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A growing number of people are becoming more careful about the food they buy. But there's something in our food we can't read on a label, an ingredient that could be slowly killing us all.

Genetically modified organisms or GMOs are being slipped into the foods we eat, without us even knowing about it. GMOs are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals.

Doctor Donna F. Smith, a naturopathic doctor and board certified dietician-nutritionist has been treating and studying thousands of people for the past 33 years. She said it's one of her biggest concerns.

"GMOs provide no biological benefit. They're toxic, inflammatory and carcinogenic," said Dr. Smith.

Prolonged consumption of GMOs have been linked to a long list of deadly diseases which include kidney cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer (men and women), thyroid tumors, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease, infertility, birth defects and autism. Over 260 studies conducted worldwide revealed that GMOs can be a cause of cancer.

"The toxins kill off our cells and tissue, then the tissue and cells decay. They start to rot inside the human body and that's what causes inflammation. Inflammation is what we feel as pain," said Dr. Smith.

Wichita Falls resident Roy Pierce firmly believed the news.

"I definitely think it is causing cancer. The stuff or additives they're putting in our food," he said.

In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. Since GMOs aren't labeled, there's no telling where and what kind of food it's in.

"There's a chemical that's in paint thinners that tastes like bananas. You'll find that used in artificial banana flavoring like in ice cream and puddings. So anytime you see artificial, beware," said Dr. Smith.

More than 60 countries across the world have banned GMOs including Europe, Australia and Japan. Dr. Smith said the reason why these harmful substances are still allowed in the U.S. is because of money.

"What would you say is the only reason that companies would want to introduce a new type of food? Profit driven industry is all I can think of," she said.

If a person does not die instantly from eating a product, the chemicals within it will most likely be approved to eat by the Food and Drug Administration.

"The FDA takes no responsibility for the long term effects of daily or weekly consumption of chemicals and other metals that are in our food," said Dr. Smith.

The FDA has declared GMOs as safe and does not require labeling. In a statement, the agency stated GMOs "are not cancer-causing, and has been proven safe for human health under numerous tests."

However, Dr. Smith disagreed. If an ingredient listed on a label is hard to understand, she said there's a high chance it's a GMO. She recommended buying food that's labeled specifically as non-GMO products or made from companies you trust.

"Take that awareness and put it into practice. Purchase what you know that comes directly out of the ground or comes off of something that comes directly out of the ground," she said.

The top 10 GMO products to avoid are cotton, soy, zucchini, corn, papaya, dairy, sugar, aspartame, canola and yellow squash.

One way you can determine if some foods have GMOs:

  • Look at the price lookup code, or PLU code, on produce. The PLU code for conventionally grown produce starts with a "4? and is a string of four numbers. The PLU code for genetically modified produce starts with an "8? and is almost always a string of five numbers, while the PLU code for organic produce starts with a "9? and is always a string of five numbers.

For more information about GMOs and ways to eat healthy,visit Dr. Smith's website here.


Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel 6.