MIT Scientist Says Autism is Linked to Herbicide Exposure, Parker Waichman LLP Comments

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by toxic exposure, is commenting on a review suggesting that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is associated with autism. According to an article published by the Alliance for Natural Health on December 23, 2014, MIT Research Scientist Stephanie Seneff, PhD said at a conference discussing GMOs that, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.”

Dr. Seneff co-authored a paper published in Entropy in April 2013 that indicated that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, may be harmful to humans despite Monsanto’s claims. Glyphosate disrupts the shikimate pathway, which is used by bacteria, fungi, algae, parasites, and plants. Monsanto claims that Roundup is safe for humans because we do not use this pathway. According to Dr. Seneff, however, the shikimate pathway is utilized by our gut bacteria; this has important implications because we obtain crucial amino acids from our gut bacteria. Glyphosate toxicity could, therefore, interfere with the synthesis of methionine, leading to deficiencies in neurotransmitters and folate.

This toxicity may also remove important minerals, Seneff says, according to Alliance for Natural Health.

In discussing glyphosate toxicity, Seneff and co-author Anthony Samsel state in their 2013 paper that, “Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. We explain the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease, and we show that glyphosate is the ‘textbook example’ of exogenous semiotic entropy: the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.”

According to Alliance for Natural Health, Seneff noted that characteristics associated with autism are similar to those of glyphosate toxicity, including excessive glyphosate, zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder. At the conference, she showed a positive correlation between increasing rates of Autism and use of Roundup on crops. Dr. Seneff pointed out that glyphosate is used ubiquitously in the United States; glyphosate is used on corn and soy, which is used to sweeten soft drinks and candy. Additionally, glyphosate exposure may be present in beef and poultry because GMO corn or soy is often used to feed cattle and chickens.

According to Parker Waichman LLP, it is important to be aware of a wide variety of research concerning potential environmental hazards, such as herbicides. “Our firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of victims who have been injured due to environment hazards,” says Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “We will continue to monitor emerging research concerning herbicide exposure and its potential side effects.”

Parker Waichman LLP is currently offering free legal consultations to victims of toxic exposure. If you or a loved one suffered a serious complication or injury after being exposed to some kind of toxic waste, please contact the firm by visiting its http://Environmental/Toxic Substances injury page at Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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