GMO Products: Developing Allergies

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INTROAlmost eighteen months ago, during the summer I noticed small bumps forming in various places on my body. These bumps itched worse than a mosquito bite, but weren’t as big as one. However, with time these bumps began to get bigger and accumulate in groups. I didn’t think much of the small bumps at first, but when these needle-sized bumps turned into golf-ball-sized bumps, I thought something must be wrong. The first four doctors I visited told me my symptoms were due to seasonal allergies; that if I felt it necessary I would be prescribed medicine, or else I could wait out the season. However, after multiple severe reactions even with the prescriptions, my mother took me to an alternative-medicine doctor who told me I had developed intolerances to several food allergens. He and a second alternative-medicine doctor addressed the cause of my allergies and allergies of many other people, as an overload of the allergen, due to GMO’s. Although allergic reactions may be due to a variety of ‘host factors’, there is a definite correlation between genetically engineered food and allergies. HOST FACTORSEvery type of allergic reaction may be influenced by several ‘host factors’. A reaction may be a bodily intolerance when the victim feels sick, vomits, or seizes. In my case, an allergic reaction may consist of, the swelling of the lips, eyes, hands, and throat; hives; and urticaria. These reactions are addressed by Olga M. Pulido in chapter 1 of the book “Allergen Management in the Food Industry,” titled, “Immune—Mediated Adverse Reactions to Dietary Proteins.” Pulido identifies the above symptoms as a consequence of certain ‘host factors’ that lead to a reaction from an allergen. Pulido suggests, “host factors, for example, genetic... ... middle of paper ... ...roducts, can cause intolerance to these foods. Works Cited Pulido, Olga M. “Immune-Mediated Adverse Reactons To Dietary Proteins.” Allergen Management in the Food Industry. New Jersey: Hoboken, 2010. Proquest. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. Smith, Jeffery. “What is a GMO” 2008. Seeds of Deception. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. Balko, Radley. “What You Eat is Your Business” They Say I Say. W. W. Norton and Company.New York: New York , 2006. Print. Maxfield, Mary. “Food as Thought: Resisting the Moralization of Eating.” They Say I Say. W. W. Norton and Company.New York: New York. 2006. Print. Woods, RK., Abramson M., Bailey M., Walters EH. “International prevalences of reported food allergies and intolerance Comparisons arising from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) 1991-1994” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2001) 55. 3-12. Web. 21 Nov. 2013

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