It is believed that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world’s most popular broad spectrum herbicide called Roundup created by Monsanto, may be the single most critical factor associated with the development of multiple chronic health conditions and diseases that are so prevalent in our society today like autism, breast cancer, Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and diseases, inflammatory bowel conditions, obesity, cardiovascular disease, infertility, ALS, multiple sclerosis, infertility, allergies, cancer and much more.
A primary point you want to be of aware is that Monsanto has been found to have lied and falsely marketed this toxic product as biodegradable and environmentally friendly, when it is anything but that, therefore many people are under the dangerous and misleading assumption that Roundup is safe.
Therefore, you may not realize that you are being exposed to this toxin on a frequent basis, because it is used widely by your neighbors, your state and local parks, golf courses, outside government buildings, school yards, the shoulders of your highways, around electric poles, and many other places. Proponents of glyphosate like Monsanto claim that it breaks down very quickly, but the facts prove otherwise: it is extremely persistent and has been found to last as long as three years.
Groundbreaking research by Dr. Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsel reveals that glyphosate disrupts the function and lifecycle of the healthy microbes in your gut, which allows pathogens like fungus, parasites, and bacteria to take over creating dysbiosis, leaky gut, food sensitivities, inflammation, neurological disorders and autoimmunity.
It also inhibits a large group of enzymes called cytochrome P450 that are crucial for your detoxification system and interferes in transport of serum sulfate also needed for detoxification and many other vital functions. Furthermore, glyphosate alters the nutrient content of the crop being treated which leads to nutritional deficiencies when these crops are consumed.
Glyphosate also depletes two very important neurotransmitters in the brain, serotonin and dopamine, that modulate mood, appetite, energy, cognitive functioning, behavior, and thought. Insufficient levels of these neurotransmitters are associated with a very long list of conditions and disorders like depression, panic and anxiety disorders, violence, suicide, obesity, Alzheimer’s, alcoholism and addiction, compulsive overeating and other eating disorders, Parkinson’s, autism, ADHD, and more.
Serotonin is the precursor to melatonin, so if serotonin is low, so is melatonin. Melatonin is your primary sleep hormone; without sufficient levels there will be sleep disturbances and insomnia.
It contains an enzyme that breaks down the amino acid phenylalanine, releasing ammonia as a byproduct. High levels of ammonia cause encephalitis and seizures and elevated levels are found in people with Alzheimer’s and autism. It is believed that glyphosate may also disrupt activation of vitamin D, syntheses of bile acid and homeostasis of cholesterol.
Glyphosate encourages the overgrowth of an organism called Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the gut of humans that releases high levels of formaldehyde and other toxins into the body. Formaldehyde is a neurotoxin and a class A carcinogen. Additionally, it encourages the growth of C diff, (clostridium difficile) a serious and aggressive bacterial infection that runs rampant in hospitals and is resistant to many antibiotics.
If you have people who need convincing that Roundup is not safe, here is a great educational video with one of the authors that led this research, Dr. Stephanie Seneff.
Other studies reveal that glyphosate is lethal to human liver cells, increases oxidative stress, and is a known endocrine disruptor, which can result in a wide variety of diseases ranging from hormone imbalance to infertility to breast cancer and more. It causes cell mutations and DNA damage, both of which are precursors to birth defects and cancer; and has been linked to Hairy Cell Leukemia and Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. There is a much higher incidence of Parkinson’s found in farmers who use herbicides like glyphosate.
It is also associated with a wide range of other reproductive effects in humans and other species. Research from Canada discovered that fathers in farm families who were exposed to glyphosate are linked to an increase in premature births and miscarriages.
Even in very small quantities (parts per trillion) glyphosate has been found to make breast cancer cells proliferate; meaning it stimulates tumor growth.
On a spiritual level, it can be easy to see that one would have great difficulty finding inner peace and tranquility or feeling deeply connected to self, others, one’s higher purpose and whatever spiritual belief that one holds, when their brain and endocrine system are disrupted from toxic chemicals like Roundup.
Studies also demonstrate that products like Roundup are actually three times more toxic than glyphosate alone, because it adds many other surfactants and chemicals to enhance its weed killing ability, which when combined produces a more toxic product.
Glyphosate has also been in mother’s breast milk, placentas and umbilical cords, as well as in the urine and drinking water of many Americans. Even more disturbing, is that many of the people in these studies were people who were actively trying to avoid GMOs, indicating that glyphosate is pervasive in our environment.
In California, which has mandatory reporting for pesticide poisoning, glyphosate is the most common form of pesticide poisoning reported by landscape gardeners and the third most common reported cause of illness by pesticide in farmers.
Many people believe they can remove herbicides like glyphosate from their food by washing it, but that is not true. It is distributed systemically throughout the entire composition of the plant. It is impossible to wash it off, because it becomes part of the plant.
On a more global scale, glyphosate inhibits a plants ability to absorb carbon from the air, which contributes to global warming and makes the plant more susceptible to disease. It affects neurotransmitters and hormones of all mammals, not just humans. It poisons bees, reduces development of earthworms and increases their death; and just one application destroys microbes that are present in soil that are essential for the health of the soil.
Glyphosate kills 50 to 80 percent of beneficial insects that are present in the application area. It is toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms, with concentrations as low as 10 parts per million for fish and as low as three parts per million for some organisms like daphnia (a primary food source for others). And, damages the vegetation that many small mammals and birds need for survival, thus reducing their populations as well.
You also want to be aware that most of the studies mentioned here are on the synthetic herbicide called Roundup, but glyphosate is a type of organophosphate, and there are many other herbicides on the market that are organophosphates that are equally as toxic and harmful to your health. Additionally, the same would be true for any other type of herbicide under any other type of name. Any toxin that kills weeds and bugs will disrupt organs and systems in the human body and brain as well.However, glyphosate does not inhibit acetylcholinestrase
Other organophosphates inhibit the enzyme called acetylcholinesterase. Inhibition of this enzyme causes an elevation in another neurotransmitter called acetyholcholine, which overstimulates the sympathetic nervous system and results in high levels of anxiety, restlessness and insomnia to name a few. I once got so sick I thought I would die after an exposure to an organophosphate called Enforcer and was unable to sleep hardly at all for an entire year. My nervous system was so severely affected that I trembled like a leaf in the wind for months. This is not an uncommon experience, but you rarely hear about it, because these kinds of stories are kept under wrap.
Clearly the ramifications that synthetic herbicides like Roundup, glyphosate and others have on our emotional, physical and spiritual health, as well as the planet, are profound and we will continue to see even more devastation if the world does not wake up and take action.
What Can You do to Protect Yourself from Roundup, Glyphosate or other Herbicides?
Do not use Roundup, glyphosate, or any other type of organophosphate in your yard. There are many all natural weed killers that are highly effective. Spread the word and educate your neighbors. If neighbors insist on using it, then ask them to notify you when they do so you can keep your windows shut. Move if you must. When an herbicide or pesticide gets into your home, it increases in potency.
Avoid GMO food and eat organic. Monsanto has created genetically modified food that is resistant to the effects of Roundup, which means they can withstand very high levels of this toxin. GMO food is significantly higher in glyphosate. If we all refuse to buy GMO food, then Monsanto will have to make some changes.
Do not live in an agriculture area. Drift from farms treated with herbicide can travel very long distances.
Get involved with organizations like the Organic Consumers Association and take a stand against Monsanto and other bullies who want to destroy our health.
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The Horrific Truth About Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide
New Research Fuels Roundup Weed Killer Toxicity Concerns
Roundup the Nontoxic Chemical That May be Destroying Our Health
Dr. Joseph Mercola. April, 22, 2014 Toxic Herbicides Now Common in Pregnant Women’s Breast Milk, Placentas and Umbilical Cords.
An in-depth and comprehensive report of independent research on impacts and effects of Glyphosate and Roundup published by Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific, Nov 2009
Monsanto’s Toxic Herbicide Glyphosate: A Review of its Health and Environmental Effects, By Andre Leu, Organic Producers Association of Queensland, May 15, 2007