Gut bacteria has gained a lot of attention lately as being crucial for every facet of human health: mental, physical, and spiritual. (The Holy Bible and other religious tracts are full of stories about Jesus and others fasting in spiritual purification rituals.) Recent studies have found that poor gut health can lead to heart disease, or to Alzheimer’s, and a host of other tragic maladies. Several studies have found gut health to be indispensable for sound mental functioning. Children with autism are routinely found to have terrible gut health. One prominent researcher has recently offered evidence to implicate Monsanto’s glyphosate in autism spectrum disorder.
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Gut bacteria, beyond any doubt, profoundly influences immune function, digestion, brain function, virtually every job tasked to the human body and mind. A trove of recent research has repeatedly shown the power of healthy gut bacteria as well as the dangers of an unhealthy gut.
The good news is we now KNOW the importance of gut health. The bad news is that our human guts are all under attack by a ubiquitous chemical which has been show to destroy gut microbes. Monsanto’s glyphosate, which was first used to strip metal off of pipes, now strips healthy flora and fauna from our own guts.
Glyphosate Glyphosate Everywhere
Every glyphosate exposure study done has shown that most of us have become contaminated with the toxic chemical, whether we eat GMO foods directly, or whether we adhere strictly to a non-GMO diet and do all we can to steer clear of Monsanto’s most lucrative poison. At this moment, we cannot escape this toxic soup. Glyphosate is everywhere in our environment, in the air, water, and in most of our food, if not directly, then through simple drift across neighboring fields.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuits
Glyphosate is already at the center of hundreds of Roundup cancer lawsuits, filed by people stricken with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after they were exposed to Roundup. A judge overseeing the litigation in California federal court is showing signs of buying Monsanto’s claim that no hard evidence links glyphosate to cancer. Regardless of any trial outcomes, glyphosate will continue to poison the world for a very long time, killing plants, bees, and people.
Roundup attacks vital gut bacteria
Medical problems linked to an imbalance of gut bacteria include:
• colorectal cancer
• liver disease
• cardiovascular disease
• inflammatory bowel disease
Glyphosate Gut Damage Regardless of Exposure Levels
The latest study over glyphosate and gut microbes was led by Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen. The study team examined rats’ fecal samples and assessed their gut microbiomes. Female rats exposed to glyphosate experienced significant changes regardless of their dose. As an added horror, glyphosate also damages the microbial activity of soil, so it’s the poison that keeps on poisoning.
The researchers suggest glyphosate could be linked with the recent spike in gut disease in industrialized nations that genetic reasons alone can’t explain.
Because glyphosate is only one active ingredient in Roundup, experts see a need to repeat the study using a bigger group of animals to compare the effects of glyphosate alone as well as to Roundup. Other ingredients in Roundup, called adjuvants, could be making any effect much more pronounced.
Sadly, even criminally, in regulatory evaluations of pesticides, only glyphosate alone is tested for long-term safety, which means calculations of safe levels are obviously inaccurate.
Professor Seralini believes the full toxic effects of Roundup on us could easily be 1,000X more awful than glyphosate alone. He believes the glyphosate levels allowed in our food and drinks are at least 1,000X too high. He said: “The acceptable levels of glyphosate residues in food and drinks should be divided immediately by a factor of at least 1,000 because of these hidden poisons.”