Holistic doctor: GMO foods are weapons of mass destruction
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02/17/14 Janelle Irwin
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Tags: GMO, food, Carlos Garcia, Health, cancer, holistic medicine

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Tampa activists replaced some canned goods in a grocery store with newly labeled ones to draw attention to the dangers of GMO foods.


photo by Sean Kinane, WMNF News 2013


Could genetically modified foods be causing cancer? Holistic Dr. Carlos Garcia thinks so. He’s so convinced GMOs can be deadly, he calls them a weapon of mass destruction. During a lecture at USF Tampa in January, he outlined the hazards and why they’re being ignored.

“The animals that were not fed or were fed non-genetically modified foods had a death rate of 20% female, 30% males before two years. They feed them the genetically modified foods – 70% of the female die, 75% of the males die. Now, there’s a shocking number.”

The studies are out there, Garcia says, but there’s a problem.

“If you submit something to the WHO, they will test it for 90-days and if in 90-days that puppy hasn’t caused some sort of adverse affect in the mice, that puppy is good to eat. There’s only one problem, what if you want to live longer than 90-days.”

The World Health Organization, or WHO, plays a roll along with the Food and Drug Administration in determining whether foods are safe to eat.

“In rats, or in mice should I say, the earliest tumors were seen at about four months. But hey, remember, those experts at the WHO, ninety-days is the cut off. These guys, they don’t count because they died after 90-days.”

One of the biggest GMO culprits is Monsanto. The company develops crops that are resistant to its brand of herbicide, Roundup. Aside from the scientific studies showing potential health concerns, Garcia looks at this as just, well, gross.

“I mean, when people come to my house, I don’t say, ‘hey, let’s go to my wine cellar – I’ve got this 1988 herbicide that I’ve been sort of mellowing out over the years and I really want to have it tonight with this genetically modified corn because it’s a great dipping sauce.’”

It’s so bad, Garcia joked, other animals won’t even eat some genetically modified foods that are often coated with chemically-based herbicides.

“The one thing that I was to look for before I bought an apple was to see if there was any worm holes … yeah, there were worm holes in apples before Star Trek was born. Today, you’re not going to find worm holes in apples. So, my motto is, if it’s not good enough for a worm, why is it not good enough for me?”

The anti-GMO movement grows every day, but Garcia says even people who don’t want to stock their kitchens with modified foods, may end up doing it anyway. Corn is one of the largest GMO crops.

“I think corn syrup comes from corn doesn’t it? How many items have corn syrup? Boat loads!”

Numerous European countries have outlawed genetically modified corn. In the U.S. there is a push for labels identifying which foods are GMOs. Garcia worries that it could take decades for the affects to be apparent to groups like the WHO and FDA. And if that happens, he’s afraid it’ll be too late.

“You can actually transmit it from generation to generation without the child actually consuming it. Now, if that doesn’t scare you, you might as well go chow down on genetically modified foods. I mean, go for it.”

Carlos Garcia runs a holistic medical practice in Oldsmar that specializes in cancer treatment called Utopia Wellness. Before working in alternative medicine, Garcia was an anesthesiologist.

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