Published On: Tue, Jan 24th, 2012

Dangerous Toxins From GM Plants Found in Women and Fetuses

Unsafe foods of deception genetically modified

(Healingtalks) When U.S. regulators approved Monsanto’s genetically modified “Bt” corn, they knew it would add a deadly poison into our food supply. That’s what it was designed to do.

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GMO Bt-corn

The corn’s DNA is equipped with a gene from soil bacteria called Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) that produces the Bt-toxin. It’s a deadly pesticide that breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them.

False claims

But Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) swore that it was only insects that would be hurt. The Bt-toxin would be completely destroyed in the human gut and would have no impact on consumers. They were wrong

Quebec findings: the toxins are inside of us

Research doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found that the corn’s Bt-toxins made their way into the blood of pregnant women and their babies, as well as in non-pregnant women.i It was found in 93% of 30 pregnant women, 80% of umbilical blood in their babies, and 67% of 39 non-pregnant women. The study has been accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology.

Links to many widespread disorders

Evidence shows that Bt-toxins produced in GM corn and cotton plants trigger immune system responses and this helps explain the huge rise in many food-based disorders in the US since this was introduced so widely since 1996.

Bt study of mice

Upper dark spots indicate Bt reactions in mice; lower represent the control for comparison

Italian mice study shows clear and strong immune response

In g Italyii, mice were fed Monsanto’s Bt corn and soon showed a wide range of immune responses – and after having ingested the same Bt-toxins that were found in the blood of women and fetuses:

  • Elevated IgE and IgG antibodies associated with allergies and infections
  •  Increase in cytokines associated with allergic and inflammatory responses
  •  Interleukins, a form of cytokines, were elevated as they are in humans suffering  with disorders from arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, to MS and cancer
  • Elevated T cells (gamma delta), associated with asthma, children’s food allergies, juvenile arthritis, and connective tissue diseases.

interleukins immune response

Elevated interleukins associated with

Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, various cancers (multiple myeloma and prostate), allergic rhinitis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)MIP-1bAutoimmune disease, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease,  and multiple sclerosis

Rats fed another form of BT also had such an immune response

When rats were fed another of Monsanto’s Bt corn varieties called MON 863, their immune systems were also activated, showing higher numbers of basophils, lymphocytes, and white blood cells. These can indicate possible allergies, infections, toxins, and various disease states including cancer. There were also signs of toxicity in the liver and kidneys.iii

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Natural Bt is harmful to mammals

When natural Bt-toxin, far less toxic, was used on mice and their affects were also studied in relation to farmers, it was found that

    • the mice had tissue damage
    •  their immune systems responded as powerful as if exposed to cholera toxinv
    • the mice started reacting to other foods that were formerly harmless.vi
    • Farm workers exposed likewise showed immune responses.vii
    • The Scientific Advisory Panel of the EPA said that these mouse and farm worker studies “suggest Bt proteins could act as antigenic and allergenic sources.”viii

Bt cotton GM crop

Synthetic Bt is far more dangerous

  • Farmers have used Bt-toxin from soil bacteria as a natural pesticide for years. But they spray it on plants, where it washes off and biodegrades in sunlight.
  •  The GM version is built-into; every plant cell. The toxin doesn’t wash off. It goes into our digestive juices.
  • GMO version of Bt is thousands of times more concentrated than the spray; it is designed to be more toxic and actually fails the World Health Organization’s allergen screening tests.iv

The biotech companies ignore any data that doesn’t fit their financial agenda. Then the politically corrupted EPA also ignored the warnings. They overlooked studiesix showing that about 500 people in Washington state and Vancouver showed allergic and flu-like symptoms when they were exposed to the spray used to kill gypsy moths.

bt skin reactions

Indian farm workers are suffering from rashes and itching and other symptoms after coming into contact with Bt cotton.

Bt cotton linked to human allergies

Now thousands of Indian farm laborers are suffering from the same allergic and flu-like symptoms as those in the Pacific Northwest simply from handling genetically engineered cotton plants that produce Bt-toxin.

bt cotton deadly to mamals buffalo

All thirteen buffalo of a small Indian village died after grazing
for a single day on Bt cotton plants.

Bt linked to animal deaths

When they allow livestock to graze on the Bt cotton plants after harvest, thousands of sheep, goats, and buffalo have died. I visited one village where for seven to eight years they allowed their buffalo to graze on natural cotton plants without incident. But on January 3rd, 2008, they allowed their 13 buffalo to graze on Bt cotton plants for the first time. After just one day’s exposure, all died. The village also lost 26 goats and sheep.

One small study in Andhra Pradesh reported that all six sheep that grazed on Bt cotton plants died within a month, while the three controls fed natural cotton plants showed no adverse symptoms.

toxic pesticides

Do we want living Bt pesticide factories inside us?

Bt-toxin now circulating in the blood of North American adults and newborns—how did it get there? The study authors speculate that it was consumed in the normal diet of the Canadian middle class. They even suggest that the toxin may have come from eating meat from animals fed corn

   evil monsanto scull and bonesRoundup ready soy

Another monstrosity – roundup-ready GMOs

The only human feeding study every published on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was conducted on Roundup Ready soybeans. Scientists found bacteria growing in a chemical waste dump near their factory, surviving the presence of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. The herbicide normally kills bacteria, but this organism had some special gene that allowed it to survive. So Monsanto scientists figured, “Let’s put it into the food supply!”

By forcing that genes from that bacterium into soybean plants’ DNA, the plants then survive an otherwise deadly dose of Roundup herbicide.

In the human studyx, some of the subjects were found to have Roundup Ready gut bacteria! This means they ate one or more meals of GM soybeans, and with the gene that had been discovered in the chemical waste dump and forced into the soy. This had transferred into the DNA of bacteria living inside their intestines—and continued to function there. That means that long after they stopped eating GMOs, they still had these dangerous GM proteins being produced continuously inside.

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Are we becoming living pesticide factories?

When the results of the study emerged, the funding from the pro-GMO UK government study mysteriously dried up. Thus they were not able to see if the same type of gene transfer happens with Bt GMOs. If it does, it means that eating Bt corn might turn our intestinal flora into living pesticide factories—continually manufacturing Bt-toxin from within our digestive systems!

Nature designs us so that if we fast, the body naturally detoxes. What bioengineering apparently does is to flip the coin or do the diabolical opposite, namely to remake us into biotoxic living factories.

The Quebec study seems to be pointing in that direction—where Bt-toxins are found in the blood of a very high percentage of people. If the “living pesticide factory” hypothesis is correct, we might speculate that if Bt-toxins break open the stomach of insects then they could similarly damage our digestive tracts.

More false claims

The biotech companies insist that Bt-toxin doesn’t bind or interact with the intestinal walls of mammals, and therefore humans. But here too they ignore peer-reviewed published evidence showing that Bt-toxin does bind with mouse small intestines and with intestinal tissue from rhesus monkeys.xi In the former study, they even found “changes in the electrophysiological properties” of the organ after the Bt-toxin came into contact.xii


What this likely results in

If Bt-toxins were causing leaky gut syndrome in newborns, the passage of undigested foods and toxins into the blood from the intestines could be devastating. Scientists speculate that it may lead to

  • autoimmune diseases and food allergies
  •  toxins entering the brain causing serious cognitive problems such as autism
  • an increase in gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and childhood learning disorders

Physicians indeed are seeing such an increase since these crops were introduced in 1996.

Call to action

Healingtalks joins the Institute for Responsible Technology and other organizations worldwide calling for an immediate ban on GM food crops, and the commencement of rigorous independent scientific research on the safety of GMOs in general, and Bt-toxin in particular. We also give a deep perspective of why GMOs, based on the mechanical vision of nature, are intrinsically harmful and cannot serve a beneficial role to humanity or nature.

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Keywords

bt cotton, bt potato, bt toxin, Bt toxins, Bt-corn, btgmo, genetic engineering, genetically modified crops, genetically modified food, GMO Bt-Corn, GMOs, living pesticide factories, roundup ready corn, Roundup Ready, gut bacteria, Roundup Ready Soy, Roundup ready corn, roundup ready soy, roundup ready canola

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Based in part on an article by Jeffrey M. Smith who is the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of the #1 international bestselling book on GMOs, Seeds of Deception, and of Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods. To avoid GMOs, which is the advice of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, visit www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com.

References

i Aris A, Leblanc S. Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. Reprod Toxicol (2011), doi:10.1016/j.reprotox.2011.02.004 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21338670

ii Finamore A, Roselli M, Britti S, Monastra G, Ambra R, Turrini A and Mengheri E. (2008). Intestinal and peripheral immune response to MON810 maize ingestion in weaning and old mice. J Agric Food Chem, 16 November 2008

iii Seralini GE, Cellier D, Spiroux de Vendomois J. 2007, “New analysis of a rat feeding study with a genetically modified maize reveals signs of hepatorenal toxicity”. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 2007;52:596-602; and Vendômois, JS, François Roullier, Dominique Cellier and Gilles-Eric Séralini. 2009, “A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health” . International Journal of Biological Sciences 2009; 5(7):706-726

iv Gendel, “The use of amino acid sequence alignments to assess potential allergenicity of proteins used in genetically modified foods,” Advances in Food and Nutrition Research 42 (1998), 45–62. See also: G. A. Kleter and A. A. C. M. Peijnenburg, “Screening of transgenic proteins expressed in transgenic food crops for the presence of short amino acid sequences indentical to potential, IgE-binding linear epitopes of allergens,” BMC Structural Biology 2 (2002): 8–19; H. P. J. M. Noteborn, “Assessment of the Stability to Digestion and Bioavailability of the LYS Mutant Cry9C Protein from Bacillus thuringiensis serovar tolworthi,” Unpublished study submitted to the EPA by AgrEvo, EPA MRID No. 447343-05 (1998); and H. P. J. M. Noteborn et al, “Safety Assessment of the Bacillus thuringiensis Insecticidal Crystal Protein CRYIA(b) Expressed in Transgenic Tomatoes,” in Genetically modified foods: safety issues, American Chemical Society Symposium Series 605, eds. K.H. Engel et al., (Washington, DC, 1995): 134–47.
Bt protein failed to break down quickly in a simulated digestive solution. In fact, it left fragments that were typically the size of allergens. The Bt also failed the heat stability test, and had shared 9–12 amino acid sequences of vitellogenin, an egg yolk allergen.

v Vazquez et al, “Intragastric and intraperitoneal administration of Cry1Ac protoxin from Bacillus thuringiensis induces systemic and mucosal antibody responses in mice,” 1897–1912; Vazquez et al, “Characterization of the mucosal and systemic immune response induced by Cry1Ac protein from Bacillus thuringiensis HD 73 in mice,” Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research 33 (2000): 147–155; See also L. Moreno-Fierros, N. Garcia, R. Lopez-Revilla, R. I. Vazquez-Padron, “Intranasal, rectal and intraperitoneal immunization with protoxin Cry1Ac from Bacillus thuringiensis induces compartmentalized serum, intestinal, vaginal, and pulmonary immune responses in Balb/c mice,” Microbes and Infection 2 (2000): 885–90.

vi Vazquez et al, “Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac protoxin is a potent systemic and mucosal adjuvant,” Scandanavian Journal ofImmunology 49 (1999): 578–584. See also Vazquez-Padron et al., 147 (2000).

vii I.L. Bernstein et al, “Immune responses in farm workers after exposure to Bacillus thuringiensis pesticides,” Environmental Health Perspectives 107, no. 7(1999): 575–582.

viii EPA Scientific Advisory Panel, “Bt Plant-Pesticides Risk and Benefits Assessments,” March 12, 2001: 76.

ix Washington State Department of Health, “Report of health surveillance activities: Asian gypsy moth control program,” (Olympia, WA: Washington State Dept. of Health, 1993); and M. Green, et al., “Public health implications of the microbial pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis: An epidemiological study, Oregon, 1985-86,” Amer. J. Public Health 80, no. 7(1990): 848–852.

x Netherwood, T. (2004) “Assessing the survival of transgenic plant DNA in the human gastrointestinal tract”. Nature Biotechnology, 22, 204-209.

xi Noteborn et al, “Safety Assessment of the Bacillus thuringiensis Insecticidal Crystal Protein CRYIA(b) Expressed in Transgenic Tomatoes,” 134–47.

xii Vazquez et al, “Cry1Ac protoxin from Bacillus thuringiensis sp. kurstaki HD73 binds to surface proteins in the mouse small intestine,” 54–58.

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