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Anti-gmo Advocates Try To Scare Diabetics Off Life-saving Genetically Engineered Drug Treatment

In the late 1970s scientists used genetic engineering to piece the gene for human insulin production into E. Coli or yeast cells, essentially turning them into tiny insulin factories. Before this technology, diabetics had to inject themselves with insulin from ground up pork and beef pancreases. The human stuff offers a lot of benefit over the animal variety: it’s more useful for controlling blood sugar levels and it causes many fewer allergic reactions than the animal-derived insulin. But, because synthetic human insulin is derived from genetically modified yeast or bacteria cells, no amount of evidence, including 40 years of intensive study and millions of diabetics who would have died without the treatment, will convince some anti-GMO activists of its safety. Why? Because it’s ‘not natural.’ A number of anti-technology activists launched a coordinated campaign over the past week by misrepresenting a recent small Japanese study that identified six patients with Type 2 diabetes who began developing Type 1 diabetes after starting insulin. The actual study makes no mention of GMO insulin or the animal-produced variety, which is perfectly safe, as Kevin Folta, head Horticultu Continue reading >>

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  1. Crashnot

    Synthetic Insulin Side Effects

    I just posted this info on a post I made earlier today about not feeling well.
    But after Googling "Synthetic Insulin Side Effects" I got an education and wanted to pass it along on a separate post.
    This is nasty stuff and getting worse! As the patents run out on the original synthetic insulins, they are coming out with "analog" versions that are troublesome.
    For those of you who have wondered about being MOODY, DEPRESSED, CONFUSED, have unexplained Aches and Pains, feel unwell for no reason, or LETHARGIC, please read this report and do your own Googling.
    I am in the process of getting a vial of the pork insulin from the lab in the report. It is still being produced in the UK and is available in Canada and most likely the US. I hope to recover my energy and mental alertness just as quickly as I did when I quit using first Lantus and then Levemir.
    Hopefully these problems do not affect you, but better to be aware than floating around like a zombie as I am.
    I might be remembering wrong, since my mind has been mush for a few years (about as long as I've been using Humalog, actually), but I think it said the synthetic effects about 10% of users. That's a lot in my book!
    Here is the best link I found:
    http://www.iddt.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/1...
    Lisa

  2. Crashnot

    Julie, sounds like we're swimming for the same boat! I've been labeled "brittle" for years and am pretty unaware of when my sugars are dropping. I was told it's just because I've been diabetic for so long and my nerves have been damaged. But I have no feet, kidney or eye damage. Hmmm?
    I have already gotten an email back from the Canadian company that distributes the porcine insulin and I can get it by special order from any pharmacy in Canada. The downpoint? Looks like it is about $125 a vial.
    She is not sure if it is stable at body temp for the pump, and will let me know when she is back in the office next week. I will let you know! I'm half hoping it's not suitable for the pump. As convenient as it is, it's a hassle too!

  3. Crashnot

    Julie, sounds like we're swimming for the same boat! I've been labeled "brittle" for years and am pretty unaware of when my sugars are dropping. I was told it's just because I've been diabetic for so long and my nerves have been damaged. But I have no feet, kidney or eye damage. Hmmm?
    I have already gotten an email back from the Canadian company that distributes the porcine insulin and I can get it by special order from any pharmacy in Canada. The downpoint? Looks like it is about $125 a vial.
    She is not sure if it is stable at body temp for the pump, and will let me know when she is back in the office next week. I will let you know! I'm half hoping it's not suitable for the pump. As convenient as it is, it's a hassle too!

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