Skip to content


June 3, 2013

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine

There’s a good chance that you don’t know very much about The American Academy of Environmental Medicine. But don’t feel bad, because until very recently, neither did I. The association was founded in 1965 and is an international group of physicians and other professionals interested in clinical aspects of humans and their environment. Their major aim is to provide research and education to help people recognize, treat and prevent illnesses caused by exposures to biological and chemical agents found in air, food and water.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine is becoming one of the major voices of authority regarding health risks associated with GM food consumption. GM foods are foods that have been genetically modified. They are also known as GE foods – genetically engineered.

Grapefruit on a Tree

Grapefruit on a Tree

The process involves taking genes from one species and inserting them into another species in order to obtain a specific desired trait or characteristic. If you’re looking for a crop of citrus fruit that won’t risk freezing during a cold spell and ruin your annual income, why not engineer a no-freeze orange and grapefruit? It is now possible for plants to be engineered with genes taken from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.

Although I am certain there are a lot of people who have philosophical issues regarding genetic engineering, this discussion is not coming from that perspective. At this point in the process, it is still very crude – because there is presently no accuracy associated with the process. Also, the transfer of new genes can and most likely will cause a disruption in the original organism’s DNA. Any change to the original DNA can cause unpredictable and uncontrollable side effects. Chemical reactions within the cell of the new gene are a high risk as are cell function disturbances. The chances of instability, creation of new toxins or allergens and changes in nutritional value are extremely high.

For me, the major problem lies in the hard-fought, million-dollar plus battle many huge food and beverage manufacturers are putting up to prevent any type of labeling or regulating the potential health risks to us, the consumer of these products.

No doubt, the price of genetic modification/engineering is a costly one, and the big businesses that have invested handsomely in the process, in hopes of keeping profits high and steady do not want to jeopardize projected success. The fact that some agencies are talking about possible links to cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism and a variety of other diseases and medical issues doesn’t promise the type of profits a frost-free citrus crop might.

More than likely, the battle will be an ongoing one. So for now, the best thing I know how to do is to take advantage of the wealth of information available right at my fingertips and read as much as I can to make some very well-informed decisions for the health and future of myself and my loved ones. I hope you do too!


I’m a licensed clinical social worker and have worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. I combine professional experience in the mental health field along with my love of writing to provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. I hope my down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life is easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!

One Comment
  1. Here is a link to a picture that provides a list of companies that paid tons of money to fight against GMO labeling…I wonder why.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: