GM food supplement caused deadly epidemic

In the 1980s, a contaminated brand of a food supplement called L-tryptophan killed about 100 Americans and caused sickness and disability in another 5,000-10,000 people. The source of contaminants was almost certainly the genetic engineering process used in its production. The disease took years to find and was almost overlooked. It was only identified because the symptoms were unique, acute, and fast-acting. If all three characteristics were not in place, the deadly GM supplement might never have been identified or removed.

If GM foods on the market are causing common diseases or if their effects appear only after long-term exposure, we may not be able to identify the source of the problem for decades, if at all. Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. And there is no monitoring of GMO-related problems and no long-term animal studies. So GMOs in our diet may be contributing to any number of increasing health issues in the US.

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There are only eight commercialized GM food crops. The four major ones are soy, corn, cotton, and canola and their derivatives are found in most processed foods.

SOY Chocolates use soy lecithin; Breads use soy flour; Shakes use soy protein concentrate; Baby formulas use soy milk

CORN High fructose corn syrup is found in processed foods from sodas to sauces.

COTTON and CANOLA Cooking oil in processed foods.

See list of derivatives at

There is also GM Hawaiian papaya (most), GM zucchini and yellow crook neck squash (small amount), and GM sugar beets will be harvested before the end of 2008 for sugar.

GM crops look just like their non-GMO counterparts. Novel products such as seedless watermelons, pear/apple combos, and tangelos are products of natural breeding and are NOT genetically engineered.

Published on: August 14, 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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