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Doctors Warning: Stay Away From GE Food

On May 19th 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on doctors to educate their patients and the general community to avoid GE foods when possible.

Citing health problems in animals fed GE food including infertility, immune problems, accelerated ageing, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system, the AAEM has called for a moratorium on GE food.

They also want long terms studies on the health implications for humans of GE food, and clear and accurate labelling of GE ingredients within foods.

Increasing numbers of doctors are prescribing GE free diets. World renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava, after reviewing 600 scientific journals concluded that GE food play a major role in the general deterioration of people’s health.

The animal studies provided some scary results. When GS soy was fed to female rates, most of their babies dies within three weeks, while 10% in a control group fed normal soy died within that time frame. (See)

In an Austrian Government study, mice fed GE corn had fewer babies that were much smaller than normal. (See)

Indian investigations have revealed that buffalo fed GE cottonseed had reproductive complications such a premature deliveries, abortions, infertility and prolapsed uteruses.

In the US pig farmers have reported the sterility of thousands of pigs fed some GE corn varieties while others had false pregnancies. Cows and bulls also became sterile after eating the same corn.

GE corn and soy are engineered to produce their own pesticide which kills bugs. The concentration of this toxin in the plant is far higher than if the plant were simply sprayed with it, and cannot be washed off the plant.

Farm workers in India are reporting allergic reactions to handling Bt cotton. Reports of allergic reactions with Bt cotton are quite common.

Thousands of Indian sheep fed Bt cotton plants died due to this toxin. Bt corn was also implicated in the deaths of of cows in Germany, and horses and chickens in the Phillipines.

In lab studies, chickens fed Liberty Link corn died at twice the rate of chickens fed other corn; 7 of 20 rats fed a GM tomato developed bleeding stomachs; another 7 of 40 died within two weeks. (Arpad Pusztai)

Monsanto’s own study showed evidence of poisoning in major organs of rats fed Bt corn, according to top French toxicologist G. E. Seralini.

(Stéphane Foucart, “Controversy Surrounds a GMO,” Le Monde, 14 December 2004; referencing, John M. Burns, “13-Week Dietary Subchronic Comparison Study with MON 863 Corn in Rats Preceded by a 1-Week Baseline Food Consumption Determination with PMI Certified Rodent Diet #5002,” December 17)

What may in fact be the most dangerous issue with GE foods in the fact that the gene inserted into GE soy transfers to the bacteria living inside our intestine and continues to function, which means we will have GE proteins continuously being produced inside of us long after we eat that corn chip.

In other words, eating a Bt corn produced corn chip may turn our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories for the rest of our lives! 

When evidence of gene transfer is discussed at medical conferences, US doctors refer to the increase in GI problems over the past decade and relate it to GE food consumption.

Scientists at the US FDA have been warning about this since the 1990s, with the consensus being that GE foods were inherently dangerous and may create new diseases, hard to detect allergies and poisons, gene transfer to the gut and also create nutritional problems.

They urged long term studies of GE food. (see memos) The White House, however, ordered the fast tracking of GE technology and the FDA recruited Monsanto’s lawyer to create GE policy, which he did, saying it was up to the GE companies to decide if their food was safe, and he later became a Monsanto VP.

To read more, see the article by Jeffrey M Smith

See GE Food Unhealthy and GE Breading Superweeds

Adapted for by Mark O’Brien

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