EPA just approved another toxic herbicide linked to infertility, birth defects and lung cancer in both humans and animals

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Daniel Barker
December 7, 2016

The EPA has just approved the widespread use of a highly toxic herbicide called dicamba, a chemical which poses serious health risks to both animals and people. In doing so, the agency has turned its back on its legal obligation to assess any threat to endangered species, as well as its responsibility to protect human health.

Dicamba has been in use for years, and is an ingredient in more than 1,000 farming and gardening products. Under the EPA’s new guidelines, however, its use is expected to increase on a massive scale.

Dicamba use will increase current levels more than 20 times

The EPA approval covers the use of dicamba for spraying dicamba-resistant GMO cotton and soybean crops that were developed by (you probably already guessed it) Monsanto as an alternative to its glyphosate-resistant GM crops.

From The Daily Sheeple:

“Dicamba is part of Monsanto’s two-point plan: replace glyphosate (the main ingredient in the company’s best-selling RoundUp weed killer), as it increasingly comes under fire, and create public acceptance of the GM crops engineered to withstand dicamba.

“Monsanto’s own conservative estimates predict that dicamba use on soybeans will likely rise from around 233,000 pounds per year to 20.5 million pounds per year — and dicamba use on cotton could go from 364,000 pounds per year to 5.2 million pounds per year.”

Dicamba health risks

Like many other toxic herbicides, Dicamba can cause a range of serious negative health effects in both humans and animals. Dicamba exposure has been linked to lung cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, reproductive damage, birth defects and hormonal disruption.

Monsanto would like for people to believe that dicamba represents a safer alternative to glyphosate, but it is also a highly toxic herbicide that will have an as-yet unknown impact on the environment and human health when its use is so dramatically increased.

The danger posed to other crops by dicamba

Dicamba has recently been making headlines due to crop damage caused by drift. At least 10 states have reported widespread damage to thousands of acres of “non-target” crops, and in one case, a farmer was allegedly killed over a dicamba drift incident:

“Allegedly, a farmer on the Missouri-Arkansas border applied dicamba without a permit and caused significant damage to a neighboring farmer’s soy crop. An argument bubbled over, which led the shooting death of one farmer, and the arrest of the other.”

Much of the recent drift problem was caused by illegal spraying of dicamba, and Monsanto has been highly criticized for selling its dicamba-resistant seed before the EPA approved the herbicide for use.

This resulted in widespread illegal spraying and incidents of herbicide drift – one peach farmer in Missouri lost 30,000 trees. Drift damage from dicamba also affected watermelon, tomato, rice and many other crops as well as non-dicamba-resistant strains of soybean and cotton.

Monsanto’s new dicamba-based herbicide product – designed to work with its dicamba-resistant GM soybean and cotton seeds –  is theoretically formulated to minimize drift contamination, but some are highly skeptical about its true effectiveness, while others worry that many farmers will continue illegally using the old drift-prone dicamba products.

At any rate, the EPA’s approval means that tens of millions more pounds of carcinogenic poison will be dumped yearly into our soil, water and air as the result of a money-making scheme propagated by an evil monopoly bent on owning and genetically manipulating the world’s seed supply, while destroying biodiversity and marginalizing those who would rather rely on organic farming techniques.

Monsanto wins a major victory with the help of the EPA

It sounds like the plot of an improbable Hollywood disaster film, but it’s all too real. Monsanto – after losing much of its company’s stock value and being forced to lay off a sizable portion of its workforce in recent years – seems to be rebounding with new strategies to maintain its stranglehold on global agriculture and food production.

Of course, having the EPA in its pocket hasn’t hurt Monsanto’s cause, either. In the war against food freedom and biodiversity, it appears Monsanto has just won a decisive battle.

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Sources:

TheDailySheeple.com

BiologicalDiversity.org

EcoWatch.com

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Study: Glyphosate proves incredibly hazardous to women, affecting fertility while promoting uterine cancer

Glyphosate

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Isabelle Z.
July 21, 2016

The current issue of the Toxicology journal, details the first study in glyphosate’s more than 40 years on the market, to study its effects on uterine development. In the study, a group of researchers injected newborn rats with a commercial dose of glyphosate-based herbicide (GBH), while a control group was given a saline solution.

The researchers found that the rats who were exposed to GBH showed signs of morphological changes in their uteri from exposure as early as a week after being born. The GBH group also showed altered expression of the proteins responsible for uterine organo-genetic differentiation. This is very significant, and can mean changes in the form of embryos, such as birth deformities or being born with three ears, for example. It was also shown to affect their organs.

The findings led the researchers to conclude that glyphosate exposure affects female fertility, and could even promote the development of uterine cancer. In addition, glyphosate herbicides can disrupt the endocrine function of prepubescent rats, which indicates that the chemicals are likely endocrine disruptors.

‘Safe’ dose responsible for uterine effects

The dose of glyphosate that was found to disrupt the rats’ uterine development was based on the reference dose of the substance that regulators have claimed is safe for daily consumption over the course of one’s lifetime: 2 mg per kg of body weight each day.

This study’s findings are hardly surprising to those who are familiar with the well-documented ill effects of glyphosate, but it is notable that it was carried out and published in the first place. After all, GMO chemical firms like Monsanto do their best to make sure that unbiased scientists are not able to study the dangers of their products and release their findings.

Of course, no one should be surprised when the agrochemical lobby tries to discount these findings and/or discredit the researchers. After all, that has been their modus operandi for a number of years, and they have been quite successful in getting their product to remain on the market despite its very real dangers and being labeled by the World Health Organization as a “probable carcinogen.”

The findings are significant because glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup are the most widely used in the world, with more than four fifths of all edible agricultural GMOs being sprayed with the substance.

While glyphosate is indeed very dangerous on its own, it is typically combined with adjuvants that have been found to be 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. Monsanto and other firms refuse to disclose the identities of the adjuvants that they use, claiming patent proprietary rights, while risking human health and even life in pursuit of the almighty dollar.

Glyphosate already known to cause birth defects

A report released by Earth Open Source in 2011, revealed that regulators have known that Roundup causes birth defects since 1980. In addition, it is common knowledge that high rates of miscarriage have been noted in women who live in areas of Argentina where Roundup Ready soy is sprayed with glyphosate.

None of us want to be exposed to harmful toxins like glyphosate, but the truth is that we are seemingly bombarded with them from every angle in modern life. One way you can neutralize the free radicals that may damage DNA is by taking astaxanthin, one of the most important nutrients there is for human health.

It can help protect against environmental stresses, UV radiation and oxidation. It comes from algae, and is all-natural. In fact, astaxanthin is what gives salmon its pink color as well as its incredible energy for swimming against strong currents. With so many dangerous substances in our environment, we need all the strength we can get to remain healthy and have a fighting chance for lifelong health.

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Nine Chronic Diseases Caused By Pesticides

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Isabelle Z.
June 24, 2016

By now, it is fairly common knowledge that pesticide exposure is associated with a disturbing number of life-changing illnesses. Yet, for some reason, pesticides continue to be used on a widespread basis, with people around the world feeling the effects of these harmful toxins. The wide reach and influence of agricultural firms like Monsanto is responsible for many of the health problems faced by people around the world today.

The advocacy group, Beyond Pesticides, has created a Pesticide-Induced Disease (PID) database that provides vital information about the many dangers of these chemicals. The list is depressingly long, and its warnings are particularly important for children. Here is a look at nine of the diseases with the strongest links to pesticide exposure.

1. Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia

This progressive brain-destroying disease reportedly affects up to 5.3 million Americans. The numbers have been rising recently in keeping with the rise in our nation’s pesticide use, and this appears to be more than a coincidence. Studies have found that people exposed to pesticides have not only a greater incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia, but also increased dysfunction in psychomotor, behavioral and cognitive skills. The link is particularly strong when it comes to insecticides.

2. Cancer

Many cancers have been linked to pesticides, including brain, bone, liver, pancreas, bladder and prostate cancers, as well as leukemia. Cancers of the lymph system, such as Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, are particularly well-documented. These are the seventh most commonly diagnosed cancers in adults, and the third most common in children. In fact, children who live in agricultural areas have higher risks of several of these illnesses.

3. Birth defects

Birth defects in humans and animals alike have been noted with increasing frequency as pesticide use rises, particularly in agricultural areas. For example, gastroschisis, a birth defect in which a baby’s intestines and other organs develop outside the abdomen, occurs much more frequently in babies with mothers who live within 25 kilometers of sites where the pesticide atrazine was used. In fact, atrazine has been linked to nine different birth defects.

4. Endocrine disruption

In this condition, chemicals from pesticides as well as plastics, household cleaners and other chemicals make their way into the body and disrupt its hormonal balance, leading to disease, developmental problems and reproductive issues. The endocrine system, which includes the thyroid, and adrenal and pituitary glands, is vital for growth and development, and anything that disrupts it can have major repercussions on one’s overall health. Pesticides and other chemicals change the concentration of the body’s natural hormones and interfere with metabolism, hormonal synthesis, transport and excretion. Male hormones are particularly vulnerable, reports Scientific American.

5. Reproductive issues

Exposure to pesticides can affect the reproductive systems of men and women alike. In one study, men who had high levels of three different common pesticides in their urine were actually ten times more likely to have low sperm quality. Meanwhile, rats who experienced even very low exposure to pesticides developed reproductive problems. Several pesticides and fungicides are also known to impair the synthesis of testosterone.

6. Asthma and allergies

The rate of asthma has been climbing dramatically in keeping with the rise of pesticide use. It is estimated that around 16 million Americans suffer from asthma, which is not only chronic but can also be life-threatening. Pesticide use has also been linked to food allergies. An Agricultural Health Study of more than 25,000 farm women found a link between seven different insecticides and atopic asthma.

7. Diabetes

While an unhealthy lifestyle certainly plays a role in type 2 diabetes, the widespread exposure to pesticides containing organophosphate can induce obesity and spur diabetic reactions. In one of several studies into the connection, a North Carolina State University study found elevated levels of diabetes among women who were exposed to five different classes of pesticides.

8. Parkinson’s Disease

This common neurodegenerative disease affects more than a million Americans, whose brain nerve cells become so damaged that they are unable to control the movement of their muscles. Pesticide exposure has been identified as a leading cause of this, with one study finding that the frequent use of household pesticides boosted a person’s odds of Parkinson’s by 47 percent. Even more alarmingly, those who frequently used organophosphate pesticides had a 71 percent higher likelihood of developing the neurodegenerative disease.

9. Developmental and learning disorders

Because organs continue to develop throughout childhood, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of pesticides, and one place this can be quite evident is in the brain. Even low levels of pesticide exposure have been found to affect intelligence and behavior. Children who live in areas subjected to aerial spraying of pesticides for mosquitoes are 25 percent more likely to experience developmental disorders and autism.

The problems caused by pesticides are so bad that the French town of Saint-Jean has banned their use within 160 feet (50 meters) of homes. The town’s deputy mayor, who also happens to be a doctor, summed it up: “Research shows that people living near areas where pesticides are used are more affected by some diseases: endocrinal hormone disruption, diabetes and obesity, hormone-dependent cancers, cancer of the blood, male and female fertility problems and birth defects.”

If only every town – especially those with or close to farming communities – could get on board and protect the health of its citizens in such a strong and fearless way.

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Independent Scientists Urge EPA To Ban Monsanto’s Roundup, Emphasizing Link To Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism & Cancer

Glyphosate
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Julie Wilson
June 21, 2016

The “Great Glyphosate Rebellion” – a term first coined by Sustainable Pulse – continues to intensify, not only in Europe, where application of the widely used weed killer is about to expire, but also in the U.S., where Monsanto has long held regulatory authorities in a choke-hold, allowing for the persistent distribution of its toxic chemicals. But those days may finally be coming to an end.

A coalition of independent scientists held a closed door meeting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, during which they pressured officials to ban glyphosate once and for all.

Researchers testified that the weed killer presents serious risks to public health, animals and the environment that should not be ignored any longer.

They explained to EPA officials that exposure to glyphosate is strongly linked to a host of debilitating and often fatal health effects, including autism, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, birth defects, obesity and gluten intolerance, among other diseases.

Monsanto’s flagship herbicide linked to birth defects, obesity and autism

“When a cell is trying to form proteins, it may grab glyphosate instead of glycine to form a damaged, mis-folded protein. After that it’s medical chaos. Where glyphosate replaces glycine, the cell can no longer conduct business as usual causing unpredicted consequences with many diseases and disorders as a result,” said pathobiologist Dr. Stephen Frantz, a public health research scientist.

Frantz also highlighted the adverse effects Monsanto’s flagship weed killer has on the environment, including its ability to inhibit crops from capturing carbon from the air, an essential tool for combating climate change.

“Glyphosate negatively affects the soil microbiome. It is destroying the ability of soil to be a nutritive medium for producing crops. Organic or biological regenerative agriculture is the solution for the sustainable agricultural sector and will conserve soil, air and water quality, and sequester carbon that helps to mitigate the climate crisis. We call for a ban on glyphosate.”

Another major health concern related to glyphosate application is the role it plays in fueling antibiotic resistance, which according to the World Health Organization, is one the biggest threats to humanity.

Glyphosate and antibiotic resistance

Because the weed killer is a patented antimicrobial, consuming foods sprayed with glyphosate exposes humans to a “chronic, low dose antibiotic,” said Frantz. As a result, superbugs are becoming far more prevalent, so much so that experts are now predicting an end to the era of antibiotics.

“Glyphosate is impacting DNA and causing disease. These diseases are skyrocketing and we will only see more of this if we do not put a stop to the use of glyphosate,” added Sterling Hill, a DNA research scientist based in Louisiana.

The EPA is currently reviewing the safety of glyphosate, and will not say if the weed killer will be re-licensed until the completion of its review, which is set to be released next year.

In May, the agency published what appeared to be the results of its assessment, which concluded that glyphosate is not a human carcinogen. However, the EPA strangely yanked the assessment from its website, claiming that it was “inadvertently” released, and that its review is not yet finished.

The document that was prematurely released used Monsanto data to reach its conclusion. Environmental advocates are hopeful that the official ruling will recognize that glyphosate does in fact cause cancer.

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Glyphosate & Cancer: Read how This Deadly Weed Killer Promotes Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia, Sperm Damage, Infertility, Kidney Damage, Autism, Endocrine Disruption, DNA Damage & Birth Defects

Glyphosate
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Mike Adams
May 3, 2016

According to biotech industry and its army of mercenary trolls and science shills, glyphosate is perfectly safe to eat and doesn’t cause cancer.

Of course, that claim holds about as much scientific credibility as Big Tobacco’s claim that “smoking cigarettes doesn’t cause lung cancer or heart disease” — the “scientific” mantra of the tobacco era… dutifully repeated by the Journal of the American Medical Association for decades, by the way.

The truth, of course, is that smoking cigarettes causes cancer. So does eating glyphosate. It’s basic biochemical cause and effect. Those who deny this link are denying the laws of chemistry and biology.

To help you understand the enormous scale of glyphosate toxicity, I’ve assembled a few quotes from some of my favorite books. Feel free to use these quotes in your own work, and you can cite this article as the source.

Enjoy!

The book quotes

Following is a list of toxic effects caused by glyphosate, AMPA, and Roundup as revealed in animal studies, laboratory studies in human cells, and human epidemiological and clinical case studies: Severe liver and kidney damage + Chronic kidney disease; Disruption of hormonal systems which can potentially lead to multiple organ damage and hormone-dependent cancer; Developmental and reproductive toxicity, including damage to sperm and miscarriage and premature birth + Disruption of beneficial gut bacteria, favouring the growth of botulism-causing bacteria in cows; Damage to DNA; Birth defects; Neurotoxicity; Cancer.
– GMO Myths and Truths A Citizens Guide to the Evidence on Genetically Modified Crops by Claire Robinson Mphil and Michael Antoniou

Even at very low doses of exposure, glyphosate kills placental, embryonic, and umbilical cells. Glyphosate is associated with genetic damage (mutations), including chromosomal aberrations, even at doses below those recognized as “safe.” The herbicide acts as a potent endocrine disruptor, which can affect future reproductive health of young boys and girls. Glyphosate was even implicated recently in the development of autism, neurobehavioral problems in children, and other neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Glyphosate – and other components inherent to using GMOs – are linked to conditions such as increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut), imbalanced gut bacteria, immune activation, food allergies, impaired digestion, and damage to the intestinal wall. Eating GMO crops impairs fertility in livestock. Above all, glyphosate impairs detoxification and was called out by the World Health Organization (WHO) as possibly causing cancer.
– The Dirt Cure Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil by Maya Shetreat Klein MD

Glyphosate is toxic According to the Journal of Pesticide Reform, “Symptoms of exposure to glyphosate include eye irritation, burning eyes, blurred vision, skin rashes, burning or itchy skin, nausea, sore throat, asthma and difficulty breathing, headache, lethargy, nose bleeds, and dizziness. Glyphosate and glyphosate-containing herbicides caused genetic damage in laboratory tests with human cells, as well as in tests with laboratory animals. … Exposure is linked with increased risks of the cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, miscarriages, and attention deficit disorder, as well as Parkinson’s disease. Exposure to mouse testicular cells (Leydig cells) resulted in a 94% reduction in sex hormone production. In a study on human cells, a non-toxic concentration of Roundup as small as “100 times lower than the recommended use in agriculture, significantly disrupted the activity of aromatase – an enzyme crucial to sex hormone production.
– Genetic Roulette The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods by Jeffrey M Smith

Monsanto has convinced millions of farmers, the American government, and the European Commission that glyphosate is safe. Yet the picture is not so clear. Studies published in 2010 show glyphosate causes birth defects in frogs and chicken embryos at amounts smaller than farmers and gardeners leave in food. Older studies document other dreadful effects of glyphosate, including cancer, endocrine disruption, damage to DNA, and deleterious malformations of the reproductive, neurological, and developmental systems of animals and humans. Researchers also link glyphosate to miscarriages in humans and livestock. Monsanto and government authorities have known about the toxic effects of glyphosate since the 1980s. And both the industry and regulators have kept the public in the dark. Genetic engineering, in other words, represents imperial politics of the worst kind, aiming at no less than the control of the world’s food by agribusiness.
– Poison Spring The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E G Vallianatos and McKay Jenkins

A report commissioned by the provincial government of Chaco, Argentina, found that the rate of birth defects increased fourfold and rates of childhood cancers tripled in only a decade in areas where rice and GM soy crops are heavily sprayed with glyphosate and other herbicides. A review of studies on the health effects of pesticides used with GM herbicide-tolerant crops concluded that the precautionary principle was being flouted. Studies have linked an epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka and other countries to exposure to Roundup. The authors propose that glyphosate becomes toxic to the kidney when it mixes with “hard” water containing metals, or with heavy metals like arsenic and cadmium, where they are naturally present in soil or added as fertilizers. The authors argue that glyphosate binds to these substances and carries them to the kidneys, resulting in tissue destruction.
– GMO Myths and Truths A Citizens Guide to the Evidence on Genetically Modified Crops by Claire Robinson Mphil and Michael Antoniou

Some data suggest that glyphosate – an herbicide found in Roundup – is associated with the skyrocketing numbers of celiac cases as well as increases in cancer, Parkinson’s, thyroid disease, and kidney disease. We’re exposed to plenty of Roundup by way of our wheat. At harvesttime, wheat crops are sprayed with Roundup up to six times, to kill it, so that it releases its seed more easily. This increases crop yield, which is good for business, but as a result we are consuming ever-increasing amounts of the toxic herbicide each time we eat wheat-based products. According to the USDA, as of 2012, 99 percent of durum wheat, 97 percent of spring wheat, and 61 percent of winter wheat had been treated with herbicides – a significant increase since 1998. Roundup may well play a role in the increase in food allergies through numerous means, including killing particular gut bacteria, impairing detoxification, depleting nutrients, and improperly triggering the immune system.
– The Dirt Cure Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil by Maya Shetreat Klein MD

Studies show that the herbicides used on GM crops – Roundup (based on the chemical glyphosate), glufosinate, 2,4-D, and dicamba – are toxic to humans and animals. In 2015 the World Health Organization’s cancer agency declared that Roundup, used on over 80% of GM crops worldwide, “probably” causes cancer. Levels of glyphosate found in human urine are similar to levels found to stimulate human breast cancer cell growth in cell culture. Safety tests of pesticides conducted for regulatory approvals are based on the old notion that toxicity always increases with dose and the low levels we are exposed to are safe. This is out of step with research that shows that pesticides can cause endocrine (hormone) disruption and harm to health at low doses that regulators classify as safe. In addition to the primary active ingredient (glyphosate in the case of Roundup), pesticides contain additives or “adjuvants”, which are not well tested for safety.
– GMO Myths and Truths A Citizens Guide to the Evidence on Genetically Modified Crops by Claire Robinson Mphil and Michael Antoniou

Studies published in 2010 show glyphosate causes birth defects in frogs and chicken embryos at amounts smaller than farmers and gardeners leave in food. Older studies document other dreadful effects of glyphosate, including cancer, endocrine disruption, damage to DNA, and deleterious malformations of the reproductive, neurological, and developmental systems of animals and humans. Researchers also link glyphosate to miscarriages in humans and livestock. Monsanto and government authorities have known about the toxic effects of glyphosate since the 1980s. And both the industry and regulators have kept the public in the dark. Genetic engineering, in other words, represents imperial politics of the worst kind, aiming at no less than the control of the world’s food by agribusiness. In early January 2012, Catholic cardinal Peter Turkson accused the merchants of the genetic engineering of crops of breeding economic dependence and a new form of slavery. However, Monsanto remains implacable.
– Poison Spring The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E G Vallianatos and McKay Jenkins

Glyphosate is associated with genetic damage (mutations), including chromosomal aberrations, even at doses below those recognized as “safe.” The herbicide acts as a potent endocrine disruptor, which can affect future reproductive health of young boys and girls. Glyphosate was even implicated recently in the development of autism, neurobehavioral problems in children, and other neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Glyphosate – and other components inherent to using GMOs – are linked to conditions such as increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut), imbalanced gut bacteria, immune activation, food allergies, impaired digestion, and damage to the intestinal wall. Eating GMO crops impairs fertility in livestock. Above all, glyphosate impairs detoxification and was called out by the World Health Organization (WHO) as possibly causing cancer.
– The Dirt Cure Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil by Maya Shetreat Klein MD

Another problem with GMO foods is they contain glyphosate residues. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto s herbicide Roundup – the most common weed killer in the United States. If you are consuming foods containing wheat, sugar, corn, or soy, unless they are organic, they will contain glyphosate residues. Glyphosate is a hormone disrupter and has been clearly linked to infertility and miscarriage in cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and poultry that are raised on GMO feed. Glyphosate has been linked to hormone-dependent cancers, even at extremely low levels. A 2013 study in Entropy concluded that glyphosate may be “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.” The study further concluded that glyphosate may “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions [including gut bacteria] and induce disease.
– The Great American Health Hoax – The Surprising Truth About Modern Medicine by Raymond Francis

Aluminum and glyphosate can synergistically induce pineal gland pathology: Connection to gut dysbiosis and neurological disease. Myth: Many long-term studies show GM is safe. Truth: Few long-term studies have been carried out, but some show toxic effects from GM food. Myth: At a glance some GMO proponents and scientists say that many long-term animal feeding studies have concluded GM foods are safe. But this is false. Few long-term and in-depth studies have been carried out and several studies that have been conducted have found toxic effects. Long-term animal feeding studies are important because they can detect adverse health effects of a GMO diet that can take time to show up, such as organ damage and cancer. Most studies on GM foods are short- or medium-term. No regulatory authority anywhere in the world requires animal feeding studies beyond 90 days in rats (equivalent to only 7-8 years in a human).
– GMO Myths and Truths A Citizens Guide to the Evidence on Genetically Modified Crops by Claire Robinson Mphil and Michael Antoniou

Indeed, in 1999 Swedish researchers reported that this herbicide triggers non-Hodgkins type cancers (the most numerous which have no known genetic anchor), and mainstream medical journals, such as Cancer have reported on various other cancers triggered by Roundup; type glyphosate +cancer into your Internet search engine for a full list. In order to avoid a financial slump when Roundup becomes open to generic competition, Monsanto spent much of the 1990s to develop what’s known as the “traitor” and “terminator” genes which have a genetically built-in dependence on Monsanto herbicide products to make saving seeds impossible. Their development caused an uproar throughout the world. In India, when the government approved experimental trials with these types of GE plants, protesting farmers committed mass suicide publicly in front of South Indian government buildings by drinking the allegedly safe herbicide Roundup.
– Dispatches From the War Zone of Environmental Health by Helke Ferrie

According to French and international bodies, glyphosate is considered an irritant that may produce severe eye lesions, and [is] toxic for aquatic organisms,” Marc reports. “According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. EPA, and the European Community, the use of glyphosate in accordance with the manufacturers ‘instructions therefore poses no human health risks. . . . However, several epidemiological studies have demonstrated a correlation between exposure to glyphosate and cancer. Roundup Triggers the First Stage of the Development of Cancer. In fact, while regulatory agencies have continued to classify glyphosate-based herbicides as “not a human carcinogen,” a series of epidemiological studies tend to demonstrate exactly the opposite. For example, a Canadian study published in 2001 by the University of Saskatchewan showed that men exposed to glyphosate more than two days a year had twice the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of men never exposed. These results were confirmed by a Swedish study published in 2002 by Lennart Hardell (the dioxin specialist) and his colleagues, which compared the health of 442 users of glyphosate-based herbicides with a control group of 741 nonusers,18 as well as by an epidemiological investigation of farmers in the American Midwest by the National Cancer Institute. Another epidemiological study in Iowa and North Carolina of more than 54,315 private and professional users of pesticides suggested an association between the use of glyphosate and multiple myeloma. Another epidemiological study in Iowa and North Carolina of more than 54,315 private and professional users of pesticides suggested an association between the use of glyphosate and multiple myeloma.
– The World According to Monsanto by Marie-Monique Robin

Roundup Ready soybeans convert much of the applied glyphosate into a metabolite called AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid) with unknown health properties. In one study, the beans contained 3 mg/kg of glyphosate and up to 25 mg/kg of AMPA.”The presence of high AMPA residues in Roundup Ready soybean was not anticipated and presents a new type of consumer exposure. Glyphosate is toxic according to the Journal of Pesticide Reform, “Symptoms of exposure to glyphosate include eye irritation, burning eyes, blurred vision, skin rashes, burning or itchy skin, nausea, sore throat, asthma and difficulty breathing, headache, lethargy, nose bleeds, and dizziness. Glyphosate and glyphosate-containing herbicides caused genetic damage in laboratory tests with human cells, as well as in tests with laboratory animals. … Exposure is linked with increased risks of the cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, miscarriages, and attention deficit disorder, as well as Parkinson’s disease.
– Genetic Roulette The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods by Jeffrey M Smith

Glyphosate was even implicated recently in the development of autism, neurobehavioral problems in children, and other neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Glyphosate – and other components inherent to using GMOs – are linked to conditions such as increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut), imbalanced gut bacteria, immune activation, food allergies, impaired digestion, and damage to the intestinal wall. Eating GMO crops impairs fertility in livestock. Above all, glyphosate impairs detoxification and was called out by the World Health Organization (WHO) as possibly causing cancer. A 2014 study from MIT researcher Stephanie Seneff convincingly correlated the precipitous increase in chronic conditions – celiac, thyroid disease, kidney disease, and others – with the increased use of glyphosate. Urinary levels of glyphosatein chronically ill subjects were significantly higher than healthy individuals.
– The Dirt Cure Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil by Maya Shetreat Klein MD

In 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared that glyphosate herbicide is “probably carcinogenic to humans”, based largely on compelling data from animal carcinogenicity studies. Public health crises linked with Roundup exposure In South America a public health crisis has emerged around the spraying of Roundup herbicide on GM Roundup Ready soy, which is often carried out from the air. The spray drifts into people’s homes, schools, food crops, and watercourses. It has been blamed for marked increases in serious health problems, including birth defects and cancer.
– GMO Myths and Truths A Citizens Guide to the Evidence on Genetically Modified Crops by Claire Robinson Mphil and Michael Antoniou

Older studies document other dreadful effects of glyphosate, including cancer, endocrine disruption, damage to DNA, and deleterious malformations of the reproductive, neurological, and developmental systems of animals and humans. Researchers also link glyphosate to miscarriages in humans and livestock. Monsanto and government authorities have known about the toxic effects of glyphosate since the 1980s. And both the industry and regulators have kept the public in the dark. Genetic engineering, in other words, represents imperial politics of the worst kind, aiming at no less than the control of the world’s food by agribusiness. In early January 2012, Catholic cardinal Peter Turkson accused the merchants of the genetic engineering of crops of breeding economic dependence and a new form of slavery. However, Monsanto remains implacable.
– Poison Spring The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E G Vallianatos and McKay Jenkins

Enlarged liver in an experiment conducted by Monsanto scientists, rats fed the company’s GM glyphosate-tolerant oilseed rape (canola) over four weeks developed enlarged livers, often a sign of toxicity. Monsanto followed up with another experiment, this time comparing the GM canola with a range of eight different canola varieties, thus widening the range of variation and obscuring any effects of feeding the GM canola. This allowed Monsanto to conclude that the canola was as safe as other canola varieties. Disturbances in digestive system and changes to liver and pancreas female sheep fed Bt GM maize over three generations showed disturbances in the functioning of the digestive system, while their lambs showed cellular changes in the liver and pancreas. Excessive growth in the lining of the gut Rats fed GM potatoes for only ten days showed excessive growth of the lining of the gut similar to a pre-cancerous condition, as well as toxic effects in multiple organ systems.
– GMO Myths and Truths A Citizens Guide to the Evidence on Genetically Modified Crops by Claire Robinson Mphil and Michael Antoniou

But the researchers used the same strain that Monsanto had used in its 90-day study on the maize and in its rat studies with glyphosate. And this strain is a standard one used in long-term toxicity studies and in cancer studies as well. So if the use of that strain invalidates Seralini’s study, it also invalidates those Monsanto studies and the all the other studies in which it’s been employed -studies that include many other GE foods. Moreover, the absurdity of the argument looms larger in light of the fact that the rats consuming the GE maize (or the Roundup alone) displayed a quicker onset of tumors, and a higher incidence of them, than did the control rats – which demonstrated that something besides their pedigree exerted a tumor-inducing effect. Yet, although their criticisms were utterly unwarranted, a host of GE advocates doggedly maintained the effort to discredit the study.
– Altered Genes Twisted Truth How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science by Steven Druker

Although glyphosate is the “active” ingredient, Roundup contains many so-called “inert” ingredients. In herbicides, inert ingredients can be more toxic than the active one, and the combination of active and inert ingredients may surpass the toxicity of the chemicals on their own. Several studies demonstrate that Roundup is far more toxic than glyphosate. For example, while Roundup is toxic to human placental cells at levels 10 times lower than those found in agricultural use, the toxicity of glyphosate alone was measured at half or less. In an animal cell study, Roundup – but not glyphosate alone – disrupted the cell cycle, “the universal process by which cells reproduce.” This may be linked to human diseases, including cancer and Roundup caused significant changes in rat liver activity, while glyphosate alone had no effect.
– Genetic Roulette The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods by Jeffrey M Smith

Above all, glyphosate impairs detoxification and was called out by the World Health Organization (WHO) as possibly causing cancer. A 2014 study from MIT researcher Stephanie Seneff convincingly correlated the precipitous increase in chronic conditions – celiac, thyroid disease, kidney disease, and others – with the increased use of glyphosate. Urinary levels of glyphosate in chronically ill subjects were significantly higher than healthy individuals. Glyphosate residues are neither removed by washing nor broken down by cooking. The herbicide residue remains on food for more than a year, even if processed, dried, or frozen. Bt toxin, also a pesticide (derived from a sporeforming bacteria), has now been genetically added to GM corn. When insects ate crops sprayed with Bt, it attacked their gut walls and killed them – but then was washed off. Now GM corn produces Bt toxin, which we consume, and which may similarly damage our own guts.
– The Dirt Cure Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil by Maya Shetreat Klein MD

It has been found in livestock feed made by soybeans and corn genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate (“Roundup soybean meal and com”). In addition, the pathogen has been found in pigs, cattle, and other animals that have been struck by spontaneous abortions and infertility. The pathogen “may explain the escalating frequency of infertility and spontaneous abortions over the past few years in US cattle, dairy, swine, and horse operations,” Huber added. “These include recent reports of infertility rates in dairy heifers of over 20%, and spontaneous abortions in cattle as high as 45%.” “It is well documented that glyphosate promotes soil pathogens and is already implicated with the increase of more than 40 plant diseases,” Huber continued. Furthermore, glyphosate “dismantles plant defenses” against disease by immobilizing vital nutrients, which means the growing crop is starved of the nutrients it must have to defend itself against disease and to be nutritious.
– Poison Spring The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E G Vallianatos and McKay Jenkins

Levels of glyphosate found in human urine are similar to levels found to stimulate human breast cancer cell growth in cell culture. Safety tests of pesticides conducted for regulatory approvals are based on the old notion that toxicity always increases with dose and the low levels we are exposed to are safe. This is out of step with research that shows that pesticides can cause endocrine (hormone) disruption and harm to health at low doses that regulators classify as safe. In addition to the primary active ingredient (glyphosate in the case of Roundup), pesticides contain additives or “adjuvants”, which are not well tested for safety. Also, the complete pesticide formulations as sold and used are not tested for long-term safety for regulatory approvals. Only the stated “active ingredient” is tested and these limited tests are used to set regulatory safety limits. Yet formulations have generally been found to be more toxic than isolated active ingredients, due to the adjuvants.
– GMO Myths and Truths A Citizens Guide to the Evidence on Genetically Modified Crops by Claire Robinson Mphil and Michael Antoniou

For example, while Roundup is toxic to human placental cells at levels 10 times lower than those found in agricultural use, the toxicity of glyphosate alone was measured at half or less. In an animal cell study, Roundup – but not glyphosate alone – disrupted the cell cycle, “the universal process by which cells reproduce.” This may be linked to human diseases, including cancer and Roundup caused significant changes in rat liver activity, while glyphosate alone had no effect. Roundup’s higher toxicity is often attributed to the inert ingredient POEA (polyethoxylated tallowamine), which helps the herbicide penetrate into leaves. It appears to help the toxin penetrate into human cells as well. In spite of conclusive evidence that inert ingredients increase toxicity, many of the safety assessments on herbicides conducted by manufacturers for the EPA test only the active ingredient.
– Genetic Roulette The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods by Jeffrey M Smith

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Zika Fake Science Back In The News; Con Artists At Work

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Jon Rappoport
April 16, 2016

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Is it about science or money?

US health agencies want more than the $600 million they’ve allotted to the “war against Zika.” They want $1.9 billion. Why not? They always want more money.

To make their case, the CDC has pushed out a new Zika study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM): “Zika Virus and Birth Defects — Reviewing the Evidence for Causality”. (For the CDC’s conference call with the android press, click here).

Before commenting on that study, let’s recall a devastating statement the NEJM’s former editor, Marcia Angell, issued in 2009, after she had headed up that non-science machine for 20 years:

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

As criticisms of fake science go, this one, from an elite insider, ranks near the top of the list. It is a direct accusation of widespread fraud. Otherwise known as lying, cheating, massaging data, hiding data, and so on.

In other words, the NEJM has been publishing studies and reports that, regardless of their convincing language, are “cooked” to appear true when they most definitely weren’t.

Therefore, right up front, a new Zika study published in the NEJM is highly suspect, to say the very least. There is no reason to accept its data, methods, or findings. Except perhaps as an article of religious faith. But medical journals aren’t supposed to be religious publications, the last time I looked.

The new NEJM study on Zika aims to eliminate doubt that the Zika virus causes microcephaly.

Until now, that doubt was widespread. Even the World Health Organization was making careful statements: “…although no definite causal link has been established between Zika and microcephaly (babies born with smaller heads and brain damage), we believe there is a connection…” That sort of thing.

The new NEJM study is supposed to erase, once and for all, that “maybe.”

But it doesn’t. It’s not even close. Because when you wade through the rather dense language, what you see is an attempt to show a correlation between the presence of the Zika virus and the occurrence of the birth defect.

Correlation is not causation. And that’s just the beginning of the problem.

Even on the basis of correlation, nowhere in the study do we see anything approaching a high degree of association. You would expect to find evidence that in, say, 80 or 90 percent of cases, the Zika virus was found in babies who developed the defect. That evidence isn’t there. Well, how about a 90-percent correlation between microcephaly in the baby and Zika found in the mother? Not there, either. Again, not even close.

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Monsanto’s Roundup Could Cause Cancer At Concentrations 4,000 Times Lower Than Typical Exposure Levels

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David Gutierrez
February 19, 2016

Studies have conclusively proven that the popular herbicide Roundup causes birth defects, and an increasingly robust body of data linking the toxic chemical to cancer is also emerging. One of the most disturbing findings of this research is that the chemical may be carcinogenic in doses up to 4,000 times lower than what people may be exposed to during normal use of the chemical.

These findings have serious implications for those living near agricultural fields or in other areas with Roundup spraying.

Roundup is the trade name of Monsanto’s blockbuster herbicide glyphosate. It is one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, in large part because Monsanto has engineered genetically modified (GM) varieties of alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, soy and sugar beets to resist the chemical concoction. This has led to a surge in Roundup spraying on agricultural fields worldwide.

Cancer rates skyrocket in GMO-growing regions

Some of the earliest evidence of Roundup’s connection to cancer came from the “Soy Republic,” a region of several South American countries that now has 125 million acres devoted to GM soy production. Doctors in these regions have noticed such a sharp uptick in cancer cases since GMO cultivation took off that they have formed an organization, Doctors of Fumigated Towns, and held a conference in 2010. Studies have now confirmed what these doctors long suspected: Towns with more Roundup spraying have higher cancer rates.

“The change in how agriculture is produced has brought, frankly, a change in the profile of diseases,” said Argentinean pediatrician Medardo Avila Vazquez, who specializes in environmental health. “We’ve gone from a pretty healthy population to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects and illnesses seldom seen before.”

Perhaps the most damning verdict for Monsanto came in April 2014, when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a review of 25 years worth of research into pesticides and a type of cancer called and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The study found that organo-phosphorus herbicides, including Roundup, were associated with a higher cancer risk. A 2009 study in the United States also found a doubled risk of brain cancer in children whose parents were exposed to Roundup up to two years prior to the child’s birth.

Regular exposure causes DNA damage

Because correlational studies cannot prove causation, scientists have conducted numerous studies to see if Roundup does indeed produce the cellular and genetic changes that lead to cancer. The evidence is clear: It does.

Numerous studies have confirmed that Roundup causes DNA damage in a wide variety of animal species. Other studies have shown that human cells exposed to Roundup turn cancerous.

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