Genetically Engineered Food Alters Our Digestive Systems!

May 31, 2011
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GEGE organisms actually become part of the bacteria in our digestive tracts and reproduce continuously inside us. But the USDA now wants to to remove all controls from GE corn and cotton!

There are no human clinical trials of genetically engineered foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that genetic material inserted into GE soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. Even after we stop eating GE foods, we may still have the GE proteins produced continuously inside us.

As the Institute for Responsible Technology has noted, the genetic engineering process creates massive collateral damage, causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout the plant’s DNA. Natural genes can be deleted or permanently turned on or off, and hundreds may change their behavior. Even the inserted gene can be damaged or rearranged, and may create proteins that can trigger allergies or promote disease.

The idea of having genetically engineered genes permanently living inside our guts has staggering implications:

  • If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create antibiotic-resistant diseases.
  • Bt toxins (Bacillus thuringiensis) inserted into GM food crops to kill pests are reaching the bloodstreams of 93% of women and 80% of unborn babies because of the consumption of meat, milk, and eggs from livestock fed GE corn. This could turn bacteria in our intestines into pesticide factories.
  • Animal studies show that DNA in food can travel into organs throughout the body, even into the fetus.

And we’ve seen cross-species transfer of DNA happen before. A significant percentage of human DNA is actually viral DNA that became part of us over 40 million years ago. There is concern that virally transmitted DNA may cause mutations and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. GE organisms may exacerbate this phenomenon.

Genetically engineered food genes transferring to our own genes could lead to problems like leaky gut syndrome:

  • Our small intestine, which is responsible for about 70% of our immune system, behaves like a selective sieve: it lets only nutrients and well-digested fats, proteins, and starches enter the bloodstream and keeps out large molecules, microbes, and toxins.
  • Leaky gut syndrome happens when the intestinal lining becomes inflamed, and the microvilli on the lining become damaged; this prevents the microvilli from absorbing nutrients and producing necessary enzymes and secretions for healthy digestion and absorption.
  • In between cells are desmosomes, which keep the cells together, forming a strong structure preventing large molecules from passing through. When an area becomes inflamed, the structure is weakened, allowing larger molecules to escape. The makes the immune system produce antibodies and cytokines to fight off molecules because they are perceived as antigens.

Allergies have already skyrocketed in the US, and with the introduction of GE soy in the UK, soy related allergies rose to 50%. Yet federal agencies turn a blind eye to the dangers of genetic engineering.

In 1989 there was a tragic outbreak of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS), an incredibly painful disease. The outbreak was traced to consumption of l-tryptophan supplements produced by a Japanese company using genetically engineered bacteria. The bacteria are used to increase yields, but they increase impurities during the fermentation process—possibly leading to a level of contaminants that caused the EMS.

To this day, the government has refused to address the issue of purity standards for GE-manufactured products. Instead, federal agencies and biotech companies claimed that contaminants linked to the EMS tragedy were caused by changes in the company’s manufacturing process—despite the fact that the company was precisely following the purity standards enforced by government rules.

The EMS was rare and had a fast enough onset that the case histories of the patients could be linked to this supplement, and it was also acute enough that doctors took notice. There is a very clear causal link between EMS and these genetically engineered organisms.

The effects of other genetically modified products may not be as obvious so quickly, but can be even more devastating; as we have reported previously, GMOs are causing terrible genetic changes in mammal offspring. Scientists are seeing birth defects, high infant mortality rates, and sterility in hamsters, rats, and livestock fed GMO soy and corn, and some hamster pups even begin growing hair inside their mouths.

The late George Wald, Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology in 1967 and Higgins Professor of Biology at Harvard University, was one of the first scientists to speak out about the potential dangers of genetic engineering:

Recombinant DNA technology [genetic engineering] faces our society with problems unprecedented, not only in the history of science, but of life on the Earth….Now whole new proteins will be transposed overnight into wholly new associations, with consequences no one can foretell, either for the host organism or their neighbors….For going ahead in this direction may not only be unwise but dangerous. Potentially, it could breed new animal and plant diseases, new sources of cancer, novel epidemics.[1]

The USDA has released two Environmental Assessment reports, one for Monsanto’s corn genetically engineered to be drought-tolerant, and the other for Syngenta Biotechnology’s cotton genetically engineered to be pest-resistant. USDA believes the cotton is “unlikely to pose a plant pest risk”; for the corn, the agency is considering either keeping the corn under regulation, or assigning it nonregulated status (banning it altogether is off the table). The comment period for both EAs is open until July 11.

Please take action today! Tell the USDA that the corn and cotton must not be deregulated—that without strict controls, GE crops will encroach on non-GE crops, contaminating them, including organic crops—which will, of course, render them non-organic.

The GE corn is especially dangerous because it is for human consumption. As noted above, GE genes from foods can affect the bacteria from our digestive system, and can lead to allergies, disease and even sterility.

GMOs are causing terrible genetic changes in mammal offspring. Scientists are seeing birth defects, high infant mortality rates, and sterility in hamsters, rats, and livestock fed GMO soy and corn, and some hamster pups even begin growing hair inside their mouths.

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[1] George Wald, “The Case Against Genetic Engineering,” The Sciences, Sept./Oct. 1976.

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  3. For_real says:

    I think it’s time for a class action law suit against Monsanto and all the companies that keep it alive and thriving for damaging our health. Any other manufacturer that screws with our health and our bodies gets sued. Let’s go.


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    Because, in that case, no food is better than bad food. Apparently there is this
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    maybe why these guys are keeping their mouths shut.


  6. [...] with autism and animals with a GMO-based diet, such as anxiety andchronic gut issues. GE foods could also contribute to leaky gut syndrome, which is caused from chronic inflammation of the intestinal [...]


  7. Terry Castaneda says:

    We need to stop the altering of our foods. This is the cause of all the illness in our country and the world. I need information on where and to whom i should be writing to.


    • Abhishek says:

      You should move to Somalia. There are still millions of people in Somalia who have to drink all natural water from the river , plough fields by hand and they are too poor to go to the doctor or buy any medicines. They dont even take any evil vaccinations. Sounds like heaven for you…


      • Vangrab says:

        Terry is right, every disease that has come up in the last 50 years was because of the food industry and that’s a fact, people if they want to remain healthy must return to natural food, not crappy gm food with antibiotics and etc…


      • nightaen says:

        some scientist say that DNA will be fragmented in the gut,so there s no possibility of entering the body. im lost can any one help in this concern


  8. mothman777 says:

    The fact that DARPA is developing super soldiers using GM techniques is well established and already published.

    That is just one account. Now, do you really think they will feed these guys the same crap GM that leaves other beings sterile and with severe liver and kidney damage? No way; these guys will have specially tweaked GM foods just for them. But the rest of us, well, standard lethal Monsanto GM crap is good enough to terminate our lines for good. After all, we were just born to be slaves, so say some.

    Nanking University in China has recently established that fully functioning miRNA survives the digestive process and continues to function in any animal or human that eats a plant or animal, in a cross-species, almost symbiotic manner, to modulate organ and other physiological functions, thus demonstrating that all creatures are tied in to each other to preserve the same ecosystem to dwell in together without tampering with the DNA.

    They stated that dysfunctional miRNA, also referring to ‘exogenous’ miRNA ‘added to food from an external source’ which I believe to be a thinly veiled reference to GM food, can cause illness, cancer, and death, as demonstrated by the Indian cows dropping dead a week after eating GM cotton plants.

    The possibility exists that specific GM foods will be developed to feed specific worker and soldier classes in the future, that can only feed one class, being lethal to the others.


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  10. Malia says:

    Well I can no longer eat wheat, corn, or peanut butter!!!! Basic human staples are now being taken away from me since my body will not allow the GE foods and their dangers. I have a painful allergic reaction and swelling in my abdomen that makes me appear to be six months pregnant from a flat belly. GE foods are dangerous for us, our pets and the planet.


  11. Anton says:

    If it was not for GMO we would not have insulin, growth hormone, clotting factors and many others all created by GMO… we need to demand research as GMO has many benefits.


    • J d says:

      Really? Well it’s gotten waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayy out of hand bud.


    • Gee Fresh says:

      Insulin and growth hormone did not come about from GMOs. If you think they did, please show a source/sources. When people refer to GMO, they usually mean things that are transgenic, that have had genes transferred from one organism to another (like fish genes in tomatoes). Not sure what you mean by clotting factors.


  12. C.L. says:

    The links to the Action Alerts above are no longer valid… I just get the message “We apologize, but the action alert you are attempting to access is no longer active.” So, it appears someone has removed our ability to speak out against GE regulation… perhaps? or what’s up?


    • ANH-USA says:

      This article is from May of 2011 and the comment period we encouraged folks to send letters in here has since closed. We have now removed the links to avoid confusion.


  13. Susan and Mike McCauley says:

    The very fact that we have to research what foods are alright to eat is alarming. I guess that’s what happens when we become too busy too grow our own foods – giving the government control. Even if we did still grow our own and raise our own animals there are government regulation that require tagging and inspecting, etc. I’m finding it increasingly difficult to shop as the prices of organically grown food is sooo expensive and most grocers only carry some organic. This in itself should be a concern to most people. Most people would rather not know and keep their heads buried in the sand. The ones I talk too can’t believe that the government would allow such things….guess what??? They do and it’s getting worse day by day! Just because people choose to believe it’s not possible doesn’t mean it isn’t happening!


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