Roundup Is Making Us Sick



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Part 1: The history of Roundup and how it affects our food

The world looked very different in the 1980’s, the decade I spent in medical school and family practice residency. Even though my job was mainly with the ill, people in general then seemed so much healthier than today. Back then, most cancers and all Alzheimer’s disease, autism and auto-immune diseases were rare. Why have they become so prevalent in the last three decades? For the last few years I have been looking through research to find answers. What I keep bumping into is the link between the introduction of Roundup and the increase in illness.

It’s not only physicians of my vintage that are alarmed at the rapid increase in previously-rare diseases. Veterinarians are witnessing a surge in livestock infertility and miscarriages. Dogs are getting cancers at an unprecedented rate. Plant pathologists tell of previously confined plant diseases, like bacterial wilt and fusarium, which are now rapidly spreading across the country. Although there are many poisons in our environment today, when we understand the history of Roundup and how it works, it becomes clearer why it’s a major factor in making us sick. We can then use this knowledge to keep ourselves and our families healthy.

Roundup’s history: Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, was patented as a “descaling agent” in the 1960’s by Stauffer Chemical Company. Its purpose was to clean industrial pipes and boilers by binding, or “chelating” residual minerals. In areas where the used-glyphosate was discarded, plants died. Monsanto Corporation quickly saw its herbicide potential and bought glyphosate for herbicide use in 1969.

The FDA and USDA required no independent safety studies before allowing glyphosate on the market. Monsanto’s convincing argument was that humans don’t have the chemical pathway that glyphosate interrupts to kill plants and bacteria. Therefore, in 1974, the sale of glyphosate began as “Roundup.” It was marketed to both farmers and homeowners as a weed-killer.

11/6/2018 7:32:33 AM

Wow! Thanks Mary Lou for this very insightful article. Where is Part 3? the most important part but I'm afraid the chemical cocktail that we live in, our world, is unavoidable though I am very interested in what you have to offer.

11/5/2018 4:12:45 PM

I wonder how much is used in UK agriculture. I know it can be bought off the shelf for use as a garden weed killer.

11/5/2018 4:09:21 PM

Monsanto's herbicide, Rodeo, is a weighted version of Roundup that has been used in freshwater lakes for years. I was a self-employed SCUBA trained aquatic plant specialist living in Washington State and spent many hours diving and surveying lakes after they had been treated with said Rodeo. I now have been sick for the last five years with food allergies and arthritis pain etc. I am interested if any other lake divers have had similar experiences.

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