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RoundUp/Glyphosate Part II
June 15, 2015

(Ducks Sharing Water Dish.)

Tomorrow we have a conference with the staff at Heartland to see where we all go from this point.

Yolanda is finally able to sit some and PT started yesterday.

We really want her back home, but PT is needed right now.

In a couple of weeks, I plan on sharing her story, as we have many new readers, some have even asked me to share.

We missed the 'Three Fires' Powwow this past weekend.

I enjoy Powwows, Hopefully we can catch the one in late summer/early fall.

A small part of my heritage is American Indian.

Pictured are some flowers around the yard.

I know Iris and Tea roses aren't native, but we still get enjoyment and they aren't in the natives beds.

Iris are beautiful and delicate looking.

too bad they have a short bloom season.

Roses are mostly Karen's, but the coral colored 'Tropicana' is mine.

At the bottom are pictures of Tradescantia (Spiderwort) and Coreopsis (Tickseed).

Bird fledglings abound right now.

Every now and then, we get a peek at a young (half sized) chipmunk.

This is Part II on Roundup/Glyphosate.

There is only so much room for me to share all the information out there.

Health issues are a real wake up call.

A bit lengthy (again), but well worth the read.

If not for you and me, think children and grandchildren.

The usual public perception is that herbicides like Roundup may not be a threat to our health but these articles argue the opposite.


The chemical at the heart of the planet’s most widely used herbicide.

Roundup weedkiller.

Used in farms and gardens across the U.S., Canada, and abroad, is coming under more intense scrutiny following the release of a new report calling for a heightened regulatory response around its use.

Critics have argued for decades that glyphosate, the
active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides used around the globe, poses a serious threat to public health.

Industry regulators, however, appear to have consistently overlooked their concerns.

A comprehensive review of existing data released by 'Earth Open Source', an organization that uses open-source collaboration to advance sustainable food production, suggests that industry regulators in Europe have known for years that glyphosate, originally introduced by American agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto in 1976, causes birth defects in the embryos of laboratory animals.

Rabbits are one thing.

People are another.

Read on.

The Earth Open Source report,

"Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?"

This comes years after Argentine scientists and residents targeted glyphosate, arguing that it caused health problems and environmental damage.

Farmers and others in Argentina use the weedkiller primarily on genetically modified Roundup Ready soy, which covers nearly 50 million acres, or half of the country's cultivated land area.

In 2009 farmers sprayed that acreage with an estimated 200 million liters of glyphosate.

The Argentine government helped pull the country out of a recession in the 1990s in part by promoting genetically modified soy.

Though it was something of a miracle for poor farmers, several years after the first big harvests residents near where the soy cop grew began reporting health problems.

Including high rates of birth defects and cancers, as well as the losses of crops and livestock as the herbicide spray drifted across the countryside.

Your Body on Roundup:

1. Roundup kills human liver cells.

Researchers in France exposed human liver cell lines to four Roundup formulations varying by adjuvant mixture.

All four types of herbicide killed human liver cells with the adjuvant in Roundup having an even stronger effect than glyphosate alone.

2. Roundup damages human cells at low concentrations.

Scientists exposed human epithelial cells to a 450-fold dilution of Roundup compared to that used for spraying agriculture.

Despite the low dose, DNA damage and membrane injury was identified in the cells, more evident with Roundup than with glyphosate alone.

3. Roundup suppresses liver detoxification pathways.

In a lengthy research paper, the impact of glyphosate on both liver enzymes that are important in detoxification as well as amino acid synthesis in the gut was examined.

Roundup interferes with liver Cytochrome P450 enzymes used to detoxify chemicals.

Glyphosate was also shown to disrupt gut bacteria and impair transport of sulfate and phosphate.

The authors connected the toxic effects of Roundup to human obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility and other syndromes.

Last week I mentioned how tests have shown Glyphosate in 30% of breast milk in nursing mothers.

Here is a snippet from Dr. Mercola of

Agricultural chemicals are progressively making their way into your body whether you are trying to avoid them or not, according to several recent studies in the US and Canada.

A prime offender is glyphosate,
the main toxic ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup.

Glyphosate is both an herbicide and a pesticide.

Multiple scientific findings suggest that Monsanto and global regulatory bodies have been wrong about the lack of bioaccumulation of glyphosate-based agricultural chemicals.

If you are eating processed foods or foods from nearly any restaurant, odds are very high you are getting loads of this toxin, and if you are a pregnant woman, you may be passing them along to your unborn child via your baby's placenta, umbilical cord, and in your breast milk.

This is gravely concerning as there is mounting scientific evidence that Roundup may be even more toxic than DDT.

As a result of the latest findings regarding bioaccumulation, testing commissioners have urged USDA and EPA to place a temporary ban on all use of glyphosate-based chemicals to protect public health, until more comprehensive testing is completed.

Men, We Aren't Immune.

Reported in 'Natural News'.

Roundup was found to change gene expression in sperm cells, which could alter the balance of the hormones androgen and estrogen (you know what that is all about).

A negative impact on sperm quality was
confirmed, raising questions about impaired sperm efficiency.

The authors suggested that repeated exposures to Roundup at doses lower than those used in agriculture could damage mammalian reproduction over the long term.

Men exposed to even trace amounts of the Monsanto herbicide Roundup are at a serious risk of sperm damage and reproductive problems, according to a new study.

Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini and his colleagues from the University of Caen in France found that short-term exposure to Roundup at levels frequently found in water after agricultural sprayings causes long-term fertility issues, including damage to hormonal systems.

(Reports of other animals having issues, lab rats were used in this study. Results were an eye opener.)

Perhaps not surprisingly, it was discovered that short-term exposure to common levels of Roundup led to alterations in sperm cell gene expression, resulting in an imbalance of the $ex hormones androgen and estrogen.

The most significant change was an increase in aromatase mRNA, the adrenal enzyme responsible for initiating the biosynthesis of estrogens inside the body.

"The authors suggested that repeated exposures to Roundup at doses lower than those used in agriculture could damage mammalian reproduction over the long term,

The study’s findings should raise alarm in farm workers, as well as people who spray Roundup for municipal authorities and even home gardeners.

People exposed to lower doses repeated over the long term, including consumers who eat food produced with Roundup and people who happen to be exposed to others’ spraying activities, should also be concerned.

Those who want to conceive a child should take special measures to minimise their exposure, including eating organic food and lobbying for a ban on Roundup spraying in their neighborhoods.

In closing.

In my youth, Autism was rarely mentioned.

Then it became a statistic.

1 in every 1,000 born are Autistic.

Today it is something like 1 in 80.

That is scary.

A couple months ago, 'Mother Earth News' published an article on lawn and garden chemicals and the increasing rate of Autism.

They even show a map breaking down areas with the strongest use of these chemicals and regions where Autism is highest.

The correlation is too similar to ignore.

Indeed, it has been known for decades that all of the chemicals we use is a major cause for ADD and ADHD.

Again, I knew one girl in my school years that was hyperactive, now it seems that half the child population is diagnosed with these issues.

In and around agriculture belts, and families that work closely with chemicals or agriculture.

Families that live near farms where wind can blow (my brother and autistic nephew fit in here and have since moved).

Other issues.

We as consumers must be aware and speak out.

Life has enough challenges without man made chemicals knocking us off.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Remember this the next time toxins are used liberally.

Every insect (pollinators too) in your gardens gets sprayed or eats this stuff.

Birds and Beneficial Insects feed on bugs and feed insects to their babies.

You know of the health risks by now, just think of your wildlife too.

I shudder at the idea of a world (such as it is) without birds and bees.

Yes, I suppose some use is needed, but in the 100's of millions of pounds yearly?

Choose wisely my friend.

Now your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"Love is always bestowed as a gift -
freely, willingly and without expectation.
We don't love to be loved; we love to love."

Leo Buscaglia 1924-1998

I always enjoy Leo's quotes.

I would have liked to have met him.

Now here is true love.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

John 3:16

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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