I asked Dr. Kendra to stop by and fill me in with all that is GMO. Here is Part 1 of our interview.
THoT: Thanks for stopping by thehouseoftrue. GMO has been in the news a lot with many grassroot organizations forming to educate the public. Can you talk a little about what GMO is?
Dr. Kendra: Foods that are genetically modified have changes made to the DNA. What they are doing is essentially taking genes from one species and inserting it into another species. This leads to crops that are able to be resistant to bugs and pests that may damage crops, as well as crops that are actually able to produce their own pesticides to kill organisms.
THoT: Well, that leads to why do we even have to mess with our foods?
Dr. Kendra: There are numerous reasons why foods are genetically modified. A big reason is because GMO crops reduce loss and maximize harvests or allow for a greater return. Genetic modification allows the crops to be resistant to herbicides so this can lead to nutrient deficiencies and many other health issues. And crops which can produce their own pesticides sounds like a great idea, until you realize that it not only kills organisms which may be harmful to the plant, but it might also cause harm to the animals and humans which ingest these crops. Obviously it all comes down to making a greater profit.
THot: How does our body react to GMO food?
Dr. Kendra: The reason why genetically modified food causes so many health issues is because the body doesn’t process these genetically modified foods, identifying them as foreign and mounting an immune response aimed at the most delicate of cells in the body (the gut lining and the thyroid). GMOs will change the DNA, and the immune system sees the proteins in these foods as being foreign. So there will be an immune system response, resulting in inflammation.
THoT: Are there other impacts on the body from GMO?
Dr. Kendra: The evidence shows, eating genetically modified foods can potentially trigger an autoimmune response, thus leading to conditions such as Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. (speaking of the thyroid specifically, But GMOs can lead to other autoimmune conditions as well, and other health issues such as autism, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, and many other conditions). Soy can inhibit thyroid gland activity & of course having the soy genetically modified will only make things worse.
Genetically modified foods can be harmful in other ways as well. For example, Bacillus thuringiensis is a toxin which kills insects by breaking open their stomachs. A wonderful idea was proposed (note the sarcasm) to alter the crop’s DNA to produce the Bt-toxin, thus breaking open the stomach of insects, thereby killing them. It sounded like a splendid idea, especially since this toxin wasn’t supposed to cause any harm to humans. But even though we were told that only insects would be affected by the bt-toxin, apparently it can harm some of the cells of the human digestive system, perhaps contributing to a leaky gut and other digestive issues.
Look for Part 2 in the Series on How to be an informed consumer
—Kendra Becker-Musante, ND, FNP, BCFamily Wellness Centre of Connecticut
181 Cross Rd
Waterford, CT 06385
Your “4A” specialist (asthma, allergies, autism spectrum, and atopy/eczema)