It's Everywhere: MIT Scientist Presents Dire Portrait of Damage from Monsanto's Roundup

Correlations are not causation, but when they plot out as clearly as Stephanie Seneff has plotted them out with regard to autism and glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer,  they are impossible to ignore. 

 

Seneff is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who has been running around the country showing a fairly dense slide show about the correlations attached to ghyphosate. On Thursday evening, she was in Groton, MA, at a special panel presentation about GMOs, sponsored by Groton Wellness and its founder, food rights activist and holistic dentist Jean Nordin-Evans. I was one of the panelists at the presentation, but as far as the audience was concerned, Seneff was the main act, in large measure because of the correlations she demonstrated, and the discomfort she aroused. 

 

Once she had completed her presentation, all of the 70 or so people in attendance were squirming, likely because they now had serious misgivings about serving their kids, or themselves, anything with corn or soy, which are nearly all genetically modified (GMO)  and thus tainted with Roundup and its glyphosate. (These GMO crops are bred to resist damage from Roundup, which destroys the weeds around them.) 

 

If glyphosate is as harmful as Seneff’s correlations suggest, then its poisonous effects extend nearly everywhere--to all soft drinks and candies sweetened with corn syrup and all chips and cereals filled with soy, not to mention cattle and chicken fed soy. But it isn't just corn and soy, it is wheat as well, since it is nearly all sprayed with Roundup just prior to being harvested, according to Seneff….which means all non-organic bread is tainted. 


Not surprisingly, Monsanto argues that glyphosate is safe; it has a page linking to denials and assertions at its web site that glyphosate isn't harming people. 

 

The key slide in Seneff’s presentation is the one above, showing the uncanny correlation between heavy use of glyphosate (via Roundup), begun in 1990 and increased sharply each year following, and the explosion of autism, such that we have gone from one in 5,000 children being diagnosed back in 1975 to one in 68 today. 

 

“At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic,”  Seneff said Thursday. Presumably, if Roundup and glyphosate accelerate their spread in the U.S. and around the world, the predicted one-in-two autism cases could happen even sooner. 

 

Among Seneff’s key points: 

 

-Glyphosate sickens by killing beneficial gut bacteria and stimulating the loss of key minerals like cobalt, iron, and manganese. 

-Glyphosate is present in unusually high quantities in the breast milk of American mothers, to the tune of 760 to 1,600 times the allowable limits in European drinking water. 

-Urine testing shows Americans have ten times the glyphosate accumulation as Europeans. 

-Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder.  

-The number of adverse reactions from vaccines can be correlated as well with autism and glyphosate, though not quite as closely. 

-The same correlations between applications of glyphosate and autism show up in deaths from senility. 


The problem here is that the products most heavily treated with Monsanto’s Roundup—corn, soy, and wheat—are pervasive within our food chain. “In my view, the situation is almost beyond repair,” Seneff said after her presentation. “We need to do something drastic or we risk the demise of the human race and a mass extinction unparalleled by previous events.”

Sylvia Gibson's picture

Thank you David, This is important to share.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

I re-read the slide show and it certainly explains the "potential" causes and/or contributors to the many many diseases that are so prevalent in America. They are prevalent also in the non-autistic sector of our society.

This is infuriating. I am a breastfeeding mom. How can I have my milk tested? And why can't people sue Monsanto for 'contaminating' our bodies with glyphosate and Bt toxins? Didn't Monsanto promise these ingredients would pass right through the human digestive system? Oops they don't.

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Erin, I expect you'd probably want to consult with a naturopath who deals with a highly specialized lab that could do this testing of your milk. 

The problem with suing Monsanto is that the company would no doubt bring a host of "expert witnesses" with lots of letters after their names, paid big bucks by Monsanto to say that the scientific evidence finds no problem with glysophate. 

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The Organic Consumers Association got it right. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_29483.cfm

EU definitely has the insight to read its own studies and respond with "good for you raw milk" policies. The rewards of having large populations of people drinking raw milk are long term and tremendous. I will bet that their Autism growth curves are completely different that the American experience as we look at Autism in the next few years.

I would rather battle Big Dairy than the Monsanto Mafia any day. At least fluid milk is weakening and the dairy processors have resigned to this fact. Monsanto has planted its top Don ( Michael Taylor ) right up next to the President...Purdue University has known of the negative human effects of Round-up for many years. Monsanto just bought up the studies and shelved them.

Sick bastards.

Look at the small bright spot in all of this. The children of organic consumers and raw milk drinkers will inherit the earth as Autism consumes the rest of the population. As with everything, Americans react after the crisis has hit critical and never until then. At that point only the organic raw milk drinkers will have a next generation to do any thinking...

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A free market is not an unfair or out of control market. Competition is based on fairness. If one producer must comply with some regulations and another producer does not have to...that is not a free market and it is also an unfair playing field for all involved.

Markets should be Accessable SAFE and FAIR.

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Mark, out of curiosity, how does RAWMI compare/relate to the German Vorzuchsmilch?

Sylvia Gibson's picture

Page 13 is informative. When I skimmed it, I didn't see any representatives from the US, I could have missed it.

http://files.meetup.com/1463924/1st%20Raw%20Mik%20Conference%20Report,%2...

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The very last paragraph on page 14 is most interesting indeed.

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I have studied the German program. RAWMI is more strict than the German system.
The Germans claim that they have had no illnesses associated with any of their raw milk producers in the last 45 years. However, I am not sure if they track raw milk illnesses quite as fervently as we do here in the USA. One thing for sure....the Germans are a hell of a lot healthier and they are focussed on prevention rather than more visits to doctors.

There is some real virtue to the single payor system....when the people as a whole are responsible for all the people as a whole, then we the people will want the cost of health to be lower. Our current paradigm, there is no incentive to reduce sickness financing. With single payor...that is when prevention through nutrition starts to really matter and become relevent and pharma and big medicine starts to become less powerful.

The Germans got this right...so do other EU countries. That is why raw milk vending machines are popping up all over the EU!!

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http://www.slowfood.com/slowcheese/filemanager/bibliografia/Raw_Milk_Pap...
Look at the bottom of page 8. There is a discussion of the bacterial standards for the German raw milk system.

German system requires many of the same types of measures as does the RAWMI common standards. However my reading of the German standards indicates a much higher SPC count of 150,000 is allowed verses 15,000 and 30 coliforms verses 25 coliforms for RAWMI. However, it is rare that any of the RAWMI LISTED producers submit a coliform count higher than 2 or 4. Most RAWMI LISTED coliform counts are less than 2 and many less than 1. PMO allows up to 10 coliforms in already pasteurized milk!!! yet....pasteurized milk is not tested for coliforms...it is tested for the activity of phosphatase enzymes.

Can you imagine the number of recalls that American pasteurized processors would have if they tested for pathogens and bacteria? ( becuase it is not required to test for pathogens ever in pasteurized milk products ). It is much safer for them ( PROCESSORS ) to just look at an enzyme INACTIVITY and hope that the immune sytems of their consumers takes care of the bugs that do get past or survive the heat of the five log kill of pasteurization.

While their test levels are different, they also require MONTHLY vet visits and focus on facilities more from what I have read. A while looking at Europe, this link shows that it is not all roses in Italy. http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/04/italys-experience-with-liberalizin... .
Reading this tells me not enough focus has been put on safe Milk Harvesting & handling practices. The hype of vending machines has reached all around the world but you still need a good product to put in it. This below is the final paragraph which summarises their concerns while still wanting to keep it available.

The experience also exemplifies the significant health burden that the Italian society – like others – is willing to shoulder as the natural/traditional discourse trumps the health/science perspective. As a consequence, the challenge for the public health community to prioritize safety and overcome cultural and communication barriers has become enormous, against perceived consensus. Even scientists who have highlighted safety issues publicly state that safe raw milk is possible, and do not dare advocate the only protective solution: ban sales of raw milk, especially through vending devices.

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Jeneyraytions, 
As Mark suggests, you very much have to consider the source of this assessment about Italy. Food Safety News looks for reasons to trash raw milk, no matter whether it's sold via vending machines, small inspected dairies, or herdshares. 
Now, I did a search of Food Safety News to see whether they have ever written about the public health dangers of glysophate. Nothing, zero, zilch. 
You see, FSN represents the FDA-CDC view of food safety: raw milk, even if it sickens a single person in a year, is a terrible public health hazard. Glysophate, which seems to be contributing seriously to the explosion in autism cases, is ignored, because Monsanto says it is safe.
Europe generally takes the opposite tack. It is tolerant of raw milk, but keeps glysophate out of its food system. Its autism rates appear to be much lower than ours.
Which country-group truly cares about food safety and public health?  

 

Thanks David for the heads up on FSN.
As for Glyphosate, I knew it was bad, but just recently while doing tractor work I listened to Don Huber give an extended presentation at the 2013 Acres Conference. It was truly a numbing experience even for me who can handle this sort of stuff, because I want to know. In the talk he explains the interactions and relationships on glyphosate with minerals and microbes. He finished with a statement saying something like - future generations may well look back and ask why we were so willing to sacrifice our children.
You can buy the cd here - http://www.acresusa.com/don-huber-failed-promises-flawed-science

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I do agree....it is not all rosy with Italian raw milk vending machines. The Italians have however been rewarded by the many uncalculated good things that raw milk does bring to farmers and their consumers. The studies that show that vending machine raw milk does contain pathogens is fascinating...that also means that the immune systems of the local consumers that buy at vending machines are working to protect against that rare pathogen. Yes...they have a had a few illnesses. The legal system in Italy is also not all primed and ready to sue like the USA. It was interesting to watch Bill Marlers video after his return from south Africa a couple of years ago...his pitch t Africa was to sue farmers ( actually sue anything that moved or sold or produced ) for food safety violations. I can not imagine South Africa and or most any other country outside of the USA attacking their farmers with litigation. What I think has happened is this...these EU countries have struck a balance between that rare illness and the benefits of raw milk. When 9 kids die every day in the USA from Asthma and thousands go the ER for that critical life saving visit for the beathalizer...or they call 911 for a PARAMEDIC call to save their lives, this is something that America counts in our GNP and job creation. In the EU, it is considered a burden on society and studies like PARSIFAL, GABRIELA and PASTURE are included in the national dialogue and change happens for the better. As far as pathogens are concerned with vending machines....that is something they need to address. RAWMI has already addressed that issue and we as Americans have the secret sauce and know how to do even better than the Germans or the Italians. We just need to get the ear of the FDA and others for their official support. Until then...we pioneer and feed our consumers and set a new track record of excellence. Our PhDs will publish our data and the FDA will look like fools coming out of the FOOD INC dark ages as we use technology approved by the FDA to rapid test and we use RAMP plans to reduce risk. In the USA, we are all so disconnected and so disfunctional with this subject.

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In Germany, you get caught stealing an apple from a tree, you can be sued for that apple, the trees the seeds would have produced and the loss of fruit from said trees. Italy views their laws a tad different. Anyone who travels should be familiar with the local laws.

http://www.bestofsicily.com/mag/art315.htm

Our wonderful gov many times prevents people from suing, other nations, and they put caps on suing state-side. And the BS term of "frivolous" lawsuit...tell me, what lawyer is going to take a case they have little to no chance of winning? And most suits like that are done on contingency basis, meaning the lawyer doesn't get any money unless they win. They won't waste time and money on a case they will not get compensation for.

David, you forgot about GMO sugar beets. Over 95% since 2010 are now Roundup ready. So add sugar to the list. Roundup is also being used on non-GMO crops to speed dry down before harvest ex. wheat and potatoes
Also in 2013 EPA significantly increased the allowable levels of glyphosate in oilseed crops, root crops, carrots, fruit trees, and animal feed due to a petition from Monsanto. The truth of the matter was the previous allowable levels were already being exceeded in these foods http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/world-our-backyard/2...
Here is a link to a Youtube video of Dr. Don Huber (Emeritus professor from Purdue) being interviewed by Dr. Mercola. In it Huber says if we stopped using Roundup today we will still have lost a generation of children for the sole purpose of benefiting one corporation!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrq_1ovWlVE
Where are the regulators when you really need them, in Big Ag's pocket!

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Wayne, thanks for the additional info about sugar beets. So it's pretty much all natural sweeteners (sugar and corn syrup). I guess people can always use the artificial sweeteners, and opt for cancer rather than a brain-based illness. 

As you suggest, Monsanto has its man, Michael Taylor, as the head of food safety in the U.S. Nothing like having the fox in the chicken coop. 

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I think that a massive class action against Monsanto by Breast feeding mothers would be the greatest piece of litigation imagined. Who does testing of breast milk for GMO Roundup residues?? Great question. I bet Dr. Don Huber would know. A mothers breast milk is entitled to be clear of Monsanto product residues. If not this is chemical trespass just like when a conventional farmer over sprays an organic field. Perhaps we should have a new class of organic certification...certified organic humans with a set of laws that protect our personal biome. Now that's a new human rights liberation and revolution.

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Some good stuff from Cornucopia recently:

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/06/hypocrisy-choice/ *(Just wait until you see the guy's credentials, if that's important to you)

[quote from article at above link]
In this morning’s headlines several prominent agriculture groups spoke out against a state-initiated food labeling plan (without specifically referencing GMO’s). They claimed that “only FDA” should be the standard-bearer.

This new-found faith in FDA is amusing given those same ag groups regularly “question” FDA’s wisdom when a new directive comes out that is uncomfortable for their membership. And how confident can we feel in relying on FDA when only a week ago the FDA came out saying they needed to withdraw a proposal related to food safety, after learning it had too many discrepancies?

In the last two weeks I have read several US scientific society statements endorsing the technological advances through the use of GMO’s. After all, they claim “the science” shows GMOs to be safe. So let’s consider what “science” they are referencing.

Monsanto provided minimally-required data to FDA in the GMO submission, which covered the proscribed 90-days (12-week) testing period. That’s right, they only have to show what happens in the first 90 days. Yet all studies that have shown side effects on animals do not show significant deleterious effects appearing until week 18. Thus the oft-repeated claim that Monsanto’s research “found no safety concerns” is accurate, if misleading on the larger question of long-term safety.
[end quote]

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

But is anyone listening? A better question is does anyone "in authority" care? Obviously this is not a priority - yet. It will only become a priority when it poses a true concern to the elitists.

Here are a couple more links to articles @ Cornucopia you may find of interest, as well.

Monsanto "celebrates" 20 years (believe me they're the only ones celebrating):

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/06/happy-anniversary-monsanto/

What's on my foods? This includes baby foods . . .

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/06/decoder-ring-food-documents-pesticides...

Five BEYOND disgusting food facts re: Roundup

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/06/5-disgusting-facts-roundup/

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First they came for your raw milk, then your Parmigiano Reggiano

June 10, 2014 6:59 AM
This week the FDA announced it will not permit American cheesemakers to age cheese on wooden boards, potentially destroying the ability to make or import a wide variety of artisanal cheeses. Despite being legal in the various cheese making states and having been used for hundreds of years, the FDA is cracking down under the Food Safety Modernization Act. A sampling of cheeses impacted: Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Cabot Clothbound, Marieke Feonegreek, Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar, along with parmesan, aged cheddar and the only American produced Limburger.

Critics quickly point out that there is no proof of any actual illness due to boards used in cheese making and that the FDA's interpretation of underlying studies is misguided.

Cheese boards are a part of preserving the (bacterial) culture that generation after generation allows a cheesemaker to reproduce artisanal cheese. A brief introduction to cheese making (especially in Wisconsin) and the use of wood.
posted by Muddler (170 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

Food modernization? Modern food is like, what, taco bell?
posted by TwelveTwo at 7:02 AM on June 10 [7 favorites]

http://www.metafilter.com/139797/First-they-came-for-your-raw-milk-then-...

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Indeed, the other shoe has dropped. rawmilkmike's post and Shelly D's post on the last blog page shows that is true. Now there is back peddling, they speak with a forked tongue and are not to be trusted.

http://news.yahoo.com/u-fda-moves-dampen-fears-ban-cheese-aged-224254924...

Sylvia Gibson's picture

I hit the post button too soon. I grew up with mom using the same wooden cutting board for everything; meats,fish, produce. We were never sick. I still use that very same cutting board. I haven't had any problems.

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"The FDA's Sucher said the agency would "engage with the artisanal cheese-making community to determine whether certain types of cheeses can safely be made by aging them on wooden shelving.""

Note the use of the term "whether." I.e. they are not convinced that any cheese can "safely be made" with wood. This will be an uphill battle for cheesemakers, to try to convince them. Indeed they do speak with forked tongues, Sylvia -- Monika Metz says one thing and now they're trying to do damage control and claim that this is not their policy. Well, how do they explain why she said that this WAS their policy? We deserve answers.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

I understand that cheese has been made with wood for eons and if it were hazardous, that way of making it would have changed long before the last few hundred years. Just as, if raw milk were so dangerous, then humans would have stopped consuming it.

Sadly, I find it difficult to believe anything they say. Too many lies have passed under the bridge.

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@ Sylvia & all others interested in this subject: Check this! http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/06/10/fda-backs-down-in-f...

FDA backs down?? Hardly. It's called backing off and regrouping for the next step.

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No, they are not backing down. They are re-grouping and forming another way of attacking.

"FDA will engage with the artisanal cheese-making community to determine whether certain types of cheeses can safely be made by aging them on wooden shelving.”

That statement alone speaks volumes, they intend to "determine" what is or isn't safe.

http://libertycrier.com/brilliant-anti-common-core-speech-dr-duke-pesta/...

The above video is @2 hr long. Very enlightening. In the beginning he explains how Common Core came into being and briefly show the money trail.

I post the video because there are many ways to sneak laws into bills that are passed and he describes a common one for which I think many are unaware. As we know; some (enter word of choice) who hold public office appear to lack the intelligence to READ a bill before passing.

I am grateful my kids are long out of school. From what I've seen of Common Core it is shutting down the kids minds horribly so. There are numerous examples on the internet. I went to the schools web site he suggested and it is appalling what you see. If my kids were in school, they would definitely be home schooled.

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@ Sylvia: I watched part of that vid yesterday and had planned to finish it this evening. What I did see was interesting and I hope to view the school site you mentioned, as well. Many States are already outlawing common core and I hope more follow suit. First it was obozocare, now we have obozocore - both of which are going to turn out to be colossal flops (I hope). What we need to do in this country is start over from square one but I have no idea how - and therein lies the problem. The politicians who could make these changes no longer care about us because they are now millionaires/billionaires and live in such a different world than the rest of us that they simply cannot relate.

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Common core appears to be worse than "No child left behind", I wouldn't have thought that possible, yet, there is is.

Why is there no access to older comments anymore? I can only see the 6 recent comments that show on the home page, with no little squares to click to get to the older comments.

I was referring to the not-the-most-recent comments that show under the Recent Comments part of the website. Of course those same comments still show following each article, but checking out the Recent Comments is helpful to avoid having to track through comment threads to know what's been recently posted.

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Lynn, I am told by the web master that those little squares at the bottom were experiences some glitches; there is also some tweaking of this site upcoming that could interfere further with them. 

"Look at the small bright spot in all of this. The children of organic consumers and raw milk drinkers will inherit the earth as Autism consumes the rest of the population. As with everything, Americans react after the crisis has hit critical and never until then. At that point only the organic raw milk drinkers will have a next generation to do any thinking..."

Wow. As a mom of an Autistic child and an autism activist I find that comment completely reprehensible and offensive. "As Autism consumes the rest of the population." I agree that our food source has been poisoned to a criminal degree but your description of Autism is, well, ignorant. Yes, Autism is growing at a rate to the point where it is now a childhood epidemic. Most likely because of toxins in our air, water, food, etc...But if you knew anything about Autism it is that children that are affected are on a Spectrum of severity. Many children will lead, fulfilling, successful lives with vibrant careers as adults. Many of them will also marry, have children, and will contribute to society. Some will not. Unfortunately, our society is not one of compassion in which some people accept the diversity and, frankly, the genius (in some cases) that Autism brings. It is with comments like the one above that affect so many families, children, and autistic adults making them feel isolated and alone. So, next time you promote your ideas, try not to pulp fictionalize another group's struggles. "Autistic Zombie Rampage! They Came to Consume Society!! When Will the Raw Milk Drinkers Save Humanity?!" You know a lot about food, nothing about autism.

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@ Activist Mom: I'm sorry, but I wish you had directed your comment so we'd know who you were addressing in your above post. To whom are you referring when you say "you know a lot about food, nothing about autism"? Many of us here know about autism, possibly in varying degrees, but we do know something about it. However, it's not always time-friendly to go back through every post to find out who said what.

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I could be wrong, but I believe, she was directing her comment towards Mark's references about autism and the insulting way he worded his statements. Struck me as like bullies on the playground calling others 'retard' etc.

As to her link. It is disheartening to see a paper that is supposed to be "peer reviewed" and professional have have basic errors, poor research, spelling, etc. The poor quality causes a great loss in credibility just as name calling does.

And I do believe monsanto poisons are a major cause/contribution to many of the illnesses to humans and the earth.

Sorry about that. Mark McAffee. My intentions with my comment were not to generalize to the entire board but the way the comment was stated was not thoughtful. My assumptions are that there are quite a few people who are looking for help with health issues that most likely stem from the poisoning and destruction of our food system.

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@ Activist mom: The author of the article in the link above does not divulge that Ms. Seneff also has a degree in biophysics. Just because she has other degrees (electrical engineering, etc) does not mean she doesn't know anything about other subjects. People tend to put other people into a box. Perhaps the writer from PuffHo would like to read this: http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/

And you cannot just read the first three sentences; keep reading for the full magilla.

Of course, everyone is entitled to believe whatever it is they wish to believe. But fairness in science does seem to depend on who's paying for what outcome and who's helping them by lobbying for that outcome. We see it more and more every day because it's becoming more obvious, thanks to better communication technologies. It's becoming harder to hide hard facts and writers who only do partial homework on their subjects are also not helping either side.

Totally understand and agree. The reason why I posted that link is to ensure that all sides are heard and that there is awareness of the other side of the debate. Trust me, I agree with the findings posted here. Corporate farming and pesticides have been destroying our environment for years. (I remember the PCB trucks back in the 70's spraying pesticides throughout neighborhoods to keep the bugs at bay. Kids used to chase those trucks.) With some elements of society becoming increasingly belligerent of science it is of utmost importance to ensure that everything we do to shed light on these issues have all of their i's dotted and t's crossed. Since the falsification of the British vaccination report regarding vaccines' affects on autism, the media is pouncing on everything that is coming out of the scientific community. Did you include your link in the comments to the Huffington Post's article? Might help shed more light on the issue.

When is comes down to brass tacks, we need to remove special interest money entirely from politics which is turning our politicians into millionaires and increase the effectiveness of our education system. Daunting to say the least.

D. Smith's picture

@ Activist mom: No, I didn't post anything about this at the PuffHo site but you're welcome to do so if you wish to share it with her.

David Gumpert's picture

The author of the Huff Post article essentially accuses the authors of cherry picking. Yet one of her main accusations is that they "didn't conduct any studies." No, the paper was a literature and research review, made no claim to have conducted original research. And as D. Smith points out, Huff Post article only mentions one of Seneff's degrees. Classic cherry picking. 

BTW, the author of the Huff Post article did another article pointing readers to a public relations site set up by Monsanto, DuPont, and others, because of their supposedly deficient PR in promoting GMOs.
These are corporations that spend millions every year on PR, whose agencies and in-house professionals have considered many angles for sugar-coating the products and research they do. She says she posted a question on the PR site, and asks readers to encourage Monsanto, DuPont, et. al. to answer her question. Oh, please, Mr. Monsanto, help us understand you better. No, this is a person who is clearly inclined to believe what these corporations put out, wants desperately to believe them, and is trying to help them sugar coat their case even more effectively. 

I bet the Huffington Post readers don't know this.

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Dear Activist Mom,

After review of my comment...I do agree that it can be taken as a little insensitive to a mom that loves her autistic child and a mom that has done everything to help that child. There is little space for "tongue in cheek" comments about the true challenges of the familial suffering caused by austism and its huge impacts on families and society as a whole.

I have studied austism for many years and I have met with many many moms that have autistic kids. We serve so many families with autistic kids. Kids that are all over the spectrum...from mild to quite severe. Moms will love their kids regardless of their disability. They will defend them....regardless of their diagnosis. This unequivacal love, protection and defense is wornderful and is what makes a mothers love so powerfully wonderful.

However....I have never met a mom that would have chosen to have an autistic child. It is the wonder of a moms love to make the best of what ever comes her way....but that does not mean that austism is some sort of gift. It is not a gift. It is a critical and emerging medical crisis for first world nations. It is a massive burden on society and moms and families. In fact our country does not have a plan or a clue to prevent furture autism emergence and or treat the current title wave of autism.

So with that all said...I do apologize for being a little incentive about the future and who will have the ability to think and run our country. Certainly....no one can believe that a seriously effected autistic person with their disbiosis, constipation, GUT challenges, brain issues, social issues, would be allowed to fly an aircraft, captain a supertanker, be a judge, be a school teacher, be president, be a doctor or carry a gun and be a peace officer. So lets not sugar coat this crisis....even with a mothers love. Because with a mothers endless love all things are possible and even the smallest gifts and smallest bright spots become the huge warming sunshine beams of life, this does make autism a blessing or a good thing.

As far as the FDA and wooden shelves becoming prohibited for cheese makers...it appearss that that have clarified their position. The last comment on the FDA face book page is very telling of what one mom thinks of the FDA "sterile is better" policies....she uses her own breast milk as an example.

http://www.dairyreporter.com/Regulation-Safety/FDA-not-prohibiting-or-ba...

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Dear Mark, as someone with an autistic child in the family, I am offended by your comments as well - your original one and this one - and I just saw the original one reposted on Facebook. Your comments have just given RAWMI a black eye. I supported RAWMI's mission until now, but just as some people have given raw milk supporters the reputation of being racist and sexist ("feminazis" being a term thrown about), your comment comes across as very insensitive, prejudicial, and discriminatory.

You write here: "Certainly....no one can believe that a seriously effected autistic person with their disbiosis, constipation, GUT challenges, brain issues, social issues, would be allowed to fly an aircraft, captain a supertanker, be a judge, be a school teacher, be president, be a doctor or carry a gun and be a peace officer."

My response: Yes, in fact, we do. The autistic teenager in my family, who has all these problems, is fully capable of any of these, and is excelling now in school with the right therapy (ABI), medication, and educational supports. Please read Temple Grandin's books about autism, such as "Thinking in Pictures" before judging autistic people.

I'd like to ask that you please ask David to remove these comments, because they're not going to do us any good as a movement, and will set us back. :(

As a spokesperson and public figure, any comments you make are immediately in the public eye as being the comments and views of RAWMI - that's the unfortunate truth and just how it happens - public figures lose this right by virtue of their positions. You will need to be very careful from now on about what you say, because it will be construed as being "RAWMI policy" even if it is not, and no disclaimer on your part will eliminate this public perception.

Thank you for your apology, Mark. As an FYI, I do have a member in my family who is High Functioning Autistic. He is also a surgeon. A very, very good one at that. Before he was a Doctor he was a mechanical engineer. Thank you for studying Autism. I'm sure you understand a great deal and I'm grateful that you take the time to investigate. I try not to sugarcoat anything and I certainly agree that, given the choice, I would not have chosen a life with an autistic child but not because it is mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially draining, but because I have to watch him figure out how to get through life and navigate the ugly as well as the good and that is rough. The other stuff I can handle.

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http://news.yahoo.com/company-recalls-4k-lbs-beef-due-mad-cow-154950477....

Someone recently, in the Dallas area, died of Mad Cow.....

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I have killed (and subsequently smoked) a lot of weed in my life... but to die because weed-killer is in practically every food and drink is an irony that I choose NOT to accept... WITHOUT A FIGHT.

If that slide was the basis for the extrapolation, the "1 in 2" is rather obviously faulty. A Pearson correlation value implies a linear fit (and there's no reason I can see to suspect any underlying transformations were performed). Taking the data from 2000 to 2010, the slope is about 27,500, yielding a population served of 787,500 in 2025. This wouldn't amount to 50% prevalence as it is, with a birth cohort of abour 4 million, but the population is aged 6 to 21 years, which comes out to a prevalence of about 1 in 81, not 1 in 2.

Given this failure of a basic sanity check, I'm not going to dig into the IDEA criteria that were applicable to the presented data, but I certainly suspect that they're geared toward the intellectual-disability end of the scale, which has remained fairly stable over the increasing CDC ADDM-based prevalence numbers for ASD.

Sorry to join this horrifying conversation so late. Is there any way to reverse the toxic effects of glyphosate once attempts have been made to eliminate GM
O foods from our diets? Is there any way to reduce the contamination in our bodies, or is this a one way street and we are all terminally contaminated?

What can we do to save ourselves and our children?

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Concerned consumer; as far as I know, there has been no studies on detoxing from that stuff. Avoidance may be the best to at least decrease any further contamination. Avoidance may be difficult as things are not labeled truthfully.

For all the various detox information on the internet, I would use caution and much research before attempting any. For example: Even sweating in sauna's can be dangerous, ie; high temperatures, for prolonged times, etc.

Concerned Consumer,
Once again we will be saved by our bacteria,or more specifically those bacteria that can tolerate glyphosate. Many soil bacteria can break down herbicides and we get the bacteria in our bodies from the soil. If we avoid eating herbicide contaminated food , eventually the herbicides in our bodies will be deconstructed by our bacteria. As the herbicide level in tissues increases , the conditions favor those bacteria that can tolerate the toxic conditions,they begin the deconstruction. As the conditions become less toxic other bacteria will continue to deconstruct the toxic byproducts until they are broken down to a form that can be safely eliminated. Our symbiotic community of microbes is very good at breaking down toxins of all sorts .The important thing is to avoid herbicide contaminated foods so that our bodies can eliminate them faster than they are building up.