Jeffrey Smith on Health Issues with Glyphosate: A Foodie’s Guide to Avoiding GMO$ [#2]

author and director Jeffrey Smith, interviewed by Rachel Duchak for the second installment of "A Foodie's Guide to Avoiding GMO$"

author and director Jeffrey Smith, interviewed by Central Coast Foodie for the second installment of “A Foodie’s Guide to Avoiding GMO$”

Wondering if you should avoid GMO$? Jeffrey Smith unleashes an avalanche of data against this agricultural technology in this 12 minute audio clip and advocates for GMO eradication.

Transcript takeaways from September 9, 2015  Jeffrey Smith interview about health reasons to avoid GMO$:

On the new movie project Secret Ingredients with co-director Amy Hart

It’s about families that recover from chronic conditions when they switch to non-GMO and organic foods. As you may know, thousands and thousands of people are reporting just that from weight loss to mental conditions clearing up to skin problems, [… as well as reporting] more energy, [a decrease in] autistic symptoms, [and] impulsive and ADHD behavior with children: so many things that were being reported by individuals as well as among the thousands of doctors who prescribe non-GMO diets to their patients. I’ve spoken at many medical conferences and can tell you for sure that there are thousands doing just that. And we track not only the testimonies and case studies, we actually go into the homes of some of these people. We also show that this is backed up by the science now: the science demonstrating harm from GMOs and particularly RoundUp, which is sprayed on most GMO$ because they’re “RoundUp Ready”—engineered not to die when sprayed with RoundUp. So RoundUp has been classified as a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization. It’s linked to birth defects, endocrine disruption, […miscarriages and infertility] in humans.

On the importance of an organic, non-GMO diet for human health

I heard [about the importance of an organic, non-GMO diet] from people in audiences because I’ve been interviewing audience members for 125 lectures since 2012 asking people, “What have you noticed?” And, gastrointestinal [issues resolving] is always #1, increased energy is always #2, and then there’s a smattering of all these others. And then we decided to do a survey and we got over 3,500 responses—and, gastrointestinal [issues resolving] is #1, [increased] energy is #2, and then there’s other health issues including skin conditions, asthma, allergies, etc.

On the economic shift possible in luring over a statistically significant number of consumers to start buying organic and non-GMO foods

Fortunately, we may not have to talk about [labeling GMOs] for too long because the tipping point of consumer rejection is underway. In 2013, the natural products industry tipped and it became a marketing liability for companies to use GMOs and there was a big rush to remove [them]. [There are a growing number of non-GMO labeled foods] in Safeway and Walmart: if we can convince just a small percentage of those shoppers to shift their buying habits to non-GMO labeled products, we will create a tipping point that will knock it out of the food supply here the same way that [consumer initiative] knocked it out of Europe. [GMOs] were kicked out of Europe, not by legislation, but because [several large food companies announced] that they were no longer going to use GMOs because consumers didn’t want them.

On health issues related to Glyphosate: safe or unsafe?

Glyphosate binds with minerals, making them unavailable. So it can block certain metabolic pathways that require these minerals, such as the shikimate pathway. Monsanto brags that the shikimate pathway is in plants, not humans: therefore, it’s harmless to humans. There is a lawsuit against Monsanto for making this statement by a class action from Los Angeles because the shikimate pathway is inside of us—not in our tissues but in gut bacteria. The gut bacteria use the shikimate pathway to produce amino acids that produce the neurotransmitters that everyone knows and loves—serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine. Now, if we’re deficient in those, we have problems with mood and behavior, obesity, blood sugar regulation, sleep, and possibly Parkinsons. All of those are linked to GMO consumption. Also, it blocks another metabolic pathway that produces Vitamin D: there’s a Vitamin D deficiency in the United States.

Glyphosate also helps block the pathways that help the liver detox so that means that any other toxic substance in the body can become amplified. It’s also an antibiotic, so we’re consuming large volumes of antibiotics but this is a selective antibiotic that kills the lactobacillus etc. that we pay for [in yogurt and supplements] but not the E.coli, the salmonella, the botulism, the clostridium. These are the things that overwhelm the positive gut bacteria, causing what’s called “gut dysbiosis” and that’s linked to a long list of diseases including “leaky gut,” cancer, heart disease, inflammation, auto-immune disease, food allergies, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, etc. And when you look at [exposure to] low dose levels of RoundUp: endocrine disruption, estrogen and testosterone imbalance—that’s important to us. [An imbalance] can mess up the aromatase which are part of the balancing act.

I could go on! Mitochondria! The mitochondria are the batteries of the cell—that becomes damaged. So many people are fatigued: when they stop eating GMOs and switch to organics, many people [report] increased energy. So many things are now related that we can now see happening in the test tube, in lab animals, in the human population for epidemiological studies as well as in the animal populations on farms: all the same kinds of disorders are linked to the consumption of GMOs and glyphosate.


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