GMOs may be to Blame for Spike in Kids Suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease
by Christina Sarich
One of the largest studies to date conducted by researchers from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UH) Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital has found a dramatic increase in inflammatory bowel conditions (IBD) in children in the U.S. in the last decade, likely due to eating GMOs.
While the incidence of IBD has caused many hospitalizations, the reasons behind the disease are unclear, except for one culprit – the consumption of genetically modified ingredients. This, mostly from school lunches, eating processed GMO foods at home, and at restaurants. The complete study can be found online in the Journal of Investigative Medicine.
There has been a 65% increase in IBD hospital discharges from 2000 to 2009. The number increased from 11,928 discharges in 2000 to 19,568 discharges in 2009.
IBD refers to the inflammatory conditions associated with irritation of the colon and small intestine. As you may recall, Danish farmers noticed the same problem in their pigs who were fed GMO feed – they were affected so badly that their guts were bleeding in many cases, and they also suffered increased fertility issues. Many piglets were even born deformed.
In research conducted in Italy, mice fed Monsanto’s Bt corn showed a wide range of immune responses. Their elevated IgE and IgG antibodies, for example, are usually associated with allergies and infections. The mice had an increase in cytokines, which are associated with “allergic and inflammatory responses.” The specific cytokines (interleukins) that were elevated are also higher in humans who suffer from a wide range of disorders, from arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, to MS and cancer.
This inflammation affecting the bowels has been found not only in animals, but in humans as well, as previously reported by Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technologies.
IBD can include Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). These two types of IBD were looked at within the UH study, and the authors found a 59% increase in CD discharges and a 71% increase in UC discharges. Looking at 11 million hospitalization records of patients 20 years old and younger using a federal children’s inpatient database, they identified more than 61,000 pediatric discharges with an IBD diagnosis.
According to the study’s principal investigator, Thomas J. Sferra, MD, Division Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, this increasing trend was present in each age category and across all geographic regions (Northeast, Midwest, South and West).
“The reason for this large increase in hospitalizations of children with IBD is not clear,” explains Dr. Sferra in the June 25, 2013 news release, Study finds dramatic increase in hospitalization of US children with inflammatory bowel disease.
However, there have been multiple previous studies pointing to the culprit. Harvard researchers have said:
“The genes of genetically modified foods are split with the E.coli bacteria, Bt toxin, and other gene promotors that leave the bacterium’s residue in your gut that causes IBD, IBS, Crohn’s, and UC. The statistical increase in digestive diseases and colorectal cancer can be directly traced to the creation of genetically modified foods and the addition of dangerous addictive chemicals in packaged foods.”
UH’s Dr. Sferra observes:
“We also found an increase in IBD-related complications and co-existing conditions which suggest an increase in the severity of this disease has contributed to a greater need for hospitalization. However, we will need to perform more research to determine whether patients were admitted to the hospital due to IBD or for an unrelated medical condition. Also, while we’re seeing more kids being discharged with IBD, we cannot with certainty say that the incidence and prevalence of childhood IBD has increased in U.S.”
This nation-wide issue has become a larger problem in the last ten years, and there is mounting evidence that all these bowel conditions are caused by GMOs – and why wouldn’t they be? Bt toxins used in GMO actually blow up an insect’s guts – why wouldn’t they do any damage to ours?
Remember when Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) swore up and down that it was only insects that would be hurt by GMO Bt toxins? They claimed this altered bacteria would be completely destroyed in the human digestive system and would not have any impact on all of us trusting corn-eating consumers. What a laugh.
Medical doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found GMO Bt-toxins in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn babies, as well as in non-pregnant women. The toxin was identified in 93% of 30 pregnant women, 80% of umbilical blood in newborn babies, and 67% of 39 non-pregnant women. The study is peer reviewed and published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology.
The cause of IBS from GMOs is likely due to elevated interleukins (specifically IL-12p70). Though farmers have used Bt-toxin from soil bacteria as a natural pesticide for years, they were spraying it on plants, allowing it to wash off and biodegrade in sunlight. The GM version is built-in; every plant cell contains the stuff, and it obviously doesn’t get destroyed in the human intestinal tract – it destroys the human intestinal tract!
For all the Monsanto and biotech trolls and shills who have been scouring over studies like these presented at alternative news sites like Natural Society trying to discredit them – what say you now?
“I work for Monsanto and I can tell you that 99% of what I just read about Monsanto is not true. The diction part for Monsanto is just to reach our local communities and help in many ways including helping with general science education, awarding grants for schools, firehouses, charities. I strongly object to you suggesting otherwise. . . ”
No propagandizing by any Monsanto employee can change the facts about what they create and the potential harms that come along with these creations.