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Just Say No to GMO’s
Sowing the Seeds of Deception - Part 2
By Jeffrey M. Smith – Extraordinary Health Article

 

In our last newsletter, we featured the first part of an exposé on GM (genetically modified) foods. Garden of Life is committed to procuring raw materials that are non-GMO, and we believe you, our consumers, are best served by this policy. We are more than a supplement company, though, and we believe that knowledge is foremost in attaining extraordinary health. Therefore, you should be well-informed about GM foods. That’s why we asked Jeffrey M. Smith—who is at the forefront of the debate on the use of GM crops—to continue to share his insight into what’s happening in the world of GM foods.

In our previous issue, we looked at the shocking truth behind GM foods and the huge effort by governments and biotech corporations to keep information out of the mainstream media—and outside of your awareness. This time, let’s peer into some of the health risks associated with GM foods:

Infant Mortality and Reproductive Disorders

It’s rather appalling. When GM soy flour was given to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks. For those that survived, they were smaller and had future fertility problems. Likewise, male rats fed GM soy or corn experienced testicular discoloration, damaged sperm cells, DNA function alterations, fewer offspring and smaller babies.

Some U.S. farmers say that thousands of their pigs, cows, or bulls experienced reproductive complications including infertility or sterility after GM corn consumption. In India, most buffalo that ate GM cottonseed also had reproductive issues, including premature deliveries, abortions, infertility or prolapsed uteruses. Additionally, many calves died.

Interestingly, in the U.S. population, the incidence of low birth weight babies, infertility, and infant mortality are all escalating. That coincides with increased GM food intake.

The Killing Fields of GMOs

From infant mortality and reproductive disorders to killing animals, allergen-containing, liver- and intestinal-affecting “food as pesticide” that can stay in our systems—GMOs can take a toll on health, says Jeffrey M. Smith.

Jeffrey M. Smith is the international bestselling author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods.

Food: A Registered Pesticide?

Did you know that when insects bite GM Bt corn and cotton, they get a mouthful of a built-in toxin, produced by every cell of the plant? (Inserted genes produce an insect killing pesticide called Bt-toxin in every cell of the plant.) The poison splits open the insects’ stomachs and kills them. Here’s the kicker: The GM plants are registered as pesticides with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Biotech companies claim that Bt-toxin has a history of safe use, since organic farmers and others use Bt bacteria spray for natural insect control. Genetic engineers, however, insert genes from the bacteria into the DNA of the corn and cotton, so the plants themselves do the killing.

The truth is that the Bt-toxin produced in GM plants is thousands of times more concentrated than natural Bt spray; is designed to be more toxic; has properties of an allergen; and, unlike the spray, cannot be washed off the plant. Even the less toxic natural bacterial spray is harmful, though— as evidenced by 500 people who reported allergy or flu-like symptoms when exposed to it, and the Indian farm workers who handle Bt cotton and report similar symptoms.

The Bt cotton (and corn) has other implications: killing animals.

If GM crops kill animals, how safe are they for us to eat?

When sheep grazed on Bt cotton plants after harvest, thousands died. Post mortems showed severe irritation and black patches in their intestines and livers. Investigators said preliminary evidence “strongly suggests that the sheep mortality was due to a toxin. . . .most probably Bt-toxin.” In a small feeding study, 100% of sheep fed Bt cotton plants died within 30 days, while those grazing on
natural cotton plants in the adjoining field had no symptoms.

Similarly, buffalo that grazed on natural cotton plants for years without incident are reacting to the Bt variety. In one village, they allowed their 13 buffalo to graze on Bt cotton plants for a single day in January 2008. All died within three days. Bt corn was also implicated in the deaths of cows, horses, buffaloes, and chickens. Even Monsanto’s (a GMO biotech company’s) own 90-day rat feeding study showed evidence of poisoning in major organs due to their Bt corn.

GMOs Contain Allergens

Then there’s the problem of allergens. Immune system problems in GMO-fed animals are “a consistent feature of all the studies,” according to GM food safety expert Dr. Arpad Pusztai. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine specifically notes an increase in cytokines, “associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation.” While all three conditions are on the rise in the US, it is the upsurge in food allergies among children that has generated the most alarm nationwide. There are many reasons why GMOs might be the cause:

  • The GM proteins produced in GM soy, corn, and papayas have properties of known allergens and fail the allergy screening protocol recommended by the World Health Organization.
  • Creating a GMO can introduce new allergens or elevate existing ones. Both GM soy and corn contain new unintended allergenic proteins, and GM soy has as much as seven times higher levels of a natural soy allergen.
  • Herbicide tolerant GM crops have considerably more residues of toxic herbicides, which may provoke reactions.
  • Allergy tests confirm that some people react to GM soy, people react to GM soy, but not to non-GM soy.

Soon after GM soy was introduced to the UK, soy allergies skyrocketed by 50%. Research shows that consuming GM foods—including Bt toxin-tainted foods and GM peas—may provoke sensitivity to other, non-GMO foods.

GMOs and Liver Problems

The liver is a primary detoxifier, but the livers of mice and rats fed GM feed were smaller, partially atrophied or significantly heavier—possibly inflamed—and some showed signs of toxicity from eating GM food.

GMOs Remain Inside Us!

The only published human feeding study revealed that the genes inserted into GM crops transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continue to function. So, long after we stop eating GMOs, we may still have potentially harmful GM proteins produced continuously inside of us. Although scientists tested this only on soy, if Bt genes from corn chips also transferred, they could transform our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories—possibly for the rest of our lives. The bottom line? GM foods might be colonizing the gut flora of North Americans.

Even if GMOs helped combat global hunger—which they don’t—it would be hard to justify putting these high-risk organisms into the food supply, especially since GM crops cross-pollinate and contaminate the environment. Their self-propagating genetic pollution may outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste.

Meet the Scientists Who Dared to Break the Silence on GMOs

Arpad Pusztai

Biologist Arpad Pusztai was the world’s top expert in his field, but when he accidentally discovered that genetically modified (GM) foods are dangerous, he became the biotech industry’s bad boy. Here’s what happened: Dr. Pusztai was awarded a $3 million grant to design a system for safety testing GMOs, but the testing went sideways.

Within 10 days, the test animals fed GM potatoes developed potentially pre-cancerous cell growth, smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partially atrophied livers, and damaged immune systems. Moreover, the cause was almost certainly side effects from the process of genetic engineering itself. In other words, the GM foods on the market—created from the same process—might have similar effects on humans.

When Pusztai was interviewed on TV about his findings and his concern over the safety of GM foods, he was soon fired, threatened with lawsuits, and shut down. Fortunately, Pusztai’s research was eventually published in the Lancet. Unfortunately, his is the only in-depth study done on the GM foods eaten every day by Americans and Canadians.

Irina Ermakova

Irina Ermakova, a senior scientist at the Russian National Academy of Sciences, discovered that more than half of the baby rats in her experiment died within three weeks. She had fed the mothers GM soy flour purchased at a supermarket. The babies from mothers fed natural non-GMO soy, however, had only a 10% death rate. She repeated her experiment three times with similar results.

Dr. Ermakova reported her preliminary findings at a conference in October 2005, asking the scientific community to replicate her study. Instead, she was attacked, vilified and told to stop doing GM food research.

Unfortunately, Ermakova didn’t conduct a biochemical analysis of the feed, so it couldn’t be determined if some rogue toxin contaminated that soy flour. More recent events, however, indicate that the high infant mortality rate of baby rats fed GM soy may not have been unique to that one bag of GM flour. The laboratory where Ermakova worked used GM soy in their formulation and fed it to all the rats. After two months, the rat infant mortality rate from those experiments was over 55%. Unfortunately, no one has yet repeated Ermakova’s study.

Andrés Carrasco

Embryologist Andrés Carrasco told a leading Buenos Aires newspaper about the results of his research into Roundup, the herbicide sold in conjunction with Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops. Dr. Carrasco, of Argentina’s Ministry of Science, said his studies of amphibians suggest that the herbicide could cause defects in the brain, intestines, and hearts of fetuses. Moreover, the amount of Roundup used on GM soy fields was as much as 1,500 times greater than that which created the defects.

The biotech industry ridiculed Carrasco’s research and issued personal threats. Fortunately, Argentina’s Association of Environmental Lawyers filed a petition calling for a ban on Roundup, and the Ministry of Defense banned GM soy from its fields.

Terje Traavik

Prominent virologist Terje Traavik presented preliminary data at a February 2004 meeting at the UN Biosafety Protocol Conference, showing that:

  • Filipinos living next to a GM cornfield developed serious symptoms while the corn was pollinating.
  • Genetic material inserted into GM crops transferred to rat organs after a single meal.
  • Key safety assumptions about genetically engineered viruses were overturned, calling into question the safety of using these viruses in vaccines.

The biotech industry mercilessly attacked Dr. Traavik. Their excuse? He presented unpublished work. But presenting preliminary data at professional conferences is a long tradition in science, something that the biotech industry itself relied on in 1999 to try to counter the evidence that butterflies were endangered by GM corn.

Why is Science and Debate Being Silenced?

There appears to be a de facto ban on scientists asking certain questions and
finding certain results.

New Zealand Parliament member Sue Kedgley told a Royal Commission in 2001: “Personally, I have been contacted by telephone and e-mail by a number of scientists who have serious concerns about aspects of the research that is taking place . . . and the increasingly close ties that are developing between science and commerce, but who are convinced that if they express these fears publicly . . . or even if they asked the awkward and difficult questions, they will be eased out of their institution.”

University of Minnesota biologist Phil Regal testified before the same Commission, “I think the people who boost genetic engineering are going to have to do a mea culpa and ask for forgiveness.”

Sue Kedgley has a different idea. She recommends we “set up human clinical trials using volunteers of genetic engineering scientists and their families, because they are so convinced of the safety of their products, I’m sure they would very readily volunteer to become part of a human clinical trial.” (Human rats maybe?)

In the meantime, innocent humans are being forced to take part in this GMO deception—against their will and, often, unknowingly. In short, we’re guinea pigs in the GMO killing fields. It’s time to stop the madness. Find out how to stop eating GMOs by visiting: www.nongmoshoppingguide.com.

Just Say No to GMO’s
Sowing the Seeds of Deception - Part 1
By Jeffrey M. Smith – Extraordinary Health Article

Note from Christine:

We support the use of only non-GMO products for the health reasons listed above. The nutrition and health products that we promote are confirmed to be from non-GMO sources. We have verified this with all of our product suppliers. We encourage you to choose non-GMO foods for you and your family.

At Christine’s Cleanse Corner, Inc. we recommend and carry only whole-food supplements from nutritional suppliers that use only non-GMO and/or certified organic ingredients like Garden of Life, Mt. Capra and New Chapter.

Garden of Life’s commitment to health goes beyond offering some of the most effective nutritional products in the world. Garden of Life is committed to using only raw and/or whole food sources of materials and nutrients, from organically grown and/or non-GMO sources because it is much more beneficial for health.

Mt. Capra’s whole food nutritional products and raw materials are also certified to be free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s).

New Chapter became the first vitamins & supplement company verified by the Non-GMO Project: New Chapter proudly announces that its multivitamins are the first in the nation to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification. New Chapter has long been committed to rooting out Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and is now demonstrating that commitment by pursuing Non-GMO Project verification for its entire line of whole-food vitamins, minerals and herbs.


Over 75% of New Chapter’s products have already been granted Verified status by the Non-GMO Project. New Chapter is the first and only vitamin and supplement company to have achieved this extraordinary breadth of verification. New Chapter is proud to be the leading advocate of the non-GMO movement within the dietary supplement industry.


The process of genetic modification, which takes place in a laboratory, typically merges DNA from different species, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. With studies increasingly showing a correlation between consumption of GMOs and an array of health risks and with U.S. consumer confidence shaken by ongoing food safety failures, distrust of GMOs is growing. As a result, more and more consumers are seeking non-GMO choices. New Chapter is committed to meeting the demand for safe, healthy, non-GMO vitamins and supplements.


The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only third party non-GMO verification. The Project was created by natural food retailers in response to consumer concerns, and is a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices.

“Consumers take vitamins and supplements expressly for their health,” said Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. “It is therefore especially important that these products be made from safe, healthy, non-GMO ingredients. New Chapter is a pioneer in this regard, and is an inspiring example for the vitamin and supplement industry.”

New Chapter has always been committed to quality when it comes to choosing the ingredients used in its products. They were the first company to produce a full line of whole-food complexed vitamins and minerals certified to be made with organic ingredients. “Enrolling all of our products in the Non-GMO Project reflects our obedience to best practices for GMO avoidance. It is our continuous commitment to deliver the Wisdom of Nature in all our dietary supplements, with organic integrity and genetic honesty “said Tom Newmark, CEO of New Chapter.

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Note: The content provided in this article is intended for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. You are encouraged to consult with your medical health care provider regarding any health concern or health-related condition you may have.

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