GM diets may cause organ damage and disease

The liver processes toxins; its state can reveal toxins in the diet. Liver cells of mice fed GM “Roundup Ready” soybeans had structural changes, which, according to molecular geneticist Michael Antoniou, PhD, “must reflect some ‘insult’ on the liver by the GM soy.” Antoniou, who does human gene therapy research, said that although the long-term consequences of the GM soy diet are not known, it “could lead to liver damage and consequently general toxemia.” In addition, rats fed GM corn had liver lesions and indications of toxicity; rabbits fed GM Roundup Ready soy showed altered production of liver enzymes; and the livers of rats fed Roundup Ready canola were 12%–16% heavier, possibly due to liver disease or inflammation.

The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may be a precursor to cancer. Rats also had damaged organs and immune systems.

GM soy, reproductive problems, and infant mortality

A preliminary study by a senior researcher at the Russian National Academy of Sciences had devastating results. More than half the offspring (51.6%) from female rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, compared to 10% from the non-GM soy group. The average size and weight of the GM group was smaller (see photo), and they were unable to conceive. Just after this study was completed, the Russian laboratory coincidentally began feeding GM soy-based feed to all their rats. After two months on the GM soy diet, the infant mortality of rats throughout the facility reached 55.3%.

Many offspring of female rats fed GM soy were considerably smaller, and more than half died within three weeks (compared to 10% of the non-GM soy controls).

When male rats were fed Roundup Ready soy, their testicles became dark blue instead of pink. GM soy diets also altered young sperm cells in mice; and when parent mice ate GM soy, it changed the functioning of DNA in their offspring’s embryos.

Bt crops linked to sterility, disease, and death

About two dozen farmers report that pigs had reproductive problems when fed varieties of Bt corn. Pigs were sterile, had false pregnancies, or gave birth to bags of water. Some cows and bulls also became sterile. Other farmers blamed Bt corn for the deaths of cows, horses, water buffaloes, and chickens.

When Indian shepherds let their sheep graze continuously on Bt cotton plants after harvest, within 5-7 days 1 out of 4 sheep died. An estimated 10,000 sheep died in one region alone. Investigators said preliminary evidence “strongly suggests that the sheep mortality was due to a toxin. . . . most probably Bt-toxin.” The majority of corn grown in the US produces Bt-toxin.

Even pollen from Bt plants may be dangerous, as Filipinos in at least five villages fell sick when a nearby Bt corn variety was pollinating.

Functioning GM genes remain inside you

Among the problems linked to GMOs, this one is particularly disconcerting. The only published human feeding experiment verified that genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of intestinal bacteria and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us.

If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create super diseases, resistant to antibiotics. If the gene that creates Bt -toxin in GM corn were to transfer, it might turn our intestinal flora into living pesticide factories.

Animal studies show that DNA in food can travel into organs throughout the body, even into the fetus.

Published on: August 13, 2008
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International bestselling author Jeffrey M. Smith is a leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). His globally respected research and magnetic communication style captured public attention in 2003 with his first book on the serious yet unknown side effects of genetically engineered foods.

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