How Glyphosate Became a GMO Monster
(WellnessNova.com) — You know pesticides are harmful so you wash your fruits and vegetables very well to protect yourself from their controversial health side effects. However, there’s something equally dangerous in your produce and meat that you can’t eliminate by thorough washing or cooking. If that isn’t bad enough — it’s also in your soil, water, and makeup!
When scientists genetically modified crops to withstand glyphosate, commercial agriculture started spraying gallons of it everywhere since the 1970s. Its widespread use increased exponentially through the years. Now glyphosate is the most commonly used herbicide in commercial weed killers. According to National Geographic, “nearly all the corn, soy, and cotton now grown in the United States is treated with glyphosate.”
How widespread is glyphosate’s environmental contamination? It’s been detected in the majority of rivers, ditches, streams, and 70 percent of rainfall samples. In fact, 90 percent of consumer soybean samples contain glyphosate traces.
Is Glyphosate Dangerous?
The official answer is no. Large studies of rats, mice, dogs, and rabbits given high doses of glyphosate between 21 days to two years developed no chronic or acute conditions except for a small amount of weight loss. Fetuses experienced no harm from chronic high exposure either. After many of these repeated and revisited studies, the EPA concluded that glyphosate consumption is absolutely safe for humans and animals. Because of these findings the legal acceptable glyphosate levels in food are lax and have even been increased in recent years.
The “Unofficial” Studies
Independent indirect studies conclude that glyphosate is extremely dangerous to both humans and animals.
I. Indirect in vitro experiments
The most credible of these studies is the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s research findings that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.” Specifically, they found it can cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes that has a good survivability rate of approximately 70 percent. They admit their evidence is very limited, however.
A joint study between two French universities involved exposing isolated human liver cells to varying concentrations of glyphosate. Researchers found that exposure to 0.5 parts per million glyphosate begins to cause human hormone disruption. If exposure is increased to two parts per million, the genes responsible for making estrogen are inhibited. Exposure at five parts per million causes DNA damage. At 10 parts per million, enzyme synthesis is disrupted and glyphosate starts killing cells.
Their findings ultimately show that glyphosate causes damage within 24 hours of even low exposure levels. However keep in mind that this study was performed on cultivated liver cells rather than actual people — so these findings aren’t as reliable in determining whether glyphosate is detrimental to your health.
Many independent studies discovered that glyphosate disrupts your body’s ability to breakdown toxins and produce bile acids. The liver uses your excess cholesterol to make bile acids — if it can’t do that it converts them to LDL cholesterol. This can cause an excess buildup of LDL cholesterol, which can cause hypercholesterolemia. They conclude that even if your glyphosate exposure is minimum the chronic effects can be devastating. Since glyphosate interferes with your ability to breakdown toxins, a gradual toxic buildup may occur which can lead to various diseases.
Glyphosate has also been found to hinder the absorption of other nutrients as well, which can lead to malnutrition.
German reports discovered that chronically-ill people have higher amounts of glyphosate in their urine than healthy people.
Other studies discovered that glyphosate upsets the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. Disruptions in gut microbiota are linked with causing inflammatory bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disorder, and other gastrointestinal diseases. Imbalanced gut microbiota and gastrointestinal diseases have been recently theorized to cause autism. Thus, researchers theorize that glyphosate’s gut microbiota-disrupting effects can cause gastrointestinal diseases, which can then lead to autism.
II. Indirect Statistical Studies
U.S. Air Force research shows that glyphosate may cause gluten intolerance. Frozen blood samples from the 1950s show that the prevalence of gluten intolerance was way lower then and has exponentially increased now with increasing usage of glyphosate. Gluten intolerance can be standalone or part of celiac disease. Food sensitivities, including gluten sensitivity, are often caused by underlying gastrointestinal disorders like inflammatory bowel disorder and irritable bowel syndrome. Since glycophosate is linked with causing gastrointestinal diseases, it’s not far-fetched that it’s the underlying cause of gluten intolerance.
Other statistical research examining disease prevalence and glyphosate usage between 1975 and 2008 found that glyphosate causes chronic illnesses. They found that liver, kidney, and thyroid cancer prevalences increased significantly as glyphosate usage increased. It’s important to note they didn’t find a correlation between non-Hodgkins lymphoma and increased glyphosate usage, which is what WHO’s research found. This calls into question the soundness of their study’s statistical analysis.
They also found that diabetes, obesity, and renal failure prevalences increased with increased glyphosate usage. In fact, Sri Lanka has banned glyphosate due to their independent research correlating glyphosate with kidney disease. Sri Lanka’s agricultural work environment isn’t as safe as North America’s, with heavy metals like arsenic present in high levels in surrounding waters. When glyphosate binds to these heavy metals, it makes them more dangerous to the kidneys. This explains why Sri Lanka’s agricultural workers experienced an increase in kidney disease following increased glypohsate usage.
They also discovered that Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders have increased with the increased usage of glyphosate. Additionally, other independent studies show that glyphosate kills brain and nerve cells of rats and goldfish.
They’ve found an increase in hepatitis C hospitalizations as glyphosate usage increased. This finding is supported by other research finding that glyphosate lowers your resistance to hepatitis C because it hinders your sulfates absorption in your intestines. Cholesterol sulphate inhibits the hepatitis C virus, thus decreased absorption of these sulphates can lead to a weaker immune defense against hepatitis C.
Understand that these findings largely hinge on nothing more than seeing increases in disease prevalences as glyphosate usage increased. No other causal evidence is presented. Thus, limitless other factors can account for the increases in disease prevalence such as fad diets, pollution, and etcetera — the culprit is not necessarily glyphosate.
To sum it up, these unofficial studies find that glyphosate exposure causes:
- Endocrine disruption
- Genetic damage
- Cell death
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- Renal failure
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Increased susceptibility to hepatitis C
- Gluten intolerance
You might be able to remove glyphosate from your body by taking zeolite and humic acids or undergoing infrared sauna therapy.
German professor Dr. Krüger states that humic acids and clinoptilolite (a type of zeolite) have successfully removed glyphosate from animals in studies. Humic acids are derived from plants and clinoptilolite is mined from the ground. Their effectiveness isn’t guaranteed since no studies involving humans have been performed. However, zeolites help remove toxins from the body — thus taking clinoptilolite helps decrease the gradual toxin buildup caused by glyphosate.
Far infrared sauna therapy involves using infrared rays to heat up your internal organs to acceptable, safe levels such that they release any toxins into your bloodstream then you perspire them out. Natural News reports that FIR saunas cause you to perspire 80 percent water and 20 percent waste, whereas perspiration from traditional steam saunas contain 97 percent water and only 3 percent waste.
FIR sauna therapy reportedly lowers lactic acid levels, kills bad microbes, strengthens the immune system, stimulates endorphins, decreases inflammation, and improves circulation. However, there’s no evidence it eliminates glyphosate. Since FIR sauna therapy increases excretion of toxins (like heavy metals bound to glyphosate) it can decrease any buildup of toxins caused by glyphosate, but it’s not guaranteed to lower glyphosate levels.
Thus, even if zeolites, humic acids, and FIR sauna therapy aren’t effective in removing glyphosate itself — they can certainly decrease glyphosate’s damage to your body by helping eliminate heavy metals and other toxin buildups caused by glyphosate.
In conjunction, you can combat glyphosate-caused gut microbiota disruption and toxin buildup by regularly taking probiotics and eating alkaline foods (like cruciferous vegetables) and healing herbs. These keep your good gut bacteria in healthy balance and provide powerful antioxidants that help your body eliminate toxins.
Eat Brazil nuts for a clean selenium source. Your body uses selenium to create enzymes that eliminate glyphosate-facilitated buildup of heavy metals like mercury.
Medical director and integrative medicine specialist Dr. Robert Zieve recommends eating raw cilantro, Siberian ginseng, ashwagandha, rhodiola, garlic, and turmeric. These specialize in combating inflammation (often a symptom of gastrointestinal diseases), eliminating heavy metals, and counteracting endocrine disruption.
How Can You Totally Avoid Glyphosate?
The unofficial studies provide hazy evidence at best. They don’t involve actual observation of people after glycophosate exposure, but rather hinge on circumstantial observations. On the other hand, the official studies involve dozens of repeated trials involving the monitoring of animals directly administered varying amounts of glyphosate.
Despite this, El Salvador has also banned glyphosate.
Thus to be cautious you should try to limit your glyphosate exposure. Zero exposure to glyphosate is a far-fetched goal since it’s in the soil, waterways, and commercial products which use vegetables. Soda, cosmetic products, soap, shaving cream, and even toothpaste all contain either vegetable oil or glycerin which comes from GMO soy.
However, you can be glyphosate-free if you strictly purchase your food from natural, organic farms that have actively purified their soil, feed, and irrigation of glyphosate. Needless to say, stay away from processed foods. Buy your cosmetics and other toiletries from natural product companies that only use organic, non-GMO ingredients. Alternatively, you can make your own cosmetics and toiletries from organic ingredients (e.g. coconut oil toothpaste and carrot seed oil SPF moisturizer).
Thankfully, it’s easier to keep your newborn glyphosate-free. Even if there’s glyphosate in your system, researchers found that glyphosate doesn’t transfer to breast milk. They tested urine and breast milk samples from 41 lactating mothers exposed to daily high amounts of glyphosate. Some of these women even prepared glyphosate for agricultural use or applied it to crops. Some urine samples contained detectable amounts of glyphosate. Surprisingly, none of the breast milk samples had any traces of glyphosate. So you can feed your newborn your breast milk without worrying about contaminating him/her with glyphosate.
Even if glyphosate isn’t harmful to humans, it can strengthen disease-causing bacteria. Studies show that glyphosate exposure selects for antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella and E. coli. Thus, if glyphosate continues to saturate our environment more superbugs will emerge making it harder to cure bacterial infections.
If totally eliminating glyphosate is too costly for you remember that you can significantly counteract its detrimental effects by taking zeolite, undergoing FIR sauna therapy, and eating cleansing foods.
Originally published at www.wellnessnova.com.