SOTN Editor’s Note:
The health and environmental exposé below imparts critical information about the Monsanto weedkiller known as ROUNDUP. ROUNDUP kills weeds utilizing the chemical ingredient known as Glyphosate. Now here’s the problem … for every person who eats food and/or drinks beverages containing residuals of glyphosate.
“Our [naturally occurring] gut bacteria were recently discovered to contain the very same metabolic pathway in plants that is being targeted and disrupted by Glyphosate—in direct opposition to Monsanto’s claims that the human body did not contain this pathway.”
Source: More About Glyphosate (RoundUp)
What does that mean? It means that the necessary eugenic bacteria found in the gut will be adversely affected by glyphosate. As the intestinal flora becomes more imbalanced from years of glyphosate ingestion, the opportunistic pathogenic bacteria slowly take over the GI tract.
How is this “destroying our brains”?
The bad guys — the opportunistic pathogenic bacteria — “produce lipopolysaccharides, which will then trigger the immune system to produce a pro-inflammatory cycle” … “this then initiates a brain-degenerating pro-inflammatory process in the brain.” Once those lipopolysaccharide-producing bacteria become the dominant strains in the gut, this self-perpetuating cycle occurs on an ongoing basis, imperceptibly altering our brain chemistry. And, not for the better!
That’s why the following title asserts that Monsanto’s ROUNDUP is relentlessly “destroying the health of everyone”.
The pervasive use of glyphosate via ROUNDUP and GMO seeds bio-engineered by Monsanto is impossible to contain. Once they are introduced into the environment, they end up everywhere — on the land, in the waters and in the atmosphere. Therefore, strict adherence to a diet of only certified organic, GMO-free food is no longer the insurance policy that it used to be.
The only solution appears to be an ‘enforced’ global boycott of all things Monsanto.
LET’s GET BUSY!
How Monsanto is Destroying the Brains and Health of Everyone.
By: Dr. Matthew Buckley, PSc.D.
Interested in slowing your aging process? Take note!
One of my most recent blog entries(1) summarized roughly 10 years of research related to the consequences of inflammatory processes in the periphery of the body, such as the gut, and how this was driving brain degenerative inflammatory processes within the brain.
One of the key findings from that research was how pathogenic bacterial waste products known as “lipopolysaccharides” , (LPS) would trigger an immune response, and this immune response would then trigger the brains immune cells, the microglia, to become overly active and degrade brain cells. (LPS is basically small parts of the cell wall of the bad bacteria.) This response is called “microglial activation”. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it over the next 10 -20 years, because stopping this overactivation is central to correcting all degenerative neurological conditions, including Alzheimers, Autism, Anxiety, ALS, Insomnia, non-situational Depression, MS, and many endocrine system disorders including the unbiquitous adrenal and thyroid disorders that so many people are struggling with right now.
In short, the process can work like this (note there are other ways to trigger this):
1) Pathogenic bacteria overgrow in intestines and create waste products (LPS) which activate the immune system to respond and produce a chemical called “Interleukin 1b”.
2) The activity of this immune response is communicated to the brain by way of the vagus nerve which connects the brain with our “second brain”, which is also called “the gut”.
3) The brains immune system cells called “microglia” become overly excited by the ongoing response to the toxins being produced in the gut (or elsewhere in the body), and these microglia break down neurons.
Monsanto is a chief producer of genetically modified products. Among the most dangerous products that they produce is the herbicide RoundUp. RoundUp is a chemical called “glyphosate” that is combined with a few other chemicals. Conventional farming of corn, soy, cotton, canola, and wheat is increasingly using more and more RoundUp on their genetically modified crops as nature adapts to the toxicity of the RoundUp by becoming increasingly tolerant to it. Ultimately nature will win out, but in the process our food, water, and soil will become increasingly poisoned by the compound until those using these insane farming practices either recognize the foolishness of their ways, or they opt for something even more toxic such as Agent Orange on the crops.(2)
The proponents of Monsanto’s version of GMO farming like to argue that glyphosate is fine to use since the enzymes that kill the weeds which are affected by the RoundUp don’t exist in the human body, therefore they can’t hurt humans(3). Where their argument falls apart is that the enzymes do exist in the microbes which make up our gut, and the importance of a healthy gut ecology is central to good health. In other words, RoundUp residue is disrupting our “microbiome”, and this disruption of our microbiome can result in an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria relative to our beneficial bacteria (4). Among those toxic bacteria which are known to become dominant is Clostridium Botulinum, which produces one of the most potent bacterial toxins known to man. (4.5)The dominance of these pathogenic bacteria is amplified with the consumption of sugar and high fructose syrup so dominant in the Standard American Diet (SAD), as these harmful microbes love to eat the sweets so many Amercian’s put into their bodies. Likewise, the artificial sweeteners either disrupt our gut flora (5) or they fuel the inflammatory processes within the brain directly.(6) Also noteworthy, is the research which shows how the microbes in our gut will highly influence our bodies cravings. In other words, much of your cravings for junk food and sweets may be coming from an unhealthy gut microbiome.(6.5) Recent research involving the parasite associated with Toxoplasmosis has shown that the parasite will affect behavior beyond just food cravings, too.(6.6) The following video is a nice overview of how our microbiome affects our health.
So what does this all mean?
If our food contains residue of RoundUp, which it almost certainly will if you’re eating conventionally raised corn, wheat, soy, or canola, you can expect the microbial balance within your intestines to become prone to being shifted in the direction of being dominant with pathogenic bacteria. If the pathogenic bacteria becomes dominant, you can expect these bacteria to be producing “lipopolysaccharides”, which will then trigger the immune system to produce the pro-inflammatory cycle I detailed above. Given that scenario, if Monsanto’s crops, which dominate the food landscape right now, are altering our gut ecology and causing it to become dominant in LPS generating bad bacteria, and this then initiates a brain degenerating pro-inflammatory process in the brain, then we can conclude that Monsanto and conventional farming practices are key factors involving probably every form of chronic illness. Not only that, the pet food you’re feeding your animals most likely is tainted with RoundUp residue. Like to eat out? Unless they’re advertising their food as being all organic, expect to be consuming some RoundUp residue. Even if the food is advertised as organic, research is showing that even this is no guarantee that genetically modified food isn’t being used. (7)
So how do we stop this madness?
Unfortunately, there is a fascistic relationship between the government and Monsanto. Our current “Food Safety Czar” at the FDA is former VP from Monsanto, Michael Taylor. Additionally, Clarence Thomas, who sits on the Supreme Court, has never recused himself of any Supreme Court case related to Monsanto, despite a clear conflict of interest given the fact that Clarence Thomas is a former lawyer for Monsanto.(8) Government is now acting to make sure that the Monsanto machine isn’t stopped.
This is going to require a grass roots campaign that starts with YOU! Now that you have this information, please share it with others. Beyond that, “Origins” is an excellent documentary which covers many of the problems with our health and how it relates to conventional farming practices like I described above. If you’re interested in learning more about what I’ve detailed here, watch this video with your friends and family, and help make it viral! The mainstream media isn’t going to do this. Like it or not, stopping the Monsanto machine requires our collective action.