Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup®, the most widely used herbicide on the planet. Glyphosate enjoys widespread usage on core food crops, in large part because of its perceived non-toxic to humans. This cannot be further from the truth. The adoption of genetically engineered “Roundup®-Ready” corn, soy, canola, cotton, alfalfa, and sugar beets has made it relatively resistant, which requires an increased rate of herbicide application. In 1987, glyphosate was the 17th most commonly used herbicide in the United States, but, in large part due to the introduction of glyphosate-resistant core crops, it became the number one herbicide by 2001. In 2015 the World Health Organisation has labelled glyphosate as ” probably carcinogen”, which according to an independent research – widely available and even online – is an understatement.
Glyphosate usage has increased 50 – fold since 1996. Half of the America farmers’ fields have weed resistance to glyphosate so now a new weed killer has been introduced Enlist Duo (partly the Agent Orange, used in the Vietnam War). I do not believe that it would be much difference for Australia.
Glyphosate is a synthetic amino acid analog of amino acid glycine. This is scary, as scientists have an overwhelming data and research (widely available online) that glyphosates are causing many serious and sometimes irreversible diseases since a young age and even to an unborn child. A research of thousands of scientific papers into glyphosate ( Round up) has revealed a frightening trend; as the use of glyphosate rapidly increased since 1975 so were the diseases like autism, neurological , neural tube defect, children born with no brain ( anencephaly), celiac, diabetes, obesity, impaired blood flow, dementia, Alzheimer’s, kidney disease, diabetes or cancers and more. Unfortunately, this trend is escalating at the alarming rate.
Each of those diseases has developed as a result of a complex biochemical process and affects at metabolic pathway which requires amino acid glycine.
Main toxic effects of glyphosate
- Interference with the most important liver detoxification pathway, cytochrome P450
- Chelating important minerals ( iron, cobalt, manganese)
- Interferes with synthesis of some amino acids, thus leading to shortage of critical neurotransmitters and folic acid
- By acting as an antibiotic it disrupts gut bacteria
- Leaky gut and leaky brain
The topic is very complex at any level, so in the next series of my blogs, I am going to briefly explore the devastating and sometimes tragic impact of glyphosate on the human, plants and animal health and what you can do to safeguard yourself, your family and the future generations.
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Danuta Hulajko is a holistic practitioner, international speaker, the founder and the practitioner at the DH Natural Medicine Clinic and www.healingremedies.com.au , Sydney. She specialises in anti-aging, autoimmunity, thyroid conditions, digestive disorders and heavy metals chelation. For more information please go to our website. You can follow Danuta Hulajko work, events, seminars, expos, latest health research, her health tips and advice on Facebook and LinkedIn