Letter: Herbicides could be cause of fetal anomalies
I would like to know more about the “fetal anomalies” findings.
The 2013 (Entropy ISSN 1099-4300) states, “In (110) it was shown that aromatase activity is disrupted in human placental cells at a (glyphosate) concentration 100 times lower than that recommended in agricultural use.” (For those of us who need to be educated, aromatase is a CYP enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen.)
There are also studies showing enhancement of retinoic acid, which plays a key role in embryonic development. “Due to reports of neural defects and craniofacial malformations in children born in regions where glyphosate-based herbicides are used…”
This study in Entropy is also linking autism to GMO’s and glyphosate, which is sprayed on food, worldwide. It is reported that one in 50 children are being diagnosed, and it is on the rise. In addition, on NPR (National Public Radio) on March 26, scientists are saying that autism begins in the womb.
“Glyphosates’ claimed mechanism of action in plants is the disruption of the shikimate pathway, which is involved with the synthesis of the essential aromatic amino acids, phenylalanine, tyrosine and trytophan. The shikimate pathway is present in gut bacteria. In addition to aiding digestion the gut microbiota synthesize vitamins, detoxify xenobiotics, and participate in immune system homeostasis and gastrointestinal tract permeability.”
This team’s research leads to the realization that many of the health problems that appear to be associated with a Western diet could be explained by biological disruptions that have already been attributed to glyphosate. Glyphosate may be the most significant environmental toxin, mainly because it is pervasive and often handled carelessly due to the industry’s perceived nontoxicity. As a consequence, measurement of its presence in food is practically non-existent.
When are we, innocent and ignorant consumers, going to wake-up to the hazards in our food supply and demand change? GMO’s/glyphosate in food, sodium fluoride in water, misuse of antibiotics in animals …
*(110) Environmental Health Perspective 2005, 113, 716-720. Differential effects of glyphosate and Roundup on human placental cells and aromatase.
Sharon R. Davis-Bell
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