This toxin contaminates 80% of Pregnant Women
There a story circulating in cyberspace that the extraordinarily widespread herbicide, Roundup®, famously made by Monsanto Company, may be responsible for rising rates of autism. Stephanie Seneff PhD is a scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has spent years studying autism, and notes that cases of the mysterious neurological disorder have risen from about 1 in 10,000 in 1970, to 1 in 68 today. If current trends continue, Seneff claims, by 2025 (which is not that far off) half of all children born will be autistic. That’s right. She believes 1 in 2 children born a decade from now will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Of course, others disagree. Some have argued that the apparent rise in cases of ASD is due to better awareness or diagnosis. But Seneff is unconvinced. And according to published research, the growth in autism is real. It accelerated in the 1980s. Seneff and others speculate that the rise in autism mirrors the rise in use of the glyphosphate herbicide (Roundup®), and maintains that glyphosphate exposure is responsible.
Incidentally, Seneff has also published research claiming that widespread use of Roundup® may also be linked to the rise in gluten intolerance, which has sparked the present gluten-free craze. Characterized by a range of symptoms, including nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, anemia and depression, gluten intolerance is evidently on the rise in North America. Seneff believes she knows why: “…We propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup(®), is the most important causal factor in this epidemic.”
According to Seneff, Roundup® severely depletes plants of the essential mineral, manganese. When humans eat these plants, their gut bacteria suffer ill effects. This alteration in the gut microbiome, says Seneff, may explain the neurological defects seen in autism. The mechanisms of action and various metabolic pathways by which these abnormal process occurs are complicated. Suffice it to say that they appear plausible. While it’s still controversial, to say the least, to my mind Dr. Seneff has offered plausible explanations and indirect proof that Roundup® is probably not nearly as safe for consumption as its maker would like us to believe.
Whether the link between exposure to glyphosphate herbicide and various increasingly common disorders is eventually proven true or not, the very possibility of a link makes me more determined than ever to continue buying and eating organically grown produce to reduce my family’s exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides.