Are GMOs Really That Bad?

These are the secrets food producers keep!

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I need to tell you about Jeffrey Smith. I love this guy. He’s not afraid to tell the truth and stick it to the man. He openly talks about the feared big companies like Monsanto and has made it his life’s mission to make people aware of what the food companies are doing and help people make healthy choices.  

Jeffrey Smith –

25 years ago Jeffrey Smith went to a lecture where a genetic engineer was talking about how scientists were about to genetically engineer our food supply. This engineer was intimately familiar with the technology and he said the technology wasn’t ready for production. He said it was very dangerous for those who eat it and for the environment. Jeffrey Smith has been trying to eliminate GMOs ever since.

Genetically Modified Organisms

Engineers artificially remove a gene, or combination of genes, out of a specimen and multiply them. They shoot the genes into a petri dish of plant cells and some of those genes make it into the DNA of some of those cells. They clone those cells into plants, and now every single cell of those plants has the new gene or new gene combination.

Types Of GMOs


There are three main types of GMOs on the market. The most popular is herbicide tolerance. Monsanto’s scientists discovered bacteria growing in a chemical waste dump, not dying in the presence of their herbicide “Roundup”. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which was patented as an antibiotic. They discovered the bacteria had a particular gene that allowed it to survive.

They took the gene out of the bacteria and inserted it into soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, sugar, and alfalfa. These 6 main GMO crops are all engineered not to die when sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. This unfortunately leads to Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate getting absorbed into the GMO foods.

BT Toxin

There are also cotton plants and corn plants that produce their own toxic insecticide that breaks open the stomach of insects to kill them. It’s called Bacillus Thuringiensis or BT toxin and it’s found naturally in soil bacteria. You can gather that bacteria and spray it on plants. It kills certain insects and washes off and biodegrades within a few days.

Biotech scientists took that gene that produces the toxin and put it into the crop. The crop produces thousands of times more of the BT toxin. It’s much more dangerous. It kills insects by poking holes in their gut. It does the same to human cells. Maybe you’ve heard of Leaky Gut Syndrome? It’s also found to create allergic reactions or immune type reactions in humans and animals.

The BT toxin modification was designed to kill the European rootworm. Instead of having to spray a field, the crop itself will kill the bugs. Unfortunately, the BT toxin binds with clay in the soil. It can affect the ecosystem, reed wildlife system, beneficial insects, and of course humans.

Other GMOs

Zucchini, squash, and papaya are engineered to withstand certain viruses and they have their own problems. It’s mostly papaya, zucchini, or squash from Hawaii or china. There’s also potatoes and apples that have been approved in 2015. They have genes that prevent browning or slow it down. Farmed salmon has now been approved for genetic modifications as well.

Is That Really A Problem?

If you plot the percentage of certain diseases in the U.S. and plot the amount of Roundup or glyphosate or GMOs, they have a distinct jump starting in 1996. Certain diseases follow the same slope as the GMOs; autism, diabetes, death from obesity, about 7 types of cancer, schizophrenia, anemia, ADHD, inflammatory bowel syndrome, kidney disease, liver disease, and many others.  

Jeffrey Smith has heard more testimonies than anybody about individuals getting better from removing GMOs and switching to organic. The number one category is always gastrointestinal (stomach) problems at every lecture he has gone to. Number two, glyphosate can mess up your testosterone/estrogen balance, it’s also a mitochondrial toxin making you tired, and causes brain fog. 

More problems are birth defects, weight gain, skin conditions, immune system problems, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease, mental conditions like anxiety or depression, headache or migraines, joint pain, reports of infertility, erectile dysfunction, and cancer.

Weight Loss

People that switched to non-GMOs were able to lose weight they weren’t able to lose with a “conventional” diet. Weight loss is a consistent side effect of a non-GMO diet; seen often amongst many doctors’ surveys.

The Microbiome

The microbiome supports our immune system, our digestion, prevents Leaky Gut Syndrome, it’s also involved with detoxification, produces amino acids that are the building blocks for our neurotransmitters, like serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine which control mood. Again, there are 10 times more bacteria cells in the body than human cells. There is good bacteria and bad bacteria. These bacteria are a critical aspect of health.  

Glyphosate was patented as an antibiotic and it kills the beneficial bacteria. This allows the pathogens to overgrow leading to inflammation. This environment leads to inflammation of the brain, autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, produces toxins, and loses the ability to repair the lining of the gut. Leaky Gut Syndrome is linked to all kinds of diseases.

Glyphosate was developed to bind to minerals and clean the minerals off of things; it’s one of the widest spectrum chelators. Monsanto claimed it was safe in humans because it only blocked the Shikimate pathway in plants and because humans don’t have a shikimate pathway they claimed that we are fine.

Our gut bacteria use the shikimate pathway to build the building blocks of serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine. These neurotransmitters depict our mood. If we are blocking the shikimate pathway by depriving it of manganese and cobalt, depression is likely. Serotonin also tells the body when it’s full. To make matters worse because glyphosate binds to minerals, we will likely not get enough leading to increased appetite due to lack of nutrients.

What To Avoid

Some of the foods you want to avoid are legumes including soy, grains including corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, papaya, zucchini, yellow squash, salmon, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, milk, meat, and eggs, unless it’s wild caught or organic.

The amount of glyphosate allowed was increased dramatically a few years ago to accommodate spraying it on all the crops. It’s sprayed 3 days before harvest to dry down or kill the plant. It speeds up the ripening process and kills the weeds for the next season. Of course the glyphosate ends up in the food. 

Unfortunately, avoiding GMOs is not good enough which is why organic is strongly recommended. If you use it doesn’t guarantee your food doesn’t have glyphosate, but it’s a much better bet than conventional. Avoiding GMOs and Roundup is critical. This can be done by switching to organic.

In the film they will show people that had autism and people that were disabled, had breast cancer, diabetes, infertile, a whole list of people that when they switched to organic got better. For many of them the weight came off; there’s a lot of benefits switching to organic.

One last thing I think you should know is GMO corn, soy, sugar, grains, and many others are in all packaged foods unless otherwise mentioned. A great resource to help you avoid GMOs is Sign up for the newsletter to keep up to date on new GMOs. A couple other resources are:

I hope this article was helpful and remember your vote is important. Your vote is what you choose to eat. The big companies can’t keep producing crap if you won’t buy it. The other thing is to let everyone know about this information. Like and share this article with as many people as you can.

Very shady things happen at the cost of our health to make the rich man richer. This stuff really happens. Reminds me of a cartoon with the big evil villain wanting to take over the world at the cost of everyone else’s lives.

I wish you lots of health, love and happiness!

Travis Wade

The only holistic personal trainer in Edmonton.

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