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Glyphosate is the world’s most common herbicide, widely used in agriculture and home gardens alike. Recently, it was classified as a probable carcinogen, in addition to being linked to other serious health conditions.
Of deep concern are independent test results showing high levels of glyphosate in a number of commercial foods, particularly those using GMO ingredients. In fact, the increase in GMO crops designed to tolerate heavy use of glyphosate has resulted in an estimated 527 million pound increase in use in the US from 1996-2011.
But what’s really frightening is that glyphosate and other herbicides and pesticides are accumulating in humans and animals, creating a toxic overload of possible cancer-causing agents and toxins.
In fact in another post, we reported that a study in Germany found extremely high concentrations of glyphosate in all urine samples tested. In each sample, concentrations of glyphosate exceeded that established for drinking water by five to 20 times.
In addition to its link to cancer development, this chemical has been shown to be a hormone disruptor, with the potential for a wide range of detrimental impacts including reproductive damage, neve degeneration and more.
A study, published in the Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology, found that people who are chronically ill have higher levels of glyphosate in their bodies than healthy people.
If you’re concerned that widespread GMO use might be affecting your health — and you should be — there are a number of ways to mitigate your risk. The first is to avoid GMOs altogether.
Certified organic foods do not use GMOs, so that’s a great place to start. It’s not foolproof however — as GMO pollen can spread to other plants — but it will certainly reduce your exposure. But the threat is too grave to just stop there considering glyphosate’s accumulative effects…
It’s also good idea to adopt a regular detox regimen.
The body has a complex network of detoxification mechanisms and pathways, and there are a number of vitamins, minerals and other natural compounds that provide essential cofactors that support the proper functioning of these mechanisms and pathways.
Dietary choices that help with detoxification include organic fruits, vegetables, seaweeds and sprouted whole grains which are high in enzymes, fiber, vitamins, minerals and protective antioxidants.
Another essential cofactor is sulfur, with high levels found in cruciferous vegetables, onions and garlic, as well as protein sources such as eggs, fish, nuts, legumes and organic meat and poultry.
Medicinal mushrooms protect your body like nothing else, helping to both support immunity and detoxification. Mushrooms have a unique impact on the immune system, modulating the response rather than simply boosting it. They also help to remove toxins from organs and tissues, and replenish the body’s systems with important nutrients and therapeutic compounds.
In addition to these dietary factors, natural compounds that can be taken in supplement form for more targeted support include modified citrus pectin and alginates which are natural binding agents for toxins, supported by clinical research.
For broad spectrum, comprehensive support for detoxification and protection of organs and tissues, a detoxification formula that provides a combination of sulfur-containing amino acids, cofactor vitamins and minerals such as folate, B6, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and molybdenum can offer important support. Gingko biloba extract has also been studied for its specific effects in preventing glyphosate-induced toxicity.
An important point to consider is that there are thousands of chemicals now found in our environment, and in our bodies. This cannot be ignored, as the cumulative, combined effects of even very low levels of multiple toxic compounds are unknown and a cause for great concern.
Glyphosate stands out as one of the significant threats, since disruption of our delicate hormone balance has the strongest effects on some of our most vulnerable populations – the developing fetus, infants and growing children, and men and women of reproductive age.
Hormonal effects can also impact your risk as you age for development of hormone-sensitive cancers. This is a multigenerational problem which can affect, in the long term, the reproductive health of our species.
For optimal health support in the face of increased toxin exposure, it’s critical to keep your natural detox functions in optimal shape. With an organic diet, targeted supplements and healthy lifestyle choices, you can help your body resist the grave impacts of toxic chemical compounds you’re exposed to on a daily basis.