At Brain Works, we are concerned about the correlation that has been found between diet and autism.
I recently read about a possible link between genetically modified foods (GMOs) and autism that made me think. Could ADHD also be affected by GMOs?
GMO seeds have altered genes that allow a plant to survive, when Round-up, a weed killer, is spread onto a field of crops. We eat these crops when they come into our grocery stores as
- Corn products – corn, chips, syrup, cereal
- Soybeans & tofu
- Soy & corn cooking oils
- Meat from corn-fed animals
Unlike other countries, in the US there are no requirements to label GMO foods. Currently, the public is unaware that most corn seeds and soybeans have been genetically modified.
Dr. Mercola, D.O., wrote in his Jan. 15, 2012 web article, Worse than DDT: When You Eat This, it Ends Up Lingering in Your Gut: “…glyphosate (in Roundup)…cannot be washed off. … glyphosate ends up in your gut where it can (destroy) your beneficial bacteria.”
Dr. Huber (former professor of plant pathology) spent some time in Australia, where he reviewed a study about genetically engineered foods. He explained, “The [Australians] are doing (the study) with (white rats)… You can reach into the non-GMO-fed rat cage and pull one out. Put it on your lap and it can be patted just like a cat.”
“But try and reach in to the cage where the rats are being fed the genetically engineered feed. …The rats are irritated. They don’t get along together. They always go off into their own little world… They…run around the cage. They…can’t settle down. That is very typical of what you’d see with autism.”
Dr. Huber met with a doctor in Germany who specializes in working with autistic children. There appear to be many correlations between the rats fed GMO food and autistic children.
“When you look at the stomachs of the GMO-fed animals, they have all of the severe allergy responses, the inflammation and the reddening… the intestinal lining is deteriorating… the smell of the intestinal contents is very rank,” the German doctor remarked. “That’s exactly what we’re seeing with our children with autism.”
Interestingly, some psychologists think that ADHD is part of the autism spectrum. When one reads the symptoms of ADHD and autism, the similarities are striking. It seems to be a matter of the intensity of the problem. Again I wonder, should we be looking at the affects GMO foods have on children with ADHD as well as autism?
I am unaware of an answer. However, if you want to have your child checked for possible diet-related problems, you can do a web search for biomedical doctors and DAN doctors, who specialize in diagnosing food-related problems for children with autism and attention problems.
You can also read labels on processed foods to look for corn or soybean ingredients. Be aware that children can be allergic to gluten (wheat products) or casein (dairy products) or other foods instead of GMO crops. These foods can intensify autistic and ADHD symptoms as well.
I hope you find this information helpful as we work together to prevent autism and attention deficits in children. As we increase our knowledge about genetically altered foods, we can take one more step toward protecting our families.
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