Health Concerns with Genetically Engineered (or GMO) Foods

In the late 1990’s I was diagnosed with a plethora of health issues, from allergies, asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome  (IBS), severe hormonal imbalances and depression plus ongoing bouts with flu, sinus infections, etc.
Ironically in the 1990’s, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) or Genetically Engineered foods were introduced to the public.

Genetic engineering (GE) is where scientists take genes from bacteria, viruses or other sources and inject them in the DNA of a plant. A plant that humans would consume. 80-90% of soy, corn, canola and sugar beets produced are GE and these are found in 75% of our food supply. Another concern in our food system is the level of herbicides, some of which are being injected in the seeds of our food. Glyphosate is the chemical constituent of Roundup and used in conjunction with GE crops. The Cornucopia Institute concluded a study finding glyphosate “exerted proliferative effects in human hormone-dependent breast cancer”.

According to World Health Organization, GMOs are “probably carcinogenic to humans”. Furthermore, studies were conducted and published in 2012 led by French Molecular Biologist, Gilles-Eric Saralini, as one of many scientists concerned over GE crops.  Rodents tested consumed a diet of GE/GMO food and from the research it included data such as:

–tumors

Research from French Biologist Gilles-Eric Seralini

Research from French Biologist Gilles-Eric Seralini

— inability to reproduce by the 3rd generation
— immune system responses & toxicity
–stomach lining showed excessive cell growth, this can correlate to cancer
–organ lesions, altered liver & pancreas cells, and changed enzyme levels

As a Naturopath and a Digestive Health Specialist, the change in enzyme levels resonated with me. Enzymes are vital to life specifically to digestion, assimilation and thus a strong immune system. A strong immune system prevents chronic disease such as cancer.

According to Dr. Don Huber, professor of plant pathology at Purdue, glyphosate draws the vital nutrients out of living things. It removes the nutritional value from GM foods. Therefore, I don’t think it was a coincidence when I removed GE/GMO along with glyphosate inundated foods from my diet, that every health issue went away.

For the past 15 years I’ve maintained a predominantly whole, clean diet and shared this concept with others to see them experience the same. To show you a visual of this from one of my client’s, see the before and after of Jane’s legs.  Jane was eating a conventional GE/GMO glyphosate diet when we met. Four months later, her legs are healed.
Although this may be a minor inconvenience, it could have developed into a major chronic illness.Janes Legs B4 11-25-14 Janes Legs after 4-2015

What do you think, coincidences or correlations? I would love to hear your experience with GE/GMO foods.

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