New Study Links Glyphosate Pesticides to Advanced Liver Disease

Glyphosate-based pesticides like Monsanto’s RoundUp have been making headline news these days, largely due to the many trials against Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG) whose plaintiffs allege that RoundUp caused their cancer. For those people who haven’t been following the news, Monsanto recently lost multiple landmark cases in which juries awarded victims of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma millions of dollars in damages.

But, the potential link between glyphosate and cancer are not the only things we should be considering, according to a new study. The researchers at the University of California found that these pesticides are linked to serious liver disorders as well.

The new study published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology found a link between glyphosate-based pesticides and a severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), known as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The condition may also increase the risk of even more serious conditions like cirrhosis and liver cancer.

While the study does not prove that glyphosate-based pesticides cause liver disease because it was an “after the fact” study in 97 humans who already have liver disease, it shows a link between high glyphosate levels in the urine and NASH.

This is not the first time that glyphosate has been linked to organ damage or liver damage, in particular. This study strengthens the connection between glyphosate and liver damage found in earlier research published in Scientific Reports. In that study of the effects on animals, researchers found that even low exposures within equivalent regulatory safety limits resulted in the development of NAFLD and NASH within 2 years.

Glyphosate was designated a “probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015—a decision its International Agency for Research of Cancer reached after an expansive review of approximately 1000 studies of the safety, or lack thereof, of glyphosate. Glyphosate has been linked to a wide variety of cancers, including: brain, breast, prostate, lung and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In addition to links between cancer and the chemical, other studies found a possible link between the chemical and genetic damageAlzheimer’s disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, hypothyroidism, and leaky gut syndrome, autism, ADHD, birth defects, celiac disease and gluten intolerance, colitis, depression, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, infertility, miscarriages, obesity, and respiratory illnesses.

Additionally, in another study entitled,The Global Glyphosate Study, researchers assessed the allowable amounts of glyphosate based on current regulations, along with the manufacturers’ purported safety of glyphosate-based products. In this study, researchers found that the amounts set as safe levels of glyphosate by the United States government agency aren’t actually safe at all and are instead linked to microbiome imbalances and damages to DNA. A microbiome is the sum of all the microbes in the body, which differs from person to person, creating a sort of microscopic “fingerprint.”

Glyphosate-based pesticides are the most widely-used pesticides sold and used globally, with Monsanto’s RoundUp being the most common one. It is used on many food crops, including genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Additionally, glyphosate-based pesticides are sprayed on parks, roadsides, gardens, railway tracks, playgrounds, golf courses and cemeteries.

While RoundUp gets all the press and is the most known glyphosate-based pesticide, there are many others that contain this chemical compound, including: Alligare Glyphosate 5.4, Martin’s Eraser Max, Hi-Yield Killzall 365, Aqua Star Aquatic Herbicide, Eraser Foaming Weed Killer, Aqua Neat Aquatic Herbicide, Agrisel Gly-Pho-Sel Pro 41%, Pronto Vegetation Killer, Ranger Pro Herbicide, Monterey Remuda Full Strength, Monterey Remuda Extended Control and many others.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM shares her food growing, cooking, and other food self-sufficiency adventures at FoodHouseProject.com. She is the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News, founder of Scent-sational Wellness, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, & Cooking. Follow her work.

 

42 comments

Lorraine A
Lorraine Andersen12 hours ago

thanks for sharing

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Knud Thirup
Knud T2 days ago

thank you

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Peggy B
Peggy B3 days ago

TYFS

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Jeramie D
Jeramie D3 days ago

Blows my mind that this chemical is still around.

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Carla G
Carla G4 days ago

tyfs

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Colin Clauscen
Colin C6 days ago

It is a very dangerous chemical very dangerous

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara6 days ago

But do farmers die wholesale? no

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara6 days ago

ok

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara6 days ago

well you are not supposed to drink the stuff or rub it on skin

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara6 days ago

th

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