I was surprised to read the effect of chemical farming on children’s health. The following research on this subject was done by Dr. Stephanie Senaff, a Ph.D from MIT. In the recent years, she has focused her research on biology mainly between the factors of nutrition and health. She is thorough with the nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins on human health and the causes of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Autism. So this was the following I read on her blog on the ANH-USA.ORG website:
At a conference last Thursday, in a special panel discussion about GMOs, she took the audience by surprise when she declared, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.” She noted that the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity, and presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism. The children with autism have biomarkers indicating an excessive use of glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder.
A fellow panelist at Dr. Seneff’s presentation remarked, “All of the 70 or so people in attendance were squirming, likely because they now had serious misgivings about serving their kids, or themselves, anything with corn or soy, which are nearly all genetically modified and thus tainted with Roundup and its glyphosate.”
Dr. Seneff also noted the ubiquity of glyphosate’s use. Because it is used on corn and soy, all soft drinks and candies sweetened with corn syrup and all chips and cereals that contain soy fillers have small amounts of glyphosate in them, as do our beef and poultry since cattle and chicken are fed GMO corn or soy. Wheat is often sprayed with Roundup just prior to being harvested, which means that all non-organic bread and wheat products would also be sources of glyphosate toxicity. The amount of glyphosate in each product may not be large, but the cumulative effect (especially with as much processed food on a global scale) could be devastating. A recent study even showed that pregnant women living near farms where pesticides are applied have a 60% increased risk of children having an autism spectrum disorder.
Other toxic substances may also be autism-inducing. Studies now show a link between children’s exposure to pesticides and autism. Children who live in homes with vinyl floors, which can emit phthalate chemicals, are more likely to have autism. And also children whose mothers smoked were also twice as likely to have autism. Research now acknowledges that environmental contaminants such as PCBs, PBDEs, (some sort of harmful dioxin compounds) and mercury can alter brain neuron functioning even before a child is born.
Of course, autism is a complex problem with many potential causes. Dr. Seneff’s data, however, is particularly important considering how close the correlation is—and because it is coming from a scientist with impeccable credentials.
“In my view, the situation is almost beyond repair,” Dr. Seneff said after her presentation. “We need to do something drastic.”
The question is: Are you willing to do something drastic? Because baseline, it’s not that we cannot do anything but it’s because we are lazy. So let’s not be anymore couch potatoes. We should all be ready to grow our own organic, nutrient fresh and rich plants to live in a health sustainable environment.
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