GMO Corn & Glyphosate Health Effects
GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. This means that scientists are altering the genetic makeup of crops by inserting a gene or two into individual cells in a lab. Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide that is applied to food crops to kill weeds and grasses. It has become one of the most widely used herbicides since its introduction in 1974. It is not only used in farming, but also in forestry and gardens. “Broad-spectrum” means that the chemical is non- selective and will kill most plants. Roundup, made by the company Monsanto (now Bayer), is one of the better-known glyphosate herbicides.
Exposure occurs when the spray is inhaled or when it gets onto a person’s skin from where it may be absorbed. In the time that this chemical has been in wide use, the incidence of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease has increased similar to glyphosate use. Glyphosate causes autoimmune conditions and some studies suggest that there may be a link. (70)
Glyphosate interrupts the functioning of the gut bacteria which is a common feature of all autoimmune diseases, especially celiac disease. Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are a growing problem worldwide and research suggests that glyphosate may be the main factor. (71) It has been shown to disrupt the gut bacteria in animals by killing beneficial bacteria and allowing pathogens to proliferate. In fact, all celiac disease symptoms can be explained by glyphosate’s known properties. This is because glyphosate may interrupt the breakdown of protein in the gut — leaving large fragments that the immune system will identify as foreign and attack — which, in turn, would lead to the immune system launching its own attack.
Glyphosate also damages the delicate walls of the small intestine causing what is known as “leaky gut.” (71) The intestinal wall is covered with a protective mucus membrane that absorbs nutrients and at the same time prevents harmful substances from accessing the bloodstream. When the gut is leaky, it has openings in the lining of the gut wall that allow bacteria and toxins to seep through. This causes an allergic reaction and may trigger autoimmune reactions. It has been established that leaky gut is a major step in the progression of most autoimmune diseases and it is present in most patients with autoimmune conditions (74). Glyphosate, being a strong antibiotic, also causes havoc on the gut bacteria, leaving the gut and body susceptible to infections and autoimmune conditions.
A 2013 study suggested that glyphosate may be contributing to the rise in autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and more. (73)
Now that you’ve read the bad news, here’s something positive for you: changing to an organic diet as far as possible can rapidly lower the levels of glyphosate in your body. A new study published in Environmental Research showed reduced levels in just a week when subjects switched to an organic diet (72)
There are a few reasons why GMOs are linked to the development of autoimmune diseases 142 . We’ll discuss them here. Firstly, they contain more pesticides than non-GMOs. This is because GMOs are modified for farmers to use more herbicides without killing the crops. Commercial soybeans sold today routinely contain quantities of the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) that its maker, Monsanto, once described as “extreme” ( Bøhn et al 2014).
there are other herbicides applied to GMOs which are easily of equal concern. The herbicide Glufosinate ( phosphinothricin , made by Bayer) kills plants because it inhibits the plant enzyme glutamine synthetase. This ubiquitous enzyme is found also in fungi, bacteria and animals. Consequently, Glufosinate is toxic to most organisms. Glufosinate , is also a neurotoxin of mammals that doesn’t easily break down in the environment and is accumulating in environment & people. (Lantz et al. 2014)
A yet further reason to be concerned about GMOs is that most of them contain a viral sequence called the cauliflower mosaic virus ( CaMV ) promoter (or they contain the similar figwort mosaic virus (FMV) promoter). Two years ago, the GMO safety agency of the European Union (EFSA) discovered that both the CaMV promoter and the FMV promoter had wrongly been assumed by them (for almost 20 years) not to encode any proteins. In fact, the two promoters encode a large part of a small multifunctional viral protein that misdirects all normal gene expression and that also turns off a key plant defense against pathogens. (75).
Independent laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group found glyphosate, the notorious weedkiller linked to cancer, in more than 80 percent of non-organic hummus and chickpeas...
Studies funded by consumer-oriented organizations, such as The Institute for Responsible Technology 3 and The Environmental Working Group, 4 have found an alarming number of connections between GMOs and health problems, including intestinal damage, inflammation, higher rates of disease, and even death(16).
Glyphosate use has increased 16-fold 5 since the Roundup® ready seeds were introduced in the 1990s. This statistic should worry all of us because the World Health Organization released a report 6 stating that glyphosate probably causes cancer in humans. In fact, earlier this year a California jury awarded one couple millions of dollars in damages on the grounds that exposure to Roundup® caused9 their cancers. It was the third case in that state alone. 7 (16)
Another problem caused by the widespread use of glyphosate in our crops is that it has led to a sharp increase in glyphosate-resistant weeds. These “superweeds” require even greater herbicide use and are often combated using older, more dangerous herbicides, such as 2, 4-D, a chemical that has been linked 8 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems.(16). Glyphosate neurotoxicity produces damage affecting dopamine in a way similar to that seen in Parkinson’s (20).
( Glyphosate-the most widely used herbicide & widespread in U.S. food system- dramatic increases in pathologies in the F2 generation grand-offspring, and F3 transgenerational great-grand-offspring were observed. The transgenerational pathologies observed include prostate disease, obesity, kidney disease, ovarian disease, and birth abnormalities. Epigenetic analysis of the F1, F2 and F3 generation sperm identified differential DNA methylation regions (DMRs). A number of DMR associated genes were identified and previously shown to be involved in pathologies. Therefore, we propose glyphosate can induce the transgenerational inheritance of disease and germline (e.g. sperm) epimutations (61));
As we know, pesticides can cause toxicity leading to an autoimmune response and many autoimmune conditions and cancer.
Secondly, many GMOs have been designed to produce their own insecticide. This has negative consequences for those who eat these foods. Evidence shows that it is damaging the intestines and causing leaky gut, dysbiosis, and epigenetic effects, making individuals more susceptible to autoimmune disorders 144 . This is because an unhealthy digestive tract suppress es the immune system.
An estimated 92% of corn and 94% of soy grown in the U.S. are genetically modified 1 ,
Studies funded by consumer-oriented organizations, such as The Institute for Responsible Technology 3 and The Environmental Working Group, 4 have found an alarming number of connections between GMOs and health problems, including intestinal damage, inflammation, higher rates of disease, and even death.
glyphosate use has increased 16-fold 5 since the Roundup® ready seeds were introduced in the 1990s. This statistic should worry all of us because the World Health Organization released a report 6 stating that glyphosate probably causes cancer in humans. In fact, earlier this year a California jury awarded one couple millions of dollars in damages on the grounds that exposure to Roundup® caused their cancers. It was the third case in that state alone. 7
Another problem caused by the widespread use of glyphosate in our crops is that it has led to a sharp increase in glyphosate-resistant weeds. These “superweeds” require even greater herbicide use and are often combated using older, more dangerous herbicides, such as 2, 4-D, a chemical that has been linked 8 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems.
Many GM crops, including corn, were engineered to produce their own insecticide, called Bt -toxin, by combining the plant’s DNA with DNA from bacteria. Bt -toxin kills insects by destroying the lining of their digestive tracts. The poison is not specific to insects and also pokes holes in human cells 9 , damaging the intestines and causing leaky gut, which is a precondition for developing an autoimmune disease. The growing body of evidence 10 that GMOs are dangerous prompted the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) to publicly warn that “it is biologically plausible for Genetically Modified Foods to cause adverse health effects in humans.”
GM plants are also engineered to enhance plants’ natural “plant protectors,” including prolamins, agglutinins, digestive enzyme inhibitors, and saponins. These chemicals contribute to leaky gut, gut dysbiosis, and inflammation, all of which negatively impact those of us with an autoimmune disease or inflammatory condition.
Glyphosate, the herbicide used on GM crops, is also a potent chemical that can attack the bacteria in your gut. Unfortunately, the good bacteria in your gut, the kind that help with digestion and keeping the bad bacteria in check, are more likely to be susceptible to glyphosate, while the bad bacteria, including strains that cause salmonella and botulism, are highly resistant to glyphosate 11 . This means that eating GMO foods can decrease your healthy bacteria and increase the bad bacteria, putting you at risk for Candida overgrowth , leaky gut, and inflammation, which can contribute to autoimmune disease.
Options: choose organic or local non-GMO vegetables; eat only grass- fed meat and eggs, use EWG health guide, support your liver (NAC, ALA, vit C, E, zinc, selenium, CoQ10, milk thistle extract)
New Soil Study Shows Pesticides 'Destroying the Very Foundations of Web of Life ' -Great harm to worms, insects, pollinators, birds, animals, humans.
142. Information on Glyphosate
Dr. Swanson took the
percentage of GMO corn and soy crops planted and
the amount of Glyphosate (active ingredient in Monsanto Roundup) applied
to corn and soy and plotted their RAPID EXPONENTIAL rise over time, and
overlapped this data of # of GMO crops planted with the rise of chronic disease states.
The consumption of GMO crops or consumption of animals consuming GMO crops were correlated with incidence of or deaths due to organ diseases, cancers, and neurological diseases.
All of the correlations were
greater than 90%, with autism and senile dementia at 99%. Intestinal diseases
were correlated with the number of acres of
Again, the correlations are all approximately 95%.
By looking at the green lines you can see the expected increase in the different diseases (based on the rise prior to 1996 when GMOs were rapidly introduced).
Genetically Modified Organisms and the deterioration of health in the United States N.L. Swanson, 4/24/2013 ; http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/glyphosate/NancySwanson.pdf
Why the Use of Glyphosate in Wheat Has Radically Increased Celiac Disease
You can find a comprehensive list of glyphosate studies
2012 study, called the Corn Comparison Report, was recently released by Profit Pro and published on the website for Moms Across America March to Label GMOs -
GMO corn: nutritionally void
nutrition statistics for GMO corn are bone chilling. Here is what the report indicates:
Organic corn has 14 ppm of manganese. GMO corn has only 2 ppm.
Real corn has 7 times more manganese!
Organic corn has 6130 ppm of calcium. GMO is stripped down to 14 ppm.
Real corn has 437 times more calcium!
Organic corn has 113 ppm of magnesium. GMO corn is vacant, with only 2 ppm.
Real corn has 56 times more magnesium!
GMO corn contains alarming glyphosate levels
amount of formaldehyde and glyphosate in GMO corn is unbelievable. To break it
down, American EPA standards allow glyphosate in water of up to .7ppm.
indicate that animals begin experiencing liver damage at .0001 ppm
in water. Putting these two statistics together,
America's water levels can contain glyphosate that is 7,000 times greater than
the amount required for animal liver damage!
GMO corn takes that statistic up yet another notch . GMO corn contains 13 ppm of glyphosate, or the equivalent of 130,000 times more toxicity than the level found animals begin experiencing liver damage.
The formaldehyde level of GMO corn is extremely high
In a similar study on GMO corn, Dr. Huber found out that animals avoid GMO corn at all costs. When given a choice between both GMO and non-GMO varieties of corn, animals always go for the real organic corn. Huber also found out that .97ppm of formaldehyde is toxic to animals . The GMO corn he tried to give the animals contained 200 times that amount!
Independent labs have found that 100% of the corn tested in Frito-Lay Sun Chips, marketed as a better snack food which could reduce heart disease, is full of GM Bt toxic pesticide and glyphosate (an herbicide chemical) .
GMO Free USA sent samples of SunChips to an independent lab to test for GMO content and glyphosate residue. The results came back leaving no question GM corn (grown with Bt toxins, a registered pesticide) and glyphosate traces were throughout all samples .
The glyphosate residue test was conducted by an accredited lab using the Specific LC/MS/MS testing method with a minimum detectable level of 0.02 ppm. The test documented the presence of glyphosate in SunChips at a level of 0.14 ppm , or 0.14 mg/kg. As we reported in the findings of our Froot Loops testing, this gives a significant reason for concern.
Health Risks of GMO Corn: Glyphosate Toxicity
There is a growing body of scientific evidence which indicates that glyphosate bio-accumulates in our bodies. It has been linked to endocrine disorders, autism, cancer, and reproductive health issues. One MIT scientist, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, says that glyphosate is one of the worst toxins in the environment, yet we put it in our bodies daily
GMO Corn & Herbicide Found in Sunchips
Healthy Foods You Had No Idea Were Filled With Pesticides
several studies have shown that frequent exposure to glyphosate doubles a person�s risk of developing a blood cancer known as Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Last year, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a � probable human carcinogen .�
In light of new evidence on the dangers of glyphosate, yesterday (June 6), European Union nations failed to pass a short-term extension of glyphosate�s license for agricultural use. The pesticide could be barred in the EU as soon as next month.
Proponents of GMO crops claim that they will feed the world and reduce chemical herbicide use, but we now know these promises have fallen flat . Glyphosate hasn�t replaced atrazine. Instead, GMOs have led to more superweeds . Monsanto, Dow Agrosciences and other agricultural chemical manufacturers are coming up with more toxic mixtures of chemicals to fight hardier weeds that have evolved to withstand weedkillers.
It is a vicious cycle that will be broken only when Congress recognizes the importance of conservation on farms.
A recent report on genetically engineered crops by the National Academy of Sciences recommends that instead of turning to new designer chemicals to combat weeds, farmers should employ integrated weed management techniques such as cover crops and crop rotations. These practices can reduce the amount of chemical herbicides dumped on American farmland and can also save farmers money.
But integrated weed management gets very little funding: only 1.2 percent of total conservation funding between 2006 and 2015 has gone to promoting prudent weed management practices.
This year, a bill proposed by the House Appropriations Committee would cut U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs that promote weed management aimed at reducing chemical applications on farms.
EWG took a closer look at the science underpinning the World Health Organization decision last year to classify glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.
Here is what we found: A growing body of research is finding a link between glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, especially with some specific subtypes of the cancer.
One study, published in 2008 by Swedish researchers , found that exposure to glyphosate tripled the risk of a subtype of non-Hodgkin called small lymphocytic lymphoma.
This alarming link may be masked when the data is lumped in with other kinds of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that have different causes.
Moreover, there is often a lag time between exposure to a carcinogen and when people find out they have cancer. The same Swedish study found that a person�s risk of being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma began to rise more than 10 years after exposure.
This is disturbing, given that the use of glyphosate in the United States exploded 20-fold over the past two decades and most of the herbicide has been sprayed in just the past 10 years. We may be just beginning to see the public health consequences of this herbicide.
Studies that take a closer look at specific types of cancer show alarming evidence of the potential for glyphosate to increase cancer risk. They should not be ignored.
In the now- retracted document , EPA initially found insufficient evidence to classify glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, citing some studies that haven�t been able to associate glyphosate exposure with higher risks of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The trouble is, there are many kinds of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and by trying to link a whole group of different cancers to glyphosate exposure, the EPA draft may have missed associations with specific kinds of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
By Dr. Mercola
With the support of local prosecutors, Mr. Gloeckner , a German farmer who had 65 cows die after he fed them genetically modified Bt corn has filed criminal charges against the manufacturer, alleging that the company not only knew the corn could be lethal to livestock, but was covering up deaths that occurred during clinical trials.
According to a recent press release by GM Watch 1 , the lawsuit asserts that Swiss biotech Syngenta committed a grave criminal offense by deliberately withholding the results of a feeding trial in which four cows died in two days. The deaths prompted the company to halt the test. No health problems or deaths were reported in the control group, which was not fed the genetically engineered Bt 176 corn.
Syngenta is by law required to register the results of feeding studies with the appropriate authorities, which they never did. They testified before the court in an earlier lawsuit brought by Mr. Gloeckner , stating they knew of no risks related to their Bt 176 corn, which resulted in the case against them being dismissed. According to the featured press release 2 :
"As a consequence of the deliberate withholding of that critical information Gloeckner suffered financial damage well above 500000 (US$650,000) which he was prevented from regaining through the initial court process."
Genetically Engineered Crops Taking a Toll on Livestock Health
As reported by Institute of Science in Society 3 , this is far from an isolated incident of mysterious deaths associated with genetically engineered feed, and it's not just Syngenta's Bt 176 corn either. Thousands of livestock deaths have been reported across India, as a result of grazing on genetically engineered crops and feed. The Philippines have also reported cases.
According to Dr. Don Huber , an expert on the toxicity of genetically engineered plants, a new organism linked to GE crops appears to be the cause of high reproductive failure in livestock. The organism was initially identified by veterinarians around 1998�about two years after the introduction of Roundup Ready soybeans, which is one of the staple feeds. The vets were puzzled by sudden rates of miscarriages. While sporadic at first, the phenomenon has continued to increase in severity.
In an interview last year, Dr. Huber stated:
"We [recently] received a call from a county extension educator, indicating that he has a dairy that has a 70 percent abortion rate. You put that on top of 10 to 15 percent of infertility to start with, and you're not going to have a dairy very long. In fact, a lot of our veterinarians are now becoming very concerned about the prospects for being able to have replacement animals."
USDA 93% OF corn planted in US is GMO corn
Genetically Engineered Corn May Cause Allergies, Infertility, and Disease
SPECIAL REPORT By Jeffrey M. Smith
1. GMO foods are to be avoided. We are getting this. Learn them - see the graphic below. They contain both GMOs and Glyphosate.
2. Glyphosate foods are everyday foods, both GMO and non-GMO that are raised with toxic chemicals. Remember that Glyphosate or worse pesticides and herbicides are in all non-organic foods.
3. Certified Non-GMO foods with Glyphosate Yep , a whole new generation of non-GMO foods with Glyphosate is getting certified. The public is demanding non-GMO, so these toxic foods are getting approved. I see them filling grocery shelves and flying under the radar. Marketed as healthy, they contain plenty of herbicides and pesticides. Do not buy them. Let food manufacturers know we want CLEAN ORGANIC FOOD.
Our best defense is to eat 100% ORGANIC.
Avoid foods that contain Glyphosate, Monsanto toxic herbicide. This includes anything not certified organic.
A leading FDA-registered food safety testing laboratory has found extremely high levels of glyphosate in some of America’s most popular food products. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the most heavily used chemical weedkiller in food and agricultural production in human history, as a result of the widespread adoption of genetically engineered crops now grown on more than 175 million acres in the US and over 440 million acres around the world.
New scientific evidence shows that probable harm to human health could begin at ultra-low levels of glyphosate, even 0.1 parts per billions (ppb). Sadly, many popular foods tested for glyphosate measured between 289.47 ppb up to 1,125.3 ppb!
The testing and analysis of 29 popular foods was performed by Anresco Laboratories, San Francisco, an FDA registered laboratory that has done expert food safety testing since 1943. The laboratory found that many well-known products showed high amounts of glyphosate. Original Cheerios, for example, measured 1,125.3 ppb. Other high levels of glyphosate were found in familiar products such as Oreos, Doritos, and Ritz Crackers. Glyphosate degrades in the soil into AMPA, aminomethylphosphonic acid, an endocrine disuptor found in foods and water. Here are a few of the test results:
In-Store Brands can be
Many groceries claim their private label products are organic. Private label is when your grocery chain buys a product from a food manufacturer and substitute their grocery label on it. OK, but how carefully do they research the health claims? Trader Joe�s insists that all their private label in-store brands products are from GMO free ingredients. However consumer groups are dubious of their due diligence, since Trader Joe�s will not reveal the name of their �third party labs� or ingredient sources.
Whole Foods Market claims their 365 brand is non-GMO. However a recent Cornucopia Report claims to have found more than 50% GMO corn in their 365 brand cornflakes!
Safeway says it follows USDA Organic standards for its �O Organic� brand. However Safeway does not reveal its ingredient sources or the certification laboratories. Even more troubling is that Safeway is a member of the Grocery Manufacturer�s Association that spent $11 million to defeat GMO labeling.
of chemicals are being used on our crops.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp by Monsanto is hot news now, as the most prevalent herbicide in the world. Developed by Monsanto, although their patent has expired, the majority of glyphosate is made in China.
Glyphosate has two primary damaging effects. 1) An endocrine disruptor and toxin that accumulates in the liver and bone marrow, lowering immune system and healthy cell replication. 2) It is a potent anti-biotic that kills or damages gut bacteria.
Atrazine by Syngenta is a the second most common herbicide in the US after Glyphosate. Atrazine is commonly found as a runoff contaminant in rivers, streams, and lakes, it can travel hundreds of miles on airborne dust from the farms where it�s sprayed. Human studies of Glyphosate and Atrazine in utero show impaired sexual development in boys, genital deformations, including undescended testicles and microphallus ( micropenis ).
Chlorpyrifos was created by the Dow Chemical Company in the 1960s. It is widely used in home and garden settings and is also used on cotton, almonds, oranges, apples and corn crops. Symptoms of low-dose exposure can include headaches, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and blurred vision. More serious conditions include respiratory paralysis, increased risk of children born with lower IQs and potential for ADHD.
Metolachlor is an herbicide sold by Syngenta, and generic versions are widely available from many other companies. It is used on corn, soy, sorghum, lawns and trees. Metolachlor is recognized by the EPA as carcinogenic. Other side effects include difficulty breathing, nausea, convulsions, and jaundice.
Monsanto claims that Glyphosate targets enzymes found in plants, not in humans. But further research reveals that Glyphosate targets enzymes in bacteria, so our friendly gut micro-biome is damaged.
3) A New Generation of Certified non-GMO foods with Glyphosate!
Now that the public is demanding non-GMO, a new generation of toxic foods has arrived in grocery shelves and flying under the radar. Marketed as healthy, these non-GMO products are sprayed with plenty of herbicides and pesticides. Do not buy them. They are documented to be harmful to your health. Let food manufacturers know we want CLEAN SAFE FOOD. The Non-GMO Project is busy certifying all kinds of nutritionally empty and toxic products from big food companies. Their stamp of approval may indicate there are no GMOs, but it is no indication of healthy food.
Food Movement is Reaching Critical Mass
The food industry’s rapid response to public interest in non-GMO foods shows that they are really listening to the marketplace. If you are seriously interested in clean food, then vote with your money. Let the industry know we want CLEAN FOOD, and we want it NOW. We want non-GMO food that�s raised in a sustainable manner, in harmony with the planet, without harmful chemicals. We want no Glyphosate, Atrazine, Chlorpyrifos, Metolachlor, or any of the thousands of other harmful chemicals that kill bees, humans, and damage the environment.
Buy Local, Unprocessed
To avoid both GMOs and Glyphosate, look for the USDA Organic label, when possible. Talk to your local farmers and find out which ones are using sustainable organic practices. They may not be certified organic, but they’ll know a lot about it, and will be able to guide you. Fresh, local unprocessed fruits and vegetables immediately after picking, are the most nutritious foods on the planet. We do not really need packaged foods to live. We need unprocessed whole foods. Big industry marketing hype is ultimately painting themselves into a corner. Our healthy food movement is so strong that it is reaching critical mass. We need to stay firm. Do not buy the hype, and vote with your wallet for CLEAN UNPROCESSED FOOD.
Eating GMO-free is good, but it does not rule out toxic pesticides or herbicides used on non-GMO crops. To protect yourself from all farming chemicals, choose 100% Organic.
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(75) The Dangers of GMOs , Center for Nutrition Studies, Jonathan R. Latham, PhD ,
Corn grain can be naturally contaminated by mycotoxins , natural toxins produced by fungi. Though most Kentucky corn crops are free of mycotoxins, fumonisins are the most common threat. These toxins affect a number of animal species, but horses and pigs are among the most sensitive. Aflatoxins
Recent scientific research suggests that both atrazine and glyphosate are more harmful than scientists once thought.
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Impact of consumption of vegetable, fruit, grain, and high glycemic index foods on aggressive prostate cancer risk.
Hardin J 1 , Cheng I , Witte JS .
Prostate cancer is a common but complex disease, and distinguishing modifiable risk factors such as diet for more aggressive disease is extremely important. Previous work has detected intriguing associations between vegetable, fruit, and grains and more aggressive prostate cancer, although these remain somewhat unclear. Here we further investigate such potential relationships with a case-control study of 982 men (470 more aggressive prostate cancer cases and 512 control subjects). Comparing the highest to lowest quartiles of intake, we found that increasing intakes of leafy vegetables were inversely associated with risk of aggressive prostate cancer [ adjusted odds ratio (OR) = 0.66, 95% CI: 0.46, 0.96; P trend = 0.02], as was higher consumption of high carotenoid vegetables (OR = 0.71, 95% CI: 0.48, 1.04; P trend = 0.04). Conversely, increased consumption of high glycemic index foods were positively associated with risk of aggressive disease ( OR = 1.64, 95% CI: 1.05, 2.57; P trend = 0.02). These results were driven by a number of specific foods within the food groups. Our findings support the hypothesis that diets high in vegetables and low in high glycemic index foods decrease risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
Syngenta has been accused of attempting to block the publication of UC Berkeley Professor Tyrone Hayes's work on Atrazine. Dr. Hayes, PhD. claims he resigned his contractor position with Syngenta after they refused to allow him to publish the results of studies they had funded. The research in question found that Atrazine causes hermaphroditism in frogs. After resigning, he obtained independent funding to repeat the research, which was subsequently published.
Since then, he's built an educational web site dedicated to informing the public about Atrazine 8 . Dr. Hayes gives the following summary of the herbicide:
"Atrazine is the most common chemical contaminant of ground and surface water in the United States. It is a potent endocrine disruptor with ill effects in wildlife, laboratory animals and humans. Atrazine chemically castrates and feminizes wildlife and reduces immune function in both wildlife and laboratory rodents. Atrazine induces breast and prostate cancer, retards mammary development, and induces abortion in laboratory rodents. Studies in human populations and cell and tissue studies suggest that Atrazine poses similar threats to humans. The peer-reviewed scientific studies to support these statements are summarized and can be viewed as you navigate this website."
... Despite the environmental and public health risks, Atrazine continues to be used in the US, for economic reasons. Atrazine may only increase corn yield by as little as 1.2 %, and not at all according to some studies. The agri -giant Syngenta, however, has a very powerful lobby and spent $250,000 lobbying in Minnesota alone in 2005 to keep Atrazine on the market there."