GM foods and the extreme tampering with our food through what we do before harvest to processing techniques, additives and preservatives actually causes me internal distress. But it is also information I believe everyone should have so they can make informed decisions and not be manipulated by the lies of huge corporations who are motivated by the dollar and not the wellbeing of the human race. It is the purpose of this blog site.
Everyone has heard it, 'Round-up is non-toxic to humans. It’s so harmless you can drink it straight and nothing will happen to you.' The justification is based on the fact that human cells don't have the shikimate pathway which the active ingredient in round up inhibits. This is true. But, and it's a really big BUT, our gut microbes do!
What this means is - the round up is consumed via our food and then in our gut the microbes process the glyphosate breaking it down allowing the by-products to be absorbed across the gut lining, entering our blood stream and taken to the liver for processing.
Crops that are routinely sprayed with glyphosate or other herbicides right before harvest include:
1. Maize, barley and oats
2. Oilseed rape (canola)
3. Legumes including lentils, garbanzos and soy beans
4. Sunflowers (sunflower oil)
The effects of glyphosate include:
· Interferes with liver enzymes cytochrome P450 impacting bile acids, detoxification, vitamin D production
· Chelates (binds to and makes inactive or unavailable) important minerals such as iron, cobalt, manganese, zinc
· Interferes with synthesis of aromatic amino acids and methionine leading to shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate
· Disrupts sulphate synthesis and sulphate transport
· Glyphosate acts as an antibiotic to disrupt gut bacteria leading to overgrowth of pathogens
· Damage to red blood cells leading to anaemia and toxicity due to free iron - creates iron deficiency and toxicity at the same time!
· Leaky gut and leaky brain barrier lead to neural exposure to dangerous metals and neurotoxins
Glyphosate is a synthetic (man-made) amino acid similar of glycine. This means it is transported like an amino acid is - via the L-type amino acid transport mechanism. But it is also able to cross the mucosal layer of nasal passages to gain access to the brain. What must be remembered is that we have microbes in every cell and on every surface of our body and therefore the glyphosate can be processed and receives an all access free pass to the body.
Dr. Seneff proposes that glyphosate can insert itself into protein synthesis by taking the place of the glycine molecule. She is still researching this theory to prove it but right now one way of seeing if it is true would be to compare the list of predicted consequences and illnesses to our current health crisis. And what is shown is that the two lists replicate each other. The illnesses and diseases people are experiencing in increasing numbers have become prevalent since the increased use of glyphosate. She states that there are examples of this occurring with other amino acids as well. For example an epidemic in ALS in Guam was traced to a natural toxin found in cycads. BMAA is a non-coding amino acid that gets inserted by mistake in place of serine. If it can happen to one amino acid then it definitely can do it with others.
Glyphosate usage has increased 50-fold since 1996 and with it a corresponding increase or prevalence of illness and disease.
· Neurological diseases includes Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's, ALS, dementia
· Neural tube defects
· Coeliac disease
· Impaired collagen diseases including osteoarthritis
· Fatty liver disease, especially non-alcohol based
· Adrenal insufficiency
· Impaired iron balance
· Kidney failure
· Insulin resistance and diabetes
Glyphosate depletes mineral uptake in plants lowering levels available to animals, such as cows, resulting in lower levels in milk. These minerals include: zinc, manganese, cobalt and iron. This results in foods not containing the levels of minerals expected. People are eating foods they think are good for them but won’t be gaining the mineral content associated with the food.
From my years in practice I have observed that foods empty of nutrients lead a person to overeat as the body attempts to achieve the nutritional levels it requires to function effectively. The easiest way to assess this is to ask: Are you actually full but your brain is telling you that you are hungry? Often this is why people eat lollies and chocolate because they don’t take up space in a full stomach. If they try to eat real food they realise there is no room to fit it in.
The obvious question about now is: if round-up is so bad why isn’t there any studies to prove it and how has it been approved for use?
The answer - animal studies have only been conducted for a three month duration and it is the accumulative effect of glyphosate that makes it a problem. It doesn’t show up any problems in rats until month four. This means it “appears” safe and has been approved for use. Yet tests have shown that glyphosate is found in the blood, spinal fluid, cells and the brain.
Gluten Intolerance and Glyphosate
There could be a link between the use and ingestion of glyphosate and the increasing prevalence of gluten intolerance. Glyphosate chelates manganese making it unavailable for absorption. The enzyme that breaks down wheat gluten (prolyl amino-peptidase) needs manganese as a catalyst. If it’s not present the enzyme is unable to digest the gluten structure leaving it to irritate the gut lining. By comparison an experiment using organic wheat from an ancient source found there was significant reduction in inflammatory bowel syndrome indicators including abdominal pain, bloating, stool consistency and tiredness. Ancient wheat also reduced pro-inflammatory cytokines: IL 6, IL 17, interferon-gamma and VEGF. This indicates it may not be the gluten alone triggering symptoms.
Other findings have found that
1. Glyphosate preferentially kills Bifidobacterium
2. Bifidobacterium are depleted in coeliac disease
3. Coeliac disease is associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
4. Glyphosate itself is also linked directly to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Aluminium, Glutamate and Glyphosate
Through the shikimate pathway in plants and microbes glyphosate depletes the manufacture of tryptophan which is the precursor to serotonin and melatonin. Those with non-responsive insomnia may in fact have a glyphosate toxicity as the underlying cause. The pineal gland that produces melatonin has been found to be susceptible to aluminium toxicity. Melatonin binds to aluminium, cadmium, copper, iron and lead reducing their toxicity but resulting in reduced availability for inducing sleep. Sleep disorders are part of the symptomology of diseases such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, ALS and Parkinson’s disease.
Glyphosate and C. difficile
Glyphosate induces pathogens like C. difficile in the gut which leads to leaky gut syndrome. The C. difficile produces a by-product called p-cresol which promotes aluminium uptake by cells. P-cresol is a known biomarker for autism and is also an important factor in kidney failure. Kidney failure leads to greater levels of aluminium being retained in tissue and this is linked to dementia. But the glyphosate also cages the aluminium to promote its ability to enter cells because the glyphosate enables the aluminium to act as a calcium mimetic gaining entry through the calcium uptake channels.
Neural Tube Defects
Great emphasis has been placed on women taking folate supplements prior to conception to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. The possibility that glyphosate could interfere with this would be distressing to many would be mothers. Glyphosate may in fact interfere in three ways: folate production by gut microbes, retinoic acid metabolism leading to a toxic accumulation and the glycine cleavage system. The increased occurrence of anencephaly (cerebrum missing) in countries in Washington State USA where glyphosate has been used extensively needs to be explored.
Diabetes, Obesity and Adrenal Insufficiency
The link here is with glycine and glyphosate. If the hormone sensitive lipases (triacylglycerol) don’t work because of interference from glyphosate replacing the glycine then fatty acids won’t be released from fat cells for energy production. This means the fats stay inside the cell leading to the risk of obesity, atherosclerosis and type II diabetes. This impaired release can also interfere with the supply of cholesterol to adrenal glands and sex glands for hormone synthesis as well as alter cell responses to glucagon, adrenaline, dopamine and ACTH. The strongest link between glyphosate and obesity is found in the use of genetically modified corn and soy.
How to Safeguard Yourself
Three key herbs if administered prior to exposure can protect against hepatic damage. They are dandelion, barberry and burdock.
There is a product called Toxaprevent that is a must for people to assist with the detoxification of not just pesticides like glyphosate but the metabolic by-products our bodies create. Modified activated clinoptilolite (MAC) found in Toxaprevent safely binds to and removes heavy metals, histamine, ammonia, pesticides and plastics and microbial components. It is available in powder and capsule form and is safe to use for children. The MAC never leaves the digestive system causing no risk as it binds to and removes toxic waste. Ultimately, it removes the burden on the liver because it removes the unwanted chemicals instead of the normal 95% of toxins being reabsorbed from the gut. In time the liver will begin to detoxify waste stored in the body and the continued use of MAC will enable cellular detoxification to the point of wellness and a symptom-free state of health.
There are also a number of nutrients specifically needed to counteract the negative effects of glyphosate. They are vitamin C, folinic acid (activated folic acid), oral B12 (not injections), glutathione and taurine. The spice turmeric and the herb garlic are great additions to the diet also. A good probiotic and keeping the bowel flora balanced is essential. Epsom salt baths support detoxification of the skin and provides magnesium and sulphate absorption. The importance of being grounded cannot be underestimated. Walking along the seashore in salt water, being exposed to sunshine sufficient to make vitamin D and bringing negative ions into the blood to help maintain blood flow is vital.
The diet should consist of high quality saturated fats sourced from grass fed beef, seafood, yoghurt, sour cream and cheese. Eat foods high in manganese such as tofu, pumpkin seeds, kale, green leafy vegetables, oysters, fish, beans and bread. Eat foods high in sulphur such as egg yolk, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, crab, liver, scallops, lobster and prawns. Also include garlic, onion, sauerkraut and bone broth made from organic chicken.
Whatever you do consider no longer using Round-up at home on your veggie garden!