Genetically modified organisms inject DNA into intestinal bacteria
by T.M. Hartle via reed - Natural News Monday, Jun 27 2011, 2:39am
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How anyone in their right mind could believe that Monsanto's FrankenFoods are harmless staggers belief. What has come to light to date is only the tip of the poison iceberg!
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine warned against the use and consumption of GMO's stating, "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food." These health risks include: infertility, decreased immunity, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and poor insulin regulation. Companies pushing for GM crops state that the research shows no negative consequences for the environment or public health. The reality is a host of research shows troubling consequences from the consumption of Genetically modified food.
A study in Nature reported that the food we consume does create genetic changes in our children. The food and chemicals consumed in our diet change the mechanisms that turn on and off certain genes. In one GMO study, hamsters fed genetically modified soy had hair growth inside the pouches of the mouth. The incidence of hair growth within the mouth was markedly higher by the third generation of hamsters fed GMO soy. This single study should raise awareness of the potential ramifications of genetic engineering of food crops but it does not stand alone.
Studies have shown high pup mortality with GM soy flour consumption, abnormal and damaged cells in mice fed Bt potatoes, reproductive problems in both female and male animals fed GM soybeans, and the list goes on. Consumption of genetically modified organisms can lead to infestation of transgenes in the intestinal bacteria which could lead to serious health consequences.
In 1989 a company in Japan produced L-tryptophan supplements using genetically engineered bacteria to increase production. During this time there was an outbreak of a painful disease labeled eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome. Eosinophilia-myalgia is characterized by: debilitating muscle pain and cramping, numbness, weakness, burning sensations, tenderness and swelling of the extremities, severe fatigue, headache, cardiac arrhythmias, internal fibrosis, short term memory loss, and a long list of other symptoms. Eosinophilia-myalgia was easily linked to the genetically engineered supplement because symptoms were experienced rapidly after consumption. Unfortunately, tracking serious health consequences of genetically modified food in the future will prove difficult as many effects could take years or decades to appear.
Scientists have warned that it may take years for transgenes to displace the natural friendly flora in the intestinal tract. The widespread threat is evident as recent research has found 80% of unborn babies tested had Bt toxins in their blood. The bacteria in our intestinal tract could be permanently altered to contain genetically engineered genes designed to produce pesticides. Animal studies have shown that the DNA in the food we eat can travel throughout the body, having an effect on many organ systems and even on an unborn baby. Antibiotic resistant bacteria and destruction of the immune enhancing intestinal flora are just the tip of the iceberg. Despite current research genetically modified crops are increasingly making their way into our food supply. It is critical to join organizations that fight against the genetic engineering of food, or at a minimum lobby for labeling of these foods so that consumers can make educated choices at the grocery store.
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