The hazards of ingesting GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are becoming apparent as more studies are showing their devastating effects on animal subjects. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has stated that GMO foods are not safe. They base their opinion on animal studies that connect GMO with serious health problems,
including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, end organ damage and changes in the gastrointestinal tract. No long-term studies have been done that demonstrate the technique’s safety.
Some of the findings of animal studies have shown thousands of sheep, buffalo and goats in India died after grazing on Bt (GMO) cotton plants; mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer and smaller babies; more than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller than normal; and the stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.
Other studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels and other changes. A study in Russia showed hamsters to be sterile by the third generation when fed GM soy. They also had hair growing inside their mouths.
The primary foods now genetically modified are corn, soy, canola (oil), cottonseed (oil), rice, potatoes and sugar beets. Avoid all genetically modified foods. Until proper labeling is in place, use organically grown foods, especially any of the above.
These effects on health are slow and insidious. Some critics are saying that history will look back at this period and call it, “The time of the great dying.” Research GM foods for yourself. There is so much information and many good solid scientific studies to back up the health concerns now facing us.
Demand labeling: write to your state legislators and do everything you can to inform others. Two states, California and Connecticut, have come very close to passing this important legislation and in the process, have brought more attention to health issues that Monsanto and other GM manufacturers would rather not have us know about.
Karen Asbury, M.D., specializes in functional (integrative) medicine, in Plano. For more information, call 972-867-7790 or visit KarenAsburyMD.com.