Dr. Thorburn’s Health Tip: Genetically-Modified Foods
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:
– 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”.
Dr. Charlene Thorburn D.C., R.N.
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award