Once upon a time there was real science, documented and confirmed with publications in prestigious journals. When, in health-related fields, we leaned about the master DNA/RNA and it’s telomeres, how the endocrine system connects it all, and embryonic stem cells, there were only Ooohs, and Aaahs, and we felt privileged when getting a glimpse at God’s ingenuity and logic that allowed a mere 4 letters (the 4 bases, guanine (G), adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C), reoccurring in specific patterns) to describe all living things.
Then industry, when it didn’t like published risk-finding data, triggered orchestrated campaigns of harassment against the scientists. Examples from just the last few years include Ignacio Chapela, a then untenured Assistant Professor at Berkeley, whose paper on GM contamination of maize in Mexico (Quist and Chapela, 2001) sparked an intensive internet-based campaign to discredit him. This campaign was reportedly masterminded by the Bivings Group, a public relations firm specializing in viral marketing – and frequently hired by Monsanto. The distinguished career of biochemist Arpad Pusztai, came to an effective end when he attempted to report his contradictory findings on GM potatoes Delborne, 2008. Even threats of physical violence have been used, most recently against Andres Carrasco, Professor of Molecular Embryology at the University of Buenos Aires, whose research (Paganelli et al. 2010) identified health risks from glyphosate.
But this is really nothing new. Here in the US Berkeley professor Peter Duesberg, formerly Max Planck Institute, Germany, discoverer of oncogenes, was maligned when he dared to expose the pseudo-science of HIV/AIDS and which - obviously THE major reason for being attacked - also threatened the multi-billion antiviral drug business.
Much of the dirty – special interest-dictated – business became obvious again when prof. Giles Seralini of Caen University, France, published the results of GMO-fed animals, and observed organ malfunctions, tumors, and cancers: view the original pictures at http://www.DrHans.org .
“BUT” - - the opposition will proclaim - - “this paper was retracted.” Yes, BUT not by the author.“ One year after publication a new editor at the journal retracted the paper, claiming complaints about irregularities – from using the wrong animals, to mistakes about the length of the study, and more.
After a lengthy and rigorous review, none of the complaints were confirmed - - no mistakes, no wrong animals used; the same animals had been used by Monsanto (from where much of the complaints originated), and when, in a last ditch attempt, the Monsanto people - - those whose consciousness is apparently unaffected when thousands of farmers in India committed suicide (due to financial distress, caused by GM crop failures) expressed concern regarding the ethical treatment of laboratory animals, everybody had only one major question on their minds:
So, what was going on here?
The answer came with the disclosure that the new editor came from the GMO industry.
“PHONY?” - - we, totally, agree! And hundreds of scientists signed an “open letter,” supporting the paper’s author, Dr. Seralini of Caen University in France. Read the open letter, and you’ll see where truly questionable ethics originated - - - with the GMO industry: http://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/seralini-and-science-nk603-rat-study-roundup .
In a last-ditch effort the GMO people complained that the laboratory animals used were cancer-prone. Response: What do they think people are, cancer-prone, or cancer-resistant?
Animal studies are done in several general stages - - like our longevity studies, performed as Roosevelt U, Chicago, where we achieved average life-span increases of nearly 100% - - to a) get a general feeling about the modalities involved, b) more focused on the modalities involved, and, finally, c) precise studies, following established guidelines, to confirm previous findings. Find more about anti-aging research, longevity studies, telomeres, and sytem cells at http://www.DrHansKugler.com , and in (e-book) “LIFE-Long Health: learn how to Control your Genes to stay Young with Age”, now available as health education project for only $ 1.99. How to order, go to http://www.DrHans.org .
Despite the fact that no mistakes had been made, did the (GMO) editor re-instate Seralini’s paper? No! Most likely because, under those conditions, a paper had little chance of passing because it would have to go through an especially rigorous review process, just so that nobody could object to it if it passed.
But professor Seralini is not the kind of guy who’d give up. When none of the complaints were confirmed, and it became obvious that the GMO industry planted them, the work was re-published in “Environment Sciences Europe;” it includes up-dates and data in response to the previous witch-hunt http://www.enveurope.com/content/26/1/14 .
But the story doesn’t end here, with a victory for true science! Further discoveries about GMOs are scary as hell. Here are just a few new research findings:
Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: http://truth-out.org/news/item/24876-monsantos-herbicide-linked-to-fatal-kidney-disease-epidemic-will-ckdu-topple-monsanto
Persistence of plant DNA sequences in the blood of dairy cows fed with genetically modified (Bt176) and conventional corn silage. J Agric Food Chem. 2009 Jan 28;57(2):509-16. Bertheau Y, Helbling JC, Fortabat MN, Makhzami S, Sotinel I, Audéon C, Nignol AC, Kobilinsky A, Petit L, Fach P, Brunschwig P, Duhem K, Martin P.
Responding to claims from the GM industry and some journalists, and commentators that there is a “scientific consensus” that GM foods and crops were generally found safe for human and animal health and the environment, scientists responded, calling these claims “misleading”, adding, “This claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist.” - - - http://www.independentsciencenews.org/news/no-scientific-consensus-on-safety-of-genetically-modified-organisms
As probably everybody knows by now, Russia - just a few weeks ago - - banned all GMOs. http://www.worldhealth.net/forum/thread/100412/russia-bans-all-gmos-joins-the-ever-g/?page=1#post-100412 )
Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene on Commercial GMO Crops. How should a regulatory agency announce they have discovered something potentially very important about the safety of products they have been approving for over twenty years? http://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/regulators-discover-a-hidden-viral-gene-in-commercial-gmo-crops
More dirty Monsanto Smear Tactics exposed: The Goodman Affair: Monsanto targets the heart of science: http://www.independentsciencenews.org/science-media/the-goodman-affair-monsanto-targets-the-heart-of-science
Roundup damages sperm. An acute exposure to glyphosate-based herbicide alters aromatase levels in testis and sperm nuclear quality. Estelle Cassault-Meyer, Steeve Gress, Gilles-Éric Séralini, Isabelle Galeraud-Denis, Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology. Volume 38, Issue 1, July 2014, pp. 131–140
NORWEGIAN GOVT STUDY: “No scientific evidence of GMO food safety” - - and MUCH more.
This was immediately followed by other countries banning GMOs: Greece, Scotland, Latvia, Germany; in total 26 countries.
In the light of all these findings about the risks of GMOs, how can it be that - - like in California, and Oregon - - so many people were so ignorant to vote against their own right to know what is in their foods? Sadly enough, science education in America is lacking; so it s easier for true BS-sers to pull one over on them with bogus and “El Toro Poo Poo” arguments.
The same approach has been applied by the special – oil, coal, gas – interest in respect to Climate Change. GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL; so real that the carbon industry has spent $ 543 million over the past years to plant BOGUS arguments, and blow smoke up your YOU KNOW WHAT to confuse the issues, and prevent you from thinking NON-CARBON US CLEAN ENERGY PROJECTS. http://drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2013/December/Climate-Change .
Since there is much interest in our last post - - Genetically engineered crops, glyphosate and the deterioration of health in the United States of America - - we kept the text:
Journal of Organic Systems, 9(2), 2014. ORIGINAL PAPER
Genetically engineered crops, glyphosate and the deterioration of health in the United States of America.
Nancy L. Swanson, Andre Leu, Jon Abrahamson and Bradley Wallet
Abacus Enterprises, Lummi Island, WA, USA
International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements, Bonn, Germany
Abacus Enterprises, Lummi Island, WA, USA
Crustal Imaging Facility, Conoco Phillips School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, USA * Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United States (US) over the last 20 years. Similar increases have been seen globally. The herbicide glyphosate was introduced in 1974 and its use is accelerating with the advent of herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (GE) crops. Evidence is mounting that glyphosate interferes with many metabolic processes in plants and animals and glyphosate residues have been detected in both. Glyphosate disrupts the endocrine system and the balance of gut bacteria, it damages DNA and is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer. In the present study, US government databases were searched for GE crop data, glyphosate application data and disease epidemiological data. Correlation analyses were then performed on a total of 22 diseases in these time-series data sets. The Pearson correlation coefficients are highly significant between glyphosate applications and hypertension, stroke, diabetes prevalence, diabetes incidence, obesity, lipoprotein metabolism disorder, Alzheimer’s, senile dementia, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, autism , inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal infections, end stage renal disease, acute kidney failure,
cancers of the thyroid, liver, bladder, pancreas, kidney, and myeloid leukaemia.
The Pearson correlation coefficients are highly significant between the percentage of GE corn and soy planted in the US and hypertension, stroke, diabetes prevalence, diabetes incidence, obesity, lipoprotein metabolism disorder, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, end stage renal disease, acute kidney failure, cancers of the thyroid, liver, bladder, pancreas, kidney, and myeloid leukaemia. The significance and strength of the correlations show that the effects
of glyphosate and GE crops on human health should be further investigated
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When the slimy GMO industry tactics - - retraction of the Seralini paper (showing organ-malfunctions, cancer, tumors, in animals fed GMO corn) by an editor who came from the GMO industry - - became obvious again, scientists aired their experiences in an open letter that was published in Independentsciencenews.
Hans J. Kugler, PhD
Apparently a number of readers believed that the pictures of the GMO-treated animals were not presented n the re-published Seralini paper.