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Dr. McDougall on Paleo, Gluten Free, and GMO

Here’s an interesting video from Dr. John McDougall that might prove a bit controversial (and he knows it). It’s his presentation at the September 2013 Advanced Study Weekend (Flamingo Resort and Hotel) entitled “Paleo, Gluten Free, and GMO – Distractions from Real World Food Problems.”

I certainly agree with his views on the Paleo diet (low carb diets in general), and it’s probably true that most people with self-diagnosed gluten issues don’t really have a sensitivity/allergy/etc.. Of course, neither of these critiques come as a surprise from the author of The Starch Solution. ;)

What did come as a surprise to me was his take on GMOs (genetically modified organisms) which starts around the 36 minute mark. He seems to brush it off (he is calling these things distractions, after all), and suggests that while food labeling would be nice on principle, it’s not a big deal because we can just buy organic — at least for now — and check produce labels to ensure their numbers start with an 9. He suggests the health risks are overblown and that rise in the incidence of various diseases correlated to the introduction of GMOs actually started well before and thus is more likely attributable to other factors (diet being primary). Valid point. He also questions the integrity of the animal studies. However, even if we grant that health may be unaffected, the environmental consequences of gene transference to non-agricultural crops and microorganisms could be dire.

If you haven’t been following the whole GMO debate to this point or if you just want to hear the latest from the other side, i.e., those scientists and activists who feel genetically modified foods really are a danger all-around, then you’ll want to tune in to the upcoming GMO Mini-Summit from October 25-27.

Speakers:
⊙ Thierry Vrain, PhD
    The Former Pro GMO Scientist Speaks Out
⊙ Vandana Shiva, Ph.D.
    Food Security In A Global Community
⊙ Ken Cook
    Sustainable Agriculture for a Hungry World
⊙ Robyn O’Brien
    Fighting Food Allergies
⊙ Andrew Kimbrell
    Your Right To Know
⊙ Senator Lisa Murkowski (Unconfirmed)
    The Truth About “Frankenfish”
⊙ Michael Hansen, Ph.D.
    What Does The Science Tell Us?
⊙ Rachel Parent
    How to Debate Biotech Industry Apologists
⊙ Claire Robinson, MPhil
    The Science, The Spin, & The Truth
⊙ John Robbins and Jeffrey Smith
    Protect Your Family and Make a Difference
⊙ And many more in the “Second Wave” sessions to follow

Topics to be discussed include:
⊙ Studies revealing the health effects of GMOs on animals, humans and the environment
⊙ The possible GMO connection to allergies, autism, and leaky gut
⊙ How to help your family eat healthier and avoid GMOs
⊙ Ways to get involved and become active in the fight for GMO labeling and the future of agriculture

Register for free today to catch this online event.

2 Responses to “Dr. McDougall on Paleo, Gluten Free, and GMO”

  1. wayne thresher says:

    He is saying … maybe 50 or 100 years from now something bad about gmo will drop out, but the ASSOCIATIONS of GMO with other health issues is not a cause/effect relationship. Diet IS causing the major health issues on time scales of 3, 5 10 years.

    He is right. Genes are genes regardless of where they come from. GMO is good science and until you can do some real science showing cause and effect or better yet, intervention studies…until then you should help get the word out, eat whole food/plant based and get your calories from starch.

  2. Erin says:

    Understood about association vs causation. Nevertheless, I think we can all agree, as consumers, we should have all the information we need, i.e., labeling, to make the decision for ourselves whether we wish to participate in the experiment. And, that’s only the part of the experiment pertaining to our own bodies. There’s also the environmental aspect. What with crop cross-pollination, potential effects on bees, etc.. It’s a big gamble that we don’t even have to make; I’ve read that crop yields have not increased as a result. Furthermore, with pesticide-resistance as one of the modifications, it only encourages the intensified use of these dangerous chemicals.

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