Article by Barbara H. Peterson
Note page 119 of the EPA document (124 of the PDF) on herbicide toxicity, titled “Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings.” Glyphosate is categorized in the “Other Herbicides” section, Chapter 13. This document states that humans do not have the same ‘pathway,’ or ‘mechanism of action’ as plants, so toxicity is not to be expected:
Glyphosate is marketed in the United States as isopropylamine salt. Glyphosate and related compounds have a specific mechanism of action inhibiting the enzyme responsible for synthesizing phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan, which is an enzyme system that is not present in humans. Given the plant-specific mechanism of action, there is theoretically a low risk for acute human toxicity.
This is a misdirection since bacteria do have this ‘pathway‘ and our gut’s health depends on the health of the bacteria that it contains. If our gut is not healthy, we are not healthy.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, is the most popular herbicide used worldwide. The industry asserts it is minimally toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise. Residues are found in the main foods of the Western diet, comprised primarily of sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Glyphosate’s inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body. Here, we show how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well as impairment in serum sulfate transport. Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. We explain the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease, and we show that glyphosate is the “textbook example” of exogenous semiotic entropy: the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.
They are the oldest form of life on earth. Microbe fossils date back more than 3.5 billion years to a time when the Earth was covered with oceans that regularly reached the boiling point, hundreds of millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Without microbes, we couldn’t eat or breathe.
Without us, they’d probably be just fine.
Understanding microbes is vital to understanding the past and the future of ourselves and our planet.
Microbes <my-crobes> are everywhere. There are more of them on a person’s hand than there are people on the entire planet!
Microbes are in the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, the food we eat—they’re even inside us!
We couldn’t digest food without them—animals couldn’t, either. Without microbes, plants couldn’t grow, garbage wouldn’t decay and there would be a lot less oxygen to breathe.
In fact, without these invisible companions, our planet wouldn’t survive as we know it!
After stating that Glyphosate, an anti-microbial that is incorporated into our air, water, soil, and just about everything that we eat and drink, is at “a low risk for acute human toxicity,” a deliberate obfuscation of the facts, The EPA document goes on to state:
Treatment of Glyphosate Toxicosis
1. Provide supportive treatment, as there is no known antidote.
So, in a nutshell, it appears that we are being systematically poisoned through our gut bacteria by an herbicide for which the EPA states that there is no known antidote, and that same agency is covering it up by stating that humans are somehow immune.
©2015 Barbara H. Peterson
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