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Top US Healthcare Giant: GMOs Are Devastating Health

Anthony Gucciardi
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November 27th, 2012
Updated 11/27/2012 at 4:56 pm
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kaisernewslettergmo 255x159 Top US Healthcare Giant: GMOs Are Devastating HealthJust days after a leading genetically modified organism (GMO) researcher spoke out against GMOs and how many pro-GMO ‘scientists’ are in bed with Monsanto or carry their own GMO patents, the largest managed healthcare provider in the United States is now publicly speaking out against GMOs. In a recent newsletter, the Kaiser Permanente company discussed the numerous dangers of GMOs in a recent newsletter and how to avoid them.

Explaining how GM ingredients have been linked to tumors and organ damage in rats in the only lifelong rat study available, the newsletter highlighted how the only real long- term research indicates that GMOs are a serious health danger. The newsletter, which you can view here, states:

“Despite what the biotech industry might say, there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health. Independent research has found several varieties of GMO corn caused organ damage in rats. Other studies have found that GMOs may lead to an inability in animals to reproduce.”

Top Health Giant Says Buy Organic for Proper Health

The newsletter then goes on to tell readers how they can avoid GMOs in their food through buying high quality organic and looking for other non-GMO indicators. It is important to remember the organic labeling meanings when shopping organic, however, which this newsletter unfortunately does not address. Make sure you know which ‘level’ of organic you are consuming:

  • Products labeled ‘100% organic’ – These items are made with 100% organic ingredients and are the highest quality organic products you can purchase. No GMOs are allowed.
  • Labeled ‘organic’ — These products are to contain at least 95% organic ingredients overall. Still no GMOs are allowed.
  • ‘Made with ‘organic ingredients’ — This is the lowest form of organic content. This label is only required to contain 70% organic ingredients, meaning that the remaining 30% can be conventional. The conventional items, however, are not allowed to contain GMOs. These products don’t qualify for the USDA seal, whereas the previous two do.

You can also look for the ‘Non-GMO Verified’ logo on food items to be sure that they are GMO free.

But why does a major corporation care that you are eating GMOs? Well the fact of the matter is that the research (and common sense — eating pesticide factories mixed with the DNA of viruses isn’t going to end well) indicates GMOs are causing problematic health conditions across the board. Of course the issue lies in the fact that GMOs are not immediately considered as a cause and actually influence disease through a series of complications that are not easy to trace. But as the only lifelong study has showed us, 50% of male and 70% of female rats died prematurely when consuming GMOs.

And the bottom line is that this is costing Kaiser Permanente. If members of the healthcare juggernaut were to switch to high quality organic foods free of GMOs, pesticides, mercury-containing high-fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners, then Kaiser would be dishing out millions upon millions less for healthcare costs.

More and more organizations and individuals alike are speaking out against GMOs and the effects of GMO consumption as the evidence becomes more and more clear on a daily basis. Perhaps next time Monsanto tries to push a new outlandish creation into the food supply they will be met with crushing opposition thanks to a global increase in awareness.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail Top US Healthcare Giant: GMOs Are Devastating HealthGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • celiayounger

    lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ envolved and power

  • celiayounger

    before that people SHOULD KNOW what it means… 75% of the people DO NOT KNOW about Monsanto, GMO’s or toxicity in our foods.

  • celiayounger

    these big companies try their ‘toxic stuff ‘ in 3rd world countries (without telling them) to see the effects their products have in the population, they have been doing it since the 40′s and continue doing it… and their politicians with full $$$ pockets.

  • celiayounger

    my dog refuses to eat any of that. I am trying to change his diet, but he is 14 years old and he doesn’t want. I am afraid the food I buy at the store is not so good for him…. but I don’t know what to give him. When i give him chicken or beef, he has diarrhea. he doesn’t eat fruit or veggies should I prepare them in a different way? so he eats them?

  • jazzfeed

    I second that emotion. It’s just another shill (or moron), but they need to be taken down every time so low information readers will get clarity.

  • squodgy

    And we must NEVER forget this little story……

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0AL4yml3bw

  • squodgy

    Check this out about Dr. Arpad PUSZTAI a research professor at Scotland’s Aberdeen University;

    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia

    Dr. Arpad Pusztai’s career was trashed by the UK Gov after he reported serious deformities on rats fed GMO potatoes, a full 14 years before the French tests.

    PM Blair (you know, the one who lied about WMD’s and was strongly involved in the mysterious death of Dr. Kelly)was pressured by Monsanto to denounce him and kill the research…which he dutifully did.

    • Lewis

      I have followed the work of Dr. Arpad Pusztai for years. This is what happens to you when you challenge the corruption in corporations.
      Time that Monsanto and others are exposed and held accountable.
      Thanks for the link, I have already read it some time ago.

  • kpryan

    Surprising – as a Kaiser 'customer' I really wouldn't expect Kaiser to have the guts. The skeptic in me wants to think that Kaiser approached Monsanto asking for a very generous grant for some purpose or the other and Monsanto declined and thus Kaiser acted.

    Though maybe Kaiser is somehow growing a conscience!

    Hope it isn't a GMO'd growth, though.

  • beduke

    Yes, I don’t know about Monsanto employees, but it did come out during the campaign that both the Romney and Obama families insist on all-organic food.

  • beduke

    Just don’t pretend that it would be any better if the other guys had won. I agree that the appointment is shameful, but I would expect as bad or worse from the other side. It does point out that both political parties are in the pocket of some businesses that do not have our best interests in mind. That is an issue that we can unite on.

    • celiayounger

      I agree with you. I think the other side was worse and it probably w had been the much worse if they had won.

  • beduke

    Well, that would be a good reason for more study, rather than throwing dirt on the one study that has pointed out a (possible) problem. Right now the researchers seem to be running away from the issue – - maybe they're worried that Monsanto will destroy their careers. And they might, since they destroy farmers and entire crops (like the failing cotton crop in India.) We could use a lot more science on this issue. Simple logic tells you that RoundUp® is not an aid to digestion. I think many of us know in our hearts that these modified organisms are harmful. We just need to prove it. Meanwhile, if we would at least LABEL them, everyone could decide for oneself. Right now we are being force-fed GMOs while Monsanto, Safeway and all the other co-conspirators try and keep the extent of this hidden and out of the average consciousness.

    • Ron Harris

      If people don't want to eat GM food, they can just buy organic food.

  • rlr

    Two GMO topics that are never discussed. The national defense issue. One multinational corporation owning and controlling the worlds staple crops. Second is the most important… is it morally, ethically correct to patent (owning) living organisms fish, animals, seed and plants and where will this lead…. The ownership of human beings, example future medically / surgically inserted mechanical (ex. pone, gps etc} technology and the growth of body parts and organs for medical use in people (ex. stem cells).

  • Scott Garren

    I'm no fan of GMOs but that French corn study has been widely criticized by scientists of all strips with no connection to Monsanto as a quick Google search will show. See the following for example: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/monsanto

  • Don Taylor

    Were California voters a victim of FRAUD??

    I have started a petition with change.org to encourage the USDOJ to prosecute the No on Prop 37 Committee for fraudulently using the official FDA stamp (logo) and titles in advertising to deceive the voters in California voting on Prop 37 (label GMO’s in food). Change.org has had some amazing results!

    We can NOT allow or tolerate the blatant misuse of Federal Laws at the benefit of or detriment to anyone! PLEASE SIGN so we can send a message to Monsanto and other corporations who use illegal and deceptive tactics!

    Please encourage others by sharing on facebook or blogs you may post to. Also, follow the links in the petition so you can see for yourself. Use the following link and sign the petition… THANK YOU!!

    https://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-no

    This is an excerpt taken from the carighttoknow.org website…

    “Leading consumer groups revealed a long list of documented deceptions of the No on 37 Campaign, including blatant misrepresentation of the positions of leading science, professional, academic organizations and government agencies as documented below. This pattern of fraud tells the true story about how far the world's largest pesticide and junk food companies are willing to go to keep American consumers from having a choice about genetically engineered foods. Opponents of Prop 37 have been caught red handed:”

    • Ron Harris

      The defeat of prop 37 was a victory for science. Labeling is not scientifically justified.

      • http://www.infowars.com Boxout

        The Prop 37 defeat was a victory for Big Agribiz. not science. As a scientist, we prove how little we know with every passing year.

  • http://www.indigenecommunity.info Douglas Jack

    There are important issues of scientist objectivity considering economic dependencies. 'Principle-of-Precaution' puts the onus upon companies & researchers wishing to infest food supplies with DNA GMO alternations which have no previous ecological-history to establish such long term studies safely without exposing the biosphere to potential DNA contamination. Monsanto has not followed the Precautionary-Principle, relying upon short-term less-than single generational studies. As a result Monsanto-Dow studies give no indication of carcinogenic, mutagenic or teratogenic CMT effects over time & across generations. Gilles-Eric Seralini's study: 'Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant

    genetically modified maize' only accepted & released in August 2012 just before the California vote in France are the first to make peer-reviewed CMT over significant time periods & across generations. Anyone with doubts should be reading this: http://research.sustainablefoodtrust.org/wp-conte

  • Kenneth Smith

    There used to be a share place at the top of the articles like "F" to facebook and to twitter where did they go? Makes it very difficult to pass them on.

  • anon

    Monsanto is an organized crime syndicate trying to deny you information about the toxic bilge they're trying to force down the public's throat for profit.

    If we had a legal system that prioritized human life and health over corporate profiteering, Monsanto executives might very well being serving time in prison.

    • Kenneth Smith

      Like I have said before they pattern therselves after the Nazis

    • Randi Z. Carrera

      Wouldn't bother me one bit if they were all in jail.

      They know it's not safe to eat these foods. What about little babies eating babyfood with GMO's in them.

      THESE COMPANIES DON'T CARE IF ORDINARY CITIZENS DEVELOP CANCER.

      HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE HAVE TO LOOSE THEIR LIVES TO THESE GREEDY MONSTERS?

  • organic dream

    Nice, thanks for the good news, even if it was another corporation loosing cash over it good to see Monsanto and a like on the run, there all crazy mad men.

  • http://stopptt.no bertie

    ive been doing some internet research on a big group of chemical producing companies – one of thier products, furadan has been credited with killing over 1 million birds, is used in tanzania to kill lions and has associated a large number of health problems -yet the company maintains its safe – it was used widely until a few years ago – if you are over 25 you've probably ingested a good deal.

    Further research into another issue – teflon revealed that when sufficiently heated it produces a gas that is so poisonous that is in section 2 of the chemical weapons register. The company says that there is nowere near enough on the average frying pan to be of any concern – yet 4 workers taking a smoking break outside of the teflon reclamation plant they were working became very ill, 3 recovered and one died.

    Here in Norway it is very difficult to buy a frying pan which is not teflon coated – it is even on dental floss and definatly lining the carton that your mornings fruit juice came in.

  • Paul

    The fact that the president appointed a former MONSANTO executive to head the FDA is reason for serious concern and reason for the public to be well informed.

    • Randi Z. Carrera

      I voted for Obama, it was only afterwards that I learned of him appointing a former Monsanto Executive. Let me just say that one decision was the only decision that Oabama has made that I am totally against. I heard that this individual also provided Obama with campaign money.

      I fail to see why we should believe anything that Michelle Obama has to say about healthy choices of nutrition becoming common place in public schools.

      Nothing Monsanto manufactures has any nutritional value what so ever !

    • Kathleen

      Evil is real and wants to destroy. that's its nature. It's just reality. Good exists, too, and wants harmony healing and life.

    • Linda

      Isn't that frightening? Watch and keep yourselves informed indeed.

  • Anonymous2

    Last week my airedale became suddenly ill and almost died. She was brought back from the edge of death and diagnosed with Addison's Disease, which completely shuts down the adrenal gland causing her organs to start shutting down completely within hours! After reading the articles and studies regarding the effects of GMOs on rats, I took her off of the commercial dog food she was eating and started feeding her the organic foods we eat and she has made a miraculous recovery. The vet says no one knows what causes Addison's, but I do. I could not get the vet to even perhaps acknowledge that the crap in the food we feed our dogs is KILLING THEM, so think what they are doing to us! He only wants to sell me pharmaceuticals and take full credit for saving her life, which he did, but he suggested that I not change her diet…WRONG! His diagnosis was somewhat complete, but his follow through regarding her care was one of "let's give her these pills…she will be taking them for the rest of her life"…instead of, "Let's get to the core problem and get an answer to what causes this." This is EXACTLY the same attitude that the BigChem companies have regarding our own health! Until the revolving door between BigChemical and Washington closes….namely Michael R. Taylor, and others, this will never change! Buy and eat organic…it's your only hope!

    • sophie

      Amen!! Thank you for sharing this information, anectdotal as it is.

    • http://www.whitethundermedicine.com Lynette Schmidt

      Thank you for feeding your dog food. Processed poison is what is in the bags that folks have been brainwashed to feed the animals. Cats too. Vets most times sell and promote these foods. Just like the majority of doctors and vets do not deal with food. We have to wake up and feed the animals what their bodies need. Raw organic chicken or turkey and steamed greens like brocolli Kale cabbage ect. Not grains potatoes sweet potatoes or peas. They will do anything to make these processed foods more appealing to people who do not want to give animals the effort to feed real food. You are right keep feeding food to your dog. There is no disease when the body is fed to function. Not for the ease of care that people are brainwashed to believe they get from a bag or can. You just spend money on vets and doctors. Times are changing we all need to wake up wide awake and spend our money on Organic Foods stop spending it on GMO Laden processed foods. The majority of GMO laden foods are for infants. what does that say about how we treat the future.

    • Debbie

      Write to THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! You can do this online. I did this!!! His wife has an organic garden at the White House. The chefs cook from this! MAKE A DIFFERANCE. Don't be lazy and think that others will. ALL OF US CAN… If we do it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Linda

      I totally agree with you. I have friends that make their own dog food, and the dogs thrive. GMO's will kill us all, Monsanto and those supporting them need to be put out of business.

  • sophie

    It is rare to find truth in the corporate sell-outs otherwise known as the main stream media, it is refreshing to see a company with clout finally speaking out! I hope this means that many more will soon follow suit…

  • KEN

    It is time to DEMAND the TRUTH at the LOCAL LEVEL — your COUNTY EXTENSION AGENTS — write letters to them — and to the editor of the local paper — put them on the HOT SEAT — and refuse to let them get away with repeatig FDA and MONSANTO LIES

  • Bonnie

    This kind of thing is exactly what needs to happen, large companies coming out publicly against GMOs. People who buy organic should have a no-gmo bumper sticker on their car. So many people aren't even aware of the issue.

    • Jeff

      I buy mostly organic but, I don't use cars anymore-where should I attach the bumper sticker?

  • dogitydog

    Monsanto is getting away with murder again and the FDA is an accessory to the crime. This is exactly the kind of crime that the FDA was created for to protect us against. This makes them obsolete.

    • Alonna Farrar

      University's like Stanford are also part of the crime. Agriculture professors and universities rely on grant money to fund research. Follow the money and you will find that Dow, Monsanto and other agri-business corporations have funded a lot of this research. Statistics can and will be skewed depending on what the corporation wants them to say. I think universities need to come clean about being bought out by these chemical pushers.

  • John

    You can run, but you can't hide, Monsanto!! EAT your own POISON!! It'll all come out in the wash as my granny used to say. And it is, little by little. Thank God the Internet can bring the word to so many un-suspecting consumers.

    • Bruce

      Unfortunately, Monsanto employees and both presidential candidates eat organic. They won't eat their own poison.

      • Richard

        Is that really true!?

    • Randi Z. Carrera

      Wow, what an incredible story. Glad your dog got better.

      I can't figure out why these companies are allowed to continue toxic manufacturing of their (so called) food items. We need to get out of the political venues that we have in other countries and change the focus back to this urgent food problem at home here in the U.S.

      It is these companies that are killing thousand upon thousands of us slowly.

  • Anonymous

    The truth is coming out.

    • Sage

      Yes – I feel it too. The truth is coming out

      • Randi Z. Carrera

        It's the shift of many things from not so good to much better. I am so happy that I happened upon this website! I know so many people, including many of my friends who don't want to know this stuff, and actually work at not noticing it!

        But what Monsanto is doing is SO WRONG ! I have a beautiful 14 year old son, and damn it I owe it to HIM to make sure he is getting what he needs to be healthy and stay healthy. That's the way I see it. So grateful to you all thanks!

  • Ron Harris

    Over 400 studies have scientifically proven GMO's to be safe. For almost two decades we've been eating GM food and not one case of harm has ever been found.

  • Daniel Beck

    I wish I knew you, so I could punch your lights out. This food is poison and your a fool!!