Health Impact News Exclusive
John P. Thomas reporting
Brian Shilhavy, Editor
Dr. Don Huber – Expert Analysis
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden issued an alarming warning in 2014: “Antibiotic resistance that turns ordinary disease-causing bacteria into illnesses that can’t be controlled could bring about the next pandemic.” Frieden brought attention to the growing trend of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which can cause patients to “enter the hospital with one disease and leave with another.” (Source)
It is generally acknowledged today that the age of antibiotics is over, as bacteria have adapted to resist man-made pharmaceutical products. The focus now is on the microbiome, both the human microbiome as well as other microbiome systems within our environment, as we enter into a new age of dangerous organisms totally out of control.
How did we get to this point where modern medicines can no longer stop infections? Many analyses correctly point to the fact that we have overused man-made antibiotic drugs, both in medicine and in livestock raised in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations).
However, as we report to you today, there is probably a far greater reason the human microbiome has been damaged and in many people destroyed, leading to a multitude of allergies and diseases that plague this modern generation. That reason is linked to a common herbicide currently present in 80% of the U.S. food chain: glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides.
Glyphosate may well be the most toxic chemical ever approved for commercial use, as it is now linked to kidney disease, antibiotic resistant bacteria, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, depression, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, cachexia, infertility, and developmental malformations. It destroys the microbiome of humans and plants, which is the root cause of many modern diseases.
The internationally recognized expert on Roundup toxicity, Dr. Don Huber , recently spoke with Health Impact News on the subject of preserving human health and the safety of our food supply. Roundup and other weed killing chemicals that contain glyphosate are the most widely used toxic chemicals in the world today. Glyphosate residue from Roundup now contaminates more than 80% of the US food supply. This contamination is not harmless, but has been linked to over 32 modern diseases and health conditions.
Please see our previous article on glyphosate for additional details about the many ways that this chemical is destroying human health: Is Glyphosate Responsible for your Health Problems?
Dr. Huber tells us more about how Roundup is being used in modern agriculture, and describes more of the life threatening consequences of glyphosate, which is now considered to be the most toxic agricultural chemical ever used. He explains some of the unintended consequences and points out various ways that we are unknowingly being exposed to this toxic herbicide.
Dr. Huber stated:
I spent some time consulting in Guatemala, and just across the border in El Salvador, we find that one out of four sugar cane workers has end stage kidney failure [because of glyphosate exposure]. These are young men. This is a death sentence for them. We see the same type of kidney disease here in the US [because of glyphosate from Roundup], but we just have more access to kidney dialysis and kidney transplants. Then you see the situation in Washington state with anencephaly (babies being born without brains) and the large number of stillbirths. Human fertility [in the United States] dropped another 25 to 30 percent in just the last 5 years.
These are just a few of the powerful facts that describe the health hazards that come from exposure to Roundup. Glyphosate is considered to be the primary active ingredient, though other chemicals in Roundup are actually just as toxic as glyphosate. The combined effect of the chemical soup in Roundup is actually 125 times more toxic than glyphosate is by itself. Glyphosate containing herbicides are sold under various names and are not only used with genetically modified crops, but the same chemicals are applied to public parks, sidewalks, roads, and millions of home gardens.
A few of the common brand name products that contain glyphosate are: Roundup Original, Eraser Systemic Weed & Grass Killer, Quick Kill Grass & Weed Killer, Bonide Kleenup Grass & Weed Killer, Hi-Yield Super Concentrate Killzall Weed & Grass Killer, and Green Light Com-Pleet 41% Systemic Grass & Weed Killer. 
Let’s consider a few of the facts about glyphosate.
It kills plants through chelation. It binds up the minerals that are essential for healthy immune system functioning in plants; then soil pathogens move in and kill the plant. In the soil, it works similarly to an antibiotic and kills organisms. Unfortunately, it kills beneficial organisms and allows pathogenic organism to flourish. In some cases it is actually a food source for some pathogens.
Wherever glyphosate goes, its chelating and antibiotic actions go with it. We now know that at least 80% of the US food supply is contaminated with glyphosate. This means most people are eating glyphosate on a daily basis. This means that the chelating and antibiotic properties of glyphosate are already at work in the bodies of most Americans. The only exception to this would be people who eat a strict organic diet and never eat food unless they know the source of every bite of food that enters their mouth.
When glyphosate goes into the human digestive tract, it retains its chelating and antibiotic effect. It can chelate (bind) with essential minerals from our bodies and from our food and carry them out of the body.
Glyphosate also affects the human biome by killing certain important microorganisms and by encouraging other microorganisms to over-populate. We now know that the greatest majority of the immune system lies in the human gut. When glyphosate goes into the gut, it changes the balance of microorganisms. It weakens the immune system and establishes conditions that lead to various modern diseases.
Dr. Samsel and Dr. Seneff list some of the modern diseases that are associated with routine exposure to tiny amounts of glyphosate. These diseases include: inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, depression, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, cachexia, infertility, and developmental malformations 
If given the choice, most people would prefer to avoid eating glyphosate. However, avoiding glyphosate is not as easy as one might think since it is in 80% of grocery store food. As was discussed, glyphosate will be found in genetically modified food, but it is also found in many non-GMO foods where glyphosate was used as a pre-harvest desiccant. We know that 93% of Americans want genetically modified food to be labeled so that they can avoid GMO products.  This would certainly help us avoid glyphosate and modified genes, however a large percentage of products still contain glyphosate residue even though they are not GMO. This residue does not need to be declared by food producers, because it is very tiny and corporations consider it to be harmless. But, the truth is that glyphosate exposure in the parts per trillion range has powerful harmful effects on the human endocrine system, which can disrupt all major body functions and cause cancer. [6, 7]
We asked Dr. Huber about how one could protect oneself from glyphosate exposure, and this was his reply:
Dr. Monika Krüger of the University of Leipzig in Germany has worked up some systems for helping. One of her recommendations is probiotics. You will find that most of those 32 or 34 modern diseases from Alzheimer’s to leaky gut to autism and all of those in between [will respond to] the re-establishment of the microbial biome in the GI tract. Fecal transplant is probably the most successful treatment that we have for any of these conditions. Many people have gluten intolerance. It is not the wheat but it is the glyphosate in the wheat or in the food that kills off essential microorganisms that are used to digest the gluten. We take a beating in our immune system as well as our neurological system [when we consume glyphosate]. The organisms in the gut produce serotonin, dopamine, as well as some vitamins, and make minerals available for absorption. Glyphosate is extremely toxic at levels 400 to 4,000 times lower than is found in some of our feed and food products.
Fecal transplants are more effective than probiotics. It doesn’t sound very well, but I can tell you that fecal transplants can change people’s lives for the better overnight with any of these diseases or conditions.
Humic acids and a form of zeolite called clinoptilolite are two materials that have been shown in research studies and in animal feeding studies to be able to remove glyphosate from the body. Glyphosate accumulates in the body despite what the manufacturers claim. Research shows that it accumulates in the spleen, muscles, liver, kidneys, and bone.
Humic acid is a natural product that comes from plant materials that have been decomposing over centuries. There is a humic acid mine in Utah where it is mined for human uses. It needs to be screened to avoid the heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, etc.
Clinoptilolite is a crystal that is mined and ground. It has a tubular structure that is useful for removing things from the body. In Europe it is used for heavy metal detoxification. It is also used as a carrier to bring nutrients into the body. It is important to be very careful with using zeolites because they can carry a lot of heavy metals with them. Also, if you get the fibrous types of zeolite rather than the tubular, they also can have an effect that is similar to asbestos. But the clinoptilolite is a good sponge for materials. We use it extensively in pet litter because it soaks up so much ammonia. It also has the capacity to pull out glyphosate, because the chelating quality of glyphosate binds to the clinoptilolite.
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