GMOs And Infertility
If you are having problems with infertility, you are going to want to read this.
Infertility is common in the United States, especially compared to other wealthy nations. Out of 100 couples in the United States, about 12 to 13 of them have trouble becoming pregnant. In terms of staying pregnant, ten in 100 (6.1 million) women in the United States ages 15–44 also have difficulty staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2019 fertility in the United States dropped to the lowest level in recorded history, with women having an average of 1.7 births in their lifetime according to the 2019 World Population Data Sheet.
The question is why? The answer is GMO‘s!
A study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that pesticide residues in food may account for a large proportion of the roughly 100,000 unsuccessful pregnancy attempts in United States.
The study found that the women in the highest quartile (the 25% of women who consumed the most pesticides) had a 26% reduced chance of having a live birth than women in the lowest quartile, who consumed the least amount of pesticides.
Women consuming the least pesticide had a 7% chance of miscarriage, while women consuming the most pesticide had a 34% chance of miscarriage.
The stunning implication of the study is that most infertile couples doing IVF would succeed in conceiving if they ate organic – or even “less poisonous” foods.
I have had several patients struggling to get pregnant who when I convinced them to change the way they were eating and eat organic, 100% grass fed, wild caught whole foods were able to become pregnant, stay pregnant and give birth to healthy babies.
Foods that are genetically engineered in the United States are doused in the pesticide glyphosate. According to the authors of this research, this is proof that the food that we eat is not properly regulated.
Many people have no idea what GMOs are or what they are doing to the health of Americans. So they do not make the connection that the declining health of Americans, which began in the mid-1990s, started when Monsanto (now Bayer) first began to genetically engineer corn and soy crops. In case you are wondering why corn and soy would affect you, you cannot buy a processed, packaged or mass-produced food that doesn’t have one or both of them in it.
The US uses 34% of all GMOs in the world, despite representing only 4.4% of the world population. As of 2019, 26 countries banned GMOs including Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Mexico and Russia. (All of these countries currently have a better health record than the US.)
The European Union (EU) also regulates , or labels GMOs but does not ban them outright, leaving it up to members of the EU, each of which has the right to restrict the sale or cultivation of GMOs as they deem fit. Unfortunately, the US is the largest consumer of GMOs, at 70.9 million hectors planted followed by Brazil at 44.2 million. Along with the GMOs comes the herbicide Glyphosate, an obesogen (makes you fat), carcinogen (gives you cancer), and an autogen (causes autoimmune diseases.) This explains, in my humble opinion, the catastrophic decline in our health, which includes skyrocketing infertility, and one of the lowest infant survival rates in the world since 1996 when these chemicals first showed up in our foods.
Bottom line, our food is so polluted, that it is making us sick and fat, it is causing us to have shorter lives, and if not causing complete infertility it is at least making it increasinglydifficult for us to get pregnant. Once pregnant, we are still not out of the woods, as our infants die at a higher rate than the infants in all other wealthy nations.
What the Heck is a GMO?
Genetically engineered food is NOT a natural process. Indeed, it is really kind of creepy. The genes injected into a plant by food engineers can come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even human fetuses. This means that most GMOs are “transgenic” i.e. that they cross one species with another. I recently wrote an article detailing this here: Explaining The Genetic Modification Of Our Food
In summary, they mix together a concoction of deadly bacteria and then either shock or shoot the plant to let this terrible Trojan horse of foreign DNA enter its genetic structure. The process is certainly complicated enough to warrant in-depth study on the impact it is having on our health and yet no independent studies are being conducted by GMO giant corporations as of the writing of this article.
Why is that a problem?
Because transgenic organisms are a relatively recent development in man’s history. The first genetically engineered crop was tobacco in 1982 and the first GE food was a Flavr Savr tomato in 1994. Both are documented failures in as much as the tomato failed and the tobacco was eventually determined to be highly carcinogenic, but not until millions died from lung cancer.
Cigarette smoking is another variable increasing infertility. I have a theory that cigarette smoking wasn’t nearly as dangerous back in the day as it is now and that the reason is that today’s cigarettes are genetically engineered. When I researched this I found that Big Tobacco companies today genetically engineer their tobacco crops to contain two times the amount of nicotine to make them more addictive. That’s cheating!
Read the full article here: Truth Initiative, How Big Tobacco made cigarettes more addictive, January 23, 2018
Genes operate in a complex network that is still not fully understood. What we do understand is that when you mess with them, they take on a life of their own. Worse still, genetic engineering can result in unintended consequences that once begun cannot be undone. Shades of horror movies. Does it sound so farfetched that these genetic modifications could be increasing infertility?
What to Do
There are a lot of good reasons for people who want to get pregnant, whether they have experienced infertility or not, to switch to organic, even before conceiving.
1. Studies show that within two weeks of eating organic, a lot of the chemical levels in the blood go down dramatically.
2. We know that Roundup and glufosinate (or Liberty herbicides) which are both sprayed on GMOs are linked to birth defects and also possibly to infertility.
3. In the movie Secret Ingredients, Jeffrey Smith and co-producer Amy Hart, feature Dr. Marcia Shafer, who puts her patients on an organic diet, resulting in a 100% success rate for conceiving with over 123 couples, which is astounding because many of these couples had been to fertility clinics.
4. My sister, a farmer who had experienced different levels of infertility in her animals, finally ditched GMOs in their feed about 4 years ago and since then has gone from 50% fertility for her goats and lambs to 84% fertility!
5. We know that the cord blood of children in utero have BT toxin produced from Monsanto’s (now Bayer) genetically engineered corn. They also have glyphosate, which is the chief poison in Roundup, so it actually gets into the fetus as well as the mother’s bloodstream.
6. We know that the balance between estrogen and testosterone, which is governed by aromatase, may be altered because of Roundup. We have all sorts of evidence from animal feeding studies as well as reports from doctors and individuals themselves linking GMOs and Roundup to infertility.
7. Birth defects skyrocketed by 400% when Roundup was sprayed heavily in Argentina, and was getting on the peasants living near the fields.
8. Dr. Carrasco from Argentina did research on the embryos of chickens and frogs and injected them with Roundup and got the same type of birth defects that were happening in the people living near these fields who were getting sprayed with Roundup.
I encourage my patients to eat 100% organic before trying to get pregnant (or especially if they have been struggling with infertility), and then to feed their children as much organic food as possible.
I walk the talk, and at the age of 72 I believe the I reap the benefits!
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