Here's another fun article for "us people"....I'm beginning to think
we are just plain old effed no matter what we do......
( http://www.aaemonline.org/ ......link for American Academy of
Environmental Medicine...position statements, resources)
Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food
By Jeffrey M. Smith
On May 19th, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM)
called on "Physicians to educate their patients, the medical
community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods
when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods
and health risks." They called for a moratorium on GM foods,
long-term independent studies, and labeling. AAEM's position paper
stated, "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks
associated with GM food," including infertility, immune problems,
accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and
the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, "There is more than a
casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There
is causation," as defined by recognized scientific criteria. "The
strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease
is confirmed in several animal studies."
More and more doctors are already prescribing GM-free diets. Dr. Amy
Dean, a Michigan internal medicine specialist, and board member of
AAEM says, "I strongly recommend patients eat strictly non-genetically
modified foods." Ohio allergist Dr. John Boyles says "I used to test
for soy allergies all the time, but now that soy is genetically
engineered, it is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it."
Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, President of AAEM, says, "Physicians are
probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to
ask the right questions." World renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava
goes one step further. After reviewing more than 600 scientific
journals, he concludes that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are
a major contributor to the sharply deteriorating health of Americans.
Dangerously few studies, untraceable diseases
AAEM states, "GM foods have not been properly tested" and "pose a
serious health risk." Not a single human clinical trial on GMOs has
been published. A 2007 review of published scientific literature on
the "potential toxic effects/health risks of GM plants" revealed "that
experimental data are very scarce." The author concludes his review by
asking, "Where is the scientific evidence showing that GM plants/food
are toxicologically safe, as assumed by the biotechnology
(note response from David Suzuki...my emphasis)
Famed Canadian geneticist David Suzuki answers, "The experiments
simply haven't been done and we now have become the guinea pigs." He
adds, "Anyone that says, 'Oh, we know that this is perfectly safe,' I
say is either unbelievably stupid or deliberately lying."
Dr. Schubert points out, "If there are problems, we will probably
never know because the cause will not be traceable and many diseases
take a very long time to develop." If GMOs happen to cause immediate
and acute symptoms with a unique signature, perhaps then we might have
a chance to trace the cause.
This is precisely what happened during a US epidemic in the late
1980s. The disease was fast acting, deadly, and caused a unique
measurable change in the blood—but it still took more than four years
to identify that an epidemic was even occurring. By then it had killed
about 100 Americans and caused 5,000-10,000 people to fall sick or
become permanently disabled. It was caused by a genetically engineered
brand of a food supplement called L-tryptophan.
If other GM foods are contributing to the rise of autism, obesity,
diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart disease, allergies, reproductive
problems, or any other common health problem now plaguing Americans,
we may never know. In fact, since animals fed GMOs had such a wide
variety of problems, susceptible people may react to GM food with
multiple symptoms. It is therefore telling that in the first nine
years after the large scale introduction of GM crops in 1996, the
incidence of people with three or more chronic diseases nearly
doubled, from 7% to 13%.
To help identify if GMOs are causing harm, the AAEM asks their
"members, the medical community, and the independent scientific
community to gather case studies potentially related to GM food
consumption and health effects, begin epidemiological research to
investigate the role of GM foods on human health, and conduct safe
methods of determining the effect of GM foods on human health."
Citizens need not wait for the results before taking the doctors
advice to avoid GM foods. People can stay away from anything with soy
or corn derivatives, cottonseed and canola oil, and sugar from GM
sugar beets—unless it says organic or "non-GMO." There is a pocket
Non-GMO Shopping Guide, co-produced by the Institute for Responsible
Technology and the Center for Food Safety, which is available as a
download, as well as in natural food stores and in many doctors'
If even a small percentage of people choose non-GMO brands, the food
industry will likely respond as they did in Europe—by removing all GM
ingredients. Thus, AAEM's non-GMO prescription may be a watershed for
the US food supply.