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How much of the success of the Paleo Diet can be attributed to the elimination of GMOs from the diet?

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Created September 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM

I just watched the most recent Jeff Smith 'Institute for Responsible Technology' film about GMOs:

http://geneticroulettemovie.com/ - Free watch through 9/22.

Jeff Smith is one of the good guys when it comes to food safety and I really respect his opinions, and yet I've never heard him interviewed in the paleosphere.

The film makes a strong case that Genetically Modified Grains rather than simply grains per se are what's causing the dramatic increase in inflammation disorders and the corresponding decline in American health. Several very compelling (yet anecdotal) accounts about people and animals health swinging from good to bad as their diet went back an forth between conventional and GMO feeds. The primary mechanism of injury seems to be destruction of gut flora vis a vis gene transfer, making gut flora turn into little BT toxin factories. This point seemed to be a bit speculative though.

I know per capita sugar consumption has gone from 15# a year to 60+ and that's got to be a huge part of the story, but the film makes the point that the bulk of that sugar is also derived from GMOs loaded with known toxins. The film also interviews lots of doctors (none of whom look very healthy) who put their patients on non-GMO diets and get results that look a lot like the results we see going Paleo (reversal of auto-immune disease, increased fertility, etc.).

So here's my question: How much of the success of the Paleo diet can be attributed to the fact that when we eliminate grain, we also eliminate the glyphosate and reactive DNA sequences found in altered plants, and which also contribute to inflammation?

Disclaimer: I eat a strict Weston A Price diet with lots of raw dairy, a moderate amount of 'safe starch', very little grain, none of it GMO.

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on September 19, 2012
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Today a French long term study was released: http://research.sustainablefoodtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Final-Paper.pdf It shows much higher death and cancer rates among rats fed GMO corn for two years.

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on September 19, 2012
at 12:32 PM

That's what happens when governments get into bed with big business, in this case Monsanto. "He who controls the food, controls the world."

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That's been my opinion for years too. I don't eat that stuff so I don't care about it too much. What I'm trying to parse out here is exactly how much is 'a bit less'.

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I can eat sourdough and raw dairy with no problems, but I know many others have BIG problems with them. Even though I don't have problems, I severely limit my gluten because I don't want to develop a sensitivity in the future.

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:19 AM

I don't know, but I do care. I think that the worst part is is that nobody really knows, because not enough studies have really been done. It was just irresponsible to release those on to the marketplace and into our environment without having done long term or unbiased studies.

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on September 19, 2012
at 12:32 PM

That's what happens when governments get into bed with big business, in this case Monsanto. "He who controls the food, controls the world."

6b6c938c368e7a135e74c468c9ed1189

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on September 19, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Today a French long term study was released: http://research.sustainablefoodtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Final-Paper.pdf It shows much higher death and cancer rates among rats fed GMO corn for two years.

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on September 19, 2012
at 12:57 AM

I rather doubt it. Here's my n=1 experience:

I was eating a whole foods, GMO-free, grass-fed, free-range, organic WAP diet for 2 years prior to going Primal and just by eliminating the organic sourdough bread made with freshly ground flour, I dropped 15 pounds, eliminated my eczema and all my IBS symptoms within 2 months.

I think gluten intolerance/sensitivity is the culprit for most of the inflammation you describe, along with high PUFA oils.

6b6c938c368e7a135e74c468c9ed1189

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:01 AM

I can eat sourdough and raw dairy with no problems, but I know many others have BIG problems with them. Even though I don't have problems, I severely limit my gluten because I don't want to develop a sensitivity in the future.

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on September 19, 2012
at 12:58 AM

I feel it's more of a 2+2=5 with a Paleo diet. Removing the toxins is a huge part of it and when you couple it with getting more of the nutrients to keep the system functioning in an optimal state, voila great results.

-Matt
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on September 19, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Luckily GMO mostly relates to products, excluded from paleo diet anyway - grains, soy. Would they be a bit less poisonous if they weren't GMO? Probably. Who cares?

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:03 AM

That's been my opinion for years too. I don't eat that stuff so I don't care about it too much. What I'm trying to parse out here is exactly how much is 'a bit less'.

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