Can someone guess the end product of splicing in new genes and eating that product for several generations? However, according to Smith?s research, what we do know is that between 1994 and 2001 ? the same time that GMO?s flooded the US market ? food related illness DOUBLED. GMO foods can be
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The best ? selling herbicide Roundup, created to work with GM crops, has been linked to numerous physiological problems in humans, including birth defects and the destruction of testosterone and male fertility. If you want to know more read these articles: Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark? And Study: Roundup diluted by 99.8 percent still destroys human DNA. Although much more is known now about the effects of GMOs on humans, initially the studies were carried out on animals.
A 2009 Brazilian study published findings about significant changes in rat uteruses and reproductive cycles: The Anatomical Record.
You can read more on Irina Ermakova?s study on mother rats fed GM soy at the Russian National Academy of Sciences. GM soy Dangerous to Newborns?
If your diet consists largely of processed foods, you can be sure you?re eating about 70 percent GM foods. Corn and soy are in a vast majority of all processed food products! Food that is genetically modified may sound like an idea for the science fiction channel. It certainly does not make you think of corn growing in the field, or chips and salsa for that matter. Most Americans probably do not have an opinion on genetically modified foods because they have no idea what they are. They have even less of an understanding that we, in all likelihood, are eating some variety of genetically modified food everyday without even knowing it or what the long-tern consequences of that food might be.
In Ghana, now the debates about GMOS have become a serious issue but is the ordinary Ghanaian aware of this!? But it seems as if the advocates of GMOS are actually interested in the money that will come out of these foods. They are not actually looking at the health implications! Most DNA mutations related to prostate cancer seem to develop during a man?s life rather than having been inherited. Every time a cell prepares to divide into 2 new cells, it must copy its DNA. This process is not perfect, and sometimes errors occur, leaving flawed DNA in the new cell. It is not clear how often these DNA changes might be random event, and how often they may be influenced by other factors (diet, hormone levels, etc). In general the more quickly prostate cells grow and divide the more chances there are for mutations to occur. Therefore anything that speeds up this process may make prostate cancer more likely. Remember recent Prostate Cancer Charity put the risk factor for black men to 1 in 4 and they suggest because of our lifestyle and diet. Geographical or family histories of cancer often happened because most often there are high similarities between diets and lifestyle. That is why Angelina Jolie recent surgery on the two breasts is what I call the craziness of the medical prevention. She should have changed her lifestyle and diets. Don?t forget that men also developed breast cancers! Why will some inherit a faulty BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene?? Remember, these genes don?t cause Breast or Prostate Cancers. We call them Tumor suppressors but mutations in these genes more commonly cause breast and ovarian cancers But BRCA changes probably account for only a very small number of prostate cancers. So you see you can be the cause of your prostate or breast cancers!
This article by the editors of Pure Health MD tells us all about GMO foods.
In their articles food that is genetically modified means that the original DNA structure has been changed. DNA is basically the blueprint of each living thing. By altering the DNA, the qualities or the characteristics of the living thing, plants in this case, can be changed. Why do this? The goal of genetically modifying plants included the aim to make plants such as corn or soybeans resistant to the herbicides used in the fields. This way the fields would be sprayed with the herbicides, killing all of the weeds but not affecting the actual crops. In theory, this makes a good model for the farmer who is trying to grow more crops and wants to avoid damage from the weeds. Unfortunately, genetically modified foods are not that simple.
Researchers have raised several concerns with the safety of genetically modified (GMO for genetically modified organisms) foods. A big concern is the basic lack of published human studies. Source: Yum. In fact, there is almost zero published research concerning the effects long-term or short-term effects on humans. Source: Domingo. Researchers are concerned what effects might come by affecting the DNA of these crops. What happens to the crops? What happens to the animals and the humans who eat them? Are these plants a problem now? Will they be a problem in the future? Can the bacteria and viruses used to alter the DNA in these plants also affect the bacteria in our gut? ?Frankly, we do not know. Right now we cannot predict what would happen with long-term exposure to these crops. Will the bacteria our guts take in start making its own pesticide in our GI tract? Will these plants start making a totally new protein that is indigestible or harmful to us? The crops tend to have much higher levels of herbicide residue. There is a rapidly growing concern that these genetic mutations will lead to more allergies. Indeed, it has been demonstrated that a person who was not allergic to the wild soy plant was allergic to the GMO soy. Source: Yum.
There is research to show that GMO foods negatively affect the immune system and inflammation in animal studies. Source: Prescott. One of main scientists commissioned to study GMO crops was Dr. Arpad Pusztai. Dr. Pusztai published research concerning animal studies with GMO potatoes. His work showed precancerous changes in the intestinal tracts of rats along with other changes to the liver, brain and testicles. Source: Ewen. The concerns were made known and published. Source: Ewen. ?Unfortunately, instead of stimulating for research and safety studies, it stimulated a firestorm attack on Dr. Pusztai and his team. Pusztai has received some exoneration for these previous attacks, but we still lack the data we need to know about the safety of these crops. One of the greatest concerns is that these DNA changes may mutate genetic material in bacteria, plants or perhaps our own bodies that goes unchecked and cannot be reversed. We are all publicly participating as subjects in a study to see what these foods will do to us.
In many countries, concern also comes from the loss of natural seeds that have been used for centuries. GMO crops have to be replanted every year. In many areas, including areas of great poverty, seeds are reused every year and taken from the hardiest, healthiest plants that have acclimated to that climate. If these seeds are lost and replaced with GMO seeds, we may lose several forms of wild plants native to a specific culture forever.
We may lose potential plants, nutrients, medication sources and feed for the rest of the food chain in ways that we do not even understand. Many farmers of these rural, and sometimes impoverished, areas may be forced to buy seeds each year instead of reusing seeds that would already be available to them for free (and acclimated to the soil and climate of that area).
Tips to avoid GM foods that are now commonplace in the supermarket?
The institute for Responsible Technology puts forward many suggestions to shoppers to help avoid GM foods.
v? A starting point is to purchase organic foods or foods labeled as ?non-GMO.? The GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. But in Ghana who have time to read food labels and how many people will understand the meaning of GMOS?.
v? Focus the diet on fruits and vegetables as most of these foods are not genetically modified.
v? Buy free-range meats and wild-caught fish. Even though the animals themselves may not be genetically modified, they can certainly be fed GM corn or soy. This means that much more important to go in for grass-fed beef and free-range chicken or turkey. These meats are typically healthier for many reasons in addition to GM concerns.
v? Educate yourself. Education is essential for all of us since food manufacturers are not required to say if a food contains GMOs. Review the books by one of the leading investigators in the area, Jeffrey Smith. He has authored the books: Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette: The documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods. He leads a group called the Institute for Responsible Technology that supports healthy food choices. Among their goals is to educate the public about this basically unknown health concern. The list of GMO foods right now includes corn, soy, canola, cotton (cottonseed oil), Hawaiian papaya, zucchini, crookneck squash and sugar beets.
v? Use the website responsibletechnology.org for more information on GMOs.
v? Carry a non ? GMO shopping guide to know which companies are avoiding GMOs in their products and which ones do use GMOs. This information can be obtained from the site above. GMO crops are a real issue. Let?s use our heads, gather more information and focus on more natural methods of crop growth for the sake of our plants, animals and ourselves.
GMO Health Risks in Animals:
Infant mortality and low birth weights in offspring rats
Damaged sperm cells in offspring mice
Altered DNA functioning in offspring mice
Sterility or fertility problems in pigs and cows fed GM corn
Fertility problems, premature births, abortions, death and other health issues in buffaloes
Bleeding stomachs, damaged organs and immune systems, kidney inflammation, problems with blood and liver cells, potential pre-cancerous cell growth
Skyrocketing soy allergies
Genes from GM crops transfer to human gut bacteria
Tampered Foods to Stop
Genetically Modified (GMO) or Genetically Engineered (GE) and irradiated foods
Genetically ? modified soy products
Milk treated with Monsanto?s bovine growth hormone (rGBH), preventcancer.com
Varieties of zucchini, crookneck squash and papayas from Hawaii (they?re mainly GM)
Rennet (containing genetically modified enzymes) used to make hard cheeses
In conclusion: The more toxic your diet, the more toxic your urine and feces. Your prostate, which sits between two organs of elimination-the bladder and the colon, is vulnerable to absorbing these toxins. Being toxic is the main reason men have prostate problems. The other is hormone disruptors: the pesticides, herbicides and fungicides of non-organic food; chemicals that leached into food and water from plastic bottles and food can linings; and all the way to the cleansers you use in your house . We consume so many foods laced with chemicals that our bodies are fighting to survive. Look I have being around for sometime right from my early days when I was formerly head of ultrasound unit at Medi-Moses Clinic & Herbal centre. I realized that prostate cancer in Ghana is more peculiar to some classes of people and these are the elitist in the society. Why? Is a question I leave to you guys! You see sometime have actually entered into the food chain of these people. We eat massive amounts of sugars and unhealthy types of fats that are toxic to our health, manufactured foods with synthetic ingredients and processed foods that are alien to our diets of yesteryear. Prostate and chronic diseases are the outcomes of the body?s last ditch effort to isolate the toxins and protect itself. Our indulgences are finally catching up with us in the cities. The men are also having problem with pre mature ejaculations and low sperm count. Eventually the men are finally sleeping on duty because of erectile difficulties. As for our women fibroids and gynecological cancers why? Let?s focus on natural foods and kick against toxic foods like GMOS! ?Kudos Food Sovereignty Ghana for being a Watch Dog!
Director-Men?s Health Foundation Ghana
Fighting so that more men will survive prostate cancer in Ghana.
Msc Prostate Cancer Care-Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Author of the book: What Everyman must know before & after 40years.Prostate Health!