“Drinking well water and occupational exposure to Herbicides is associated with chronic kidney disease…”
The evidence for the abominable toxicity of Round Up chemicals like glyphosate is already overwhelming, yet there seems to be a never-ending stream of research and evidence pointing toward their dangers. A new study has just been published showing that farmers in Sri Lanka exposed to glyphosate through drinking water are 5 times more likely to develop chronic kidney failure than those who don’t drink herbicide-polluted water.
Farmers in this part of the world often wear scant protection when spraying glyphosate on their rice fields, but it seems that this protection is not enough. The fact that Round Up has contaminated their drinking water is an example of how multi-tiered the problem of herbicidal toxicity truly is.
Big Ag chemicals, more specifically, biotech’s chemicals (since their GM rice, soy, corn, and other genetically altered seeds are meant to withstand copious amounts of spaying) are detrimental to humans and the environment from the moment they are sprayed to years later. In this case, the toxicity is felt when residents of small rural villages drink from wells that have contaminated ground water due to spraying.
The research abstract concludes:
“The current study strongly favors the hypothesis that CKDu epidemic among farmers in dry zone of Sri Lanka is associated with, history of drinking water from a well that was abandoned. In addition, it is associated with spraying glyphosate and other pesticides in paddy fields.” …
Concentrations of glyphosate and metals are much higher in these abandoned wells, increasing the risk of deadly chronic kidney disease (CKDu) by up to 5-fold.
The Center for Public Integrity says fatal chronic kidney disease of unknown origin, or CKDu, has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than AIDS, diabetes, and leukemia combined over the past five years. This wave of CKDu affecting numerous poor farming countries around the world simply didn’t exist prior to 1990.
It has already been established, through groundbreaking research that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Round Up, might be “a crucially important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions.”
While medical care and medical technologies have improved over the last several decades, research says that our collective overall ‘good health’ has actually decreased in the last 25 years. We may be living longer, but are we really healthier?
Hui Zheng, assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State, points the finger at an ever-burgeoning medical care system throughout the world as part of our collective sickness in a new study.
Zheng and OSU researchers said:
“Access to more medicine and medical care doesn’t really improve our subjective health. For example, in the United States, the percentage of Americans reporting very good health decreased from 39 percent to 28 percent from 1982 to 2006.”
It seems that what some term the “medical mafia” (the FDA, USDA, AMA, etc) has made us sick first psychologically, then physically. It is clear to many that modern medicine has become a sick-care industry, not a wellness industry. Millions are made off of keeping people ill, not truly healing them. This can be witnessed by simply viewing any big pharma commercial, in which a drug is offered often only to relieve symptoms, while offering a host of other side effects that need to be treated with more drugs.
The researchers from OSU simply proved this all-too-obvious fact in the coming July 2015 issue of the journal Social Science Research by using several large multinational datasets to examine changes in how people rated their health between 1981 and 2007 and compared that to medical expansion in 28 countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Zheng actual used a detailed analysis of the data to find that if we hadn’t expanded medicine into every corner of the world, we would actually be healthier.
He measured three kinds of medical expansion. One was medical investment, which includes health care spending per capita and total health employment; another being medical professionalization and specialization, which includes the number of practicing physicians and specialists; and lastly the expanded pharmaceutical industry, which includes pharmaceutical sales per capita. (The US is one of the biggest users of all pharmaceuticals in the world.)
Zheng’s research predicted that self-rated health would have increased in these 28 countries. For example, the percentage of Americans reporting very good health could have increased by about 10 percent….
Emerging research indicates that the Western diet could rightly be considered a ‘Disease Vector’ on par with influenza and other infectious diseases. – by SayerJi, Founder of GreedMedInfo
The CDC likes to track disease vectors like influenza and hepatitis, but the concept that immune status determines susceptibility, or the vital role that diet or environmental factors such as sunlight-mediated vitamin D levels play in whether you contract an illness or not, is mostly ignored by them.
It could be argued that the CDC would be far more effective in their mission of “Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health” if they paid equal attention tracking vectors of disease creation, such as per capita high-fructose corn syrup or happy meal consumption, or environmental chemical exposures, instead of myopically fixating on an outdated, though hugely profitable germ-centered model of disease causation.
Take the Western diet, for instance, which is increasingly the subject of preclinical and clinical investigation as a disease vector disturbingly effective at generating disease within the human body.
At GreenMedInfo.com, one of the 126 “Problematic Actions” we have indexed is the “Western Diet,” which has been found to cause over 20 distinct disease states or adverse health effects, including various lethal cancers. Here is a list of the Western diet-linked diseases:
- Breast Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Colon Cancer
- Lipid Peroxidation
- Sperm Count and Quality
- Bone Fractures
- Cardiac Hypertrophy
- Escherichia coli Infections
- Insulin Resistance
- Intestinal Permeability
- Liver Disease
- Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Oxidative Stress
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Type 1 Diabetes
Last Updated Apr 23, 2009 4:05 PM EDT
Federal prosecutors in the U.S. will be reading with amusement the Australian press’s coverage of a class action trial down under for patients who took Merck’s now-withdrawn painkiller Vioxx.
Details emerging in Oz make some of the antics that Merck’s American counterparts got up to look tame by comparison. For example, in Australia, Merck allegedly:
- Had a doctor sign his name to an entirely ghostwritten journal article even though a Merck staffer had complained that the data within it was based on “wishful thinking.”
- Created a fake “peer-reviewed” journal, the “Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine,” in which to publicize pro-Vioxx articles.
- Created a Ricky Martin-style pop song to get Merck sales reps all jazzed up about Vioxx (lyrics below!).
- During the trial, Merck has employed an unusually aggressive set of PR consultants, some of whom have even followed reporters into the bathroom to make sure they got the story “right.”
- Hatched a Blackadder-style “cunning plan” to seed seminars with speakers who were sympathetic to Vioxx but under instructions not to mention the brand name too often.
Regarding the “wishful thinking” study, The Age reports on these emails turned over in the trial:
Email from Merck senior researcher Briggs Morrison, August 2001:
“That seems wishful thinking, not a critical interpretation of the data… The data appears to have been interpreted to support a preconceived hypothesis.”
The claim was nonetheless included in the final version of the article, which Merck employees sent to US cardiologist Dr Marv Konstam for approval…
Dr Konstam was named as the article’s lead author when it was published in the medical journal Circulation in October 2001
The Australian describes the fake journal. And The Age notes that the journal was “designed to resemble a peer-reviewed publication and reprinted previously published articles.”
Here are the utterly priceless lyrics to two songs Merck had composed celebrating Vioxx. ..
During the National Vaccine Advisory Committee’s (NVAC) February meeting, American adults were put on notice by Big Brother that non-compliance with federal vaccine recommendations will not be tolerated. Public health officials have unveiled a new plan to launch a massive nationwide vaccination promotion campaign involving private business and non-profit organizations to pressure all adults to comply with the adult vaccination schedule approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).1NVAC has authored the National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP) and, once finalized, the plan will be turned over to the Interagency Adult Immunization Task Force (AIFT) to create an implementation plan. Notably, this task force is composed of “vested interest” stakeholders and no consumer representation for those groups concerned with vaccine safety and informed consent.NVIC has submitted our public comments and recommendations for the NVAC’s draft National Adult Immunization Plan.2 Your opportunity to submit your comments and concerns about this plan has been extended to March 23rd. We encourage all of our readers to participate in the public comment process and submit comments to the NVAC on the NAIP. Please forward this article to family and friends and encourage them to submit public comments, too. …
… From 1999 through 2002, several mercury-laced vaccines w ere phased out of the recommended immunization schedule. They were replaced with low-mercury, or “thi merosal-free,” vaccines. However, during this so-called “phaseout” period, four doses of a new vaccine containi ng high aluminum content were added to the childhood immunization schedule (for pneumococcal disease). Two doses of another aluminum-containing vaccine (for Hib) were added in 2005—a 20% increase in aluminum content since the mercury phaseout. 9
Several vaccines contain high amounts of aluminum. Babies receive multiple doses of these aluminum-containing shots. For example, the hepatitis B vaccine (Engerix-B) is given at birth, 2 and 6 months of age. Each dose contains 250 micrograms (mcg) of aluminum. The DTaP shot (Infanrix) is given at 2, 4, 6 and 15 months. Each dose contains 625mcg of aluminum. The Hib vaccine (Pedvax) is given at 2, 4 and 12 months. Each dose contains 225 mcg of aluminum. The pneumococcal vaccine (PCV/Prevnar) is given at 2, 4 , 6 and 12 months. Each dose contains 125mcg of aluminum. The hepatitis A vaccin e (Havrix) is given at 12 and 18 months. Each dose contains 250mcg of aluminum. Thus, babies who follow the CDC immunization schedule are injected with nearly 5000mcg (5mg!) of aluminum by 18 months of age.
(Since some shot dates are variable, babies may receive up to 1,475mcg of aluminum at their 12- month or 15-month checkups! ) …