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Doctor insights on: Genetically Modified Food

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What are genetically modified foods?

What are genetically modified foods?

Lab inserted genes: Scientists insert extra genes, often to make plants resistant so farmers can use more pesticides. The most common gm crops are soy, corn & cotton (seed), which are ingredients in many processed foods. Canola & papaya are often gm too. Gm foods and ingredients are not required to be labelled in us, but certified organic foods are not allowed to make use of genetic modification or gm ingredients. ...Read more

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Are genetically modified foods safe for kids?

Are genetically modified foods safe for kids?

Depends: The safety of genetically modified food depends upon the proteins or other substances produced by the transferred genetic material. Transferred genetic material itself is generally not of concern. Concerns are raised when the modified food contain substances significantly different in quality and quantity than counterpart substances in natural food. ...Read more

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Are genetically modified foods (gmos) bad for your health?

Are genetically modified foods (gmos) bad for your health?

Probably REALLY BAD: The reason I hedge a bit is that there have been absolutely no studies done showing gmo foods are safe (or harmful) for humans. However, many animal studies have found disturbing evidence of significant harm to health & there is no reason to think humans would not suffer the same adverse consequences! See http://drrandybaker. Com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/ for a detailed discussion & useful links. ...Read more

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I need to know what is wrong with genetically modified food?

I need to know what is wrong with genetically modified food?

Modern times: The hope is making foods that last longer, better yield / nutrition, can survive plant diseases, insects, etc., helping feed our 7 billion people. If you were to read all the fear stories, you'd be reading uncritically. In fact, before the obvious triumphs of biotech in medicine, it was vilified too. My main problem is the behavior of the hated corporations that seek to maximize profits on GMO's. ...Read more

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Is genetically modified food really dangerous? Germans think so.

Is genetically modified food really dangerous? Germans think so.

Probably not: Genetically modified food has not been shown to cause problems when consumed by humans for a variety of reasons. The genome of the plant is modified using genetic engineering rather than by exposing plants to radiation to cause mutations. This might help to provide plant disease resistance and other benefits. There have been some environmental issues. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the pros and cons of genetically modified food?

I was wondering what are the pros and cons of genetically modified food?

Very difficult: The pro's focus around the ability to more readily grow "hardy" crops that are resistant to pests (bugs) and drought and sometimes boost certain nutrients. The cons focus around the possibility of our body reacting to the genetic modifications in a fashion that is less than desirable/healthy. There is limited good data about how harmful (if at all) GMO's may be, but why not avoid them if possible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are genetically modified foods harmful to human health?

Can you tell me, are genetically modified foods harmful to human health?

I say 'no': Some of my colleagues here will disagree. What I can tell you is that the fear stories that I've reviewed don't square with my basic knowledge of biology, that fearmongering is profitable, and that before the obvious triumphs of biotechnology in medicine, the procedures that now save lives daily were vilified as 'N*zi medicine.' No scientist that I know personally avoids GMO food. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the pros and contras of genetically modified food?

Can you please tell me the pros and contras of genetically modified food?

School Assignment?: Here is a good article on the issue: http://www. Geneticallymodifiedfoods. Co.Uk/fact-sheet-pros-vs-cons. Html. ...Read more

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Are doctors generally for or against genetically modified foods?

Are doctors generally for or against genetically modified foods?

I'm with him: Dr Friedlander says it well. Genetic modification leads to crops that resist disease better & yield more product. The pseudo-science that is thrown at the public to suggest it is unhealthy is hype. I consider anyone who falls for the idea that it is bad similar to a cult. Believe what you wish, but it doesn't pass the rational test with me. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if that genetically modified foods should be labeled?

I say "No": Today, biotech is part of everyone's life. If you have a health emergency, chances are you'll receive a biotech medication. Despite 30 years of trying, nobody's showed a health risk to GMO foods. The one famous paper was the most obvious fake since Wakefield's. Making labels would dignify fearmongering. The companies are noxious, not the foods they help produce. Others here will disagree. Cheers. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the health benefits/risks of genetically modified foods?

I was wondering what are the health benefits/risks of genetically modified foods?

I know of none: When the benefits and safety of biotechnology in medicine became undeniable, the scaremongers switched overnight to attacking agriculture. If any of the terrible "scare" stuff was true, after thirty years a few of the research piranhas at the NIH would have made their names by demonstrating it. A few folks here have concerns about GMO food; I'd advise you to focus instead on life's known dangers. ...Read more

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What do docs think? Should genetically modified foods (gm foods) be allowed to sell in the general market?

What do docs think? Should genetically modified foods (gm foods) be allowed to sell in the general market?

Yes: Genetic modification has been around since the first understanding of genetic influences were used to hybrid roses/other plants. It has produced plants with better productivity & more resistant to disease. The fear mongering spread by purists that declare this dangerous to humans is inflated hype. I consider it equal to the general lies we were sold about eggs/ butter/ & similar products. ...Read more

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Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

YES but...: GMO foods are approved by the FDA before being sold for human consumption. See http://www. Fda. Gov/food/foodscienceresearch/biotechnology/ucm346030.htm
However, I feel the FDA has been derelict in its duty to protect consumers by ignoring evidence that GMO foods may be harmful. Many high-ranking FDA officials have worked for Monsanto- see http://tinyurl. Com/ao96zvp
and http://tinyurl. Com/pkh43g3 ...Read more

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How will I know what does a torn meniscus have to do with genetically modified foods?

Nothing?: I am not aware of any correlation between geneticaly engineered foods and meniscus tears. ...Read more

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Does genetically modified food cause autism? Gmo's were released in the early 90s and since then autism cases increased by 600%. Are they safe to eat?

Does genetically modified food cause autism? Gmo's were released in the early 90s and since then autism cases increased by 600%. Are they safe to eat?

I believe it's safe: There's a huge amount of money to be made frightening people, and these folks have no reason to tell the truth (unlike physicians bound by law). Gmo's contain no substance that a reasonable person would worry about being toxic. The increased autism diagnosis rate reflects both awareness and politics (kids with "autism" get more resources.) and there's no a single non-fake scientific paper. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the effect of genetically engineered (modified) food on human health?

Please help! What is the effect of genetically engineered (modified) food on human health?

None: The poison is in the behavior of the corporations and the protesters, not the technology, which has increased food yields and should belong to humankind, not jealously guarded by mean-minded profiteers. Despite the inflammatory rhetoric and claims, the scientific community -- the most cutthroat of truth-seekers -- has found no health dangers despite 30 years of close study. Don't be afraid. ...Read more

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Why is our food genetically modified? Is it healthier that way?

Why is our food genetically modified? Is it healthier that way?

Not particularly: Some GMO's are modified to increase micronutrient concentrations like vitamin in certain strains of rice. But mostly foods are modified to allow for more "hardy" crops that resist pests, chemicals and drought. ...Read more

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Food allergy test came back negative, but doc says it doesn't test for allergy to genetically modified forms of same foods? How do I test gmo allergy?

No such test: I have colleagues here who will disagree, but I think that If the dangers were real, by now the NIH research piranhas wouldn't allow GMO's in their cafeteria -- and anyone who could demonstrate a real effect would make his/her reputation. Scaremongers encourage you to self-diagnose, and if you do this, you will never feel well again. Look elsewhere to explain your symptoms and be discerning. ...Read more

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Am I concerned about gmo foods?

You should be!: There have been absolutely NO research studies demonstrating that GMO foods are safe for long-term consumption and many animal studies showing increased cancer and other problems. Please see http://earthweareone. Com/former-pro-gmo-scientist-speaks-out-on-the-real-dangers-of-genetically-engineered-food/ & http://tinyurl. Com/m5w8wv8
& http://drrandybaker. Com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/ ...Read more

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What are the health implications of eating gmo foods?

What are the health implications of eating gmo foods?

Probably REALLY BAD: The reason I hedge a bit is that there have been absolutely no studies done showing gmo foods are safe (or harmful) for humans. However, many animal studies have found disturbing evidence of significant harm to health & there is no reason to think humans would not suffer the same adverse consequences! See http://drrandybaker. Com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/ for a detailed discussion & useful links. ...Read more

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How do I find what's the big deal with organic and non-gmo foods?

How do I find what's the big deal with organic and non-gmo foods?

See these essays:: I eat organic foods when possible and avoid knowingly eating GMO's. Please read my essay as to why and then read an agriculture researcher's excellent summary of the science:
http://drrandybaker. Com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/
& http://earthweareone. Com/former-pro-gmo-scientist-speaks-out-on-the-real-dangers-of-genetically-engineered-food/ ...Read more

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Hello, is it safe to eat GMO foods?

Hello, is it safe to eat GMO foods?

Unclear, Depends: GMO known to have begun in the 18th century with the monk Gregor Mendel who kept records of the genetically modified foods achieved via cross breading. So GMO is not new. In the last ~30 years, humans have developed additional methods for GMO which ↑ the speed & flexibility of GMO characteristics. Without clinical trials to compare what difference GMO makes, now one knows for certain any downsides ...Read more

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Is it physically and mentally healthy to eat processed and gm food, get tumors and cysts - waste the moolah, all in the name of world hunger?

Is it physically and mentally healthy to eat processed and gm food, get tumors and cysts - waste the moolah, all in the name of world hunger?

The fresher the food: The better. Live enzymes are needed for nutrition and they start dying when the fruit is picked, the food processed, etc. I try not to eat gm food. We need more data. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can you get a prion diseases from gm food?

Can you get a prion diseases from gm food?

No: There is no evidence--nor reason to think--that gm food should or could generate or increase infectious prions. Without comment on whether gm foods are a boon or a bane, the only way I could imagine this happening would be if some evil scientists deliberately created a gm food to generate bad prions in order to eliminate their own financial base ;). ...Read more

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New lifestyle-supporting my body with non-gmo food/exercise and suppliments. Are newchapter vitamins good? Wanted a non-gmo brand. *battling lupus/pots

New lifestyle-supporting my body with non-gmo food/exercise and suppliments. Are newchapter vitamins good? Wanted a non-gmo brand. *battling lupus/pots

Yes! Also...: Congratulations! I believe anyone wanting optimal health should avoid gmo's but as you are learning, it's not easy! Even most supps contain gmo's; new chapter is gmo-free ; makes quality products- for a list of others see http://www. Nongmoproject. Org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/? Catid=25
i also like the synergy company, not on that list.
Also see http://bit. Ly/19xax7e re: gmo's. ...Read more

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How to determine when food is genetically modified?

How to determine when food is genetically modified?

You don't.: However, food labelled as organic is supposed to not have been genetically modified. Plant products most likely to be gm include corn, soy, canola oil, papaya and tomatoes. You will find these in many processed foods. No one knows yet what effect eating gm foods will have on human health long term. ...Read more

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