How To Combat The Silent Killer Glyphosate
Glyphosate… It’s the controversial herbicide that Monsanto has paid out billions in damages for. The herbicide’s link to Cancer seems to be growing daily. Also the list of weeds that are resistant to glyphosate is also growing. This product is so widespread that it’s going to be hard to end its presence in our food supply. But there are steps you can take as an individual. But first, we have to examine the history and backstory of this toxin.
History And Timeline of Glyphosate
1950: Glyphosate created by Swiss chemist Dr. Henri Martin for a small pharmaceutical company called “Cilag”. In 1959, Cilag was acquired by Johnson and Johnson, which sold its research samples, including glyphosate, to Aldrich Chemical. Aldrich sold small amounts of the compound to several companies in the 1960s. Glyphosate came to the market as Roundup in 1974. By 1982, Monsanto began developing Roundup-resistant crops. In 1985 the EPA classified glyphosate as a Class C carcinogen. Group C carcinogens just mean “may” be toxic to humans, but there is a lack of data to back it up. Monsanto lobbied to have glyphosate removed as a potential carcinogen, by the same doctor who had PCBs removed as a carcinogen in the 1970s.
In 1989 Monsanto struck a deal with Asgrow to produce Round up ready crops to the commercial market. In 1991, the EPA changed glyphosate from a group C carcinogen to a group E carcinogen siting a lack of evidence to be categorized as a carcinogen. In 1996, Round up ready soybeans came into production.
2007: Round up became the most widely used commercial herbicide, doubling Atrazine. In 2010, Glyphosate was patented by Monsanto as an antibiotic. In 2012, a French molecular biologist, Gilles-Eric conducted an independent study on Glyphosate’s effects on the body and found that the herbicide caused liver and kidney damage in rats that were given Round up contaminated diets. 2014: More prevalent use of Round up ready crops and Glyphosate herbicide 2015: WHO categorizes Round up as a probable carcinogen. 2017: Peer-reviewed study finds low doses of Glyphosate cause liver disease. 2017: 30 years of information on Glyphosate court cases and covered up communications between EPA and Monsanto revealed.
So with this short history here, you can see that there are links to pharma as an antibiotic.
Round up ready Soy was the first widespread industrial crop to go into commercial production. Soy is in nearly every processed food that’s available. Meaning that almost everything we eat contains Glyphosate.
Corn is another mega industrial crop that Round up is used on that is in almost every processed food. Meaning again, we’re consuming at the very least, trace amounts of Glyphosate.
Below Glyphosate usage, then corn production, then Ssy production by state
I’ve searched to see what parts of the country consume the most corn and soy. But was unable to find data on this, however, I was able to find this:
States that consume sugar-sweetened beverages on an average of more than 1 a day. A majority of sugared beverages are sweetened by corn syrup, a derivative of corn starch (some states do not have data).
And here is a CDC map from 2013 illustrating Kidney disease and Kidney failure state by state:
Now one could make the argument that the kidney failure is due to high blood pressure from fried foods and the like. But could it also be from trace amounts of Glyphosate from corn? Is there a correlation, even causation there? Something to consider.
Wheat is a crop that falls partially in Glyphosate heavy states like Wyoming, but is also grown in states that do not use it heavily like Nebraska and Oklahoma. So wheat appears to be a somewhat safer crop.
Oats are grown predominantly in the Northwest U.S. where Glyphosate is used minimally.
Other crops that fall into Glyphosate heavy states; Peas (that plant-based pea protein powder is likely loaded with Glyphosate), Pumpkins, (white) Potatoes, Tomatoes.
You may want to think twice before consuming any of the above!
Just yesterday, a California jury awarded more plaintiffs damages for Hodgkins-Lymphoma that they claim, came from long term Gylphosate use: Damages awarded for Glyphosate use.
Could this be a money grab? Of course, it can be. I have no doubt that many people will begin suing Monsanto in the future for their Cancer treatment costs. Some might be. But the widespread usage of Glyphosate is alarming considering the established data about its effects
The damage that has been established is it does hurt the kidneys and liver. It’s also an antibiotic that chelates +2 ion minerals as Tanai the Science Guy, who has a doctorate in organic chemistry states here in an exchange on Twitter:
And keep in mind that 50% of the American pop is mag deficient. I wonder why🌚
— Tanei the Science Guy, PhD (@TJRicks_TSP) May 17, 2019
Its antibiotic action means that a majority of the U.S. population has been ingesting antibiotics through the consumption of soy or corn-containing products, tomatoes, and potatoes (French fries).
Check out this tweet about Impossible Foods veggie burgers by Dr Sepah:
Impossible burger? 🍔
Possibly carcinogenic. 🤮
Tested to have 11.3 ppb glycophosphate, the cancer-causing chemical Monsanto was successfully sued for $2B. Only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate destroys gut bacteria.
— Dr. Cameron Sepah 🤴🏻 🧝🏻♂️ 🧙🏻♂️ 🤵🏻 (@DrSepah) May 17, 2019
This veggie burger is absolutely contaminated with Glyphosate in what would otherwise be considered a healthy plant-based meat alternative.
Your gut resembles a brain, and there is a direct link from brain to the gut : Evidence gut flora can influence mood
If our bodies are being assaulted by antibiotics… what is that doing to our minds?
Depression is on the rise across the board < Depression On The rise
Could it all be changed if we had a different approach to Round up and Glyphosate usage?
What about mineral deficiency? If Glyphosate is a known chelator, it would stand to reason that Round up not only chelates minerals from our bodies, but also from the soil these crops are grown in.
Here is an abstract about Magnesium deficiency in plants. In developed countries, people receive less than adequate Magnesium : Magnesium Deficiency.
In If You’re A Man You Must Do This Simple Test I talk about the Zinc problem and what it means for men especially.
These mineral deficiencies are ongoing problems and result in some terrible maladies. But there are solutions.
Combating The Glyphosate Assault
For starters, avoid corn, soy, and potatoes as much as possible. These are the top crops, and on their own corn and soy are terrible, but add in Glyphosate and you got a deadly concoction. So that’s one.
Two is make sure your gut biome is in order, Megafoods sell a Glyphosate residue free probiotic supplement. You can buy it here: Megafoods Glyph Free Probiotic
This will help ensure that your gut flora is on point and can stand up to the constant assault from Round up.
To get your Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc levels replenished, Calm Plus powder has Calcium and Magnesium, Boron, and Vitamin D. You can but that here: Calm Cal-Mag
For Zinc, the best version in my view, Is featured here: Best Zinc
Make detox teas using dandelion and stinging nettles to help purge your liver and cleanse your blood.
Eat Locally Or Home Grown Produce
Locally grown organic produce can sure help you avoid getting Glyphosate through your food. Often times small growers are conscious of Round up’s effects and avoid using it, ask to verify. Growing fruits and vegetables at home in your own home garden is the best way to avoid it as much as possible. Check out Why You Should Start Your Own Garden.
If you have a garden yourself, do not use Round up for any reason. Here are alternatives: Round up alternatives
Avoid Corn And Soy Fed Protein
Chicken feed is often corn dominated, non-pasture raised cows are eating corn and soy also. Cheap feed is not only not the right food for these animals, but it’s loaded with Glyphosate. This is hard because many people have no choice where to get their meats from. And so the only option is to get factory farmed meats. Thankfully now with the internet, you can order frozen meat boxes from organic, conscious farmers and have it shipped to you.
The good news is, there are more and more countries that have outright banned or severely reduced the usage of Glyphosate. The list of those countries: Round Up Reduced Or Free Countries.
More and more information is coming out about Glyphosate and as a result, people are making more educated decisions about its use. Over time, my hope is that Glyphosate is studied in depth to come to a final conclusion, but it’s clear that Monsanto does not want that to happen.
So I will continue to do what I think is right and hope that this information will help you make your own better decisions.
Resources: Glyphosate Timeline and History