comes to maintaining your lawn and keeping it free of weeds, Roundup is a very
popular product. It’s marketed as an effective weed and grass killer. However,
there are components to this that are extremely dangerous to humans. The
company behind it, Monsanto, is more well-known for its controversies with GMO
foods. But Roundup is used to treat both local residences and for-profit farms.
Here are eight health issues connected with the use of Monsanto’s Roundup.
increase in autism among children can have a variety of factors, Roundup is
definitely on the list. One of the main ingredients, after it enters our
bodies, is broken down into ammonia. Typically, autistic children, as well as
those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, tend to have higher levels of
ammonia in their blood. The reason is that using chemical killers like Roundup exposes the brain to toxic ingredients that could change it.
Roundup is used to help protect so many of the foods we eat, it’s inevitable
that there will be some effects
from ingesting it. Celiac disease is a condition in which the body
becomes extremely sensitive to gluten. Furthermore, it causes other digestive
issues as the body simply cannot break down the foods. There is generally an
imbalance in your stomach’s bacteria levels as well as natural mineral
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
sclerosis (MS) is similar to, but far more excruciating than, inflammatory
bowel disease (IBS). This is caused by the body struggling to not only process the foreign chemicals but break
them down so that they might be expelled. It’s believed that the internal
damage causes small holes to develop in the stomach and allow for leaking. Once
that extra fluid reaches the bloodstream, it triggers an automatic reaction
from the immune system for repair.
One of the
most painful and extreme health consequences of using Roundup is the exposure
to the carcinogen glyphosate. It’s an active ingredient in the product
and unfortunately, does not show immediate side effects from the pesticide’s
use. It’s also possible that the glyphosate lingers in both air, water and food
when sprayed. This element is so dangerous that it doesn’t
only affect those who use it, but even those exposed to it secondhand. Studies
have shown that it can cause damage to unborn embryos and pregnant women.
towns, there is a greater exposure to Roundup as it’s used in heavier dosages.
It is spread by plane and can linger in the air or be carried by wind. The
people in such communities, known as fumigated towns, reported higher instances
of chronic respiratory problems.
effects of pesticides are discussed, the topics usually focus on the body. But
because the chemicals get into our bodies and gain access to our brains,
Roundup can affect your mood. Our bodies produce serotonin and dopamine, which
contribute to feelings of happiness. But the ingredient glyphosate can cause an imbalance in serotonin regulation, leading to poorer sleep,
appetite, and mood.
those who choose not to use Roundup for farming or weed killing, there are
still effects from those that do. There’s virtually no way to stop the Roundup
from spreading. This excess product has harmful effects on unintended targets like water supplies and
wildlife. The temperature changes can also affect how this spreads. One of the
ways it spreads that cannot be controlled is through bees. The tiny creatures
can’t differentiate from clean or contaminated flowers. And sadly, that is not
the end of the harmful chemical’s journey. Once the toxins get into the nectar,
they can seep into other products, like beeswax and honey.
countries where farming is a major source of income, like Sri Lanka, India and
across parts of Central America, there has been a sudden rise in kidney failure. Particularly, it’s the agricultural workers who are
exposed to the glyphosate found in Roundup that are suffering from this
condition. This is because once inside the body, it breaks down the renal
tissue, causing pain and discomfort. It is the combination of this toxin with
other metals that the workers are exposed to that trigger this disease.
known to disrupt the pathway of Vitamin A, which is vital to the normal
development of a fetus. In Paraguay, women who were within 1 kilometer of
fields sprayed with Roundup were over two times as likely to have a child born
with birth defects.
birth defects can be a number of things including growth hormone deficiency,
hypospadias, a heart defect, and anal perforation. The rates of congenital birth defects have quadrupled in Chaco, Argentina in just 10 years
after the arrival of Roundup Ready crops.
There is a
between ADHD and Roundup exposure in farming communities, and this is
likely because of the glyphosate’s ability to disturb the function of thyroid
studies, Roundup has caused the same type of oxidative stress and nervous
system cell death that is seen in those who have Alzheimer’s disease.
It also affects CaMKII, which is an enzyme whose dysregulation is also linked
to the disease.
One study has shown that in comparing a child with brain cancer
to a healthy child, if either parent was exposed to Roundup in the 2 years
prior to the child’s birth, the chances of the child developing brain cancer were
twice as likely.
is known to disrupt enzymes in the body, which can eventually lead to lysosomal
dysfunction, which is a major cause in cardiovascular disease and heart failure.
thought on the link between MS and glyphosate is that the IBS caused by glyphosate
may cause gut bacteria to leak into the vasculature, which triggers an immune
reaction and autoimmune disorder leading to the destruction of the myelin
in laboratory animals has shown that male rats who are exposed to high levels
of Roundup during prenatal or pubertal development do suffer from reproductive
problems like delayed puberty, decreased testosterone production, and decreased