Glyphosate and disease

Paths towards modern diseases

Monday 27 May 2013

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Editorial and Canal: Latin American Coordination of Field Organizations (Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo) (CLOC).

Type of document: Article.

Language: Spanish.

Subject: Health, Agriculture.

Keywords: Agriculture, Agro- ecology, Bacteriological weapons, Biosafety, Peasantry, Environmental conflicts, Right to food, Right to health, Environmental deterioration, Ecology, Environment, Transgenic products, Health.

Countries and Regions: Argentina.

"Contrary to the erroneous idea of the generalized trend that glyphosate is relatively harmless for human beings, available evidence shows that glyphosate could easily be the most important factor in the development of several diseases and conditions that have been transformed chronicle in Western societies”, stated researchers from the USA Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) concluded that the active ingredient of Roundup, the glyphosate, interferes with human digestion and the biosynthesis of nutrients, which might affect the human body.

In order to reach to this conclusion, the independent scientific and consulter Anthony Samsel and the researcher from MIT Stephanie Seneff assessed a large amount of scientific investigation on the glyphosate, including data showing that the toxin alters the microbial equilibrium in the intestine; it damages the transportation of sulphate and it suppresses normal activity of several members of the enzyme family of cytochrome P450 (CYP) , used by the human body to decompose toxins.

"The inhibition of the enzymes of cyto-chrome P450 (CYP) caused by glyphosate is a component of its toxicity in mammals that have not been noticed for some time”, write the authors in their summary. “Residuals are found in main food items of the Western diet, basically formed by sugar, maize, soya and wheat. The consequences are translated in a majority of diseases and conditions associated to a Western diet: including gastro-intestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart problems, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and the Alzheimer disease ".

The discovery of the fact that glyphosate directly inhibits the activity of the CYP enzyme is worth to mention, since this type of enzyme is the one responsible of the regulation of metabolism. When CYP enzymes are blocked they no longer behave as it is expected of them, and there might even be a situation of a known conditions as intestinal disbiosis, which can also lead to the inflammatory disease of the intestine and to other chronic gastrointestinal disorders.

Another aspect that experts say they have discovered is that glyphosate directly interferes in the reproductive function.

"Since the glyphosate is a well known blocker it has been discovered that when you spray Roundup on the crops it not only depletes the nutrients on them, but also block its absorption from the soil. When we get polluted with glyphosate and its residues they might cause a similar damage to human beings, since it depletes and decrease the bio-availability of important reproduction nutrients such as manganese and zinc. It has also been demonstrated that glyphosate goes through the placenta barrier and damages the development of human life in the womb of the mother”, explain the American researchers.

"Contrary to the erroneous idea of the generalized trend that glyphosate is relatively harmless for human beings, available evidence shows that glyphosate could easily be the most important factor in the development of several diseases and conditions that have been transformed chronicle in Western societies” say the authors in their document.

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