GMO linked to gluten disorders plaguing 18 million Americans – report

                                                     Published time: November 26, 2013
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Genetically modified foods such as soy and corn may be responsible for a number of gluten-related maladies including intestinal disorders now plaguing 18 million Americans, according to a new report released on Tuesday.

The report was released by the Institute for  Responsible Technology (IRT), and cites authoritative data from  the US Department of Agriculture, US Environmental Protection  Agency records, medical journal reviews as well as   international research.

“Gluten sensitivity can range in severity from mild  discomfort, such as gas and bloating, to celiac disease, a  serious autoimmune condition that can, if undiagnosed, result in  a 4-fold increase in death,” said  Jeffrey M. Smith,  executive director of IRT in a statement released on their  website.

Smith cited how a “possible environmental trigger may be the  introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the  American food supply, which occurred in the mid-1990s,”   describing the nine GM crops currently on the market.

In soy, corn, cotton (oil), canola (oil), sugar from sugar beets,  zucchini, yellow squash, Hawaiian papaya, and alfalfa,    “Bt-toxin, glyphosate, and other components of GMOs, are  linked to five conditions that may either initiate or exacerbate  gluten-related disorders,” according to Smith.

It’s the BT-toxin in genetically modified foods which kills  insects by “puncturing holes in their cells.” The toxin is  present in ‘every kernel’ of Bt-corn and survives human  digestion, with a 2012 study confirming that it punctures holes  in human cells as well.

The GMO-related damage was linked to five different areas:  Intestinal permeability, imbalanced gut bacteria, immune  activation and allergic response, impaired digestion, and damage  to the intestinal wall.

The IRT release also indicated that glyphosate, a weed killer  sold under the brand name ‘Roundup’ was also found to have a  negative effect on intestinal bacteria. GMO crops contain high  levels of the toxin at harvest.

“Even with minimal exposure, glyphosate can significantly  reduce the population of beneficial gut bacteria and promote the  overgrowth of harmful strains,” the report found.

Dr. Tom O’Bryan, internationally recognized expert on gluten  sensitivity and Celiac Disease, says that “the  introduction of GMOs is highly suspect as a candidate to explain  the rapid rise in gluten-related disorders over the last 17  years.”  

Internist, Emily Linder, offered some backup for the report’s  findings. She removed GMO from her patients’ diets, finding that  recovery from intestinal diseases was faster and more complete.

“I believe that GMOs in our diet contribute to the rise in  gluten-sensitivity in the US population,” Linder said in the  release.

 

source: http://rt.com/usa/gmo-gluten-sensitivity-trigger-343/

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