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Corn Gluten Meal

Which is It? Herbicide or Food?


Corn Gluten Meal (CGM) is classified by EPA as a "minimum risk pesticide" so what is it doing in human and pet foods?


Aug 5, 2013

by Sue Beaulieu, Legislative Editor


Corn Gluten MealSee below for renal (kidney) disease information, symptoms, and BUN to creatinine ratio in dogs and cats.


One corn gluten meal product was actually registered as a biological pesticide (Trade Name: WOW Plus, CAS Registry No. 66071-96-3 OPP Chemical Code 100137). This means that 99% of corn gluten meal products can be sold without going through EPA's registration process. CGM is a pre-emergent herbicide used to kill and control weeds like chickweed, dandelion, foxtail, purslane and pigweed, to name a few.


Corn Gluten Meal is touted as posing no health risks for people or animals. Nevertheless, users are advised that CGM should not be applied to areas where it is likely to wash directly into watersheds since its breakdown will produce nitrogen. Nitrogen may be good for your lawn, but it is not good in our water or food supplies. (Note: Nitrogen feeds the ever-increasing toxic algae that lakes off limits to swimmers.)


Corn gluten meal is used in pet foods and animal foods as an inexpensive protein source. It is high in cysteine (cause of urinary stones in dogs and cats) and low in lysine which promotes immune system health. Many dogs and cats can develop an allergy to corn after eating CGM for an extended period of time. The same holds true for poultry and cattle as well as humans. Food allergies in animals and humans lead to internal inflammation and digestive problems. Corn gluten meal is just one cause of such food allergies.


Corn is a potent source of Omega 6 fatty acids but if not balanced with Omega 3s, the potential for cancer growth increases.


Genetically engineered modified corn can be harmful to human and animal healthThe compelling amount of information on genetically engineered corn is NOT sufficient to stop agribusiness from marketing it in 2018. It is in nearly 90% of processed human and pet foods unless labeled non-GMO.


Genetically modified corn is primarily engineered to be  poisonous to the insects that feed on it. We're told it is not meant for human consumption... that it is only fed to the cattle, poultry, and swine that we eat. This Agri-business logic is justified on the presumption that slaughter animals do not live long enough to be a health risk to the people or animals that consume them.


Quickest, easiest way to be sure what you and your dogs are eating is to go to the Nutrition Section which is grouped according to subject; corn, grapes, BARF, pre-biotics, byproducts, etc.


Corn is the number three canine food allergy and in addition, corn is prone to a deadly mold called aflatoxin. (Instant Information on ii Aflatoxin Symptoms)


Aflatoxins are a mycotoxin produced by many species of the fungus, Aspergillus. It is one of the most powerful carcinogens found in nature. High-levels of aflatoxin exposure can cause liver cancer in humans and pets and it is sometimes fatal to livestock.  Traditional fungicides are ineffective against corn aflatoxins.


Corn gluten meal can be made of both GMO corn and non-GMO corn but since it is a byproduct of processing corn to make corn starch and corn syrup, chances are good that both sources are mixed together before sales. Therefore the careful consumer has no way of knowing if the corn gluten meal contains genetically modified corn.


We would like to think that these residues would be so diluted as to render them harmless but the fact is that we can’t be certain of that especially when they are found in the majority of our food supply. A little here and a little there adds up for both humans and animals and all experience the same adverse health consequences.


Diagnosis: Kidney Disease

Q: Why is there a rise of kidney disease in people and their pets??? A: Too much nitrogen in the bloodstream that kidneys are unable to filter out.


Tests for Kidney Disease

BUN: Blood Urea Nitrogen. Bun measures the amount of nitrogen that is found in urea. Urea is made when protein is broken down in the body. It is made in the liver and passed out of the body via urine. If the kidneys cannot remove urea from the blood the BUN level increases. Heart failure, dehydration and/or a diet high in protein can increase the BUN level while liver disease and damage can lower it.


BUN to Creatinine Ratio

The creatinine level in your blood indicates how well the kidneys are working.


Remember, Corn Gluten Meal is used as an inexpensive source of protein and its breakdown product is nitrogen. Just a note to those of you who drink protein shakes – check the ingredients on the label. Is CGM or any of its other names listed? There can be other causes of high BUN rates, but since CGM is prevalent in our food supplies, removing it from our diet and from our pets’ diet can be a big step in the right direction to preventative health care.


Creatinine Levels in Cats

Normal range .6 to 2.4 mg/dl

Kidney disease 2.4 to 5.0 mg/dl

Levels above 5.0 mg/dl signify kidney failure


Creatinine Levels in Dogs

Normal .6 to 1.2

Take action if over 1.2


Signs of Renal Disease in Pets

Beginning with increased water consumption and urination. The body will attempt to expel toxins. After a while, the pet cannot consume enough water to expel the increasing toxins, this leads to;

  • Weight loss, anemia

  • Loss of energy and no interest in play

  • Coat loses luster

  • An indoor cat may begin to urinate in places it has never gone before

  • Loss of appetite

  • Nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea which lead to dehydration. These pets have developed uremia – an intolerably high level of nitrogen-containing metabolic waste products in their blood.

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