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29.01.2014 Health & Fitness

Men’s Health Foundation Says GMOs Dangerous To Health

By Raphael Obu
Men’s Health Foundation Says GMOs Dangerous To Health
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We members of Men's Health Foundation Ghana, A prostate Cancer Support group and NGO fighting for Men's Health has kick against GMOs.

As advocate for Men's Health we have realized that Male Fertility May Be in Trouble: Testosterone and Sperm Counts Plummet and GMO foods could make it worse.

We have realized that Men today are not the men that their grandfathers were.

Many of the herbicides and pesticides used in conventional farming are “environmental estrogens.” This means that their molecules mimic the activity of the human hormone estrogen, too much of which is not good for men or women; it also affects testosterone levels. Now GMO crops have likely exacerbated this problem. According to a recent animal study published in the journalToxicology in Vitro, glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup, Monsanto's widely used pesticide) often leaves a residue on Roundup Ready crops—and this can affect testosterone levels and men's sperm counts. It is actually toxic to testicle cells, and significantly lowers testosterone synthesis.

Men's sperm counts are falling dramatically in modern society. In 1940, sperm counts were typically well above 100 million sperm cells per milliliter. According to a Danish study, they have dropped to an average of 60 million per ml. Other studies find that between 15 and 20% of young men have sperm counts of less than 20 million per ml”

The most recent study on genetically modified foods, shows that long-term consumption of the herbicide Roundup and Roundup tolerant GM corn (maize) may cause hormonal imbalance. The evidence is mounting; genetically modified food crops may be a cause of infertility.

In the case of fertility, both estrogen and testosterone are key players. These hormones are imperative to proper reproductive function in both men and women. Higher levels of estrogen were shown to be a result of rats fed Roundup alone in their water; rats fed corn sprayed with Roundup and/or corn genetically altered to tolerate Roundup spraying.

Hormones play an important part in prostate health; both in the promotion of the disease as well as in the treatment of specific disorders with hormone therapy. Prostate cancer is influenced by hormones and the relationship and balance of those hormones to each other; specifically, testosterone and its conversion into dihydrotestosterone(DHT) and estrogen/estradiol .

Hormones can also influence the growth of the prostate in cases of BPH. Maintaining hormone balance plays a major role in prostate health. According to the World Health Organization “diet might influence prostate cancer risk by affecting hormone levels.

Deficient of zinc is also predisposing us to prostate problems

The soil is supposed to be the powerhouse of the zinc which our crops pick and when we also consumed the crops we get our source of zinc for prostate health but unfortunately. We are using chemicals to grow our crops and this is depleting the zinc from the soil so our crops can't get enough zinc hence we don't have enough source of zinc from the crops when we consume them.

On a basic level, prostate cancer is caused by changes in DNA of a prostate cell. In recent years, scientists have made great progress in understanding how certain changes in DNA can cause normal prostate cells to grow abnormally and form cancers. DNA is the chemical that makes up our genes, the instructions for nearly everything our cells do. We usually look like our parents because they are the source of our DNA. However, DNA affects more than how we look. Some genes control when our cells grow, divide into new cells, and die. Certain genes that help cells grow and divide are called oncogenes. Others that normally slow down cell division or cause cells to die at the right time are called tumor suppressor genes. Cancer can be caused by DNA changes (mutations) that turn on oncogenes or turn off tumor suppressor genes.

DNA changes can either be inherited from a parent or can be acquired during a person's lifetime.

Researchers have found inherited DNA changes in certain genes may cause about 5% to 10% of prostate cancers. Several mutated genes have been found that may be responsible for a man's inherited tendency to developed prostate cancer. One of these is called HPC 1(hereditary prostate cancer Gene 1).

But there are many other gene mutations that may account for some cases of hereditary prostate cancer. None of these is a major cause. Men with BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene changes may also an increased prostate cancer risk.

Mutations in these genes more commonly cause breast and ovarian cancer in women. But BRCA changes probably account for only a very smaller number of prostate cancers. Most DNA mutations related to prostate cancer seem to develop during a man's life rather than having been inherited.

You see cancers or diseases don't just mysteriously appear. The whole gene farce is ridiculous. Diet and lifestyle will make a dormant gene more or less active. Family or geographical histories of cancer happen because most often there is high similarity in diet and lifestyle. Prostate cancer in Ghana is even more peculiar to some classes of people and these are the elites in society. Why? You see there is a problem in the food chain of these people. We all have cancer cells in our body. The key is to ensure we are doing everything to enhance our health and not give the cancer a chance to grow.

Raphael Obu
Msc Prostate Cancer Care
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Director: Mens Health Foundation Ghana
Fighting so that more men will Survive Prostate Cancer in Ghana

Contact :0541090045

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