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Rising disease rates in America linked to increased glyphosate consumption, GMO cultivation


Glyphosate

(NaturalNews) You may have heard it put something along these lines: GMOs have been around for years and nobody's gotten sick from them, so stop worrying about their safety. This convenient industry cop-out runs counter to the findings of a new study published in the Journal of Organic Systems, which links massive increases in more than 20 chronic diseases to the ever-rising use of glyphosate on genetically-modified (GM) crops, further indicting biotechnology as a major human killer.

Researchers looking at data contained in U.S. government databases found that since its unveiling in 1974, glyphosate, which is sold by Monsanto under the brand name Roundup, has directly tracked nearly two dozen categories of disease. Corresponding increases in both glyphosate use and disease prevalence are undeniable, according to the data, suggesting that this common weedkiller may be a primary driver of chronic illness in North America.

Glyphosate relationship "highly significant" to cancer, kidney failure, many other medical issues

Comparisons of GM crop data, glyphosate application data, and disease epidemiological data revealed that glyphosate may be the cause of rising rates of the following diseases: hypertension, stroke, diabetes, obesity, lipoprotein metabolism disorder, Alzheimer's, senile dementia, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal infections, renal failure, acute kidney failure, myeloid leukemia, and cancers of the thyroid, liver, bladder, pancreas, and kidneys.

Using the Pearson Correlation Coefficient, which measures the strength of relationships between varying data sets, the researchers found a "highly significant" relationship between the overall percentage of GM corn and soy acreage and all of the aforementioned diseases. In other words, as GM crop plantings that require glyphosate application have increased over the years, so has the prevalence of chronic diseases that were much more limited in scope before its use began.

"Evidence is mounting that glyphosate interferes with many metabolic processes in plants and animals and glyphosate residues have been detected in both," explain the authors. "Glyphosate disrupts the endocrine system and the balance of gut bacteria, it damages DNA and is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer."

Related scientific data shows glyphosate amplifies toxicity of other toxins while inhibiting the body's ability to absorb nutrients

The study's authors, led by U.S. Navy scientist Dr. Nancy Swanson, were careful to account for all other known outside factors that might be responsible for escalating disease rates, including increases in average life span. After careful analysis, the biggest elephant in the room was glyphosate, leading the authors to state:

"No toxic substance has increased in ubiquity in the last 20 years as glyphosate has."

This is a powerful admission, backed by previous studies, which have identified high levels of glyphosate in growing soils, groundwater, and even the conventional food supply. Gilles-Eric Seralini's rat study involving Monsanto's NK603 maize and Roundup herbicide is one such study, which found that levels of Roundup far below what many governments consider "safe" causes liver and kidney damage and endocrine disruption.

Roundup has also been shown to inhibit the pathways of a key enzyme known as Cytochrome P450, or CYP, which is critical for the regulation and function of most tissues in the body. CYP is necessary for a vast majority, some 75 percent, of the bodily reactions that involve drug metabolism and the oxidation of organic molecules, as explained in a 2013 paper published in the journal Interdisciplinary Toxicology.

"...glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins," explains this earlier study. "Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body."

The full paper as published in the Journal of Organic Systems is available here:
http://www.organic-systems.org

Sources for this article include:

http://gmwatch.eu

http://www.organic-systems.org

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945755/

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