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New Study Links Weed-Killer Glyphosate to Autism
Date:3/9/2017

LENEXA, Kan., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The peer-reviewed journal IMCJ (Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal) just published a study by The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. in the February/March 2017 issue indicating a connection between the herbicide glyphosate found in products such as Roundup™ and many other commercial herbicides (weed killers) and the presence of autism.  The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer published a summary in March 2015 that classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen in humans.  The new study article is also available at www.PubMed.com.  

The complete title of the article is "Elevated Urinary Glyphosate and Clostridia Metabolites with Altered Dopamine Metabolism in Triplets with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Suspected Seizure Disorder: A Case Study"and here is a link to that article:

The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.
The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.

https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/articles-1/2017/2/13/elevated-urinary-glyphosate-and-clostridia-metabolites-with-altered-dopamine-metabolism-in-triplets-with-autistic-spectrum-disorder-or-suspected-seizure-disorder-a-case-study

William Shaw, Ph.D. of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc in Lenexa, KS found very high amounts of glyphosate in urine samples of each of the triplets. The amount of glyphosate in the urine dropped dramatically after implementing a diet of only organic foods, with improvements noted in the functioning of the children. The two boys of the triplet set have autism while the girl of the triplet set had some other medical problems but does not have autism. The study's finding is significant because previous studies have shown that the rate of autism in the United States is highly correlated with the increased usage of glyphosate.

The study is also significant because it demonstrates a potential mechanism by which glyphosate could cause brain damage. People are exposed to high amounts of glyphosate when they consume genetically modified foods that are engineered to survive the toxicity of glyphosate. Weeds that are not genetically modified die when exposed to glyphosate.

It was previously thought that mammals, including humans that lack the enzymes that weeds possess would not be subject to glyphosate toxicity. However, recent research has found that glyphosate also kills beneficial bacteria in the environment and in the intestinal tracts of farm animals and humans. Glyphosate kills these beneficial bacteria by the same mechanism that it kills weeds. Pathogenic bacteria such as Clostridia and Salmonella lack the genes that kill the beneficial bacteria and proliferate in the soil and in the intestinal tract when glyphosate is present. This factor was of importance in the two boys of the triplets since both of them had elevated values of markers in the urine that indicated Clostridia overgrowth.  These markers may alter brain metabolism and brain development by the inhibition of the key brain enzyme dopamine-beta-hydroxylase, which is responsible for the conversion of dopamine to norepinephrine, important neurotransmitters in the brain (neurotransmitters are molecules that transmit signals or messages in the brain). This inhibition of dopamine-beta-hydroxylase leads to the overproduction of dopamine which may be toxic and cause brain damage at high concentrations. Some drugs used to treat autism like Risperdal™ block the effects of excessive dopamine.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or Dr. Shaw directly at wshaw@gpl4u.com

Heather Getz
Senior Marketing Representative
The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.
11813 W. 77th St., Lenexa, KS 66214
Phone: 913-341-8949 x.159
Fax: 913-341-6207
www.GreatPlainsLaboratory.com

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