I have a rather...unique...take on this, too.
I have a Master's degree, in Genetics (UT Houston, 2000).
I used to be *for* GMO's...until I developed Celiac Disease. I started to suspect GMO's then, but didn't really do any research. I just eliminated
wheat and dairy from my diet, and I was fine...for a while.
Just last year, I started having problems with my mouth and throat, and was referred to a specialist because my general doctor thought I might have
throat cancer. Well, my specialist found irritation but no cancer - but I still had no relief...until I went to a Chinese herbalist/acupuncturist.
She told me to stop eating corn, and any GMO foods, period.
All my symptoms cleared up, completely (though I had to also give up eating all meat but fish, since they feed GMO corn to almost all animals for
Looking into things further, I saw that GMO corn has been engineered to contain the Bacillus thuringiensis
genes for producing Cry (CRYstal
protein) endotoxins, which are effective killers of various insects, and they work by basically destroying the insect's ability to digest foods.
Well, guess what: this toxin also affects humans...most likely. Unfortunately, Monsanto et. al. was put in charge of doing their *own* testing to
prove this gene was safe in humans, and will sue the bejeezus out of anyone who tries to do their own studies - or, better yet, discredit any
scientists doing work on this stuff in any way possible, including hiring firms like Blackwater to harass them (Google Blackwater and Monsanto and see
what comes up - it is...interesting reading).
There is one study that is pretty eye-opening that is out there, however - though it lacks what most scientists would call proper 'peer-reviewed'
science (where most 'peer reviewers' are really just kings of the hill who only care about preserving their own findings to insure they keep getting
funding), here it is:
If this article is true, then it seems that the BT toxin in ingested corn is not only present and bioeffective in your gut - but the GENE is also
present and can be transferred from corn digestion by products into the bacteria in your gut
There is so much to this story that I could literally go on forever - but for anyone interested in knowing more about Monsanto and GMO foods, I will
leave these links for your perusal:
Edit: oh and by the way - Bacillus thuringiensis
is nearly 100% identical at the chromosomal level to Bacillus cereus
, a known food
pathogen, and...Bacillus anthracis
- otherwise known as Anthrax. The difference between these three species lies in the different plasmids
that each contains, but still: using genes from this family of bacteria has to be viewed as dangerous at the least without MUCH greater testing than
has been done currently.
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