AT a panel discussion on April 4th at NYU entitled “GMO Labeling: Do We Need It?, sponsored by GMFree-NY, Dr. Walter S. De Jong from Cornell University, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, was introduced as a molecular geneticist. His role on the panel was to take the position that GMOs did not need to be labeled and he stated that he didn’t see the need for labeling. He was a congenial, soft-spoken fellow. He said “all we are doing is slightly altering the genetic code of a plant in order to create one new protein. There are hundreds and hundreds of proteins being scripted by DNA in every cell of that plant, all the time”. Dr. De Jong then rhetorically asked, “What is one more protein?”
Unfortunately the other panel members ignored his rhetoric, which for a “molecular geneticist” was profoundly and shockingly ignorant. As anybody who is familiar with the human immune system knows, “one more protein” can be a match that lights a fire that burns an entire house down. This happens through the process of inflammation.
“One more protein”, especially an unusual and different protein, created in the lab by genetic engineers, will alert the immune system to inspect it. If this strange protein is deemed threatening in any way then the immune system will call out the cavalry (antigen presenting cells, macrophages, T-helper cells, histamines and cytokines) for it’s immediate removal from the body. Our immune systems do this all the time, all day long. It is how we stay healthy in a world of potentially pathogenic microbes and proteins.
A strange protein constantly introduced to the body will crate a state of chronic inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can result in any degenerative disease. Inflammation of the digestive tract will be especially harmful, and even low level inflammation that may have no immediate symptoms will eventually lead to serious problems.
A few examples:
A prion is a protein, an infectious disease-causing agent that is believed to be the smallest infectious particle. A prion is neither bacterial nor fungal nor viral and contains no genetic material. Prions have been held responsible for a number of degenerative brain diseases, including mad cow disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, fatal familial insomnia, kuru, and an unusual form of hereditary dementia known as Gertsmann-Straeussler-Scheinker disease.
A prion is just one more protein.
If a glass of milk or a slice of pizza causes swollen lips, hives, or other significant symptoms, you may have an allergy to casein, a protein in milk. Just one more protein.
Another milk protein associated with food allergies is whey. Some people are allergic to both casein and whey. If you are allergic to whey, as many people are, and you continue to drink milk, your health will suffer severely.
Whey is “just one more protein”. You would be a fool to continue to consume milk. You would avoid it. Milk would be easy to avoid. You would know when it was in something because it would be labeled.
Inflammation is the process that the body undergoes to protect itself from foreign agents like viruses, pathogenic bacteria and strange proteins. It now appears from all the evidence that GMOs trigger an immune response, because of the strange proteins being created by altering a plant’s DNA in a laboratory. In fact the FDA’s own scientists warned that GMOs have the potential to trigger an allergic response (inflammation), and they recommended that GMOs should not be approved until long term tests were done as the precautionary principle, that used to govern science, would dictate. Yet they were over-ruled by the head of the FDA, a man who had formerly worked for Monsanto, and the tests were never done.
Farmers report that their animals fed GMOs often have diarrhea, which is one of the body’s responses to a strange protein- get it out fast! The animal’s intestines become inflamed and the strange protein is quickly expelled. These animals are sick, and are then given antibiotics and steroids to stop the inflammatory process. But many farmers have reported that if they simply discontinued GMO feed, their animals recovered.
This inflammatory response is also occurring in humans who ingest GMOs. Especially in children with new and untested immune systems, and the sick and the elderly. Inflammation of the intestinal tract will lead to poor digestion. Poor digestions will lead to deficiencies of vital nutrients. Deficiencies of vital nutrients will lead to chronic life threatening degenerative disease, like cancer, Chrohn’s, arthritis, allergies to peanuts and pollen, and even to emotional and mental instability.
That is what “one more protein” can do.
Hard to avoid them if they are not labeled.