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Jeffrey Smith claims there has been an increase in inflammatory bowel disease in US since introduction of GE foods. Even a cursory look at the literature shows this started in the 1930s and is ongoing on Europe too (where few GM products are being consumed as food) – see www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17036379.
This paper states:
“Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a multifactorial disease with probable genetic heterogeneity. The geographical incidence of IBD varies considerably. The incidence rates began to increase in the late 1930s in the United States. The highest incidence rates are traditionally reported in Northern and Western Europe as well as North America, whereas lower rates are recorded in Africa, South America and Asia, including China. It is more common in developed, more industrialized countries, pointing at urbanization as a potential risk factor. In the late 1990s, the incidence of ulcerative colitis leveled off to a plateau or even decreased, while the incidence of Crohn’s disease was still increasing in most European countries. Recent data, however, suggest a further increase in the incidence of IBD, at least in some North European countries. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease appear to be more frequent in the northern parts of the US than in the south.”
How do these FACTS line up with contention that IBD is affected by GMOs?
Dr. Bernhoft suggest in this one segment that eating GM food causes “inflammatory bowel disease/ulcerative colitis/gastrointestinal illnesses/allergies/ autoimmunity/asthma/high cholesterol/a wide range of chronic illnesses/type-2 diabetes/and so on” when there is no evidence of cause and effect or supporting evidence of such in the medical literature. He then goes on to assert that this long list of illnesses show “improvement” or “sometimes they go away completely” when GM is removed from the diet. I am shocked that any Medical Doctor would make such serious claims to a national audience in the absence of any controlled studies or evidence-based medicine supporting these serious allegations.
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