Dr. Thorburn’s Health Tip: Genetically-Modified Foods

Greetings to you,

As I continue to research, I find out about an increasing number of adverse health effects that come from consuming genetically modified (GMO) foods.  Here are some examples:

– In a study published in July 2010, it was discovered by a Russian biologist that feeding hamsters GMO soy results in an inability to reproduce by the third generation of pups. And in the GMO soy group, five times as many pups died after birth.

– From the International Journal of Biological Sciences, a study found that Monsanto’s GMO corn is toxic and resulted in liver and kidney failure in animals.

– Aside from GMO soy, regular soy contains phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) that have been found to promote breast cancer growth in animals. In addition, a study of Japanese men showed a positive correlation between brain atrophy (shrinkage) and their consumption of tofu.

– The soy fermentation process that results in foods like miso, tempeh, natto, and soy/tamari sauce, can reduce soy’s harmful properties. As long as they’re organic and not GMO.


Here are some tips for avoiding GMO foods:

– Look for products labeled “100% Organic”. 70% organic may contain 30% GMO sources.

– The “Big Four” most common GMO crops to avoid are corn (flour, oil, syrup), soy (flour, lecithin, protein isolate), canola (oil) and cotton (cottonseed oil).

– Organic dairy products are the only ones that don’t contain rbGH; the genetically engineered growth hormone given to cows.

– Look for wild rather than farmed fish to avoid fish raised on genetically modified feed, and seek out meat from 100% grass-fed animals. Boca or Garden burgers may contain GMO soy, unless the label specifically says “Organic”.

– Frozen foods and canned foods are highly processed. Keep an eye out for the “Big Four” and read all ingredients carefully. Campbell and Hormel may contain GMOs.
– Very few fruits and vegetables in the U.S. are GMO. The only known commercialized GMO fruit is papaya from Hawaii.  50% of their papayas are GMO.
Until next time….
Yours in health,

Dr. T

Dr. Charlene Thorburn D.C., R.N.
Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health and Vitality for 27 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

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