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Dallas Morning News - April 10, 2019

Roundup Column

Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate are in the news a lot lately. The fact that manufacturers have now been hit with large jury findings and more law suits are on the horizon is definitely significant. The cases so far are about the products causing cancer - but that is maybe not the most important part of the story.  

Roundup (Glyphosate) functions as a chelator and an antibiotic that destroys bacteria

In addition to being an effective plant killer, glyphosate functions as a chelator and an antibiotic that destroys bacteria. The first red flag for me on this point was the trouble on the farm. Roundup was causing problems for the life in the soil. In no-till programs, organic matter that was left on the soil surface was not breaking down properly or at all in many cases. The residue was just lying there and slowly oxidizing, giving no benefit to the soil. Healthy microbes were being damaged and new ones were not being created. 

The same thing happens in animals. The manufacturers and those who benefit from the sale of glyphosate argue that the pathway that leads to death in plants does not exist in wildlife, livestock, pets and humans. They are correct on that point. However, bacteria in the digestive system of all animals do have that pathway and are susceptible.

Damaged gut bacteria leads to a weakened immune systems and a range of health issues including the major diseases that are in the news. Autism in children, for example, is on the rise and argued to be strongly related. 

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Glyphosate has been shown to not only destroy beneficial gut bacteria, but to also promote the proliferation of pathogenic gut bacterial that can lead to additional problems. The claims that Roundup/glyphosate become inactive when hitting the soil is simply inaccurate. These chemicals have been found intact long after use and far from where used. 

This is the reason I so strongly recommend you avoid these products and instead use the natural organic weed controls such as vinegars, fatty acids and essential oils. Hand pulling and using well-designed tools is also an effective part of my recommended weed control program. You can use my suggested homemade formulas or purchase legally labeled products in all these categories.


        Good Nature 20% Vinegar 

If you cannot avoid being around Roundup and other glyphosate products, I strongly recommend taking quality probiotic products and also products that help the body produce glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant. It will also help to eat as much organically grown food as possible. 

Weeds can be controlled effectively without risking our health.


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