New research once again links glyphosate with cancer, as well as damage to DNA
(by JD Heyes | Natural News) – Another study has linked glyphosate, the primary chemical used by Monsanto in its Roundup herbicide, to increases in cancer as well as alterations to DNA and oxidative stress.
The study, which was published last week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that people regularly exposed to glyphosate have biomarkers in their urine that are linked to cancers and other diseases.
The researchers took glyphosate level measurements in the urine of farmers as well as others who participated in the study and found that high levels of the pesticide were present and caused reactions in the body known as oxidative stress, which can cause damage to DNA. Such stress is believed by health and scientific experts to be linked to the formation of carcinogens, The Defender, a publication of the Children’s Health Defense organization, reported.
The study’s authors were ten scientists from the National Institutes of Health as well as a pair of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all of whom concluded that their research “contributes to the weight of evidence supporting an association between glyphosate exposure and oxidative stress in humans.”
In addition, they wrote that “accumulating evidence supports the role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of hematologic cancers,” such as lymphoma, myeloma and leukemia.
“Oxidative stress is not something you want to have,” noted Linda Birnbaum, a toxicologist and former director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences. “This study increases our understanding that glyphosate has the potential to cause cancer.” Read Full Article >