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A 58-year-old female asked:

there is a lot of discussion about possible link between gmos and autoimmune disease. what are your options?

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Dr. Adam Smith
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Possible: It has been theorized that GMO foods may increase inflammation in the body, akin to that caused by autoimmune conditions. There are many concerns with our agriculture industry's management of livestock and grains, and downstream-engineered and processed food products. Buy locally grown and raised produce and meat products when able and affordable. Consider reducing wheat, dairy and sugar in diet.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Idle fear mongering: I've seen exactly nothing to indicate to me that this is anything more than disinformation. What I've seen makes no sense biologically. These people used to call medical biotech "Nazi medicine" and spray-paint swastikas in labs until the health benefits became obvious -- and they switched to attacking food production. Don't let them do your thinking for you.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Avoid GMO's until:: There are NO studies showing GMO food are safe for long-term consumption and many animal studies showing significant harm. Mice studies show GMO corn can alter immune function & could trigger autoimmune disease: http://tinyurl.com/l6vb6c3 Autoimmune disease is triggered by toxins. GMO's have high residues of RoundUp which is highly toxic. Avoid GMO's til proven safe. See http://tinyurl.com/pkh43g3

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