What are genetically modified (GM) organisms and GM foods?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be defined as organisms (i.e. plants, animals or microorganisms) in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination. GM foods are derived from organism whose genetic materials (DNA) has been modified. 


Health Risks of GMO Food

Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food (AAEM 2009),” including

  • infertility,
  • immune problems,
  • accelerated aging,
  • insulin regulation and
  • changes in major organs including the gastrointestinal system.

The American Academy of Environment Medicine (AAEM) has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods.

More and more doctors are already prescribing GM-free diets. Dr. Amy Dean, a Michigan internal medicine specialist, and board member of AAEM says, “I strongly recommend patients eat strictly non-genetically modified foods.”

Ohio allergist Dr. John Boyles says “I used to test for soy allergies all the time, but now that soy is genetically engineered, it is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it.”