My Christmas Gift To You. Straight Skinny on Roundup. Avoid it!

By on November 27, 2015

Kris Gunnars, a medical doctor in training in Iceland has a really useful website he calls Http://authoritynation.com.  I read it faithfully.  He gives you the science, the facts on numerous health issues and his is a voice you can trust.  I highly recommend you sign up to get these posts from Kris.

farmer on his tractor plowing the field, rural wyoming

farmer on his tractor plowing the field, rural wyoming

If you can only do one thing for your own health this year,  sign up for Authority Nation.  You’re gonna thank me for this.

Here’s his review of the literature on Roundup and Glyphosate.  You

will see what I mean.  He is balanced, he is fair and he is measured.

I came from a small town on the buckle of the grain belt in t he U.S.,  Hereford, Texas.  The ravages of cancer within my own family and circle of friends is horrifying.  Needless to say my uncle and my best friend came in from the fields with Roundup on their pants, up to the knee, year after y ear.  Also,  sadly predictable,  they along with many of their colleagues and friends died of cancers.

In my humble opinion, this is reason enough to buy organic and not ingest any foods sprayed with Roundup.  But it’s not easy to avoid.  Read Gunnar’s report and you’ll see what I mean.  You can subscribe to his website right here.  And have a wonderful healthy holiday.

Linda West Eckhardt, Editor

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Is The Roundup Weed Killer (Glyphosate) Bad For You?

Male Doctor Thinking DeeplyRoundup is one of the most popular weed killers in the world.

It is used by farmers and homeowners alike, in fields, lawns and gardens.

Many studies claim that Roundup is safe and environmentally friendly.

However, other studies have linked it to serious health issues like cancer.

This article takes a detailed look at Roundup and its health effects.

What is Roundup (Glyphosate)?

Roundup is a very popular herbicide, or weed killer. It is produced by Monsanto, and was first introduced by them in 1974.

This weed killer is most commonly used in agriculture. It is also used by the forestry industry, cities and private homeowners.

The key ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, a compound with a molecular structure similar to the amino acid glycine. Glyphosate is also used in many other herbicides.

Roundup is a non-selective herbicide, meaning that it will kill most plants it comes in contact with.

Its use increased massively after genetically modified, glyphosate-resistant (“Roundup ready”) crops were developed, such as soybeans, corn and canola (1).

Glyphosate kills plants by inhibiting a metabolic pathway called the shikimate pathway. This pathway is crucial for plants and some microorganisms, but does not exist in humans (2, 3).

However, the human digestive system does contain microorganisms that make use of this pathway.

Bottom Line: Roundup is a popular weed killer. The active ingredient, glyphosate, is also found in many other herbicides. It kills plants by interfering with a specific metabolic pathway.

Roundup and Glyphosate May Be Different

Tractor Spraying Weeds

Roundup is a highly debated topic these days. Some studies claim that the active ingredient, glyphosate, may be increasing the risk of many diseases (4, 5).

On the other hand, Roundup has long been considered one of the safest herbicides available on the market (6).

However, Roundup contains more than just glyphosate. It also contains a lot of other ingredients, which help make it a potent weed killer. Some of these ingredients may even be kept secret by the manufacturer and called inerts (7).

Several studies have actually found that Roundup is significantly more toxic to human cells than just glyphosate (8, 9, 10, 11, 12).

Therefore, studies showing safety of isolated glyphosate may not apply to the entire Roundup mixture, which is a blend of many chemicals.

Bottom Line: Roundup has been linked to many diseases, but is still considered a safe herbicide by many organizations. It contains a lot of other ingredients that may be more toxic than glyphosate alone.

Roundup Has Been Associated with Cancer

Bottle of Roundup

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (13).

Put simply, this means glyphosate has the potential to cause cancer. The agency based their conclusion on observational studies, animal studies and test tube studies.

While mice and rat studies link glyphosate to tumors, there is limited human evidence available (13, 14).

The studies that are available mainly include farmers and people who work with the herbicide.

A few of these link glyphosate to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that originates in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system (15, 16, 17).

However, several other studies have found no connection. One huge study of more than 57,000 farmers found no link between glyphosate use and lymphoma (18).

Two recent reviews also found no association between glyphosate and cancer, although it should be mentioned that some of the authors have financial ties to Monsanto (19, 20).

The most recent update on the matter comes from the European Union Food Safety Authority (EFSA), who concluded that glyphosate is not likely to cause DNA damage or cancer (21).

However, the EFSA looked at studies of only glyphosate, while the WHO looked at studies on both isolated glyphosate and products containing glyphosate as an ingredient, such as Roundup.

Bottom Line: Some studies have linked glyphosate to certain cancers, while others have found no connection. The effects of isolated glyphosate may differ from products that contain glyphosate as one of many ingredients.

Roundup May Affect Your Gut Bacteria

Farmer Spraying Weeds

There are hundreds of different types of microorganisms in your gut, most of which are bacteria (22).

Some of them are friendly bacteria, and are incredibly important for your health (23).

Roundup may negatively affect these bacteria. It blocks the shikimate pathway, which is important for both plants and microorganisms (24).

In animal studies, glyphosate has also been found to disrupt beneficial gut bacteria. What’s more, harmful bacteria seemed to be highly resistant to glyphosate (25, 26).

One article that received a lot of attention on the internet even hypothesized that the glyphosate in Roundup is to blame for the increase in gluten sensitivity and celiac disease worldwide (4).

However, this needs to studied a lot more before any conclusions can be reached.

Bottom Line: Glyphosate disrupts a pathway that is important for the friendly bacteria in the digestive system.  Read more at Authority Nation.

About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”