Did you hear about the recent largest pharmaceutical settlement in history? In June, Bayer AG, a German drug giant agreed to pay roughly $10 billion to settle the majority of 125,000 Roundup lawsuits. Roundup Weed Killer is the world’s best-selling herbicide. It was developed by the Monsanto Corporation, the same company (that many consumers consider ‘evil’) that invented another infamous herbicide, Agent Orange, which killed or maimed approximately 400,000 Vietnamese. The chemical warfare weapon also caused illnesses in thousands of American troops.
The main active ingredient in Roundup Weed Killer is glyphosate, a synthetic chemical also developed by Monsanto. Bayer AG acquired Monsanto in 2018, roughly at the same time the first Roundup lawsuit went to trial. In that trial, a former school groundskeeper, Dwayne “Lee” Johnson was awarded $289 million. (Since his 2018 trial win, Johnson’s award has been twice ordered reduced, most recently down to roughly 10% of the original award.)
Glyphosate and Cancer
Johnson and the roughly 125,000 other Roundup plaintiffs allege that long-term exposure and/or accidental spillage of the herbicide caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that attacks infection-fighting white blood cells.
Besides Johnson’s case, only two other Roundup lawsuits have gone to trial, both of which have ended up in wins for plaintiffs. Bayer has appealed all three decisions. Plaintiffs in the Roundup lawsuits, for the most part, represent either long-term gardeners, landscapers/groundskeepers and farmers.
Glyphosate In The Food Supply
But let’s say you can’t even keep a single succulent alive. Should you be concerned about glyphosate exposure? Yes, you should be very concerned. As OnlyOrganic.com reports, worldwide, 9.4 million tons of the chemical has been sprayed on fields. That’s enough to spray nearly half a pound of Roundup on every cultivated acre of land in the world.
This means that nearly every single morsel of food you eat may contain glyphosate residue. And organic food isn’t necessarily free of glyphosate. Although organic crops are by rule never sprayed with synthetic chemicals, if glyphosate is sprayed on an adjacent field, the toxic fumes can potentially drift onto the organic farm. Still, it’s better to eat organic as much as possible.
Even though organic foods have been criticized in recent years for not being nutritionally superior to their non-organic counterparts, nutrition labels don’t always tell the whole story; comparing organic apples to non-organic apples is like comparing apples to oranges. That’s because organic produce contains far less glyphosate residue.
Foods With Glyphosate
The problem is few people eat entirely organic foods, and over 90% of the most ubiquitous crops grown in the U.S. — corn, soy, cotton (cottonseed oil is widespread in processed foods) — are genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate spraying. When glyphosate is sprayed on a crop, the chemicals get absorbed into the plant at the expense of trying to prevent weeds from taking root in the soil.
(Never mind the fact that glyphosate may not even work that well anymore, for the same reason that antibiotics have lost their effectiveness [overuse]. Another reason that Monsanto is called evil is that the food science company engineered crop seeds to only last for one use; farmers, therefore, have to purchase GMO Monsanto seeds and Roundup Weed Killer.)
So think about these facts the next time you get a hankering for anything with wheat, corn (including its aliases like high fructose corn syrup and maltodextrin), soy, barley, chickpeas and oats. Yes, oatmeal, widely-regarded as a healthy breakfast because of its fiber content, contains the highest amount of glyphosate residue, especially instant Quaker oatmeal.
Is Glyphosate Residue In Food Harmful For Health?
The answer depends on whom you ask. According to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” But our nation’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that glyphosate is unlikely to be a human carcinogen. Why the disparity? That’s for the subject for another article. But suffice it to say that the reason involves politics and corporate influence.
Can Adaptogenic Herbs Protect From Glyphosate Exposure?
Are you concerned about having been exposed to glyphosate in parks and gardens and from its residue in the food supply? Then this is yet another reason to supplement with adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens may undue the deleterious effects of stress of all kinds, including environmental stress.
Although there aren’t any studies on adaptogens and glyphosate specifically, there is research that supports these smart herbs for exposure to several other toxic substances.
“[A]daptogen[s] induce [a] state of non-specific resistance to highly toxic chemicals (e.g., chlorophos, phosphorus, cyclophosphane, strychnine, aniline, sodium nitrite, narcotics like sodium barbital, hexenal, chloralhydrate, benzene, acetone, ether, etc.) and microbes.”
These anti-toxic effects have been demonstrated in many pharmacological/toxicological studies, and suggest that adaptogens have an anti-toxic activity, Panossian and Wikman suggest.
Granted, the studies were performed on lab animals. But you can’t exactly ethically inject poison into a human.
Which Adaptogens Are Best For Anti-Toxicity?
All of them, really. The 13 herbs that comprise our Global Resonance Formulation, a complex formula found in no other adaptogenic herbal elixir or product, may help negate the toxic effects of glyphosate and other environmental assaults.
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