A new research study published in the journal Entropy this April examines the long-term health effects of the popular herbicide Roundup®, a product of Monsanto, finding significant associations with a variety of conditions “associated with the western diet”[i] including Autism Spectrum Disorder, gastrointestinal disorders, ADHD, and other developmental malformations. The study holds the active ingredient of Roundup®, glyphosate, accountable for blocking the body’s natural detoxifying processes and making it more susceptible to other food born chemical residues and environmental toxins. The study authors chart glyphosate’s interference with crucial detoxifying enzymes, gut microbiota, and various protective mechanisms, asserting that the consequences of the popular herbicide “remarkably explain a great number of diseases and conditions that are prevalent in the modern industrialized world.”i Because glyphosate exposure builds over time, causing inflammation that disturbs cellular systems, the consequences of the long-used herbicide are becoming more and more evident. In addition to associations with ASD, ADHD, and gastrointestinal disorders, Roundup® was found to influence Alzheimer’s, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.
Though herbicides and pesticides are overwhelmingly used in today’s commercial agricultural processes, there are plenty of resources to help parents steer clear of these dangerous substances.
Eating organic can be costly, but you can prioritize! The Environmental Working Group produces a yearly Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, listing the “dirty dozen” fruit and vegetables you should buy organic and the “clean fifteen” that are relatively safe regardless.
Unfortunately, the “Dirty Dozen” has grown to the “Dirty Dozen Plus”
Safer Snacks: (EWG’s Clean Fifteen)
- Sweet Peas (frozen)
- Sweet potatoes
When To Splurge For Organic: (EWG’s Dirty Dozen Plus)
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Kale/Collard Greens
- Summer Squash
[i] Samsel, A.; Seneff, S. Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases. Entropy 2013, 15, 1416-1463.
Reed, Genna. “Study Links Monstanto’s RoundUp To Autism, Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s.” Prison Planetcom Study Links Monstantos RoundUp To Autism Parkinsons And Alzheimers Comments. N.p., 6 May 2013. Web. 09 May 2013. <http://www.prisonplanet.com/study-links-monstantos-roundup-to-autism-parkinsons-and-alzheimers.html>.