What symptoms and illnesses can be attributed to Roundup® and glyphosate?
The effects of glyphosate accumulate
over time. Most toxicity studies are 90 days long. Three months is standard. This is too short to detect damage with Roundup®. Research is starting to make connections. Here are the areas where noticeable cor- relations have been detected:
Autism—There's no denying the glar- ing autism epidemic. Consider these sta- tistics: In 1970, only 1 in 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism. By 2007, it was 1 in 150 children. Only two years after that, it was 1 in 100. Now, the most recent figures from 2013 show 1 in 50. Not only is it notable that autism di- agnoses are increasing along with the growing prevalence of glyphosate usage, it can also be observed that many of the biomarkers for autism—such as disrupted gut bacteria, depleted serotonin and melatonin supplies, sulfur metabolite de- ficiencies, and zinc and iron deficien- cies—are compatible with the damage wreaked by glyphosate.
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Digestive Disorders—Toxins like glyphosate can lead to an overgrowth of pathogens in the gut that release toxins. This can lead to inflammatory bowel dis- ease, stomach ulcers, thinning of intestinal walls, Crohn’s disease, colitis, acid reflux disease, gluten and casein intolerance, Celiac disease and leaky gut.
It's no surprise, then, of the increased instances of digestive disorders in children. Over the past several years, there has been a dramatic increase in the hospitalization of children with inflammatory bowel dis- ease. There has also been a 40 percent increase in Crohn’s disease and a 71 per- cent increase in ulcerative colitis. Carman’s study in Australia, using pigs
raised in the USA showed that GMO-fed female pigs were 2.2 times more likely to get severe stomach inflammation; the GMO-fed male pigs were 4 times more likely to develop severe stomach inflam- mation.
Endocrine Disorders—The disrup-
tions caused by glyphosates are known to lead to problems within the endocrine system. Since the 1970s, there has been a rise in diabetes that correlates closely with the rise in Roundup® use. And, as dis- cussed earlier, obesity is a common result of the amino acid depletion that occurs due to glyphosates. Obesity, of course, is a prime risk factor for diabetes. Infertility is another problem exacer-
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bated by GMOs and, thus, glyphosates. Fertility rates are falling rapidly around the world. While certainly cultural changes play a role in these shifts, many experts believe that glyphosates are contributing to the problem. As noted above numerous studies have shown damage to sperm production in several species. And, in fact, it is well recorded that sperm counts are dropping worldwide. Even when fertility is achieved, glyphosates create a greater risk of birth defects. Glyphosate can up regulate reti- noic acid. This issue with retinoic acid has long been linked to birth defects and an- encephaly, a rare and devastating birth defect in which a baby is born without a full brain and skull. There are counties in Washington
State that have an unusually high number of pregnancies affected by anencephaly. The areas where these births are occurring are also where large amounts of Round- up® have been used.
Cancer—Glyphosate's endocrine disruption can also promote breast cancer. It possesses estrogenic activity that can cause human hormone dependent breast cancer cells to proliferate.
The Outlook on Roundup® Roundup® usage is growing world-
wide. Along with it has been an increase in glyphosate-resistant weeds, which leads to an increase in the magnitude and fre- quency of Roundup® applications. This isn't sustainable. 2,4 D, a com-
ponent of Agent Orange is now being considered for better weed control in the next generation of Roundup® and 2,4 D ready plants. As the rates of serious dis- eases and birth defects increase, and as fertility decreases, the survival of the hu- man race is at stake. As it stands now, glyphosate and GMO producers are al- lowed to continually block research and publication, particularly in the United States. Unlike safety protocols for drugs, there have been no human clinical trials of Roundup®.
So, what's the solution? Ultimately, we need to find a path to
sustainable agriculture so that glyphosates can be removed from the market. How- ever, the best thing to do right now is go organic. This is especially true for women who plan to become pregnant. And when you go organic, encourage everyone you know to do the same.
Next month, we will discuss exactly
how to reduce your exposure to these toxins and limit the damage from and enhance detoxification of glyphosate in the body using sauna, food and supple- ments.
- Presentation on Harmful Effects of Glyphosate-Roundup®, Dr. Stephanie Seneff at Wellesley College; http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=MqWwhggnbyw
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