Homeowners spray gallons of herbicides in their yards to kill and stop the growth of weeds. Municipalities spray millions of gallons of herbicides to banish weeds from public parks, schools, and along highways. Farmers spray billions of gallons of herbicides, predominantly Round Up, to prevent weeds, insects and grasses from reducing their crop yields.
The main ingredient in herbicides is glyphosate, a molecule that prevents plants from making proteins, so they die. Glyphosate kills the broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. More than five billion pounds is sprayed worldwide, which ends up in our air, water, and soil, according to Zach Bush MD, a triple board-certified physician with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care. You can hear Dr. Bush’s full explanation of the decline of our ecosystem because of poisonous herbicides in an interview with Jon Gordon of Positive University.
Today, glyphosate is in 75% of rainfall, 75% of air, and 80% of Americans, according to a 2022 CDC study. The level of glyphosate in our system has grown from trace levels in Europeans to 1.75 milligrams per kilogram of body weight in Americans. The increased use of glyphosate and the increase of common chronic illnesses such as digestive issues, asthma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and kidney failure is not a coincidence, according to Shanhong Lu, MD, PhD, a frequent Mosaic EDGE (formerly GPL Academy) instructor. To better understand the correlation of glyphosate exposure and disease, watch Dr. Lu’s presentation “A Silent Pandemic: Neurotoxicity, Neuroautoimmune Cytokine Storms and Parkinson’s Disease” below.
“The importance of testing for glyphosate should become as routine as a yearly wellness exam.
— Shanhong Lu, MD
Why Should Practitioners Care that Glyphosate is Present in their Patients?
After medical research and practicing medicine for the past 34+ years, Dr. Lu understands conventional medicine has made tremendous advances in crisis and chronic disease management. The overall lack of interest in the root causes of most illnesses have kept most people living declining and expensive life.
Dr. Lu firmly believes that environmental toxins and stress are not only the blocks to cure but also often the primary drivers of chronic diseases, relapses and crisis. By identifying the main root causes, and helping people unload the burdens of accumulated toxins, and stress, and restoring their neuroendocrine immune system, people are most likely to experience sustained long term healing, health and vitality.
Dr. Lu believes it is the responsibility of health providers to identify and unload poisonous herbicides from their systems.
Environmental toxin and Glyphosate testing is inexpensive and easy to administer at home by collecting a urine sample. Extra diagnostics, such as the Organic Acid Test, can be ran with the same urine test too.
The bottom line is any levels in food, water and air are potentially impacting lives of all ages and at all levels of illness.
“The importance of testing for glyphosate should become as routine as a yearly wellness exam,” says Dr. Lu.