93% of Americans Have Glyphosate in their Bodies and Why We Should be Very Alarmed

93% of Americans Have Glyphosate in their Bodies and Why We Should be Very Alarmed

Something that I had been hearing about for many months now was just made public this morning. Results from a laboratory at the University of California at San Francisco, one of the most respected medical schools in the country, showed that 93% of people tested had glyphosate in their urine. While the sampling size was […]

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(Photo courtesy of The Detox Project)

(Photo courtesy of The Detox Project)

Something that I had been hearing about for many months now was just made public this morning.

Results from a laboratory at the University of California at San Francisco, one of the most respected medical schools in the country, showed that 93% of people tested had glyphosate in their urine.

While the sampling size was relatively small, only 131 people were tested, the results are shocking nonetheless. And more data will be released later this year, which shows a very similar percentage contamination rate in a much larger number of people, according to the UCSF laboratory.

Unlike the recent glyphosate tests on wine, which are rumored to be quite inaccurate because of the equipment used, these tests were analyzed using comprehensive and validated liquid chromatography- tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), the first testing of its kind in the U.S.

Here are the two primary reasons why we should be very, very alarmed about these tests.

1) For those who are unaware, glyphosate is a super-toxic chemical and is the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer RoundUp.

Most importantly, it was classified by the World Health Organization as a “probable human carcinogen”. This means means it probably causes cancer.

How widespread is glyphosate? 250 million pounds are sprayed on our crops, lawns, and parks each year in the U.S., with 1.65 billion pounds used each year around the world. This stuff is everywhere!

2) The levels that were found in the urine are a real cause for alarm.

As mentioned, glyphosate was found in 93% of the 131 urine samples tested at an average level of 3.096 parts per billion (PPB).

Children had the highest levels with an average of 3.586 PPB, and the regions with the highest levels were the West and the Midwest with an average of 3.053 PPB and 3.050 PPB respectively. By comparison, the average level in Europe was around 1 PPB.

However, glyphosate has never been studied by regulators or the chemical industry at levels that the human population in the U.S. is being exposed to (under 3 mg/kg body weight/day).

This is a huge hole in the risk assessment process for glyphosate, as evidence suggests that low levels of the chemical may hack hormones even more than high levels – a higher dose does not necessarily mean a more toxic, hormone disruptive effect.

The Detox Project, one of the backers of this study, has said that industry-funded science from the dark ages suggested that the higher the dose of a chemical, the more dangerous it was. However, modern independent science has discovered that many toxic chemicals have as much or even more of an influence on our health at low doses.

WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN

With the President’s Cancer Panel claiming that 41% of Americans will get cancer and 21% of Americans will die from cancer, isn’t it about time that our politicians, who are supposed to represent the best interests of citizens, start doing the right thing already?

And that right thing is not renewing the approval of glyphosate, just as the European Union is currently considering doing.

We have absolutely not heard the last of glyphosate, as I firmly believe that this chemical will soon come to be viewed as the next asbestos or DDT — chemicals that our government promised us were safe but weren’t.

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10 Comments

  • STEPHEN ALBERS says:

    Your focus on Glyphosate is timely. But you don’t map out a solution. A key personal motivator is testing. And though The Detox Project used to do it, they quit about 2 years ago with resumption promises that have missed their timeline. So how does the individual get tested for Glyphosate?

  • Robert says:

    Hahaha… ha. Do you know what the people in the photo are spraying? Because I can guarantee it isn’t Roundup. How do I know this? Because unlike all of the other uneducated twits on here, I have actually applied Roundup.

    Of the hundreds of farmers that I know that use it I have never seen even one wear anything more complex than jeans and a tshirt. I have personally witnessed people being doused with Roundup and suffer absolutely no ill effect.

    But you know who would require PPE like that? Someone that is applying an “organic” pesticide, that’s who. So keep on preaching about how Monsanto is destroying the world while while organic produce uses pesticides that are a hundred times more toxic.

  • lyn atkinson says:

    I think we should use natural products to stop insects eating produce

  • Arthur Doucette says:

    Glyphosate was found in 93% of the 131 urine samples tested at an average level of 3.096 parts per billion (PPB). All this proves is we can detect incredibly low concentrations of glyphosate. Secondly, we would expect to find it in the urine, as that’s one of the main ways we eliminate it from our body. Now as to quantity, the ADI of glyphosate is 2 mg/kg per day. This is 100 times lower than the dose that shows no adverse effects when consumed daily for months on end by the most sensitive species tested. (and by no effects, that’s based on blood samples and tissue examination). So, a normal adult puts out from 1 to 2 liters of urine a day. Assuming this person is on the high side, at 2 liters per day. 3.096 ppb = .003096 ppm = .003096 mg/l, or .006 mg of glyphosate. Since urine is about 1/3rd of our method of elimination (the rest is in the feces) this would indicate that the dietary amount of glyphosate was 0.018 mg, which is about 1/9,000th the ADI, which means it is FAR FAR below any level that would be considered harmful.

    • Dawn Anewday says:

      “when consumed daily for months on end by the most sensitive species tested.” How many months on end and please cite your source.

  • Dawn says:

    Hi Maxwell Thanks for the great information! Everyone needs to share your post. Please add a quick post click on this webpage. I went to your face book page because I thought I could share this article there. I found your face book page but, I did not find this article with the very important information regarding Monsanto’s chemicals that are extremely toxic! This information that you share needs to be easily facilitated to face book and all the other social networking sites. I finally copied your Url address for this article and shared this article on face book. I also tried your you tube page. I found an old interview with Whole Foods from 2013. please update your information. I was surprised to see a three year old video as your lead on your You Tube Subscribers page!
    Thank you for all you do Maxwell. I do appreciate the emails I receive from you because you truly do care, and you always promote organic living and health and happiness for our lives, thank you very much.
    Sincerely, Dawn

  • Linda says:

    Why are they all wearing the whit suits as they spray the vineyards? Monsanto has bought our government/FDA

  • Deidre Kira says:

    Thanks for all the great info! I just lost my BFF (dog) 2 months from Hemangiosarcoma (soft tissue cancer). Now I’m wondering if the places I used to take him walking everyday, were all sprayed w/roundup! I definitely will share your site & this article w/all my friends & family members! I’ve been telling them how bad Roundup is, but no one listens or believes! I don’t know what it is! Now I have the proof! Thank you again for educating us, so we can do better!

    • Janet Calabrese says:

      And the grain in thenfood you fed him was probably also sprayed and the food the chicken ate in his food was probably also sprayed and and and. Sad

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