Barbara H. Peterson on July 14th, 2015

International Center for Integrative Systems: Biology of GMOs

A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES applies modern computational systems biology methods to reveal genetically engineered soy (the GMO) creates significant disruption to the levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and glutathione, an important anti-oxidant necessary for cellular detoxification.

In the GMO, formaldehyde dramatically accumulates (Illustration 1) and glutathione is depleted (Illustration 2).


Illustration 1: Formaldehyde Accumulation in GMO

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Illustration 2: Glutathione Depletion in GMO 

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The study is the first systems biology analysis of its kind and is an outcome of three previous scientific papers, published in AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PLANT SCIENCES.

The U.S. government’s gold standard for safety assessment of GMOs is based on the principle of “substantial equivalence,” which deems a GMO safe for human consumption and allows it to be fast-tracked to market, without any real testing, if the GMO, based on certain criteria, is “substantially equivalent” to its non-GMO counterpart. The study suggests that if formaldehyde and glutathione were used as criteria for assessment, then the GMO would not be “equivalent” to its non-GMO counterpart, and would not have been allowed.


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Barbara H. Peterson on July 8th, 2015


Richard Sacks

Lost Arts Radio

I have been an independent holistic health scientist for 50 years now, and when I first started my work and investigations, I made a commitment to go after an ever-deeper understanding of whatever was true, irrespective of what other people believed, or what everyone assumed to be acceptable facts. I knew that if I cared at all about labels, group associations, pre-conceived ideas, or pleasing other people, any of these would be blinders and limitations on what I would be able to understand. Motivated initially by the need to overcome my own health problems, I could not afford misunderstandings or partial clarity.

As a result, I was able to discover many things outside the box of acceptable beliefs according to modern health science. I found that most diseases and even what we call “normal aging” are totally preventable, reversible and unnecessary in most cases. No, diseases do not have to be “managed,” in most cases they can be cured. I found that the main tools needed to accomplish this were not sophisticated new high tech instruments, special new drugs or discoveries in genetics, but rather re-connection to what was known by wise teachers of healing thousands of years ago.

I found through deep investigation and long personal experimentation with almost endless trial and error, that the important elements of health and healing are live foods, natural systems of detoxification (such as colon hydrotherapy), proper exercise, sunlight, grounding, fresh air, rest, and positively re-directed mental and emotional patterns. These things have been known and taught as long as wise teachers who were in touch with the timeless laws of nature were willing to share their insights and experience with humanity. The origin of this knowledge is not “higher education” as we know it today, or acceptable journals, and certainly not corrupt government agencies or medical associations. What used to be known as “common sense” is far closer to the origin of this knowledge than the most complex and sophisticated-sounding academic teaching being given in the medical schools and PhD programs under today’s medical industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Robin Mesnage

Nicolas Defarge

Louis-Marie Rocque

Joël Spiroux de Vendômois

Gilles-Eric Séralini


Published: July 2, 2015

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128429



The quality of diets in rodent feeding trials is crucial. We describe the contamination with environmental pollutants of 13 laboratory rodent diets from 5 continents. Measurements were performed using accredited methodologies. All diets were contaminated with pesticides (1-6 out of 262 measured), heavy metals (2-3 out of 4, mostly lead and cadmium), PCDD/Fs (1-13 out of 17) and PCBs (5-15 out of 18). Out of 22 GMOs tested for, Roundup-tolerant GMOs were the most frequently detected, constituting up to 48% of the diet. The main pesticide detected was Roundup, with residues of glyphosate and AMPA in 9 of the 13 diets, up to 370 ppb. The levels correlated with the amount of Roundup-tolerant GMOs. Toxic effects of these pollutants on liver, neurodevelopment, and reproduction are documented. The sum of the hazard quotients of the pollutants in the diets (an estimator of risk with a threshold of 1) varied from 15.8 to 40.5. Thus the chronic consumption of these diets can be considered at risk. Efforts toward safer diets will improve the reliability of toxicity tests in biomedical research and regulatory toxicology.


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