A company worth $ 46,000,000,000 (that’s 46 billion dollars!) may soon go broke.
How can that be?
Well… we all need to care.
HERE’S THE STORY…
A company that probably EVERYONE has heard of recently was bought out. That company was Monsanto. Monsanto produced the weed killer called glyphosate (a.k.a. Roundup) for many years. They claims that this chemical was as safe as mother’s milk.
There’s only one problem… they cherry picked the results from their research and often just plain faked test results. And they swore up and down that their is absolutely no connection between spraying Roundup all over a pristinely manicured weed-free lawn and cancer.
A few months ago, Bayer (the aspirin company, among many other products) bought Monsanto. What a mistake!
Now, lawsuits are popping up all over the country as the truth slowly seeps out.
In fact, in one of the first settlements, a jury in California awarded the Roundup users that had cancer a measly sum of $ 2 BILLION dollars. Now, Bayer’s net worth went down from $ 46 Billion to $ 44 Billion. Of course, this case will probably be fought through the courts for years to come and the settlement will probably be reduced.
But the lawyers are circling their wagons. And thousands of new lawsuits will appear on the horizon very soon.
A CLOSER LOOK AT GLYPHOSATE (ROUNDUP)…
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration admits that most of the foods we eat contain glyphosate. Why? Roundup is sprayed on many crops. It’s used not only as a weed killer but a desiccating (drying) agent on crops such as wheat before they are harvested.
The chemical is regularly sprayed on at least 70 food crops – not just the wheat, corn and soybeans we always hear about. According to the EPA, glyphosate is regularly sprayed on:
- Peanuts (!)
That means every salad, French Fry and PB&J eaten contains small amounts of weed killer.
Once Roundup is sprayed into the environment, it takes at least 50 years to break down.
FDA scientist Richard Thompson emailed his colleagues about foods he tested for the toxic weed killer glyphosate. He said “ I have bought wheat crackers, granola cereal and cornmeal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them.” In fact, according to that email, the only food he tested that had no glyphosate was broccoli.
Independent tests recently released show that glyphosate shows up in foods we eat all the time:
- Goldfish crackers
- Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
- Veggie burgers soon to be available at Burger King
As the FDA’s own scientists discovered, virtually every food contains some glyphosate.
Roughly 70% of all produce sold in the U.S. has chemical residue on it, even after it is washed, according to the Guardian. Data supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and analyzed by the Environmental Working Group shows that the most heavily contaminated foods are strawberries, spinach and kale. Produce like that should always be bought organic. Safer produce with less residue include sweet corn, avocados, onions, cauliflower and pineapples… so save money and buy the non-organic versions of this produce.
Other foods that the EWG warns about include grapes, cherries, apples, tomatoes and potatoes.
In news likely to send shivers through the vegan community, more than 92% of kale that was tested had two or more chemical residues. A report states that conventionally farmed kale could contain up to 18 different chemical residues plus the toxic metal Thallium. Needless to say, avoid kale!
The headlines tout the cancer-causing properties of Roundup, but that’s not the biggest threat from this toxic chemical. When it comes to gut bacteria, called the microbiome, there are good and bad bacteria (like Salmonella). And when the bad guys outnumber the good guys (called dysbiosis), it can cause some severe GI issues such as:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Gluten intolerance
- Crohn’s disease
- Leaky gut… which causes many symptoms including chronic pain
These GI issues can lead to burning indigestion (severe heartburn), terrible bloating, painful gas, extreme diarrhea, extreme constipation… leaving one chained to the bathroom being afraid to venture too far. Sounds like fun, huh?
What’s more, the microbiome imbalance also affects the small intestine integrity – how well the cells that line the intestine can prevent food particles, toxins, bad bacteria and other pathogens from entering the bloodstream. When the tight junctions of these cells break down, it can cause even more intense GI distress and lead to a wide variety of health problems.
Roundup tips the bacteria balance in favor of the bad guys. Some bad bacteria, such as Salmonella enteritidis and Clostridium botulinum, are very resistant to this weed killer while good bacteria are not. Another study found that Roundup “significantly altered” the microbiome since it acts similarly to an antibiotic. Please realize that about 80% of the immune system is in the gut… so this becomes a serious health problem.
Exposure to this weed killer causes issues including:
- Type II diabetes
- Multiple sclerosis
- Fertility problems
- Runaway inflammation leading to body-wide pain issues
A recent French study showed that people who ate organic foods were at a significantly lower risk of developing cancer, although it also said that underlying factors needed additional research. Experts at Harvard cautioned that the study did not “analyze residue levels in participants’ bodies to confirm exposure levels.”
Here’s something to think about. When weeds appear on the lawn and the temptation to pull out that sprayer kicks in, think twice before using Roundup. Alternatives include organic products which are a bit more expensive and the good old weeding tool collecting dust in the garage. Even concentrated vinegar makes a great weed killer.
And more food for thought: Costco became the first major retailer to dump Monsanto’s Roundup and Glyphosate from its shelves.
WHO’S DRINKING POISON WITH DINNER?
It’s clear that glyphosate is found throughout our food and water supply. And now, this pervasive, toxic plant killer has found its way into our beer and wine. In fact, a recent study by the advocacy group U.S. PIRG found glyphosate in 19 of the 20 beers and wines tested.
This is devastating news…especially for those of us that enjoy the many health benefits of drinking beer and wine in moderation.
Let’s look first at the beers U.S. PIRG tested…
Peak Organic IPA was the only brand of beer (or wine) that showed zero levels of Roundup. Beer drinkers should put this at the top of their lists. Plus, the extra hops in IPA beers has many additional health benefits.
Next came Stella Artois beer and hard cider, Fat Tire Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Guinness and Heineken – all of which had relatively low levels.
Sadly, the more heavily advertised “popular beers” had far worse glyphosate levels. So watch out for Budweiser, Coors, Corona and Miller beers.
The worst offender on the list was Tsingtao – a Chinese beer often found on the menu in Chinese restaurants. It had about twice the amount of glyphosate as other beers on the “contaminated list”. It comes in at a hefty 50 parts per billion of glyphosate.
It is true that the human body is not defenseless and can detoxify poisons in small amounts, but the response is not dose dependent. So the higher the dose, the worse becomes the poisoning of the body. Be smart: stay away from mainstream beers – as well as Tsingtao.
Let’s look at wines next…
Oh, no… California is in trouble! All of the wines tested were contaminated with glyphosate. The worst offenders were Barefoot Cabernet, Beringer Moscato and Sutter Home Merlot.
What a shame.
These vineyards were established in the 1800s by the French, Italian, Basque and Swiss Settlers from the old country. But, of course, these successful California wineries have since been bought by big food giants like Nestle, which turned them into a “Disneyland for adults” complete with gondola rides. Apparently, the rain water and ground water used to keep the grapes alive is heavily contaminated with Roundup. The result is contaminated wine.
The safest solution is to drink the wines from France and Italy – where big business isn’t allowed to poison the public – and they take the health and quality of their food and drink seriously.
HOW TO REVERSE THE DEADLY EFFECTS OF GLYPHOSATE…
Of course, avoiding contaminated foods is common sense. But, that can be very expensive and difficult to do.
The goal is to heal leaky gut, restore the good bacteria to the gut for a healthy microbiome, calm runaway inflammation, strengthen the immune system and offer solid antioxidant protection.
A wide variety of supplements aid in healing the body:
• Lignite Extract comes from pristine soil containing key trace minerals and amino acids. It’s made of prehistoric carbon-rich plant matter. Similar to coal, but not the same, it works to repair gut damage. It gently removes toxins from the GI tract, encourages optimal pH balance and restores a balance of bacteria to the gut. It’s especially good at repairing leaky gut.
- Colostrum is a key component of mother’s milk. It improves immune system function so that it is not underactive or overactive. Inflammation is reduced throughout the GI tract to help restore and repair damaged tissue.
- Selenium helps regulate the immune system, promote good microbiome balance and reduce gut inflammation.
- Sustamine combines L-glutamine and L-alanine, both essential amino acids, to restore intestinal integrity.
- Quercetin and rutin increase collagen production, help heal leaky gut and reduce inflammation.
- Glutathione is a potent detoxifier and powerful antioxidant that protects cells and helps the body safely remove glyphosate.
- Curcumin and fenugreek in combination reduces gut inflammation.
- Cat’s Claw regulates the immune system and reduces inflammation
- Ashwagandha helps relieve stress from living with dreaded GI problems, which is important in reducing symptoms.
- Marshmallow root has been used for generations to calm irritated gut lining issues.
An all-in-one solution is a supplement called BioSpectrum GI.This gut healing formula repairs the GI tract while relieving symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, constipation and diarrhea for good.
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