GMO (Genetically modified food) and its effects on the human body
GMO are genetically modified foods. Some people believe that some GMOs are not safe for human consumption. This question is a big debate for many as there are issues with unclear labeling, sensitivities, allergies and substances that should not be inside the body. This causes much confusion which has been going on for year, decades in fact since the whole process began. Below are just some of the foods that you will find are typically genetically modified for you to make up your own mind about how you feel about these substances.
GMO links to Disease
Morgellon’s disease is just one condition that causes symptoms such as crawling, stinging, and biting sensations. It can also cause threads or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin, granules, and lesions. It also has symptoms of fatigue, short term memory loss, mental confusion, joint pain and changes in vision. There has also been reports of substantial morbidity and social dysfunction. This has been reported to lead to people suffering lower productivity, job loss, total disability and even divorce issues due to their ill health.
Initially this condition was dismissed as fake but investigations found evidence that the disease was real and possible links to GMO (genetically modified) food. Yet despite the links this disease is still declared as having an unknown origin. There is no information regarding causes for the multiple symptoms.
One study conducted on fibre took samples from Morgellon’s patients. They discovered the fibre samples of all the patients looked remarkably similar. They however, did not seem to match any common environmental fibre. This fibre was then broken down and had its DNA extracted. They discovered that it belonged to a fungus. The fibres also contained Agrobacterium. This is a genus gram-negative bacterium. The bacteria have the ability to transform plant, animal and even human cells.
Other possible causes of ill health
GMO foods may also cause allergies, immune reactions, liver problems, sterility and in some cases perhaps death. Also, the genetic material in genetically modified food products can transfer into the DNA of intestinal bacteria and continue to thrive.
There are warnings that GMOs pose a serious threat to health. The introduction of GMOs is synonymous with a huge rise in chronic diseases and food allergies. Over 30 years ago a supplement called L-tryptophan killed 100 people and affected up to 10,000. GMO processes in production were found to be the cause. There were 3 things in common with the symptoms. All the patients experienced distinct, acute and fast symptoms. This is what helped identify the disease.
This is just a few examples of some of the illnesses that our modern society has from ‘unexplained’ causes. Since our food produces what happens in our bodies it is logical to believe and investigate how sound these GMO foods are for human consumption. Whilst it is a very noble cause to want to produce enough food to feed the whole world, if those foods are making people ill somehow then they are definitely not doing the job.
Some of the foods that have been affected by GMO
GMO tomatoes have a longer shelf life. This helps to stop them rotting and degrading too quickly. There have been tests done on these tomatoes and one test had test animals die within a few weeks after eating the genetically modified tomatoes. Reasons why of course required further investigation.
Rapeseed is a crop that was renamed canola. Rapeseed is non-edible but canola oil is used in food. Foods that are produced from rapeseed includes rapeseed oil, also known as canola oil. It’s also used to process cooking oil and margarine. Another food that is made from genetically modified rapeseed sometimes is honey.
Dairy products can also be genetically modified. This is because some cows in some countries tend to be injected with recombinant. This is a genetically modified bovine growth hormone. This hormone artificially forces cows to increase their milk production. The milk from these cows contains increased levels of IGF-1. This is insulin growth factors-1. Humans also have IGF-1 in their system. There are concerns the increased levels of IGF-1 in humans have a link to colon and breast cancer.
Corn, potatoes and rice
Corn has been genetically modified to create its own insecticide. Mice fed with GMO corn were discovered to have smaller offspring and fertility problems. Soy has also been genetically modified to resist herbicides. Much of the soy products in Australia are GMO. Read the labels to find the ones that aren’t modified. Hamsters fed with GMO soy were unable to have offspring and suffered a high mortality rate.
Potatoes are GMO engineered with Bacillus thuringiensis var. The potatoes were fed to mice. The mice were found to have toxins in their system.
It has been found that GMO peas can cause immune responses in mice and possibly even in humans.
Rice has now been genetically modified to contain a high amount of vitamin A. One online journal many years ago reported potential serious public health and environment problems that can be caused with GMO rice.
Of course there are many more GMO foods. Start reading and sus them out.
What to do about GMOs?
Since there are big risks to eating genetically modified food it is in your best interest to stay away from these foods the best you can. One way to do this is to read lots of labels and be aware of what you are eating. Organic produce either grown yourself in your back yard or bought from an organic fruit market is another way to protect yourself. Genuine organic produce goes through three strict processes to be approved by a number of Organic organisations in Australia. Look for their stamps and labels on all your fresh grown foods.
Go to the markets and come to know the people who grow these foods. Best is small family businesses that genuinely believe in their products. At the supermarket read, read and read and research what those labels mean. You will be surprised how much ‘junk’ some of us unknowingly put into our bodies. Tainted tap water, water from the wrong type of plastic bottles that aren’t safe which load your system with micro plastics, rice, corn, soy and other ‘supposed safe’ products which are not safe. Did you know it only takes a few weeks for your body to detox from GMO foods if you simply stop eating them? Food is your medicine so take good medicine and put the bad stuff somewhere not fit for human consumption.
Pic Tomato Market thanks Brodie from Burst