Without a doubt, one of the most highly debated topics in health and wellness centers on the safety or risk associated with GMO foods. Today, Austin Perlmutter M.D. joins me to interview Jeffrey Smith, who has, for the past two decades, done his best to raise public awareness as to the possible health-related concerns of genetically modifying our foodstuffs. Continue reading
You know it’s almost trendy now to talk about GMO foods and avoiding GMO foods. Oftentimes, when I lecture and ask the question as to why GMOs are a danger, I don’t really get much of an answer. So in today’s presentation I’d like to focus on actually why it is that GMO food represents a threat to your health. What is the real danger of GMO, and again is this just being discussed because it’s trendy? What is going on when we are consuming GMO foods?
So let’s talk about what exactly this is all about.
When I lecture to the general public, as well as to healthcare professionals, I often ask the question, “How do you feel about GMO foods?” The results are almost universally negative. Generally, the audiences come to the conclusion that, for whatever reason, GMO foods are “bad.”
My next question probes a bit further: why? It’s at that point that very few hands are raised. People generally have the sense that there’s something threatening and sinister about GMO foods, but, for the most part, they don’t know why.
So let’s take a step back. I’d like to explore why it is that we should indeed do everything possible to avoid GMO foods. Continue reading
Glyphosate, the patented herbicide now used around the world, is the active ingredient in the more commonly recognized product known as RoundUp. RoundUp kills those nasty weeds that want to grow in our gardens, around our fruit trees and along our streets. We’ve got to get rid of weeds at all cost!
RoundUp is what’s in the tank on the backs of those people spraying the verdant median of our roadways. Yes, I’m talking about the same RoundUp that you can buy right off the shelf at your neighborhood Home Depot or any number of other garden stores. It’s sold right out in the open and we’re encouraged to buy it despite the fact that it represents an incredible threat to our health.
Glyphosate, you may recall, was determined to be a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization publishing in the journal Lancet Oncology in March of this year.
But here’s what’s even more concerning about glyphosate. It turns out that the research indicating the danger of this chemical is not really telling the whole story. Continue reading
We hear more and more concern about the impact glyphosate, the lead ingredient in RoundUp, is having on the microbiome. While correlation does not mean causation, and while some of the science on this issue is still evolving, what we can say is that it does change the balance of the bacteria in the microbiome, setting the stage for leaky gut and autoimmune disease.
Let’s put our conversation about the dangers of GMO foods aside for a moment and consider why so much of America’s agricultural production is now centered on the use of genetically modified seed.
One of the biggest problems faced by farmers is the intrusion of weeds into their production fields. So rather than having to resort to manually removing weeds from farmer’s fields, a wonderful alternative has been created. America’s farmers now resort to spraying a weed-killing chemical, glyphosate (RoundUp®) on their crops. And what prevents the harvested crop from also being targeted by the herbicide is the fact that the seeds used in crop production are the genetically modified in such a way as to be resistant to the herbicide’s effects. In the world of agriculture these seeds are known as “RoundUp® ready.”
There’s plenty to be concerned about in terms of the GMO part of this story, but for now, understand that the use of RoundUp® ready GMO seeds has paved the way for farmers to use huge amounts of this herbicide. And it’s happening globally. It is estimated that by 2017 farmers will apply 1.35 million metric tons of glyphosate to their crops. Continue reading
I generally advise against eating soy, and here’s why.
First, almost all the soy available these days is genetically modified. I feel quite strongly that GMO produced foods represent a significant health risk for humans (and animals for that matter.). This is food that could have been treated with dangerous pesticides such as Roundup, the harsh effects of which were recently documented in the media. Eating GMO food, or potentially GMO food, it’s an unnecessary way to introduce toxins into our bodies.
Second, soy is a legume. Soy is thus high in Phytic Acid. Phytic acid tends to bind minerals and remove them from the body, which may lead to mineral deficiencies. In the process of adding what you think is actually a health-beneficial item to your diet, you are, in fact, removing essential nutrients and minerals from it instead.