Dr Oz: GMO Diet vs Non-GMO Diet
What do you know about Genetically Modified Foods? That was the subject of Dr Oz’s show, and he wanted to talk about the controversy surrounding these food options. You could be eating genetically modified food (sometimes called GM food or GMO foods).
Scientists engineer food to be more affordable, more plentiful, and easier to produce. In just 20 years, about 90% of America’s sugar beets, corn, and soybeans are genetically modified. That means as much as 75% of our processed food supply contains GMOs.
Dr Oz: GMOs Banned in Europe
Though countries in Europe ban many of these foods, the Food and Drug Administration in the US says they are safe. In California, voters will decide on Prop 37, which could require labeling for GM foods. What’s in your food? How can we even know?
GM foods combine genes from bacteria with a crop such as corn. That means the corn is resistant to chemicals and pesticides. There’s even research about combining fish genes with crops like tomatoes.
Two experts sat with Dr Oz to discuss Genetically Modified Foods. Dr Oz said that his wife actually narrated a documentary on this topic, directed by one of the guests. Since the discussion is so controversial, Dr Oz said guests in favor of GMOs refused to share the stage with these activists, instead asking to share their perspectives in a separate segment.
Genetic Roulette Review
Jeffrey Smith, the filmmaker behind Genetic Roulette, said many doctors are prescribing non-GMO diets, which are reversing health problems also observed by research animals and cattle who have GMO foods in their diets.
His documentary links diseases such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other conditions with these GM food products we are so used to consuming these days.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Caused by GMOs?
Dr Robin Bernhoft is the former president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. He agrees with Smith about the effects of these foods, which he says are also believed to affect cholesterol, asthma and allergies.
Dr Oz showed a chart marking the number of cases of Gastroesophageal Reflux from the late 1980s through the present day. Reports of this one condition skyrocketed after the introduction of Genetically Modified foods in the mid-1990s.
It sounds like the good news is you can remove GMOs from your diet and reverse the health consequences of eating these foods, at least according to these experts.
Dr Oz: GMOs Cause Cancer in 80% of Rats
Dr Bernhoft talked about a study on lab rats, who typically develop cancer at a rate of 15-20% on a normal diet. But when they were fed genetically modified foods, the cancer rate shot up to 80%.
The rats experienced many different types of cancer. If this is all true, why don’t we hear more about this? According to Jeffrey Smith, an FDA cover up started 20 years ago when researchers warned of the consequences and urged the oversight organization to conduct long term studies.
Dr Oz: Are GM Foods Safe?
Dr Oz thanked the scientists and asked them to leave the stage. Then he talked to someone who supports GM foods. Martina Newell-McGloughlin is co-director of the NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology at UC Davis.
She claims we have been genetically modified foods for hundreds of years, and the scientific and technological prowess we have now means they are safer than ever. She said that these types of products are thoroughly tested and researched for up to 10 years before hitting the market.
As for the rat study, she said that the rat feed is genetically modified itself, and that has not led to a spike in cancer rates. As a mom, Newell-McGloughlin said nutrition and food safety are important for her in feeding her kids. She feeds GM foods to her family because she believes they are safe.
Dr Oz: FDA Statement on Genetically Modified Foods
Here’s what the FDA had to say about this conversation.
“FDA supports voluntary labeling that provides consumers with this information and has issued draft guidance to industry regarding such labeling.”
Dr Oz: AMA Statement on GMOs
The American Medical Association also shared a statement with the Dr Oz audience.
“AMA policy supports the FDA’s science-based approach to special product labeling, recognizing that there currently is no evidence that there are material differences or safety concerns in available bioengineered foods.”
What do you think about this conversation? Should GM foods be labeled? Do you think they are safe?