In our newsletter last week, The Secret Ingredient: Contaminated Foods and Beverages in Our Everyday Life we introduced a chemical and its possible health effects. Unfortunately, the story didn’t end there.
Glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer that has been also linked to cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma—is the secret ingredient in most of our foods. This, of course, could lead to serious health problems. “A chemical found in the worlds most widely used weedkiller can have disrupting effects on sexual development, genes and beneficial gut bacteria at doses considered safe, according to a wide-ranging 13-week pilot study in rats conducted by The Ramazzini Institute. Disruption of the microbiome has been associated with a number of negative health outcomes, such as obesity, diabetes and immunological problems,” says Daniele Mandrioli, one of the study’s authors. Also, glyphosate has endocrine disruptive effects that can lead to multiple health problems during development and adult life. These are maybe one of the most worrying, as they manifest at very low doses and can lead to ill health when exposure takes place over long periods of time.
Glyphosate has been getting a lot of attention for its connection to its negative effects mentioned above, but that’s far from the only health concern related to the weedkiller. There appears to be a direct link between the usage of glyphosate and the increasing number of Lyme disease cases.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged or deer ticks. A tick has to be present on the skin for 24 to 48 hours to transmit the infection. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Of course, ticks have their natural enemy, the western fence lizards. And if you were wondering where the connection between glyphosate and ticks is, well, we need to start with the lizards.
The common western fence lizards eat ticks by the millions. Wherever the lizards abound, the population of disease-carrying ticks would be low because the lizards carry a protein in their blood that kills the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which cause Lyme disease. When the ticks feed on the lizards’ blood, the protein cleanses their bodies of the bacteria, so their bites no longer pose a Lyme disease risk. “In areas with Western Fence Lizards, about 5% of ticks carry the disease, while in other areas 50% of ticks harbor the disease.” A study on the impact of glyphosate on the New Zealand common Skink, a type of lizard, sprayed with glyphosate resulted in slower sprint speeds, which lowered their survival rate as they were unable to catch their prey and escape predators. As the case, then the use of glyphosate formulations could reduce western fence lizards’ populations as well, and in that way increase the percent of ticks that harbor Lyme disease.
Unfortunately, Lyme disease battle is getting more and more common. Celebrities like Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Yolanda Foster or Alec Baldwin all revealed that they have struggled with the disease: dysphonia (a disorder affecting vocal cords), extreme exhaustion, fevers, muscle stiffness or tremors were all part of the “life-altering experience” caused by an infected tick bite. Obviously, the best way to avoid all these complications is prevention. Here are some tips how:
- avoid areas where deer ticks live, especially wooded, bushy areas with long grass
- wear shoes, long pants tucked into your socks, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and gloves
- clear brush and leaves where ticks live and mow your lawn regularly
- check your clothing, yourself, your children and your pets for ticks after being in bushy and grassy areas
Remember to take common-sense precautions to be able to enjoy your outdoor activities and also the time afterwards.
Humanities discoveries may seem great at the developmental stages but when untested toxins such as glyphosate are introduced into the ecosystem things quickly spiral out of control. When nature is in a state of balance disease and contaminants are lower, we fail to realize our intricate connection with nature; we must be responsible guardians and not lords, for we function as one.
Suggested treatment for Lyme Disease:
Lyme disease must be treated holistically and aggressively. Following twice per day:
Black Walnut 30 drops
Worm Wood 20 drops
Goldenseal 25 drops
Cloves 1/8 tsp.
Life Choice SAMe Liquid 15 drops
Life Choice L-Lysine 1,500 mg x 2 – empty stomach
Life Choice Thymus Gland 2 capsules 3 times empty stomach
Life Choice Adrenal Gland 2 x 2 with food
Life Choice Thyrodine® Thyroid Gland 1 x 2 empty stomach
Life Choice Colloidal Silver 3 sprays x 3 per day 30 minutes before or after food or beverages
Life Choice Neurotransmitter Support 3 per day empty stomach before breakfast
Life Choice L-Tryptophan 1 x 2 per day empty stomach and on its own
- Website of Hastings, a biological Field Station of the University of California. http://www.hastingsreserve.org/
- Perlman, David. 2011. Lizard, Tick, Lyme Disease Study Yields Surprise. SF Gate.
- Rushton, Sharon. et al. 2016. The Unintended Consequences of Using Glyphosate (the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup). https://content.sierraclub.org/grassrootsnetwork/sites/content.sierraclub.org.activistnetwork/files/teams/documents/The_Unintended_Consequences_of_Using_Glyphosate_Jan-2016.pdf
- Neslen, Arthur. 2018. Glyphosate shown to disrupt microbiome ‘at safe levels’, study claims. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/16/glyphosate-shown-to-disrupt-microbiome-at-safe-levels-study-claims
 Neslen, Arthur. 2018.
 Perlman, David. 2011.
 Rushton, Sharon. et al. 2016.