How The Weedkiller Glyphosate Affects Your Body And How To Avoid It | Doctor’s Farmacy with Mark Hyman, MD

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Key Takeaways

  • “[Glyphosate] jams up your biochemistry. It’s like throwing sand in an engine.” – Mark Hyman, MD
    • Glyphosate is a weed killer that is exposed to 70% of all crops
  • Glyphosate can directly impact your microbiome and increase your chances of the leaky gut–which leads to much greater systemic health problems
    • Leaky gut: the barrier of the gut is broken and the bacteria and food proteins from the gut leak into your bloodstream–creating a systemic and destructive response
    • The gut and microbiome is linked to countless chronic conditions: heart disease, auto-immune disorders, allergic disorders, autism, mental health conditions, eczema, and more
    • 52% of all children are diagnosed with a chronic condition before they are 16, compared to 1.2% in the 1960s before these chemicals were introduced
    • “We can really start to map out the extinction of mankind” – Dr. Zach Bush
  • The consumer market is having a larger impact on chemical-use regulation than the government ever has
    • Consumers are refusing to use products with certain chemicals
    • This changes the dynamics of regulation–once you divert one company away from chemical use, that company will pressure the government to make industry-wide regulations so they are not at a competitive disadvantage

Intro

The Horrors of Glyphosate

  • Glyphosate: a synthetic compound that is a nonselective systemic herbicide, particularly effective against perennial weeds
    • 70% of all crops use glyphosate–hummus products have the highest levels of glyphosate
    • There are currently 14,000 outstanding lawsuits against glyphosate
  • Glyphosate can directly impact your microbiome and increase your chances of leaky gut
    • Leaky gut: the barrier of the gut is broken (tight junction breakdown) and the bacteria and food proteins leak into your bloodstream–creating a systemic and destructive response
    • The gut and microbiome is linked to countless chronic conditions: heart disease, auto-immune disorders, allergic disorders, autism, and more
    • 52% of children are diagnosed with a chronic condition before they are 16, compared to 1.2% in the 1960s before these chemicals were introduced

The Science of Glyphosate

  • How does it work? Glyphosate prevents the plants from making certain proteins that are needed for plant growth, specifically disrupting the shikimic pathway–this pathway produces aromatic amino acids. This same process can happen in our gut when exposed. Disrupted amino assets can systematically impact almost every facet of our lives, including disruptions in serotonin, melatonin, metabolism, inflammation, and most importantly, gene expression.
    • 54% of our gut microbes react similarly to plants
    • They reference glutathione as a supplement against the effects of glyphosate exposure
  • “Basically, it jams up your biochemistry. It’s like throwing sand in an engine.” – Mark Hyman, MD
    • Methylation and Sulfation are two bodily key systems that, if impacted, can cause damage to your immune function, detoxification systems, cognitive function, and more
    • Glyphosate can disrupt every step of these systems, especially due to sulfate deficiencies
    • Glyphosate also binds to your essential minerals, like Iron and Zinc, making them toxic and deficient at the same time
    • “Glyphosate makes many other chemicals much more toxic than they would otherwise be because it disrupts the liver’s ability to detoxify them” – Dr. Stephanie Seneff
  • Dr. Stephanie Seneff theorizes that Glyphosate is pretending to be Glycine during protein synthesis (her research)

Regulation

  • The accountability for the environment and the downstream health effects of the agriculture industry is almost non-existent
    • Monsanto, the producer of Roundup, knew from the start that there were chemical problems with Glyphosate, but hid the information
    • “I’ve given up with the EPA…there was a piece legislation passed that makes it illegal for the EPA to consider generational toxicity data.” – Dr. Zach Bush
  • There needs to be more regulation
    • Regulating end-of-harvest use of glyphosate would drastically reduce our dietary exposure
    • Residential use of glyphosate needs to be tightly regulated or banned
  • The consumer market is having a larger impact on chemical-use regulation than the government ever has
    • Consumers are refusing the use products with certain chemicals
    • This changes the dynamics of regulation–once you divert one company away from chemical use, they will pressure the government to make industry-wide change so they are not at a competitive disadvantage

Soil Depletion

  • 97% of the world’s soil is severely depleted of minerals due to the impacts of scaled global chemical agriculture
    • We input minerals, like Nitrogen, into the crop’s soil so they can still grow; but they lack the intelligence needed for the whole natural life cycle to function properly
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