Most lawns and gardens experience pesky weed growth that can choke your grass—and make you step up your weed-whacking efforts.
For many folks this means a trip to the local hardware store to purchase herbicides.
But before you resort to chemical weed killers, you should know that a recent study found the world’s most popular brand may be linked to a host of health problems including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, infertility and Parkinson’s disease! Keep reading and I’ll explain…
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You Will Probably Live To 100 Years
Whether You Want To Or Not
The “rules” of aging have changed enormously in the days since I went to medical school. They still keep changing; life expectancy moves relentlessly upwards.
We are all growing older, it’s true. But that doesn’t mean we have to age.
Despite continuous propaganda from the authorities who want to bilk you of their retirement pension, humans are living longer than ever. Retirement age now means nothing.
The fact is that at 65 years you are barely half-way through even today’s lifespan. Some people alive now will reach 200 years of age and still be in good shape.
Not sure? Did you know that, of all the people who ever reached the age of 65 years, half of them are still alive!
What will put you in your grave, eventually, is not aging. It’s ignorance. I promise you that you will die early if you don’t know about anti-aging. You’ll lose years that could be rightfully yours.
In my remarkable eBook “Get Healthy For Your Next 100 Years” I tell you all the latest science, organ by organ, system by system, explaining what you need to know and what you need to do to stay healthy.
Keith Scott-Mumby MD, MB ChB, PhD
Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant from Arthur D. Little, Inc., made these claims in a study published in the journal Entropy1.
The authors dubbed the active ingredient in Monsanto’s product Roundup® “the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment!” It has been available under different brand names since the Monsanto patent expired in 2000.
Whatever the brand name, the ingredient we’re talking about is glyphosate, a chemical that is commonly sprayed over genetically modified (GM) crops designed to tolerate it.
This means the toxin has made its way to your dinner table.
According to Samsel and Seneff, the chemical residues you ingest in foods slowly disrupt normal body functions and can cause inflammation and disease throughout the body.
Now you can bet the reaction from the chemical manufacturers was fast and furious!
Are these accusations based on bad science?
Monsanto was quick to respond to the study conclusions, and attempted to tear holes in Samsel and Seneff’s claims. A company blog post2 accused the authors of producing a paper of “low scientific quality” using “no new data and a piecemeal approach.”
Basically, Monsanto objected to the fact that the authors didn’t conduct any new research. The company said Samsel and Seneff just compiled a review of recent literature to arrive at their cause-and-effect hypotheses.
The blog post also attacked the scientists’ credibility based on their ties to activist groups lobbying against GM foods.
These counterattacks might make you less willing to condemn the popular weed killing product, at least until you have more information.
But remember, Monsanto admits that these folks reviewed existing studies and literature.
Clearly this means that other people have been investigating a connection between glyphosate and disease.
For example, scientists raised similar concerns about the health effects of glyphosate in a study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology3.
These researchers determined that glyphosate has estrogenic properties that feed breast cancer tumors.
What’s more, a 2011 study4 from the U.S. Geological Survey found the chemical present in 60 to 100 percent of rain and air samples in the U.S! That surprised me, because I don’t think of herbicides as an air pollution issue.
The problem isn’t confined to the United State. In Europe, testing showed that people in 18 countries had glyphosate in their bodies!
With such a widespread presence on the planet, you can bet that humans aren’t the only ones suffering the nasty side effects…
Glyphosate is an equal opportunity poison
In a January 16, 2011 open letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, plant pathologist Dr. Don Huber warned of a link between Roundup Ready® (RR) crops and serious plant diseases, animal infertility and spontaneous abortions.
Roundup Ready crops are genetically modified to withstand the effects of Roundup herbicide, so they survive the poison while weeds are killed.
Dr. Huber said a new infectious agent had been found in heavy concentrations in the RR soybean and corn crops. He was especially disturbed by what he called “an unprecedented trend of increasing plant and animal disease and disorders.”
Huber urged USDA to launch a multi-agency investigation and place a moratorium on deregulating RR crops until the relationship between glyphosate and these plants could be investigated more fully.
So how did the government react to his requests?
The administration fully deregulated Monsanto’s RR alfalfa and sugar beets less than three weeks after receiving Dr. Huber’s letter!
Now, Dr. Huber’s letter concerned Roundup-Ready plants, not the weed killer as such. But it’s hard to separate the two because when you consume an RR crop presumably you’re eating herbicide residue, too. In fact, Dr. Huber maintains the herbicide actually becomes part of the plant. You can’t wash it off or remove it in any way.
Maybe you’ll find comfort in knowing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a standard registration review of glyphosate.
They’ve decided to render a decision about whether to limit glyphosate use by the year 2015. I find this disturbing. The safety of the product should be established before it’s deregulated.
In the meantime, you can at least avoid using the weed killer on your own lawn and garden if you’d like to reduce your exposure.
This might mean you’ll have to pull out the electric weed whacker… hire a gardener… or resign yourself to weeding the old-fashioned way — on your knees and with your hands…
Any of these choices may be a safer, healthier alternative to the chemicals in the food supply that may be harming your health.
When it comes to your food, your best way to avoid farm chemicals is to eat organic fruits and vegetables if you can. Last issue, we covered a fascinating new study that compared different fruits to see which ones were most effective at killing cancer cells. I was shocked by the results. If you missed it, you can scroll down and read it now. . .
The Fruits that Tested Best
for Stopping Cancer Cells
Imagine if doctors started prescribing certain fruits to fight cancer—the second leading cause of death worldwide. You’d hear things like: “Take this berry for stomach cancer. Use this citrus fruit to treat your lung cancer.” And so on.
Incredibly, we’re in the early stages of seeing that become a reality. Nutraceuticals—that is, foods used as drugs— are getting more attention every year as a way to fight or prevent the development of cancer.
Now comes a study that directly compares the effect of different fruits on cancer cells. I was surprised by what they found. . .
The Blood Pressure Lie EXPOSED!
If you’ve been told you have high blood pressure, you’re probably scared to death.
It is called “the silent killer.”
With a name like that, it has to scare you.
And, if that’s not scary enough, you were probably told to start taking a blood pressure drug immediately.
But, that wasn’t all, was it? I bet you had to go and see a cardiologist next.
And, did the cardiologist tell you that if one drug didn’t bring your pressure down, you might have to take a second drug at the same time? Often, there’s even a third drug.
I know how the system works. I’ve been fighting against it for you for almost 30 years.
And, I know you don’t want to be part of that group who’s taking blood pressure medication for the rest of their lives.
How one small fruit effectively halted liver cancer
Recent evidence suggests not all fruits are created equal when it comes to halting the growth of cancer. Different fruits pack massively different combinations of phytonutrients. Wild bananas, for instance, contain anthocyanins. But not yellow bananas.
So, in a petri-dish study using liver cancer cells, researchers decided to test the individual power of various fruits. As a control, they dripped water on the cancer cells—and nothing happened. The growth of the cancer cells didn’t slow down at all.
Next came a test for pineapples, then pears, then oranges. None made any appreciable difference in the cancer cell growth rate. But when the researchers tested high peach concentrations on the cancer cells, cancer cell proliferation dropped roughly 10 percent.
That surprised me, because I’ve never seen peaches mentioned as a particularly healthy fruit. In view of this study, I think it’s likely they contain a powerful phytonutrient that scientists haven’t identified yet.
That’s alright by me. Peaches in season are my favorite fruit. Blueberries (not tested in this study) come in second for me. But purchasing fresh peaches is tricky because they have very heavy loads of pesticides when grown conventionally. An organic farmer once told me that it’s almost impossible to grow them without some chemicals, so in farmer’s markets you’ll find a lot of “low-spray” peaches but probably few that can honestly claim to be “no-spray.”
But peaches weren’t the
most powerful anti-cancer fruit. . .
Grapefruits and bananas each halted growth by about 40 percent. Apples, strawberries, and red grapes slowed cancer cell proliferation by 50 percent. Those figures are far higher than the score for peaches.
But keep reading. This gets better. . .
The two fruits really worth noticing were lemons and cranberries, with cranberries coming out on top. They both caused a dramatic drop in proliferation, and at tiny doses. For a fascinating video on the subject, click http://www.care2.com/greenliving/which-common-fruit-fights-cancer-better.html.
Does this mean that anybody suffering from liver cancer should start downing cranberries? It certainly wouldn’t hurt, considering fruit treatments are generally quite safe. But we have to consider whether the same reaction would take place inside the human body. Studies in petri dishes are great. But they can’t and don’t tell the whole story. We need studies in live humans — not easy to do because it wouldn’t be ethical to treat a cancer patient with nothing but bananas or lemons.
Fruits aren’t the only edible treatment on the rise…
This isn’t the only promising study on fruits halting cancer. In another study, researchers took people who already had pre-cancerous changes in their mouths—a precursor to oral cancer, which has a very high death rate.
Now, we know that in petri dish experiments, black raspberries can inhibit the growth of pre-malignant and malignant cells without affecting the growth of normal cells. But again, that’s not the same as testing the effects on humans.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Researchers took those folks with pre-cancerous growths in their mouths and asked them to rub a black raspberry gel on the growths daily for six weeks. Incredibly, most of the lesions improved. Some completely regressed.
The gel was chosen so test subjects wouldn’t have to consume berries all day long, and because the gel stuck better to the gums where the lesions were. Because of the promising results, one group of researchers is working to create injectable berry implants.
One reason to hope they come through with the implants is that it’s hard to get access to black raspberries on a regular basis. You’ve probably noticed the stores usually stock red raspberries. Now, red raspberries are also a known cancer-fighter, but since this oral cancer study was conducted on black raspberries, those are the ones you’d want to use to have the best shot at getting the same results.
Freeze-dried black raspberry powder is available, but then there’s the risk of lost nutrition. Still, it’s worth a try.
Let me point out here that it’s not just fruit that might save the day from cancer. Spinach appears to be the best vegetable for fighting breast cancer … and to be honest, it’s at or near the top among salad greens for fighting a lot of other cancers including brain tumors, kidney cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, and pediatric brain tumors.
But we’re still a ways away from hearing doctors prescribe hefty doses of berries and vegetables to ward off cancer. Regardless … I don’t think it’s far-fetched to believe that day might come, and maybe sooner than we think.
Whole foods diet wins out again
The best you can do for now is to stick to a whole foods diet with lots of fresh greens and fruits. If you missed last week’s article on juicing, look it up and consider this easy way of consuming large amounts of fresh, uncooked vegetables and fruit.
Because it’s nearly impossible to know which specific cancers you’re most at risk for, your best bet is to eat a wide variety of the good stuff from nature. That’ll cover your bases until we know more about which fruit or vegetable is best for which cancer.
In the meantime, you may be wondering about the most palatable way to eat a cranberry. Cranberry juice from the store is not a great idea, because it’s pasteurized, which destroys valuable nutrients. Instead, make your own cranberry juice. Blend a handful of frozen cranberries, water, and your natural sweetener of choice (I recommend agave or, better yet, xylitol). Then drink and enjoy—you’ll get less than half the sugar of store-bought cranberry juice, and loads more phytonutrients.
Lee Euler, Publisher