Explaining the Genetic Modification of Our Food

explaining gms

Why are GMOs dangerous?

Although the role GMOs play in the field of eating disorders, my specialty, is not even on the radar of most researchers, let alone practitioners, scientists are at least beginning to recognize the relationship between GMO foods and epidemic levels of obesity, liver and kidney disease, IBS, autoimmune disease, autism, cancer, Alzheimer’s, infertility and other illnesses that are surging presently in the U.S. It’s about time.

Is there such a thing as a “safe” GMO?

You tell me.
Genetic engineering is a strange, complicated process, and to date there have been no studies demonstrating its safety.
Here’s how a GMO is created:
1 – E. Coli bacteria is combined with a carcinogenic soil bacterium to allow the foreign bacteria to breach the host plant’s cells.
2 – Electricity is applied to the host plant to rupture its cell walls, thus allowing the foreign DNA to invade.
3 – A “gene gun” blasts the engineered DNA directly into the plant’s cells.
To quickly recap, they mix together a concoction of deadly bacteria and then either shock or shoot the plant to let this terrible Trojan horse of foreign DNA enter its genetic structure. The process is certainly complicated enough to warrant in-depth study on the impact it is having on our health and yet no independent studies are being conducted by GMO giant corporations as of the writing of this article.

Sound safe to you?

Genetically engineered food is NOT a natural process. Indeed, as we saw above, it is really kind of creepy. The genes injected into a plant by food engineers can come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even human fetuses. This means that most GMOs are “transgenic” i.e. that they cross one species with another.

Why is that a problem?

Because transgenic organisms are a relatively recent development in man’s history. The first genetically engineered crop was tobacco in 1982 and the first GE food was a Flavr Savr tomato in 1994. Both are documented failures in as much as the tomato failed and the tobacco was eventually determined to be highly carcinogenic, but not until millions died from lung cancer.

Genes operate in a complex network that is still not fully understood. What we do understand is that when you mess with them, they take on a life of their own. Worse still, genetic engineering can result in unintended consequences that once begun cannot be undone. Shades of a horror movies!

Unlike crossbreeding or hybridization, which involves two varieties of the same species, and has been done without ill effect for centuries, genetic engineering forcefully breaches the naturally occurring barriers between species. There is probably a good reason that the barriers between species are so difficult to breech.

But genetic engineers have ignored this natural order in order to line their pockets.

RoundUp Ready Corn is just one of many genetically modified organisms. In fact, you are likely to see a hundred GMOs during a visit to the supermarket and never realize it, even if you buy “very healthy” foods.

For example, to protect strawberries and tomatoes from freezing, genetic engineers will inject the fruits with fish genes, (yuk) and to strengthen the proteins in milk, engineers will inject goats with spider genes. The resultant milk proteins are stronger than Kevlar, a synthetic fiber used in bullet-proof vests and other industrial products. Who needs that?


Staples of the American diet are more often genetically modified than not. For example, salmon are genetically engineered with a growth hormone that allows them to keep growing larger and larger, dairy cows are injected with the genetically engineered hormone rBGH (also known as rBST) to increase milk production, and rice is injected with HUMAN GENES to produce pharmaceuticals.  

Again, the only proven benefit is that those who produce these nightmare foods are growing uber rich. 

How can I protect myself from GMOs?

I wish I could say that you can protect yourself, but you can’t really.  You can give it your best shot. Until our government stands up to corporate greed, we are at the mercy of those who would poison us for profit. The best you can do is eat all Non-GMO, organic, grass-fed, wild-caught foods. Also avoid grains sprayed with Glyphosate. Being your own food inspector and advocate is key to being informed about what you are eating and how it is affecting your health! 

Need help navigating the nasty world of GMO’s? Contact Norton Wellness Institute at 513-205-6543 and let Dr. Norton be your partner on a journey to better health! You can start living well TODAY!

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