The average American is consuming their body weight equivalent in genetically modified foods each year. This constitutes an experiment on the American population, because there are no long term safety studies. However there are quite a few studies that show problems and health issues with genetically modified foods.
Chemical Soup of Toxicity
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup. It is a non selective herbicide that was patented in 1964 as a strong metal chelator. That means that it grabs hold of elements, i.e. minerals, and makes them unavailable. It binds up calcium, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, nickel, boron and zinc.
The purpose of glyphosate is to disrupt plant physiology so that they cannot grow and can’t defend themselves against disease. The plants die as a result of the diseases they may acquire — indirectly from the glyphosate.
Glyphosate is systemic. It takes only one drop sprayed on any part of the plant and it goes throughout the entire plant. A minimum of 20% of glyphosate that hits the foliage is exuded through the plant’s root system directly to the soil.
It stays in the soil. Pretty much forever.
Mechanism of Glyphosate
Glyphosate works by inhibiting specific enzymes called cytochrome P450 enzymes. These enzymes play a critical role in the detoxification of xenobiotics. Even a tiny dilution of glyphosate caused DNA damage in epithelial cells.
Xenobiotics are endocrine disruptors and they trigger inflammation.
Glyphosate is Biologically Disruptive to the Environment
There is a ton of science behind the toxicity of glyphosate. Check out a few of these published studies:
In Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2014, Majewski et al, found pesticides in Mississippi air and rain. Glyphosate and it’s degradation product, AMPA were detected in more that 75% air and rain samples in 2007.
- In Toxicology, Kruge et al, found the detection of glyphosate residues in animals and humans. These are signs of accumulating glyphosate.
- In Biomed Research International, 2014, Mesnage, Defarge, et al, found that major pesticides are more toxic to human cells than their declared active principles.
- In Toxicology in Vitro, 2013, Kim, Hong et al, found that mixtures of glyphosate and surfactant TN20 accelerate cell death via mitochondrial damage-induced apoptosis and necrosis.
- In Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, 2012, Hue et al, found that glyphosate induced epidermal cell death.
- In Archives of Toxicology, 2012, Koller, et al, found cytotoxic and DNA damage due to glyphosate and Roundup in human buccal cells.
- In Chemical Research in Toxicology 2009, Benachour, Seralini et al, found glyphosate formulation induced apoptosis and necrosis in human umbilical embryonic and placental cells.
The AMA is against labeling GM foods. Clearly there is a disconnect between the research and the politics.
The EPA standard for glyphosate in American water supplies is 0.7 ppm. In Europe it is 0.2 ppm. GM corn contains up to 13 ppm.
Glyphosate is the most biologically disruptive chemical to the environment .
There has been an increase in salmonella and clostridium in chickens due to decrease in beneficial lacto bacteria due to glyphosate.
A review article published in April 2013, in the peer-reviewed journal, Entropy, by Drs. Seneff and Samsel indicates that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, has been found to be pervasive in the food supply.
Seneff and Semsel postulate that interference with the cytochrome P450 enzymes, creates a synergistic 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.
In total, glyphosate is the worst thing that has ever happened to the earth and Monsanto and the law makers who are in their pocket completely deny these problems.
Toxins in Our Waterways
According to Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate the environmental spread of pharmaceuticals. And the toxic substances law ignores their presence in waterways.
There are 15,000 new chemicals and biological sequences registered every day.
Deborah Swackhamer, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota, investigated the chemistry of the nearby Zumbro River. She found traces of pesticides in the water. She also found prescription drugs ranging from antibiotics to the anti–convulsive carbamazepine.
Researchers realized more than 15 years ago that pharmaceuticals – excreted by users, dumped down drains – were slipping through wastewater treatment systems.
According to the EPA there are over 1 billion pounds of pesticides applied to US soils and plants annually. Of these, 60% are known endocrine disruptors.
What to do
Memorize the Dirty dozen listed at the Environmental Working Group and avoid this produce unless it is organic.
Avoid toxins in skin and personal care products as well as cleaning products.
Accumulation in the adipose tissue
Toxins from these chemicals accumulate in fat tissues. Each person has their own level of toxicity and their own ability to detoxify these chemicals due to the other factors such as:
- Endocrine toxins
- Psychosocial factors
- Environmental toxins – chemical toxins and heavy metals
- Hormonal imbalances or deficiencies
- Infectious agents
- Allergies and sensitivities
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Genetic predisposition
How to Support Detoxification
Deeply colored foods have polyphenols which aid in detoxification. In addition, the cabbage family, garlic and onions provide sulfates which also aid in detoxification (phase 1 detoxification).
In Phase 2 detoxification there are 6 conjugation pathways. These include, glutathione conjugation, amino acid conjugation, methylation, sulfation, acetylation and glucuronidation.
Dr. Terry Wahls, in her book The Wahls Protocol, advices people following her diet to eat 9 – 12 cups of assorted vegetables a day in order to provide minerals, polyphenols and anti-oxidants. Dr. Wahls cured herself from MS via diet and now she is conducting research to prove the diet works! You go girl!
While we make glutathione in our bodies (the most powerful detoxifier), sometimes we don’t make enough or it is broken down too quickly. S-Acetyl-glutatione is the best glutathione supplement for supporting detoxification. Liposomal glutathione is also better absorbed.
What You Can Do
Join in on the March against Monsanto — May 23, 2015 everywhere!