Glyphosate Threat for Autism, ADHD —
And Your Health

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Is there a definite link between ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders), ADHD and the Glyphosate threat to health?

Many think there is and these include experts like Dr Stefanie Seneff of MIT and Dr Oscar Coetzee of the University of Bridgeport.

Although there is no definitive study proving this hypothesis without any doubt at all, there are scientific research papers and studies that have strongly linked the two.

We’ve included some of these papers and references at the bottom of this article as recommended reading. Even if you do not have a scientific background you will gain insights when you see the work that has gone into this field of research.

ASD, Children’s Health and the Glyphosate Threat

What can you do if your child is diagnosed with ASD or ADHD? Is it too late to improve their health?

The answer is a resounding ‘NO!’.

The health of the mother during pregnancy obviously impacts the baby; so too the quality of the breast milk the mother is producing. Both the mother and her milk most probably contain Glyphosate.

The Gut-Brain Connection

There is a strong connection between gut health and brain health. We all have Glyphosate in our systems but we can improve our health outcomes by switching to an organic diet and drinking good clean water. An integrative or functional health practitioner can assist with achieving the best gut health possible for you and your child.

Cleaning up the Glyphosate Threat

Dr Oscar Coetzee toured Australia in December 2018 where he trained Integrative Medicine practitioners. Based on his clinical experience he discussed the dangers of Glyphosate. The video below and transcript notes offer some of his presentation highlights.

Dr Oscar Coetzee, PhD and Clinical Nutritionist is the Clinical Director of the Natural Health Center in Long Branch, New Jersey.  He has a master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, a PhD in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of New Hampshire, and a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)

Dr Oscar Coetzee: the Glyphosate threat to human health

Dr Oscar Coetzee talks about Glyphosate, how it’s been abused in the world for many years, and its negative effects on the building blocks of our health.

Notes from the Video Transcript…

Glyphosate is interesting, it’s been abused in the world for many, many years. I believe it is pretty radically used in Australia, now.

The Glyphosate problem – it is water-soluble…

Since 2006 I believe Australia started buying Glyphosate from China and using it in radical amounts. The problem with Glyphosate is that it is a chemical or an organophosphate that is water-soluble so, it tends to go everywhere.

Mineral depletion in the food supply

Glyphosate is a chelating agent so it pulls metals out of just about everything. It pulls all the minerals that people need for their health out of the food supplies so people are finding fewer and fewer minerals in their food. Therefore, they cannot have the building blocks for health.

And, the biggest problem with it is the fact that we’re using it as a desiccant, so that means that we’re spraying these pesticides on foods that we want to harvest earlier because we want to get the food out to the world quicker or, enhance profit and, that is putting that organophosphate on our food supply and, that is a really disastrous issue.

Glyphosate is pulling minerals out of the system

01:15 What are we doing about the Glyphosate exposure currently? There’s some research, in the U.S. done by Dr Zack Bush where he has used a lignite extract that has been helpful but, we really don’t know what to do with it at this particular point. The only way that you can really compensate for this is, whatever you’re lacking you have to substitute because it is pulling minerals out of the system.

Proper supplementation may compensate for nutrition loss

01:37 It’s also affecting the aromatic amino acids and these aromatic amino acids are the tryptophans and the tyrosines that convert to dopamine and serotonin so, once again, the only way that you can really compensate for some of that stuff at this particular point is proper supplementation.

01:52 As far as pulling all the Glyphosate out of the world and the food supply and the water and the shower water, we’re looking at a bigger issue there. We don’t really have the answers on that, which is kind of a scary thought but, at this particular point that’s really what we know, including up the act, you know, staying away from the foods that are being sprayed with the product as a desiccant, eat as much organic as you can because it’s helpful.

Glyphosate tests positive in most patients

02:15 We’ve run some Glyphosate tests in my office on patients and, everybody tested positive, there are levels of it but, it’s pretty much out there for all of us at this point.

I work with a tremendous amount of intestinal permeability cases where, if you clean up the diet, try and get them away from as many of glyphosate-containing foods as you can and then you give them supplementation of a reasonably aggressive dose, you definitely can see improvement in those cases most of the time.

Integrative practitioners deal with intestinal permeability

02:42 Intestinal permeability is something I think any kind of integrative practitioners is working with today. I think it is because we are the only people that people come to for answers, because nobody can figure it out, because it’s chronic and you can’t point the finger at exactly what it is but, in clinical practice, on a daily basis, if I have to say that there’s one particular case that stands out, there isn’t, because I’m working with so many IBS cases and IBD cases and, from a foundational standpoint, the only thing that I can say is, in my own opinion, I feel there are levels of intestinal permeability and that’s not really been written about or published much.

03:24 I believe that if I look at my patient base, some patients react to everything that they eat, even real, good quality food, and that’s a severely permeable person because even the antioxidant reach in healthy and healing foods are actually causing an inflammatory response that’s so strong in that person’s body that they actually have a negative reaction to it.

Dietary intervention to improve nutritional intake can help

In those particular cases, it’s very, very slow, progressive steps. Some people, when you just remove the Glyphosate, the herbicides and the desiccant sprayed or, over-sprayed food groups, you see improvement immediately because, if they’re not severely compromised then those aromatic amino acids start to convert properly, they’re starting to get the minerals and the vitamins back in the food supply and into their systems and, they can absorb it again and, that’s obviously the level one in permeability in my opinion.

Additional Functional Tests may be relevant

04:14 When I get severely permeable patients, I’ll actually do some additional testing. Apart from the GI-Map Test where we’re looking at the biome, I will also do intercellular nutrient testing. I will do organic acid testing because I want to determine which of the pathways are being affected from the energy standpoint, I want to look at what your intercellular status is of Glutathione and Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 and so, it becomes a very individualized case at that particular point.

Mineral deficiencies can lead to other conditions

04:42 What we generally see are most of the important minerals being depleted. We see a tremendous amount of iron deficiency, anemia in people that use a lot of the Glyphosate products because, I know people are always pointing the finger at gluten and on I’m a big believe in Dr Fasono’s research in gluten but, if you look at some of the research of some of the more published people in Glyphosate, you’ll see that they actually have the same Villi atrophy from Glyphosate use in other products that you get from gluten and celiac disease.

Prescriptive considerations

05:13 As far as what I use for these people? Well, anything that you can put your hands onto that they deficient in. So, clearly, we give them the B complex that we use. I’m a big, big, big promoter and all people, not just people with intestinal permeability. Berberine is useful when it comes to any kind of glucose regulation and insulin control and lipidemia issues. The Liposomal Glutathione is something that I use all the time because I believe that a very overlooked aspect of health in our world is the over abuse of alcohol and, alcohol has a tendency to deplete one of the major antioxidants in the body called, Glutathione so, the Liposomal Glutathione is definitely something that I utilize.

05:58 Alcohol is one of the biggest creators and irritators of permeability. A very unknown fact but, if you drink excessively, it actually causes tight-junction permeability.

Video Source: Live interview with Dr Oscar Coetzee, December 2018, Sydney Australia

Upcoming Dr Coetzee Presentations:

Studies on ASD and the Glyphosate Threat

From the studies mentioned above:

  1. Is there a link between autism and glyphosate-formulated herbicides? 2016
    Authors James E. Beecham1 and Stephanie Seneff2*
    Here the authors stated:
    ‘This paper presents a hypothesis that glyphosate exposure in utero can cause developmental defects leading to autism due in part to impaired thyroid function in the mother and in the foetus.’
    ‘Many different factors have purported to be linked to autism. These have included, among others, genetic factors, iodine deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, and toxic exposures to a variety of substances, including lead, mercury, aluminium, thimerosal, fluoride, particulate matter in air pollution, to name a few. Whether, and to what magnitude, glyphosate/GFH have a place on the list is still debatable.’
  2. Clostridium Bacteria and Autism Spectrum Conditions: A Systematic Review and Hypothetical Contribution of Environmental Glyphosate Levels 2018
    Authors Argou-Cardozo I, Zeidán-Chuliá F
    Here the authors asked:
    ‘Is there an interrelation between clostridium bacteria colonization of the intestinal tract and the neurological symptoms associated with ASD patients?”
    Their conclusions stated:
    The results of the present systematic review demonstrate an association between Clostridium bacteria colonization of the intestinal tract and ASD. In addition, we also postulate about how environmental GLY levels may deleteriously influence the gut-brain axis by boosting the growth of Clostridium bacteria in these patients.
  3. Prenatal and infant exposure to ambient pesticides and autism spectrum disorder in children: population-based case-control study June 25, 2019
    Their conclusions stated:
    Findings suggest that an offspring’s risk of autism spectrum disorder increases following prenatal exposure to ambient pesticides within 2000 m of their mother’s residence during pregnancy, compared with offspring of women from the same agricultural region without such exposure. Infant exposure could further increase risks for autism spectrum disorder with co-morbid intellectual disability.

Further References and Research

Prenatal and infant exposure to ambient pesticides and autism spectrum disorder in children: a population-based case-control study
BMJ 2019364 doi: (Published 20 March 2019)

Is there a link between autism and glyphosate-formulated herbicides?
James E. Beecham1 and Stephanie Seneff2*
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Clostridium Bacteria and Autism Spectrum Conditions: A Systematic Review and Hypothetical Contribution of Environmental Glyphosate Levels
Isadora Argou-Cardozo and Fares Zeidán-Chuliá

Study Says 50% of Children in US Will Be Born With Autism by 2025
MIT Research Glyphosate Herbicide Will Cause Half of All Children to Have Autism by 2025. (2017)

Research Contributions

Dr Coetzee’s insights and additional research from Mindd Health Partner: Designs for Health

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