Warning: Chemical in “Roundup” Linked to Liver Disease

A peer-reviewed study published in the journal “Nature” says glyphosate-based herbicides, such as the weed killer Roundup, was NAFLD-promoting in laboratory mice.

Blood and urine were measured for the chemical and for negative health changes. The conclusion of the study researchers was that it appears glyphosate may either induce NAFLD or make an already-developing NAFLD condition worse.

Natural movement followers and environmentally conscious individuals across the globe have long been protesting various methods and ingredients utilized by industry giant Monsanto. Targeting Roundup may be just one more arrow aimed at the empire, though studies such as this one appear to prove there’s evidence to give a health-conscious consumer pause.

And though many ingredients could show harm or toxicity in extreme amounts per total body weight, according to this study, the dose of glyphosate was “ultra-low” given the total size of each mouse.

Should You Worry?

There are many reasons to be wary of commercial pesticides. Specifically, it goes without saying that anything designed to kill – even if only small animals – has the potential to do harm to a larger creature, such as a human, particularly with repeated and/or large-scale exposure.

Most of us would do well to limit the amount of chemical products we are exposed to, and this or any study should be taken in a larger context and viewed in a cost/benefit view healthwise before utilizing the identified ingredient.

However, if you’re already struggling with an NAFLD condition, it only makes sense to limit your utilization of products and ingredients that have been proven to aggravate the condition.


Finding Alternatives

If you grow your own plants – particularly edible materials – you will want to be conscious of what kind of soil you use (and what went into it in the processing, if you did not produce your own compost); where you get your seeds from; and what you add to the plants and the soil during the growing process.

Alternatives to garden pests exist in various ways, including entirely non-environmentally harmful (using masking tape to trap aphids, for example). Some, though not all, are as simple as mixing a few ingredients into a spray bottle; others are a bit more complex, but may be worth the work for the exchange of good health.

We don’t endorse any one natural-living blog (or for that matter, any one lifestyle and choices for what to keep around the home), but as a starting-off point, we uncovered this article a blog that has a solid readership. Because we can not personally vouch for the validity of the methods in the article, we suggest you use this or another, similar article (Google or Bing for a list) as a starting point toward uncovering natural ways to rid your garden and home of pests. Then do your own homework and try out the various methods until you find the one, or ones, that work best for you.

Any step toward a healthier liver is a good starting point. Reducing or eliminating known liver offenders can offer you better health and a more comfortable future, so start with small changes and see what makes you feel better. As always, do plenty of research before making significant lifestyle changes and when in doubt whether or not to utilize any particular ingredient or product given your own health status, ask your physician.



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