The debate rages today that vaccines are the culprit for the rise in nut allergies and also a dramatic rise in autism rates. The science doesn’t show that vaccines are responsible. Let’s face it, children today are sicker than they were a generation ago. Just take a look at the quantity of childhood cancers, autism, birth defects and asthma. You can’t go to a child’s birthday party without some parent bringing in their own nut free or gluten-free cupcakes. You hear the stories of the use of epi-pens and the training requirements for nurses and teachers. These diseases are not random and seem to be getting worse every 5 years. I want to present an idea of what I think is the cause of the rise in diseases but just hear me out. Are you ready? Consider pesticides (#pesticide) as the culprit. Not any specific pesticide but all of them together and there is scientific evidence that backs it up.
Let us look at some quick facts just about autism (#autism): in 1975, 1 in every 5000 would develop autism. In 1985, it was 1 in every 2,500. In 1995 , it was 1 in every 500, in 2005 in was 1 in every 166 and today it is approximately 1 in every 68 children. We have established that autism has some genetic traits but it has additional factors like environmental toxins and prescription drugs. Studying human disease is not an overnight thing, it can take decades or even multiple decades to find answers. We understand how autism works better than we did ten years ago. Ten years from now our knowledge will be exponential. Scientists are starting to look for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism. Something has to change because at today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.
As new research develops, some evidence is now pointing to the fact that agricultural pesticides might play a large role in the rapid increase in autism rates over the past few decades. A senior researcher from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Stephanie Seneff presented slides showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the rising use of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (glyphosate) on crops and the rising rates of autism. Now some might say that they are pulling at straws but a similarity was found between glyphosate toxicity and deficiencies and the side effects of autism.
What Is The Pesticide Roundup?
Lets talk about glyphosate. This is the active ingredient for a broad spectrum herbicide. Several companies use it in their pesticide and the most notable is Monsanto. This pesticide is used to kill weeds and grasses that compete with crops. Glyphosate is absorbed by growing weeds mostly through the leaves and a little bit by the roots. It is the most widely used pesticide in the World. Not just in farming and agriculture but also on sidewalks, home gardens, paving stones and roads. When it works, it is very effective but I always bet on mother nature. It turns out that due to overuse, a new generation of super weeds have developed. These super weeds are resistant to small amounts of glyphosate so take a guess what the solution is? You can only imagine that the solution is to spray even more to affect the new types of weeds. That excess pesticide needs to go somewhere, so it sets on the ground or gets into the water supply.
Initially, glyphosate was deemed not to be toxic to humans but recent new studies show links to a number of human health ailments from Parkinson’s, to Alzheimer’s, to cancer and autism. There is a dispute about toxicity due to the belief that our cells don’t have what is called the shikimate pathway. This pathway is a seven step metabolic route used by bacteria, algae and plants. It is not found in animals. Only problem is that our guts do indeed have this pathway because our intestines are filled with bacteria and we depend on it to supply us with essential amino acids. Gut health is of utmost importance to overall health.
This is what we know about toxic effects of glyphosate. It kills important bacteria in your gut and allows pathogens to overgrow. This means constant stomach pains, cramps, diarrhea, and other digestive issues. It chelates important minerals such as iron, cobalt and manganese. When you chelate a metal such as iron, it changes the structure of iron in such a way that the body can’t process or use that nutrient. So you have an occurrence of iron deficiency as an example. In your cells, the pesticide interferes with the function of cytochrome p450 which are important in hormone synthesis, cholesterol synthesis, vitamin D absorption and helps detoxify drugs and other harmful toxins in the liver. Add the interference with synthesis of aromatic amino acids and methionine which leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters (brain function) and folate (vitamin B). A lack of vitamin B can cause birth defects and blood diseases.
I am not going to tell you that this is the cause but look at what is known about autism. There are several biological markers that have been known to be associated with autism which include low serum sulfate, disrupted gut bacteria, inflammatory bowel, serotonin and melatonin deficiency, mitochondrial disorder and zinc and iron deficiency just to name a few. Do these look familiar?
If you look at our society over the past 40-50 years, our population has gone from a pretty healthy one to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects and illnesses seldom seen before. Just between 1995 to 2005, the use of glyphosate rose 1500% and 100 million pounds of glyphosate is used every year on more than a billion acres. Roundup is in fact the most toxic of herbicides and insecticides used. So where is all that excess pesticide going. It has to go somewhere and that answer is our food supply. Remember, glyphosate is absorbed by plants. It is directed at weeds but any plant can really absorb it so leafy plants such as kale, lettuce, string beans, etc can contain the pesticide.
So here is some information to keep in mind, glyphosate has been found in the breast milk of mothers, and in urine samples of people across Europe. A study coming out of the University of California Davis, determined that pregnant women who live in close proximity to land and farms where chemical pesticides are/were applied experience a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or some other developmental disorder.
There is a tremendous amount of recent research being conducted that has looked into the role of environmental toxins (agricultural pesticides are one of them) in autism. The FDA and European regulators have consistently stated that there are no harmful effects to humans. As research findings are published, it becomes more clear that pesticide use is harmful to us. A group of scientists have found from existing data that European regulators have known that Monsanto’s glyphosate causes a number of birth and brain malformations since at least 2002. Recent research has confirmed that mothers who are exposed to commonly used pesticides give birth to children with behavior disorders, lower intelligence, structural brain abnormalities such as smaller head size and higher rates of brain cancer.
Keep in mind that tobacco companies denied the link between smoking and cancer for decades and look what we know now. So let’s look one step further and you will see that now corn and soybeans have been genetically modified to become resistant to round-up. This is a global problem since a lot of our food supply is controlled by genetically modified corn. Add to this a ban by our government from identifying which food products are made with genetically modified corn and we are definitely in the dark. But not all governments are awed by Monsanto. Twenty six countries have banned their products including the pesticide roundup such as Russia, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Poland, India and more recently Philippines. Each year, the list grows longer and we shall see what new research comes out in the future.
Are you concerned about our food supply?