The incidence of neurological damage in children is on a steep rise and new research, over the past ten years, has produced growing evidence that this is largely due to toxins in our environment.

Developmental issues, attention problems, and autistic spectrum disorders are plaguing teachers and schools and breaking the hearts of parents at alarming rates, on top of the devastating suffering for the children.  

But there is good news. Dedicated researchers determined to find out what is going on have found more and more evidence that the toxins in our environment are a major contributor to this increase in neurological problems in children.

In addition to the links found with contamination with mercury from preservatives in vaccines, and in addition to the long known link with excess lead from old style lead paint and emissions from cars, there is another culprit.

That culprit is significantly on the rise and seems to track along with the exponential growth in these problems in our children.

That culprit is glyphosate, an herbicide which has had an exponential increase in its use in the twenty-first century with the introduction of pesticide and herbicide-resistance crops through genetic engineering.

The best known and most often used products whose main ingredient is glyphosate is Monsanto’s Roundup.

This has been used to manage landscaping and lawns around homes for years, and was suspect even there. But now it is being used extensively on our food crops. It not only kills weeds and pests but it also gets into the grains, corns, and other foods we eat. And the animals whose meat we eat, or whose eggs and milk we consume are fed these grains and corns as well.

This means we are consuming this chemical which is designed to kill living things on a regular basis while being told it is safe for us.

In fact, evidence shows otherwise. Here is just one of many interviews exposing this problem, between Jeffrey Smith and Stephanie Seneff, a researcher at MIT.

If you put Seneff’s name in your browser, you will find published scientific research papers ( such as as well as other interviews like the one above which summarize the research and describe its impact for us.

Because of the complexity of critical chemical pathways in the body, there is no way to predict all the possible problems with introducing substances into our bodies which nature has not equipped us to recognize or handle. But it seems just common sense to be especially suspicious of chemicals designed to kill.

Though manufacturers of this chemical still claim it is basically safe and harmless, the statistics and research show otherwise.

More good news though! We can avoid most of the sources of this chemical in our family’s daily life!

First of all, buy organic foods! Many people worked hard to prevent the federal Congress from allowing the definition of USDA Organic from including GMO foods. Though there are a few exceptions, most foods having this label will be free of genetically modified foods which are likely to have traces of glyphosate.

And buy meats, dairy, and eggs from animals who have not been fed GMOs.

Though organic foods currently cost more than standard commercial foods, that is a small fraction of the cost of medical intervention or remedial education and so on if there is immunological, neurological, developmental, or digestive problems in our child.

Not to go into the complex chemical pathways, it suffices to say that children with these problems have been shown to also have major allergies, sensitivities, and gut disturbances, including irregular gut microbial populations.

By buying organic, we are also helping to keep farm workers healthy, growing healthier food, keeping our soils healthy, and protecting our overall environment from increasing contamination. And as we demand better quality food, more will be produced and prices will fall. So it certainly stands to reason that foods contaminated with this killer substance will affect our delicate microbial balance in the gut and thereby affect all the other functions which are affected by that balance, including immune and neurological function.

It is not as hard as generally supposed to avoid toxic foods. There is so much talk about what foods to eat, but it is just as important, if not more important, to know what to avoid.

In the end, kids prefer organic foods and eat better anyhow when foods are grown in traditional ways and taste as they are supposed to. 

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