Spike in Gluten Intolerance Linked to GMOs
As Jeffery Smith explains in his new documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, the method by which GMOs “reduce the need for pesticides” (which we now know is a lie), is wrecking havoc on our digestive tracts, making it nearly impossible to digest proteins such as gluten. Natural News recently wrote a nice summation of the documentary:
Gluten intolerance has reached epidemic proportions — a staggering 40 percent of the U.S. population now suffers from it in one form or another. Celiac disease alone strikes one in every 133 Americans. Taking into account the fact that gluten sensitivity has risen sharply over the last 20 years, researchers and food safety advocates are looking at the role GMOs play in this this dramatic spike.
The dynamics of food intolerance
When a person has a sensitivity, the body believes the ingested food is an ‘invader’ and embarks on a mission to destroy the irritating substance. Unfortunately, the microvilli in the small intestine are harmed in the attack and leaky gut syndrome develops. Because of this damage, the gut wall becomes overly permeable and molecules of food are inappropriately digested. These molecules then leach into the bloodstream and the body responds with inflammation. Food sensitivities and malabsorption issues soon follow. This sets the stage for a spectrum of disease from autism to irritable bowel syndrome to cancer.
Compromised gut lining linked with GMOs
Gluten is notoriously difficult to digest even under the best of circumstances. Because of this, it is a prime candidate for triggering a food intolerance — especially when the intestinal wall has been compromised. While genetically modified wheat, rye and barley have yet to make an appearance in the marketplace, several other GM crops may be responsible for the dramatic rise in gluten intolerance. Jeffrey Smith’s documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives reveals how GMOs destroy the digestive tract of mammals. Smith believes that the Bt toxin found in genetically modified food actually creates holes in the gut lining, leading to leaky gut syndrome. This may explain why gluten intolerance has become prevalent since GMOs were introduced into the food supply.
Article updated on: November 13th, 2012