The Invisible Toxin

It’s everywhere. Studies show that it’s in your food, your water and you can be certain that it’s inside your body. This toxin is called glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup®. Roundup® is made by Bayer-Monsanto. (The German company Bayer purchased Monsanto in 2018.) Syngenta also makes a glyphosate-based herbicide called Touchdown®.

By now, everyone has heard about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) that now passes for food. As huge corporations have succeeded in creating monopolies on seeds for many foods, farmers are limited in their options and therefore so are we consumers. The major complaint about GMO-foods is that they are “Roundup®-Ready”, meaning the crops must be sprayed with the company’s own herbicide. The only food crops approved by the USDA to be genetically modified (as of early 2019) are corn, soybeans and alfalfa (all usually grown for livestock feed); plus potatoes, squash, papaya, apples and sugar beets.

Glyphosate Exposure

You’re exposed to glyphosate-based chemicals every day. You are not safe from the toxic health effects simply because you don’t use Roundup® in your garden. If you eat non-organic food, including restaurant food, you’re likely dining on glyphosate. 1.65 billion pounds of this chemical are sprayed annually worldwide.

There are other chemicals in Roundup® that may also be problematic, especially in combination, but we have no legal way of learning what they are. U.S. law does not require that chemicals added to pesticides and herbicides be listed on the label unless that chemical is an “active” ingredient. This means we may never know what’s being sprayed on our food.

There’s another major pre-harvest use of glyphosate-based chemicals. Roundup® is sprayed onto a number of crops immediately prior to harvest as a desiccant – allowing farmers to harvest their crops as much as two weeks earlier than they normally would be able to. The biggest problem is that the chemicals remain in the food and cannot be removed prior to consumption. Another frustrating problem is that these chemicals can “drift” onto neighboring farms causing extensive damage to crops. Crops that aren’t grown from “Roundup®-Ready” seeds can be killed by the Roundup® ingredients.

The EPA also reports that glyphosate is routinely sprayed on fruit trees, in greenhouses, aquatic areas, golf courses, parks, forests and roadside rights-of-way “for vegetation control”. It’s likely that some of your neighbors use it on their lawns and gardens. It’s everywhere!

Glyphosate is used to desiccate a wide range of crops:

  • Wheat
  • Oats
  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Non-GMO soybeans
  • Lentils
  • Corn
  • Flax
  • Rye
  • Triticale
  • Millet
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Canola
  • Sugar beets
  • Potatoes
  • Sunflower seeds 

When you purchase these foods make sure they are organic – especially wheat and oats (due their ubiquitous presence in the American diet). Other GMO ingredients include sugar, aspartame and dairy products. Be sure to choose “grass-fed” milk, butter, yogurt and cheese to avoid consuming glyphosates.

A Probable Human Carcinogen

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a report in 2015 concluding that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen”. The World Health Organization agrees. The specific types of cancer associated to glyphosate exposure are found to be non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other hematopoietic cancers. As of this writing two American juries have held Roundup® to blame for two cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A group of more than 300 U.S. farmers sued Monsanto in court this year, alleging that spraying the chemical as directed has given them cancer. This is likely to ramp up as people finally wake up to the risks of repeated exposure.

Beneficial Bacteria in Danger

The use of this type of herbicide/pesticide/desiccant also has a deadly impact on soil bacteria.  Healthy soil is filled with beneficial microorganisms that work synergistically with the plants. Glyphosate destroys these bacteria, interfering with the nutrient delivery system the bacteria normally deliver to the roots of crops. This partially explains why organically grown foods are so much higher in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. Healthy food can’t come from unhealthy soil.

When humans ingest glyphosate a similar devastation takes place slowly within our gut microbiome. This can lead to serious problems in increased intestinal wall permeability, with continuous effects encouraging the development of autoimmune disease symptoms. In the 30+ years since Roundup® was first inflicted on the world, there have been studies linking its use to celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, food allergies, asthma, lupus, MS, cancer, eczema, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, IBS and ulcerative colitis. Some researchers studying the results of glyphosate exposure concluded that DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells is occurring. Bayer-Monsanto denies all of these claims, and they’re constantly citing studies (paid for by Bayer-Monsanto) that supposedly “prove” Roundup® is safe.

Testing for Glyphosate

The U.S. EPA standard for glyphosate is seven times higher than the 0.1 mcg/L that the European Union allows. Even with that limit in place, the environmental group Friends of the Earth found glyphosate in the urine of 44% of Europeans.  An independent review of urine samples found that Americans’ glyphosate levels were 10 times higher than those reported in the European survey. Concentrations were highest in the urine of people with chronic diseases. Could your disease be caused by your consuming glyphosate-treated foods?

 “Glyphosate was significantly higher in humans fed conventional food compared with predominantly organic-fed humans. Also, the glyphosate residues in urine were grouped according to the human health status. Chronically ill humans had significantly higher glyphosate residues in urine than healthy humans”. —Monika Kruger, (2014) “Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humans”, Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology

More than 70% of Americans tested so far have detectable levels of glyphosate in their body, and approximately 90% of pregnant women. There is no way this is safe for infants and growing children.

The researchers found glyphosate in the tissues of slaughtered livestock. If you eat non-organic meat, or even organic meat from animals fed conventional crops, chances are you’re also eating glyphosate. U.S. laws regarding certified organic crops prohibit spraying with glyphosate. Therefore, people eating an organic (or home grown) diet have significantly lower glyphosate levels in their systems.

When to Choose Organic

I suggest you get into the habit of checking the stickers on your supermarket produce if you don’t already. The PLU number the cashiers scan into the cash register is on those stickers. If the number begins with a “9” it’s certified organic. If not, it’s conventionally grown and you don’t know what was sprayed on it.

Always Choose Organic for These “Dirty Dozen” Foods:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Cherries
  • Pears

Keep this list handy when preparing your shopping list.

These foods (below) have little measurable pesticide residues and are considered the “Clean 15”.  Buying the conventional sources of these foods is considered safe.

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupes
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplants
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwis
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)

3-Step Plan for Safeguarding Yourself

1) Choose Organic Food and Beverages. USDA organic certification ensures a food or beverage doesn’t contain any genetically modified organisms, like Roundup®- Ready seeds. The use of chemicals like glyphosate is not allowed to be sprayed on organic crops.

2) Detox Quarterly. Since there’s unfortunately no way to completely avoid Roundup® I recommend regular detoxes. Consider Liver-Life and Primary Detox from www.Longevity-formulas.com.

Consider adding BioVitale-H2O® from Healthy Habits® to every glass of consumed fluid. Also, consider getting tested for glyphosate using the test kit from www.Longevity-formulas. com.

Consider doing the 10-Day Liver Cleanse a couple times annually from www.biri.org/pdf/recipes/10-Day-LK-Cleanse.pdf

3) Support Your Gut. Take a quality, multi-strain probiotic supplement daily. I take Probiotic Super Strains from Healthy Habits®. Support the growth of your probiotics by taking a fiber-blend supplement daily. Diverse types of dietary fiber are essential to maintain a healthy microbiome.

Encouraging News

The most encouraging news is that France, Vancouver BC and the Indian states of Kerala and Punjab, alarmed by research showing links between glyphosate and cancer, have banned the chemical glyphosate. Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Argentina and a long list of other countries are considering similar moves. As of early 2019, nine EU countries have voted against relicensing the chemical.

In light of more lawsuits pending in the U.S. there is hope that the USDA, CDC, FDA and EPA will review and restrict this herbicide/desiccant’s use in our country. If this is important to you I encourage you to communicate with your state officials with your specific concerns. We all need to let our voices be heard on such a vital matter. The health and well-being of our future generations may depend upon it.

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https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/how-toxic-is-the-worlds-most-popular-herbicide-roundup-30308

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1383574218300887

 

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