Alarming news of RoundUp, aka glyphosate, the most used agricultural chemical, had me wondering just how much exposure the average person has.
Health Research Institute (HRI) offers us answers–Glyphosate Check is a “citizen science” (funded by the public) study that you can participate in. HRI is examining the environmental exposure to glyphosate on adults, children and pets. You can get tested, receive the results, and help HRI accumulate study data. Glyphosate is measured by testing urine. You can order a test kit–$99 at cost–and receive your results back in a few weeks.
A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found glyphosate rates are up 500%, but average levels are up 1200% in people over the last 20 years. Though we’re hearing about court cases involving non-Hodgkins lymphoma, FDA links glyphosate to digestive and intestinal problems—know anyone with Crohns, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, colitis, colon cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease? These conditions are sharply on the rise. Research indicates that glyphosate is also an endocrine disruptor, kills beneficial gut bacteria, and is linked to birth defects, reproductive problems and cancer.
Did you know? Increasingly, farmers apply glyphosate to non-organic grains just before they harvest them, so crops die and dry more rapidly. Think about all the non-organic breakfast cereals, snack foods, and bread products we consume—especially children—they are now coated with RoundUp just before they are processed into food! Did you know that 1 bowl of oats = 100 glasses of wine for RoundUp/glyphosate?
Kids are disproportionately affected, with up to 140 times greater impact, due to their small bodies and sensitive developmental growth stages.
Pet owners should also be aware: dogs are testing 30-50 times higher than humans for glyphosate largely because it’s found in kibble at levels higher than human food; grain-free kibble substituting lentil, chickpea, or pea flour for corn and soy fillers, has substanitally higher levels.
Get two tests for the price of one. The study needs a larger sampling of children ranging from 2 to 18 years of age. HRI offers testing for both a parent and child in the same household for $99.
Links to order your test kit for $99:
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