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New Study: GMO corn linked to organ damage

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The Huffington Post writes:

"In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto's GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.

"Effects were mostly concentrated in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxification organs, but in detail differed with each GM type. In addition, some effects on heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells were also frequently noted. As there normally exists sex differences in liver and kidney metabolism, the highly statistically significant disturbances in the function of these organs, seen between male and female rats, cannot be dismissed as biologically insignificant as has been proposed by others. We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity....These substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and therefore their health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown."

Monsanto has immediately responded to the study, stating that the research is "based on faulty analytical methods and reasoning and do not call into question the safety findings for these products."

The IJBS study's author Gilles-Eric Séralini responded to the Monsanto statement on the blog, Food Freedom, "Our study contradicts Monsanto conclusions because Monsanto systematically neglects significant health effects in mammals that are different in males and females eating GMOs, or not proportional to the dose. This is a very serious mistake, dramatic for public health."

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/12/m...d_n_420365.html

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Post up the study. There's nothing really informative in the news article, just a bunch of inflammatory rhetoric.

It appears to be a study published last year:

http://www.biolsci.org/v05p0706.htm

It's a study on mice, not people. The analysis seems to be for "markers" of toxicity, rather than actual damage. And given that they had to sue for some of the data, it's hard to imagine the folks doing the analysis went into it fairly unbiased.

Question of the day: should you be more concerned about GM corn that might show some indirect evidence of toxicity in mice, or should you be more concerned about canola oil, which was genetically modified in the traditional, holistic manner (by plant breeding) to try to turn a flat-out toxic-to-humans crop (rapeseed) into something farmers could rename and profit from? Or should you be more concerned about 100% organic, all-natural spinach, that might contain enough incidental E coli to put you in the hospital or kill you?

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Dont they do almost all studys on mice. Why is this an argument for the study to be bad. aspertane, stevia all based on mice.

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Dont they do almost all studys on mice. Why is this an argument for the study to be bad. aspertane, stevia all based on mice.

That is true. When aspartame caused brain cancer in rats at high rates, the FDA would not legalize it for American food. It took the chairman of Searl (the company of aspartame) who was Donald Rumsfield to ask Reagan to freeze the FDA for thirty days in his first month of presidency so that Reagan could personally legalize aspartame for use in Pepsi.

So, other than large corporations pulling strings, the FDA does refuse to legalize foods/chemicals that effect mice and rats in negative ways.

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Dont they do almost all studys on mice. Why is this an argument for the study to be bad. aspertane, stevia all based on mice.

That is true. When aspartame caused brain cancer in rats at high rates, the FDA would not legalize it for American food. It took the chairman of Searl (the company of aspartame) who was Donald Rumsfield to ask Reagan to freeze the FDA for thirty days in his first month of presidency so that Reagan could personally legalize aspartame for use in Pepsi.

So, other than large corporations pulling strings, the FDA does refuse to legalize foods/chemicals that effect mice and rats in negative ways.

Hm, this sounds like a conspiracy theory to me. Prove that this actually happened using sources that are not conspiracy theory websites.

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Would you accept a link from a web page on the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago?

If so, here is a summary of the chronic health problems aspartame causes:

http://uimc.discoveryhospital.com/main.php...ame_controversy

I shall try to find information about it on diverse websites because I'm not sure what you might consider biased, etc.

In 2007, Italian researchers found that Aspartame raises the risk of lymphomas, leukemias and breast cancer in rats and say "FDA Should Reconsider Aspartame Cancer Risk."

"New Rat Study Links Artificial Sweetener with Lymphomas, Breast Cancer

WASHINGTON - A new long-term animal test from an Italian cancer institute raises serious safety questions about the artificial sweetener aspartame, which is marketed generically as well as under the NutraSweet and Equal brand names. "

Source: http://www.cspinet.org/new/200706251.html

Here is the Organic Consumer's view of the sneaky way Aspartame was legalized:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_16871.cfm

Aspartame breaks down into small amounts of formaldehyde:

"Upon ingestion, aspartame breaks down into several constituent chemicals, including aspartic acid, phenylalanine, methanol, and further breakdown products including formaldeyhyde[5] and formic acid. "

Source: http://www.edinformatics.com/math_science/...g/aspartame.htm

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My sibling had a life long heart murmur and this has always been a problem at the dentist and hospital. Heart murmurs can be a side effect of aspartame, so he tried an aspartame-free diet. I can't remember how many weeks/months passed, but the doctors said they no longer had a heart murmur at the next doctor's visit. The murmur has never returned and he has never returned to aspartame.

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No dude, I know there a small subset of the population that thinks aspartame is gonna kill them. Lol.

I was talking about this:

"That is true. When aspartame caused brain cancer in rats at high rates, the FDA would not legalize it for American food. It took the chairman of Searl (the company of aspartame) who was Donald Rumsfield to ask Reagan to freeze the FDA for thirty days in his first month of presidency so that Reagan could personally legalize aspartame for use in Pepsi."

The political stuff. I researched it and found nothing. Was wondering if it was actually true or if it just nonsense off the million conspiracy theory websites out there.

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I just found an article which states that Genetically modified corn and other vegetables cause "an immune response" for many people --- NOT just Celiacs. This is the case with soy and corn. Any food that causes an "immune response" is very likely to cause acne.

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"Genetically Engineered Corn May Cause Food Allergies"

The biotech industry is fond of bragging about their genetically modified (GM) crops that “resist pests.†This conjures up images of insects staying away from GM fields. But resisting pests is a euphemism for contains its own pesticide. When bugs take a bite of the GM plant, the toxin from the plant splits open their stomach and kills them.

The Bt-toxin produced in the GM plants is probably more dangerous than in its natural spray form. In the plants, the toxin is about 3,000-5,000 times more concentrated than the spray, it doesn’t wash off the plants like the spray does, and it is designed to be more toxic than the natural version. In fact, the GM toxin has properties of known allergens and fails all three GM allergy tests recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and others.

GM pollen may cause allergies

GM corn is also in pollen, which can be inhaled. In 2003, during the time when an adjacent GM cornfield was pollinating, virtually an entire Filipino village of about 100 people was stricken by a disease. The symptoms included headaches, dizziness, extreme stomach pain, vomiting, chest pains, fever, and allergies, as well as respiratory, intestinal, and skin reactions. The symptoms appeared first in those living closest to the field, and then progressed to others by proximity. When the same corn was planted in four other villages the following year, the symptoms returned in all four areas—only during the time of pollination.

The potential dangers of breathing GM pollen had been identified in a letter to the FDA in 1998 by a UK government committee. They had even warned that genes from inhaled pollen might transfer into the DNA of bacteria in the respiratory system. Although no studies were done to verify this risk, years later UK scientists confirmed that after consuming GM soybeans, the foreign inserted genes transferred from the soy into the DNA of human gut bacteria.

Studies confirm that several GM crops engineered to produce built-in pesticides provoke immune responses in animals. A Monsanto rat study on CM corn showed a significant increase in blood cells related to the immune system. Pesticide producing GM peas and potatoes (not Bt) also provoked immune responses in rodents.

Source:

http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Nutrit...0303100641.html

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Just recently, my friend and I just discovered we are "allergic" to genetically modified corn. My body reacts to GM corn the same way it reacts to gluten. And this is true for many people with Celiac Disease. But keep reading...

Recent studies have found that people without Celiac Disease are also having immune responses to Genetically Modified foods -- like GM corn, GM soy, GM peas, etc. Any food that causes an "immune response" within us is a food that can trigger our acne. After all, it is an immune response (pus/inflammation) that occurs in reaction to dairy if a dairy sensitivity is present, or to gluten or wheat or citrus. But now genetically modified foods appear to be on this list too.

"Soon after GM soy was introduced to the U.K., soy allergies skyrocketed by 50 percent."

Source: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/27650...oods/index.html

According to www.FoodConsumer.org, the GM toxin "has properties of known allergens and fails all three GM allergy tests recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and others."

What is a Genetically Modified vegetable? A vegetable that contains a toxic pesticide within it. The pesticide cannot be "rinced off" and it is 3,000-5,000 times more concentrated than pesticide sprays. When eaten by pests, the genetically modified vegetable rips apart the insides of the pest and kills it, thus acting as a pesticide.

In the 1990's, scientists had to force feed lab animals GM tomatoes because they would not touch them. Some of the lab animals developed stomach lesions and 7 of the 40 died within 2 weeks.

Source: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/27650...oods/index.html

A village poisoned by the pollen of GM corn...

According tot he www.FoodConsumer.org site: The pesticide can also be inhaled as pollen during pollinating season. In 2003, a village of 100 Filipinos living next to a GM cornfield experienced "headaches, dizziness, extreme stomach pain, vomiting, chest pain, fever, allergies, respiratory, intestinal and skin reactions" during the corn's pollinating season and the symptoms always reoccur during this time. The same reaction was documented amongst other villages where GM cornfields were planted."

Source: http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Nutrit...0303100641.html

Anyway, I just thought I'd share this. I realize that acne is an immune response to allergies. Well, we've got a big problem on our hands if GM foods are beginning to cause immune responses within the population. Also, one should keep in mind that most people suffer from "silent" immune responses --- they don't know their body is inflamed and have no symptoms.

Such is the case with arthritis sufferers (until they hit their 40's and the silent inflammation has caused joint damage) and Celiac patients ("silent" Celiac disease - no symptoms until the body is ravaged with damage from the years of inflammation) and MANY other immune responses.

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For those of you curious about how a genetically modified vegetable can raise the risk of an allergic response:

* A gene from a Brazil nut inserted into soybeans made the soy allergenic to those who normally related to Brazil nuts.

* GM soy currently consumed in the U.S. contains a gene from bacteria. The inserted gene creates a protein that was never before part of the human food supply and that might be allergenic.

* Sections of that protein are identical to those found in shrimp and dust mite allergens. According to criteria recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), this fact should have disqualified GM soy from approval.

* The sequence of the gene that was inserted into soy has inexplicably rearranged over time. The protein it creates is likely to be different than the one intended, and was never subject to any safety studies. It may be allergenic or toxic.

* The process of inserting the foreign gene damaged a section of the soy's own DNA, scrambling its genetic code. This mutation might interfere with DNA expression or create a new, potentially dangerous protein.

* The most common allergen in soy is called tryspin inhibitor. GM soy contains significantly more of this compared with natural soy.

Source: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/27650...oods/index.html

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I realize that acne is an immune response to allergies.

Having invested millions of dollars in learning how it works, the NIH confesses they still do not know exactly what causes acne. In fact, after all that research, "immune response to allergies" is not even listed as a possible cause.

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Dont they do almost all studys on mice. Why is this an argument for the study to be bad. aspertane, stevia all based on mice.

It's an argument for not jumping to conclusions. Lots of things completely cure cancer in mice (as Folkman used to say "if you were a mouse, you would be cured by now"), but they don't in humans.

Mice are where you start to look for clues, not where you finish by saying "aha -- now we know that X is bad for humans." Indeed, the study authors themselves called for other studies to attempt to replicate their findings with more convincing study designs.

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I realize that acne is an immune response to allergies.

Having invested millions of dollars in learning how it works, the NIH confesses they still do not know exactly what causes acne. In fact, after all that research, "immune response to allergies" is not even listed as a possible cause.

I do not rely on the research of most corporations, pharmaceutical industries or medical communities for acne insight, especially those that draw blank conclusions on the entire cause of acne.

It is well known that many acne sufferers can clear their skin by removing food sensitivities ("allergies") from their diets, yet these corporations who have "invested millions of dollars" to find the causes of acne seemingly miss this obvious and common occurrence.

PS. It is an "immune response" that causes pus/inflammation in response to a perceived "foreign invader" which in many cases can be a food sensitivity.

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Any food that causes an "immune response" is very likely to cause acne.

It's an interesting opinion you have. It's not shared by acne researchers. If it's substantiated in the slightest by any research, I sure haven't seen it.

Most inoculations are specifically designed to cause an "immune response". And yet there are not gigantic waves of temporary acne erupting when the flu shots come to town. If a theory requires adding too many epicycles to account for disconfirming evidence, time to give it up. :D

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Any food that causes an "immune response" is very likely to cause acne.

It's an interesting opinion you have. It's not shared by acne researchers. If it's substantiated in the slightest by any research, I sure haven't seen it.

Most inoculations are specifically designed to cause an "immune response". And yet there are not gigantic waves of temporary acne erupting when the flu shots come to town. If a theory requires adding too many epicycles to account for disconfirming evidence, time to give it up. :D

Well, if you researched "silent inflammation" or inflammation induced by the inability to digest harmless proteins, you would notice that each person manifests inflammation completely uniquely. For example, 40 people with Celiac disease who are eating gluten will develop inflammation, but each person will develop it in a unique form and that is why there are no two people with Celiac disease who experience the same symptoms. For example, one celiac may experience intestinal inflammation while another may experience silent joint or bone inflammation which only presents itself 50 years later as a chronic and (up until recently) unexplainable arthritic condition. Then there are other ways to experience inflammation in response to gluten: Inflammation in the mouth (canker sores) or on the face around zits.

No one seems to have the same immune response.

I have done no research on flu shots.

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