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Roundup Weed Killer May Cause Parkinson’s, Cancer, Other Problems

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Exposure to the commonly used weed killer Roundup may be linked to a risk of serious health problems, including Parkinson’s disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and autism, according to the findings of new research.  

In a study published in the journal Entropy on April 18, researchers identified a link between glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, and a toxic reaction among humans that may cause serious health injuries.

The findings suggest that repeated use of the weed killer or ingesting food products treated with Roundup may be harmful to an individual’s health.

The risk of health problems from Roundup has been at the forefront of debate over the widespread use of the weed killing chemical. Proponents, including manufacturer Monsanto, maintain that glyphosate is not harmful. However, environmental groups and other advocates for chemical safety have asserted that the chemical does more harm than good.

The study’s findings suggest that glyphosate enhances the harmful effects of other food borne chemical toxins and residues. Glyphosate is known to inhibit certain key amino acids and cause a chemical disruption to the natural internal balance of the body which can cause disease.

“Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body,” the study co-authors wrote.

Traces of Roundup Found Throughout Food Chain

Co-authors Stephanie Seneff, research scientist from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony Samsel, retired science consultant from Arthur D. Little, Inc., indicate that they found residues of glyphosate in many of the staple foods common in the western diet, most of which contain sugar, corn soy or wheat products.

Roundup is the most popular herbicide in the world. Farmers in the United States used about 185 million pounds of Roundup in 2007, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That is nearly twice the amount used six years earlier.

Residential consumers also widely use Roundup to treat weeds in household lawns, gardens and even golf courses.

Monsanto maintains Roundup is minimally toxic to humans. They continue to use the product on millions of acres of crops across the United States. It is used on many genetically engineered crops, such as corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beets. Genetically modified crops are specifically engineered to withstand direct applications of massive amounts of weed killer.

Researchers say the long-term side effects of Roundup may also be linked to other chronic diseases and health problems, such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders.

The study’s authors emphasized they “hit upon something very important that needs to be taken seriously and further investigated.”

The EPA is also conducting a standard registration review of glyphosate to determine if the chemical should be limited. The review is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

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5 comments

  1. Patrick Reply

    I was in the Florida Pest control Industry for 12 years. from 1982 to 1994. Ive worked around a lot of pure chemicals in those years. At age 36
    I had my 1st Heart attack of 3.I’m 52 now. Ive went from perfect health from my 20s until age 36. Ive had 3 heart attacks, 2 mini strokes severe depression, ( attempted suicide twice ) Very low testosterone levels. aggressive prostate cancer a hot Gall bladder and diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer 2 years ago. I have also had 2 Lumbar surgery’s due to Degenerative Discs Disease. I often wonder how I went from never having been in a hospital for 35 years and then having all hell break loose. Good chance it has to do with chemical poisoning. .

  2. G Harper Reply

    Hi join the club ive a pituitary tumor something on my thyroid hormones all over the place t drops even after Tgels stomach problems and where got it on my legs as they said it’s safe bio degradable(Yeah that’s us we are bio degradable after using it)the skin always looks dry/shiny with lines like stretch marks my breathing is getting bad as it’s something in chest and sinuses and it goes on.
    Why can’t they just make something useful to mankind and the animals instead of killing everything! inc Bee’s?

  3. Marc Reply

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    My parents together suffered for a good 5 years from varying forms of dimentia and or what their doctors called Parkenson like symtons. Whether there is any correlation to this, who knows. We all eat food laden with all sorts of chemicals even if its fresh vegetalbe. Neither were in a trade or business exposed to large amounts of these glyphosates.
    I have heard that Monsanto and or the other chemical companies associated with glyphosate production has said it is so safe you can drink it. When confronted and asked to prove it though, Monsanto officials refused. The company is state sponsored terrorism.
    My quesiton is whether the food in Monsanto’s cafeteria is glyphosate laden or whether it is organic?
    Anyway Michael Taylor has embedded himself inside the FDA. Not good for the public’s well being but it’s just GREAT for Monsanto!

  4. steven Reply

    ** round-up should only be sprayed with approved “mask”
    ** always wear complete clothing
    ** clothes should be removed when finished, and washed
    ** always shower after use

  5. Cindy Reply

    My mother in law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 58 years old, the only person in her family to have it. Two years later, my father in law who was 60 was diagnosed with Shy-Drager Parkinson’s. Both were dead in 2001 at 63. My father in law died in 1998 also at 63 years of age. Both were rural residents involved in agriculture using Roundup on a regular basis for their agricultural business.

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