The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) recently released a report proposing a link between genetically modified (GM) foods and gluten-related disorders. In the report, a team of experts suggests that GM foods may be an important environmental trigger for gluten sensitivity, which is estimated to affect as many as 18 million Americans.
Citing U.S. Deptartment of Agriculture data, Environmental Protection Act records, medical journal reviews and international research, the authors relate GM foods to five conditions that may either trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders, including the serious autoimmune disorder, celiac disease:
1. Intestinal permeability
2. Imbalanced gut bacteria
3. Immune activation and allergic response
4. Impaired digestion
5. Damage to the intestinal wall
Although wheat has been hybridized over the years, it is not a genetically modified organism (GMO), which can only be created by a laboratory process that inserts genetic material into plant DNA. There are nine GMO food crops currently being grown for commercial use: soy, corn, cotton (oil), canola (oil), sugar from sugar beets, zucchini, yellow squash, Hawaiian papaya and alfalfa.
Most GMOs are engineered to tolerate a weed killer called glyphosate (Roundup). They contain high levels of this toxin at harvest. Corn and cotton varieties are also engineered to produce an insecticide called Bt-toxin. The report focuses primarily on the effects of these two toxins.
“The Bt-toxin in corn is designed to puncture holes in insect cells, but studies show it does the same in human cells,” explained IRT Executive Director Jeffrey Smith. “Bt-toxin may be linked to leaky gut, which physicians consistently see in gluten-sensitive patients.”
“Based on my clinical experience, when I remove GM foods as part of the treatment for gluten sensitivity, recovery is faster and more complete,” added Emily Linder, MD. “I believe that GMOs in our diet contribute to the rise in gluten sensitivity in the U.S. population.”
The best way to avoid GMOs is to purchase certified organic or Non-GMO Project Verified products. Download a shopping guide at NonGMOShoppingGuide.com or the free iPhone app, ShopNoGMO.
The markets for both gluten-free products and non-GMO products are expanding. Gluten-free sales are expected to exceed $5 billion by 2015 while Non-GMO Project Verified sales went from $0 to more than $3.5 billion in the last three years.
For a full report, visit www.glutenandgmos.com.
Redd Remedies (Bradley, IL) has announced the completion of a buyout of Membrell LLC (Carthage, MO), makers of supplements for joint and bone health.
The buyout, which closed on December 2, 2013, includes Membrell’s joint and bone health line of dietary supplements: JOINThealth Original, JOINThealth Plus Antioxidants, BONEhealth Original, BONEhealth Plus D3 & K2 and Re-Nu Canine. Redd Remedies will continue to produce Membrell’s product line and ingredients and integrate them in its expanding line of condition-specific health and wellness supplements.
“We are pleased to bring Membrell into the Redd Remedies family and excited to offer our customers unique and powerful supplements for joint and bone health,” said Dan Chapman, founder and CEO of Redd Remedies. “Membrell’s commitment to results-driving product development and innovation fits nicely with us at Redd Remedies. Membrell’s JOINThealth supplement has been shown in trials to be effective in 10 days. Membrell’s BONEhealth, which uses a patented protein-bound calcium known as ESC, has been shown to have a significant effect on bone density.”
“We welcome and support this development,” added Micah Osborne, president of Membrell LLC. “We are confident Redd Remedies will continue to provide our customers the value, support, and care for which our JOINThealth and BONEhealth products are known.”
For more information, call (888) 453-5058 or visit www.reddremedies.com or www.membrell.com.
The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA), with co-hosts Washington State University, Oregon State University and eOrganic, will hold the 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference in Corvallis, OR, from January 30-February 1, 2014. The conference will begin with a full-day tour of seed enterprises in the Willamette Valley, home to a premier seed-growing region and industry. The two-day conference that follows features presentations, panel discussions and networking events around the theme "Innovation in the Field."
The event is the largest in North America to focus solely on organic seed systems. Session topics range from organic plant breeding, seed production and distribution, to enhancing policies that support the growth and integrity of the organic seed sector. The conference offers more than two-dozen sessions ranging from agronomic issues on the farm (seed production and disease management); breeding topics (university projects and participatory models); economic matters (organic seed markets and marketing); and policy discussions (strategies and tools for advancing the organic seed sector).
Presenters are leaders in their field and represent diverse regions, crop types and farming scales. More than 400 farmers, plant breeders, organic certifiers, policy advocates and seed and food companies, among others, are expected to attend. Tom Stearns, founder of High Mowing Organic Seeds (Wolcott, VT), will give the keynote at the conference. More than 70 additional experts will also present at the conference.
For more information and to register, visit www.seedalliance.org.
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