I once had a man tell me a story about his brother-in-law who grew amazing apples crops. The story was so intriguing that the next time I say the man, I asked him to tell me more about his brother-in-law farmer. That’s when I learned that the farmer had died of cancer and that that he ‘didn’t like wearing his protective gear’ when he applied chemicals to his apple orchards.
Have you or the gardener in your family ever used Roundup? Not only have I used it, I know precisely what it smells like. Unfortunately, that’s because I’ve inhaled its nasty toxic fumes. Why do I say toxic?
Roundup is sprayed heavily on 84 percent of all GMO crops, and increasingly applied as a pre-harvest drying agent and on other non-GMO crops including wheat, rice, beans, potatoes, barley, oats, flax, peas, lentils, and sugar cane.
The active ingredient of Roundup, and increasingly a source of controversy, is a chemical called ‘glyphosate.’
You may have also noticed that Dr. Oz has been under pressure lately. In fact, Dr. Oz was literally attacked after he reported on the hazards of glyphosate.
Unfortunately, the media was vacuous in it’s reporting these defaming attacks on Dr. Oz, with headlines such as “Letter from Prominent Doctors Implies Columbia Should Fire Dr. Oz for Being a Quack.”
One of the doctors who attacked Dr. Oz, is Dr. Henry Miller, who, incidentally, has represented the genetically modified foods (GMO) industry, which is responsible for tons of glyphosates being used in our current farming practices. Dr. Miller has also defended the use of toxic chemicals such as DDT, as well as defending Big Tobacco. I trust Dr. Oz over Dr. Miller.
Science suggests that there may indeed be reason for concern, with the following study reporting that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, has ‘estrogenic’ properties and drives proliferation of breast cancer cells.
Should we really be concerned about Roundup? Here are some statements which appear in an abstract of a study which appeared in the journal, Food Chem Toxicol in September of 2013:
The title of the study is, “Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors.”
The abstract of the study states: “Glyphosate is an active ingredient of the most widely used herbicide and it is believed to be less toxic than other pesticides. However, several recent studies showed its potential adverse health effects to humans as it may be an endocrine disruptor.”
It concludes, “These results indicated that low and environmentally relevant concentrations of glyphosate possessed estrogenic activity.”
You can read up on this if you are interested, but for me and my family, we are going to be more cautious in our use of Roundup and our consumption of foods which are grown with glyphosate.
And shame on the media not putting Dr. Oz ahead of big business.
Note: Concentrations of glyphosate as low as parts-per-trillion range have been implicated as encouraging the development of breast cancer. Concentrations used in this study were modeled “as in a real world situation” by using information obtained from studies that assayed the respective levels of glyphosate in human plasma and urine concentrations following their consumption and/or exposure. For instance, glyphosate concentrations have been detected within human urine within the 0.1 – 233 parts per billion range on the lowest end, and an estimated systemic dose of 0.004 mg/kg on the high end.