Top Health Stories of 2012: Are Genetically Modified Foods Dangerous?

The Dr. Oz Show medical staff chose the top most innovative, interesting and influential health headlines of 2012. Each day until the new year, we’ll round up and revisit the major headlines that had a profound effect on science, medicine and your health over the last 12 months.

Top Health Stories of 2012: Are Genetically Modified Foods Dangerous?

Headline #16: French Scientists Discover Problems With Genetically-Modified Corn

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) have already been banned in several European countries – and concern about GMOs is growing in the United States. This year, California voted to strike down Proposition 37, a bill aimed at clearly labeling genetically modified ingredients in commonly consumed foods. However, the battle to raise awareness of genetically modified foods surges on.

Earlier this year, The Dr. Oz Show sat advocates on both sides of the argument down to debate the issue. The debate has been heated and will probably go on for a long time before any conclusions are made.

Much of the drive against genetically modified foods comes from a recent French study that researched the effects of NK603, a type of corn that has been genetically modified to be tolerant of a commonly used herbicide. Because this crop would be more tolerant, more of the herbicide could be used to kill off surrounding weeds, but small amounts of it would actually “seep” into the corn. The scientists fed rats NK603 that contained levels of the herbicide. They found the rats eventually developed massive tumors after seven months and died earlier than animals fed a “regular” diet.

Pictures of rats with tumors popped up on the Internet and in newspapers, influencing an exponentially growing grassroots community to stand for what it thinks is right.

While the debate continues, find out what foods to avoid for your safety until more research comes out.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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