Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are one of the many unexplained scientific endeavors of our time. Many are aware of the reality that GMOs pose potential threats to their health due to the fact that they simply are not “natural.” To be aware, however, and to be responsive are entirely different reactions.
Over the years, consumers continue to consistently purchase products in bright packages with statements leading consumers to the notion that GM products are good for them. Products present “Healthy,” “Natural,” “Free Range,” and “Fat-Free” labels, detouring consumers from reading critical ingredient lists.
The majority of processed products contain some of the following GMOs: corn, soy, cottonseed, canola, and sugar beets. These products are sources of the impossible-to-pronounce ingredients listed. Products like honey are theoretically GMOs due to the fact that honeybees collect nectar from GM plants. Meat and dairy products are often laden with GMOs due to the method in which livestock is fed and managed.
Many are aware of the infiltration of these products in the U.S. food system; however, motivating active responses continues to hold the heavy burden. GMOs are the work of science, which is regularly trusted and respected without doubt. There are infinite and exceptional elements to science. Nevertheless, it should not go without serious and deliberate questioning.
The continuous and expanding use of genetically modified foods put forward considerable questions regarding its connection to a variety of allergies, syndromes, and diseases. The use of GMOs has been linked to asthma, symptomatic food allergies, autism, cancer, heart disease, and the list goes on.
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a bacterium initially created to detour a European corn borer. Now, the genetic code is inserted directly into the DNA of corn, and is used widely throughout the U.S. under the name Bt-corn. Bt corn works by rupturing the intestines of the pest or any organism that ingests it, thus killing it. According to the Institute of Responsibly Technology, Bt causes intestinal permeability in humans, which permits undigested food particles toxins and microbes through the intestinal lining and into the body. The liver processes some of the debris, however, the rest circulates around the body, straining the immune system and organs.
When this happens, the body considers these particles as antigens, promoting hypersensitive. T-, or white blood cells, locates and breakdown the debris, while at the same time, stimulates inflammation, which leads to an intensified Leaky Gut Syndrome. Another likelihood causes the formation of antibodies to shield the body from the perceived antigens. These antibodies generate continuous inflammatory responses when these foods, toxins or microbes re-enter the body.
According to the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, the antibodies generated by the leaky gut create chronic inflammation that occur in different locations throughout the body, thus causing specific reactions such as arthritis, colitis, Crohn’s, and asthma. Moreover, if Immunoglobulin A (IgA), the gut’s protective coating, is damaged, the body is left without a major combatant against bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
According to UC Biotech, up to “80% of processed food may contain an ingredient from a GE [genetically engineered] crop, such as corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, corn oil, canola oil, soybean oil, soy flour, soy lecithin, or cottonseed oil.” And while few of these are available in whole form, these ingredients are abundantly found in those convenient, brightly packaged products with labels promoting health and safety.
These products remain difficult to gain research access to, and if research is done, it is increasingly precarious to publish. Bt-corn is only one of many GM foods legally permitted into our bodies and those of our communities and families – damaging health under the label of “good-for-you.“ While we respect science, we must also question the link between GMOs and current, persisting health crises.
Look for “Certified-Organic” or “Non-GMO Project” labels, and connect with local farmers. Check ingredients for GM products. Take your power back.
Natalie Shapiro is a Holistic Health Coach guiding clients towards optimal weight, higher energy, and empowering, thriving lifestyles. Contact: Natalie@thriveonhealth.com, or www.ThriveOnHealth.com