How To Avoid GMOs and the Health Risks That They Pose

Robyn Benson

Published on January 22, 2015

One of the most important health care messages I give my family, friends and patients is to avoid genetically modified foods. As hard as we try to eat a healthy diet, it’s hard to know whether the food you buy and feed your family is free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It’s estimated that in the U.S., 80% of our food contains GMOs, as genetically modified corn, soybeans, sugar beets, canola oil and other ingredients.

How can we avoid GMOs and the health risks, both known and unknown, that they pose?

Jeffrey Smith, anti-GMO advocate and filmmaker, gives us some answers in his two-minute video, created for the Self Care Revolution. He’s also created an app that you can download that will tell you what foods to buy.

As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine for 23 years, I work with patients to get them to stop eating GMO foods and when they do, they feel 100% better.

The best way to avoid having GMOs end up on your dinner plate is to shop the periphery of the grocery store, where all the fresh produce, dairy and meats are. As you work your way towards the center of the grocery store, that’s where you’ll begin to find the processed, canned and frozen foods, most of which contain GMOs.

It’s also important that you buy organic milk, because non-organic milk contains the rGBH growth hormone, a steroid that increases milk production.

GMOs pose great risk to our health. If you’re allergic to soybeans and don’t realize they are in the corn that you eat, you could have a life-threatening reaction. If you eat a tomato that’s been sliced with a fish gene to make it cold-resistant, and you have an allergy to seafood, you could also have a serious reaction.

According to a new study cited by my dear friend and mentor Dr. Norman Shealy, genetically engineered corn, soy and other crops and the widespread use of glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide have caused disease and death in humans around the globe. The FDA now permits glyphosate residues in food and livestock feed from 3 to 300 parts per million, with the highest levels found in grass, fodder, hay and peppermint. Roundup destroys endocrine function and also can cause hyptertension, strokes, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s’, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and other health issues.

Monsanto, the main manufacturer of GMO foods, has resisted all efforts to require labeling of GMO ingredients, threatening to sue states that pass mandatory GMO labeling laws.Until we have an official way of ascertaining whether GMO ingredients are the in the foods we buy, we have to stay informed. Jeffrey Smith’s app will help you avoid GMO foods in the grocery store, and Join the Self-Care Revolution will post news as it comes up, too! Keep informed with the links below!

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Listen to Jeffrey Smith’s 2- minute video about GMOs.

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