From Moms Across America
Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and metabolic syndrome are increasing dramatically. Children are getting sick more often and what we often think of as lifestyle diseases are showing up earlier and earlier. While the types and amounts of food eaten are important factors, chemicals sprayed onto their food can also play a significant role.
Evidence is mounting against glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp herbicide, as a contributing factor to many widespread diseases. In 2018, a jury awarded school groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, $289 million in a suit brought against Monsanto alleging that the company’s RoundUp herbicide caused his cancer. Though the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has not accepted that glyphosate is a carcinogen, many studies suggest otherwise. New information is now coming out about glyphosate’s possible role in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), diabetes, and metabolic syndrome – particularly when exposure to glyphosate occurs during gestation, infancy, and early childhood.
The new study reported in Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 131, No.3, on March 1, 2023, “Association of Lifetime exposure to Glyphosate and Aminomethylphosphonic Acid (AMPA) with Liver Inflammation and Metabolic Syndrome at Young Adulthood: Findings from the CHAMACOS Study,” is a longitudinal study that followed farm worker families and measured the glyphosate in urine samples over time from the mother’s pregnancy until the child was 18 years old. The study concludes that “glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide worldwide, and AMPA, a degradation product of glyphosate and amino-phosphonates, may increase risk of liver inflammation and/or cardiometabolic disease in young adulthood.
As reported in the UC San Diego Health Sciences blog, “Herbicide May Increase Incidence of Liver Cancer, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease,” the first documented correlation between liver disease and glyphosate was reported in 2019 by Paul J. Mills, Ph.d., professor at The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, one of the 12 authors of the latest study.