By J. Manuel Cordova, M. D.
Internal Medicine & Geriatric Specialist
(Edited by Maria Montenegro)
Gmo – Genetically Modified Organism
Thank you all for the emails and questions about GMO from the previous articles. Some people are quite knowledgeable about GMO and want to learn more, while many others have never heard of it. Regardless of where you are in the learning process, we can all learn more and do more to help educate others.
How do you know if the food you’re eating contains GMO or not? It is important for all of us to become more knowledgeable about what goes into our bodies. The short and long term effects of chemicals, hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, toxins and other products that are in the foods and liquids you consume have a major impact on your overall health.
Most food companies are driven by profits. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry. Several reasons ‘additives’ are used are to
a) make vegetables and animals grow faster
b) make vegetables stay fresher-looking longer
c) make foods and drinks taste better.
Vegetarians also have problems with GMO products. One reader said she cannot find non-GMO soy milk or soy beans in the Lakeside area.
The current ‘Big 5’ GMO problem products are corn, soy, cottonseed, canola oil and rice.
A few months ago Monsanto came into Mexico with corn GMO. Also U.S. producers recently sent contaminated Rice to Mexico that did not pass the International standards for food consumption in Europe and Asian Markets. These products are being sold in local stores. (Check the Greenpeace website listed below for additional information.)
There were numerous protests by Greenpeace and others about these products being sent to Mexico, but they’re still here. Once GMO has been used on corn fields, it is unknown how long the effects will last even if the process is terminated. Of course, one of our major foods impacted is Corn tortillas.
Organic food and products that contain no GMO are best to achieve your long term good health.
There are hundreds of books and internet sites that provide information about diets and nutrition. Each person is different based on past nutrition and fitness, as well as your genetic and environmental exposure. ‘Everyone’ can benefit from healthy eating and good fitness habits.
Many people make the mistake of attributing ‘wellness and good health’ as to how they feel. Every adult, particularly over the age of 50, should consider annual laboratory and diagnostic studies to determine what’s going on ‘inside’ the body. Early detection of certain problems or serious disease can make the difference of life and death if treatment is started sooner, rather than waiting for visible symptoms to occur.
The most common examples (there are many) I give for which the patient will feel ‘no’ early signs of illness are:
toxins and metals in the body that will destroy organ function which can be prevented with detox methods and chelation.
colon polyps can lead to cancer and is usually 100% curable if diagnosed early
memory loss/dementia which is misdiagnosed in many patients and can be cured or treated with proper diagnosis and early detection.
osteoporosis and arthritis can make a dramatic difference in the long term mobility of the patient.
side effects of drug reactions to medications or diet that lead to other problems. (‘All’ medications should be properly evaluated by a qualified physician to make sure you’re not suffering from adverse affects of one in reaction to another.)
Please send your comments and suggestions to my email address firstname.lastname@example.org Review the following sites for more information:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/ (Food Inc.)
(The World According to Monsanto)
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