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How Harmful are GMOs?

What these advocates of GMO's neglect to tell you, however, is that GM foods can cause unpredictable side effects to surface, such as allergies, diseases and nutritional problems.

Even if you don't know much about genetically modified foods, you're probably wondering why they have such a bad reputation. According to the World Health Organization, GM foods contain DNA that has been altered unnaturally in an effort to enhance desirable traits, such as improved nutritional content, reduced allergic potential and increased resistance to herbicides. So what's the problem?

So-called health experts claim that genetic modification has proven safe and beneficial. Steven Druker, a public attorney and author of "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public," begs to differ.

"[The FDA] has given the consumers basically a false vision of reality and said, 'These foods are safe, they're OK and we can put them on the market without any testing,'" he told U.S. News & World Report.

What these advocates of GMOs neglect to tell you, however, is that GM foods can cause unpredictable side effects, such as allergies, diseases and nutritional problems, according to Ann in her book "Unravel the Mystery." In other words, GMOs can actually do the exact opposite for your health than what the so-called health experts claim.

A Spike in Allergies
According to research conducted by the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, foods that have been genetically modified may pose a high allergy risk to consumers. To improve the nutritional quality of soybeans, the scientists modified them with genes from Brazil nuts to produce beneficial proteins. This also produced a protein that unleashed an allergic reaction in people who were sensitive to Brazil nuts. In conclusion, allergens can be transferred from one food to another through the process of genetic modification, which can be an unexpected, unfortunate surprise for consumers.

Shop at your local farmer's market to avoid GMOs.Shop at your local farmer's market to avoid GMOs.

Disease and GMOs: A Significant Correlation 
Research published in the Journal of Organic Systems found that GMOs were linked to 22 diseases with high correlation. Although correlation is not proof of causation, the researchers believe that it's highly unlikely that it's just a coincidence. By ruling out the idea that it's an accidental correlation, the researchers have concluded that one of the following is true:

  1. The GMOs have a direct cause and effect relationship with the disease.
  2. There's a third variable causing the diseases.
  3. There are multiple variables causing the diseases.

Nutritional Depletion
Additionally, by using chemical fertilizers throughout genetically engineered crops, soil is depleted of its natural, synergistic nutrients.

"Many don't realize that soil is alive and has an incredible diversity of microorganisms. One handful of soil contains more microbes than the number of people who have ever lived on our planet," according to Dr. Mercola. 

Not only is this a threat to soil – it's also harmful for the global natural food supply and your overall health and wellness.

Avoiding GMOs
Consumers can err on the side of caution by avoiding processed foods and shopping smart. Buying organic produce from your local, trusted farmer's market is the easiest way to avoid these harmful GM food crops. Stop buying packaged products and start choosing non-altered, fresh living foods. Join us on the path to better health today!


  1. Connie Gesser April 18, 2017

    It is an outrage that our food is being genetically modified from the way it was designed by God. I wish genetic modification could be done away with completely!

    I love to buy food from the farmers markets and support the local farmers. I learned that the farmers need us to buy their food from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. It is a book that changed my life. Since then I’ve made shopping at the farmers market the priority before shopping anywhere else for my food.

    I eat really healthy at home, but on the rare occasion that I eat at a restaurant, I suffer with some of the symptoms listed in this article. I try to be very selective eating out and prefer to eat at health food stores. But when I’m with friends and eat at a regular restaurant, it is the most challenging. Any suggestions?

    • My suggestion is… just don’t. Tell them the truth… that eating at mainstream restaurants has a negative effect on your metabolism.

      If any of them should scoff at you because of it, I would tell them to look at themselves. Odds are very, very high that they have obesity issues… I read recently that over 85% of people from the States are clinically obese.

  2. Angela Solomon April 19, 2017

    Great Article thank you for the information!

  3. Jennifer Corson April 19, 2017

    Its sad to know how much our foods are being altered. We are blessed to have this information to know what to try to avoid.

  4. Alex Ladapo April 25, 2019

    This is really scary as a Microbiologist in my country here (Nigeria) said he found GM traits in one of our local foods he got at the local market (Akamu/pap – this a meal made from corn or millet). Its sad because this is a staple food in Nigeria and the people who sell these foods do not even know what GMO means. Most of these staple foods are not labelled here so we don’t even have a choice of what we should be consuming or not. Really feeling helpless here ‘cos I can only imagine the illnesses that would crop up here in the next 20years or so. Can only pray that GOD helps us especially in the developing countries.
    I would ensure I share this piece with as much of my contacts as possible

  5. Annette Whitworth February 16, 2021

    This was a good Blog. Learn alot about GMO`s. I like buying vegetables from the farmers market. When my father was living he use to have a garden with different vegetables and we loved eating the fresh vegetables. Thanks again for the good information.

    • Melody Hord February 16, 2021

      Even farmers at farmer’s markets can use GMO seeds. That is why buying organic is so important.

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