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Study Links Roundup to Autism

A new study has been published linking glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide — to an increased risk for autism.

A new study has been published linking glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide — to an increased risk for autism.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using or being exposed to Roundup weed killer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Monsanto and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

March 8, 2017 – For the study (PDF), a research team led by William Shaw, Ph.D. of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. found extremely high levels of glyphosate in urine samples taken from a set of triplets. The amount of glyphosate dropped significantly after implementing a strict diet of organic foods, with improvements noted in the functioning of the children.

The two boys from the triplet set have autism while the girl has significant medical problems but does not have autism. Shaw found the results significant because previous research has shown that the rate of autism in the U.S. is highly correlated with the increased use of glyphosate.

The findings could also demonstrate a potential mechanism by which glyphosate could lead to brain damage. People are exposed to high amounts of glyphosate when they eat genetically modified foods that are engineered to survive glyphosate toxicity. Weeds that are not genetically modified die when exposed to the chemical.

It was previously believed that humans and other animals lack the enzymes that weeds possess, so therefore would not be affected by glyphosate toxicity. However, recent studies have found that glyphosate also kills beneficial bacteria in the environment and in the intestinal tracts of farm animals and humans by the same mechanism which it kills weeds.

Pathogenic bacteria such as Clostridia and Salmonella, on the other hand, lack the genes that kill beneficial bacteria. This factor was important since the two boys with autism had elevated markers which indicated Clostridia overgrowth. These markers may alter brain function by the inhibition of the enzyme dopamine-beta-hydroxylase (DBH), which is responsible for the conversion of dopamine to a brain chemical called norepinephrine.

Over time, this inhibition of DBH leads to the overproduction of dopamine, which may be toxic and cause brain damage at high concentrations. Some medications used to treat autism like Risperdal (generic: risperidone) block the effects of excessive dopamine.

Do I Have a Roundup Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Roundup cancer lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got cancer from Roundup weed killer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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