GMOs Impact on Gut and Mental Health

There is SO MUCH happening in the realm of genetically modified food- the lead story being that Obama signed the “Monsanto Protection Act” last week.  So that you will know how horrible that piece of legislation is, we present just a few of the other recent news items pertaining to the most important health, environmental, social and legal issue of our day: growing and eating genetically modified food and the patenting of life.  The story on the legislation Obama signed will then follow.  The information presented here is small, a tiny part of the total catastrophe that is genetically modified food and the patenting of life.

Superbacteria, ever-rising cancer rates, superweeds, superbugs, the massive decline of honeybees, increased rates of emotional and mental disorders and the steep increase in life-threatening allergies can ALL be linked to GMOs and industrial agriculture. If only Healthy Mayor and second richest man in America Bloomberg really cared about school kids he would ban GMOs and GMO-raised meat from NYC school cafeterias as soon as possible.  How much you wanna bet Bloomberg eats almost only organic, like Obama, Clinton, Bush and Romney?

 

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Go with your Gut.  Common sense, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine have always known that your gut is a second brain. Now it is known that 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the digestive process.  A key nuero-transmitter, acetylcholine, is intimately involved in digestion.  Over 30 nuero-transmitters (brain chemicals) are involved with digestion and gut bacteria. That GMOs and their herbicide RoundUp® have a terrible effect on digestive bacteria is proven- watch the first video below and the following stories of farmers discussing their livestock and then check the science on how Monsanto’s RoundUp® harms gut bacteria.  (not to mention it has also been shown to cause birth defects and tumors!)

Poor digestion creates cascades of physical and emotional problems. (See Scientific American article below). The New York Times just reported that 20% of high-school aged boys are diagnosed with ADHD, and fully 10% are prescribed addictive amphetamines for treatment. What’s news is that poor digestion and poor “gut health” is often the culprit- caused by a poor, though “normal”, western diet. This is now proven because many children’s ADHD symptoms have been mitigated by eating a clean diet. Dr. Lidy Pelsser claims that “food is the main cause of ADHD.”  Poor digestion can even cause autism.

Most GMOs are raised for cheap animal feed (though 70% of processed food also contain them).  Livestock that are fed with GMOs are usually killed within a few months, so the cancer and tumors uncovered by Giles Seralini’s research is rarely an issue, but other health issues with GMO fed livestock are very common, including constant diarrhea.  If GMOs cause digestion issues in animals, then wouldn’t they cause digestion issues in humans as well?  Poor digestion (not necessarily diarrhea) causes nutrient deficiencies.  A deficiency in just one mineral like magnesium can cause tremendous emotional and cognitive problems.  And supplementing with pills won’t help much because digestion is so poor!  So what happens when we eat the meat from livestock fed exclusively on pesticide-drenched GMO’s, growth hormones and antibiotics?  And pesticide-drenched vegetables and grains?  RoundUp’s® glyphosate has been found in 100% of urine samples at 5-20 times the limit for drinking water. Monsanto’s RoundUp® harms gut bacteria.  Keep eating it and sooner or later there is a strong chance it will harm you.  And small children are especially vulnerable.

Because GMOs alter livestock digestion, livestock must be given even more antibiotics just to keep them alive.  This industrial agriculture method has now created drug resistant bacteria, which some epidemiologists predict could have even more wide ranging, dire consequences like that already found in our hospitals.  Antibiotics disrupt gut flora in everyone who takes them. Cattle manure is then often spread on vegetable patches, and the antibiotics enter the vegetables!  From the Times article: ”The C.D.C. director, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, likened the rising rates of stimulant prescriptions among children to the overuse of pain medications and antibiotics in adults”.

Italy serves all it’s public school children organic food.  Guess what?  ADHD rates are MUCH lower in Italy.

Don’t eat CAFO meat.  CAFO stands for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or typical American factory (torture) farming.  Look for animals humanely raised and antibiotic-free, even when you eat in a restaurant.

For beef, grass-fed is the best.  Otherwise the meat is so infected it is now being radiated and doused in ammonia to kill the pathogens.  That is what NYC is feeding it’s schoolchildren.  Think organic is too expensive?  ”An A.D.H.D. diagnosis often results in a family’s paying for a child’s repeated visits to doctors for assessments or prescription renewals. Taxpayers assume this cost for children covered by Medicaid…”

Video of European egg producer who found drastic improvements in the health and production of his hens after changing from GM to non-GM soy feed 

Pigs’ Health Improved Drastically After Switching to a GMO-Free Diet

 Roundup harms beneficial gut bacteria – study

New study by scientists at Leipzig University which found that Roundup herbicide, used on Monsanto’s herbicide resistant crops negatively impacted the gastrointestinal bacteria of poultry in vitro. The researchers found that highly pathogenic bacteria resisted Roundup, whereas beneficial bacteria were moderately to highly susceptible to it. The study provides a scientific basis to farmer reports of increased gastrointestinal disease in animals fed GM Roundup Ready soy, which is tolerant to Roundup.

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Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being

“The second brain informs our state of mind in other more obscure ways, as well.  ”A big part of our emotions are probably influenced by the nerves in our gut,” Mayer says. Butterflies in the stomach—signaling in the gut as part of our physiological stress response, Gershon says—is but one example. Although gastrointestinal (GI) turmoil can sour one’s moods, everyday emotional well-being may rely on messages from the brain below to the brain above. For example, electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve—a useful treatment for depression—may mimic these signals, Gershon says.
Serotonin seeping from the second brain might even play some part in autism, the developmental disorder often first noticed in early childhood. Gershon has discovered that the same genes involved in synapse formation between neurons in the brain are involved in the alimentary synapse formation. “If these genes are affected in autism,” he says, “it could explain why so many kids with autism have GI motor abnormalities” in addition to elevated levels of gut-produced serotonin in their blood.”
While good bacteria died, highly pathogenic bacteria were unaffected by glyphosate.

 

President Obama knowingly signed the Monsanto Protection Act over the insistence of more than 250,000 Americans who signed an urgent letter asking that he use his executive authority to veto H.R. 933 and send it back to Congress to remove the Act from the bill. Regretfully, President Obama failed to live up to his oath to protect the American people and our constitution. The passage of the Monsanto Protection Act is another sign of how out of touch Congress and the White House are with the sentiment of the American public. Since losing a court case in 2010 to Center for Food Safety for the unlawful planting of GMO sugar beets, Monsanto and other biotech companies have been desperate to find a way around court mandated environmental impact statements required as a result of a U.S. district court’s ruling.” From Food Democracy Now

“In this hidden backroom deal, Senator Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental, and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto,” Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement. “This abuse of power is not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Senator Mikulski or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.”

Senator Mikulski Apologizes for Monsanto Rider Mistake

There is a fierce urgency in the fight over the Monsanto Protection Act for family farmers and food activists across the country as 13 new genetically engineered crops await approval at the USDA and AquaBounty’s GMO salmon could be approved by the FDA next month. The passage of this rider in an unrelated budget spending bill could open the floodgates for these new approvals, even if the budget agreement only lasts for the next six months.  From Food Democracy Now

So the company that helped invent and supply Agent Orange for chemical warfare in Vietnam is the leading seed supplier (both GMO and non-GMO seeds) and makes GMO crops that are proven to disrupt ecosystems, cause terrible harm to animals and humans- are NOW protected from the constitution for at least 6 months thanks to our broken political system.  Many farmers want out of the GMO treadmill, but since Monsanto bought most of the seed companies, non-GMO seeds can be hard to find!
We were promised that genetically modified crops would increase yields and decrease pesticide use- instead yields are the same or less and pesticide use has risen dramatically- at the expense of our health, our children’s health and the health of the environment.  But since these crops can be patented- ENORMOUS, global profits are at stake.  Food is the biggest business of all, and the giant corporations want total control of it, and our government is helping them get it.  In essence, you are now licensing the right to eat your food- you do not own it- if you purchase GMO seed.  You are also risking your physical and emotional health, especially of your children.  These crops basic DNA has been tinkered with- and the  results are downright scary.  Watch this 15 minute Greenpeace video “Growing Doubt” or this video on how animals are changed when fed GMO feed.

Deadly Bacteria That Resist Strongest Drugs Are Spreading  NYTIMES

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the organisms “nightmare bacteria” during a telephone news conference, and noted that they could pass their trait for drug resistance — encoded in a scrap of genetic material called a plasmid — along to other bacteria.  The problem is most common in the Northeast, particularly in hospitals in New York City, officials said.
 Much of the public forgets the gut when it comes to warding off the flu and other more threatening diseases, but the gut—and its army of beneficial bacteria—are essential in protecting us from harm. That’s why eating genetically modified and/or conventionally farmed food could be a direct assault on your own health. Most recently, research has shown that Monsanto’s herbicide, known as Roundup, is destroying gut health, threatening overall health of animals, people, and the planet significantly.

The journal Current Microbiology recently published a study that caught Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate, suppressing beneficial bacteria in poultry specimens. Given that gut health is directly linked to chronic illnesses and overall health, this isn’t exactly welcome news for people who can’t always afford or who lack access to organic, locally grown food.

But it gets worse. While good bacteria died, highly pathogenic bacteria were unaffected by glyphosate. These pathogens include several strains of Salmonella and the class Colstridia, anaerobic bacteria known to be some of the deadliest known to us, including C. tetani (tetanus) and C. botulinum (botulin). Although botulin is used to ease overactive muscles and in Botox, America’s most popular cosmetic procedure, it takes but 75 billionths of a gram to kill someone weighing 75 kg (165 lbs).

This is a documentary thriller about how Agro-Chemical multinational corporations victimize international scientists to prevent them from publishing their scary findings.
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Vandana Shiva has started a Seed Satyagraha – nonviolent non-cooperation around seed laws – has gotten millions of farmers to sign a pledge to break those laws.
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Fruit Flies Live Longer when Fed Organic Diet

 In Italian government-sponsored research, (v) mice that were fed Monsanto’s GM corn, showed a wide range of immune responses. The mice had an increase in cytokines (substances that are secreted by specific cells of the immune system which carry signals locally between cells, and thus have an effect on other cells). The specific cytokines (interleukins) that were elevated are also higher in humans who suffer from a wide range of disorders. See the table below:
Elevated interleukins Associations
IL-6 Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, various types of cancer (multiple myeloma and prostate cancer)
IL-13 Allergy, allergic rhinitis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
MIP-1b Autoimmune disease and colitis
IL-12p70 Inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis

As you can see, two of the elevated interleukins are associated with inflammatory bowel diseases and one is specifically associated with colitis.

How will I know if meat and poultry products are irradiated?
Consumers cannot recognize irradiated food by sight, smell, taste, or feel. Irradiated foods can be recognized by the presence of the international symbol for irradiation on the packaging along with the words “Treated with Radiation,” or “Treated by Irradiation.”
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One Response to GMOs Impact on Gut and Mental Health

  1. I went to a G.M.O. and Monsanto protest last month with the Flagstaff Liberty Alliance outside of the city Hall.It is a crime not to label food before it is sold for human and animal consumption.We are what we eat.G.M.O. corn seed has deadly MONS in it that kill bugs,soil and your gut and liver when eaten.Half the milk and cheese,along with the very gross pizza and burgers served in public schools is nasty,fake ,almost out of date,and G.M.O Microwaved. Most of the nutritional value also gone.Chemtrail planes spray G.M.O. seeds over the fields of Kansas and will ruin the soil and organic farms.Land grab in America.Chemtrailing over little Bazine Kansas .Hopeless situation for people who want to eat healthy.America please ban G.M.O. wheat,soy,Frankenstein corn and its nasty fattening syrup,Monsanto is evil and =666.Microwave cell phone towers looming over kids pineal glands,chemtrail planes,and G.M.O. food do not harmonize with humans or nature,they only harm all living things.

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