(by JD Heyes | Natural News) – Another study has linked glyphosate, the main chemical used by Monsanto in its herbicide Roundup, to increases in cancer, as well as alterations in DNA and oxidative stress.
The study, which was published last week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that people regularly exposed to glyphosate have biomarkers in their urine that are linked to cancers and other diseases.
The researchers took measurements of the level of glyphosate in the urine of the farmers, as well as others who participated in the study, and found that high levels of the pesticide were present and caused reactions in the body known as oxidative stress , which can cause DNA damage. Scientific and health experts believe this stress is linked to the formation of carcinogens, reported The Defender, a publication of the organization Children’s Health Defense.
The study’s authors were ten scientists from the National Institutes of Health and a pair of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all of whom concluded that their research “contributes to the weight of evidence which supports an association between glyphosate exposure and oxidative stress in humans.”
They also wrote that “accumulating evidence supports a role for oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of hematologic cancers,” such as lymphoma, myeloma, and leukemia.
“Oxidative stress is not something you want to have,” noted Linda Birnbaum, a toxicologist and former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. “This study increases our understanding that glyphosate has the potential to cause cancer.” Read the full article >