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.American Free Press
.Vol IX .#28-29July 13-20, 2009americanfreepress.net
 

A SPECIAL HEALTH PUBLICATION PROVIDED FREE FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFP REPORT #5 FOR 2009


Genetically Modified Organisms Deemed Unfit for Human Consumption by Study

By Ethan Huff

.The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has issued a warning urging the public to avoid genetically modified foods and has also called for a moratorium on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, until long-term, independent studies can prove their safety. The group has also called for required labeling of foods that contain GMOs, a move that has been strongly opposed by the Food and Drug Administration and Big Biotech which cooperatively purport that consumers should not have the right to know whether the foods they buy come from traditionally bred or artificially engineered sources.
While urging for more independent studies, the AAEM paper cites its own studies alleging that genetically modified foods cause serious adverse health effects, emphasizing more than a mere “correlational association” as is commonly assumed.
Probably the worst finding in the AAEM report is the fact that GMOs can live and reproduce in the intestinal flora of the body long after being ingested. The genes present in the genetically modified organisms can transfer into the DNA of intestinal bacteria, the good bacteria that digest food and maintain bodily health. This reprogramming can cause the intestinal flora to begin reproducing Bt pesticides, for example, rather than producing the harmless bacteria it is supposed to. The implications of these alterations are mind boggling since intestinal flora is crucial for life.
AAEM is urging its members along with the scientific and medical community to continue gathering case studies and initiate epidemiological research to help determine, once and for all, the effects of GMOs on human beings in addition to their effects on animals.
Some doctors are now warning their patients to avoid GMOs, recognizing the possible causation between GMOs and disease. Ohio allergist Dr. John Boyles believes genetically engineered foods are so dangerous that people should never eat them. Biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava, following the review of more than 600 scientific journals, has concluded that the drastic deterioration of Americans’ health in recent years can be attributed to GMOs being introduced
into their diets.
Experimental studies of genetically engineered foods and their effects in the body are disturbing, to say the least. Biologist David Schubert of the Salk Institute has stated that children are the most likely people to experience the adverse effects of GMOs, noting that apart from adequate safety studies, children become “the experimental animals.” In truth, every citizen is a guinea pig when genetically altered organisms are introduced into the food supply without adequate safety studies let alone honest labeling.
It is wise to avoid foods that contain GMOs and ingredients that are genetically engineered. These include non-organic corn and soy derivatives, canola and cottonseed oils, and sugar from sugar beets. Ingredients such as corn starch, corn meal, and soy lecithin are great examples of common ingredients that are suspect. Unless labeled as non-GMO or explicitly organic, these common ingredients are most likely genetically modified and should be avoided.

 

 

Ethan Huff is a freelance writer and health enthusiast who loves exploring the vast world of natural foods and health, digging deep to get to the truth. He runs an online health publication of his own at http://wholesomeherald- blogspot.com.



(Issue #28-29 Health Supplement, July 13-20, 2009, AMERICAN FREE PRESS)

 


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