Since the publication of his best-selling book Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating, Jeffrey M. Smith has become a leading advocate for calling a halt to this potentially dangerous technology.
His organization, the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), has collected anecdotal reports from people who recovered from various health problems after they removed genetically modified (GM) foods from their diets on the advice of their doctors. Some people felt better almost immediately, while with others it took up to 6 weeks to get the full benefit.
More than 3,000 people have now reported 28 conditions getting better, including digestive problems, fatigue, obesity, overweight, brain fog, anxiety, depression, food, sensitivities, allergies, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, autism, cancer, high blood pressure, and ADHD.
Of course, it‘s likely that people who eliminate GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are doing other things to support their health, like eliminating processed foods and switching to organically grown foods. But, according to Smith, farmers report similar health benefits in their livestock (including happier, calmer animals) when they switch to a GMO-free animal feed.
Although there has been very little research on the effects of GMOs in humans, many animal studies have associated health problems with GM foods including immune dysregulation, especially with regard to asthma, allergy, and inflammation; infertility; accelerated aging; dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation; and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.
In a very recent lecture posted to IRT’s website, Smith reported on research done in Finland which revealed what may be a link between all of these different conditions. The Finish researchers showed that glyphosate, the herbicide used in conjunction with GE crops, may be able to kill more than 50% of the core helpful bacteria in our gut microbiomes. Glyphosate is, after all, classified as an antibiotic. To make matters worse, glyphosate tends to kill off the good bacteria while leaving the pathogenic, bad bacteria intact!
As we’ve often said, the road to health is paved with good intestines, and when you don’t have an army of good bugs there working on your behalf, all kinds of things go awry.
It’s impossible to avoid GMOs completely today, but you can greatly minimize your exposure by choosing organic foods, which by law cannot be GM or contain GM ingredients. Organically grown livestock can’t be given GM feed. Contamination by GM crops has become such a problem that even organically grown food may contain some GMOs, but far, far less than would be found in foods that have been intentionally modified. Especially avoid non-organic processed foods. It’s estimated that up to 75% of them contain GM ingredients. With the exception of Hawaiian papayas and some apples, most produce, even if it’s not organic, is relatively GMO-free.
- Smith JM. Dramatic health recoveries reported by patients who stopped using GMO foods. Vitality Magazine. March 1, 2020.
- American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Genetically modified foods. Position statement approved on May 8, 2009.
- Smith JM. Jeffrey’s Take: Brand new evidence of Roundup harm; new existential danger from GMOs 2.0. IRT News Team. November 25, 2020.