Join Us This Christmas In Adopting A Family!

As 2019 is winding to a close, Christmas is right around the corner. We know thoughts are starting to shift to the holidays and so are ours! Get togethers to plan, gifts to buy and trees to decorate. The holiday season can also become very busy, and with all the details to take care of we oftentimes find ourselves stressed. So many of us have everything we need but still end up overwhelmed. Unfortunately this can lead to our holiday joy being swept away in the hustle and bustle of the season.

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However, there are families that can’t afford to buy their children Christmas presents this year. Families that won’t be able to make plans to decorate a tree, because they just can’t afford it and still put food on the table. We want to kick off the joy in the holidays by adopting a family and giving them a special Christmas this year. Here at Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center we believe in giving back to our community, and what better way to spread holiday joy than to help parents in our very own community give their kids the Christmas they deserve!

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We will be collecting donations at our offices and all gifts and proceeds will go to making a family’s Christmas a memorable one. Please feel free to call us at (949) 454-8811 or visit us to get more information. Thank you!

Let’s get this holiday off to a great start by giving!

What Happens When You Go to a Chiropractor?

“I can’t deal with this back pain any longer.” That’s what you tell yourself after years of discomfort and a life you don’t particularly enjoy. So you finally decide it’s time to do something about it. You call your local chiropractor and make an appointment without really knowing what to expect. Sure, chiropractic centers revolve around alleviating pain. But how will the chiropractor handle your situation? Will the treatment be painful? Keep reading as we explain what happens when you visit a chiropractor for the first time.

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  1. Clinical exam – Expect the in-office clinical exam to be extensive and include the following three areas:
    1. Patient history and symptoms – When and how did the pain start? Did it begin as a result of an injury? What activities worsen the pain? These are all questions you should expect to answer in this part of the exam. A wellness center will also inquire about family medical history, pre-existing medical conditions, as well as current health providers/treatments.
    2. Chiropractic exam – At this stage, your chiropractor will perform tests such as blood pressure, respiration, reflexes, etc. They will also want to assess a range of motion, muscle strength, and neurological integrity.
    3. Diagnostic studies – In some instances, a chiropractic clinic will want to conduct diagnostic studies that may reveal pathologies and identify any structural abnormalities. Doing so allows the staff to more accurately diagnose a condition.
  2. Patient diagnosis – The aforementioned above leads to a specific diagnosis. Expect your chiropractor to not only explain the condition but also develop an individualized treatment plan. With chiropractic, there is no cookie-cutter approach. Just because millions of people have back pain doesn’t mean all of them receive the same treatment. Remember that the goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health. Your rehabilitation center may also go so far as to recommend a set length of chiropractic care.
  3. Chiropractic treatment – Now it’s time to get you back to feeling your best. Chiropractic treatment may consist of any of the following:
    1. Adjustments to joint dysfunctions
    2. Modalities to improve soft tissue healing and pain control
    3. Strengthening exercises to improve muscle balance, strength, and coordination

Ultimately, a chiropractor’s focus is to remove whatever is interfering with the body’s natural healing ability. Here at Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center, we take a whole-body approach to overall health. Our local chiropractic team works in unison to get you back to that previously active lifestyle. We are proud to offer the following services:

  • Stem cell therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal decompression
  • Trigger point injections
  • Sports injury rehab
  • Supartz
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical medicine
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)   

Going to a chiropractor for the first time can be unnerving. At Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center, we make the entire experience comfortable and affordable. When you step into our office for an initial consultation, our mission becomes implementing a wellness program that’s tailored to your needs.  

Don’t let that pain continue to worsen and control your day-to-day activities. Call us now to book your appointment.

How Chiropractic Helps Pregnancy

Chiropractic works wonders for a variety of patients. But did you know that regular chiropractic adjustments can be incredibly effective for pregnant women, in particular? Think about this for a moment: You want the absolute best when it comes to prenatal and postpartum care. But you also don’t want to deal with any risky side effects. This is where holistic care, such as chiropractic, comes into play. Keep reading to learn just a few of the ways chiropractic care can benefit a pregnant woman.

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  1. It restores pelvic balance – The reality is that you will experience pelvic changes during pregnancy. There’s not really any way to get around it. A pelvis that isn’t in line can actually restrict the amount of the room the baby has to develop. An experienced chiropractor can adjust the pelvic balance to prevent this from happening, also known as an intrauterine constraint. What exactly will this do? Well, restoring pelvic balance can lessen the chances of having breached babies or needing a cesarean delivery.
  2. It restores poor posture – It’s well-documented that many women struggle with back pain during pregnancy due to the extra weight they must carry in the front of their body. Note the protruding abdomen can increase the curve in the back, causing pain and posture issues. Treatment at a local chiropractic clinic can restore proper posture and prevent the stress of pregnancy from causing long-term pain and posture issues.
  3. It controls pregnancy symptoms – Experts confirm that some of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with pregnancy can be alleviated with chiropractic. Even just a simple adjustment often goes a long way helping the woman maintain her health, relieve joint and neck pain, and control symptoms of nausea during pregnancy.
  4. It may reduce labor and delivery time – Chiropractic care focuses on taking care of the nervous system and removing anything which interferes with the body’s natural healing ability. Consequently, many pregnant women find their bodies are better prepared to go through the childbirth process after regular chiropractic visits. Think of the nervous system as the engine that makes our bodies go. When it works properly, the entire body does as well. So it’s not surprising that many women who receive chiropractic treatments during pregnancy tend to have shorter labor and delivery times.
  5. It restores the body to its natural state of optimal health – Your chiropractor takes a holistic, all-encompassing approach to health. Don’t be surprised if the treatment plan involves a combination of adjustments, massage therapy, trigger point therapy, nutrition, and counseling to positively impact your health and the health of your baby.

Mission Viejo’s Trusted Chiropractor

At Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center, we take a proactive approach to your pregnancy. Our chiropractor uses special techniques to keep you safe and comfortable during adjustments. Before reaching out to our rehabilitation center, please contact your OB to double-check that chiropractic is right for you.

We want to help your pregnancy be as comfortable as possible. See how you can benefit from chiropractic care at Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center. Call us now to book your appointment.

How Chiropractic Benefits Athletes

Did you know that high-impact sports can place the same amount of strain on the body as a car accident? If you play football, hockey, lacrosse, or even basketball, what do you currently do to combat those inherent physical setbacks? Stretching and yoga are great places to start, but they only do so much. It’s why more athletes are receiving chiropractic care today than ever before. Those who get routine adjustments tend to enjoy improved performance, improved range of motion, better flexibility, and increased blood flow. 

When you see a chiropractor, their main focus should be simple: Adjust the spine and remove whatever may be interfering with the body’s natural healing ability. A chiropractic adjustment is all about reducing the subluxation, which leads to an increased range of motion. Doing so reduces nerve irritability, muscle spasms, pain, and improves overall function. Keep in mind that both high-impact and low-impact athletes can benefit from routine adjustments. For the aforementioned high-impact athletes, chiropractic increases performance and flexibility while simultaneously lowering the risk of injury. It’s a bit different for low-impact athletes. Let’s say you play golf or tennis, for example. Regular adjustments can help relieve whatever strain is being placed on the body.

   So what exactly should you expect during a chiropractic adjustment?

Your chiropractor will likely apply a quick thrust to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting both its position and movement. Be aware that adjustments usually come with an audible release of gas in the spinal joints that sounds like a “crack.” Don’t be alarmed, though, as this is perfectly normal. Most of the time, patients feel relief immediately.

We think of our adjustments as an avenue to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health. Chiropractic care is just the tip of the health and wellness iceberg, so to speak. It’s why we also provide physical therapy, massage therapy, stem cell therapy, etc.

“Injuries sometimes just happen”

Sports injuries refer to the kinds of injuries that usually occur during sports or exercise. As an athlete, you know that injuries sometimes just happen outside of your control. Still, an alarming percentage stems from poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warm-up and stretching. At Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center, we specialize in treating chronic injuries. These result from the repeated overuse of joints and/or muscle groups. To provide more context, structural abnormalities, and poor techniques can develop chronic injuries.

Patients who come to our rehabilitation center often do so as a last resort. Little did they know we should have been their preferred choice in the first place! During your first appointment, we will evaluate what’s ailing you and come up with an individualized approach to get you back on track and back on the field. It really is as simple as that. There’s no cookie-cutter strategy where we simply mask the symptoms. Our chiropractic clinic will have you feeling better, faster.

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What to Know About Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulders

Shoulder injuries are no fun. For one thing, they rarely heal quickly. But shoulder injuries also force you to stop doing what you enjoy. Let’s say that you enjoy playing the outfield in a weekly softball league. With rotator cuff tendonitis, that becomes nearly impossible. The unfortunate reality is that many folks let shoulder pain dictate their lives for decades. At Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center, we don’t believe that should be the case. It’s why more patients in Mission Viejo are coming to us for stem cell therapy. Keep reading as we discuss stem cell treatment for shoulder pain and other ailments.

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What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Chances are that you’ve heard of adult stem cell therapy before. This treatment involves the use of stem cells to repair damaged ligaments, reduce pain, and produce overall joint stabilization. What makes stem cells unique is their self-renewal and self-regeneration properties. So how does stem cell regenerative therapy work? Well, it’s important to first consider that these stem cells are defective and/or dead. Thanks to regenerative therapy, they are replaced with new cells.   

Let’s take a look at two of the more common stem cell shots:

  • Amniotic – Are you tired of undergoing shoulder treatments that simply mask the symptoms? Amniotic stem cell therapy actually promotes repair of the body, helping to restore damaged or degenerated tissue. It’s important to know that amniotic cellular injections also contain hyaluronan, which eases pain and restores mobility by lubricating joints and tendons.
  • Regenerative – Similar to amniotic cell injections, regenerative ones work with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Be aware that treatments classed as regenerative medicine allow our healing process to work more rapidly and effectively. The technologies involved enable regeneration in damaged or missing tissue that would not ordinarily regrow.   

Proven Stem Cell Therapy Treatments

Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center provides patients with everything they need to take charge of their health. When you first meet with us, we will do whatever possible to get to the root of the issue. We are a full-service chiropractic, massage therapy and physical therapy facility that takes a proactive approach.

Let’s revisit the hypothetical scenario where you are dealing with rotator cuff tendonitis. How would you imagine getting through the day? Maybe several doses of over-the-counter pain medication and keeping physical activity to a minimum? That doesn’t seem like an enjoyable life at all! At Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center, we don’t want patients to simply manage their pain. Instead, we want them to get back to that previously active lifestyle they used to love.

More patients are reaping the benefits of stem cell therapy at our facility. Considering it can be more effective and less invasive than traditional surgery, it makes a lot of sense. Our team treats a variety of shoulder and rotator cuff injuries with stem cells and platelet-rich plasma procedures (PRP). Here are just some of them:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • AC joint separation
  • Shoulder joint arthritis
  • Labral tears or degeneration
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations

Now is the perfect time to get started with stem cell therapy. Call now to book your appointment.

Why You Should Consider Chiropractic Care for Headaches

At some point or another, just about everyone deals with headaches. They can stem from a variety of causes such as drug reactions, tightness in the neck muscles, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress, and fatigue. Take a moment to think about how you currently manage headaches. Maybe you take some pain medication and hope that it goes away. It could be that you need to lie down for some time until the symptoms lessen. Regardless, there’s no question that headaches are anything but fun to deal with. 

Let’s begin by looking at the three primary types of headaches:

Tension Headaches

About 75 percent of folks who suffer from headaches experience this particular type. Tension headaches tend to bring on a constant dull, achy feeling either on one side or both sides of the head. Those who commonly have them describe tension headaches as a feeling of a tight band or dull ache around the head or behind the eye. Also called stress headaches, they often begin slowly and may last anywhere from several minutes to several days. Keep in mind that while the pain can be severe, these headaches don’t come with other symptoms such as nausea, throbbing, or vomiting.

Cluster Headaches

About one million people in the U.S. experience these very short, yet excruciating headaches. Interestingly, cluster headaches are the one type of headache that occurs at night. Note that these typically occur one to four times per day over a period of several days. So you may have a cluster headache one day and then never have another for years. Experts believe that cluster headaches may be related to a dilation of blood vessels in the brain, causing a localized increase in pressure.

Migraine Headaches

Nearly 25 million people in the U.S. deal with migraines, 75 percent of which are women. These intense, throbbing headaches are often associated with nausea and sensitivity to light or noise. What causes migraines you might ask? They result from a constriction of blood vessels in the brain, followed by a dilation of blood vessels. In a sort of domino effect, blood pressure rapidly increases inside the head. That additional pressure leads to the pounding headache that so many folks know all too well.

Headache Triggers to Avoid

If you have headaches on a regular basis, here are some lifestyle changes to consider:

  • Keep a journal to determine which factors (food, change in weather, mood, etc.) have any correlation to the headaches.
  • Steer clear of foods containing sodium nitrite and monosodium glutamate. These include processed meats, soy sauce, and some packaged foods.
  • Manage stress as much as possible. Depression, anxiety, and frustration can trigger headaches on occasion.

Consult a Chiropractor

Don’t let headaches continue to affect your life. At Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center, our chiropractors will get to the root of the issue. With tension headaches, we may look at the manipulation of the upper two cervical vertebrae along with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine. Rest assured that our clinic will provide a safe, long-lasting solution for your headaches.

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Help Your Knee Pain

You’ve been dealing with knee pain for years. It’s forcing you to completely change your lifestyle and not exactly to your liking. No longer can you enjoy activities such as running and long bike rides. Even tasks such as walking up and down stairs have become a real pain. On a daily basis, you rely on over-the-counter medications and lengthy periods of rest. But you’ve finally decided it’s time to do away with the pain. Stem cell therapy continues to increase in popularity all over the world. Keep reading to learn how stem cell injections can provide much-needed relief for your knee pain.

Knee Stem Cell Therapy

Let’s first define stem cell therapy. Adult stem cells have the ability to renew themselves and turn into other cells. As tissue damage occurs, stem cells work to repair it. Unfortunately, as we age or have major injuries, we may not be able to send enough of these cells to fully heal the area. Stem cell therapy involves the use of stem cells to repair damaged ligaments, reduce pain, and provide overall joint stabilization.

Amniotic Stem Cell Treatment

There are many types of stem cell shots that the expert may recommend for your case. Amniotic cell injections work with the body’s natural ability to heal on its own. As opposed to treatments that simply mask the symptoms, this adult stem cell therapy promotes repair of the body, helping to restore damaged or degenerated tissue. Keep in mind that amniotic stem cell injections also contain hyaluronan, which alleviates the pain and restore mobility to lubricating joints and tendons.

Regenerative Cell Treatment

Stem cell transplants classed as regenerative allow our body’s natural healing processes to work more rapidly and effectively. The technologies in regenerative cell injections enable regeneration in missing or damaged tissue that wouldn’t ordinarily regrow and produce at least partial regeneration.

Is Stem Cell Therapy Right for You?

If you’ve been experiencing debilitating knee pain and want to explore all your options, please don’t hesitate to come to our wellness center. Our team understands that surgery is sometimes the obvious solution for severe cases. That said, patients receive relief from our stem cell therapy every day. At Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center, we make it a point to get patients back to their previously active lifestyle.  

Here’s what to expect when you first come to our office. First, we will listen while you voice your concerns. From there, we will come up with a plan for multiple treatment options. You can feel comfortable knowing that Gateway Rehab never uses a “one-size-fits-all” or “cookie-cutter” approach with our patients. For example, the best results might come from a combination of stem cell therapy, massage therapy, and physical therapy.

Whatever the case may be, our doctors will put you in the best position possible to live pain-free again. It’s time to take advantage of the power of regenerative stem cell therapy! Call Gateway Rehab & Wellness in Mission Viejo to book your initial appointment.

Everything You Need to Know About Text Neck

How much time do you think you spend on your phone each day? According to TechCrunch, U.S. consumers now spend about five hours per day on mobile devices alone. Sure, we live in a world of instant gratification, but have you thought about the health impact of looking down at your phone for that amount of time? In this blog post, we will look at the impact of “text neck.”

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What is Text Neck?

Spine Health defines text neck as the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at electronic devices too frequently and for too long. What chiropractors today are finding is that young children could be at risk for permanent damage to their cervical spines that could lead to lifelong neck pain.

Text Neck Symptoms

In the majority of cases, text neck leads to neck pain and soreness. Keep in mind that looking down at your devices too much can lead to the following:

  • Upper back pain – This can range from a chronic, nagging pain to sharp, severe upper back muscle spasms.
  • Shoulder pain and tightness – Both may result in painful shoulder muscle spasms.
  • Radiating pain – Should a cervical nerve become pinched, neurological symptoms and additional pain may shoot down your arm and into your hand.\

How to Prevent Text Neck

Considering how much time you spend on your phone each day, it’s reasonable to be legitimately concerned about text neck. That said, prevention is key. Here are some tips for keeping your spine healthy as you enjoy time on your electronic devices:

  • Hold your phone at eye level as much as possible – It may seem uncomfortable and look weird at first, but this can make a world of difference. By holding your devices at eye level, you don’t have to bend your head forward or look down to view it. Try doing this with tablets and laptops as well.
  • Take frequent breaks throughout the day – This may be a bit more challenging if you’re constantly on your phone for work. However, do your best to implement this tip if all you’re doing is scrolling through your social media feeds. You can even take it a step further by setting an alarm that reminds you to get up and about every 30 minutes or so.
  • Position your device properly – It’s imperative to ensure that your computer screen is set so that when you look forward at it, your head is positioned squarely in line with your shoulders and spine. This is the proper posture you should have at work.
  • Build your core – Believe it or not, you must have strong abdominal and lower back muscles to support your upper body, which includes your neck. So make it a point to get your core involved during your workout routine.
  • Start exercising your neck – A lot of folks don’t even know that neck exercises exist. But you also need strong, flexible muscles to minimize strain on your cervical spine and help support the weight of your head. If you’re at all in doubt of the proper neck exercises, get in touch with an experienced chiropractor.

Do you think that you could be suffering from text neck? At Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center, chiropractic could be just what you need. 

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How Stem Cell Therapy Can Help Your Hip Injury

It’s anything but fun to undergo hip surgery or replacement. Not only is it costly, but both procedures require significant downtime. Maybe you’ve been scouring the internet for possible alternatives. With stem cell therapy in Mission Viejo, you can return to normal activity and avoid the painful, lengthy rehabilitation periods. In this blog post, we will explain how stem cell therapy works specifically with hip conditions.

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How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

There continues to be plenty of buzz around stem cell therapy. This treatment method involves stem cells to repair damaged ligaments, reduce pain, and provide overall joint stabilization. What’s truly unique in the process is that stem cells that are defective or dead are replaced with new ones. Stem cell therapy helps regenerate healthy cells provides much-need relief and repair to patients. At Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center, we’ve successfully used this form of therapy for those struggling with meniscus tears, arthritis, chronic knee pain, tendon, and ligament injuries.

Keep in mind that regenerative cell injections work with the body’s natural ability to heal on its own. You can feel comfortable knowing that with stem cell therapy, there’s no addressing symptoms and calling that good enough. On the contrary, regenerative treatments help our natural healing processes work quicker and more effectively.

Stem Cell Therapy and Hip Conditions

Let’s say that you’re a moderately active person. Your daily exercise regimen is a crucial part of feeling and looking your best. Have you thought about what an invasive hip procedure would do to your routine? Depending on your situation, it can take months and maybe even years to get back to your previously active lifestyle. With stem cell therapy, patients quickly return to normal activity following the procedure. Plus, there’s no need for painful rehab periods required after hip surgery to help restore strength, mobility, and range of motion. Not to mention, patients are far less susceptible to the serious risks associated with normal hip procedures, such as blood clots and infection.

An Alternative Approach to Health and Wellness

Adult stem cell therapy is just one of the many areas we specialize in at Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center. Unlike many local wellness centers, we take a unique approach to patient health. Our professionals don’t just settle for treating symptoms and masking the root of an issue. Rest assured that one of our specialists will guide through the process of pinpointing problem areas and coming up with a regimen that’s right for you. That could be stem cell treatment, chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, or something else.

We can’t emphasize enough that our practice does so much more besides pain management. Whether you’re experiencing a serious injury or just a nagging pain, we can help. No other practice in the area has chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage therapy all under one roof. Patients appreciate that we are their one-stop shop for everything when it comes to their health.

Could stem cell shots be the right solution for you? Give us a call today to book your appointment.

Seeds of Deception (GMO Foods)

This week, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks”. They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling. AAEM’s position paper stated, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,” as defined by recognized scientific criteria. “The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”

More and more chiropractors are already prescribing GM-free diets. Dr. Amy Dean, a Michigan internal medicine specialist, and board member of AAEM says, “I strongly recommend patients eat strictly non-genetically modified foods.” Ohio allergist Dr. John Boyles says “I used to test for soy allergies all the time, but now that soy is genetically engineered, it is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it.”

Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, President of AAEM, says, “Physicians are probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to ask the right questions.” World renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava goes one step further. After reviewing more than 600 scientific journals, he concludes that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a major contributor to the sharply deteriorating health of Americans.

Pregnant women and babies at great risk

Among the population, biologist David Schubert of the Salk Institute warns that “children are the most likely to be adversely effected by toxins and other dietary problems” related to GM foods. He says without adequate studies, the children become “the experimental animals.”

The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks—compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy. The GM-fed babies were also smaller and later had problems getting pregnant.

When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed color—from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GM soy had altered young sperm. Even the embryos of GM fed parent mice had significant changes in their DNA. Mice fed GM corn in an Austrian government study had fewer babies, which were also smaller than normal.

Reproductive problems also plague livestock. Investigations in the state of Haryana, India revealed that most buffalo that ate GM cottonseed had complications such as premature deliveries, abortions, infertility, and prolapsed uteruses. Many calves died. In the US, about two dozen farmers reported thousands of pigs became sterile after consuming certain GM corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies; others gave birth to bags of water. Cows and bulls also became infertile when fed the same corn.

In the U.S. population, the incidence of low birth weight babies, infertility, and infant mortality are all escalating. It has us concerned here at the Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center.

Food designed to produce toxin

GM corn and cotton are engineered to produce their own built-in pesticide in every cell. When bugs bite the plant, the poison splits open their stomach and kills them. Biotech companies claim that the pesticide, called Bt—produced from soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis—has a history of safe use since organic farmers and others use Bt bacteria spray for natural insect control. Genetic engineers insert Bt genes into corn and cotton, so the plants do the killing.

The Bt-toxin produced in GM plants, however, is thousands of times more concentrated than natural Bt spray, is designed to be more toxic, has properties of an allergen, and unlike the spray, cannot be washed off the plant.

Moreover, studies confirm that even the less toxic natural bacterial spray is harmful. When dispersed by plane to kill gypsy moths in the Pacific Northwest, about 500 people reported allergy or flu-like symptoms. Some had to go to the emergency room.
The exact same symptoms are now being reported by farm workers throughout India, from handling Bt cotton.[xiii] In 2008, based on medical records, the Sunday India reported, “Victims of itching have increased massively this year . . . related to BT cotton farming.”

GMOs provoke immune reactions

AAEM states, “Multiple animal studies show significant immune dysregulation,” including an increase in cytokines, which are “associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation”—all on the rise in the US.

According to GM food safety expert Dr. Arpad Pusztai, changes in the immune status of GM animals are “a consistent feature of all the studies.” Even Monsanto’s own research showed significant immune system changes in rats fed Bt corn. A November 2008 by the Italian government also found that mice have an immune reaction to Bt corn.

GM soy and corn each contain two new proteins with allergenic properties, GM soy has up to seven times more trypsin inhibitor—a known soy allergen, and skin prick tests show some people react to GM, but not to non-GM soy. Soon after GM soy was introduced to the UK, soy allergies skyrocketed by 50%. Perhaps the US epidemic of food allergies and asthma is a casualty of genetic manipulation.

Animals dying in large numbers

In India, animals graze on cotton plants after harvest. But when shepherds let sheep graze on Bt cotton plants, thousands died. Post mortems showed severe irritation and black patches in both intestines and liver (as well as enlarged bile ducts). Investigators said preliminary evidence “strongly suggests that the sheep mortality was due to a toxin. . . . most probably Bt-toxin.” In a small follow-up feeding study by the Deccan Development Society, all sheep fed Bt cotton plants died within 30 days; those that grazed on natural cotton plants remained healthy.

In a small village in Andhra Pradesh, buffalo grazed on cotton plants for eight years without incident. On January 3rd, 2008, the buffalo grazed on Bt cotton plants for the first time. All 13 were sick the next day; all died within 3 days.

Bt corn was also implicated in the deaths of cows in Germany, and horses, water buffaloes, and chickens in The Philippines.

In lab studies, twice the number of chickens fed Liberty Link corn died; 7 of 20 rats fed a GM tomato developed bleeding stomachs; another 7 of 40 died within two weeks. Monsanto’s own study showed evidence of poisoning in major organs of rats fed Bt corn, according to top French toxicologist G. E. Seralini.

Worst finding of all—GMOs remain inside of us

The only published human feeding study revealed what may be the most dangerous problem from GM foods. The gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GMOs, we may still have potentially harmful GM proteins produced continuously inside of us. Put more plainly, eating a corn chip produced from Bt corn might transform our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories, possibly for the rest of our lives.

When evidence of gene transfer is reported at medical conferences around the US, doctors often respond by citing the huge increase of gastrointestinal problems among their patients over the last decade. GM foods might be colonizing the gut flora of North Americans.

Warnings by government scientists ignored and denied

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned about all these problems even in the early 1990s. According to documents released from a lawsuit, the scientific consensus at the agency was that GM foods were inherently dangerous, and might create hard-to-detect allergies, poisons, gene transfer to gut bacteria, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged their superiors to require rigorous long-term tests.[xxvii] But the White House had ordered the agency to promote biotechnology and the FDA responded by recruiting Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former attorney, to head up the formation of GMO policy. That policy, which is in effect today, denies knowledge of scientists’ concerns and declares that no safety studies on GMOs are required. It is up to Monsanto and the other biotech companies to determine if their foods are safe. Mr. Taylor later became Monsanto’s vice president.

Dangerously few studies, untraceable diseases

AAEM states, “GM foods have not been properly tested” and “pose a serious health risk.” Not a single human clinical trial on GMOs has been published. A 2007 review of the published scientific literature on the “potential toxic effects/health risks of GM plants” revealed, “that experimental data are very scarce.” The author concludes his review by asking, “Where is the scientific evidence showing that GM plants/food are toxicologically safe, as assumed by the biotechnology companies?”

Famed Canadian geneticist David Suzuki answers, “The experiments simply haven’t been done and we now have become the guinea pigs.” He adds, “Anyone that says, ‘Oh, we know that this is perfectly safe,’ I say is either unbelievably stupid or deliberately lying.”

Dr. Schubert points out, “If there are problems, we will probably never know because the cause will not be traceable and many diseases take a very long time to develop.” If GMOs happen to cause immediate and acute symptoms with a unique signature, perhaps then we might have a chance to trace the cause.

This is precisely what happened during a US epidemic in the late 1980s. The disease was fast acting, deadly, and caused a unique measurable change in the blood—but it still took more than four years to identify that an epidemic was even occurring. By then it had killed about 100 Americans and caused 5,000-10,000 people to fall sick or become permanently disabled. It was caused by a genetically engineered brand of a food supplement called L-tryptophan.

If other GM foods are contributing to the rise of autism, obesity, diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart disease, allergies, reproductive problems, or any other common health problem now plaguing Americans, we may never know. In fact, since animals fed GMOs had such a wide variety of problems, susceptible people may react to GM food with multiple symptoms. It is, therefore, telling that in the first nine years after the large scale introduction of GM crops in 1996, the incidence of people with three or more chronic diseases nearly doubled, from 7% to 13%.

To help identify if GMOs are causing harm, the AAEM asks their “members, the medical community, and the independent scientific community to gather case studies potentially related to GM food consumption and health effects, begin epidemiological research to investigate the role of GM foods on human health, and conduct safe methods of determining the effect of GM foods on human health.”

Citizens need not wait for the results before taking the doctors advice to avoid GM foods. People can stay away from anything with soy or corn derivatives, cottonseed and canola oil, and sugar from GM sugar beets—unless it says organic or “non-GMO.” There is a pocket Non-GMO Shopping Guide, co-produced by the Institute for Responsible Technology and the Center for Food Safety, which is available as a download, as well as in natural food stores and in many doctors’ offices.

If even a small percentage of people choose non-GMO brands, the food industry will likely respond as they did in Europe—by removing all GM ingredients. Thus, AAEM’s non-GMO prescription may be a watershed for the US food supply.

This blog should concern you about what you put into your body and if you want to DO something about it, then search “Proposition 37” and vote YES! This will force the FDA and the Federal Government to label any food that contains GMO (Genetically-Modified Organisms). Please help to spread the word about GMO’s! They are only killing us!

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