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One of the largest studies to date conducted by researchers from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UH) Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital has found a dramatic increase in inflammatory bowel conditions (IBD) in children in the U.S. in the last decade, likely due to eating GMOs.
While the incidence of IBD has caused many hospitalizations, the reasons behind the disease are unclear, except for one culprit – the consumption of genetically modified ingredients. This, mostly from school lunches, eating processed GMO foods at home, and at restaurants. The complete study can be found online in the Journal of Investigative Medicine.
There has been a 65% increase in IBD hospital discharges from 2000 to 2009. The number increased from 11,928 discharges in 2000 to 19,568 discharges in 2009.
IBD refers to the inflammatory conditions associated with irritation of the colon and small intestine. As you may recall, Danish farmers noticed the same problem in their pigs who were fed GMO feed – they were affected so badly that their guts were bleeding in many cases, and they also suffered increased fertility issues. Many piglets were even born deformed.
In research conducted in Italy, mice fed Monsanto’s Bt corn showed a wide range of immune responses. Their elevated IgE and IgG antibodies, for example, are usually associated with allergies and infections. The mice had an increase in cytokines, which are associated with “allergic and inflammatory responses.” The specific cytokines (interleukins) that were elevated are also higher in humans who suffer from a wide range of disorders, from arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, to MS and cancer.
This inflammation affecting the bowels has been found not only in animals, but in humans as well, as previously reported by Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technologies.
IBD can include Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). These two types of IBD were looked at within the UH study, and the authors found a 59% increase in CD discharges and a 71% increase in UC discharges. Looking at 11 million hospitalization records of patients 20 years old and younger using a federal children’s inpatient database, they identified more than 61,000 pediatric discharges with an IBD diagnosis.
According to the study’s principal investigator, Thomas J. Sferra, MD, Division Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, this increasing trend was present in each age category and across all geographic regions (Northeast, Midwest, South and West).
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“The reason for this large increase in hospitalizations of children with IBD is not clear,” explains Dr. Sferra in the June 25, 2013 news release, Study finds dramatic increase in hospitalization of US children with inflammatory bowel disease.However, there have been multiple previous studies pointing to the culprit. Harvard researchers have said: