Today I stumbled across an article describing the dangers to children after finding glyphosate in popular cereals. As I was reading the article I could almost hear the outcry from the non-believers: What's the big deal about glyphosate? #GetInTheKnow
The news coming out of the USA about Monsanto having to pay $289 million to a California man dying of cancer is huge - but only to those of us who really understand the dangers of that chemical to human health. As with all things that lean toward organic or holistic health, the 'we need to go on the attack' machine starts up and makes its way into various media sources to debunk, defame or discredit anything that remotely appears to be 'alternative' to the powerful machine that has influenced people's opinions for decades.
There was a time when I believed what that 'machine' was telling me. I bought into it because I saw it as 'authority', but I was wrong. The only authority behind that machine is greed and greed is the ugly green monster that lives in all of us that pretends to have everyone's best interest at heart but only has its own best interest at heart. Remember, every one of us has a dark side.
WHO OR WHAT IS THE MACHINE?
The machine is all of us. It's not the corporations, or big pharma, or government. It's all of us, and we all contribute to it and we help it move forward every single day with every choice we make. We are a society of spoiled brats. We want what we want when we want it and that is precisely how the machine got as big as it is. Every one of us bought into it's illusion. We placed certain jobs way up on a pedestal based on potential earnings and have been conditioned to believe that only 'these people' know anything. Our universities, colleges, institutes, trade schools, high schools, public schools and private schools no longer provide unbiased information to their students - they educate from only one perspective and hope that people don't seek out alternate information or opinions. If someone does find and share information that differs from mainstream they are quickly and efficiently discredited.
Glyphosate is not the enemy. Ignorance and the unwillingness to admit one's own personal motivations behind the denial of its dangers is. There is more than enough reputable scientific evidence to show the dangers to human health that glyphosate presents, but if the chemical companies finally concede and remove the product and all of the products designed specifically to be used in conjunction with it from the market, how do they move forward and maintain their profits? How will farmers who use genetically modified seeds that are specifically engineered to withstand multiple doses of this dangerous herbicide which ensures that their crop will have the highest possible yield move forward? Most farmers already struggle to make ends meet. Who do you think is going to be willing to risk their livelihood by trying to find a way out of their contracts with multi-million dollar companies with their team of high paid lawyers, and risk crop failure to boot? How will consumers, who expect to walk into a grocery store and have multiple choices of pre-packaged convenience foods move forward if the crop yields drop by 50% which means the availability of products were to drop by 50% or more?
WHAT ARE THE DANGERS TO HUMAN HEALTH?
The World Health Organization declared glyphosate a carcinogen years ago but governments still promote its use. In Saskatchewan, the province I lived in for over 40 years, the branch of government that deals with trade works hard to find places to export the products the farmers grow, so encouraging the use of literally hundreds of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides - including glyphosate - is in it's best interest because they need the highest yields possible when negotiating with whoever it is they are marketing these products to.
Glyphosate, one of the chemicals in the popular herbicide/pesticide Roundup was patented in 1964 as a mineral descaling agent for use in industrial pipes. Glyphosate was used to clean mineral deposits out of industrial pipes. How could that kind of chemical not affect human health? Does it not seem possible that if the chemical has components that allow it to attach to minerals inside a pipe that it would also be able to attach to minerals inside your body and flush them out? Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, chromium, selenium, iron, potassium, and zinc are important nutrients for our bodies. Minerals contribute to bone formation, cardiovascular health, eye function, nerve function and even to getting a restful sleep. Chemicals like glyphosate can accumulate in our bodies, despite our body's natural ability to detoxify, so the idea that getting small doses in your food won't matter is naïve and negligent.
Glyphosate was purchased by Monsanto in 1969 and patented in a different form - this time as a weed killer. Weed killers are called herbicides, so when you go to your local farmer's market and see signs stating "Pesticide Free", that farmer is counting on you not understanding the difference between pesticides and herbicides. The thing is when you see a word that ends in 'icide' - think of homicide and then give some thought about whether you want products that are doused in killer chemicals inside your body.
Glyphosate was also patented as an antibiotic and we now know that overuse of antibiotics is devastating for the good bacteria in our guts. Maintaining a healthy bacteria level in our bodies is crucial for every body system because every body system interacts with each other. If glyphosate negatively affects bacteria in plants, how could it not negatively affect human bacteria levels?
WHY SO MUCH POLARITY ON THIS ISSUE?
Everyone can only see things from their own eyes. If you're familiar with my Mind Files program, you will be familiar with the meaning behind that statement, but if you haven't read Mind Files yet, let me explain. Our mind's process can only reference the files we have stored in the filing cabinets of our mind. If the original conclusion about glyphosate was something like: glyphosate is an analog of glycine, and glycine is an essential amino acid, and if the human body needs and uses essential amino acids then it can't be detrimental to human health - then that is the conclusion that your mind is referencing every single time you think about glyphosate. The more your mind references that conclusion, the more that conclusion gains strength and becomes a rigid perspective. It takes some doing to be willing to revisit a rigid perspective and the only way a person will revisit a rigid perspective is if there is some vital motivation to change it.
On the extreme other end of that statement are people who formed conclusions that simply states: glyphosate is bad, and these folks are labeled kooks, quacks, pseudo-scientists, organic loving anti-vaxxers, and whatever other ridiculous label people who are threatened by the opposing opinion can come up with. While there are a lot of folks out there who don't really understand the science and preach crazy alternative health claims that are ridiculous, there are some of us in the middle - balanced in science and common sense.
It all boils down to personal motivation. I personally do my best to avoid ALL chemicals because my life was threatened. My health deteriorated to the point where I wondered if I was going to get through it. I'm a super analytical person and I needed what I considered proof to change my opinion about the validity of choosing only certified organic or clean foods. I thought I understood nutrition, but I only understood it from one vantage point and that vantage point discredited all things holistic, organic, natural or alternative, and that vantage point also contributed immensely to the decline of my health. I thought I was giving my body everything it needed following that narrow belief and ignoring the 'pseudo-science', but I was actually making my bad health situation worse every time I ate something that was laced with harmful chemicals like glyphosate. When I became certified in holistic nutrition I became one of those extreme thinking folks that tried to sway the opinions of people who had never really been sick a day in their life, or were simply unwilling to consider why the governments might back a product that was harmful to human health. I gave up on that mission when I realized that a person's health isn't important to them until it's threatened. Just like my dad used to say: you can lead a horse to water……..
NATURAL, ORGANIC & CERTIFIED - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Every business is in business to generate profit. It doesn't matter if it's a huge corporation or a small business owner in your town or city. Business is business and business is about numbers. For thirty years I lived and breathed numbers as the head of operational accounting for multi-million dollar companies. If sales are down, the sales departments have to come up with a way to convince people to buy a product and increase overall sales, which in turn increases net profit. In a trendy business like food - the sales departments must try to always be ahead of the curve. Marketing in itself is a business and a ruthless one at that, so companies have become very creative with words.
All food starts out natural - technically, and technically all food is somewhat organic. Organic is defined as: pertaining to a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only those existing in or derived from plants or animals, but that now includes all other compounds of carbon. Whew! Glad we straightened that out.
Certified organic, on the other hand, means it has to pass standards outlined by the federal government. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's guidelines are here. Organic food does cost more to produce because farmers have to pay extra to be certified. Harvest also costs more because the weeds need to be picked before combining, otherwise the weeds get mixed in with the grains. It's similar in organic fruit and vegetable farming. People have to pick the vegetables rather than machines so that drives the cost up.
THE BIG DEAL IS…..
What's the big deal about glyphosate? Your belief about your own health. When your health becomes more important to you than fitting in with the crowd, you won't need much convincing to learn all you can about the importance of eating chemical free and clean food. When your health becomes important to you, you'll search out information on your own and form your own opinions. When you become important to you, you'll figure out what your true motivation is behind each and every belief and you'll learn the importance of choosing to live in your own truth - not someone else's.