GMO Crops and their link to Autoimmunity
What are GMOs?
“Genetically Modified Organisms” are plants that have had their DNA altered to withstand deadly doses of herbicides and pesticides. In traditional selective breeding of plants or animals, a dog may be mated with another dog to get a new variety, but it is impossible to mate a dog with a cat or with a tomato. Even when seemingly close related species have a successful breeding, the offspring are usually infertile. This is why mules are sterile, because they come from a horse and donkey mating. However, with genetic engineering, scientists actually breach the species barriers that God established in nature. For example, one biotech company has spliced human DNA into rice and is advancing to try to get this crop into the commercial market. GM crops are drenched in the herbicide Roundup ® which, among other deadly chemicals, contains glyphosate as its active ingredient, one of the deadly chemicals used in Agent Orange. Besides having Roundup sprayed on them, corn and cotton crops are also engineered to actually produce their own insecticide called Bt-toxin which causes insects’ stomachs to explode. Because of this, the Environmental Protection Agency now actually regulates corn as an insecticide. Glyphosate is not only an herbicide but also a powerful antibiotic, however only to the body’s beneficial gut bacteria.
Even a small amount of glyphosate exposure kills large amounts of your good bacteria and leads to the overgrowth of very harmful strains of bacteria such as salmonella.
An overgrowth of bad gut bacteria causes more inflammation , leaky gut and immune reactions.
Animal studies reveal extremely serious health risks from GMOs including damaged intestines and stomachs , immune problems and allergies , liver and kidney damage , infertility , tumours , accelerated ageing and death .
Animals exposed to glyphosate developed digestive problems very similar to that of celiac disease, a very common autoimmune disease.
GMOs were introduced into the food supply in the mid-1990’s. The FDA does not require any safety evaluations or labeling of GMOs.
Dr Kalpana Shekhawat MD
Functional Medicine Specialist.