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Glyphosate and Its Assault On The Microbiome

The Uninvited Toxic Guest Who Came to Dinner from David Sandoval’s book

Glyphosate and Its Assault on the Microbiome

However, there's a new assault on the microbiome that’s affecting millions of people in a way that is so devastating, they may never recover. As you may know, there is a growing movement toward fighting genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). More and more people want their food to be labeled so they can identify and avoid genetically modified food. The reason why is because there is a fear that eating genetically modified food has serious and unknown consequences. But what if we have been focusing on the wrong thing the entire time? I'm not saying there isn't a problem with genetically modified food - I'm convinced there is. What I am saying is that the clear and present danger is not the genetically modified food itself, but instead as stated earlier, it seems that the problem is the chemical glyphosate, a key ingredient in a weedkiller known as Roundup. But even if you eat non-GMO food, it does not mean it is glyphosate free. Just because the seeds are not genetically modified does not mean that they have not used Roundup as a desiccant as they do in wheat and grain crops. Sarah, the “Healthy Home Economist” states that, “pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was begun as early as 1980. It has since become routine and over the past 15 years has been used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community”,a.k.a. traditional crops. According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT, desiccating non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate before a harvest was promoted by chemical companies in the 1990’s. This practice is now contaminating most of the nonorganic wheat in the United States with glyphosate. Seneff explains that when you expose wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it releases more seeds resulting in a greater yield: “It ‘goes to seed’ as it dies. At its last gasp, it releases the seed,” says Dr. Seneff. Glyphosate is also being used on your highways, on your schoolyard, in your apartment building, your condo, in your parks, everywhere.

Since glyphosate is absorbed into the plant’s cellular structure in order to kill weeds or unwanted plants, the chemical is unable to be removed from GMO crops and other plants by traditional methods of washing, peeling, baking or brewing. In more recent years, a growing number of studies have found glyphosate in common foods, human urine, breast milk, beer, and even 85% of tampons.26 Dr. Seneff has also found that “Glyphosate disrupts the shikimate pathway, an essential biological pathway in plants and many microbes. It is argued that glyphosate is nearly nontoxic to humans because human cells don't possess this pathway. However, our gut microbes use this pathway to produce the aromatic amino acids which they supply to the host. These are essential building blocks of proteins and precursors to a long list of important biologically active molecules, such as the neurotransmitters serotonin, melatonin, dopamine and epinephrine, thyroid hormone, melatonin, and the B vitamin folic acid. As discussed above, just a deficiency in serotonin alone can cause a host of health and mood problems.”

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