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Recently, a study was published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health titled “Ignoring Adjuvant Toxicity Falsifies the Safety Profile of Commercial Pesticides.” It explores the fact that pesticides (and herbicides such as Monsanto’s Roundup) are not just composed of their active ingredients, for example glyphosate. Adjuvants added to the mix significantly alter the effect that ingesting a chemical has, for all forms of life, and this fact may nullify the accuracy of safety studies on pesticides. Many people are familiar with glyphosate and its toxicity, but have they ever heard of pesticides containing xylene, N,N-dimethyldecanaminde, 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone or solvent naphtha? As vaccines contain polysorbate-80 and similar chemicals that can cause toxins to cross the blood brain barrier, the pesticides we know and hate also have adjuvants that do similar things to intensify the toxicity of the concoction. The blood brain barrier is a fundamentally important wall that keeps certain things out of our sensitive brains. Immune disease, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s are a known result of exposure to pesticides like glyphosate. Adjuvants increasing the bioavailability or toxicity of glyphosate would explain why such small amounts of it are still linked to disease. It seems like exploring the synergistic toxicity of chemicals would be a fruitful place to look for what causes disease. Glyphosate itself enhances and essentially potentiates the toxicity of other chemicals, allowing them to go past the immune system because it inhibits cytochrome P450 (CYP enzymes). The enzymes seem to play a crucial role in the function that human gut bacteria performs for our bodies. Damage to our cellular systems and inflammation can result, and dangerous chemicals are allowed to break into the blood more easily with this trait of glyphosate, and the blood brain barrier is sometimes even crossed. Glyphosate alone already can cause the blood brain barrier to become weaker, and disrupt our entire body’s way of functioning with gut bacteria. Now, this study says the adjuvants added to pesticides are an important factor. An analysis of the study from Science Daily reads: “This is the first comprehensive review of gaps in risk assessments for adjuvants in pesticide formulations which are not currently subject to safety assessments. Ignoring the potential dangers of other ingredients in commonly used commercial pesticides leads to inaccuracies in the safety profile of the pesticide solution, as well as confusion in scientific literature on pesticide effects. The review suggests that new regulations are needed to protect people and the environment from toxic pesticide ingredients.” As far back as 5 years ago, a French scientist was saying the same thing about the adjuvants added to Roundup. Gilles-Eric Séralini, the author of the paper said: “There are several hidden toxic compounds in Roundup that are far, far more toxic than glyphosate, but they have not been tested in long-term studies like glyphosate — that means for two years with a rat.” According to a 2013 article from Producer about Séralini’s paper: “The paper, called Ethoxylated adjuvants of glyphosate-based herbicides are active principles in human cell toxicity and published in Toxicology magazine, compares the toxicology and composition of nine Roundup formulations using different human cell lines. The study shows that glyphosate-based herbicides pose an environmental and occupational risk for humans, including for farmers and others who spray the products. As in his earlier paper, Séralini recommended that longer-term studies be used to measure the potential toxic effects of the entire formulations rather than just the glyphosate content.” “I don’t think that agricultural workers understand that glyphosate is not Roundup,” Séralini continued. “Roundup is 100,000 times more toxic on human cells than glyphosate, and glyphosate is just 15 percent of what’s in Roundup.… There’s a vast underestimation of its effects.” If you’d like to take a look through the recent study about pesticide adjuvants, it can be found at this link.   (Image credit: Samlim.deviantart)  

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