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October 12, 2012

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Detox from Dangerous Bt-toxin Found in GMO Food

by Wendy Myers

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are everywhere. Even when we make our best effort to eat organically, a GMO will slip through here and there – we eat out, cheat with a few conventional corn chips, eat nonorganic soy, or eat processed food with high fructose corn syrup. The body can handle a mishap every once in a while, but shocking information about the Bt-toxin found in genetically engineered crops like corn and soy has scientists (and consumers) worried. This toxin has the potential to turn our intestinal system into a literal ‘pesticide factory’ – even after we stop consuming GM foods. Fortunately, simple and natural remedies provide a powerful solution to this alarming component of our food supply.

A Dangerous Bacteria

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is naturally found in the soil and has been used as an insecticide in organic farming for years. Farmers spray their crops with the bacteria, insects eat it and their stomachs subsequently break open. Monsanto decided it would be profitable to splice a gene of Bt with corn, soybeans and cotton – creating plants that were rife with the bacteria not just on the surface but within the cell wall. Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency claimed the toxin would be destroyed within the digestive tract of mammals and magically disappear. Guess what? The physicians at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec, Canada discovered Bt-toxin in 93 percent of 30 pregnant women, 80 percent of umbilical cord blood of their babies and 67 percent of 39 women who were not pregnant. Considering Bt-toxin is linked with cancer, autism, severe food allergies and autoimmune disease, these findings are downright frightening.

Even when Bt is sprayed, adverse reactions will occur. Five hundred people in Washington state and Vancouver reported flu-like and allergic symptoms when exposed to the spray. Thousands of farm workers in India had similar symptoms after handling genetically modified Bt cotton. And a small village lost an entire herd of buffalo along with many of their sheep and goats that consumed Bt cotton and died soon after. Reports of this kind pour in by the hundreds in the news media.

 

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