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GMO’s: the Science and the Myths: Part 4

Today, I would like to continue a review of Dr. Stephanie Seneff’s research at MIT. Her research looks at the use of genetically modified organisms introduced into our food supply, the use of pesticides specifically, Roundup, and correlates it to the increased prevalence of many diseases.

Let’s look at autism: why has the rate of autism increased in our society. The numbers are shocking.

The National Autism Association states: Autism Facts & Stats

  • Autism now affects 1 in 88 children
  • Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls
  • About 40% of children with autism do not speak. About 25%–30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood
  • Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)
  • The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last twenty years
  • Comorbid conditions often associated with autism include Fragile X, allergies, asthma, epilepsy, bowel disease, gastrointestinal/digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, PANDAS, feeding disorders, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, OCD, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, immune disorders, autoimmune disorders, and neuro-inflammation.
  • Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded
  • A 2008 Danish Study found that the mortality risk among those with autism was nearly twice that of the general population
  • Children with autism do progress – early intervention is key

Why the increase?

Fact: the past five years alone are showing an alarming increase in the rate of this disease: from 1:150 to 1:50 (as of March 2013).

This increase seems to correlates to an environmental related cause and effect. Dr. Seneff and others believe an environmental factor is the underlying reason for this increase. Their studies on the mechanism of action of glyphosate in our biology supports this correlation.

She states: “it (glyphosate) causes both nutritional deficiencies and toxins in your system.”

How? is my next question?

  1. Mostly through gut bacteria. In my last post I highlighted the shikimate pathway that we do not have but our gut bacteria do. Glyphosate disrupts the beneficial bacteria, produces toxins, and creates leaky gut and inflammation. Many autistic children are on gluten free diets and cannot tolerate gluten because of the leaky gut condition. Autistic children in general have trouble eating a variety of foods. I personally have heard of cases where an autistic child will only tolerate 5 foods. I don’t think that is uncommon.
  2. Sulfur deficiency: Dr. Seneff points out that many of us in the nutrition field do not point out sulfur as a nutrient per se because it is easy to include in our diets. Autistic children have a third of the normal level of sulfate in their blood. This is the form that sulfur is synthesized into. Sulfur metabolites such as cysteine, homocysteine, methionine and glutathione, amino acids that are necessary, are all sulfur based. We get these from our diet or our gut. Glyphosate hits the gut bacteria can lead to deficiencies of these amino acids which leads to other disease related issues.
  3. These beneficial bacteria cannot make these amino acids and make toxins instead. One of the biggest fears of entering the hospital is contracting C. difficile or C-Dif which is a pathogen causing life threatening symptoms, specifically inflammation of our colon. These toxins can also disrupt our DNA and fats that normally occur in our cell membranes.
  4. We do have bacteria that can break down glyphosate which is the good news. But the bad news is that they produce ammonia. Both Alzheimer’s and Autistic children have high levels of ammonia in the blood. Ammonia can cause encephalopathy, which can restructure how the brain functions.

I personally wondered about the increased frequency of Autism. I owned a health food store and saw a few family’s dealing with an autistic child. It wasn’t that uncommon to hear of a family struggling with this disease in their family. Nutrition played a key factor in their intervention strategy. This research for me puts the pieces of a puzzle together in an understandable way. The science is looking at the damaging effects produced by GMO’s in our food supply and correlating it to increases in various disease.

In summary, the disruption of our gut bacteria by glyphosate in our food is proving to be detrimental in more ways than one. Impairment of sulfur transport and synthesis has serious consequences and is implicated in many disease. Glyphosate contributes to leaky gut and produces toxins that can be allergenic and seriously harmful.

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time eating out. We simply do not know or realize where our food is grown and with what substances. Buy organic as much as possible.


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