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Gut health - Improving digestion and absorption of food

Slides help us understand what is causing the epidemic of leaky gut and some alternative solutions, including improving the micro-biome or good bacteria in the intestinal tract

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Gut health - Improving digestion and absorption of food

  1. 1. Gut Health Why does my stomach hurt?
  2. 2. Inflammation
  3. 3. Our seeds have changed
  4. 4. Genetic Transfers  In the mid-1970’s, it was discovered that Scientists could transfer genes from the DNA of one species in to another. Plants, animals, and other organisms, including parasites, fungus, bacteria and virus, could become equipped with new traits through genetic recombination they could never acquire naturally and exhibit traits not previously found in their species or kingdom.
  5. 5. Corporate wars for food control  The new report investigates how the current seed patent regime has led to a radical shift to consolidation and control of global seed supply and how these patents have abetted corporations, such as Monsanto, to sue U.S. farmers for alleged seed patent infringement.  Since patenting crops, lawsuits protecting corporations have skyrocketed, causing many small farmers to loose their farms
  6. 6. Control = monopolies  As of January 2013, Monsanto, alleging seed patent infringement, had filed 144 lawsuits involving 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses in at least 27 different states.  Today, three corporations control 53 percent of the global commercial seed market.  Seed consolidation has led to market control resulting in dramatic increases in the price of seeds. From 1995-2011, the average cost to plant one acre of soybeans has risen 325 percent; for cotton prices spiked 516 percent and corn seed prices are up by 259 percent.
  7. 7. Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers reports a precipitous drop in seed diversity that has been cultivated for millennia. As the report notes: 86% of corn, 88% of cotton, and 93% of soybeans farmed in the U.S. are now genetically- engineered (GE) varieties, making the option of farming non-GE crops increasingly difficult.
  8. 8. While agrichemical corporations also claim that their patented seeds are leading to environmental improvements, the report notes that upward of 26 percent more chemicals per acre were used on GE crops than on non-GE crops, according to USDA data
  9. 9. Lets Look At The History • Americans get sick more often than any other industrialized country and are getting sicker. 63% now with a chronic illness • Since the mid 1990’s the number of people that are suffering with 3 or more chronic illness and today have nearly doubled. • Infant mortality and life spans have plunged. ICD-9 is replaced with ICD-10 • Over the last 20 years we are seeing chronic illness that aren't normal.
  10. 10. Chemicals in Food Further, in response to an epidemic of weed resistance to glyphosate, the primary herbicide used on GE crops, Dow AgroSciences is seeking USDA approval of “next generation” corn and soybeans resistant to 2,4-D, an active ingredient in Agent Orange. Monsanto is seeking approval for GE dicamba-resistant soybeans, corn, and
  11. 11. Howdoes the Intestinalenvironment affectour health? • There is an estimated 60- 80% of your entire immune cells that line the gut are associated with the lymphoid tissue. 70% of your antibodies comes from this tissue. • The gut can be irritated by too much or too little of something.
  12. 12. Dr Michael Marsh • The ‘Godfather’ of celiac disease and Gluten-related disorders • Published a groundbreaking paper in Gastroenterology in 1992 • Exploring the pathology of celiac disease • The causes of intestinal permeability • Genetics and celiac disease • Immune function of the intestinal mucosa
  13. 13. Dr Michael Marsh • GMO Food is increasing the incidence of Celiac and related abdominal disease • Gluten proteins are increasing the incidence of Celiac and related abdominal diseases • BT Toxins are causing leaky gut and increasing the incidence of Celiac and related abdominal disease
  14. 14. Effects of 2 4 D on animals • Dogs fed 2,4-D exhibited myotonia, vomiting, and weakness; dogs are more sensitive to chlorophenoxy acid herbicides • than other animals.14 In addition, dogs and cats have displayed inappetance, anorexia, ataxia, salivation, diarrhea, lethargy, • and convulsions following exposure to 2,4-D, which may include eating treated grass15 although the potential for this is • unclear.16 Rats demonstrated incoordination, central nervous system depression and muscular weakness following acute • oral dosing.3,17 Biochemical analysis of rat tissues suggested hepatic and muscle damage following acute, subchronic, and • chronic oral exposures.
  15. 15. Dicamba Resistant Plants • Dicamba is an older, more toxic herbicide, which is similar in structure and mode to 2,4-D, a major component of Agent Orange. It is highly soluble in water and very mobile so carries a large groundwater contamination risk. Dicamba is also very volatile and can drift for miles. Such volatilization has caused millions of dollars in damages to growers who have suffered crop losses due to herbicide drift onto their farms.
  16. 16. WhatindicationsthatthereareGMfoodsthatare causingproblems? • In March 2001, the Center for Disease Control reported “this food is responsible for twice the number of illness in the U.S. compared to estimates just seven years earlier.” • The rise correlates to the time when Americans have been eating GM food for 5 years. • When soy was introduced to the UK, soon soy allergies skyrocketed 50 percent.
  17. 17. • GMO Corn & Roundup Cause Cancer
  18. 18. GMO’s • These plants have been modified in laboratories to enhance desired traits, and to increase resistance to herbicides, drought tolerance, and disease resistance. • The FDA has approved production of GM foods.2 • The main crops, soybeans, wheat, and corn are in hundreds of different foods from vegetable oils and high fructose corn syrup to supplements and food additives.
  19. 19. Whydogeneticallyengineeredfoodshaveantibiotic resistantgenesinthem?
  20. 20. Whyshouldyoube concernedabout pesticides? • Pesticides are toxic by design • They are created to kill living organisms-insects, plants, and fungi that are considered “pests.” Many pesticides pose health dangers to people. These risks have been confirmed by independent research scientists and physicians across the world. • The U.S. and international government agencies have reported that different pesticides have been linked to a variety of health problem, which are: • Brain and nervous system toxicity (Increases in neural tissue disease i.e. Alsheimers) • Cancer • Hormone disruption including infertility • Skin, eye and lung irritation (Ashma, COPD allergies)
  21. 21. What’s Happening to Wheat? • Wheat is selectively bred to bring out certain traits.1 • What happens is that you have certain traits that you want to produce in wheat.2 • The farmers and the bakers will then pick the best traits and mix and match them and cross them in hopes to get a wheat that has the best of both worlds. So the breads are lighter, they rise more and the muffins are lighter and they use less to make them.
  22. 22. Round- Up Ready Crops • Monsanto wants to introduce genetically engineered Round- Up ready wheat that will be engineered not to die when sprayed with Round-up herbicide. • There’s already Round-up ready crops • Soy • Corn • Cotton • sugar beets • Alfalfa
  23. 23. Two major categories of GMOs • Ones that are designed to be sprayed with herbicide like round-up ready • The other one are designed to produce their own toxic insecticide-which kills bugs by breaking open their stomachs and kills them and its called Bt toxin. • Bt toxin comes from the soil bacteria (Bacillus thuringiensis) The gene is taken out of the bacterium that normally is used to spray in a natural bacteriocide , by organic farmers, where it washes off and biodegrades. But it kills certain insects while its active. Then the gene is taken and put into corn and cotton plants so the plants become registered pesticides, and the plants do the killing. • Bt toxin is in every cell of the plant.
  24. 24. • In the Journal of Applied Toxicology in 2012 they reported that the biotech industry and the Environmental Protection Agency said that the Bt toxin was safe for humans and mammals and that it would only interact with insects. This was overturned when they took the Bt toxin out of the genetically modified corn plant and applied it to human cells. The result was it poked holes in the human cells causing a leaky gut.
  25. 25. Bt toxin and Babies • Doctors from Sherbrook University Hospital took blood from pregnant women and non pregnant women. Who consumed food with BT toxin genetic material. • Their result concluded this: • They found Bt toxin in the blood of 93% of the pregnant women tested. Two-thirds was in the non-pregnant women. • Bt Toxin was found in the cord blood of an unborn baby.
  26. 26. GMOs and the Intestine & what does that mean? • Intestinal permeability may increase by Bt toxin that pokes holes in human cells. • There was a study done of one of the only human studies ever done with GMOs found that genes can transfer from a genetically modified crop in to the DNA of gut bacteria and it might continue to function. • If you eat a corn chip that is made from corn that produces this Bt toxin, it has the gene that produces the toxin in the corn. If that gene ends up in your gut bacteria, transferring into gut bacteria that live inside your intestines, and if it continues to function once its there, its now producing the Bt toxin 24/7. • This may explain why 93% of pregnant women’s blood had Bt toxin in their blood.
  27. 27. Roundup • Monsanto’s most popular weed killer • Round up ready crops produced by Monsanto in the seed form. • Active ingredient is glyphosate, which is an antibiotic. It’s a broad spectrum antibiotic. It kills the beneficial gut bacteria, but not the E. coli, salmonella, and botulism bacteria. • In poultry and cows, it creates a big disbyiosis, a big imbalance in the bacteria. • Roundup is being blamed for this epidemic of botulism, because it is found everywhere. But, usually controlled. Meaning, the botulism is killing off the good bacteria that helps protect your intestines. So when you kill the good bacteria you end up with an overgrowth of botulism and the Bt toxin which is related to death in cows and sudden death syndrome. • The end result is you have a gut bacteria overgrowth, of negative gut bacteria, and that is related to celiac and gluten sensitivity and creates the leaky gut syndrome.
  28. 28. HowdoesGMOsreducethecapacityfordigestion? • One is causing the problem with the gut bacteria. Gut bacteria are involved with digestion, they convert things into assimilable levels and produce vitamin K. • An example of this is, butyrate. This is the fuel for the cells in our intestines to build new cells, the fastest growing cells in your body and the inside lining of the intestines. Its like the snake of a skin. Every three to seven days you have a new lining to the cells of your intestines. And butyrate is the fuel that builds those cells, which is produced by the action of the good bacteria on vegetable fiber. • If your body doesn't have enough of the good bacteria, you don’t produce butyrate and then your cells aren't reproducing good strong cells. It’s like your house is built out of straw instead of bricks. • Your risk of colon cancer is at a higher risk. Studies have shown that low butyrate levels are associated with the development of colon cancer.
  29. 29. Studies Done on Mice • Mice that were fed genetically modified soybeans for eight months showed damage to their testicle cells, their pancreatic cells, and their liver cells. • The pancreas was producing a reduction of enzymes-starch-reduction producing enzymes, alpha-amylase by as much as 77% in two-month old mice. • Reduced the digestive enzymes that digest protein, the zymogen granules. This means that proteins are being left in the body loner than normal because they are not being digested by the protease or the protein-digesting enzymes.
  30. 30. Monsanto'sSoybeanStudy • They tried to hide this data: • In their own soy beans there was as much as a seven fold increase in trypsin inhibitor. Trypsin is important in digestion. • So having seven folds increase in something inhibits trypsin and you can interfere with the digestive capability of the intestines. • Less able to digest proteins. That s like leaving a steak out on the table for three days. • Causes gas and bloating. When your gas has a smell to it, that means proteins aren't being broken down and they are putrefying. Your body isn't digesting and breaking down efficiently so we don’t get the building blocks absorbed to rebuild our own muscles and bones.
  31. 31. GMO-Free DietsFor Gastrointestinal Disorders • IBS went away • Crohn’s disease symptoms went away • No diarrhea • No constipation • No stomach aches • No bloating or gas
  32. 32. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine… • They found in the labs of animals that were fed GMOs they had gastrointestinal disorders. When they were taken off of GMOs diarrhea disappeared in 2 days, ulcers were disappearing, their immune system strengthened. • The body wants to heal so we have to stop throwing the irritant into it.
  33. 33. Allergies in the U.S • Food allergies have skyrocketed since the introduction of GMOs. • When you have intestinal permeability caused by exposure to gluten, you get gaps in the intestinal wall. And then you get larger molecules called macromolecules getting into the blood stream before there's been enough time for them to be digested and broken down into small molecules. • The immune system doesn't’t recognize this and wants to fight it off thinking that its not good for you and starts making antibodies to tomatoes, bananas, avocados and beef and now GMO foods.
  34. 34. Roundup and Vitamin and Mineral Absorption • Glyphosate was originally patented as a broad-spectrum chelator, meaning that it binds with trace minerals making them unavailable for digestion and assimilation. • Food that is sprayed with roundup is nutrient deficient. It is blocking certain nutrients to being able to absorb into our bodies. For example, calcium, vitamin B12, manganese, which is important for allergies and reproduction magnesium. • Even though you are taking your vitamins and minerals, you may be compromising the ability to use them by eating GMO foods. • Choose organic non-GMO foods, vegetables and fruits to optimize absorption of vitamins and minerals.
  35. 35. WouldYouLikeGlyphosateWithThat? • Glyphosate kills the beneficial gut bacteria, which is drenched in GMO foods. • The active ingredient in roundup • Sprayed on grains before harvest: wheat, barley, rye, and lentils • Fruits, and vegetables are sprayed also. • Glyphosate dries down the crops to make harvest easy and more uniform. And penetrates into the food portion of the crop.
  36. 36. Roundupas a HormoneDisrupter • It affects the endocrine system • Aromatase, the basis for estrogen and testosterone gets disrupted through the glyphosate in the roundup. • The affects that the animals that were fed roundup crops were the females had more testosterone and the males had more estrogen. It was an inverse, males were feminizing and females virlizing. • When people where put onto a gluten free diet their hormone levels leveled out.
  37. 37. • Dr. Emily Linder said, “ based on her clinical experience, when she removes genetically modified foods as part as the treatment from gluten sensitivity, recover is faster and more complete.” She has seen autistic children get better, allergies disappeared, children that had violent tempers no longer were a threat. She believes that genetically engineered organisms in our diet contribute to the rise of gluten sensitivity in the U.S. population.
  38. 38. Films to watch about GMO • 1. Dirt: The Movie (2009) • A funny, thoughtful, and, um grounded look at the fundamental ingredient vital to everything that feeds us. • 2. Food Fight (2008) • An amusing account of modern American ag policy and food culture that sprouted a counter-revolution among veggie-obsessed Californians. • 3. Food, Inc. (2008) • The rock stars of the ethical eating movement — Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser — weigh in on all that is wrong in America’s industrialized food system. Methinks my son summed up this film best: “Sometimes the scariest films are the ones that are real.” • 4. Fresh (2009) • Down with the corporate behemoths of the American food economy who threaten the country’s food security, livelihood of small farmers, and our choices as consumers. This documentary features fresh thinking from urban farming activist Will Allen and sustainable farmer Joel Salatin.
  39. 39. Films to watch about GMO • 5. Killer at Large (2008)This film tackles the giant-sized topic of America’s obesity epidemic with talking heads and the story of a 12- year-old who undergoes liposuction. • 6. King Corn (2007)Two friends head to the heartland to learn a thing or two about how food is farmed and where food comes from. • 7. Super Size Me (2004)Cult classic with Morgan Spurlock eating his way to bad health on a month’s worth of Maccas. Required viewing for fast food fans. • 8. The Garden (2008)A group of mostly working class, Latino South Central Farmers fought the good fight — and they’re still at it — for the basic human need to grow food, in this Academy Award nominated film. • 9. The Future of Food (2004)Deborah Koons Garcia reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: Do youreally know what you’re dishing up for dinner?