Jeffrey Smith’s claim of rampant GMO/gluten allergies rebuked by Celiac Disease Foundation

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The Celiac Disease Foundation has challenged a recent report from the Institute for Responsible Technology—an organization founded by anti-GMO crusader and former yogic instructor Jeffrey Smith—that claimed that the rise of gluten allergies and sensitivities can be tied to the consumption of genetically modified foods.

“There has been no scientific evidence put forward for a GMO/celiac disease link that is supported by the CFD Medical Advisory Board,” says Marilyn Geller, CDF’s CEO. There is no GM wheat on the market, so any gluten that is consumed comes from conventionally bred wheat.

Plant geneticist Dr. Wayne Parrot, professor of crop science at the University of Georgia, says that Smith’s claims are based on a “handful of deeply flawed” studies and makes no reference to the 2000 plus studies from international, independent scientists that found that GMOs do not cause any adverse health effects.

Smith and his colleagues claim that corn genetically modified to produce the Bt protein—which they say “pokes holes” in the digestive tracts of bollworms to kill them—can also damage human intestinal cells. This may be true if a naked human cell is exposed to pure Bt protein in a petri dish, Parrot says, but this is also true of “just about any” protein and is “very unrealistic to anything that could happen” in the human body.

Smith also cites studies claiming that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up herbicide, kills beneficial intestinal microbes and causes “leaky gut,” a syndrome that affects the intestinal walls and allows contents of the intestines to enter the bloodstream. According to Parrot, for this to be the case levels of glyphosate residues in the food supply would have to be “thousands of times higher” than exist.

The report’s authors say that there is insufficient research to prove that GMO consumption causes gluten sensitivity as no study has ever been conducted on human subjects but Smith still maintains that doctors have begun to prescribe GMO-free diets for gluten-sensitive patients.

CDF’s Geller notes that patients with celiac disease see their symptoms resolve on gluten-free diets, but reiterates that cutting out GMOs would not make a difference in gluten sensitivity-related symptoms as no current GMO products contains gluten

Read the full, original story here: Celiac Disease Foundation, plant geneticist, challenge report linking GMOs to celiac disease, gluten sensitivity

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  • I do not know much about Jeffrey Smith, but he seems either to lack scientific knowledge on this topic, or lack basic understanding of the concept of cause and effect. There seem to be more errors here than could be generated purely by chance by a person knowing nothing about the topic at all. (Perhaps it’s no coincidence that one of the “advisors” is computer scientist who regularly publishes in the journal “Entropy”).

    A line-by-line debunking of this article would take hours, but it seems pointless. We don’t need to go beyond the very first scientific claim of the article—that gluten consists of more than 23,000 proteins. Where does this absurd notion come from? (Gluten is the mixture of insoluble proteins that remain after a wheat seed has been extracted with water, and consists of two families of closely related proteins, gliadin and glutenin).

    The one reference that WAS missing from this report was the recent analysis of the past ten years of scientific literature relating to the safety of GMO foods: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07388551.2013.823595 . The author could surely have benefited from studying the 1783 articles in this vast database before writing the report. He could also have avoided the embarrassment of this report by involving some experts on celiac disease, toxicology and plant biology. Even Wikipedia would have been a great start.

    I was puzzled by the 64 “references” at the end of the report, in a tiny, barely legible, font. Like the fine print in a legal document, I suspect that most people won’t be willing to wade through all these links, but will take them at face value, and trust that they truly support the radical claims being made. In my opinion, they do not. In any case, I suspect that this article was not designed for people who are truly interested in understanding this topic, but seems more designed to appeal to people who already have preconceived ideas about this topic.

    This report seems to have a central theme: “leaky gut”. This is not a medically accepted term, but seems to be commonly used by chiropractors—often accompanied by a therapy to “heal” this condition. The author seems to confuse (or conflate) celiac disease with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). In the only clinical study that I am aware of, NCGS patients had a slightly REDUCED intestinal permeability compared to the general public—or is this also caused by GMOs ;~) Also, since there are no reliable statistics on the prevalence of NCGS, the title of the article itself is misleading: there is no “explosion”.

    Speculating about something doesn’t make it true. Also, for a hypothesis to be worth considering, it needs to be grounded, and take into account the known scientific information. Anyone offering a hypothesis which contradicts the current scientific consensus needs to make a clear case for why the consensus was dismissed: it it not acceptable merely to ignore it.

    The irony is that the article comes from an organization that has the word “Responsible” in its title. In my opinion, a more responsible approach would have been to do a more thorough analysis of the relevant scientific literature, and then submit the idea for peer-review in a respected scientific journal. In contrast, it was most unorthodox to use of a press release, linking to an article that can only be viewed after giving up one’s email address.

    • Peter, thanks for the thoughtful analysis. Jeffrey Smith, who I have spoken to numerous times, is a nice person, but on the issue of GMOs, he is either delusional or a huckster–can’t quite figure that out.

      • John, I think your underlying point is that people can compartmentalize their thoughts in order to prevent the cognitive dissonance of their otherwise irreconcilable attitudes. — Long words, for saying that some people are full of it.

    • Loren Eaton

      ‘….but he seems either to lack scientific knowledge on this topic, or lack basic understanding of the concept of cause and effect.’ Or both. This guy is one of several people that the anti’s quote as credible in the area of scientific knowledge. (Vandana Shiva, Mike Adams, Joe Mercola, Claire Robinson, to name a few). Lest we think his motives are pure, I understand he bought URLs similar to one for the GMO Answers. Seems rather a shady character.

    • jm

      While I do not know about the correlation between GMO’s and celiacs and certainly more studies should be done, it doesn’t seem so farfetched when you consider that the wheat of today is nothing like the wheat of yesteryear, many of the nutrients have already been bred out of itl…Add Genetic Modification and perhaps further complications..perhaps not causing Celiacs but exacerbating it?
      In anycase, I believe it is more telling that Monsanto and their cronies push so hard for GMO acceptance. The Seralini study (and others) which were pulled by Monsanto’s “friends”(by which I mean paid lackey’s), the fact that many countries won’t grow or buy GM foods and the scientists at the FDA that strongly urged more investigations, clearly suggest something is amiss and possibly dangerous about GMO’s. I for one will do my best to avoid anything that has pesticides IN it. Washing them off is one thing, you can’t wash the insides of your food.

      • Bruce Velocity

        The Wheat your great-grandparent ate, bear little resemblance the to the wheat your great-great-great-grandparents are.

    • World-famous scientist Jane Goodall condemns GMO food and fraudulent industry ‘science’

      Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/049206_Jane_Goodall_GMOs_industry_science.html#ixzz3fH8PWbnM

      • Allen — There are thousands of scientists around the world with the relevant technical experience to be qualified to comment on this topic. So I’m puzzled why you chose a (renowned) expert on primate behavior as your example. Why not an archaeologist or architect?

        And citing Natural News? This is a great website if you are looking for a one-minute technique to ”…burn belly flab…”, for example, but it’s a sign of desperation for you to have to rely on this for a discussion of actual science.

        • It’s very disappointing that the desire to “be right” becomes priority above the heartfelt concern for the well being of humanity.

          I chose this one citing randomly, from a long list of scientists and medical doctors, who by the way are recommending Organic non GMO diets for their patients with autoimmune disease.

          Desperate? I think not my contemptuous friend.

          • Really, you still stand by Natural News? The same Mike Adams who juxtaposed a picture of Roundup with a pile of rotting corpses in a concentration camp? I strongly encourage you to examine where you get your information.

            Please give us the names of one or two of the doctors that you mention, preferably with some information on how they arrived at their clinical recommendation. Even better, give us the name of one of these scientists.

  • aggirl

    Parallels the goofy claims about vaccines “causing” autism — also debunked by the Autism Society.

  • aggirl

    Jeffrey Smith is a real piece of work. No science background, but hey, who needs science? He’s a yogi who can fly:
    http://academicsreview.org/reviewed-individuals/jeffrey-smith/

  • grandmaflorist

    Can anyone think today? Why wouldn’t the Celiac Disease Foundation rebuke the report. There is money in sickness and if the root was found, why would they need the foundation. Same for cancer, autism and Alzheimer’s disease. More than enough research and more than enough scientific evidence. Always follow the money and you will quickly understand.

    • Jo Hannah

      One of CDF’s major funding sources is General Mills, a food giant that opposes GMO labeling, and who stands to make millions on the sale of “gluten free” foods that are made with GMO ingredients. Soooooooo………. there you have it.

      • Goldenboy

        Yes, the CDF is trying to kill or make its members very sick, and is controlled by General MIlls? What type of deep thinking comes to that conclusion? Yes, we know that Jeffery Smith is smarter the the collective knowledge of the AMA and CDF, all together with his expertise in yoga or that effective business degree? His profession is as a fearmonger, plain and simple!

        • LOL….I hope you do not labor under the misconception that the AMA, CDF actually wok for you, concern themselves with you or even remotely care if you are abducted by hyenas and eaten battered in GMO cornmeal…add to that the FDA, snort chortle GUFFAW!!!!..or the Department of Agriculture, Congress, the EPA OR NASA or uh er anyone in or near Washington DC.
          It is only after 34 years of government “service” or more accurately employment that these claims are made and not surmised from an article by Mike Adams, Julia Child, Paula Dean or even Neville Chamberlian or any other person; merely empirical fact based on beginning my journey of harsh reality discovery in the Carter administration.
          The growing number of both politicians pushing this poison as the solution to feed the “hungry masses of Africa and Asia” whom AlGore and Bill Gates also intend to relieve of their lives and adjust the population downward to their perfect number of 500,000,000 often have sufficient intelligence to , in fact look a gift horse in the mouth as well as any European Countries wh won’t lt a kernel pf GMO corn over the border would tend to belie the great benevolent Monsanto and their Santa Claus like concern for what they usually consider the useless eaters. I suppose some bean counter has found a way to profit from those who heretofore ate uselessly.

          Sadly no amount of pseudo-intelectually pedantic machinations will answer for Hilary Clinton and her typically inane self serving assertions that those who oppose the wholesale distribution of “GMO Golden Rice” to the starving useless eaters of Asia in particular is a terrorist, racist, uh…er elitist, intolerant, bigot, predudicially and foundationally ignorant window peeping cross dressing or possibly even a man who forces his attentions on impressionable young women and interns…
          No.HARK!..wait I think she forgot to include that failing in her list. Or maybe even an appointee no longer an asset used in arms smuggling who has reached his expiration date vis-a-vis I hope all the Monsanto shills have nothing else to feed their grandchildren in a few years….a gene pool that obtuse can be cleansed for more that one reason i suppose…How compassionate we may wax when such emotion also carries great profits.

          _Lord Percy of Nortumberland c 1408

        • LOL….I hope you do not labor under the misconception that the AMA, CDF actually wok for you, concern themselves with you or even remotely care if you are abducted by hyenas and eaten battered in GMO cornmeal…add to that the FDA, snort chortle GUFFAW!!!!..or the Department of Agriculture, Congress, the EPA OR NASA or uh er anyone in or near Washington DC.
          It is only after 34 years of government “service” or more accurately employment that these claims are made and not surmised from an article by Mike Adams, Julia Child, Paula Dean or even Neville Chamberlian or any other person; merely empirical fact based on beginning my journey of harsh reality discovery in the Carter administration.
          The growing number of both politicians pushing this poison as the solution to feed the “hungry masses of Africa and Asia” whom AlGore and Bill Gates also intend to relieve of their lives and adjust the population downward to their perfect number of 500,000,000 often have sufficient intelligence to , in fact look a gift horse in the mouth as well as any European Countries wh won’t lt a kernel pf GMO corn over the border would tend to belie the great benevolent Monsanto and their Santa Claus like concern for what they usually consider the useless eaters. I suppose some bean counter has found a way to profit from those who heretofore ate uselessly.

          Sadly no amount of pseudo-intelectually pedantic machinations will answer for Hilary Clinton and her typically inane self serving assertions that those who oppose the wholesale distribution of “GMO Golden Rice” to the starving useless eaters of Asia in particular is a terrorist, racist, uh…er elitist, intolerant, bigot, predudicially and foundationally ignorant window peeping cross dressing or possibly even a man who forces his attentions on impressionable young women and interns…
          No.HARK!..wait I think she forgot to include that failing in her list. Or maybe even an appointee no longer an asset used in arms smuggling who has reached his expiration date vis-a-vis I hope all the Monsanto shills have nothing else to feed their grandchildren in a few years….a gene pool that obtuse can be cleansed for more that one reason i suppose…How compassionate we may wax when such emotion also carries great profits.

          _Lord Percy of Nortumberland c 1408

    • Rick Leonard

      “Always follow the money and you will quickly understand.” You mean the money that flows into Jeffrey Smith’s personal bank account by scaring people with half-baked theories that play on peoples fears so that they buy his books and videos, and pay him handsome honorariums to speak?

      • jmm

        Clearly two ways of looking at it. One has to be scepticle either way. I choose to avoid GMO’s to be on the safe side, at least for my elderly mother and my children.

  • Jo Hannah

    Spoiler Alert: One of CDF’s major funders is General Mills, which (in my mind) invalidates anything that this organization says about GMOs or glyphosate. *sticks fingers in ears*

  • Has-to-be-said

    The article says, “any gluten that is consumed comes from conventionally bred wheat.”
    To which I respond, unless it’s organic the wheat is routinely sprayed with glysophate, a deadly poison which destroys the beneficial gut bacteria, resulting in horrific bacterial infections when the partially digested food leaks out of the gut and into the blood stream.
    I figure Monsanto et al doesn’t genetically modify wheat because they don’t have to. The glysophate is equally destructive to the gut without the GMO factors, which could potentially make things much worse (think cancer, tumors, liver damage, and more). http://gmo-awareness.com/2014/02/25/glyphosate-wheat-linked-gluten-intolerance-celiac-disease-and-irritable-bowel-syndrome/
    So just because Monstanto makes a claim of “No GMO! No GMO!” it doesn’t mean wheat is healthy. Wheat is still dangerous to celiacs, wheat is still high in gluten content, plus it is sprayed with toxic poison that many sensible countries now have banned. Why not the U.S. which claims to be so progressive? Never does this article imply that GMO food is safe to ingest. I suppose the Celiac Foundation has been pressured/paid to divert attention away from the GMO issue. But the way I see it, the only safe food these days is ORGANIC.

    So, yeah, follow the money.

    • Your citation is from an anti-science propaganda site. Glyphosate is an extremely mild herbicide–less toxic to humans and safer on the environment than almost all the herbicides used by organic farmers. Perhaps your problems, if not psychological, are linked to eating organic foods, which cause a disproportionate number of food borne illnesses.

      • Frank T. Lofaro Jr.

        Organic farmers don’t use herbicides!

      • Then. like the famous scientist who declined last week to actually drink a glass of that which he touts….would, in fact bottoms up for humanity? Monsanto has some excellent Docs on call for their ‘friends” I’m told….Maybe you could use it in your children’s or grandchildren’s Ranch Dressing? GMO Orville Redenbacher? GMO grain fed cattle farm butter on top YUM. The analogy you use is rather like advocating shooting someone but just using a very small bullet.

        No we could just feed it to that useless little Chinese boy in Hong Kong you would brush away like a fly when he asked you for a piece of bread? The children for Yemen? Chicago..of course, they’re all criminals…LOL long distance objectivity is so transparent. Follow the $$$$$… I hear that there is never enough for some….I have also heard it burns very hot in hell…..

        I weary of this inane coverage. I never thought they had so many “reasonable for the sake of reasonabiity” persons involved. Daunting to be sure.

        Makes me just want to go out and eat a bushel of GMO soybeans.with bernaise sauce..no OH NO. NOT ARY NONE NO SOYBEANs TO BE SURE…..CURIOUSLY YET CLEARLY…oh so.. clearly the excessive levels of estrogen are evidently manifesting in the world already. perhaps a nice corn/beet/zucchini salad..My belly’s is so growling…

        • Peter Olins

          Please tell us which “famous scientist” you are referring to, preferably with a link. I cannot imagine ANY scientist drinking an industrial herbicide!

        • Peter Olins

          Please tell us which “famous scientist” you are referring to, preferably with a link. I cannot imagine ANY scientist drinking an industrial herbicide!

      • Then. like the famous scientist who declined last week to actually drink a glass of that which he touts….would, in fact bottoms up for humanity? Monsanto has some excellent Docs on call for their ‘friends” I’m told….Maybe you could use it in your children’s or grandchildren’s Ranch Dressing? GMO Orville Redenbacher? GMO grain fed cattle farm butter on top YUM. The analogy you use is rather like advocating shooting someone but just using a very small bullet.

        No we could just feed it to that useless little Chinese boy in Hong Kong you would brush away like a fly when he asked you for a piece of bread? The children for Yemen? Chicago..of course, they’re all criminals…LOL long distance objectivity is so transparent. Follow the $$$$$… I hear that there is never enough for some….I have also heard it burns very hot in hell…..

        I weary of this inane coverage. I never thought they had so many “reasonable for the sake of reasonabiity” persons involved. Daunting to be sure.

        Makes me just want to go out and eat a bushel of GMO soybeans.with bernaise sauce..no OH NO. NOT ARY NONE NO SOYBEANs TO BE SURE…..CURIOUSLY YET CLEARLY…oh so.. clearly the excessive levels of estrogen are evidently manifesting in the world already. perhaps a nice corn/beet/zucchini salad..My belly’s is so growling…

    • hyperzombie

      plus it is sprayed with toxic poison that many sensible countries now have banned.

      Can you name any of these so called sensible countries that have banned Glyphosate?

    • @Has-to-be-said—The notion that wheat is “…routinely sprayed with glyphosate…” has been doing the rounds on the Internet, but it is simply not true. Perhaps you heard this from Smith? This is what happens when people read something on the Internet that sounds scary, and it gets repeated so many times that it almost becomes “true”.

      • IN THE *)S MY uncle sprayed winter wheat in spring to prevent excessive weeds by harvest in June. I drove the tractor many times…I ran the disc afterward before following with no-til soybeans in as early as 1982!
        Been there..done that…still got the brogans and the overalls. All men of the soil are not as simple of mind as Monsanto and Bayer et al would suppose…nasty shit fixed in a fiberglass tank stunk too…I knew it as bad ..I just wasn’t my farm. Now they’ve conned the “Hey Look at my perfect lawn crowd to spray it where Buffy, Binky Dick. Jane, Sally, Spot and Puff play play and run run run. “Spray your lawn then invite your old army/frat/golf buddies ( of Boss) over for a BBQ to show them you’ve made itthanks to Roundup.Now EVEN milder to create less special ed children”….”PS guys…don’t get it on the Porsche’s paint”. LOL BWUAHAHAHAHA “What fools these Americana have become. Let us now take them without firing a shot as comrade Nikita promised… for they are truly dunces what?”

      • IN THE *)S MY uncle sprayed winter wheat in spring to prevent excessive weeds by harvest in June. I drove the tractor many times…I ran the disc afterward before following with no-til soybeans in as early as 1982!
        Been there..done that…still got the brogans and the overalls. All men of the soil are not as simple of mind as Monsanto and Bayer et al would suppose…nasty shit fixed in a fiberglass tank stunk too…I knew it as bad ..I just wasn’t my farm. Now they’ve conned the “Hey Look at my perfect lawn crowd to spray it where Buffy, Binky Dick. Jane, Sally, Spot and Puff play play and run run run. “Spray your lawn then invite your old army/frat/golf buddies ( of Boss) over for a BBQ to show them you’ve made itthanks to Roundup.Now EVEN milder to create less special ed children”….”PS guys…don’t get it on the Porsche’s paint”. LOL BWUAHAHAHAHA “What fools these Americana have become. Let us now take them without firing a shot as comrade Nikita promised… for they are truly dunces what?”

  • Rita Shryock

    Yeah, can’t imagine how what you eat could possibly affect your health.

  • tpkyteroo

    Just because keeping wheat to 30% gluten would NOT prevent Celiac disease does NOT MEAN that GMO wheat did NOT cause Celiac in SOME people! I used to NOT have Celiac, until I started eating a lot of pasta! I would not have Celiac if it wasn’t for my poor and stupid eating habits of 80% pasta and maybe a vegetable here or there (out side of tomatoes). Is it true that 30% gluten in Wheat would still give us people with Celiac Disease? Yes it would! But, that does NOT mean that those of us who could handle wheat with 30% gluten in it and ate a healthy, varied diet with the plate having 50% vegetables and an appropriate size of pasta and proteins would have Celiac! Think people! This is NOT a all one way or the other issue. I have also found that I sometimes get itchy underarms if I eat too much GMO Corn chips but have NOT had that issue with non-GMO corn chips. However, there are many other factors that could come into play here – namely GMO companies love to cross-contaminate and don’t give rip about stopping cross-contamination, and companies that hate GMO quite often avoid cross-contamination as well. With what? Gluten! Thanks! (This whole argument about GMO can or can not cause Celiac reminds me of the argument about which causes a non-reader to read Phonics, or Rote method. Truth? Both methods were valid, depending on the child. Guess what? Same is true about GMO! Some people would have Celiac regardless of GMO, others would only have Celiac because of GMO putting too much wheat in their pasta – more than what their bodies could handle.

    • There is no GMO wheat grown or sold in the world today. The process of genetic modification is not linked in any way to celiac issues, which is estimated to impact less than 1 percent of the population, or gluten allergies.

    • hyperzombie

      I used to NOT have Celiac, until I started eating a lot of pasta!

      Maybe you got it from the GMO tomatoes, not the GMO wheat…. Ooops,,, probably not considering that there is no GMO tomatoes or wheat.

    • ForGMOEducation

      Most people who have Celiac disease develop it during their adult life, so it isn’t surprising that you didn’t show symptoms at birth or as a child.

    • tpkyteroo

      Wheat used to have only 30% gluten! How do you think wheat got to have more than 70% gluten? Evolution? NO! Wheat was genetically modified to contain MORE gluten than what it originally had! So all this GMO wheat doesn’t exist is crap that liars want you to believe in because they make tons of money out of making your ignorant!

      • Yes, and the moon is made of green cheese.

      • @tpkteroo—You need to check your source of information. Bread wheat has about 15% total protein, and about half of this is gluten.

        Changes in gluten consumption do not appear to account for the recent increase in prevalence of celiac disease: http://ultimateglutenfree.com/2013/04/celiac-disease-caused-by-change-gluten-consumption/

        • tpkyteroo

          How clear can I make this? Wheat used to ONLY contain 30% gluten. Period! GMO made this wheat now contain over 70% gluten. Also NO WHERES do they prove that 100% of all celiacs have celiac regardless of wheat consumption. Those of us minorities who DO have celiac from OVER consumption of pasta – think 80% wheat diet and 20% other foods. MOST celiacs did NOT destroy their body by eating like imbeciles who hated protein and veggies! No where do I say ALL Celiacs. Why do people insist that it is all or nothing? Why do people think that if we were to throw out moderation and worship excess that we won’t have negative consequences? Those who drink alcohol in excess get drunk! Those who eat wheat and pasta in extreme excess, damage their guts, which in turn leads to Celiac! Just because this it the extreme minority of celiacs does not mean it can’t exist! Also, there is NO proof that wheat had from the beginning of time only 30% gluten and still have 30% gluten. They changed that wheat so that that wheat would have more gluten! This is fact and they can lie all they want but facts are facts and no one can contest that! DNA would even prove it, but they don’t want you to know that because Mr. Monsanto make billions off of making you ignorant!

    • ForGMOEducation

      There’s no gluten in corn, so any reaction you are having to corn absolutely cannot be because of gluten.

      • Corn and Soy are 80-90 % genetically modified. Maybe that’s the reason for the reaction, not the gluten. Point made.

        • ForGMOEducation

          What makes you think that GMOs have the potential to cause allergies? This has never been demonstrated.

          • When initial studies were made, it was initially concluded that there was evidence that GMO’s, including BT Toxin ( Pesticide released in Corn and Cotton) and Round Up Ready crops( herbicide) that allergies would likely be a result.
            I am sharing this to help, not to “prove a point”
            I hope you and others will do the research and find out for yourselves.

            We( my wife and I) have done extensive research regarding the dangers of all this.

          • Rather than making such a strong claim, why not simply post a link to the evidence, so that we can all benefit, and discuss your ideas rationally?

          • 1st I’d like to mention, and I’m sure everyone is aware, that Michael R. Taylor is the Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
            He has had know long time ties back and forth, from Monsanto to FDA.

            This in itself raises red flags as an extreme conflict of interest in my book.
            http://www.gmoseralini.org/fda/

            Next, many studies have been initiated from scientists who were funded,then when studies were made to support the negative affects of GMO’s, their funding was either withdrawn, or their reputations were threatened. It’s amazing what $ can do. But anyone who covers politics knows this.

            Please recognize that Most of the studies that we read about concerning the safety of GMO’s are funded by the Biotechnology companies,

            Here are a few links to read also

            World Health Organization Labels Glyphosate Probable Carcinogen

            http://www.ewg.org/release/world-health-organization-labels-glyphosate-probable-carcinogen

            American Academy
            of Environmental Medicine

            Genetically Modified Foods https://www.aaemonline.org/gmo.php

            http://ideaireland.org/library/genetically-modified-food-and-health-a-cause-for-concern/

            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1241560/

            I also suggest that we do not discount Jeffrey Smith’s research. He interviews Doctors and research scientists from all over the world. I think it is naive to think that because someone has not obtained a degree themselves in the field they are passionate about, that they are not able to, or are not “smart enough” to diligently research.

            Albert Einstein was a high school drop out. ( Later got his degree)
            http://listverse.com/2013/01/20/10-poorly-educated-but-incredibly-successful-people/

            Thomas Edison,a prolific inventor, businessman, and a famous dropout
            who invented the light bulb, motion picture camera, and stock ticker.

            I conclude that passion and desire for truth trumps formal education, as long as you’re dedicated.

            I suggest you read this, especially the final quote from a Monsanto Scientist.
            http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/health-risks/articles-about-risks-by-jeffrey-smith/Composite-Book-Review-Genetic-Roulette-The-Documented-Health-Risks-of-Genetically-Engineered-Foods-March-2007

          • Michael McCarthy

            You’ve managed to list a slew of anti GMO activists, Seralini, AAEM, Jeffy Smith. You forgot Vandana Shiva, Mike Adams, Jeff Druker, Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsel.
            You do know that Jeffy Smith is peddling a self-published book and that he LOST when he filed suit claiming GMO’s are not legal right?

          • And OJ Simpson was found “not guilty”
            Your point is?

          • Michael McCarthy

            And OJ Simpson was found “not guilty”
            Simpson was trial by jury, and that not guilty was only in the criminal case, the civil case didn’t work out so well.
            The case Smith brought against GMO was before a judge, much more difficult for the defense to win. Yet they did, and were granted summary judgement, pretty embarrassing.
            So he loses the case then self-publishes (who does that? Quacks and charlatans) a book making the same case.

          • The point was, things aren’t always what they appear to be, even when decided by law. There have been great discoveries made by people who were mocked and criticized for their beliefs, called charlatans and heretics, and later proven right.

            So we agree to disagree. Time will tell.

          • Michael McCarthy

            “The point was, things aren’t always what they appear to be, even when decided by law”
            Yup. But SCIENCE and law disagree with Smith. Sorry, he’s just wrong and pandering to a gullible sector of society.

          • I doubt if many people will be distracted by your text: good try!

            I repeat my very simple request: show us some EVIDENCE or RATIONALE for your claim about GM-derived foods and allergies. Is that so hard? If not, it’s OK to apologize for being wrong—scientists do it all the time: it’s part of the job.

          • Not trying to distract people at all, trying to get them to open their mind.

            Keep trusting Biotech funded projects and then ridiculing independent research by concerned individuals, it’s ok.

            More an more doctors are recommending non GMO and organic diets to their patients with autoimmune diseases, and their patients are recovering.

            It’s all out there. If you’re interested you’ll look. If not, you wont.

          • Jackson

            So then are you absolutely unwilling answer Peter’s request to supply any evidence, or even a rationale for GMOs causing allergies or autoimmune diseases?

          • Jackson

            This might seem like a cheap shot to you, but I don’t find an opinion piece by a yogic flying dance instructor, who seems to be relying heavily on an anti-vax medical association, posted to a website called the institute for responsible technology, which isn’t a real institute but a P.O box, to be super convincing.

            Was there a particular piece of evidence in that Gish gallop of an article that you found particularly convincing?

          • Smith cites “…world renowned biologist PM Bhargava…”. I had never heard of him, but checking PubMed, it seems his most recent research paper (20 years ago) was entitled “Seminal plasmin, a bovine seminal plasma protein, lyses dividing but not resting mammalian cells.” Not exactly Nobel Prize material, and certainly not even remotely relevant to the topic.

            Bhargava is claimed to have “…reviewed 600 scientific journals…”, but I can’t find any evidence that he ever published this review, so I guess we’ll just have to take Smith’s word for it.

            Smith also claims that most baby rats die within three weeks if their mothers ate GM soy. Surprisingly, none of the world’s researchers who have used thousands, if not millions, of rats for their research over the past couple of decades seem to have noticed this phenomenon.

            Smith is one of a handful of characters who are skilled at sounding “sciencey”, with plenty of “references” that supposedly support his wild claims. Yes, “Ghish Gallop” sums it up pretty well.

          • Specifically, which doctor? What is their rationale? Who, specifically, recovered, from what disease? It would be wonderful to have a new approach for treating the wide range of autoimmune diseases that are a scourge of Western society.

            Allen, you seem to be an expert at generalizations and assertions, but seem to have a real problem with facts. Please prove me wrong!

          • ForGMOEducation

            Can I have references to the articles that you found regarding the allergies?

        • Hi Allen,

          The rise in the prevalence of celiac disease in the U.S. began BEFORE the widespread adoption of GM crop traits. In addition, CD typically takes years to develop, so it would be hard to make a cause and effect argument. CD prevalence also rose dramatically in Europe, despite far less GM-derived food consumption that in the U.S.

          While corn and soy allergies ARE relatively common in the general population, CD is not an allergic reaction but an autoimmune response triggered by gluten.

          • Peter, do you agree that there has been a sharp incline of CD in the last 10 years? Yes, I realize it is an autoimmune disease, like so many others that are rising sharply. What do you believe this can be contributed to?

          • Allen,
            CD prevalence reached a plateau in the U.S. by about 2000. In other words, the surge of this disease preceded the rise in GM-derived crops. Reverse causation?

            In response to your question, no, I am not aware of a sharp incline in the last 10 years. There has, of course, been a surge of interest in gluten, promoted by people selling wacko books, but this website is about “literacy”, so I won’t go any further in slamming the sleazoids who created the recent anti-gluten fad.

            As much as I would enjoy it, this is probably not the place to get into a detailed discussion about all the hypothetical triggers for autoimmune diseases in the Western world. However, if you have a hypothesis that’s relevant to this particular thread, I’d be glad to discuss.

  • I strongly recommend those who want to search for truth, to watch this video and then do your own research.

    http://truckingsocialmedia.com/seeds-of-death-unveiling-the-lies-of-gmos/

    • Michael McCarthy

      Are you effing kidding me? Anything with Bruce Lipton as a collaborator, garbage.

      • Over an hour of info from multiple sources, not just Bruce. If you don’t agree that GMO’s are harmful, that’s your choice. There’s enough “non biotech company” research now that says they are.
        You just have to want to know the truth, read both sides, and make your choice. It’s simple.

        • Michael McCarthy

          “There’s enough “non biotech company” research now that says they are [harmful]”
          No, that’s all from anti-GMO activists. The rest of the literature point to safety. But hey. if you don’t want to eat them because you think they cause leaky gut and celiac disease, perhaps some Himalayan Crystals and Alkaline Water will help cleanse you of toxins and cure whatever else ails you.

          • Galileo was also considered a charlatan and heretic. I guess you could say he was an activist also ( As though that’s bad) The point is, there are people who disagree and some agree, but many times it takes years to find absolute truth and conclusions.

            So we will continue to eat Organic as much as possible, and you can eat GMO’s, and plants doused in herbicides and pesticides, it’s your choice.

          • Perhaps I’m missing something: of all the people on earth, why are you citing a chiropractor on a thread about allergies to gluten?

            Or are you comparing yourself to Galileo?

          • LOL comparing myself to Galileo? I’m comparing those who do not agree with biotech claims! They are called charlatans in order to discredit their research and findings.

            Time will tell.

          • Jackson

            If you are referring to Seralini, Carmen, or Seneff, then you have that backwards. Their research has been discredited, and are therefor called charlatans.

          • I’m tired of all this back and forth now, and need to get back to work,
            There are so many others who are respected. if you want to stay committed to your beliefs, please do.If not, then research

          • Jackson

            Have a productive time at work. Any thoughts on the new Supertruck? Looks pretty cool.

            http://www.freightlinersupertruck.com/#main

          • Michael McCarthy

            “plants doused in herbicides and pesticides”
            conventional farmers aren’t “dousing” anything. And, organic uses plenty of pesticides, you seem to buy into the organic myth. If you want to buy overpriced, environmentally unfriendly foods, more power to you.

  • Faye Doll

    Has anyone on here actually done their own research from credible sources not related to the funding by the big biotech companies?

    So, what research has anyone actually done on the effects of the gmo version of Bt (bacillus thuringiensis)?

    “There were similar reports of immunogenic effects in rats fed Bt rice containing Cry1Ab protein (Kroghsbo et al., 2008) and chronic feeding of Bt maize in mice was reported to have caused alterations in the intestinal and peripheral immune populations (Finamore et al., 2008).”

    Cite: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3835160/

    There’s a possibility that companies choosing to spray roundup on their wheat to dry it when they want to harvest rather than waiting could correlate with celiac disease. Or the lining of the intestines being destroyed from GMO corn could be causing problems relating to the disease.There is really no proof pointing one way or another to whether GMOs cause, or effect Celiac disease or not; there are really no accurate tests to show them causing ANY specific disease. Can you guess why? Because they do their own testing, they are allowed to show the public only what they want us to see. They can hide anything they’d like without consequence.

    You all seem to be lacking in intelligence on the issue and pointing fingers instead of talking about actual facts.

    Fact is:

    1.There have not been enough tests for these products to be out on the market.

    2.We are not test subjects that have agreed to be guinea pigs.

    3.There is actually more chemical use now than ever before.

    4.The world is not getting fed anymore than it has been, ie. these big biotech companies should have gotten a Nobel Prize if they are so wonderful for discovering how to make GMOs that do everything they say they do.

    5.More likely than not this site has some sort of Biotech funding to be bias one way more than the other.

    6. We were not informed that they had entered our food supply when they did, and there have been numerous lies ever since.

    Could any of these things contribute to Celiac disease? Quite possibly, that’s how science works.

    This all sounds like politics when one party tries to say the other party is at fault and they are the better of the two when in all actuality, neither party is greater than the other. Both are human, and both will die if they drink a bottle of Roundup.