Sunday, June 29, 2014

When Liars Cross the Line - GMO Insulin

I was shocked, but not surprised, when a internet meme from GMO-Free USA popped up on my Facebook page:


GMO Free USA (and GMO Free Canada, eh) really shows their true colors with this one.  The referenced paper has nothing to do with GMO insulin, other than saying that it is better than the stuff from animals.


The rocket surgeons over at GMO Free USA really stepped in it this time.  They are using their fear-based misinformation machine to now scare people away from life-saving insulin therapy.  We all depend on insulin, a hormone synthesized in the Pancreas, to control blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar can lead to a variety of metabolic disorders and long-term damage to various organs. Type II diabetics produce too much at first, leading to insulin resistance, a state where the body just does not respond to the hormone and blood sugar levels remain high. Eventually type II's do not produce enough, so they need to control blood sugar with drugs, or in some cases administer insulin injections to manage their levels. 

Insulin for human use used to be purified from the pancreas of slaughtered animals.  The preparations obviously would contain other potentially reactive proteins, which presented an attractive solution for recominant DNA technology.  Recombinant insulin was first generated way back in the 1970's, and today is generated in yeast or E.coli in massive fermeneters.  The recombinant (GMO) insulin is infinitely more pure, safe and available. 

So why would the bone-heads at GMO Free USA make this claim?  They are not alone- the same claim was also shown over by the guy with minimal scholarly chops, Sayer Ji.  I'm pretty sure he read the headline and didn't even read the paper (I did).  It is not the first time, as he also reported on the title of the Glyphosate in 75% of Water Samples paper that was not even out, and I got the first copy from the authors. 

GreenMedInfo once again shows that the truth shall not stand in the way of agenda, 
even if people die in the process. 


They may be dead wrong on this one, but at least they are being intellectually consistent. If a bacterial gene in plants is magically dangerous, a human gene in yeast must be one of the most poisonous concoctions on earth. Of course, we all know that it is beyond perfectly safe when used correctly.

What did the paper really say? 

Well, that would require reading it, which I did.  Here's the scoop. First, it does not mention "GMO Insulin" or even compare recombinant insulin to non-recombinant. 

Is that what GreenMedInfo and GMO Free USA say? Absolutely not!  They should be admonished for their scare tactics.  This crosses a line. 

The gist of the paper is simple. If you give insulin to someone that is not diabetic, the body reacts to the improper presence of insulin, which is a reactive hormone.  After prolonged administration of insulin symptoms of Type 1 diabetes can be observed in some genetic backgrounds.  The study by Nishida et al., 2014, in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism is a short report that expands previous observations to a set of six individuals that were being tested for this response.  The interest was to determine if there was a genetic component that could be isolated in this short pilot study. 

The report does state that the individuals that have a specific HLA Type (a collection of blood cell surface antigens) are more susceptible to the insulin-triggered development of Type I diabetes.  They link this to specific genetic markers that are present in Japanese populations.  It is much more complex than this, but in a nutshell... 

A Dangerous and Deadly Agenda
Even Health Ranger Mike Adams is not stupid enough to touch this one. Once again, anti-GMO activists like those at GreenMedInfo and GMOFreeUSA rub their crystals and align their shakras in a message that stands to strike fear in those using safe and dependable insulin therapies.  This kind of fear mongering is just an extension of their normal routine-- condemning good technology and products to fit their own agendas, even if it causes harm or death to others in the process. 



16 comments:

Bernie Mooney said...

"Even Health Ranger Mike Adams is not stupid enough to touch this one."

Oh I bet he weighs in on how the minions of Big Pharma intimidated and threatened poor GMOFreeUSA and GreenMedinfo

Mary M said...

Despicable. But I'm glad they are seen kissing the crazy fringe right on the mouth. This should make it only more obvious to people who still believe it's about "labels" by GMOfreeUSA and their allies, as their twitter page claims.

I'm curious to watch where this metastasizes to. Here it's gone to Activist Post: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/06/gmo-insulin-causes-type-1-diabetes-in.html

TheOldTechnician said...

"Rub their crystals..." LOL ! Even as deadly as this is, i couldn't help but laugh at that one! Let's really hope no one follows their, "advice", even as much as some of us (like me) would want them sued. - F.O.

ryan megan said...

It's Chakras!



Shakra is a Swiss hard rock band founded in the late 1990s. So Shakra actually relates to something tat exists.

cosmicaug said...

Sayer Ji is in a class of stupid of his own.

cosmicaug said...

That being said, though much of what's on that page may jump at you as nonsense, a layperson might see it as technical language from someone who must obviously must know what they are talking about*.




* After all, Sayer Ji has acted as a researcher for the widely respected GMO expert, Jeffrey Smith.

cosmicaug said...

By the way, Blogger ate my <sarcasm>sarcasm tags</sarcasm> (around my sentence calling Jeffrey Smith a widely respected GMO expert). I guess I should have used the preview function and compensated by using HTML entities.

Jenny H. said...

Who even uses non-recombinant insulin anymore? I don't know a single diabetic that would trade their rDNA human insulin for the porcine protein. This is disgusting, foolish and will probably damage the health of many with T2D by sowing ridiculous doubts. Jaw droppingly disgraceful.

Anonymous said...

Nobody uses porcine insulin anymore. Hell, I don't even know of any manufacturers that still sell the stuff!

Robert Rister said...

There is a company in the UK that still makes porcine insulin. There are a very few people who have some kind of antigen reaction to recombinant insulin who have to use the stuff. Very, very, very few people. But they do exist. I personally have no desire to inject myself with pig guts five times a day.

Chemist said...

If it was a choice between uncontrolled diabetes, or an inability to cope with humalin (which when first introduced had some issues with patients having to relearn their treatment method as the speed of action / dosing were a little different) I think you probably would

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LisaB said...

My FIL was the lead scientist at Lilly (and he worked in conjunction with Genetech)who did the recombinant DNA research and patented Humulin. He died almost a year ago after a lifetime spent in the field. I would seriously love to hear what he would have said about this BS. I'm proud of his accomplishments.

Luke said...

Human insulin (expressed in bacteria carrying the human insulin gene and purified) is human insulin. I don't see how anybody can possibly have an adverse reaction to it (assuming that it's dosed appropriately, of course)

T Aspden said...

It is an easy thing to confuse the skittering about of word salad and catch phrases used by the anti agenda cabal. In this case Kevin obviously had an imagery cognizance moment. He may have been thinking "Shockras", you know, those "shocking" bits of revelation headlines used as clickbait.

Anonymous said...

It is not exactly the same. No natural insulin lasts for 3 or 4 hours.