Those who would defend the practice of developing GMO foods insist that they are harmless. So a kernel of corn kills a little bug; what’s the big deal? Look at it from another perspective. If a single bite from a single kernel of corn can kill a bug, what happens when a human being ingests 400 to 600 kernels at a meal? This is the average number of corn kernels on an ear of corn. Let’s say you had a cookout and the corn was really good so you had seconds. You just ingested approximately 800-1200 kernels of insecticide. The first place that this genetically modified corn ends up is in your intestinal tract, also known as your gut. Considering that approximately 70% of our immune system is in the gut, this is another cataclysmic effect.
Here’s the problem, the genetic mutation of a natural food such as corn or soybeans creates massive damage to the DNA of the plant. There can be hundreds to thousands of mutations of the DNA; the genes change their expression and no longer are recognized by the body as natural. When a human being eats a food that is not recognized by the immune system as being natural, it is seen as foreign. This is what triggers the immune system to attack. The immune system basically says, “Hey, what’s all this foreign stuff in your gut?” “We better kill it so it doesn’t hurt you.” This immune response creates inflammation, which is the basis to promote any number of diseases, including allergies, asthma, autism, autoimmune diseases, рак, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, GERD), heart disease, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, thyroid disease; the list goes on and on. This has created so many health problems, the new diagnoses aren’t even in medical textbooks yet.
A new disorder recently in the news is called PANS. I would bet good money that this is due to a combination of GMO foods, gluten, and high fructose corn syrup. PANS stands for pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. This mysterious brain disorder is thought to be caused by an infection or other trigger that produces an autoimmune response in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the brain. This results in swelling of the brain, obsessive-compulsive disorder, cognitive regression, sleeplessness, and other disabling behaviors. One physician, Dr. Jenny Frankovich, a rheumatologist at Lucile Packard at Stanford stated “This is not a psychiatric problem. It’s a medical problem.” Personally, I don’t see how you can separate the two. Any disorder involving the brain seems like a medical problem to me, but that’s just my opinion. PANS is currently being treated as an autoimmune disorder with steroids, other anti-inflammatories and immunosuppressants. The problem with suppressing the immune system is that it leaves the body vulnerable to fatal infections, Frankovich warned. In addition, this doesn’t cure the disorder, it just covers up the symptoms, like putting a bandaid over a gunshot wound.
It makes sense that this new disorder would occur in children based on the timeline. GMO’s were developed in the early 1990’s. GMO corn and soy were introduced into the U.S. food market in 1996. The children in the news article are 16 and 20, both born about the same time as GMO’s. So their bodies have been exposed to GMO food for their complete existence. In addition, another food that has become genetically engineered – gluten, causes the immune system to produce harmful cytokines, which attack the brain. A third food, if you can call it that, is high fructose corn syrup; it contains the heavy metal mercury, which can cause irreversible brain damage. Therefore, since the brain does not become fully developed until approximately age 25, it makes sense that these genetically engineered foods would pose more of a threat to brains that are still growing. My recommendation to the parents of these children would be to put their kids on an organic, non-GMO diet and avoid high fructose corn syrup like the plague.
It’s sad that our country doesn’t care about the health of its citizens. We have agencies specifically for this job; the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But who are they protecting? It seems their wallets. In response to the concerns of GMO’s, in 1992 the FDA stated “The agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way, or that, as a class, foods developed by the new techniques present any different or greater safety concern than foods developed by traditional plant breeding.” Therefore, they decided no studies were needed.
See Part 3 for conclusion and non-GMO food list.