I attended the vegetarian/vegan health Expo in Woodland Hills California yesterday, and I was so happy to see my friends Julieanna Hever, and chef AJ.
The speakers were excellent and I learned even more information about why the vegan/vegetarian diet is the best diet for most of us.
But the lecture that caught me the most by surprise and opened my eyes the most, was the lecture by Jeffrey M. Smith on the health risks of genetically engineered foods specifically genetically modified organisms or GMO’s.
A GMO is the result of a laboratory process where genes from one species including bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or humans – are forced into the DNA of unrelated plants or animals. This process is fraught with dangerous side effects, because this process is NOT an exact science as we have been led to believe by the food corporations.
There are two main types of GMO crops. The herbicide tolerant varieties are engineered to withstand high doses of toxic weed killers, such as Roundup. These toxins are now linked to birth defects, cancer and hormone disruption and they end up inside our foods.
Other plants, like corn, are designed to produce their own poisonous insecticide in every cell. For example, the Insecticide called BT – toxin, breaks open the stomach of certain insects to kill them. However recent evidence now shows that BT – toxin can also break the walls of human cells. BT – toxin from genetically modified corn was found in the blood of 93% of pregnant women in 80% of their unborn fetuses.
We as laypeople have the false impression that genetic engineering is exact. However in truth it is submicroscopic and results in unpredictable and potentially dangerous changes in the organism’s DNA and the health properties of that food. In other words there is a lot of “scatter”.
Specifically when our bodies get a genetically modified food, it does not recognize it and doesn’t know what to do with it. We as doctors are realizing in these cases our body may be treating it as an allergen, that it does not recognize. When that happens it contributes to “punching holes” in the lining of the small intestine and these unrecognized and incompletely digested foods can send molecules into our bloodstream. This contributes to setting up allergic and autoimmune reactions in our bodies.
GMOs are now associated with infertility, immune problems, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs including the digestive track. Environmentally oriented doctors are helping people with conditions as varied as allergies to ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease by having their patients stop all GMO foods, as a trial.
If you are interested in learning more about GM owes and how they may be affecting your family and loved ones, I’m delighted to let you know that a movie entitled Genetic Roulette is available to watch for free this week at this website. I also have put a copy on my website for you to watch here if you like. This movie is directed by Jeffrey M. Smith and was most eye-opening to me.
This issue has now become political and I am happy to say that in California, we have a proposition on our next ballot – prop 37-that will require manufacturers to label genetically modified food as such. The food industry is spending vast amount of monies to shoot this proposition down as they know if people have a choice to use non-genetically modified organisms as opposed to genetically modified organisms, that they will choose the non-genetically modified organisms and as a result the companies will lose money.
Please let your friends and family know about this most important issue and visit this website to get an enormous amount of additional information, brochures, pamphlets, DVDs to help educate yourself so that we may turn the tide on the predominance of these genetically modified organisms which are affecting our health.
You can also download shopping guides to help you find safe foods from this related website
There is also an app for your Iphone that has this information in easy to find fashion!
And you can buy the book with all the data in it here
Let me know what you think in the comments about this information. Is your doctor aware of the dangers of GMO’s? Do you or your family have any medical conditions that might be related to GMO’s? If you do you might consider shopping for a month or two for all GMO- free food to see if it makes a difference in your health.
Let me know!