Roundup was “supposed” to be harmless to humans and animals—the perfect weed killer. Now a groundbreaking article just published in the journal Entropy points to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and more specifically its active ingredient glyphosate, as devastating—possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.”
Roundup is sprayed on most of the world’s genetically engineered crops which then soaks into the food we eat. It has now been 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, among others.”
It appears that some new studies have been done and the herbicide, Roundup, may be even more damaging than was previously thought. Today, Roundup is being used on most staple crops in the United States. It appears it may be changing the environment in our bodies as well as the soil.
The first video link below goes into a lot of detail and it is about 17 minutes long. In a nutshell, some of the information discussed is the fact that plants make a chemical called Tryptophan in small quantities but which is essential. This in turn produces serotonin which makes you calm and happy and produces melatonin which helps you to sleep. When you don’t sleep, anxiety builds up and aggressive behavior can occur. People who are depressed or aggressive tend to get better when they are given tryptophan. Roundup, which is sprayed liberally, over 185 million pounds per year, on our food sources, destroys tryptophan. In one study, the urine was tested on people who were non-agriculture workers and there was 5-20 times more than the safe level of this chemical in their bodies. It also destroys the beneficial bacterium needed for our bodies and the environment which throws our entire system off. It destroys other natural processes our body was made to perform, increasing the risks of cancer and heart disease.
Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, has produced genetically modified soy to tolerate Roundup so they can spray as much as they want to kill off other weeds and growth but not “harm” the soy. The Roundup ready crops to watch out for the most are corn, soy, cottonseed, sugar beets and canola. When we eat the meat from animals that eat roundup ready crops, we also get the roundup in our systems through the meat.
At the end of the growing season for wheat, rye, barley, etc., especially if it didn’t grow well due to weather conditions, they do what they call burndown. Burndown is when they spray very liberally to destroy the crops but it also penetrates deep into the soil. One year, local brewery’s refused to accept barley because they could not brew beer. The Roundup that was sprayed on the barley killed the organisms that are necessary for the fermentation process.
Eating organic is the best way to protect your body. Eating Roundup foods and the animals that eat these foods can cause mineral deficiencies so if you can’t go all organic, you may want to take a multi-vitamin, especially vitamin B. Also, try drinking plenty of water and eat a lot of fiber to try to keep your body eliminating and flushing out your system as much as possible.
If you have time, I strongly urge you to watch the second video which is quite long. It is about an hour and is an interview with co-author Stephanie Seneff, PhD, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT. She goes through all the reasons why Roundup effects each disease the way it does. She predicts if something isn’t done, in twenty years, one out of every two boys will be autistic. This is scary stuff and we all need to be concerned for our health. Until we eliminate these types of herbicides, all of the diseases mentioned above will continue to affect the health of all Americans at the epidemic proportions we are seeing now.