The Harmful Effects of Weedkiller (Glyphosate) On Our Health And Our Future

Episode 177 57m


The statistics on glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used pesticide, are pretty grim. Billions of pounds have been applied globally since the 70s. In the US, though we’re only 4% of the world’s population, we use 20% of the world’s supply annually. Then, we wonder why our rates of chronic disease are so much higher than other countries.

The evidence against the use of glyphosate keeps mounting, yet it’s still legally drenching our food supply. I try to be as good as I can about eating organic, high-quality food, and my glyphosate test revealed I was still in the 50th percentile. Studies have linked glyphosate to cancer, endocrine disruption, infertility, immune dysfunction, liver and kidney damage, and disruption of the microbiome. And not only is glyphosate harming human health and the health of our future generations, it’s also destroying our ecosystems.

Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy I dive into all-things glyphosate with Stephanie Seneff.

Stephanie gives us an in-depth look at the dangers of glyphosate for our health and our world.

We’re continuously discovering how powerful the microbiome is for affecting our health. We now know glyphosate directly damages our good bacteria by disrupting the shikimate pathway, a process responsible for producing certain amino acids that are important for gene expression.

It also increases leaky gut syndrome. That means proteins can leak into the bloodstream and create systemic inflammation which acts as a catalyst for chronic disease. Stephanie explains the concept of molecular mimicry and autoimmune disease as well, and how glyphosate ties into this increasing problem.

Glyphosate depletes glutathione, our master antioxidant and a cornerstone of our biology, and it dramatically impacts our sulfur, methylation, and detoxification pathways that have many essential roles for our health. Clearly, glyphosate is a toxin we don’t want to mess with, but to make matters worse, it actually makes other chemicals more toxic because we are less able to process and eliminate them.

Stephanie is a wealth of information when it comes to understanding how glyphosate impacts the body, as well as its impact on soil health, pollinators, and so much more. She is on a mission to understand the full scope of the issue and, most importantly, identify ways to clean up the problem. I am one hundred percent with her!

While Stephanie helps us understand the breadth of the glyphosate problem, she also helps us think about solutions. We discuss some of the potential answers for breaking down glyphosate as well as what actions are needed on personal and federal levels to stop its pervasive use.

Glyphosate affects all of us. I hope you’ll tune in to this very important episode.


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Topics Covered

  • The history of glyphosate use

    (1:13 - 6:58)

  • How glyphosate harms human and soil health

    (3:28 - 9:15)

  • Glyphosate’s impact on mitochondrial function, metabolism, vitamin levels, glutathione production, and more

    (9:44 - 15:29)

  • What do we know about glyphosate’s role in cancer and liver disease?

    (12:10 - 17:55)

  • Why glyphosate’s impact on sulfur metabolism is so detrimental to our health

    (13:19 - 19:05)

  • How glyphosate makes other chemicals more toxic to humans than they otherwise would be

    (17:21 - 23:06)

  • The connection between autism and glyphosate

    (19:05 - 24:50)

  • How our body swaps out glyphosate for glycine

    (23:01 - 30:55)

  • Is there a safe amount of glyphosate in the environment and in humans?

    (26:22 - 34:16)

  • What can we do to decrease our body burden of glyphosate?

    (32:30 - 40:24)

  • The multiple ways glyphosate is detrimental to the environment

    (35:21 - 43:15)

  • Countries that have banned glyphosate

    (43:04 - 50:44)

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