Glyphosate is an herbicide that was first developed in the 1950s and later introduced in the United States in the 70s. Glyphosate and other organophosphates have been sprayed across crops and so all genetically modified crops have them. But while this may produce a very high-yield crop, there’s some important things consider with this man-made substance when it comes to your health and wellness.
One benefit of glyphosates in terms of production is that it speeds up plant growth. The downside of this is that it alters the natural plant structure. So the alkaloids, the phenolics, the sugar, and the carbohydrate groups in the plants are not the same as if we allowed them to mature. With a certain amount of maturation there’s a small amount of fermentation, and fermented products are actually quite good for us.
Another thing to keep in mind is that glyphosate can prevent us from absorbing certain nutrients in food. More specifically, it can stop us from absorbing folate and coenzyme Q10 (necessary for Heart Health and mitochondria production), as well as other wonderful medicinal effects of food. Antibiotics and other things can also prevent nutrient absorption, so glyphosate in food and the environment isn’t the only culprit but is certainly a key one.
Glyphosate is a synthesized glycine amino acid, so it doesn’t act quite the same in the body as the real thing. Glycine is important for muscle formation and retaining muscle mass, and it’s also very important for RNA and DNA synthesis.
A study was done in Germany by a pathobiologist, Dr. Stephen Frantz, and he led a team that did some research on glyphosate. They noted that when a cell is trying to form its protein in the RNA ribosomes engine, “it may grab glyphosate instead of glycine to form a damaged, misfolded protein” which then goes on to replicate. When the high phosphate replaces this glycine, the cell can’t conduct its business as usual and it can cause “unprecedented consequences.” 1
A couple other studies revealed the potential harm that glyphosates can cause to the body. One of these studies found that glyphosate and antibiotics inhibit the cytochrome p450 enzyme pathway, and that is a main detoxification and conjugation pathway that happens with the chemicals and enzymes in the liver. 2 And it’s an essential binding chemical root in the liver, which we know is critical for detoxification.
Another study conducted by Joseania Salbego and other scientists in 2014 found that digestive enzymes trypsin, amylase, and chymotrypsin were significantly affected by glyphosate. So where are our essential elements are broken down with the energy and the enzyme catalytic activity in our stomachs and right throughout our gut, those are critical areas we need to be aware of. 3
The best way to significantly reduce your glyphosate consumption is to buy organic and preferably local food. Better yet, you can grow your own food without using the harmful substances added to commercial crops.
Along with being used on our crops, another problem is that glyphosate has also found its way into much of our water supply. So it’s important to make sure that you get a good water filter for both your shower and your drinking to keep your water alkalized and free of glyphosate as well as other potentially harmful substances.
The reality is that most of us have been exposed to glyphosate and other harmful organophosphates because even if we are not ingesting it directly from food, it can get into our system from the air when walking by a field that has been sprayed, for example. One solution for counteracting the effects of glyphosate is to take herbs.
Milk thistle in particular is a great herb because it increases glutathione in the body, which is our body’s natural detoxification factor. It’s very powerful and a good organic tincture of milk thistle or a good powdered milk thistle can help a lot. A few other herbs that I like are echinacea because it can actually reduce candida while not attacking friendly bacteria.4 And then a ginseng herb such as Siberian ginseng can boost your immune system and help your body normalize.
Of course, herbs can be toxic if taken in the wrong amounts, so speak to a good herb or medicine practitioner or just do some great research before taking these herbs.
Glyphosate triggers food sensitivities and allergies
Glyphosate is a major contributor to food sensitivities/allergies. It is estimated (and confirmed through our Allergy Testing) that 98% are suffering from "invisible" allergies, meaning they won't show up on bloodworm or labs but are wreaking havoc on your health. Glyphosate is one of many contributors to triggering these sensitivities and allergies.
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Our individual microbiome consists of a community of microbes that live within us. It’s important that we keep our microbiome in a good state of health because it’s what really builds our emotional health and our energetic health in many ways. So in addition to the herbs mentioned and eating the cleanest food and water we can get, there are other things we can do to build a strong microbiome, which will make us more resistant to glyphosate in food, water, etc., and other harmful things we are exposed to. Some of these are:
One last thing to mention is how Biofeedback Testing like we do here at Tucson Biofeedback can help. You can not only scan to see how your body responds to glyphosate, but you can also see if or where the Glyphosate is creating problems in your organs.
There’s also the EVOX Biofeedback Therapy directly addresses emotional health. These tools can really give you an amazing, detailed picture of overall wellness and help you identify and work on areas where more support is needed through targeted Biofeedback Treatments.
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