Monday, February 4, 2013

Are Food Allergies Linked to GM Foods?

Via ShiftFrequency.com
I can't remember if I've mentioned this on the blog, but my boys have food allergies--both of them. What's interesting is that they have the same allergies: eggs and peanuts. I think that's unusual (though I could be wrong). Luckily, neither of the allergies are life threatening. My oldest, Alex, will throw up if peanuts touch his mouth and will get hives but my youngest, MW, will only get some hives and he can eat peanuts other than that.

Have you heard about the rise in food allergies? There are all these theories on why so many more kids are getting sick and having food allergies than ever before, but it's been hard to pinpoint.

Well, lately I've been trying to learn more and more about eating healthy and what that means. My sister is going to school to become a nutritionist and she's gone gluten-free, dairy-free, and mostly sugar-free. So she sends me articles about GM (genetically modified) foods, especially corn and soy, and how it's causing all of these health problems.

Via PoliticsofthePlate.com
In fact, in almost every other country, GM foods are outlawed and/or it's required to list them on the foods if they include GM ingredients. It's hypothesized that the GM foods are causing food allergies because the body can't process the foods correctly. Some, especially those produced by Mansanto, are created with a toxin that can kill bugs and are resistant to Roundup herbicide. What happens is that bugs who try to eat are killed (specifically it causes their bellies to explode) and then the farmers use Roundup on it but since the food is resistant, it doesn't die.

Bottom line? We ingest the Roundup used on it and we ingest food that is causing cells to explode the way that these insects bellies explode. Which leads to food allergies, as well as other problems.

Scary!

So what can we do to stop it? Don't eat GM foods. Find out which ones are not (namely organic and non-GMO certified). This is our best way to stop these food producers. Once they see we won't buy their products, they'll stop using them. Also, if your state has proposed a law that would require manufacturers to label when they use GM ingredients, please support it. If manufacturers are required to list it in the ingredients, they'll likely switch to food that is not GMO.
Via Island Wellness Market on Blogspot

Want to know more? Here's a great video on the subject:


What do you guys think? Is it worth it to find and buy non-GMO products?

2 comments:

  1. I've been wondering myself about what has caused the rise in food allergies. If it's true that it's from GM foods, that's crazy! Why do we let this into our country?

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  2. The video also mentions that it's connected to digestive issues (like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease) as well as autism. I have two nephews with Asperger's. Seems weird that it might be caused (or aggravated) by what they eat. Poor food in followed by meds to deal with the side effects. So sad :(.

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