linked with intestinal and reproductive damage, food allergies, and even increased infant mortality! A GMO, or a genetically modified organism, was developed in a laboratory for agricultural purposes to help crops tolerate herbicides or work as a self-generating insecticide.
It should come as no surprise that genetically modified foods cause deep toxicity within the body. For instance, the genetic information found in GM soy can actually transfer to the bacteria into our inner ecosystem. GM foods have contributed to the development of many common diseases in the US, including premature aging, immune imbalances, gastrointestinal problems, organ damage, and more.
To protect your inner ecosystem, choose non-GMO, organic foods whenever possible. Keep in mind that many GM food crops may not be labeled, like corn, soy, Hawaiian papaya, some zucchini, and some corn on the cob. On top of that, make it a practice to eat fermented foods and drink probiotic beverages every day to populate your gut with friendly bacteria and heal your body from the inside out!
- A Aris, et al. Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. Reprod Toxicol. 2011 May;31(4):528-33. Epub 2011 Feb 18.
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