For years, I’ve been extremely concerned about the dangers lurking in genetically modified foods. I’ve written frequently on the topic and have always advised my patients to “vote with their feet,” walk away from GM foods and minimize their impact on short and long-term health.
If you’re not familiar with the dangers of GM foods, the simplest argument against them is that we simply don’t know what GMOs do to our bodies. Many scientists believe there’s a direct correlation between eating GM foods and the rapid rise in rates of severe food allergies, gut disorders, neurological problems, reproductive issues and many other diseases, over the last two decades since GMOs came into wide-spread use.
Equally alarming is a growing mountain of scientific evidence demonstrating that GMOs have killed animals in numerous feeding studies, and sickened others by triggering reproductive problems, weakened immunity and shortening life expectancies. In fact, the first long-term peer-reviewed study on Genetically Modified food was released recently and the results are scary. It found rats fed GM corn developed tumors and multiple organ damage. If you’re a bit of a skeptic and think the jury’s still out on GMOs, ask yourself this: is the prospect of eating foods that dump genetically-altered organisms and pesticides into your body – with all of their collective unknown side-effects – really worth the risk? Didn’t think so.
Currently there’s no evidence that shows GM foods to be safe for human consumption. And yet, Americans are unknowingly consuming tons of GM foods. Unlike much of Europe, which has banned GMOs, millions of Americans are unwittingly participating in a giant, unregulated, unmonitored experiment propagated by the GMO seed and pesticide companies Monsanto, Dow Bayer, Syngenta, DuPont, and BASF, who’ve successfully lobbied against GMO labeling. And they spend big bucks to keep GMO’s in your food secret.
As a health evangelist, I urge you to be extremely wary of GM foods – and to make every effort to support those who grow and produce non-GM foods that support health, not rob you of it. No one should allow himself or herself to be guinea pigs for these highly suspect GM foods, which at best, have not been proven safe and at worst, may be devastating our bodies with life-altering illnesses.
So how to kick GMOs to the curb? Don’t buy them at the super market. I strongly encourage you to download the Institute for Responsible Technology’s terrific (and free!) Non-GMO Shopping Guide http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com , which includes over 150 Non-GMO brands, broken out by categories such as beverages, alternative dairy products, baby foods, cereals, etc. The Guide also includes smart, easy-to-implement, non-GMO shopping tips plus a helpful list of “invisible GM ingredients,” which decodes those often difficult-to-decipher names of GMO ingredients tucked inside many processed foods.
To read more about how to keep your distance from GM products, check out some of my other posts on GM foods, one on GMO basics another on the safety issues regarding GMO’s and another on practical tips to avoid GMO’s. You should also join the fight against GMOs by supporting the “Just Label It!” campaign to change legislation so that GM foods are clearly labeled, enabling consumers to make more informed purchasing choices.