2 thoughts on “Get To Know GMOs

  1. I never thought much about GMOs until my 14 year old daughter developed an eating disorder that started because she was avoiding GMOs and it got out of control. In other words, ANOTHER bad effect of GMOs—she’s a good kid who thought she was eating healthy by learning about GMOs and not having them, and it turned into a very serious health issue. I wonder if there are similar situations out there. I’m trying to better understand this.

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for sharing. I’ve been thinking about this a bit today. It’s a hard topic really, and I mostly want to be sensitive to you and your daughter. I was once a 15 year old – many years ago, a good kid – with eating disorders that started with anorexia, and then bulimia. Fortunately, decades later, and after much trial and error, and introspection and learning – I am healthier than ever. I know that those experiences were so tough – not only for me, but also for my Dad (and my Mom), each dealing with it in different ways.

      Since I’m not a doctor or psychologist, I should legally say that anything I might say is my own opinion, but I choose my words with care. I don’t know exactly the situation that your daughter is in – I hope that she is physically okay, but one thing I might consider, is eating disorders show up in many different forms. I tend to believe that there are reasons that are underlying the disorder that showed its face through the GMO obsession. Times have only gotten harder since I was a teenager, as far as the pressures on girls, and feeling in control can often be part of what leads to eating disorders. While it may seem so, perhaps the root cause isn’t so much the GMO issue, but something else.

      May I ask – what part of the country are you in, and is it that she is just not eating because she feels she can’t access food that isn’t tarnished? I’d like to understand more about that, because there are absolutely so many ways that she can access quality food to be a healthy young lady, and an educated young lady who can help others. But she needs to become healthy first – as you know.

      I wish I could flip a switch and help your daughter. Often with eating disorders, healing takes time – and as with any addiction, it can show up in some ways for a lifetime, even after the physical symptoms are long gone. But many of us really do make it out better than ever! So what I suggest is be there, continue to show you love her, listen to her, hear her, and when push comes to shove, make the best choices you can as a loving parent to help her know she is important and loved.

      I am happy to explore additional ways to help, if you feel comfortable sharing more about your daughter’s situation. Please feel absolutely free to email me so that this doesn’t have to be in a public forum.

      All my best, Ali

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