Genetically Modified Foods are making more noise, this time it’s because GM foods like soy and corn might be responsible for a wide variety of gluten-related disorders. In America alone, approximately 18 million people suffer from this type of ailment.
The study was recently released by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), and uses data from the US department of Agriculture, US Environmental Protection Agency, medical journal reviews as well as other independent research.(1)(2) The authors relate GM foods to five conditions that may either trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders, including the autoimmune disorder, Celiac Disease:
- Intestinal permeability
- Imbalanced gut bacteria
- Immune activation and allergic response
- Impaired digestion
- Damage to the intestinal wall
The Institute for Responsible technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about GMO foods and crops. The institute reports and investigates on the impact GM foods can have on health, environment, agriculture and more.
Experts agree there must be some environmental trigger
Many experts agree that the recent increase in gluten-related disorders cannot be explained by genetics alone, and that there must be some environmental trigger. This video below is of Jeffrey Smith, who is an internationally recognized expert on genetically modified organisms, and Tom Malterre, an expert in clinical nutrition.
Smith mentions that that Bt-toxin, glyphosate and other components of GMOs are linked to five conditions (as mentioned above) that initiate or exacerbate gluten-related disorders. The Bt-toxin in GM foods was designed to kill insects by puncturing holes in their cells. It’s present in GM corn and survives human digestion. A 2012 study published in The Journal of Applied Toxicology determined that these toxins can be harmful to human cells as well, and do them same as they do to insects. More studies have deemed these toxins to be responsible for killing human kidney cells.(3)(4)
“The Bt-toxin in corn is designed to puncture holes in insect cells, but studies show it does the same in human cells. Bt-toxin may be linked to leaky gut, which physicians consistently see in gluten-sensitivie patients.” Jeffrey Smith, ED of the Institute for Responsible Technology
Studies Link to GMOs to Cancer, and a range of Other Diseases
Here is a study that shows how Bt toxins found in Monsanto crops can be damaging to red blood cells, and potentially cause leukemia. Here is another one that shows how GMO animal feed caused severe stomach inflammation and enlarged uteri in pigs. There have been multiple studies linking GMOs to cancer, and a range of other diseases. Scientists all over the world have come together to show their support for the ban of GMOs.
“The introduction of GMOs is highly suspect as a candidate to explain the rapid rise in gluten-related disorders over the past 17 years.” – Dr Tom O’Bryan, internationally recognized expert on gluten sensitivity and Celiac Disease.
“Based on my clinical experience, when I remove genetically modified foods as part of the treatment for gluten sensitivity, recovery is faster and more complete. I believe that GMOs in our diet contribute to the rise in gluten sensitivity in the U.S. population” – Dr Emily Linder
Glyphosate is a patented antibiotic that destroys beneficial gut bacteria. An imbalance of gut flora commonly accompanies celiac Disease and other gluten -related disorders. – Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT
Many Countries now Ban GMOs
Numerous studies have surfaced around the globe over the past few years that identify the multiple dangers that GMOs can pose to human health, as well as the environment. There is a reason why the majority of countries worldwide choose to ban them from their country. A growing number of people in North America continue to protest against GMO usage, as we’ve seen with the recent March against Monsanto. If people really made the decisions here, biotech corporations wouldn’t exist.
We are not alone, public figures are also continuing to speak up. Not long ago a former Canadian Government Scientist at Agriculture Canada, Dr. Thierry Vrain (one of many) spoke out against GMOs. Another prominent public figure, Geneticist David Suzuki has been a long time advocate against GMOs, and has been speaking out about how they can be hazardous to human health as well as the environment. He recently stated that human beings are part of a massive experiment, referring to the use of GMOs.
Hopefully we continue to push forward with this matter. So far activism is paying off as many places around the world have banned GMOs. Let’s keep it going until they no longer exist. There are better ways to feed the world, and it’s time to stop listening to the excuses as to why we cannot implement them, when it’s clear we can.