(Natural News) While you’d be hard pressed to find anyone willing to use a known herbicide for medicinal purposes, that hasn’t stopped Monsanto from patenting the star ingredient of their flagship herbicide, Roundup, as a type of antibiotic. In 2003, the corporate giant first submitted a patent for glyphosate as a parasitic control-type antimicrobial agent — or, in other words, a type of antibiotic.
The patent was granted in 2010, and you can view it here. Monsanto patented the combination of glyphosate and polyvalent anion oxalic acid as a method for preventing and treating pathogenic infections like malaria. As the patent explains, parasites from the phylum of Apicomplexa are often responsible for diseases in humans and other animals — and glyphosate is capable of inhibiting the growth of these parasites.
This patent certainly brings even more concerns about the impending Bayer-Monsanto merger, but more importantly, it raises a significant question: is glyphosate contributing to the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria?
Study finds glyphosate causes antibiotic resistance
Recent research has revealed that the herbicide could indeed be a contributing factor to the “superbug” epidemic that is being seen around the world. Scientists from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have piloted new research that shows glyphosate is not just an herbicide, but a potential vector for antibiotic-resistant disease.
The study is the first of its kind. Professor Jack Heinemann, from the university, says that while herbicides may be tested for their ability to kill bacteria, they are not tested for what other effects they may have on microbes.
“We found that exposure to some very common herbicides can cause bacteria to change their response to antibiotics. They often become antibiotic resistant, but we also saw increased susceptibility or no effect. In most cases, we saw increased resistance even to important clinical antibiotics,” Heinemann commented.
The professor went on to explain that their results were so surprising that they enlisted another researcher from a different institution to conduct the same exact experiments in a different environment and without knowing exactly what she was adding to the bacteria, to help ensure the validity of their findings. The research conducted at Massey University yielded the same results as that done by the University of Canterbury.
According to the researchers, the effects they uncovered would be relevant to people and animals who are exposed to pesticides used in similar concentrations to that of what was tested. While the amounts used by the team were of greater concentration than what is currently supposed to be allowed in food — as we all know, the amount of glyphosate residue in and on food often surpasses what is deemed “permissible.” [RELATED: Keep up with the latest herbicide scandals at Glyphosate.news]
As antibiotic resistance continues to grow, the threat that glyphosate poses simply cannot be ignored. The effects of herbicides like glyphosate can have on bacteria are very real — especially given the chemical’s tendency to be intentionally misused by farmers as a desiccant.
Does glyphosate alter healthy bacteria in the gut, too?
Pathogenic bacteria are not the only microbes susceptible to the ill effects of glyphosate. The bacteria that reside in the human gut can also be harmed by the toxic herbicide. The very same shikamate pathway that glyphosate uses to target weeds and pathogenic bacteria species is the same pathway it would use to destroy the friendly and beneficial bacteria that inhabit the intestinal microbiome. This, of course, would come with its own host of adverse health effects.
There is no reason to believe that if glyphosate is capable of killing or altering one type of bacteria, that it would not harm other bacteria via the same pathway. Some research has already alluded to the potential for glyphosate to wreak havoc on the human digestive system. Given that the microbiome is of great importance to overall human health, findings such as this are not surprising: if glyphosate is killing off intestinal bacteria, it stands to reason that may be the first point of disease. Furthermore, some research has shown that glyphosate is capable of altering gut bacteria in other animals — for example, in 2014 German scientists found that glyphosate negatively affected the gut bacteria of cows.
It seems that the more we learn about glyphosate, the more dangerous it becomes.
I found a lump in 1997 at 36. I went for a mammogram. Nothing. Ultrasound, positive. Mammogram every year. 2003 Mammogram . . . clean bill. I found lump, again. Double mastectomy. Movin on. 2013. INSIST on a mammogram . . . for what??? My implants? Yes. Nothing. Biopsies? Positive.
That's three for three with me. Worthless radiation. And, WHY, and this happens OFTEN, am I sent for mammograms, cat scans, MRIs of MY FAKE BREASTS? (Answer below)
Thanks for your post and your other reply. Sorry to hear you had this for such a long time. It really is a incredibly frustrating and depressing condition so I empathise.
I have literally spent months researching this in academic medical journals (luckily I have access to my university online resources medical journals, although I'm not a medical student, so I really should be doing my course work). But I felt like I needed to figure this out on my own because the Drs I saw seemed at a loss. My long term experience with other health problems also taught me to be sceptical about medical authority and misdiagnosis, to ask questions and be your own health advocate.
So far, I think the EC has a lot to do with dry mouth (certainly for a subset of patients, if not all patients. Almost everyone on this board mentions they get a white line of build-up of dead sticky skin cells inside their mouth ). I think it could be some sort of localised, autoimmune psoriatic reaction triggered in response to dehydration of the mucous membrane skin. Or it could just be simply caused by dehydration of the mucous membrane skin at the edge of the mouth. It's probably complicated by other factors like opportunistic infection but I don't think that infection (bacterial or fungeal) is the root cause. That's my best, informed hypothesis anyway.
People might think that the reaction is too severe to be caused by simple lack of saliva at the edge of the mouth but the fact that Stogren's patients get EC proves that EC can be caused by lack of saliva and consequent dehydration of mucous membrane tissue.
As you said dry mouth is multifactorial so it could be due to, various causes and aggravating factors, for example
1)systemic disease like Stogren's or Thyroid disease since "Burning mouth syndrome, a condition that causes a burning pain in the mouth, and Sjogren's syndrome, a condition that causes dry mouth, are more common in people with thyroid disease" 2)anxiety 3) a mouthbreathing habit 4) Allergies or nasal obstruction blocking nasal breathing
5) medications with dry mouth as side effects 6) plastic surgery which effects lip angle 7) Over-consumption of high caffeine drinks 8) Smoking a lot 9) structural anatomy of lips ( if you have poor "lip competence" due to malocclusion) 10 ) dehydration 11) Some combination of the above factors as well as others not identified (most likely).
I agree that the cause of your dry mouth might mean that different treatments will work for different people, depending on the cause of your dry mouth.
Ok, so going on the hypothesis that there is something to do with EC and Dry Mouth Syndrome, I started researching various treatments for dry mouth. Currently, I'm trying out the following regimen:
1) I am using Biotene Saliva Replacement Gel on the inner rim of my mouth (it is not advertised to use it in this way, but I figured this is where I need it. It should be applied right up to the pint where your muscuos membrane ends).
2)I am using Gloves in a Bottle Lotion(thanks to CottonMouth for the recommendation). It is important to apply this before the Biotene Saliva gel because it forms an impenetrable barrier, preventing the saliva gel from getting your lip skin (or crust, such as the case may be) and thus preventing irritation.
3)Using Saliva Stimulant mints.
4)Wearing an Easy Sleep Pro Chin strap ( a bit of headgear that stops your from mouthbreathingg in the night.
5) Using an air humidified in my room during the day (directed near my face).
My case is really severe but I started using this only recently and am already seeing some results.
I tried making milk kefir but with milk with no lactose but doesnt seem to work
:( can someone tell me why ? its not becoming thick or maybe I havent left it long enough ? it has been 24hours now and still liquid
Please tell me the source of the parasites diagram. The person who drew it seems to be knowledgeable about GI parasites. I would like to seek information from the artist. I have passed almost all of these creatures and was amazed, when I first saw the diagram, that someone could relate so well.
If you're using a FIR sauna as part of your Lyme disease treatment, have you tested it for EMF levels? I was thinking about buying one but started reading reviews of different saunas on Amazon and saw two mentions thus far that a sauna produced high levels of EMF. If they all do this, I am definitely ruling out saunas. If you have one that you've tested and it doesn't produce high EMF, please mention it.
I know the feeling. I have been suffering from this psychologically debilitating condition since my childhood. It is always annoying and depressing at the same time, when people casually tell you "have you tried chapstick?" "Why don't you just peel off the skin?". It's like I enjoy having this crap on my lips, ruining every bit of self esteem and social confidence I have. I am envious of people here who have atleast had the chance of enjoying life and only recently started suffering from EC, because at least they have memories of what a normal life feels like.
That being said, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Every day is a struggle to keep going. I have and still am trying to divert my mind towards physical fitness and actually trying to go to med school so I can fix this for myself, instead of relying on countless dermatologists and gastroenterologists and what not that I have consulted.
I used to take liquid chlorophyll and ACV together along with VIT C packet for a morning drink.(This was 2 years ago) I liked that it got rid of the stubborn onion smell that I had under my arms as well as reduced odor down there. I had gone to a disneyland trip and bought these chlorophyll tablets to use during that did not work and again the odor returned(Embarrassing). I decided to just try a different deo and never went back to chlorophyll. A couple of months ago I decided to try it again as I was growing a paranoia that I was giving off an odor. Usually I can smell when my deo is failing but I couldnt smell anything this time around... yet customers and some coworkers wouldnt stop snifflling. Altough I didnt smell anything I decided to buy the chlorpphyll again for peace of mind. I went into work and one of the maintance ladies stated it smelled like sewage. After that day she just kept sniffling around me although no comments were made. I stopped taking chlorophyll ( It also made me really sick) the stress of hearing that comment made me really ill that I didnt even eat for a couple of days. Ever since then I just believe that I smell bad. That was about 4 months ago and I still feel like I put off this odor :( My stomach is messed up I had diarreah for 3 months straight. My bowel movements are not normal as well. I used to go 2-3 times a day. Now I just go once a day. I really have no idea what happened. I did take a TMAU test which I have not recieved result for. THis whole experience has really brought me down. Anyone have an idea what happened? :( I am currently taking probiotics and trying to just to better mentally and I dont really get too many reactions as much as it started but I still feel like I put off this odor :(