Engineered Foods May Be Causing Increased Food Allergies. We
have seen more food allergies and increased complications in
treating patients since genetic engineering has become so
Charles Sheehan wrote an article, "Scientists see
spike in kids' food allergies," Chicago Tribune, 9 June 2006.
He stated there has been a huge jump in childhood food
allergies in the US since the change in America's diet
beginning in 1996 when bacteria, virus and other genes have
been artificially inserted to the DNA of soy, corn, cottonseed
and canola plants. These unlabeled genetically modified (GM)
foods carry a risk of triggering life-threatening allergic
reactions, and evidence collected over the past decade now
suggests that they are contributing to higher allergy rates.
Usually people aren't allergic to a geneticly altered food
until they have eaten it several times. So the testing that is
being done is inadequate for long term effects. The only real
test stated by a former FDA microbiologist, Louis Pribyl, "is
human consumption by affected peoples, which can have ethical
considerations. And it is the ethical considerations of
feeding unlabeled, high-risk GM crops to unknowing consumers
that has many people up in arms."
The UK is one of the few countries that conduct a yearly
evaluation of food allergies. In March 1999, researchers at
the York Laboratory were alarmed to discover that reactions to
soy had skyrocketed by 50% over the previous year. Genetically
modified soy had recently entered the UK from US imports and
the soy used in the study was largely GM. John Graham,
spokesman for the York laboratory, said, "We believe this
raises serious new questions about the safety of GM foods."
Critics of GM foods often say that the US population is
being used as guinea pigs in an experiment. But experiments
have the benefit of controls and measurement. In this case,
there is neither. How could the potential allergen be
identified? The Canadian government announced in 2002 that
they would "keep a careful eye on the health of Canadians" to
see if GM foods had any adverse reactions, they abandoned
their plans within a year, saying that such a study was too
difficult. This was reported in "Genetically modified foods,
who knows how safe they are?" CBC News and Current Affairs,
September 25, 2006.
One postulated understanding of why a GM crop might create
new allergies is that the imported genes produce a new
protein, which has never before been present. This new protein
may trigger reactions. This was demonstrated in the mid 1990s
when soybeans were outfitted with a gene from the Brazil nut.
While the scientists had attempted to produce a healthier
soybean, they ended up with a potentially deadly one. Blood
tests from people who were allergic to Brazil nuts showed
reactions to the beans. This study was reported by J. Ordlee,
et al, "Identification of a Brazil-Nut Allergen in Transgenic
Soybeans," The New England Journal of Medicine, March 14,
1996. It was fortunately never put on the market.
If a protein in GM foods is causing allergies, then the
situation may be made much worse by something called
horizontal gene transfer (HGT). That's when genes
spontaneously transfer from one species' DNA to another. While
this happens often among bacteria, it is rare in plants and
mammals. But the method used to construct and insert foreign
genes into GM crops eliminates many of the natural barriers
that stop HGT from occurring.
Remember the advertising on TV years ago that said it's not
nice to fool Mother Nature. Never has this been so true than
with GM foods.
This is another reason I stick with Nutri-West. They insist
on non GM raw materials so you and I get pure Soy Protein and
pharmaceutical grade nutrient products. Sheri Rogers, MD has
written that we have no natural defense against GM foods.
In the A/SERT work, please add GM products to your test
kits to get the type of results you need in treating
complicated cases. So put GM soy, wheat or corn etc. in the
patients hand along with the normal test vial to help the
patient to remove allergies and sensitivities to the soy,
wheat, corn, etc.
We will keep you apprised of new findings and treatment as
we teach the Nutri-West/Brimhall Seminars across the country.
It becomes increasing more important to use the proper Nutri-West
nutrition that tests positive, the foot baths to detox, the
Erchonia Laser to rewrite the script as you make the
corrections on your patients. The 635 nm red laser has been
shown to rewrite the script in the DNA at transcription and
We look forward to seeing YOU soon on Your "Wellness
John W Brimhall, DC and the Wellness Team