Re: What's your take on heirloom tomatoes?
posted at 8/29/2012 11:04 AM EDT
In Response to Re: What's your take on heirloom tomatoes?
[QUOTE]Plasko, thanks for checking out the video, sorry it was the same one. I didn't think it was because you were surprised at my husband's severe physical response to GM food. the part about the problems many people are having with it (unusual-sounding and unpredicted physical reactions) was closer to the end. He's unfortunately not alone. The physical reactions people are having to GM food obviously struck a chord with me so that's what I remember most about the video. Funny how we categorize and store information we are presented with based on our experiences.
Posted by kargiver[/QUOTE]
It is hypothetically possible that new genes expressing novel proteins can act as allergens. However, most genetically modified foods are different in one way or another eg GM soy might express new protein A, while GM wheat will express new protein B. So it would be impossible for a person to be allergic to all GM foods, whilst possibly developing an allergy to a single one.
The only natural analogy I can think of is that some people are allergic to peanuts, some to almonds. But nobody is allergic to every type of nut out there.
So I would suggest you observe what types of GM food were having this effect on hubby, to narrow down a possible allergen protein.
Also, the symptoms you mentioned sound like an interesting reaction for sure, but are the first time I have heard them in terms on allergy (an immune response). But you have to be a real allergy specialist to know this stuff, and train for years in this area alone so most things will be beyond my own limited domain of knowledge.
An alternative I considered was that he might be having a reaction to the pesticides used on GM foods. Since they are bred to be resistant to pesticide X (eg roundup), they use a larger amount of X to spray with. So when the crops are harvested there will be higher pesticide contamination in those crops. So it is possible that he is having a reaction to the chemicals used in GM growing, rather than an actual allergic reaction to the GM foodstuffs themselves.