Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, has been found to increase the risk of autism in children who eat genetically-modified foods which contain the herbicide, according to a new study.
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What’s the Problem?
March 8, 2017 – The study (PDF) found very high levels of glyphosate in urine samples taken from a set of triplets (2 boys with autism, 1girl without). After their diets were changed to include organic foods only, levels of the herbicide chemical dropped sharply and the children’s functioning improved.
According to lead researcher William Shaw, Ph.D. of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., the findings are significant because previous studies have found a correlation between rising numbers of children in the U.S. with autism and increased use of glyphosate weed killers.
The research could also potentially demonstrate a mechanism by which glyphosate causes brain damage, since people are exposed to high levels of the chemical when they consume genetically modified foods that are designed to be resistant to its toxicity.
Monsanto claims that mammals, including humans, lack the enzymes that weeds possess, and are therefore not affected by glyphosate toxicity. However, recent studies have found that glyphosate also kills beneficial bacteria in the environment and in the intestinal tracts of farm animals and humans.
The 2 boys with autism had elevated values of markers in the urine that indicated overgrowth of Clostridia, a pathogenic bacteria that lacks the genes to kill beneficial bacteria. This is significant, according to the researchers, because these markers may alter brain metabolism and brain development by the inhibition of the key brain enzyme dopamine-beta-hydroxylase (DBH), which is responsible for the conversion of dopamine to an important neurotransmitter in the brain called norepinephrine.
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