GM Wheat: the Risk to Unborn Children
According to Natural News, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has developed a novel variety of genetically-modified (GM) wheat that contains an altered protein and enzyme-suppressing mechanism that some scientists believe could cause serious problems for the human liver. A recent report compiled by several acclaimed experts in the field of genetics says that children born to parents who consume this GM wheat variety are at risk for liver failure and death. Another great reason for Californians to vote “yes” on Proposition 37, which would make GMO labeling mandatory in California.
Since the technology directly inhibits an enzyme in wheat that is very closely linked to glycogen, a polysaccharide produced in the liver, the genetic alteration could potentially be passed to children. If the technology blocks the enzyme in humans, as it does in the wheat, these children could be born with a systemic defect in glycogen metabolism, resulting in liver failure and death by age five.
Adults missing this enzyme just “kind of get more and more sick, and more and more tired, until they get very, very ill indeed.”
Learn more here: Natural News
I want to clarify several points not made clear by the Natural News article. Obviously the mother has a greater risk of passing the gene defect to her infant than the father. However the risk is present even if she eats the GM wheat prior to becoming pregnant. This is due to the risk of “horizontal” gene transfer to the bacteria in her intestine, as the mother’s native gut bacteria is a major determinant in the bacteria the baby will carry in their own gut.
As medical researchers are discovering, gut bacteria, also known as the “microbiota,” is actually a vital organ. When this is deranged, it can lead, not only to bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease and irritable bowel syndrome) but autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. There are also studies linking it to a condition known as “metabolic syndrome” or “insulin resistance.” Middle aged people with the condition often gain a lot of weight, despite consuming a normal caloric intake.
There are numerous studies showing that genetically engineered DNA isn’t digested by the stomach, as claimed by Monsanto and government agencies that promote GMO crops and foods – that it’s actually taken up by intestinal bacteria and in certain instances can pass into the blood. Here are links to a small sampling:
Also an interesting study about improving Multiple Sclerosis symptoms by transplanting new gut bacteria:
And one about the link between gut bacteria and metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance: