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New Review Links Roundup and Genetically Modified Crops (GMOs) to Autism, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, and Cancer


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December 15, 2013. A new peer-reviewed scientific review paper has been released in the US stating that glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup are contributing to autism, gastrointestinal disorders, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkson's, diabetes, depression, infertility, and cancer.

The review paper states that “glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of …food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body. Here, we show how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well as impairment in serum sulfate transport. Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.” For the full study, please click here.

Virtually all of the genetically modified food crops are grown with Roundup and have residues of Roundup. These GMO crops include now wheat, soy, canola, cotton, alfalfa (which cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and rabbits feed on), sugar beets (from which sugar is made), papaya, zucchini and yellow summer squash which have genes inserted into them to make them resistant to being killed by Roundup. This means that most of our grains, meat and dairy products that we buy at the grocery store are now contaminated with Roundup. Roundup, now the most widely used herbicide in the United States, also gets into the water supply, contaminating drinking water, gets into the air and is found in samples of rain water. For more information on Roundup's contamination of our water supply, please click here.

Glyphosate (N-phosphonomethylglycine), the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup®, is the main herbicide in use today in the United States, and increasingly throughout the World, in agriculture and in lawn maintenance, especially now that the patent has expired. 80% of genetically modified crops, particularly corn, soy, canola, cotton, sugar beets and most recently alfalfa, are specifically targeted towards the introduction of genes resistant to glyphosate, the so-called “Roundup Ready® feature”. In humans, only small amounts (~2%) of ingested glyphosate are metabolized to aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), and the rest enters the blood stream and is eventually eliminated through the urine.

Studies have shown sharp increases in glyphosate contamination in streams in the Midwestern United States following the mid 1990s, pointing to its increasing role as the herbicide of choice in agriculture. A now common practice of crop desiccation through herbicide administration shortly before the harvest assures an increased glyphosate presence in food sources as well . The industry asserts that glyphosate is nearly nontoxic to mammals, and therefore it is not a problem if glyphosate is ingested in food sources. Acutely, it is claimed to be less toxic than aspirin. As a consequence, measurement of its presence in food is practically nonexistent.

A vocal minority of experts believes that glyphosate may instead be much more toxic than is claimed, although the effects are only apparent after a considerable time lapse. Thus, while short-term studies in rodents have shown no apparent toxicity, studies involving life-long exposure in rodents have demonstrated liver and kidney dysfunction and a greatly increased risk of cancer, with shortened lifespan.

Swanson’s reviews can be read here and alongside the peer-reviewed review paper released last week which has caused a stir around the World over the dangers of Roundup, pressure is now being put on Monsanto to withdraw their number one product from the market.

Dr. Swanson states that “Prevalence and incidence data show correlations between diseases of the organs and the increase in Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the food supply, along with the increase in glyphosate-based herbicide applications. More and more studies have revealed carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting effects of Roundup at lower doses than those authorized for residues found in Genetically Modified Organisms.”

“The endocrine disrupting properties of glyphosate can lead to reproductive problems: infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and sexual development (see notes). Fetuses, infants and children are especially susceptible because they are continually experiencing growth and hormonal changes. For optimal growth and development, it is crucial that their hormonal system is functioning properly…. The endocrine disrupting properties also lead to neurological disorders (learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder). Those most susceptible are children and the elderly.” Swanson continued.

Dr. Swanson, who has a Ph.D. in physics and worked as a staff scientist for the United States Navy, holds five U.S. patents and is the author of over 30 scientific publications and two books on women in science.

Swanson herself became seriously ill with a number of complaints 10 years ago and found that after stopping eating GMOs her symptoms got dramatically better. This led her to start her journey of discovery: “About every other week the Seattle Times published something about how this or that is skyrocketing (Parkinson’s, dementia, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, suicide). I was pondering this and I had an inspiration to look at the data and compare it to the amount of GMOs on the market. The more I found the scarier it got.”

Another important paper on Roundup was published in 2012 by Professor Don Huber, a retired Colonel, 13 years Joint Chiefs of Staff (two administrations), 40 year Purdue University pathologist emeritus. It explains how Roundup impacts the health of plants, animals, and people. To read this paper, please click here.