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A Scary Side Effect of Eating GMO Foods

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While the long term health consequences of consuming genetically modified foods are not yet known, scientists do know one thing. Consuming genetically modified plant DNA leads to the development of “GMO” microorganisms, which reproduce continuously inside the human body. And as the Alliance for Natural Health reports, the implications could be deadly. It’s time to tell the USDA we won’t stand for more GMOs!


This article is republished with permission from the Alliance for Natural Health USA, May 31, 2011. Go straight to the source.


GE organisms actually become part of the bacteria in our digestive tracts and reproduce continuously inside us. But the USDA now wants to to remove all controls from GE corn and cotton! A new Action Alert.

There are no human clinical trials of genetically engineered foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that genetic material inserted into GE soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. Even after we stop eating GE foods, we may still have the GE proteins produced continuously inside us.

As the Institute for Responsible Technology has noted, the genetic engineering process creates massive collateral damage, causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout the plant’s DNA. Natural genes can be deleted or permanently turned on or off, and hundreds may change their behavior. Even the inserted gene can be damaged or rearranged, and may create proteins that can trigger allergies or promote disease.

The idea of having genetically engineered genes permanently living inside our guts has staggering implications:

  • If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create antibiotic-resistant diseases.
  • Bt toxins (Bacillus thuringiensis) inserted into GM food crops to kill pests are reaching the bloodstreams of 93% of women and 80% of unborn babies because of the consumption of meat, milk, and eggs from livestock fed GE corn. This could turn bacteria in our intestines into pesticide factories.
  • Animal studies show that DNA in food can travel into organs throughout the body, even into the fetus.

And we’ve seen cross-species transfer of DNA happen before. A significant percentage of human DNA is actually viral DNA that became part of us over 40 million years ago. There is concern that virally transmitted DNA may cause mutations and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. GE organisms may exacerbate this phenomenon.

Genetically engineered food genes transferring to our own genes could lead to problems like leaky gut syndrome:

  • Our small intestine, which is responsible for about 70% of our immune system, behaves like a selective sieve: it lets only nutrients and well-digested fats, proteins, and starches enter the bloodstream and keeps out large molecules, microbes, and toxins.
  • Leaky gut syndrome happens when the intestinal lining becomes inflamed, and the microvilli on the lining become damaged; this prevents the microvilli from absorbing nutrients and producing necessary enzymes and secretions for healthy digestion and absorption.
  • In between cells are desmosomes, which keep the cells together, forming a strong structure preventing large molecules from passing through. When an area becomes inflamed, the structure is weakened, allowing larger molecules to escape. The makes the immune system produce antibodies and cytokines to fight off molecules because they are perceived as antigens.

Allergies have already skyrocketed in the US, and with the introduction of GE soy in the UK, soy related allergies rose to 50%. Yet federal agencies turn a blind eye to the dangers of genetic engineering.

In 1989 there was a tragic outbreak of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS), an incredibly painful disease. The outbreak was traced to consumption of l-tryptophan supplements produced by a Japanese company using genetically engineered bacteria. The bacteria are used to increase yields, but they increase impurities during the fermentation process—possibly leading to a level of contaminants that caused the EMS.

To this day, the government has refused to address the issue of purity standards for GE-manufactured products. Instead, federal agencies and biotech companies claimed that contaminants linked to the EMS tragedy were caused by changes in the company’s manufacturing process — despite the fact that the company was precisely following the purity standards enforced by government rules.

The EMS was rare and had a fast enough onset that the case histories of the patients could be linked to this supplement, and it was also acute enough that doctors took notice. There is a very clear causal link between EMS and these genetically engineered organisms.

The effects of other genetically modified products may not be as obvious so quickly, but can be even more devastating; as we have reported previously, GMOs are causing terrible genetic changes in mammal offspring. Scientists are seeing birth defects, high infant mortality rates, and sterility in hamsters, rats, and livestock fed GMO soy and corn, and some hamster pups even begin growing hair inside their mouths.

The late George Wald, Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology in 1967 and Higgins Professor of Biology at Harvard University, was one of the first scientists to speak out about the potential dangers of genetic engineering:

Recombinant DNA technology [genetic engineering] faces our society with problems unprecedented, not only in the history of science, but of life on the Earth….Now whole new proteins will be transposed overnight into wholly new associations, with consequences no one can foretell, either for the host organism or their neighbors….For going ahead in this direction may not only be unwise but dangerous. Potentially, it could breed new animal and plant diseases, new sources of cancer, novel epidemics.[1]

The USDA has released two Environmental Assessment reports, one for Monsanto’s corn genetically engineered to be drought-tolerant, and the other for Syngenta Biotechnology’s cotton genetically engineered to be pest-resistant. USDA believes the cotton is “unlikely to pose a plant pest risk”; for the corn, the agency is considering either keeping the corn under regulation, or assigning it nonregulated status (banning it altogether is off the table). The comment period for both EAs is open until July 11.

Please take action today! Tell the USDA that the corn and cotton must not be deregulated — that without strict controls, GE crops will encroach on non-GE crops, contaminating them, including organic crops — which will, of course, render them non-organic.

The GE corn is especially dangerous because it is for human consumption. As noted above, GE genes from foods can affect the bacteria from our digestive system, and can lead to allergies, disease and even sterility.

GMOs are causing terrible genetic changes in mammal offspring. Scientists are seeing birth defects, high infant mortality rates, and sterility in hamsters, rats, and livestock fed GMO soy and corn, and some hamster pups even begin growing hair inside their mouths.


TO SEND YOUR MESSAGE TO USDA

Click THIS LINK to go to the Action Alert page for GE corn. Click THIS LINK to go to the Action Alert page for GE cotton.

Once there, fill out the form with your name and address, etc., and customize your letter. We have a suggested message for you, but please feel free to add your own comments to the letter.


This article is republished with permission from the Alliance for Natural Health USA, May 31, 2011. Go straight to the source.



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    Ugh, I hate Twitter, it renders comment sections as useless as the FDA. 

  7. Jmc9193 on June 7, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    please don’t let the corn go into deregulated status

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  10. Meg9999 on June 7, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Does anyone proofread anymore.  When I read an article and there is a misspelling in the first sentence, I lose all respect for the author…it’s really hard to gone on.

    • Anonymous on June 7, 2011 at 11:49 PM

      moron….. You just read past it……

    • Live in the Now on June 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      Thanks. Typo corrected.

    • Anonymous on June 9, 2011 at 10:47 AM

      “Its really hard to gone on,” nice proof reading, meg.

  11. Anonymous on June 7, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    It’s criminal what these Fascist Food corporations like Monsanto are doing to us to make a buck. I suspect that they are trying to either kill us or make us very sick so we are dependent on them.

    • windsofchange on June 9, 2011 at 5:22 AM

       God’s world  has a natural  sequence  ” Fibonacci” , monsanto is trying to take over the world with their finger print……. 

       the elite against their own creator and soon were all going to  witness who the winner is ..  :)

  12. Sirreal1 on June 8, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    While serving time in prison for attempted genocide (awaiting execution) traitors to humanity should be fed all the MGO crap built by Monstersanto ard be sickened as we are.  Justice is perfect when it is equal.

  13. Karen on June 8, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Oh my……..I didn’t read anything in the article about cottonseed oil being in so many snack foods. I quit eating any cottonseed oil ever since 1987 when I lived in Phoenix. There was a picture on the front page of the newspaper showing the hummingbird moth larva (ie catarpillars) leaving the cotton fields when the crop was sprayed.  The spray made  the leaves fall off so the cotton was easier for a machine to pick.

  14. Craigmccloy on June 9, 2011 at 4:52 AM

    I have yet to see a peer reviewed study back up any of the claims made in this article.

    • Justine on August 20, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      And I’ve yet to see any peer reviewed study to back up the claims that GMOs are harmless

  15. BK on June 9, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Eating food nowadays, it is not enough to only eat healthy, we have to know where our food are coming from and how they are being produced. And most importantly, we must be ready to stand up and defense what we do not want for example GMO food; not only for ourselves but also for our children.

  16. Anonymous on June 9, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    Ask the starving people of Africa if they care where their food comes from. I don’t think they do (I could be wrong, but everything I have read about hunger says that if you are really hungry, you’ll eat anything even if you don’t like it all that much). We have the luxury of being picky and choosing what kind of food to consume, not everyone does. Would you prefer to continue to see those people starve to death daily or feed them some lab grown food? With food being used as fuel (which I don’t necessarily completely disagree with), world population climbing, food prices soaring, crops being destroyed by natural disasters (which could be cause at least in part by climate change) the world can not continue to sustain the whole population on bio and organic foods alone. So it’s either let the people that can’t afford food to starve and die so all us rich folk can say “well at least we stopped those high and mighty genetic engineers from playing God” or we can continue work to find better and more efficient means of food production.  As for this article, corn exists because of genetic engineering, cross breeding and selecting seeds carefully for next years crop in the early times. And I don’t eat cotton but I certainly wear it. I’d like to see what exactly they want to deregulate I can’t imagine it’s a free-for-all “hey GM labs, make anything you want and we’ll give it to farmers for planting” I know no one trusts the government, but they’re not THAT stupid!

    • Anonymous on June 9, 2011 at 12:28 PM

      Actually, corn itself is not a result of “genetic engineering,” but selective breeding.  Breeding and genetic engineering are two separate methods, one natural, the other requiring high technology.  With the former, you breed corn with corn to get…. corn.  With the latter, you can breed corn with anything, like the Bacillus thuringinesis (‘Bt’) bacteria, to produce a corn that produces its own insecticide, which our bodies have never seen before.  Is this good for us to eat? No one really knows, and I am not going to participate in this uncontrolled, biological experiment.

      • evry_1s_a_skeptic on March 27, 2012 at 8:33 AM

        Humans didn’t evolve to eat bread, grain, or legumes either. But we eat these. Also early humans had a larger portion of their digestive tract devoted to digesting raw meat, this is now disappearing. Humans evolve to adapt to their environment. Once corn and grain were developed into food it allowed the population to explode each time. I won’t disagree that maybe we have reached the limits of population. But who will die? Who will not breed? Will it be you? Will it be anyone on this forum? No, we’re all removed from the slums of India and Rio. We all have a glass of fresh water next to our computer, electricity, and a fridge. I think the people actually starving should make the decision about whether or not they will eat a specific food. It’s like having a huge tank of fresh water all to yourself on a life raft in the middle of the ocean then telling the guy that doesn’t have one “hey, you know, you shouldn’t drink salt water”

        And I don’t care about the “it’s not about feeding the world it’s about profits/control/insert conspiracy theory of choice here”. I do not believe in purely altruistic means. If you donate money to charity, why are you doing it? To make YOURSELF feel good? To get a tax break? Either way it is for you.

    • Willy on June 13, 2011 at 1:58 AM

      Picky? Done mess with Gods food!! Period

      • Anonymous on June 13, 2011 at 9:04 AM

        I don’t want to mess with God’s food. God, like any one that has free will, can choose what he or she wants to eat. I personally believe God gets his/her sustenance from other means. My opinion is only that we shouldn’t push our first world values on cultures and economies that can’t afford to be as picky as we can. 

    • awareness on March 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      They are not stupid. It’s all quit clever actually in a very sick minded way. Look up that monsanto doesn’t serve their own garbage in their own cafeterias. Look up protected orgsnic gardens for people like bill gates and the queen of england. They are not stupid. They wont touch the stuff with a 10 foot pole. Its money and control, thats it. Three generations down the road when we are all mutating and all the seed is contaminated, then they can sell us surgery and kimo and drugs to fix it. They are so very clever. No one thinks they are stupid unless they are really not paying attention.

      • Awareness on March 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        Look up monsantos history. They are a chemical wepons government contractor. Nothing has changed. They still are.

    • Jeannot on March 27, 2012 at 7:30 AM

      GMO food is not about feeding more people! GET IT! It is about CONTROL – of your food source and about economics – about who’s pocket you are lining when you buy or become sick from GMO. It is about population control and reducing it while they profit in the course of inevitable events that will and are unfolding. I live in Africa. The soil is fertile and if they would manage it properly they could be feeding their masses. Africa is badly managed and raped, quite often by it’s own leaders who car nothing for their own people.

    • Jeannot on March 27, 2012 at 7:40 AM

      and YES, Africans ARE PICKY about what they eat. They are a very intelligent people and proud and in touch with EARTH and VALUES and even godly in principals. They have not been corrupt by the worldly ethics of Western culture. Off course if ‘they do not know what they eat’ then . . . 

      • evry_1s_a_skeptic on March 27, 2012 at 8:07 AM

        Wow, I do not think that the people of Africa are valueless, godless or stupid. I simply think that SOME of them are starving and would like food. But if those that are actually STARVING, as in within days of DYING of hunger would turn up their nose at a GM turnip then maybe all the people of Africa that don’t want control of their people, that have things like internet, food, fresh water, electricity and education (often foreign I’m led to believe), and are literate in languages of the world, such as Chinese and English, maybe all these types should ban together and lobby their politicians to send the food shipments from around the world back where they came from. This would show the people of Aftrica that they can not be CONTROLLED by anyone! This would show the people of Africa that Africans decide their own fate.

    • Justine on August 20, 2012 at 8:09 AM

      Starving people who live in food insecure regions might be momentarily grateful for a meal, but that does not mean they are so ignorant as to not care where their food comes from. Just which starving Africans does “Anonymous” refer to? The ones who are starving because their subsistence agriculture land and life style was forcibly taken from them so the oil beneath it could be exploited? Or the ones who bought into the idea of GM crops, only to find that without all the trappings of western infrastructure, that the new seeds would not yield anything near that of previous conventional crops, thus leaving farmer’s who owned their land so in debt that they lost everything?

  17. David Hall on June 9, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    “not yet know”? Alarmist pseudoscience nonsense, riddled with typos.

    • Anonymous on June 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      Actually, Bt Corn produces a toxin (insecticide), produced originally from a soil bacterium.  This toxin has supposedly been tested for mammalian safety, but who tested it?  This toxin, now free to travel in the air in the form of pollen may be having negative effects on bee populations and other insects.  Biology is a wonderfully complex system, and when you think you know everything about something, new and surprising interactions (environmental, ecological, and physiological) can show up anywhere.  Too bad that we are conducting this experiment on a worldwide scale.

      Monsanto and Dow have teamed up together to produce a “corn” with eight traits engineered into it, and they call it “SmartStax”.  Can this even be called “corn,” and it will likely be used for corn syrup and animal feed…. but who knows what even one of these great “traits” can do.  I guess we’ll find out.

  18. Plantiful on June 9, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    The powerful GM food lobbyists will prevent anything from being discussed in D.C.- the lobbyists and corporations own your politicians.

    The only voice that matters in this country is the voice of the dollar: keep buying the cheap GMO food, and that is what they will make.  Real food (non-GMO) does cost more money, but that is the real cost of real food.  With economy of scale (more people buying it), the costs will come down.  The issue here, is that people like to spend money buying the coolest electronic gadget or other junk, while buying some fast food somewhere.

    Spend your money on Real Food, which can be identified by:
    * ‘USDA Organic’ labels,
    * Organic Certified by 3rd part (Oregon Tith, etc….),
    * Meats with terms Pastured, grass-fed and finished, wild. (‘free range’ is meaningless, and ‘organic’ only means that the animal was fed with their unnatural but organic grain whereas they should be eating grass)
    * produce with a 5-digit PLU Code beginning with a ‘9’,
    * talk to your local farmers to see how they are producing their food, and they can be found at
    farmers’ markets and localharvest.org and eatwild.com as a start.

    If you buy junk, they will make more of it and cheaper.
    If you buy Real Food, they will make more of it and cheaper.

  19. Vjhv on June 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    It’s all propaganda.

  20. Jeff on June 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Go TO: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/commonwealth-club-radio-program/id113721208

    and listen to
    Anna Lappe: Diet for a Hot Planet (5/18/11)

    What an eye opener! 

  21. Mags on June 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Do GM food cause weight gain??

  22. Bruce Miller on June 14, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    What does China, India, Asia, do? Does anybody know? How cum, over the millenia, the best agricultural practices gained are poo poo-ed by this most recent, post-WWII even, American phenomonen, the Coca-Cola Corpocracy? Their terrible, faulty reactor designs even in Japan, today, shower humanity with plutonium, a known, long lived, humanocide. The astounding force of the Atom bomb, used first in war, on humans in Nagasaki, Heroshima. Why, in the 70’s when they  had discovered Thorium fueled reactors, with little and benign waste product, and no plutonium production what-so-ever, and huge amounts of heat made available, even from a readily abundant fuel, Thorium, did they go ahead and build Humanocidal, Uranium fed, bomb producing, plutonium producing, reactor plants?  liken to GMO’s? Not the only crime against humanity? no human responsible for this? Only mindless, law directed, ‘following orders’ corporate executives, their obedient, mindless underlings, chastened by weak ‘whistle blowers lasws, even farcical laws? Sociopathic personalities, that cannot be killed, have no life, other than the directives given at board meetings? Meetings guarenteed by law, at all costs, even before God and country to protect shareholder’s money? First, and foremost? Above very human life itself? This is the new Coca-Cola Corpocracy? Monsanto, a legal sociopathic personality with all the rights given a human being, soon, even a vote, and now the right to lobby, even finance potential politicians, buy them, pay for them? All, protected under corporate law, All, ROI (Return On Investment) driven? no concious, no soul to lose, no blood to let, no life, except for the demands of the greedy, uncaring and sometimes even lifeless shareholders, numbered coumpanies, with legal mandates for highest ROI possible? GMO’s,created since WWII only! Iraq, a civilization as old as mankind itself – destroyed! Immolated! All by the same Coca-Cola Corpocracy, in the name of freedom? Democracy? But also for Oil, ROI, riches? Warps my logic, twists my Christian taught soul. Recent American minstrels sing of these things, sometimes I think I really understand, sometimes not.

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  26. natalie on January 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    wow,just bought an organic loaf of bread. label said contins no gmo’s. I havent heard of them before,looked it up,and now im feeling like if its that bad,and hamster pups r growing hair in their mouths,and we can possibly have all these other digestive problems,and sterility,and all of these birth defects,WTF! do i live in a cave??? is anything good for us,or should we all just smoke crack,and drink while pregnant, it seems to have less birth defects then what ive just read up on!!!!!!!!!!!

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