What we eat reflects our health and although we may be very careful about the ingredients we consume we cannot be always sure if the food we consume is GMO – Genetically Modified Foods. This type of food can be very dangerous for the overall health and it is strongly related to the occurrence of gluten-related disorders as per a report published by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT).
However, according to the latest findings of many scientists the reason for the appearance of gluten-related disorders is not only as a result of genetics, but as well as of the environmental factor that plays a significant role.
This is very important as these disorders affect millions of people all around the world. In the states more than 18 million people suffer from gluten sensitivity which is an alarming number. Experts believe that GMO foods are linked to five conditions that can trigger or worsen gluten-related disorders. These findings were based on U.S. Dept. of Agriculture data, Environmental Protection Act records, medical journal reviews, and international research.
Here they are:
- Impaired digestion
- Imbalanced gut bacteria
- Intestinal permeability
- Damage to the intestinal wall
- Immune activation and allergic response
Scientists strongly advocate the ban of the use of GMOs as detrimental to the health of the people. Doctors also confirm this like the internist Emily Linder, MD, stating that GMOs contribute to the increase of gluten sensitivity in the US population. She found that by eliminating genetically modified foods from their diet as part of their treatment the results were positive making her patients to recover swiftly and completely. Furthermore, Dr. Tom O’Bryan, an internationally recognized expert on gluten sensitivity and Celiac Disease, explains that GMOs are the possible culprits for dramatic increase of gluten-related disorders.
What GMO foods can do to your body?
Currently there is a massive production of 9 GMO food crops such as zucchini, corn, soy, Hawaiian papaya, cotton (oil), alfalfa, canola (oil), sugar from sugar beets, and yellow squash.
Corn and cotton varieties are created in order to produce an insecticide named as Bt-toxin. This insecticide is engineered to puncture holes in insect cells, however the same effect is on human cells as well, and that leads to leaky gut, a common condition in most gluten-sensitive patients.
The other crops are made to tolerate a weed killer known as glyphosate (Roundup®), but while harvesting there is a rich content of the toxin in the crops. According to Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT, glyphosate is a patented antibiotic that destroys beneficial bacteria in the gut. The imbalance of gut flora is a common condition in Celiac Disease and other gluten-related disorders. On top of this, researchers have discovered that Bt toxins present in Monsanto crops can harm blood cells thus elevating the chances of developing leukemia.
The GMO present in animal feed can lead to severe stomach inflammation and enlarged uteri in pigs. Many experts have come to the conclusion that GMOs are related to the occurrence of cancer and many other diseases.
As a result of that plenty of people in North America protest against GMO usage supported by many public figures.
Dr. Thierry Vrain is a former Canadian Government Scientist at Agriculture Canada that also warned about the use of GMOs. Another well-known geneticist, David Suzuki, spoke out against GMOs revealing to the public the negative effects of the consumption of GMOs in terms of health and the environment. He stated that the use of these foods makes human beings participants in a huge experiment.
Fortunately, people are becoming more aware of the harmful effects of the GMOs and their activism resulted in banning GMO foods in certain regions of the world. However, we need to continue with the fight against the use of GMOs as we shall never be safe while these foods exist.