Scott: Can you talk about GMOs? Genetically modified foods. Are they really bad for us and do we really know the extent of that yet?
David Getoff: Do we know the extent of that yet? I would have to say no. I don't think there's anything we know the extent of yet. I mean it's impossible. Pick something and we keep on learning more about it. No matter how bad we know mercury is, lead is, arsenic is, cadmium is, you know nickel is, we still learn more things. Oh, geez, it's even harmful in that amount! Wow, we thought it had to be this amount before it was harmful. So we don't know everything about any of these.
One of our world experts in genetically modified foods is Jeff Smith. Jeffrey Smith, Seeds of Deception. And I love Jeff. He's out there trying to get the word out. And he has interviewed a number of the scientists that have done actual research studies, that the public isn't being given. So we do actually know, I mean it is out there for you to find out. If you read his book, listen to some of his presentations, that we're animals first of all. Somebody will say, 'well, that was an animal experiment.' Oh, are you a plant? Are you a bird, are you a fish? We're animals. So, yes, every animal is different. I totally agree. And sometimes I'm not even happy when we do an animal experiment and relate it to a human. Like the cholesterol experiments that they started out with where they fed an obligate vegetarian, called a rabbit, oxidized cholesterol, which is a damaged animal fat. And then they said because that hurt the rabbits, that that was a problem with cholesterol. So you know, some of the studies are wrong.
But we have a lot of animal studies, plus we have a lot of animal clinical data. Very often scientists discount clinical data. They go it has to be a double blind, placebo controlled cross over trial to have any validity. Would you please show me the double blind, placebo controlled, cross over trial that shows if you jump out of an airplane with a parachute, that the parachute will save your life? Or how 'bout the double blind, placebo controlled cross over trial that shows that if you eat enough prunes, it will either give you diarrhea, or if you have constipation, it will help? They've never been researched. As a matter of fact, there's never been a research study that can prove that water is a treatment for dehydration. It has never been studied. So, clinical evidence can be acceptable, but not if the people in power don't want it to be. Then oh no, no, no, only has to be double blind, placebo controlled.
So we have, for example, whole bunches of farmers that are pig farmers, we have farmers that are sheep farmers, we have farmers that are goat farmers that have found and that have reported on that when they happened because somebody told them you might want to try this because it seemed to work for me... And they stopped feeding the animals the GM soy or GM corn and they went over to regular. Not organic, just regular, just not GM. And all of a sudden, we had many, many more live births. We had much less disease. All sorts of this stuff. Oh, well those are animals. I'm an animal!
So there's actually quite a bit of research, and more coming all the time. But they don't want to do really good human research, because they might find out that it's as bad as we already know it is. Then what? I mean in Europe, where it was decided they weren't going to withhold information from the public, all the big corporations don't sell GM stuff. Here, where we don't tell them how bad it is, and where we can put it in food without labeling it... and I hope the California bill passes and we're the first state that says you have to label it... but in general you don't have to label it. So they don't know it's there, they don't know how bad it is and therefore people are eating it all the time. I mean almost all of the corn is GM, almost all of the soybeans are GM, you know cotton seed oil is mostly GM. There's a whole bunch of stuff out there. And people don't even realize it. In Europe, in the countries where they're allowed to realize it, the manufacturers don't put it in because it won't sell. So, yes, GM is a major problem, and no, we don't have probably a clue of how bad it really is.
Naturopath David Getoff talks about what we really know about the possible effects of genetically modified foods. He discusses why numerous studies and tests are never publicized and why. He also talks about why there is little to no research on GMO use in humans. Find out why most people don't realize they're even consuming GMOs and why we have no clue just how bad it is.
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