Here at BioHealthOhio we find that many of our patients have Glyphosate, also known as Roundup, in their bodies!
What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide registered for use on many food and non-food crops as well as non-crop areas where total vegetation control is desired. When applied at lower rates, it serves as a plant growth regulator. The most common uses include control of broadleaf weeds and grasses in: hay/pasture, soybeans, field corn; ornamentals, lawns, turf, forest plantings, greenhouses, rights-of-way.
Glyphosate by the numbers
Glyphosate is among the most widely used pesticides by volume. In 1986, an estimated 6,308,000 pounds of glyphosate was used in the United Sates. Usage in 1990 was estimated to be 11,595,000 pounds. It ranked eleventh among conventional pesticides in the US during 1990-91. In recent years, 13 to 20 million acres were treated with 18.7 million lbs. annually.
How did Glyphosate get here?
Many patients ask “How do I get Glyphosate in my system?” our response can be very long but along the lines of:
- You are most likely eating glyphosate in the foods you consume. The vegetables that we eat are more than likely being sprayed by this toxic killer. Farm animals are also susceptible to consuming glyphosate which in turn we eat the meat from those animals.
- The average life of glyphosate in soil is around 60 days, within those 60 days we see a lot of rain, especially in Ohio. That water is most likely something that we will consume, so our drinking water could also be contaminated.
- There are so many fields that are close to homes, schools, churches, and our works. Another way we could consume this chemical is by breathing it in after it has been sprayed on those fields.
- Occupational workers and home gardeners may be exposed to glyphosate by inhalation and dermal contact during spraying, mixing, and cleanup. They may also be exposed by touching soil and plants to which glyphosate was applied. Occupational exposure may also occur during glyphosate’s manufacture, transport storage, and disposal.
So what’s the big deal? Everyone uses RoundUp.
Now you may wonder what RoundUp does to your body.
- It can damage your gut and cause you to have leaky gut where the protective gut lining is compromised, allowing bacteria and toxins to escape into your bloodstream.
- There is found to be a strong correlation between exposure and attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
- RoundUp causes the same type of oxidative stress and neural cell death observed in Alzheimer’s disease.
- There are a number of known biological effects that align with this exposure associated with autism.
- RoundUp induces human breast cancer cell growth via estrogen receptors.
- Celiac diseases and gluten intolerance are possible characteristics of glyphosate exposure.
- RoundUp disrupts chemical processes that impact the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite and sleep. Serotonin impairment has been linked to depression.
What can you do to reduce or remove exposure?
- Eat organic and stay away from GMO foods.
- If you spend time near any areas treated with Glyphosate, it is imperative to get tested regularly to make sure this chemical is being detoxed from your body.
- Make an appointment to get tested! www.biohealthohio.com