Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Round ‘em Up Boys

Well, I knew Monsanto was a big bad B’org cowboy, but what I heard this evening in a video with Jeffrey Smith interviewing Dr Stephanie Seneff PhD, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT was still news.  It’s on YouTube and called Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide—Featuring the Darth Vader Chemical.  The chemical is glyphosate.  There are lots of chemicals out there in our man-made environment and I’ve written about a few such as chlorine, formaldehyde, and alkyldimethylbenzlammoniumchloride (in floor cleaners).  But glyphosate seems to be top of the class in the havoc it can cause to human health.
In this video, Dr Seneff explains how glyphosate is linked to autism, gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn's disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, cachexia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS.  That’s a big claim and I found one source that called this discussion loony.  Well, it may be loony, but so is the fact that so many people are ill today.  But I don’t think it’s loony that scientists have discovered that glysophate interferes with a pathway that destroys the gut flora which, of course, affects our well-being on a number of levels.
Round 'em up B’org boys, one by one as they succumb to these modern diseases that are being caused or at least aggravated by Roundup, the common name used for glyphosate, and send the casualties into the medical arena for prodding, cutting and pumping full of more chemicals that further disrupt the natural functioning of the human body.
If it’s not a conspiracy, it’s sure doing a good impression of one.
The main message in the video though is to avoid glyphosate and GMOs that are heavily reliant on glyphosate, by eating organic foods.  I hope the organic standards continue to ban this chemical (and GMOs), but I don’t think there is any guarantee.  If you’re not convinced there's a problem with GMOs or using Roundup, just consider the prevalence of it’s use, and you can begin to understand that there are bound to be problems.  Here are some statistics from Wiki regarding the US, which is not unique in the world by any means.  I think it’s loony to think that using this much of a hazardous chemical in our food supply will have no detrimental effect when it gets inside our bodies!
“In 2007 glyphosate was the most used herbicide in the United States agricultural sector, with 180 to 185 million pounds (82,000 to 84,000 tonnes) applied, and the second most used in home and garden market where users applied 5 to 8 million pounds (2,300 to 3,600 tonnes); additionally industry, commerce and government applied 13 to 15 million pounds (5,900 to 6,800 tonnes).[4]
Glyphosate residues get into food products that are grown with use of this chemical and can remain there for months.  However, it’s not just the glyphosate that is the problem; other ingredients in Roundup Ready magnify the damaging effects.  And it’s not just the issue of whether or not to consume food produced using Roundup because animal products can also be contaminated if the animals consume food produced with these chemicals.  Using Roundup in your garden though is probably a sure way to get a nice regular dose.
For more information of how Roundup messes with our natural biology, do watch the video: Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide—Featuring the Darth Vader Chemical.  Or look into the paper Stephanie co-authored with Anthony Samsel for a technical rundown, Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases.
Personally, I believe that any chemical that can harm aquatic life can harm me.  Glyphosate clearly harms aquatic life and is labelled as such (see pictogram).  My belief is that the beneficial bacteria in my gut that keep me healthy live in an aquatic environment just like fish.  And just like fish, they will be harmed by the same chemicals, such as glyphosate.  But Stephanie and Anthony go to a lot of trouble to explain it on a scientific basis.  Thanks to them, Jeffrey, and a friend of mine, for bringing this all to my attention.  I’m happy to have the chance to pass on this information here.