A Hidden Cause Of Anxiety, Weight Gain, And Sleep Disorders
There is a good possibility that you or someone that you know has problems with sleep, anxiety, or weight gain. There is one possible contributor to these problems that most people are unaware of. It upsets me that our government in the form of the FDA and EPA are not doing anything to protect us from this contributor to health problems!
This ingredient is in most packaged foods and sneaks into consumables that we would not suspect such as ketchup, spices, and vitamins. I am talking about Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO’s.
In the past, the only way we created a new type of vegetable, fruit, or animal was to cross two verities from the same plant or animal family. Through this method we have been able to enjoy the benefits of things like nectarines, pluots, many types of chickens and sheep for example. This method is called hybridizing.
A Genetically Modified Organism can only be created in a lab. A gene is taken from one organism and inserted into the gene of another organism. The two do not have to be in a related family. An eel gene can be inserted into a salmon gene; a soil bacteria gene can be inserted into a corn gene. The goal in doing this may be to make the salmon grow faster or to kill the bugs that may eat the corn. The problem is that when messing directly with the genes you may achieve one result that you want, but you may have a number of other effects that you did not intend.
In a study done on women in Canada it was found that 93% had BT toxin in their blood (1). There is speculation from some health practitioners, that the toxin may be reproducing itself in the intestines because these ladies were not likely to be eating corn or animals that are fed GMO corn everyday. BT toxin kills bugs by multiplying itself inside the bug, causing the stomach to explode. BT toxin is a poison; it destroys the healthy bacteria in our intestines, and we rely on these healthy bacteria to properly absorb nutrients, minerals and to manufacture vitamins like B and D as well as hormones like serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine.
BT corn is just one GMO food. There are also the “Roundup Ready” crops like soy, canola, sugar beet, and cotton (cotton seed meal is used in animal food and the oil is used in human food). These Roundup ready crops are sprayed with Roundup. When we eat food that is sprayed with Roundup we are eating Roundup. The active ingredient in Roundup is Glyphosate, which was originally used to clean pipes. It has the ability to grab onto and remove minerals.
Scientists noticed that when cleaning pipes, Glyphosate also killed all of the weeds when it came out of the pipe onto the ground. This discovery led to it being used as a weed killer. When we eat Roundup it steals our minerals and interferes with the Shikimate Pathway. The Shikimate Pathway is used by our gut bacteria to produce serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine.
Serotonin is important for regulation of blood sugar and satiation. Without enough of it we can experience anxiety, depression, and stress. Melatonin is needed for healthy sleep patterns and to prevent insomnia. Dopamine is needed to prevent Parkinson’s Disease. Another pathway that is compromised by Glyphosate is the Cytochrome P4-50 Pathway. This pathway is needed for the liver to detox drugs and foreign materials from the body. It is also responsible for the manufacture of vitamin D, and Vitamin D is needed for our immune system to function properly (5).
Glyphosate is registered with the EPA as an antibiotic and is known to cause birth defects as well as being a toxin that harms our mitochondria. As Dr. Terry Wahls explains in her book Minding My Mitochondria, the mitochondria produce energy in our cells, without them working correctly, we do not have as much energy as we would like (2). The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently made a statement that the weed killer is probably carcinogenic (3). Many diseases can be traced back to Glyphosate as a contributor (4).
So what can you do about it? Certified Organic Foods do not contain GMO’s. They also are not sprayed with insecticides and herbicides. Check labels on non-organic foods and if the packaged foods contain sugar, soy, corn, or canola oil, avoid them. Anxiety, sleep problems, weight gain and many more health problems can be a result of the food that we eat. It is not your fault. Now that you know, you have the power to take back your health.
Holistic Nutrition Coach