Non-GMO Project

The NON-GMO project

For those of you new to this debate, GMO’s (Genetically modified organisms) have come under scrutiny as being a current culprit of chronic diseases, from cancer and infertility to diabetes and allergies to name a few.

In Canada the main GMO crops are: Soy, corn, wheat, sugar, canola and cotton seed (used to feed livestock). One of the issues is that the label “certified organic” does not guarantee the product to be “GMO free”.

One of the arguments is that current product labeling is not sufficient to give Canadian consumers the informed choice in selecting what to feed themselves and their families.

On this website: www.nongmoproject.org you can find a complete list of the hundreds of products that have been verified to be free of genetically modified organisms.

It is easy to become incapacitated by the overwhelming task of confronting multi national corporations, but what you can do is speak with your purchasing power by selecting products labeled with the NON-GMO project designation.

NON-GMO

Our hope is that you become empowered to embrace the changes you CAN make instead of becoming overwhelmed by the ones you can’t.

Health Hazards and GMO’s

 Health Hazards and GMO’s 

 Genetically Modified Foods in Canada

These foods are confined to a few commodity or cash crops and namely:

  • soy
  • corn/maize
  • canola
  • sugarbeet
  • cotton

Why are GM Foods a Problem?

The genetic engineering process causes disruption throughout the genome; some of which can lead to: new allergies, toxins, and/or altered nutrient value. The health impact of this is very worrisome e.g. maize MON810 showed altered proteins and a new form of the protein zein, a known allergen that was not present in the non-GM variety. Even fragments of a foreign protein can cause allergies, autoimmune disorders and chronic diseases.

Overview of Studies on GM Foods:

The Seralini study on Monsanto’s GM corn showed the following results on rats:

  • Liver and kidney congestion, then cell death;
  • Liver enzymes increasing 540%;
  • 76% kidney parameter changes;
  • Androgen/estrogen balance changed in female rats;
  • Estrogen doubling in male rats;
  • 10-30% showed tumors vs. none in the control group;
  • 50% of males and 70% of females died prematurely in groups with GM maize.

Monsanto conducted a 90-day rat study (equal to 7-9 yrs in humans) and found signs of toxicity as “biologically irrelevant”. When Seralini’s team replicated the study, extending the 90 days to two years the results became alarming. Signs included: Toxicity, severe organ damage, tumors, and premature death, appearing in as little as 4 months. Monsanto’s study design was much too short. (Check out www.gmoseralini.org) 

  • Toxic effects to the colon, liver, pancreas and kidneys, as well as reproductive changes. These effects can alter biochemistry in blood and immune markers;
  • These toxic signs are present and persist for 3 generations;
  • As if that wasn’t bad enough, GM peas contain a protein that sensitized mice to develop immune reactions to eggs (or a protein in them) called cross-priming.

The product Round-up has been linked in laboratory and clinical reports to serious health effects like: endocrine/hormonal disruption, DNA damage, birth defects, cancer and neurological disorders. Some toxic effects were found at low doses like what would be in feed/food crops and drinking water.

Solution: if you suffer with inflammation, liver or kidney disorders, cancer or hormonal dysregulation, consider removing these things from your diet and life:sugar, corn, soy, canola, cotton and wheat.

A documentary called, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives reports it only takes 6 weeks to see results of an anti-GMO diet. Substantial improvement can be felt and seen in intestinal symptoms, food intolerances and allergies, immune responses and asthma. 

Naturopathic solutions – Hair Analysis

Hair Analysis

Hair can be used to gather information about heavy metal toxicity and mineral levels. Hair is an excretory tissue rather than a functional tissue. As protein is synthesized in the hair follicle, elements are incorporated permanently into the hair with no equilibration with other tissues.

Extensive research has shown that scalp hair element levels are related to systemic levels. Unlike blood, hair is not controlled by homeostatic systems/mechanisms. Thus, deviations in hair often appear prior to overt symptoms and can thereby be a valuable tool in predicting the development of physiological abnormalities.

Hair analysis is not diagnostic in and of itself, but when used with symptoms and other lab values, it can help diagnosis, monitor treatment and or prevent deficiencies.

Scalp hair is easy to sample (even in infants or toddlers), the cost is $90, and gets sent to a lab in Calgary.  This test is a valuable and inexpensive screen for physiological excess, deficiency or mal-distribution of elements.

Here is an example of how it can be useful. A pediatric patient with excessive dental cavities (4 extractions and 4 fillings at age 2) was tested and revealed high heavy metals and deficiencies in 3 essential bone-building minerals (but not calcium, magnesium or other typical ones). This helped tailor the treatment specifically to his needs and his body. He is now 4 and at the last check up had 2 minor fillings. I expect this to continue to improve as treatment progresses.

I have used this test with fertility issues, pregnancy preparation, osteoporosis and bone building programs. If you haven’t gotten answers to your health questions, keep asking and seek other testing alternatives.