Neurological and Physical Disorders Associated with Insecticides and Herbicides

There has been a steady increase in neurological disorders that correlate with the increased usage of pesticides and herbicides since WWII.  They include, but are not limited to Autism, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, endocrine disorders, infertility, gender altering, ADD, ADHD, depression, anger, lower intelligence, and declining life expectancy, etc.  Poisoning by acute high-level exposure to certain pesticides, but whether chronic exposure to moderate levels of pesticides is also neurotoxic is more controversial.

In addition, there is a great deal of scientific evidence to show the increase in gut disorders from synthetic chemicals that are currently used for different industrial and agricultural applications, which are leading to widespread contamination of the environmen with adverse effects on human health.

There is also evidence showing that Glyphosate plays a part in the growing epidemic of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver.  Million of people are walking around with the early stages of Fatty Liver without even  knowing it.  It is actually classified as an epidemic.  People will start dying from this disorder within the next 20 years:

Baby Boomers and Alzheimer’s

Furthermore, the Baby Boomer generation born after WWII is the hardest hit of all generations in the form of Alzheimer’s Disease, and a decrease in life expectancy.  In fact, one in eight is predicted to eventually suffer and die from this disease.

In fact, between 1999 and 2014, the death rate of people with Alzheimer’s disease rose from 16.5 deaths per 100,000 people to 25.4 deaths per 100,000, according to the data published in the CDC’s weekly morbidity and mortality report

It is important for people to be aware of the dangers of pesticides and herbicides that are, for whatever reason, legal and encouraged by EPA and FDA in the United States.

Organophosphates and Copper Deficiency

There is a strong connection between copper deficiency and the use of  organophosphates.  Organanophosphates contain manganese (not magnesium).   Manganese would normally bind benignly to copper, but without it, the manganese is free to break the blood/brain barrier, and enter the basil ganglia of the brain.  It then disrupts the neurotransmitter, Dopamine causing irreversible damage to the host, such as Autism, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, endocrine disorders, infertility, gender altering, ADD, ADHD, depression, anger, lower intelligence, and declining life expectancy, etc.

For whatever reason, copper is not recognized by the medical profession or FDA as an important essential mineral, critical to the proper functioning of the brain and body.  It should be noted that there is a zinc/copper ratio of 10:1.  They should not be taken together, but preferably one in the a.m. and one in the p.m.  It is highly recommended that 200 mcg of Selenium and silica be taken as well.

Finally, the following are links and excerpts from articles pertaining to the adverse health effects of both insecticides and herbicides on humans, and other animals.  This is by all means not the only information on the Internet, so research is recommended.

Glyphosate/Roundup (Herbicide)

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup®, the most widely used herbicide on the planet.[314] Glyphosate enjoys widespread usage on core food crops, in large part because of its perceived nontoxicity to humans. The adoption of genetically engineered “Roundup®-Ready” corn, soy, canola, cotton, alfalfa, and sugar beets has made it relatively easy to control weeds without killing the crop plant, but this means that glyphosate will be present as a residue in derived foods. Unfortunately, weeds among GM Roundup®-Ready crops are developing ever-increasing resistance to Roundup®,[107,221] which requires an increased rate of herbicide application.[26] In 1987, glyphosate was the 17th most commonly used herbicide in the United States, but, in large part due to the introduction of glyphosate-resistant core crops, it became the number one herbicide by 2001.[146] Its usage has increased steadily since then, in step with the rise in autism rates.

Glyphosate’s perceived nontoxicity is predicated on the assumption that our cells do not possess the shikimate pathway, the biological pathway in plants, which is disrupted by glyphosate, and whose disruption is believed to be the most important factor in its toxicity.

There are multiple pathways by which glyphosate could lead to pathology.[248] A major consideration is that our gut bacteria do have the shikimate pathway, and that we depend upon this pathway in our gut bacteria as well as in plants to supply us with the essential aromatic amino acids, tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylalanine. Methionine, an essential sulfur-containing amino acid, and glycine, are also negatively impacted by glyphosate. Furthermore, many other biologically active molecules, including serotonin, melatonin, melanin, epinephrine, dopamine, thyroid hormone, folate, coenzyme Q10, vitamin K, and vitamin E, depend on the shikimate pathway metabolites as precursors. Gut bacteria and plants use exclusively the shikimate pathway to produce these amino acids. In part because of shikimate pathway disruption, our gut bacteria are harmed by glyphosate, as evidenced by the fact that it has been patented as an antimicrobial agent.[298]

Glyphosate is a likely cause of the recent epidemic in celiac disease.[249] Glyphosate residues are found in wheat due to the increasingly widespread practice of staging and desiccation of wheat right before harvest. Many of the pathologies associated with celiac disease can be explained by disruption of CYP enzymes.[156] Celiac patients have a shortened life span, mainly due to an increased risk to cancer, most especially non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has also been linked to glyphosate.[85,253] Celiac disease trends over time match well with the increase in glyphosate usage on wheat crops.

You also want to be aware that most of the studies mentioned here are on the synthetic herbicide called Roundup, but glyphosate is a type of organophosphate, and there are many other herbicides on the market that are organophosphates that are equally as toxic and harmful to your health.

Organophosphate Pesticide

PURPOSE [of study]:

To study the possible potentiation of the carcinogenic effects of ultraviolet radiation associated with an organophosphate pesticide.

The American Cancer Society estimated that, in 2007, more than one million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) – basal cells carcinoma (BCC) and spinocellular carcinoma (SCC) – and about 60.000 cases of melanoma (CM) would be associated to ultraviolet radiation (UVR)1.

Among the organophosphates, Folisuper(r) (parationa- metílica): O,O- dimethyl O- 4- nitrophenylphosphorothioate (molecular formula C8H10NO5PS) is the most used one, classified as extremely toxic. It has been considered in many pre carcinogenic studies as being very dangerous to the environment9. Organophosphates are highly soluble in lipids and they can be absorbed by the skin, either by ingestion or inhalation.

Solar radiation in known as a carcinogenic factor and pesticides are co-carcinogenic to the human body and has the skin as one of its main ways of absorption. This study aims at evaluate a causal link between this association and SC.

Phosmet (Insecticide)

Phosmet can still be purchased in the US.  Phosmet contains Mangenese, and has been used on Cattle in the UK to eradicate the Warble Fly; there is compelling evidence to implicate it in Mad Cow Disease .  In addition there is compelling evidence to suggest that Manganese, in excess, can cause the following conditions:  lack of focus, lack of critical thought, lower intelligence, memory problems, focus problems, irrational anger and thoughts, ADHD, ADD, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Fate in Humans and Animals

Rats given single doses of 23 to 35 mg/kg phosmet excreted greater than three quarters of the dose in urine, about fifteen percent in the feces. Less than three percent was found in body tissues after two days (1). Other figures show nearly eighty percent eliminated in the urine and twenty percent eliminated in the feces after three days (4).

Phosmet applied to a steer’s back was moderately absorbed and rapidly broken down in the blood to phthalamic and phthalic acids (3). Rat studies indicate that phosmet crosses the placenta (1). Phosmet also appeared in the milk of goats fed a single dose of 70 mg/kg. The level in the milk after eight hours was 0.38 mg/kg but after 24 hours and 48 hours none could be detected. Cows fed silage with an average residue level of 19 mg/kg for nearly two months showed no residues in the milk above the detection level of 0.01 mg/kg (2). Cattle fed dietary levels of 20 to 100 ppm showed no residues in the tissues at levels higher than 0.005 ppm (3).

Metabolic breakdown is primarily by hydrolytic pathways and the breakdown products are similar to those resulting from other organophosphate pesticides. The major metabolite is phthalamic acid with phthalic acid produced in smaller quantities (3).

See Also:

Phosmet and Copper Deficiency

The Chemical Age Dawns in Agriculture



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