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    ** Study Links Monsanto’s Roundup to Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s By Genna Reed A new review of hundreds
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      Study Links Monsanto’s Roundup to Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

      By Genna Reed

      A new review <http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416> of hundreds of
      scientific studies surrounding glyphosate—the major component of
      Monsanto<http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/?s=genna+reed&x=0&y=0>’s
      Roundup herbicide—sheds light on its effects within the human body. The
      paper describes how all of these effects could work together, and with
      other variables, trigger health problems in humans, including debilitating
      diseases like gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity,
      Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

      Glyphosate impairs the cytochrome P450 (CYP) gene pathway, which creates
      enzymes that help to form and also break down molecules in cells. There are
      myriad important CYP enzymes, including aromatase (the enzyme that converts
      androgen into estrogen) and 21-Hydroxylase, which creates cortisol (stress
      hormone) and aldosterone (regulates blood pressure). One function of these
      CYP enzymes is also to detoxify xenobiotics, which are foreign chemicals
      like drugs, carcinogens or pesticides. Glyphosate inhibits these CYP
      enzymes, which has rippling effects throughout our body.

      Because the CYP pathway is essential for normal functioning of various
      systems in our bodies, any small change in its expression can lead to
      disruptions. For example, humans exposed to glyphosate have decreased
      levels of the amino acid tryptophan, which is necessary for active
      signaling of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Suppressed serotonin levels
      have been associated with weight gain, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

      This paper does not claim to yield new scientific discoveries. Instead, it
      looks at older studies in a new light. Critics will say the links between
      glyphosate and health problems made in this paper are purely correlational,
      but this work is important because it brings all of the possible health
      effects of glyphosate together and discusses what could happen: something
      the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      and the Food and Drug Administration have failed to do.

      Just as Monsanto attempted to
      discredit<http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/blogs/of-course-monsanto-says-its-safe/>
      scientist
      Gilles-Eric Seralini’s study on rats fed genetically engineered corn, the
      company called this peer-reviewed journal article “another bogus
      study<http://monsantoblog.com/2013/04/25/another-bogus-study/>”
      due to its “bad
      science<http://monsantoblog.com/2013/04/30/the-curious-case-of-the-paper-that-isnt/>.”
      In a classic pot-calling-the-kettle-black scenario, what Monsanto doesn’t
      mention is that the majority of research showing glyphosate’s safety has
      been done by Monsanto itself, which could be called bad science as well due
      to its limited and biased nature.

      The authors of the new review call for more independent research to
      validate their findings, stating that “glyphosate is likely to be pervasive
      in our food supply, and contrary to being essentially nontoxic, it may in
      fact be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.” If
      the body of independent research on GE
      foods<http://ecowatch.com/p/food/gmo-genetically-modified-organism/>
      and
      the herbicides used with them shows one thing, it is that there are
      unanswered questions begging for unbiased research. And while these
      questions remain unanswered, Americans have the right to
      know<http://ecowatch.com/2013/ge-labeling-needed-now-more-than-ever/>
      how
      their food was produced*.*

      This article was published at NationofChange at:
      http://www.nationofchange.org/study-links-monsanto-s-roundup-autism-parkinson-s-and-alzheimer-s-1367764115.
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