Dr Marike de Klerk M.Tech Hom (UJ)
I'm sure you've heard of GMOs, but do you ever wonder what's really so bad about genetically modiﬁed organisms?
You might even believe that it's not so terrible to have GM foods every once in a while, and sometimes you can't help being exposed to them.
Once you see the research, I think you'll change your mind!
I believe that everyone should avoid GMOs. However, it's especially important to those with autoimmune disease. As crops are exposed to more toxins and more pesticides, the toxins end up in YOUR body which can lead to inflammation and set you on the path to chronic illness.
GMOs could severely impact your health in more ways than you know.
I want you to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to avoid GMOs so that you can support your body and your health, as well as the health of others.
3 Reasons to avoid GMO:
1. GMOs contain more pesticides than non GMO crops
GMO crops were speciﬁcally developed to allow farmers to use more herbicides without killing the crops themselves. This is problematic because continuous exposure to toxins, including pesticides, is one of the key environmental triggers for developing an autoimmune disease, and maintaining a high toxic burden can cause your existing autoimmune condition to progress.
2. GMO foods cause Leaky Gut
Many GM crops, including corn, were engineered to produce their own insecticide, called Bt-toxin, by combining the plant’s DNA with DNA from bacteria. Bt-toxin kills insects by destroying the lining of their digestive tracts. The poison is not speciﬁc to insects and also pokes holes in human cells9, damaging the intestines and causing leaky gut, which is a precondition for developing an autoimmune disease.
3. GMOs disrupt your gut balance
Glyphosate, the herbicide used on GM crops, is also a potent chemical that can attack the bacteria in your gut. Unfortunately, the good bacteria in your gut, the kind that help with digestion and keeping the bad bacteria in check, are more likely to be susceptible to glyphosate, while the bad bacteria, including strains that cause salmonella and botulism, are highly resistant to glyphosate11. This means that eating GMO foods can decrease your healthy bacteria and increase the bad bacteria, putting you at risk for Candida overgrowth, leaky gut, and inﬂammation, which can contribute to autoimmune disease.