I find it astonishing that babies & children with cancer are being provided with nutrients through a feeding tube that are contaminated with glyphosate. It ought to be obvious that certified organic sources are the only viable option in such a situation.
Mission Viejo, CA (PRWEB) January 07, 2015
In the first ever testing of glyphosate herbicides in feeding tube liquid, Moms Across America has detected high levels in 30% of Pediasure Enteral Nutritional Drink samples tested. The shocking results included samples from the same batch which tested positive at levels above 75 ppb, which is 800 to 1110 times higher than has been shown to destroy gut bacteria in chickens.(1) An amount of only 50 ppt was shown to cause kidney, liver, and sex hormone changes in rats.(2)
Reading the ingredients for a leading enteral nutritional drink, like the tested Pediasure Enteral Nutrition Drink, reveals that many feeding tube liquids are filled with genetically-engineered corn syrup, soy, and sugar. All of which are routinely sprayed with high levels of glyphosate throughout the growing season and just before harvest as a drying agent.
Glyphosate has been scientifically proven to function as a chelator(3) and a patented antibiotic(4) that harms nutritional absorption and gut balance where the majority of immune system health resides.(5) Exposure to glyphosate may result in impeding the human body's ability to produce Tryptophan, Seratonin, & Melatonin, critical amino acids, neurotransmitters, & hormones that regulate insulin and protect mental well-being. Furthermore, glyphosate is a recognized endocrine disruptor(6) that may impact, deform, or halt fetal development.(7) Recent peer-reviewed studies find that this chemical also feeds antibiotic resistant bacteria(8) and functions as a cell disintegrator(3) capable of breaking down the blood brain barrier and allowing increased toxins to enter the brain correlating with the sharp rise of autism and increased use of glyphosate(9) throughout the modern agricultural industry.
Monsanto and worldwide regulatory bodies have based their regulations upon the assumption that glyphosate is not bio-accumulative. However, this belief was strongly disproven with the April 2014 release of Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse's Glyphosate Testing Full Report: Findings in American Mothers' Breast Milk, Urine and Water.(10) MIT PhD. scientist and co-author of the Glyphosate Papers, Stephanie Seneff, shares important insights from her scientific study of glyphosate, "I find it astonishing that babies and children with cancer are being provided with nutrients through a feeding tube that are contaminated with glyphosate. It ought to be obvious to medical professionals that it is essential to assure that as few toxic chemicals as possible are present in enteral nutrition provided to seriously ill children. This is a direct delivery system for glyphosate to the blood and to the tissues. It should be undeniable that certified organic sources are the only viable option in such a situation."
The glyphosate testing commissioned by Moms Across America showed 6 out of 20 positive IDs for glyphosate residue in the product. This represents 30% of the samples, which tested positive. The highest concentration found contained 111 ppb (part per billion). The lowest detectable reading with this method of analysis was 76 ppb and the lowest amount positively detected in the lab report was found to contain 80 ppb.
The initial testing that has been completed at Microbe Inotech Labs, St. Louis, Missouri, is not meant to be a full scientific study. Rather, it is intended to inspire and initiate increased peer-reviewed scientific studies on glyphosate, by regulatory bodies and independent scientists worldwide. This testing was done using ELISA tests and had another method been chosen, such as HPLC-MS with a lower detection limit, possibly more samples would have shown glyphosate residue contamination.
This case of finding high levels of glyphosate in feeding tube liquids as well as the established evidence that this chemical does, in fact, bio-accumulate in human tissues should provide strong proof that the EPA and USDA should no longer rely on short-term industry sponsored safety studies on glyphosate and all other pesticides. Regulators must support long-term independent science to determine exactly how damaging these chemicals are for this and future generations. Moms Across America believes that while these studies are being completed, all glyphosate-based herbicides should be removed from commerce. Zen Honeycutt shares that they are also in the process of testing liquid infant baby formula for glyphosate residue. Findings will be shared publicly when final results are available on the Moms Across America website.
Read the full report on the recent feeding tube liquid glyphosate detection study with quotes from global scientists and mothers on the Moms Across America website. Moms Across America is presented by the nonprofit CA State Grange and is a national coalition of unstoppable Moms. "Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids."
1 Curr Microbiol, August 2012, Shehata A., Schrödl W., Aldin A., Hafez H., Krüger, M., The Effect of Glyphosate on Potential Pathogens and Beneficial Members of Poultry Microbiota In Vitro, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=The+Effect+of+Glyphosate+on+Potential+Pathogens+and+Beneficial+Members+of+Poultry+Microbiota+In+Vitro
2 Environmental Sciences Europe, 2014, Séralini, G-E., Clair, E., Mesnage, R., Gress, S., Defarge, N., Malatesta, M., Hennequin, D. & de Vendômois, J.S. (2012). Republished study: Long term toxicity of a roundup herbicide and a roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize., http://www.enveurope.com/content/pdf/s12302-014-0014-5.pdf
3 Entropy, April 2013, Samsel A, Seneff S, Glyphosate's suppression of cytochrome P450 enzymes and amino acid biosynthesis by the gut microbiome: Pathways to modern diseases, http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416
4 Curr Microbiol, January 2012, Clair E., Linn L., Travert C., Amiel C., Séralini, G-E., Panoff, J., Effects of Roundup and Glyphosate on Three Food Microorganisms: Geotrichum candidum, Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/term=Effects+of+Roundup+and+Glyphosate+on+Three+Food+Microorganisms%3A+Geotrichum+candidum
5 Oregon State University. (2013, September 16). Gut microbes closely linked to proper immune function, other health issues. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 4, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130916122214.htm
6 Chemical Research in Toxicology, May 2010, Paganelli, A., Gnazzo, V., Acosta, H., Lopez, S., and Carrasco, A., Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Produce Teratogenic Effects on Vertebrates by Impairing Retinoic Acid Signaling
7 Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, July 2007, Benachour, N., Sipahutar, H., Moslemi, S., Gasnier, C., Travert, C., Séralini, G-E., Time- and Dose-Dependent Effects of Roundup on Human Embryonic and Placental Cells, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17486286#
8 Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, October 2014, Lima, I., Baumeier, N., Rosa, R., Campelo, P., & Rosa, E. Influence of Glyphosate in Planktonic and Biofilm Growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa., http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4204984/
9 Environmental Sciences Europe, September 2012, Benbrook, C., Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. - the first sixteen years
10 Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse, April 2014, Glyphosate Testing Full Report: Findings in American Mothers' Breast Milk, Urine, and Water. http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/glyphosate_testing_results