A new research study published in the journal Entropy this April examines the long-term health effects of the popular herbicide RoundUp®, a product of Monsanto, finding significant associations with a variety of conditions “associated with the western diet”[i] including Autism Spectrum Disorder, gastrointestinal disorders, ADHD, and other developmental malformations. The study holds glyphosate—the active ingredient of RoundUp®—accountable for inhibiting the body’s natural detoxifying processes, making it more susceptible to other food born herbicidal/pesticidal residues and environmental toxins. The research bears evidence that glyphosate inhibits cytochrome P450 (CYP), an enzyme necessary for detoxifying xenobiotics (foreign chemical compounds like pesticides and carcinogens). Researchers Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, chart glyphosate’s interference with CYP enzymes, gut microbiota, biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids, and serum sulfate transport, concluding that “glyphosate is the “textbook example” of exogenous semiotic entropy: the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.”i The researchers insist that the biological mechanisms that the popular herbicide inhibits “remarkably explain a great number of diseases and conditions that are prevalent in the modern industrialized world,” including autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, developmental malformations, infertility, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and cancer, many of which share symptoms. The observed effects of glyphosate increased when combined with dietary deficiencies and insufficient sun exposure. Because glyphosate exposure builds over time, causing inflammation that disturbs cellular systems, the consequences of the long-used herbicide are becoming more and more evident. The study authors emphasize the significance of these findings and encourage further action to restrict the use of glyphosate saying it is “likely to be pervasive in our food supply, and, contrary to being essentially nontoxic, it may in fact be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.”i
[i] Samsel, A.; Seneff, S. Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases. Entropy 2013, 15, 1416-1463.
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