GMO or No?

GMO Battle Ground

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the issue of GMO foods and labeling are back in the spotlight after they approved the sale of AquaAdvantage Salmon (An Atlantic Salmon whose genome includes a borrowed growth hormone gene & additional DNA from an eel-like fish that keeps that gene turned on). The modifications made to the DNA spliced AquaAdvantage Salmon cause the fish to reach market size twice as fast as farm-raised salmon.

The FDA states that the genetically modified Salmon (as well as other GMO foods) present no danger to the consumer, the environment, or the fish itself.

GMO vs. Genetically Engineered Organism:

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism.

Plant/food breeding in traditional times has involved selective breeding methods to improve it in some way (color, taste, pest resistance, longevity, size). Over time this can change a single gene, or alter an entire suite of genes in the plant or food. Food raised this way is still technically considered Genetically Modified.

Genetically Engineering Food:

Instead of selectively breeding for preferred traits over many generations, scientist can make direct, specific changes to DNA in the lab. They will inject the wanted genes directly into cells or use spliced viruses that will transfer the genes.

Laws Currently Governing the US:

The FDA can’t require engineered foods to carry a label describing them as such.

Companies may label their products voluntarily.

The FDA says it is concerned with the word “organism” because some foods do not contain entire organisms.

FDA states it would like foods/products to be labeled “not bioengineered” (genetically engineered) instead of the term currently being used (Non-GMO).

It is against the law to say one type of product (Non-GMO vs. bioengineered) is more nutritious, safer, or has different attributes than other comparable products.

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Lack of Evidence for Supplements Helping Concussions

FDA Warns of Dietary Supplements for Concussion

Sports are in full swing and players are facing risks for injuries. The FDA has issued a warning stating dietary supplements that claim to prevent, treat, or cure concussions are untested, unproven, and may be dangerous to your health.

An increased awareness and concern for concussions is growing worldwide and because of this some companies are trying to cash in on this trend through the sale of supplements claiming to help with concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Some of the claims of these supplements are that they promote faster brain healing after a concussion. This claim, and possibly even the ingredients within the supplements, is dangerous.

Many of the dietary supplements are said to contain turmeric and omega-3 fatty acids. Although these ingredients have been shown to contain beneficial properties (decrease inflammation) they are not proven to help with specific conditions (such as concussion). There has been no supplement shown to prevent or treat TBIs.

These claims may lead to false assurances that someone recovering from a concussion is ready to return to play before they are actually healed. Head injuries are a serious matter. These type of injuries require the proper diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring by a medical professional. Increasing research is showing that if a concussion patient returns to activity too early, they are at an increased risk for another concussion.

Remember that concussions are usually the most minor form of brain injury. It happens when the brain has a short loss of normal function in response to a head injury. Sometimes symptoms do not happen right away (it may take days or weeks to see symptoms). Symptoms of a concussion may include: headache, neck pain, dizziness, tinnitus, nausea, tiredness, trouble walking, trouble sleeping, weakness, numbness, seizures, vomiting, confusion, and slurred speech.

Neurological testing and imaging are used to diagnose a concussion. Treatment protocols usually involve mental and physical rest for an extended period of time. Other treatments are used help decrease symptoms (Medications, Acupuncture, Chiropractic).

Repeat concussions may lead to brain swelling, brain damage, disability, and even death.

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Liver Damage

FDA Warns of Liver Damage

In May 2014 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a publication that served as a consumer fact sheet about drugs and liver damage. According to the FDA the latest data suggests that over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements cause more acute liver failure cases than all other causes combined.

It is difficult to identify vulnerable people because even drugs that have been deemed safe in clinical trials may still be harmful to some individuals. Also, the more medications you take, the more likely you are to have trouble.

Acetaminophen overdose is the most common cause of drug related liver injury. Acetaminophen is an active ingredient in hundreds of OTC and prescription drugs. It is used to treat muscular pain, headaches, fever, allergies, cold, flu, and even insomnia. Some non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and antibiotics have also been tied to liver damage. The FDA has also given public health warnings against companies marketing supplements for weight loss and muscle building.

Acute liver failure is a rapid deterioration of the liver’s ability to function. Some signs and symptoms of liver problems include: feeling tired, yellow eyes and skin (jaundice), poor appetite, and itchy skin. If you notice these signs or symptoms after taking a new medication seek medical help immediately.

You should discuss the risk and benefits of medications with your doctor before taking them. Also discuss the use of dietary supplements with your clinician before taking them.

Remember that the liver is able to regenerate even after about 65% of it is destroyed. Other contributors that put you at risk of acute liver failure include obesity and alcohol consumption.

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