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Tags: pregnancy | glyphosate | Alzheimers | brain

Environmental Toxicity and Fetal Development

By Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:35 PM Current | Bio | Archive

A study reported in the journal “Surgical Neurology International” demonstrated a dramatic rise in all neurological disorders in Western nations over the last several decades.

That includes conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and multiple sclerosis. It also represents a dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases of every kind, including those affecting the brain.

To a great degree, the proliferation of these diseases can be explained by a decline in resilience caused by numerous environmental and dietary assaults.

Other research has now shown that events happening during very early childhood, even when a baby is still in its mother’s womb, can set the stage for later diseases.

This theory is referred to as the “fetal basis of adult disease,” and it suggest that many diseases — including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, childhood leukemia, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety, major depression, and breast cancer — may be triggered when the developing baby is still a fetus.

In many cases, the mother has been exposed to an infection (usually viral) or stress that programs the baby’s genes (a field of study called epigenetics) or alters in some way the baby’s immune system in a way that leads to future diseases.

At first, researchers assumed that a virus infecting a woman during pregnancy resulted in increased incidence of autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia.

But studies produced the same effect using a non-infectious agent (called poly:IC).

In fact, it wasn’t a virus triggering disease in the child, but rather the activation of the mother’s immune system, which transferred her immune cytokines (mainly IL-6) to the baby’s brain, triggering diseases later in life.

For example, researchers exposed pregnant animals to a very low dose of a pesticide/herbicide. Later, when adult offspring were exposed to the same pesticide/ herbicide, they would be much more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.

We call this the “two-hit hypothesis” of disease. The first hit was when the fetus was exposed in the mother’s womb. That damaged cells in the fetus’ brain, but produced no disorder.

The second exposure, as an adult, overwhelmed those damaged cells and caused the disease to manifest fully.

More recent research is now discovering that this two hit process is much more common than was first believed.

One toxic substance that was studied is called glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup — a product that has been used extensively all over the world.

New studies are finding glyphosate in many foods, drinking water supplies, and air samples. It is also in body tissues and organs, including the brains of both infants and adults.

Studies have shown that glyphosate is absorbed deep into many plants, and cannot be removed or destroyed by cooking.

Glyphosate levels are also higher in chronically sick individuals. The harmful effects of the compound are numerous, and there is good evidence that it triggers excitotoxicity.

In addition, significant levels have been found in fetuses, meaning that babies’ brains are being damaged while still in the womb. That would constitute a first hit.

Of course, exposure to this chemical is inevitable later in life (as an adult). That constitutes what would be the second hit — the one that triggers a major disease.

Fortunately, organically grown foods have much lower levels of glyphosate than conventionally grown foods. Yet because of atmospheric contamination by Roundup, it is impossible to remain completely free from glyphosate.

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