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Popular Herbicide Linked to Fatty Liver Disease


The mega-corporation known as Monsanto is well known the world over and is no stranger to being in the news. And while they have certainly been making headlines in the last 6 months, the truth remains that you probably have a closer connection to Monsanto than you know. In fact, they are probably already in your house.

From frozen vegetables to cigarettes and soup to bandaids, Monsanto has its fingers in just about every type of business that produces products used by millions and millions of people across the globe. As of late, they have been in the news for unethical practices, conflict of interests and the use of GMOs in their products; however, this time around, Monsanto’s name in the news is for a much more serious issue.

Roundup, the world’s most popular herbicide has been linked to fatty liver disease, according to a new report.

Through the use of cutting-edge molecular profiling analyses, scientists have found that the popular weedkiller causes serious liver damage to rats at low doses. These findings suggest that residues of glyphosate-based herbicides in food could be linked to rises in the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, diabetes and ‘metabolic syndrome’.

The peer-reviewed study was led by Dr. Michael Antoniou of King’s College in London said “The findings of our study are very worrying as they demonstrate for the first time a causative link between an environmentally relevant level of Roundup consumption over the long-term and a serious disease – namely non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Our results also suggest that regulators should reconsider the safety evaluation of glyphosate-based herbicides.”

These findings bring to light huge potential risk and serious health implications for humans who ingest this substance.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, currently affects 25 percent of the US population with similar numbers coming out of Europe. Symptoms of NAFLD include fatigue, weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, spider-like blood vessels, yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), itching, fluid build-up and swelling of the legs and abdomen, and mental confusion.

While initially the study was conducted to determine the influence of the chemical on NAFLD, authors of the study suggest that glyphosate might have a significant impact on diabetes and obesity as well.

“Our observations may have human health implication since NAFLD is predicted to be the next major global epidemic. Approximately 20-30% of the population in the United States carry extra fat in their livers. NAFLD is associated with the recent rapid rise in the incidence of diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.

“Overall, it is acknowledged that NAFLD is mostly caused by excess caloric intake, but also from the consumption of processed foods, which increases simple sugar and saturated fat ingestion as well as sedentary lifestyles.

“However, many suffer from NAFLD but which do not have any high-risk factors and thus other contributors to disease, such as exposure to physiologically active environmental pollutants via contaminated food, cannot be excluded.”

So the next time you are working in the garden, you might want to think twice about what products you choose, because a healthy lawn is not worth an unhealthy life.

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