You can’t escape it—but you CAN safeguard yourself in just 3 simple steps
I’ve been talking about the dangers of environmental toxins for some time now. I usually lump them all together and refer to them as one, big toxic soup that we’re exposed to on a daily basis.
However, there is one toxin in particular that I believe is the worst of them all. In part because it’s so dangerous. And in part because it’s everywhere. Studies show it’s in our food. And our water. And the air we breathe. There’s a good chance it’s even in your garden shed right now. And you can be certain that it’s inside your body.
This toxin is called glyphosate, which is the generic name for the chemical weed killer RoundUp.
RoundUp is now used in more than 160 countries, with more than 1.4 billion pounds applied per year. It’s the most commonly used herbicide in the world, with a whopping $6.5 billion in yearly sales.1
There’s now a large body of independent research showing that glyphosate poses serious health threats to humans. And yet, the U.S. government continues to deny the risks. The good news is, there ARE ways to protect yourself from the deadly hazards glyphosate poses.
I’ll tell you how you can safeguard yourself from RoundUp in three simple steps in just a moment.
But first, let me explain just how sinister this stuff really is.
RoundUp’s safety profile—bought and paid for by Monsanto
Glyphosate and RoundUp are made by one of my least favorite companies on the planet—Monsanto. In the 32 years since Monsanto first inflicted glyphosate on the world, there have been studies linking RoundUp use to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, gastrointestinal issues, autism, reproductive problems, heart disease…and more (see sidebar 1 below for the complete—and horrifying—list).
Of course, Monsanto denies all of these claims. And they’re constantly citing studies that supposedly “prove” RoundUp is safe. But what they don’t tell you is that many of these studies were paid for by Monsanto.
But apparently, that doesn’t raise the eyebrows of anyone at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
According to the EPA, there isn’t sufficient “evidence to show that glyphosate causes cancer.” Despite the fact that, so far, research has linked glyphosate to over a dozen types of this disease.
What does that say about the EPA? In bed with Monsanto perhaps?
But at least we know who Monsanto isn’t in bed with…
Last March, the World Health Organization declared that, based on the scientific evidence, glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”2
Monsanto, of course, was outraged that anyone would think its toxic chemical was unsafe.3
The American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association also denounced the finding. Not surprisingly, so did CropLife America, a trade association representing pesticide manufacturers. What I’d love to know is who runs these organizations and how do they sleep at night?
Because they’ve unleashed a deadly poison into the world that essentially NO ONE can escape from.
You’re exposed to RoundUp every day—even if you don’t use it
You may think you’re safe from glyphosate’s toxic health effects because you don’t use RoundUp in your garden. But if you eat non-organic food, you’re most likely dining on glyphosate.
And, even worse, research shows this toxin is in 75% of the air and rain in the Mississippi River delta.4 That number represents an 18-fold increase in just 12 years. (And that research dates back to 2007, so you can bet the percentage is even higher now.)
Plus, a recent U.S. Geological Survey study found glyphosate in the majority of rivers, streams, and ditches in 38 states.5
Again, this doesn’t seem to bother the EPA, which continues to declare that up to 0.7 mcg/L of glyphosate in drinking water is safe. Even after research published last fall showed that glyphosate can cause health problems at levels below this limit.6
In fact, the EPA standard for glyphosate is seven times higher than the 0.1 mcg/L the European Union allows. And even with that limit in place, a few years ago, the environmental group Friends of the Earth found glyphostate in the urine of 44% of Europeans.1
Of course, conveniently, the U.S. government doesn’t monitor glyphosate levels in humans. But an independent review of urine samples collected from people throughout the U.S. found that Americans’ glyphosate levels were 10 times higher than those reported in the European survey.7 (And—surprise, surprise—concentrations were highest in the urine of people with chronic diseases.8)
Yet, Monsanto continues to insist that glyphosate doesn’t accumulate in human tissues.
Even organic crops aren’t a safe bet
RoundUp is so ubiquitous that it’s used on millions of acres of non-organic corn, soy, canola, sugar beets, and wheat in the United States. The EPA also reports that glyphosate is routinely sprayed on fruit trees. And in greenhouses, aquatic areas, forests, and roadside rights-of-way “for total vegetation control.”9
The researchers also found glyphosate in the bodies of slaughtered cows. So if you eat non-organic meat that’s fed conventional crops, chances are you’re also eating glyphosate.
Certified organic crops, of course, can’t be grown with RoundUp or RoundUp Ready seed. But organic farmers report that the wind blows these toxic seeds onto their land. Meaning that no matter how carefully you eat, you’re probably ingesting some of this awful chemical.
While the EPA dithers on glyphosate, other countries—and California—take action
Last year, the EPA announced it would take the WHO findings on cancer into account during its routine review of glyphosate that happens every 15 years. That review is currently underway. But I’m not holding my breath on anything actually happening as a result of this review.
Meanwhile, California has already made its decision. The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced last September that it will require glyphosate to be labeled a carcinogen on all products that contain it and are sold in California.10
That’s a great first step, but so much more needs to be done.
I’ve been discussing the toxic effects of glyphosate for years, so certainly others have too. And yet, it’s taken until now for any sort of glyphosate regulation in the U.S. to finally happen.
Can you imagine if a nutritional supplement caused such havoc in our lives for such a long period of time? It would spell the end of the entire supplement industry.
But the same government that cracks down on safe supplement use has basically exposed two generations of humans to glyphosate—a chemical with reams of research documenting its health risks. And yet, no one is even thinking of holding Monsanto responsible.
At least not in America. While the U.S. buries its head under the skirt of the big chemical manufacturer, the Organic Consumers Association reports that other countries have taken steps to ensure the health of their populations.11
Sri Lanka, alarmed by research showing links between glyphosate and cancer, has banned the chemical. Brazil, Germany, and Argentina are considering similar moves. Mexico, France, and the Netherlands have imposed new restrictions on glyphosate use, and Canada is evaluating new regulations.
Why the government doesn’t protect us from glyphosate
So, you may ask the same thing I did when writing this: Who is protecting Americans’ health?
Unfortunately, when it comes to glyphosate, the government is not the answer.
Our government officials and health regulators often ignore studies showing the health perils of glyphosate, even if they’re published in peer-reviewed journals. They point out that many of the studies are done in other countries, which they think somehow makes them less valid than U.S. studies.
And then there’s Monsanto’s robust PR and legal departments, which seem to work overtime discrediting any new research. And Monsanto spends millions of dollars on its own self-serving “research” to counter studies conducted by independent organizations.
Trust me, I can go on and on about all of the lies and misleading statements about glyphosate. Both from Monsanto (which, sadly, we can expect) and our own government—which we shouldn’t have to expect.
But instead, I’ll cut to the bottom line. Glyphosate is one of the most toxic substances ever launched on the public. It adversely affects almost every tissue and cell in a mammal’s body.
Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to protect yourself from this health hazard. In fact, you can substantially detoxify your body from RoundUp and other nasty chemicals in three easy steps.
Your 3-step plan for safeguarding yourself
1) Eat organic food and beverages. USDA organic certification ensures a food or beverage doesn’t contain any genetically modified organisms, like RoundUp Ready seeds.
As I said earlier, there’s a chance that some Monsanto seeds could have drifted into the organic fields where your food was grown. But at least the organic seal ensures that RoundUp or any other pesticides or herbicides were not sprayed on the crops.
2) Detox quarterly. Since there’s unfortunately no way to avoid RoundUp—and other toxins—completely, I recommend regular detoxes. In fact, I recommend detoxing quarterly, which makes this the perfect time to do one.
For the specific detox plan I give my patients, refer back to the September 2013 issue. (Just visit www.drpescatore.com and log in to the Subscriber area with your username and password to access this article from the full Archive.)
Of course, you should talk to your doctor before starting this or any detox regimen. But be forewarned: Most mainstream physicians aren’t likely to have the first clue about detoxing. So don’t expect much in the way of brilliant feedback. It’s probably best to work with a naturopathic physician if you’re undertaking any serious detox regimen.
3) Support your gut. You should be taking a quality, multi-strain probiotic supplement every day. But there’s also a new probiotic formula that has some particularly exciting benefits when it comes to protecting you from toxins like RoundUp.
It’s called Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 and it has the ability to increase your body’s production of the super antioxidant glutathione.
Glutathione is key for helping your liver detox—and that helps flush RoundUp and other chemicals out of your system. Research also shows glutathione is absolutely vital for maintaining a healthy immune system and supporting cardiovascular health. Basically, every cell in the human body uses glutathione to function optimally. It’s no wonder scientists call it the “master antioxidant.”
There are really only two effective ways to boost your body’s glutathione levels—take ME-3…or get expensive, time-consuming intravenous injections. There are glutathione supplements available, but I’ve found they simply don’t work.
You can find ME-3 in a product called Reg’Activ. I recommend taking it in addition to your regular probiotic to help your body process the toxins you encounter on a daily basis more effectively (and to support your overall health).
Monsanto: Poisoning America for nearly a century
I am going to leave you with one more thought about Monsanto, because I truly believe it is one of the deadliest companies on the planet.
RoundUp is only the latest carcinogenic substance Monsanto has produced. During the Vietnam era, Monsanto manufactured the extremely toxic herbicide Agent Orange. Residents of the West Virginia town where the herbicide was produced sued Monsanto, and the courts ruled the company must pay nearly $100 million for medical bills and chemical cleanup.12
Monsanto has also inflicted DDT, PCBs, and polystyrene (Styrofoam) on the world. And it’s responsible for the toxic artificial sweeteners saccharin and aspartame. If that weren’t enough, Monsanto also invented bovine growth hormone (rBGH). This hormone, which is injected into dairy cows to force them to produce more milk, has been linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancer in some studies.13
All of these toxins have one thing in common: Monsanto repeatedly and vehemently insisted they were safe. History—and hundreds of scientific studies—have shown they are not.
And when it comes to RoundUp, it looks like history is repeating itself all over again.
Today’s deadliest epidemics all have links to RoundUp
Animal and some human studies show glyphosate is linked to practically every kind of cancer. This includes cancer of the pituitary gland, brain, lungs, liver, thyroid, stomach, bladder, adrenal glands, ovaries, colon, uterus, prostate, breast, and skin—plus non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Other research has found that RoundUp may reduce the body’s stores of magnesium, which can lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, autism, and depression.14
The herbicide has also been shown in a variety of studies to cause reproductive problems like infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects. And it’s suspected to contribute to chronic kidney and liver diseases, diabetes, heart disease, hypothyroidism, and leaky gut syndrome.
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An environmental disaster in the making
The EPA is really drinking Monsanto’s toxic Kool-Aid if it thinks RoundUp gets rid of every weed. Monsanto has tried to brainwash farmers into believing that glyphosate makes weed control easier, but what it’s actually done is created new types of “superweeds” that require more pesticides to kill them. (It’s like the botanical version of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.)
Meaning more chemicals are being added to our food supply, courtesy of Monsanto.
If that weren’t bad enough, Monsanto has developed genetically modified seeds that are “RoundUp Ready,” meaning that a farmer can apply RoundUp directly to the crop itself without the crop dying. The only thing that dies is some of the weeds—and potentially the people who eat that crop.
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