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STAY HEALTHY!

By J. Manuel Cordova, M. D.

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Specialist
(Edited by Maria Montenegro)

Genetically Modified Foods

 

What is GMO (Genetic Modified Organisms)?

GMO involves a laboratory process of artificially inserting genes into the DNA of crops and animals. As of late 2009, the U.S. did not require foods to be labeled even though most other industrialized countries do.

Most processed foods in the U.S. contain GMO. Plants have had foreign genes forced into their DNA, many of which have never previously been in the human food supply. The most common are:

Soybean

Corn

Cottonseed

Canola

GMOs are not safe. They have been linked to:

thousands of toxic and allergic reactions

thousands of sick, sterile and dead livestock

damage to every organ & system studied in lab animals

Genetic modification is radically different from natural breeding. In animal test cases, it has caused allergic & immune reactions, liver diseases, and also reproductive & sterility problems, as well as death.

GM soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in UK

Bt-toxin used on corn & cotton has been linked to thousands of animal deaths, sterility, disease and allergies

More than half the offspring of mother rats fed GM soy died within 3 weeks.

Tips for avoiding GM crops

Buy organic

Look for Non-GMO labels on products

Avoid At-Risk ingredients, most of which come from the “Big Four:”

Corn (flour, meal, oil, starch, gluten, syrup)

Soy (flour, lecithin, protein, some vegetable oil)

Canola (oil)

Cotton (cottonseed oil)

Wellness and Preventive Medicine, as well as nutrition and exercise, are essential elements in maintaining good mental and physical health. The aging process can make us more susceptible to illness and disease unless we take proactive steps to strengthen our immune systems. Have regular check-ups. Remember, early detection is the key to resolving your health problems.

Most of the information above was taken from the following sources. To learn more about GMOs check

www.responsibletechnology.org

www.centerforfoodsafety.org

www.HealthierEating.org

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by Jeffrey M. Smith

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