Some experts believe that glyphosate could be the major factor in the increase in the autism rate. MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory’s Stephanie Seneff reported in 2015 that half the children in the US will be born with autism in the next 10 years.
Whether it is from vaccines that contain mercury or from a diet of pesticides, autism is definitely on the rise. Some say that one in 68 children have some form of autism spectrum disorder, per the CDC in 2014. In 2008, it was only one in 88. In 2000, it was one in 150. The CDC still says that the 2014 figure is the most current statistics, defining one percent of the US population as having an autism spectrum disorder.
Why does this matter? For one, people who have autism have a shorter life, according to recent research.
According to the study ‘Autism spectrum disorder in adults: diagnosis, management and health services development’ in 2017, people with an autism spectrum disorder live 54 years, compared to people who do not who live an average of 70 years. Those with an autism spectrum disorder also have higher rates of depression, suicide, and seizures that range from mild to major.
Seneff believes there is a link between autism and glyphosate, and other researchers believe this is the case as well. Glyphosate is very popular with biotech companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta. Monsanto’s Roundup is one of the most popular consumer-available pesticides in the country. Roundup has been very effective in increasing crop yields across the country, but at what health cost? Research suggests that glyphosate could have serious detrimental health effects.
For example, it is thought that glyphosate can pass into the breast milk and case cause adverse health effects on the mother and baby, according to a recent study.
Glyphosate is the major active ingredient in Roundup and is also popular in various other herbicides and pesticides. The Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse study is the first report to investigate this issue.
Seneff believes that urine tests indicate that Americans have up to 10 times the glyphosate in their systems as people in Europe.
Glyphosate is a molecule that is deceptively simple, Seneff says, that kills plants by interrupting the shikimate pathway that weeds need to go through to survive. Since human cells lack this pathway, biotech scientists and others in the health field think it is okay to expose humans to the chemical.
Featured ChartBut the research team found elevated levels of glyphosate in three of 10 breast milk test samples. The findings in this report suggest the ingredient is often sprayed on genetically modified crops and can accumulate in human tissue over time.
Seneff also notes that the bacteria in our gut does have the shikimate pathway. That is critical because the bacteria are supplying our bodies with important amino acids. Roundup kills valuable gut bacteria, and allows pathogens to grow. This can interfere with the synthesis of amino acids, such as methionine, which can lead to shortages in critical folate and neurotransmitters. It also can remove vital minerals such as iron, manganese, and cobalt.
Even worse, Seneff says that other chemicals in Roundup are not tested because they are said to be inert. But a 2014 study in BioMed Research International states these chemicals could amplify the toxic effects of Roundup by hundreds of times.
Seneff also thinks that symptoms and signs that are often present in autistic children, iron and zinc deficiencies and seizures could show excessive exposure to glyphosate.
She noted the Organic Consumers Association is urging the EPA and FDA as well as the USDA to ban glyphosate around the nation.
It should be noted that most soybean and corn crops in the US are GMO and are sprayed with Roundup.
Many Americans are probably consuming quantities of glyphosate in their foods; this can be seen in research by Paul Mills at the University of California San Diego where people who tested positive for glyphosate in their urine shot up 500% between 1993 and 1996, and 2014 and 2016. This is despite the fact that most people do not spray their grass or garden with Roundup.
Since 1996, the use of Roundup has skyrocketed from 15 million pounds per year to 159 million pounds per year.
But Monsanto always contends that Roundup is safe. One study noted that it is roundly believed that Roundup is one of the safest pesticides. This idea is frequently spread by pesticide manufacturers, mostly in the reviews that they write and promote. These reviews are often cited in various toxicological evaluations of herbicides based upon glyphosate.
But Roundup was found in this particular experiment to be 125 times more toxic than glyphosate.
Also, despite its reputation, Roundup is one of the most toxic insecticides and herbicides that has been tested. The inconsistency between the facts of science and industrial claims can be attributed to major economic interests. These have been found to make false health risk assessments and to delay health policy decisions.
Scientific research is regularly conducted on what the consequences are of glyphosate in the agriculture world and how it affects autism and the environment.
Children continue to get sicker, but Monsanto continues to have a strong grip on the world of agriculture.
Many experts believe that the current evidence that indicates glyphosate can cause autism, should be enough to put Roundup on the shelf until facts truly show it is safe.
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As we learn from one doctor at MIT, this GMO craze could cost a lot of children their health. Today, we welcome MIT Doctor Stephanie Seneff.
In her recent article she makes a very stark warning that by the year 2025, half of all American children could have autism. That’s an alarming increase over one decade.
She claims it all comes down to a chemical called glyphosate, commonly found in Monsanto’s herbicide, RoundUp. So what happens when a human comes in contact with that chemical?
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