Concerned citizens have been talking about the dangers of glyphosate for several years. How do you keep your family safe from it and other toxins?
My awareness of it being a potential carcinogen was heightened in 2015 when my stepfather (who was an enthusiastic Roundup user on his ranch) passed away from a quick and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. This is the same cancer that plaintiff Dewayne “Lee” Johnson has, who just successfully won a case against Monsanto here in San Francisco on Aug. 10, 2018.
From the Organic Consumer Association:
“After eight weeks of trial proceedings, the jury found unanimously that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused Mr. Johnson to develop NHL, and that Monsanto failed to warn of this severe health hazard. Importantly, the jury also found that Monsanto acted with malice, oppression or fraud and should be punished for its conduct.”
Why should you be concerned about glyphosate if you’re not the one actively spraying RoundUp in your yard?
Other Dangers of Glyphosate
Glyphosate has been shown to…
- Destroy gut bacteria in humans, setting one up with chronic disease
- Bio-accumulate on the skin, absorbing to cause cancer systemically
- It may also be contributing to toxicity, nutritional deficiencies, and disorders like autism in children.
Glyphosate was found to be in 93% of the urine samples of the American public in a 2015 study.
Now that the law is recognizing that Monsanto knows their product causes cancer and has been hiding the information, and that the EPA did not regulate it’s use properly, it will be interesting to see what happens with Big Agriculture and our regulatory agencies.
What I’m most interested in is seeing how the public uses this information.
How about you? Are you going to wait until glyphosate is banned completely by the government? Or will you take action now?
Glyphosate Is Not The Only Harmful Toxin
If you visit EWG’s website, you’ll learn of many other substances that can harm our health – herbicides, pesticides, triclosan, phthalates and other chemicals in conventional food and personal care products.
I’m providing you with this information not to overwhelm you, but to empower you!
It’s in your best interest to become educated on this now and not rely on the government to tell you what you should be concerned about.
I always suggest that you talk to your doctor about any of the information I share on this blog before making health decisions. However, you must realize that many are not trained in whole food nutrition and may not be educated about environmental toxins.
When I visited a family member who was in the hospital for a month, I was horrified at the food they were giving him (conventional processed food which I believe helped to create the condition he was getting treatment for – when I talked to his doctors about it they could not confirm or deny this). And the hospital cafeteria did not have ANY organic food. Government supported healthcare simply does not recognize industry used pesticides as being a problem.
10 Ways To Stay Safe From Toxins
1. Buy organic
Buy organic food, produce, and clothes when you can (cotton is a highly-sprayed crop). Living an organic lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive. Follow my tips here.
2. Boycott these 68 Monsanto-owned companies who knowingly have glyphosate in their products
3. Stop eating processed food
Processed “junk” food typically has great amounts of corn and soy which use a ton of herbicides/pesticides in the crops. They are also Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), which have their own safety issues and should be avoided at all cost.
4. Align yourself with companies committed to health & safety
I buy all of my family’s personal care & cleaning products from dōTERRA because I share core values with the company’s mission and trust in their testing and transparency. For food and other items I can’t get from dōTERRA, I purchase from our local CSA, Whole Foods and New Leaf grocery stores. It’s not overwhelming at all to find safe food & products when there are only healthy options available from your source!
5. Detox your body regularly
It’s a good idea to aid your body’s natural detoxifying process by drinking plenty of water and moving your body often throughout the day. You can do more thorough detoxing quarterly. See this blog post for more details. (Contact me if you’re interested in following a detox protocol in kits that I can supply for you). Detoxifying your body often is especially important if you’re vaccinating often, using conventional personal care products, and are unable to avoid other toxins.
6. Protect your gut health
Damage gut flora with exposure to toxins and you damage the great majority of your immune system. Read my 2-part series on gut health for more information on how to boost your gut health.
7. Investigate potential toxins in your home, work, & school
Again, please visit the EWG website to know what to look for at home and in the places you’re at often like work and your kid’s school. If you don’t like what you find, you can make easy changes at home. But if it’s at school, don’t worry about being the squeaky wheel. All parents need to know this information!
8. Wash your hands and body after playing on grass
Use safe body wash & soaps to rinse away any pesticides/herbicides that can accumulate on the skin with grass play. You can look up product ingredients on the EWG website.
9. Cook often and pack your own meals for outings
I know, this is more for you to do. I like getting a break from the kitchen here and there too! You have the most control over what you eat if you’re making it yourself though. So if avoiding toxins is important to you, then learning how to cook for your family is a priority.
10. Make your own heath decisions
You can do this! Learn to trust your instincts and educate yourself. I really encourage you to seek answers in many places until you feel confident in what you’ve learned.
Let’s help each other be as healthy as we can be! If you think of something else that I may have missed, please let us know in the comments!