9. AVOID GMO
Excerpt from an article in wall street journal Aug 7, 2014
Today GMOs make up more than 90% of the corn, soybean, cotton, sugar beet and canola grown in the U.S, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents big food companies, estimates GMOs are in about 80% of packaged foods.
You definitely have eaten GMO products
You probably don’t realize that more likely than not you would have eaten GM food or its derivatives and by-products. Although there are very few genetically-modified whole fruits and vegetables available, many of these crops appear as processed and added ingredients in a large amount of the foods we consume. Examples of these are vegetable oils like corn oil, canola oil, salad dressing, breakfast cereals, textured vegetable protein, corn syrup, sugar and cookies. In addition, the milk you consume may have come from cows that had been injected with genetically modified hormone called rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) to increase the quantity of milk produced.
What is GMO?
The term GMO, or “genetically modified organisms,” refers to plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not occur naturally in nature or in traditional cross-breeding. These crops have been modified in the laboratory to enhance the desired properties and traits such as increased resistance to herbicides, pests, diseases, or improved nutritional content.
The best known examples of GMO crops are soybean and corn where foreign genes from bacteria and viruses (eg. Bacillus thuringiensis or BT) are being inserted into their DNAs. The protein crystals produced by BT; a naturally occurring bacterium, are deadly to insect larvae such as the European corn borer. Transferring the protein genes to the corn enables the corn to produce its own pesticides against insects.
Is GMO safe?
The safety of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in our food is currently a highly controversial topic. The biotech industry claims that GE food crops are safe, will save the environment and solve the hunger crisis. But a growing number of scientists, doctors and consumer organizations consider them a threat not only to health, but also the eco-system. For example, most GM crops are engineered to be herbicide tolerant, leading to excessive usage of these toxins.
Because of this tolerance, considerably more herbicide is used by farmers to control weeds resulting in higher herbicide residues on the crop. In addition, the mixing of genes from these totally unrelated species, unleashes a host of unpredictable and damaging side effects into human food supply. These damages include the production of new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, anti-biotic resistance, nutritional deficiencies as well as an imbalanced eco-system.
Various scientific studies conducted on animals have shown serious health risks associated with animals that were fed with GMO food, including faulty insulin regulation, organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, infertility, cancer and increase death rate in the off-springs.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, found that rats fed a type of genetically engineered corn that is prevalent in the US food supply for two years developed massive mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage, and other serious health conditions. Refer to the pictures below which show tumor growth.
What are the trends that we are seeing now?
The scientific data - which will get far worse in the decades to come is showing connection that the genetically modified food to countless health and environmental problemss. Among these are:
- Increased cancer risk
- Increased allergies
- Increase infertility
- Rapid aging
- Changes to internal organs
- Changes to hormonal balance
- Insects and weeds resistance
- Inbalance in the ecosystem
In fact the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) in adopting the precautionary principle has called on "Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks." 1
Strategy to avoid GM food
For now it is important to stay away from GM food. This can be achieved by avoiding processed foods containing ingredients from corn, soy, canola, sugar beets, and cotton and eat whole, unprocessed foods that are labeled organic.
To fight cancer and keeping the cancer out of your life, and also the chances of remaining cancer free - it is important to eat the organic, non-GMO food.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) - it is sugar made from the genetically modified corn
I overheard a women in the grocery store saying to her husband 'these are good for you'. She was recommending her husband to eat the healthy breakfast cereal which was, anything but. When it comes to food, a lot of us are ignorant on what constitute good food and are easily swayed by good marketing. Take for example the HFCS which is used to sweeten many processed food. HSCF real cheap sugar substitute and it is flooding our food supply. High fructose corn syrup is making us fat and that is one of the biggest contributors to our obesity epidemic and the acceleration of the other degenerative disease. What a lot of people don't realize is how many products actually contain high fructose corn syrup. Some of these are products that appear at first to be healthy. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a processed sweetener and food preservative made from cornstarch. Therefore, beware of HFCS-containing foods, as they can be damaging to your health and diet. the High Fructose Corn Syrup makes processed food unhealthy. It affects your blood sugar level and contributes to wreaking havoc with your endocrine system, not to mention the affects of it being GMO.
To learn more about GMO go to http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/