Health Update: Round-Up Weedkiller Found in 80% of U.S. Citizens


 Hello everyone:

 Here is more news that should make us all want to go organic:

“In fresh evidence of the pervasive nature of pesticides, more than 80 percent of urine samples drawn from children and adults participating in a US health study contained a weedkilling chemical linked to cancer and other health problems.

The June 30 report by a unit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that out of 2,310 urine samples collected, 1,885 were laced with detectable traces of glyphosate, the active ingredient in herbicides sold around the world, including the widely used Roundup brand.”

 There is some controversy about the main ingredient of Roundup called glyphosate, and how safe it is. Read the following and make up your mind for yourself as to who you trust:

“Monsanto, and its owner Bayer AG, maintain that glyphosate and Roundup products are safe and that residues in food and in human urine are not a health risk. But many researchers disagree and say there is a large body of evidence linking glyphosate exposure to disease. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a unit of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the opposite stance, classifying glyphosate as not likely to be carcinogenic. But last month the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion vacating the agency’s safety determination and ordering the agency to give “further consideration” to evidence of glyphosate risks. 

Research indicates the chemical is also tied to other health problems, including liver disease.

“People of all ages should be concerned, but I’m particularly concerned for children,” said Phil Landrigan, who worked for years at the CDC and the EPA and now directs the Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good at Boston College.

“Children are more heavily exposed to pesticides than adults because pound-for-pound they drink more water, eat more food and breathe more air,” Landrigan said. “Also, children have many years of future life when they can develop diseases with long incubation periods such as cancer. This is particularly a concern with the herbicide, glyphosate.” Cynthia Curl, Boise State University assistant professor of community and environmental health, said it was “obviously concerning” that a large percentage of the U.S. population is exposed to glyphosate, but said it is still unclear how that translates to human health.”

Bottom Line: In my opinion, there is no scientific reason for us to consume such a risky substance and that is why I eat about 98% of my food from organic sources only. I recommend that you look at the Environmental Working Group website for a list of the most heavily pesticide laden foods and start by not eating the Dirty Dozen unless they are organic. Go to the following link for a free download with a list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15. Happy Toxin Free Eating!!


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