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Health Tip of the Week: Chemicals In Our Foods

A major environmental and health concern around the globe is the use of a chemical called glyphosate. Glyphosate is an herbicide and weed killer. It is also used to regulate plant growth and ripen crops. Glyphosate is commonly applied to broad leaf plants and grasses. It is the active ingredient in products called Round-up, Rodeo Aquatic Herbicide and Eraser.

Scientific analysis and research has shown that glyphosate is classified as an endocrine disrupter. Endocrine disrupters make a mess of the body’s endocrine system, the system responsible for making all of our vital hormones.

It has also been linked to liver disease, birth defects and reproductive problems in laboratory animals; and may kill beneficial gut bacteria and damage the DNA in human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells. Glyphosate use has been the subject of many recent lawsuits involving farmers and cancer cases from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

The main manufacturer of Round-up (Monsanto-Bayer) has had numerous lawsuits filed against their company due to the negative health effects. 6 middle eastern countries have banned the use of glyphosate due to the harmful effects found in the scientific research. Two different towns in California have banned glyphosate use.

Glyphosate is used on food crops in the United States and is found in high levels in soy, grain (wheat, oats, rye, barley, rice), potatoes, almonds, peas, sugar, beets carrots and many other commonly eaten foods or ingredients in foods.

Glyphosate has shown up in high levels in breakfast cereal and snack bars (granola bars). Glyphosate levels have even been found in meat, chicken, dairy and eggs due to the grain feed given to animals.

On a personal level, I can report many patients who have had glyphosate levels show up in their lab work. Glyphosate causing health problems is not fake news.

The manufacturers that make millions in profits from their glyphosate products sold to farmers and to the general public continue to report that glyphosate is safe for the human body despite the mounting scientific evidence and successful lawsuits to the contrary.

To avoid glyphosate, consumers must eat organic grains and food products.Organic is the only way to avoid these chemicals.

Over generations, the continued use of glyphosate will be a major detriment to the health of our society.

In addition to eating organic foods, the most important thing that the general public must do, is stop using products like Round-up that contain glyphosate as weed killers for their gardens, lawns, sidewalks and street curbs.

The glyphosate goes directly into our ground water and is poisoning our bays, lakes, rivers, streams, ponds and oceans and thus entering  wildlife. In addition, glyphosate levels have been reported in drinking water and can contribute to increased levels in our body.

The only way the use of glyphosate will stop is for people to cease buying products that contain the harmful chemical. As I mentioned previously, this means eating organic foods, especially grains and stopping the home use of glyphosate weed killers.

Lastly, we need to support government bills that ban the use of glyphosate and even propose that local municipalities ban the use of glyphosate weed killers.

Chiropractic Thought for the Week

One of the most important things you can do to protect your body from the viruses that cause the flu is boost your immune system function. In addition to foods, vitamins, exercise and stress reduction, chiropractic care on a regular basis has been shown to boost the function of the immune system and keep you healthier during the flu season.


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