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Can GMOs Explain the Exploding Gluten Sensitivity Epidemic?

Can Genetically Engineered Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity?

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Gluten-related disorders are rapidly escalating around the world. The most well-known are linked to sensitivity: celiac disease (CD) and wheat allergy. Many postulate that environmental and dietary factors may play a part. Coincident with the rapid increase of this disorder has been the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the US diet since 1996. Animal feeding studies and experience with humans and livestock have linked GMOs with a variety of symptoms and disorders which, when carefully examined, may explain the increase in the incidence of gluten-related disorders since 1996.

GMOs may contribute to gluten-related symptoms by promoting:

  • Permeable intestines (“leaky gut”)
  • Imbalanced gut bacteria
  • Suppressed digestive enzymes
  • Damaged microvilli
  • Immune system sensitization or disruption


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The paper was a collaboration between the following people:

Jeffrey Smith, director of the Institue for Responsible Technology | Sayer Ji, author and founder of , the most widely referenced natural medicine database. | Dr. Tom O� Bryan, | Tom Malterre, MS CN, author, and physician | Stephanie Seneff, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, MIT.

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