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The mystery of what is causing thousands to die each year from a fatal kidney disease may now be solved, with evidence pointing to the world's most heavily used herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as the primary culprit.


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Saturday March 22, 2014, 1:12 pm
Thanks Kit.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 1:14 pm
Picture of Round Up from Cornucopia Institute

The mystery of what is causing thousands to die each year from a fatal kidney disease may now be solved, with evidence pointing to the world’s most heavily used herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as the primary culprit.

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Healthproposes a link between the herbicide known as Roundup (aka glyphosate) and a series of mysterious epidemics of fatal chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) affecting several poor farming regions around the world.

The extent of the health problem is so massive that the Center for Public Integrity found that CKDu has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, AIDS and leukemia combined, over the past 5 years on record.

Titled, “Glyphosate, Hard Water and Nephrotoxic Metals: Are They the Culprits Behind the Epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka?,” researchers hypothesized that while glyphosate is toxic, it alone is not capable of destroying kidney tissue on the scale recently observed in rice paddy regions of Northern Sri Lanka, or in El Salvador where it is the second leading cause of death among men. They propose glyphosate becomes extremely toxic to the kidney when it mixes with ‘hard’ water or heavy metals like arsenic and cadmium, either naturally present in the soil or added externally through fertilizer inputs. Hard water contains ‘metals,’ such as calcium, magnesium, strontium and iron, along with carbonate, bicarbonate, sulphate and chlorides.

The new hypothesis explains a number of observations connected with the disease, including why in afflicted regions like Sri Lanka there has been a strong association between the consumption of hard water and the occurrence of this special kidney disease, with 96% of CKDu patients having consumed hard or very hard water for at least five years.

The image below shows how closely water hardness and the prevalence of CKDu overlap:

***See image at Site*****

The discovery of a ‘new disease’

According to the study, a “Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology (CKDu)” was discovered among the rice paddy farms in Northern Central Province of Sri Lanka in the mid-1990s. The condition spread quickly to other farming areas, and now afflicts 15% of working age people in the northern part of the country, or a total population of 400,000 patients with an estimated death toll of around 20,000. Watch the videos “Mystery in the Fields” and “Cycle of Death” for 5 minute documentaries providing additional background information on afflicted areas around the world.

CKDu does not carry the same known risk factors as chronic kidney disease, which include diabetes, high blood pressure and glomerular nephritis, an inflammatory kidney condition. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health introduced criteria for CKDu in 2009, including:
1.No past history of, or current treatment for diabetes mellitus or chronic and/or severe hypertension, snake bites, urological disease of known etiology or glomerulonephritis.
2.Normal glycosylated hemoglobin levels (HbA1C ˂ 6.5%).
3.Blood pressure ˂160/100 mmHg untreated or ˂140/90 mmHg on up to two 
antihypertensive agents.

Owing to the fact that geographical and socioeconomical factors play such a central role in determining risk, it has been assumed that environmental and occupational factors are the main causative agents and therefore that CKDu is a form of toxic nephropathy, i.e. chemically-induced damage. The authors point out that even the World Health Organization conducted studies to determine the origin of CKDu, and that the general consensus is the disease as multiple causes, including:
Exposure to arsenic
Exposure to cadmium
Exposure to pesticides
Consumption of hard water
Low water intake
Exposure to high temperatures (and resultant dehydration)

The authors, however, propose: “Whatever hypothesis that is propounded should be able to answer the questions as to why CKDu is confined to certain geographical areas of Sri Lanka and why there was no CKDu in Sri Lanka prior to the 1990s.”

Roundup Weedkiller (Glyphosate) The Likely Culprit

The study goes on to detail how since 1977 political changes in Sri Lanka lead to large scale importation and application of agrochemicals, especially for rice paddy farming. They propose that 12-15 years of cumulative exposure to low concentration kidney-damaging compounds, along with their increasing bioaccumulation within the environment and human body, could explain the sudden appearance in the 1990′s of clinically identifiable CKDu. They hypothesized the existence of a so-called Compound “X” as the incriminating agent, which they determined would have to have the following characteristics:
A compound made of recently (2–3 decades) introduced chemicals to the CKDu endemic area.
Ability to form stable complexes with hard water.
Ability to capture and retain arsenic and nephrotoxic metals and act as a “carrier” 
in delivering these toxins to the kidney.
Possible multiple routes of exposure: ingestion, dermal and respiratory absorption.
Not having a significant first pass effect when complexed with hard water.
Presenting difficulties in identification when using conventional analytical methods.

Following an extensive search they arrived at glyphosate, which is the most widely used herbicide in Sri Lanka, as the likely culprit. They describe how glyphosate’s half-life can increase from several weeks in normal water to many years in hard water, as it forms hard to biodegrade glyphosate-metal complexes (GMCs). GMC exposure can happen in two ways: consumption of contaminated hard water, or it can form within the human body following glyphosate’s entry into circulation. Farmers (and their families) are at constant risk of exposure through skin or inhalation, in addition to untreated drinking water.

The study describes in depth the way in which GMCs may evade the liver’s detoxification mechanisms and damage the kidneys. This is in addition to the over 20 distinct modes of toxicity we have indexed on the database on glyphosate harms.

Finally, the authors discuss evidence that glyphosate may be behind similar epidemics of chronic kidney disease of unknown cause in Central American countries of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and India.

To read the entire open access study visit this link:

By: Sayer Ji | Cornucopia Institute |

Rather than list all of the articles in support of this information I invite you to simply Google the primary words in the title.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 1:17 pm

I know, no big surprise. This is however, fact based news and not just our own gut hunch that this stuff is deadly. If you have a petition that addresses this horrible situation please do share that here.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 2:41 pm
Yes, no surprise. Perhaps the only surprise may be that Monsanto hasn't been able to prevent this study to come forward. It will be denied and counter-"studied" i guess.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 4:33 pm
As if i need science to understand that if I eat poison I get poisoned, which is what makes it so frustrating that they even use the stuff!

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 4:38 pm
This is most likely only one of the horrible things it does to the body. The real issue is how do we stop this genocide!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 4:52 pm
This is all I found, apart from a closed petition
Make Nevada County Roundup Free

Since the Monsanto Protection Act was signed chances are zero

Barbara K (62)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 4:55 pm
Thanks for the info, my friend. It is always about the money. No matter what it is, it is about the money. Monsanto doesn't care how many people are killed, they are getting rich off these products. I wonder how well it would sell if they had to put on the label in big letters "Warning -- poison, will kill you from cancer or kidney disease or many other illnesses".

S J (124)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 6:03 pm
Noted, thanks Kit. signed Angelika--thanks


Past Member (0)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 6:20 pm
I read a similar article just recently and I'm curious about something. All of the U.S. has hard water, most of the country hard to extremely hard, and gyphosate has been used extensively here, both commercially and privately, since the 1970's.
As far as I know there's been little or no incidence of glysophate related kidney disease in the U.S. and I'm wondering if there might be another factor also at work in Sri Lanka.

JL A (281)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 7:18 pm
The US treats/filters the water provided to communities which may be less true in other parts of the world.
One in 10 American adults, more than 20 million, have some level of CKD.
CKD Incidence

The incidence of CKD is increasing most rapidly in people ages 65 and older.
The incidence of recognized CKD in people ages 65 and older more than doubled between 2000 and 2008.
The incidence of recognized CKD among 20- to 64-year-olds is less than 0.5 percent.
ESRD Incident Rate

After rising steadily from 1980 to 2001, the incident rate of ESRD leveled off.
AKI Incidence
The number of hospitalizations that included an AKI diagnosis rose from 3,942 in 1996 to 23,052 in 2008.
The percentage of AKI diagnoses that required dialysis declined from 13.39 in 1996 to 2.25 in 2008.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

B Lewenza (76)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 7:40 pm
Is this a surprise really, this is probably the reason for all the bee deaths as well. These are poisons that are being used and filtered into the ground and washing into our water systems. All them pretty lawns you see in every summer pass, how do you think they got that way. These chemical companies need to be boycotted. So what you have a weed in your lawn bend your back and pull it. I personally use vinegar and salt, just as effective if not better.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 8:11 pm

A good weed killer, if you have problems with pulling weeds: Organic Weed Killer Spray. 1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar 1/4 c table salt 1/2 tsp Dawn liquid dish soap Mix and pour into a spray bottle Spray weeds thoroughly. It makes 1/2 gallon for around 6 dollars. The Dawn dish soap strips the weed of its protective oils so the vinegar can work with deadly force. I don't know what the price of Round Up or similar brands cost, but few things are as inexpensive as vinegar, salt and Dawn.

I use white vinegar with the apple cider vinegar on really tough weeds. The product name DAWN works extremely well for a number of household needs.

Judith Hand (55)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 8:52 pm
Noted. Huh - I'm learning that the research time on a popular product, practice, trend, diet, etc. needs to be extended a lot further before it's decided upon.

Zoe and Art Oguyo (346)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 10:04 pm
Thank you for this article, and where are the quoted pictures ?

pam w (139)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 10:06 pm
If there is ''good news'''s that people are beginning to recognize the danger of products like this one!

Anne P (174)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 6:57 am
Yet another study that proves glyphosate causes a host of fatal diseases in the human body. It will be interesting to see what happens next. Probably nothing - but I remain optimistic. Thanks for posting, Kit - very important.

From May 2013: "Roundup Herbicide Causes Smorgasbord of Fatal Diseases, New Study Concludes"

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 7:20 am

Art and Zoe there is map with information at the article SITE.

P A (117)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 8:19 am
What appalling news - and may God protect the authors of this report - as judging by the fate of past people who have attempted to stand up to Big Pharma they are in for professional vilification, perhaps they will be sacked (on no grounds at all) etc.

Stevie A (10)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 12:56 pm
Appalling practices and products from Monstersanto. As if I need more encouragement to get to know my local farmers!!! Luckily we have at least a dozen Farmers Markets, on different days of the week and in several nearby cities. WE DO have the POWER to stop these cancerous companies!!! First: Let your upset, anger power you to ACT, Second: Keep EDUCATING your FAMILY and FRIENDS, Third: Remember that our progress will not be reported immediately in the news. Our adversaries will hold back the news as long as they can

Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:54 pm
I have never purchased this toxic sh* your doesn't take much to be will save the planet and you. Thanks Kit for sharing.

Vallee R (280)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:58 pm
Wow - glad I don't use - if vinegar and water don't work i use my hands or let them grow- hubby has enough kidney issues as it is.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 2:35 pm
Thanks for the info Kit.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 3:43 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. Signed petition that Angelika posted by MoveOn. There are still so many who don't know the facts regarding Monsanto and their products like RoundUp. So, let's keep on sharing this info.....will do my part. Additional thanks for the recipe for "natural weed killer." I'd written down the ingredients before, but neglected to list the it now! Even without rain for so long, it's time to get rid of those pesky weeds.

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 6:15 pm
NO NO!! Don't tell me Monsanto lied to us again!

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 6:30 pm
noted, read and signed the petition Angelika found

Bryan S (105)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 7:15 pm
And of course one of the main features of Monsanto's engineered crops is to resist their product. Weeds become resistant which causes the need for more of the poison.

What will it take for humans to stop literally poisoning themselves for profit or convenience. Oh what an advanced civilization we have!

Syd H (48)
Monday March 24, 2014, 3:09 am

Sadly what most people do not realize is that Round-up is not used just on GMO crops (or in city parks) but is used on many food crops as a dry-down harvest aid so glyphosate is not just on, but in (as the plants take it up in their last dying moments) of wheat, dried beans, barley, oats, buckwheat, millet, corn, rice, and so on, unless the product is organic.

Worse, glyphosate works by blocking minerals and guess what much of the population is very low in?

Glyphosate is applied to plants just before harvest and absorbed by plants; it cannot be washed out prior to human use. Herbicides can also reach humans through meat and milk of cattle that has been fed herbicide-treated fodder. It has been identified in the urine of urban dwellers who do not handle glyphosate at concentrations of 0.5-2ng/ml, much higher than allowed in drinking water (

Syd H (48)
Monday March 24, 2014, 3:38 am

[Weird, are comments being limited now in the news section?]

...much higher than allowed in drinking water (

Syd H (48)
Monday March 24, 2014, 3:41 am

[Um, no... seems there is a triggering combo of numbers & letters in the text truncated the comment :( bleh, if only it worked so well on SPAM]

The extent and the effects of an accumulating glyphosate contamination of humans and animals deserve further studies.[4]


Syd H (48)
Monday March 24, 2014, 3:48 am

Oh, and meant to say that, "Dawn" is a product of Proctor & Gamble which is a huge corporation who has little care for the likes of us who live on this earth. Better to use a product from perhaps 7th Generation or Ecover which have less harmful ingredients and do not use antibacterial agents such as triclosan which cause a lot of problems for us as well.


Syd H (48)
Monday March 24, 2014, 3:52 am

Yeah, I promise... last comment :D

The use of glyphosate as a dry-down harvest aid is happening all over the world including most of Europe (just reapproved in Germany for instance), Turkey, Asia, Russia, South America, and so on. We have to change the market.

Cheap "food" is not really food.


Roseann d (178)
Monday March 24, 2014, 4:15 am
And I thought the US was supposed to be against chemical warfare...but it's just fine for our food supply crops, waterways, lawns ans wildlife refuges.

Craig Pittman (52)
Monday March 24, 2014, 4:41 am
Finally some sound evidence exposing what so many knew from common sense observation over the years.
The organic weed killer you described, Kit works very well.
Now lets move to get Roundup banned and to ask why chemicals like these are ever allowed to be used in the first place. Perhaps they should be tested in the Monsanto board room to determine whether or not they are safe for agricultural workers. (and the environment)

. (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 9:39 am
Are we surprised especially when Argentina which has the highest saturation of GMO crops utilizing GMO fertilizer and pesticide also has the highest rate of cancer in the world?

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday March 24, 2014, 11:09 am
Nice now that they are saturating crops with "roundup ready plants"

Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 2:17 pm
They sell Roundup everywhere , why isn't it banned?

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Monday March 24, 2014, 8:55 pm
Roundup is toxic, why isn't it banned Stardust Noel? Profits over everything else comes to mind.

Frances Darcy (92)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 7:36 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 2:03 am

Past Member (0)
Monday March 31, 2014, 10:36 am
Noted, no surprise here, so much bad from more chemicals!

Rhonda B (99)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 1:59 pm
Why isn't this stuff banned?
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