GMO Foods May Alter Healthy Organ Function

March 1, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Europe doesn't want GM foods. Do we? (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Based on a recent Chinese study, we are all probably partly rice, but are we also partly insecticide or herbicide from genetically modified plants?

Mike Adams, the “Health Ranger,” brought this possibility to the public eye in his video “How GMO Foods Alter Organ Function and Pose a Very Real Health Threat to Humans.”

Chinese cell researchers have found that plant microRNA from rice and other vegetables are directly absorbed into the bloodstream of mammals without being broken down by digestion. RNA, like DNA, carries genetic information. MicroRNA or miRNA is a short RNA molecule that can suppress gene activity.

Through a series of trials, it was found that a certain plant miRNA from rice arrives intact to the liver cells of mammals, where it inhibits the removal of LDL from the blood. LDL is the type of cholesterol that coats the arteries.

Those mice eating the rice diet had their blood LDL rise significantly within a few hours. After three days of the rice diet, LDL was raised but HDL and triglyceride levels were unchanged.

Healthy Chinese people were also part of the study. When their blood was analyzed, it also contained rice miRNA.

Ten plant miRNAs were found in the blood of Chinese subjects, mice, rats, horses, sheep, and calves. Rice miRNA was found not only in the liver, but the lungs, spleen, kidneys, stomach, and brain. However, the effects, if any, on these other organs was not addressed.

The researchers wrote: “To our knowledge, this is the first report indicating that nucleotides, miRNAs, with complete functional structure are resistant to digestion in the GI tract and can be delivered intact to other tissues.

“In this sense, miRNAs may represent a novel class of universal modulators that play an important role in mediating animal-plant interactions at the molecular level.” The study appeared online in Cell Research, September 2011.

The question arises: Could miRNAs also make a critical contribution to destroying the body’s structure and function? In the case of genetically modified plants that have only been with us since the 1990s, the effects of the new miRNAs that could attach to our organs are unknown.

According to the study’s introduction, miRNAs have the ability “to modulate various critical biological processes, including differentiation, apoptosis, [cell destruction] proliferation, the immune response, and the maintenance of cell and tissue identity.”

Adams pointed out that Monsanto states on its website: “There is no need for, or value in testing the safety of GM foods in humans. So long as the introduced protein is determined safe, food from GM crops determined to be substantially equivalent is not expected to pose any health risks.”

“So long as the introduced protein is determined safe” is contradicted by the research of Dr. Arpad Putzai, of the Rowlett Institute, who was given a grant by the U.K. to devise a protocol to investigate the safety of GM foods.

Dr. Putzai chose the foreign gene in a GM potato that he had worked with before and which produces an insecticidal protein that is harmless to mammals.

Three variations of potato were fed to three groups of rats: the plain potato, a potato injected with the insecticide, and a GM potato injected with the gene from the insecticide. The rats given the first two types of potato were fine. The rats given the GM potatoes had almost all their organs and their immune systems adversely affected after only 10 days.

Previously, rats that had been given 700 times the amount of insecticide found in the GM potatoes had not been affected, so Dr. Putzai concluded that GM foods need more safety studies.

Dr. Putzai had a brief moment of being in the spotlight after an interview on the air Aug. 10, 1998, but on Aug. 12, 1998, he was fired from his 35-year position and his team was disbanded.

Seven months later, Parliament invited Dr. Putzai to testify, whereupon the media again reported the dangers of untested GM foods. This time, the biotech industry could not squelch public sentiment. As a result, major food companies in Europe eliminated GM foods from their products because they did not want their foods labeled as GM.