(NaturalHealth365) The most popular herbicide worldwide is called Roundup and it uses an active ingredient called glyphosate. Foods stuffs that are produced in fields that are sprayed by glyphosate carry residue of the chemical into the marketplace where they are consumed. In North America, bioengineered foods are ubiquitous and it is quite challenging for the average consumer to avoid them.
Glyphosate cannot be washed off of plants and it has the ability to penetrate the roots and be taken up by the plant where residue sits inside the cellular material. All commonly sprayed foods such as soy, corn, cottonseed, canola, wheat, sugar, etc. carry glyphosate into our bodies. Animals raised on GM corn and soy carry glyphosate into their meat, dairy and eggs.
Are you eating glyphosate in your food – without knowing it?
Glyphosate is a powerful weed killer due to its ability to disrupt the shikimate pathway in plants. This pathway does not exist in mammals but it does exist in the progenic microorganisms that populate the mammalian gut and mucous membranes. This pathway produces a group of aromatic amino acids including phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan that are required for the survival of plants and many bacterial species.
Glyphosate has the ability to create major genetic changes in the human microbiome. The microbiome is the microorganism colonies that live on and in the body. They densely populate the skin, mouth, nose, stomach and digestive system. The microbiome is made up of progenic (life giving) and pathogenic (disease causing) microbial species of bacteria, yeasts, viruses and various other parasites.
How glyphosate can mess up your digestive system
Progenic microorganisms are absolutely essential for mammalian health. They function to digest food, synthesize vitamins, optimize immune response, maintain gut permeability and metabolize toxic substances. We have ten times more microbial species in our gut than we have cells in our body.
Therefore, anything that interferes with the shikimate pathway is indirectly destructive to human health by altering the balance of gut flora.
Glyphosate has been shown to preferentially kill enterococcus, bacillus and lactobacillus. Certain pathogenic species such as pseudomonas are able to break down glyphosate and produce phosphate which it then uses for amino acid synthesis. As a byproduct of this it produces neurotoxic formaldehyde.
Other pathogenic strains, such as salmonella and clostridium, have been found to be highly resistant to glyphosate as well.
Enterococcus and lactobacillus proliferation is the best defense against an overgrowth of salmonella and clostridium. This glyphosate induced dysbiosis is causing salmonella outbreaks in commercial chicken facilities and botulism in industrial raised beef. It has also led to an over-use of antibiotics and the resultant development of antibiotic resistant infections.
Clostridium difficile overgrowth is thought to be the leading cause of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. C difficile infection has increased substantially in North America in the last 10 years. A Wisconsin study showed that C difficile infection was found in 3% in 2003 but went up to 7% in 2004 and 16% in 2005.
Are GMO crops destroying the human race (genetically)?
Bacterial species commonly adapt to their environment through a process called “conjugation,” that involves gene transferring. This is how bacteria become antibiotic resistant by taking on certain genetic traits that are no longer vulnerable to the antibiotic’s course of action. When intestinal bacteria transfer GMO gene properties they begin producing the same active proteins of the GMO.
This would mean they would produce Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) pesticide toxin that is highly carcinogenic.
Insertional mutagenesis is a term used to describe the mechanism when a gene inserts itself into another coding gene and disrupts the genetic code. This is a well-known course of action by which viruses cause cancer, cell dysfunction and death. This process can not only affect intestinal bacteria but if it gets into the bloodstream it can literally modify the very genetic code of the humans consuming them.
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