The scariest thing about GMOs, to me, is that we really don’t know much about them. There’s almost no concrete evidence out there that proves the danger of consuming GM foods to humans. Wonder why that is?
There has only been one study done on the effects of GMOs in humans.
And a pretty important little piece of knowledge from the lone study back in 2004 was gained — that GM genes effectively transfer into the bacteria living inside our intestines, causing them to carry out the altered genetic function — which in some GM foods, is PRODUCING PESTICIDES.
Roundup-Ready Gut Flora
The human subjects of the study who ate Roundup-Ready soy, courtesy of Monsanto, were shown to have bacteria in their gut with the same gene that was altered in the soy to withstand the deadly doses of herbicides given to the crop.
So my gut germs won’t be killed by chemical herbicides, you say? Yeah that doesn’t sound too bad. Except, disrupting the delicate balance of healthy intestinal flora, is a serious health gamble. You don’t want to go around messing with this stuff.
Without that normal, probiotic bacteria functioning as it should, your health is shot. Your immune system cannot function. You can’t digest foods. Your “bad” bacteria begins to take over, causing holes in your gut to develop and toxins to produce and leak out into your bloodstream.
We don’t know how altering the genetic makeup of the beneficial bacteria we need to keep our bodies healthy, will affect it in the long run. The thought of having Monsanto-tampered living beings constantly inside my body, does make me want to vomit, however.
Monsters inside me? Pesticide factories living in your body
Here’s the really frightening part though. Around 85% of corn grown today, genetically modified by Monsanto, has been engineered to literally produce its own pesticides. And corn is in seriously everything. It’s very difficult to find a processed food that doesn’t contain some form of a corn-based product, such as high-fructose corn syrup, or starch.
The engineers put the “Bt toxin” gene into the DNA of the corn in order for it to manufacture its own toxins that kill pests. The Bt gene originated from a soil bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis, so because it belongs inside a natural microflora organism, it’s not that far of a leap for it to infiltrate the microflora in your gut. The Bt gene can convert the microflora in your intestine into toxin-manufacturing machines.
So, to be clear, eating GMO corn products can cause your gut (which is primarily responsible for keeping you healthy) to turn into a breeding ground for tiny little pesticide factories inside your body, actively creating toxins which are designed to kill living things.
Are you scared yet?
What Can We Do About it?
It isn’t known how long the effects of the GMO-tainted gut bacteria will stay with us — because again, no one is studying what’s actually happening to us while we serve as Monsanto’s guinea pigs eating up their “safe” poisons. If you’ve spent any number of years eating standard American processed (and thus, GMO) fare, you might be a little freaked out right now that while we load up on carefully chosen organic veggies free of the toxic spray, our gut bacteria is slathering on the pesticides inside us anyway.
I think that the most important thing to do is, obviously, steer clear of any and all GM foods, or foods that are fed GM foods (CAFO animal products), from this point on. That’s actually fairly easy to do — no processed foods (especially polyunsaturated “vegetable” oils like canola and soy — both certainly GMO), and for the few fresh foods you might find that are GM (corn and papayas, in particular), just make sure they’re organic. I also think it’s crucial that we get our guts healthy, and populate them with plenty of GMO-free probiotic bacteria.
And I think it’s important that we spread the message to others. We won’t be the test subjects of this crazy worldwide experiment. We’ll take our health into our own hands, know where our food comes from, and protect ourselves against the corrupted system that we’re now faced with. And we’ll do everything we can to get money-grubbing geneticists out of our kitchens — and intestines.
[Note: You can now also help fight against Monsanto by voting YES on Proposition 37 if you live in California, to require labeling of GMOs!]
What are your thoughts on the effects of GMOs?
Are you as worried as I was to learn that the engineered genes can transfer to other living organisms? What do you think this means for the health of future generations?
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