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The body’s CYtochrome P 450 enzymes detoxify environmental toxins (xenobiot- ics) and manufacture or modify sterols like vitamin D, cholesterol, cortisol, and sex hormones among other things. When these enzyme functions are compromised by glyphosate it may lead to imbalances in fertility, congenital defects, bile acid pro- duction, and detoxification of xenobiotics. Third, minerals like calcium, magne- sium, manganese, zinc and iron bind to glyphosate. Glyphosate functions as a chelator. Plants sprayed with glyphosate are weakened by this and provide fewer minerals to humans or other animals that consume them. Calves and pigs that were stillborn or died soon after birth, whose mothers were fed GMO Roundup® ready feed, showed severe deficiencies of man- ganese in autopsy studies. Severe manga- nese deficiency is not compatible with life. Others believe that glyphosate also binds up consumed minerals in the gut; i.e., the minerals in food or in a mineral supple- ment never get absorbed...the glyphosate binds it first. Fourth, glyphosate is toxic to many of

the body’s friendly bacteria like Lactobacil- lus, E coli and Bacillus species. Patho- genic germs like Salmonella, Pseudomo- nas, Clostridium difficile (the germ that causes C diff diarrhea) and Clostridium botulinum (which causes botulism) are all resistant to glyphosate so they multiply and may cause illness in the gut and beyond. Glyphosate promotes yeast overgrowth also.

Fifth, Roundup® has estrogenic prop- erties. Studies in France by Dr. Seralini in 2013 demonstrated that female rats devel- oped larger numbers of breast tumors sooner when fed GMO corn sprayed with Roundup and non-GMO corn treated with Roundup compared to those who ate conventional non-GMO corn alone. Tu- mors started to show up in the fourth month. Monsanto had previously studied the exact same strain of rats under similar conditions but only ran the experiment for three months. Female pigs fed a combination of

GMO corn and soy which contained the Bt toxin and Roundup® ready GMO soy had 25% larger uteruses. True, these are animal studies, but this suggests human studies need to be done and a moratorium on the use of Roundup® needs to be con- sidered.

Sixth, Roundup® damages human DNA and human cells at very low concen-

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trations. Glyphosate, by itself, damages human DNA and cells at slightly higher concentrations. The surfactants in Round- up help the glyphosate damage the cells at lower concentrations. In one of many studies, human oral mucosal cells, ex- posed to Roundup® in concentrations of >40mg/l (parts per million: ppm), died within 20 minutes. DNA damage occurred after exposure to only 10mg/l (ppm) for 20 minutes. All of these concentrations were 450x below the recommended dilution for spraying in agriculture. In one of many animal species tested,

Roundup® exposure at low doses (36 ppm, 36 mg/L) for 30 min induces oxida- tive stress and activates multiple stress- response pathways in rat testicles leading to Sertoli cell death in young rat testes. These are the cells that produce sperm.

Is glyphosate actually in human beings? Smaller amounts in the parts per bil-

lion (PPB) range have been found in hu- man urine or blood. Research in Canada found glyphosate in 5% of blood samples taken from women undergoing surgery, up to the level of 93.6 ng/ml (ppb). A study in Iowa tested glyphosate concentrations in the urine of farming and

non-farming families. Glyphosate was detected in the majority of samples, in- cluding more than 80% of the children’s urine samples. Both farming and non- farming families had similar levels. The levels of glyphosate ranged up to 5ng/ml or 5 ppb (parts per billion) for non-farm mothers and up to11 ng/ml for farm moth- ers.

Researchers in Europe determined glyphosate levels in human urine col- lected from city dwellers in 18 different countries. 44 percent of the urine samples contained glyphosate, and 7 percent of the samples exceeded the reference cutoff for safety. Since participants were city dwell- ers who had never handled Roundup® or herbicides, it is presumed that diet was their primary source of exposure to glypho- sate.

While these levels are lower than the

toxic levels noted above, they are not trivial. This seems like a very tiny amount

...until you compare it with estradiol levels in premenopausal women who naturally have 20-280 picograms/ml (parts per tril- lion) in their blood. And thyroid hormone, freeT4 is 12 picograms/ml. What would we do without amounts count.

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