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Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT

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Why? Evidence points to glyphosate toxicity from the overuse of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on our food.

For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has researched biology and technology, over the years publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles. In recent years she has concentrated on the relationship between nutrition and health, tackling such topics as Alzheimer’s, autism, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

At a conference last Thursday, in a special panel discussion about GMOs, she took the audience by surprise when she declared, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.” She noted that the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity, and presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism. Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder.

A fellow panelist reported that after Dr. Seneff’s presentation, “All of the 70 or so people in attendance were squirming, likely because they now had serious misgivings about serving their kids, or themselves, anything with corn or soy, which are nearly all genetically modified and thus tainted with Roundup and its glyphosate.”

Dr. Seneff noted the ubiquity of glyphosate’s use. Because it is used on corn and soy, all soft drinks and candies sweetened with corn syrup and all chips and cereals that contain soy fillers have small amounts of glyphosate in them, as do our beef and poultry since cattle and chicken are fed GMO corn or soy. Wheat is often sprayed with Roundup just prior to being harvested, which means that all non-organic bread and wheat products would also be sources of glyphosate toxicity. The amount of glyphosate in each product may not be large, but the cumulative effect (especially with as much processed food as Americans eat) could be devastating. A recent study shows that pregnant women living near farms where pesticides are applied have a 60% increased risk of children having an autism spectrum disorder.

Other toxic substances may also be autism-inducing. You may recall our story on the CDC whistleblower who revealed the government’s deliberate concealment of the link between the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella) and a sharply increased risk of autism, particularly in African American boys. Other studies now show a link between children’s exposure to pesticides and autism. Children who live in homes with vinyl floors, which can emit phthalate chemicals, are more likely to have autism. Children whose mothers smoked were also twice as likely to have autism. Research now acknowledges that environmental contaminants such as PCBs, PBDEs, and mercury can alter brain neuron functioning even before a child is born.

This month, the USDA released a study finding that although there were detectable levels of pesticide residue in more than half of food tested by the agency, 99% of samples taken were found to be within levels the government deems safe, and 40% were found to have no detectable trace of pesticides at all. The USDA added, however, that due to “cost concerns,” it did not test for residues of glyphosate. Let’s repeat that: they never tested for the active ingredient in the most widely used herbicide in the world. “Cost concerns”? How absurd—unless they mean it will cost them too much in terms of the special relationship between the USDA and Monsanto. You may recall the revolving door between Monsanto and the federal government, with agency officials becoming high-paying executives—and vice versa! Money, power, prestige: it’s all there. Monsanto and the USDA love to scratch each others’ backs. Clearly this omission was purposeful.

In addition, as we have previously reported, the number of adverse reactions from vaccines can be correlated as well with autism, though Seneff says it doesn’t correlate quite as closely as with Roundup. The same correlations between applications of glyphosate and autism show up in deaths from senility.

Of course, autism is a complex problem with many potential causes. Dr. Seneff’s data, however, is particularly important considering how close the correlation is—and because it is coming from a scientist with impeccable credentials. Earlier this year, she spoke at the Autism One conference and presented many of the same facts; that presentation is available on YouTube.

Monsanto claims that Roundup is harmless to humans. Bacteria, fungi, algae, parasites, and plants use a seven-step metabolic route known as the shikimate pathway for the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids; glyphosate inhibits this pathway, causing the plant to die, which is why it’s so effective as an herbicide. Monsanto says humans don’t have this shikimate pathway, so it’s perfectly safe.

Dr. Seneff points out, however, that our gut bacteria do have this pathway, and that’s crucial because these bacteria supply our body with crucial amino acids. Roundup thus kills beneficial gut bacteria, allowing pathogens to grow; interferes with the synthesis of amino acids including methionine, which leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate; chelates (removes) important minerals like iron, cobalt and manganese; and much more.

Even worse, she notes, additional chemicals in Roundup are untested because they’re classified as“inert,” yet according to a 2014 study in BioMed Research International, these chemicals are capable of amplifying the toxic effects of Roundup hundreds of times over.

Glyphosate is present in unusually high quantities in the breast milk of American mothers, at anywhere from 760 to 1,600 times the allowable limits in European drinking water. Urine testing shows Americans have ten times the glyphosate accumulation as Europeans.

“In my view, the situation is almost beyond repair,” Dr. Seneff said after her presentation. “We need to do something drastic.”

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  • Because of “exogenous semiotic entropy” ?

    • George

      I’ve been on your site. You are nothing but an apologist for the industrial ag industry that dominates our food supply. Who pays you?

      • No one. I am an independent scientist. But it is better to discuss Seneff’s science than engage in ad hominem attacks.

        • George

          Aren’t you the James Cooper that writes on the Fairfield County Food Examiner? The blog where every article debunks natural food? That James Cooper? As I asked you, “Who pays you?” I always follow the money, especially when I see a pattern like yours.
          It strikes me that you debunk Seneff’s credentials. Aren’t you a chemist, not a biologist? If you care to do some research, you will see that Seneff’s focus for a long time has to do with food and the way we raise it.
          Of course, attacking her research just begs the real question, doesn’t it? Which is, why do we have to put up with ANY CHEMICALS AT ALL IN OUR FOOD?
          You have just nitpicked a failure in error checking. Way to go. Google exogenous BIOsemiotic entropy, and her meaning will become clear to you.

          • Seneff’s papers are all written using computer software to draw inferences between existing papers. She does no actual biology research and none of her papers contain any actual data to support her conclusions. Then she publishes them in low level pay-to-play journals. This is why most scientists do not find her work significant or convincing. And Googling the phrase you suggested brought up http://www.sci-phy.com/detecting-bogus-scientific-journals/

  • Bill G

    In what field does Dr. Senneff hold her degree? Ahh…electrical engineering, and, computer science.

    • ThriveLiving

      Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She received the *B.S. degree in Biophysics* in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. For over three decades, her research interests have always been at the intersection of biology and computation: developing a computational model for the human auditory system, understanding human language so as to develop algorithms and systems for human computer interactions, as well as applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gene predictions. She has published over 170 refereed articles on these subjects, and has been invited to give keynote speeches at several international conferences. She has also supervised numerous Master’s and PhD theses at MIT. In 2012, Dr. Seneff was elected Fellow of the International Speech and Communication Association (ISCA).

      *In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused her research interests back towards biology. She is concentrating mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Since 2011, she has written over a dozen papers (7 as first author) in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.*

      • Marianwhit

        So, what training does she have in nutrition and health? Correlation is the basis to begin to ask questions about cause and to then do the research to show cause. For this person to suggest that the cause for HALF of all cases has been “proven” based on correlation? I call B.S., although I am very concerned about autism. We all want an easy answer, and I feel deeply for the parent of a stricken child to have to deal with a time when well meaning people have to condemn and personally attack each other (ALL big businesses, ALL chemicals, ALL GMOs). Let’s realize the world is a big place, and take the time to do our homework, shall we? If a few people can engineer enough false science to create a bunch of Climate Change deniers, it is time to do your homework on every claim you make. Fake science news is really a part of an economic and political war strategy. Has nothing to do with facts.

        • ODETTE2012

          To appreciate this good biochemical research, a sound foundation in chemistry is necessary; so that you can appreciate the size and scale of molecules, proteins, atoms. Many chemical reactions occur in our body every nano-second. Poisons and toxins are dangerous due to the speed of these adverse reactants. The entire field of chemistry: organic; inorganic; physical and metallic is used to study mechanisms. I am by education an Organic chemist but I use all branches to comprehend. I can see how a layperson may not understand the intersection of sciences as Dr. Seneff used them. Yes, I taught chemistry but like many never saw a single atom.
          The chemist has a concept of dimensions very small and very large. The
          biochemist can see molecules like DNA & RNA in 4D space & time. Toxicity is real; people die quickly. Scientist like Dr. Seneff have all the tools of science needed. She is doing great humanitarian work.

          • Marianwhit

            This is the most intelligent answer in the Seneff camp I have seen, and I am most certainly listening. But what self-respecting scientist (of any kind) would make the claim that the title claims? None would make a prediction of that level of certainty, and still be credible, and that is a huge red flag. 2025? Half of all kids? I am sure glad I am not her, because someone like me will remember that claim.

            When I see this study corroborated…which the opposite has happened, I will be the first to jump on the band wagon…I treat it like deadly poison. So far, I believe our population demands intensive agriculture, and we need these tools to be used to control alien invasive plant species. Thanks for your time.

          • GWW

            This is all anecdotal nonsense. Seneff may be a complete wack job as far as you know. I’ve seen that whole “you don’t understand science” crap before, in the Climate Change Fraud. There is barely any truth to the use of Roundup in the first place.

          • Ivan Jensen

            Yeah she is by equating correlation with causation. That’s the REAL Scientific Method, my friend. Due to the fact that the rise in cellphone use over the last 20 years has increased drastically, it’s safe to assume that cellphones cause autism. Lets face it, autistic people aren’t actually people; they’re disease-ridden savages that will stop at nothing until the world is destroyed and they’ll make it unlivable for us neurotypical people by being an annoyance to us.

      • GWW

        She doesn’t have any common sense, with all that education.

    • VChristine

      Bill.. Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She received the B.S. degree in BIOPHYSICS in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. For over three decades, her research interests have always been at the intersection of biology and computation: developing a computational model for the human auditory system, understanding human language so as to develop algorithms and systems for human computer interactions, as well as applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gene predictions. She has published over 170 refereed articles on these subjects, and has been invited to give keynote speeches at several international conferences. She has also supervised numerous Master’s and PhD theses at MIT. In 2012, Dr. Seneff was elected Fellow of the International Speech and Communication Association (ISCA).

      In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Since 2011, she has written over a dozen papers (7 as first author) in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

      And your job Bill G.?

      • Marianwhit

        What has she done to qualify herself as an expert in the fields she is claiming expertise in? That is the question that has not been answered. My great uncle, (a PhD) always said, “Get your PhD…in anything…people will think you are an expert in everything.”

    • George

      I was going to mention that, too. However, that’s no barrier to an intelligent person’s ability to correlate data, is it? I mean, even I can add!

  • x_ray_tech

    Thank you Dr. Seneff for going up against the Big Dogs and for informing the people. Your research and your voice will stop these criminal behaviors in the food and drug industry if enough of us circulate this information to wake the uninformed and stand together against Big Pharma, Monsanto and government. Please continue what you are doing.

    • Derrick Schneider

      Hey Bill you are a complete idiot use your common sense you Troll!!! Do you research. Not going to argue with a Monsanto employee not worth my time .

      • x_ray_tech

        Name’s not Bill, not an idiot, not a troll and not a Monsanto employee.
        I think you replied to the wrong person Derrick.
        Yours truly,
        x_ray_tech

    • Ivan Jensen

      Yeah just because you have correlation, it means that you have causation as well! The rising use of computers over the last 20 years as well the rising amount of people diagnosed with autism means that COMPUTERS CAUSE AUTISM. Do you know what else causes autism? GEORGE W BUSH!! This is due to the fact that the diagnoses of autism increased during his time as a president. That CLEARLY means that HE CAUSES CHILDREN TO BECOME AUTISTIC!

  • mikefichera

    The MMR link to autism has been debunked repeatedly. Any website that cites an MMR link to autism immediately loses all credibility in my book.

    • Richids Coulter

      The vaccine/autism link however, has not been debunked a single time given no study exists comparing rates of autism between fully vaccinated and never vaccinated individuals. This article doesn’t state there is a link between MMR and autism, and a study comparing autism rates (Danish MMR study) between children receiving 48 doses of 15 vaccines with those receiving 42 doses of 14 vaccines does not debunk a vaccine/autism link.

    • William Thrash

      Are you purposely ignoring/hiding your eyes from the CDC whistle-blower who said there was indeed a known vaccine/autism link that was being covered up?

      Most likely, eh? Truth is always uncomfortable and inconvenient when facing off against dogma.

      • John

        > Truth is always uncomfortable and inconvenient when facing off against dogma.

        LOL at crazed anti-vaxxers talking about ‘dogma’.

        • George

          Attack foul on the field.
          Defense attempted to enhance his point by denigrating the opponent.

    • John

      That doesn’t matter to the anti-vaxxers. Its a religious issue for them, facts are irrelevant.

    • VChristine

      Mike.. Really? Name one study that debunks the causal relationship. One.

    • George

      Acronym foul on the field.
      Offense failed to define specific meaning of MMR.
      Fifteen post penalty and loss of credibility.

      • Marianwhit

        LOL this is not a soccer game…it is about people with a terrible burden in life. I for one really want to find out a cause.

    • scott summers

      Repeatedly? One of those studies was the one that got its whistleblown. People like you who just state things as fact because you read phony studies are really dangerous.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Nice post.

  • John1966

    What do glyphosphate and antibiotics have in common? They destroy gut bacteria, which are essential to the immune system. Then tax the immune system with a barrage of vaccines, and you have a double-whammy. Ask any parent of an autistic child, and they’ll tell you that the more effectively they treat the intestinal problems that always accompany autism, the better their child does overall. The link between the immune system and the gut bacteria is likely where the cause of autism is to be found.

    • Adam Raymond Ravenhurst

      They only destroy it at really, really high amounts. Like you’d have to drink it. At least, that is what has actually been described by the data.

    • aviva1

      create BIOFILM a link to all chronic diseases including dementia

    • B vitamins (folate and b12 in particular) and zinc need to be much higher. B vitamins are essential for the production of good gut flora, like lactobacillus acidophilus, and zinc is essential for a strong immune system. These nutrients are compromise in glyphosate and antibiotic use. They are also compromised with alcohol use and with other medical drugs and toxic substances.

    • vicromano

      Actually, gut bacteria do not have to make their own aromatic amino acids because they can metabolize the ones you eat so blocking their EPSPS doesn’t actually kill them. But it was a nice try.

    • Amber Marie Lewis

      I am am autistic adult and it has absolutely nothing to do with my immune system or toxicity. It has everything to do with how your brain & it’s neuronal wiring development. Autism occurs in utero and is passed through families geneticall. People need to stop trying to blame autism on something environmental and take responsibility for the genetics of they’re passing on.

      • Abd al-karim Ali

        try to imagine this, your “brain” is a car engine, this engine needs specific type of fuel, the fuel comes out from your “tank” i.e. your guts, if , for any reason your fuel have low quality (mixed with water or any other pollutants) the car engine (brain) will loose its efficiency if it started at all!! the guts and the brain are directly connected.
        another thing to add, if it was genetic (as some people claim without any evidence!!), then the rate of autism will depend on “passing these bad genes”, believe me, almost all of the autistic people missing a normal life, they do not marry and breed, so how can you explain this huge increment in autistic children? it is doubled almost every two years!!!!!

        • Amber Marie Lewis

          I don’t need you to use an analogy to explain it. Autism is genetic and has been consistant in prevalence over time. The reason people think it is more prevalent now than before is because its more frequently diagnosed. Also consistently prevalent that 10% of all autistic individuals are genus or savants. Caltech quarterly posted a study relating neuronal structure in the pre-frontal cortex of autistic and neurotypical brains; the study found that they were consistently different. In 1971 it was linked to genetic factors by a British researcher.
          Sources:
          Dr. Steven Novella the great courses lecture “Your Deceptive Mind”
          Neurotribes by Steve Silberman.

          • Abd al-karim Ali

            the fuel-engine analogy is much simpler for me to explain the relation between the the brain and the defected digestive system…. a story in a book made for sale is not a reliable source.. also, you should know that the genes are not concrete blocks, they can be affected ( mutated ) by the environmental and other factors… according to many peer reviewed papers and the national fragile X syndrome: “About 10 percent of children with ASD are identified as having another genetic and chromosomal disorder, such as Fragile X syndrome. Given the possibility of a link, it is recommended that all children with ASD, both male and female, be referred for genetic evaluation and testing for FXS and any other genetic cause of ASD.”

            what about the other 90%???

          • Amber Marie Lewis

            This conversation is futile have a nice day.

          • Aminata Ka

            My baby sister is autistic and I’m really frustrated by her at times. I want her to use her words and she is verbal and even sings but fails at communicating.

  • LoudGuitr

    What a boatload of crap.

  • John

    Maybe we would be farther along in understand autism if it weren’t for those crazy anti-vaxxers who keeping going on and on about the imaginary connection between autism and vaccinations.

    • Aleta Kasper-Halter

      Before my kids were born I actually did a lot of reading about vaccinations. How many people do that? Not many, which ridiculously irresponsible. But I can tell you this:

      1) I never met anyone who did any amount of reading, and I mean books and articles by doctors, not comments online (this was before the internet) not advertising pamphlets put out by the pham industry, who decided to go ahead with a full vaccination program for their kids.

      2) I never met anyone who went ahead with the full vaccination program for their kids who actually did any research at all before making that decision. They all just had in their head the words that have been parroted down for decades as long as I can remember.

      3) The anti-vaxxers, as you like to call us, that I have met, have all had more college education than the “go along with the program without thinking people” that I have known.

      So, as I can see that your are just parroting words like “anti-vaxxers” is seems clear that you are one of those who do not like to do any actual reading.

      Whether or not there is a connection between vaccines and autism is only one issue. That is not the only problem with vaccines. But if you want to only listen to the people who profit from vaccines, and are therefore the last ones you should listen to, I can’t stop you.

  • John

    ALL CAPS FTW!!!

  • annashun1

    Great. Expect World War 3 when they get older bc they can’t relate to human experience. Damn you Monsanto. I see you all over North Carolina.

  • George

    Cancel

  • Dayna Telli

    A quick lookup on Wikipedia exposed this bit of info:

    On two occasions, the United States EPA has caught scientists deliberately falsifying test results at research laboratories hired by Monsanto to study glyphosate.[146] The first incident involved Industrial Biotest Laboratories (IBT). The United States Justice Department closed the laboratory in 1978, and its leadership was found guilty in 1983 of charges of falsifying statements, falsifying scientific data submitted to the government, and mail fraud.[147]

    In 1991, Don Craven, the owner of Craven Laboratories and three employees were indicted on 20 felony counts. Craven, along with fourteen employees were found guilty of similar crimes.[148]

    • Marianwhit

      Right, so in spite of that it is still on the market? Why?

  • Badintense

    the elites are creating too many epsilons. so by 2025 the epsilons will equal all the rest of the other classes. this is of course a reference to Aldous Huxley’s book “Brave New World” which is free on youtube so watch and see how much of that book is already installed in our modern society. Now with children going to porn store field trips and using the purple penguins bathroom after their no bullying gay training they will be ready to play hunt the zipper as a continued sexualization of children as the book requires.

  • Badintense

    nice article. roundup was originally developed as a chemical nerve gas for vietnam but did not work how they wanted. so because it has mineral leeching properties it became an industrial pipe cleaner. once it was observed that when spilled on grass it killed it, the substance was re-marketed as an herbicide/pesticide. the fumes after an application and side effects are a result of the original nerve gas development.

  • Stacy Williams

    I can’t believe some of the argument I read in these comments. I expect differing views, but not personal attacks. Let’s not forget that there are actual people attached to the numbers. It is easy to argue the greater of the evil that the many corporations for on us, it is all hypothetical, until you are personally affected. I knew nothing of autism, until I had an autistic child. I find myself neck deep in a cesspool of information, most of it amounts to little more than guessing. What people don’t realize is the spectrum that they refer to varies so dramatically, the treatments are barely hit and miss. So roundup, chem trails, vaccines, air , water, bigfoot, vampires, aliens, whatever the information is as to possible cause none of it will help in the current social and political climate where money rules all and the corporate bottom line is of more importance than lives. Everyone wants to be right, and people love the sound of their own voice above all. With all that said, I realize I have done nothing more than waist time with my comment, so off I go to the next article explaining what may have caused this and what may or may not help my family, cause if I don’t go searching for information, I will continue to be uninformed. Funny how that works…

    • Therese Woodforth

      I have read how cleansing the body of heavy metals has a dramatically positive affect on kids with autism. Check it out

      • Ivan Jensen

        Really?! Were’s the evidence that this will help. Do you know what will really help autistic people?! Treating them like human beings instead of disease-ridden savages!

    • Duane Short

      Comparing rigorous scientific research to chasing Bigfoot and space aliens is a very ill-informed undertaking.

      Innocence about Science is the worst crime today.
      Sir Charles Percy Snow (1905-80)

      There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.
      Hippocrates

      To say that a man is made up of certain chemical elements is a satisfactory description only for those who intend to use him as a fertilizer.
      Hermann Joseph Muller (1890-1967) U. S. geneticist. Nobel prize for medicine 1946.

      When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it is tied to everything else in the universe.
      John Muir (1838-1914) U. S. naturalist, explorer.

      Science is simply common sense at its best that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.
      Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) English biologist.

  • While I agree it’s a huge contributing factor, let’s be sure we don’t let Pharma use this to take the spotlight off of vaccine culpability in autism.

    • Marianwhit

      Oy vey…what a muddle we are in…. Neither of these has any body of proof, and to assert that it does only results in money chasing to disprove these theories. It drains momentum from legitimate autism research.

  • Jenna Rose

    I am being poisoned by grapes and raisins in South Africa. I have had to stop eating them! I get the most awful muscle cramps if I eat them! They are poisoning us! Monsanto MUST be kicked out of every country and people need to stand together against this evil monster that has gotten into bed with our governments!

  • John Melcher

    What total horseshit. A computer scientist claims that an increase in autism diagnoses is the rsult of glyphosate, despite any real scientific evidence. And you suck it all up because you want to believe that “Big Agro” is evil. You should be ashamed.

    • Marianwhit

      The cost to parents with autistic kids going down blind pseudo-science alleys is huge. And the cost to disprove pseudo-science draws money away from the search for the causes. People need to go look at what the Autism groups are saying.

  • Roger

    Wheat is not sprayed just before harvest in large numbers! Dr Senneff miss uses USDA data and omits information that proves this. She lies with numbers. Only 17% of “wheat ground was sprayed with glyphosate during crop year” if you read all the USDA survey data. A “crop year” is the time from the last harvested crop until next crop is harvested. Most glyphosate is used for weed control before the wheat is planted, and can’t be absorbed by the newly planted wheat. I think about 98% of the 17% of wheat acres have it applied before planting,not pre-harvest as she claims! I have grow wheat for 40 year, I know what is done to grow wheat. Dr Senneff just makes up scary numbers to try to prove her bad science. She should use her knowledge to help the world, not scare people with it!

  • it’sme

    And you would listen to anything the big time Liberal couple who runs Snopes I have caught them in lies.. Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She received the B.S. degree in BIOPHYSICS in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. For over three decades, her research interests have always been at the intersection of biology and computation: developing a computational model for the human auditory system, understanding human language so as to develop algorithms and systems for human computer interactions, as well as applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gene predictions. She has published over 170 refereed articles on these subjects, and has been invited to give keynote speeches at several international conferences. She has also supervised numerous Master’s and PhD theses at MIT. In 2012, Dr. Seneff was elected Fellow of the International Speech and Communication Association (ISCA).

    In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Since 2011, she has written over a dozen papers (7 as first author) in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

  • Anne Murphy

    If this logic were to lie true then every single inventor and innovator on the face of this planet has no credentials. Bill Gates knows nothing about computers he didn’t graduate college. Einstein, Benjamin Franklin. The list goes on. Part of the corruption in our system is the formation of tribes and casting out everybody else who does not believe in their dogma. Even the New York Times published that half of scientific research is a joke, run by your so-called experts. Sending my heart vibration to you. Much love – that everyone can awaken from the truth!!!

    • Marianwhit

      “Half of scientific research is a joke.” Modification. Scientific research works. A more accurate representation would be “Half of what is reported to be as scientific research is a joke, LOL.” Examine motives, and yes, follow the money, that helps. But so does critical analysis. “Sending my heart vibration”? “that everyone awaken from the truth”? Kum-bay-yah, and love to you too, but WTF? LOL

      • Anne Murphy

        That makes me only want to send you more of my heart vibration.

  • Jenna Rose

    Tim bodies never lie only people do

  • Loufca

    I have a simple question: Roundup is used to kill landscapes (I own an environmentally friendly landscaping company). Why would anyone use Roundup on crops? I would never use Roundup because of its’ toxicity, but this article makes no sense whatsoever. I would appreciate it if anyone can share why a farmer would use Roundup on crops. Roundup also can destroy the soil. Something is not right….

    • Nora Jeanne

      “Why would anyone use Roundup on Crops?” 1. It is frequently used just prior to harvest on wheat to dry the wheat up and make it easier (more profitable) to harvest. (Another reason I’m sure that people are having so much trouble with wheat/glutin these days.) 2. Roundup is sprayed on “Roundup-Ready” crops. These are GMO crops which can tolerate the Roudup being sprayed on them but the weeds next to them will die.

  • Schreck Williams

    I told the history of this chemical to someone the other day (see the post by badintense at the bottom of this page). Their eyes got big and said that they were living in an apartment complex and they had sprayed the property heavily and the fumes seeped into their apartment and had to smell it for a day or so. within a week his wife had a miscarriage and had always wondered if there was a link.

    • Marianwhit

      Well, that sews it up! 100% proof! Why would we need scientists? Let’s just go back to religion.

  • Very simple equation. Fifteen month old child goes to doctor to get 7 to 9 vaccines to help prevent a list of diseases. His immune system is weakened by all the toxins in the vaccines and he becomes ill. Now, he goes to the doctor to get antibiotics further weakening his immune system (80% of immune system resides in the gut). When he’s feeling a little better, his parents take him to McDonald’s to get a “happy meal” full of GMOs, which further destroy his immune system via his gut. A couple of weeks later he is not the same person. He can’t talk or walk anymore. He takes fits. When he’s not taking fits, he stares into space. Months later he is diagnosed with autism. He will be dependent on his parents the rest of his life.

    The parents can’t sue the vaccine companies because they are exempt according to a ridiculous law passed in 1986. They can’t sue the makers of Roundup either because they are not rich enough. So they sue the government and taxpayers pay for the settlement. When the child’s parents die, the “child” will likely go into an institution paid for by taxpayers again. Now we have forced vaccinations in California which will help speed up the autism rate. The reason for the autism rate increase is probably closely related to the increase in Alzheimer’s—Roundup in food, vaccines, and aspartame. My prediction is by 2050, half the country will be neurologically damaged if we don’t do something now to stop the fraud and greed. The US is already bankrupt, so who will pay for the care for all these people?

  • Marianwhit

    OK, so lemme get this right. You support NO capitalist companies? ALL humans love money first? Another use of absolutes. Life is not black and white, and someone who disagrees with you is not a troll. Calm down, and go do your homework. If you want to look at political pseudo science (which is happening in many disciplines now) try Netflix the Merchants of Doubt to learn about how this is done. I hate Monsanto, but I hate bad science more than that.

  • Marianwhit

    Yup, and while YOU are doing your homework, you might look at what criticism is leveled against your champion. Science must stand up to rigorous cross-referencing, be repeatable, and be done without a preconceived idea of what will happen. It surprises us every day and gives “unpopular” decisions, but facts are not opinions or popularity contests.

    • ThriveLiving

      Apparently, you (I’ll refrain from using caps here) have your own preconceived ideas and are not open to an honest debate — only aggressive trolling with opinions, nothing of substance. And yes, I’m well-aware of the criticism leveled against Dr. Seneff, as well as the accolades. I won’t be wasting any further time with this thread because you obviously have an agenda to push — so make sure you have the last word.

      • Ivan Jensen

        And you ThriveLiving, aren’t open to the fact that autistice people are actual people who aren’t disease-ridden savages.

  • Andrew Davis

    I originally wrote this in response to an article (which happens to be this article) that my grandfather had sent me. He also asked me the question: What is the FFA’s position on this? I hope this is found to be educational. I happily responded with this:

    Well, the FFA is a National organization that has over 600,000 members, but there is no consensus amongst us all. Just like anywhere, there are uneducated pro organic extremists. This article appears to be another absurd stab at convention ag concocted by your run of the mill college PhD with a grudge when it comes to GMOs for whatever reason. All I can say is that a farmer’s crop yield and livestock health are his livelihood. To sell said product, a farmer must receive inspection by governmental health agencies including but not limited to: the USDA, possibly the World Health Organization, and the FDA. Not to mention any antibiotics (which is another hot and pointlessly debated topic among anti conventional farming groups) given to livestock to treat illness must be prescribed by a veterinarian by law. There is also a period of 90 days that an animal who is up for slaughter must be void of any antibiotics, before they can be processed. Although, this may not be the case in Africa, where food insecurity and poor, POOR farming methods run rampant, with not regard for the environment and field runoff. Regarding Glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Round Up, along with round up ready crops, is one of God’s gifts to man. Thanks to genetically modified corn, since the mid 90s, corn production has gone up by 600%. Monsanto is often the target of pro organic activists, since Monsanto is one of the biggest companies worldwide that produce ag fertilizers and pesticides, as well as improved seed varieties and round up. Glyphosate works as a systemic herbicide that disables the synthesis of a special protein in target pest weeds. It does so by disabling a protein called 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate (EPSP) synthase, or just EPSPS for short. Round up ready crops are immune to round up because of a trait they possess that causes them to produce a form of EPSPS that is resistant to Glyphosate. Now, Glyphosate is such a popular herbicide because of how extraordinarily safe it is to mammals, birds, and many other types of animals. Not to mention since the widespread adoption and use of round up, we have saved around 6 billion gallons of pesticides. Round up is extremely effective and requires far less to spray a field than many other types of herbicides. The next point I’d like to bring up is that of the LD50 number. An LD50 or lethal dose 50%, which is a number used in toxicology to express how toxic a substance is, refers to how much of a substance is required to kill 50% of a test group. The higher the number, the safer a substance is. The LD50 number of Glyphosate is about 5,600 mg/kg. In comparison, the LD50 of caffeine is 127 mg/kg. To give you an idea of how much caffeine you may take in, (for some even daily) a shot of espresso contains 64 mg of caffeine. Just two shots of espresso could kill you. Salt has an LD50 of 3,000 mg/kg. So you see, I don’t recommend chugging a gallon of round up to prove a point, but it’s safer than salt. Let’s just keep in mind that Glyphosate in roundup has been used for over 47 years, getting its start in the 70s. There are many stories and “studies” out that supposedly “prove” Glyphosate causes autism and other horrible health defects. Only problem is, Glyphosate renders EPSPS inactive, which only plants, fungi, and certain microorganisms produce. Also, as a comparison, organic ag’s most common fungicide is copper sulfate. The LD50 of copper sulfate is 30 mg/kg. I believe it takes around 6 pounds of copper sulfate to treat one acre of wheat, to give you an idea of how much of it organic farmers use. Organic ag also does not have nearly as strict federal regulations as conventional ag operations do on the cleaning and washing of organic produce, which is why you hear about e. coli outbreaks at Chipotle, which is an organic restaurant chain. It is also worthy of note that it is very hard to overdose on copper sulfate, as the body rejects even small amounts of it before it even gets past your throat, as it triggers the gag reflex. Roundup also breaks down into a neutral substance in less than 12 hours after being sprayed. Improved seed variety coupled with precision agriculture are the future of our survival. By the year 2050, agriculturalists will need to grow enough food to feed themselves, and 9 billion people on this earth. Round up and other pesticides and fertilizers are just one of he many crucial and beneficial factors that will allow us to realize this seemingly insurmountable feat. And there you have it; an opinion on roundup from a proud Michigan FFA member.

  • Tim Bretthauer

    If you can’t understand the flaws I the reasoning by Seneff, I am impressed you were able to turn a computer on.

  • GAAREDSTATE

    I will say this…….processed foods is the natural killer to all mankind, regardless of all these tangent medical claims. My A1C was at 6.5 (Diabetic), blood pressure 160/90, triglyceride level at 780……YES…..780!!!! I totally cut out all “fast foods”, ate the basic 4 food groups…….”natural grown vegetables” and cut out all corn sugar related products. I lost 40 lbs., My A1C is now 5.6, blood pressure is now 116/65, triglyceride level is now 145. If you look what the older generation ate, it was ALL naturally grown food products, without all the BS herbicides. Also, the rate of cancer has increased in our country and almost everyone knows of someone that has died from cancer or someone fighting it. The byproduct of mans intervention into natural processes I truly believe has resulted in ALL these sicknesses and genetic mutations and birth defects. I believe the FDA is the U.S. Federal Governments own “Legal Genocide” council!

  • Luc Derck

    I am a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and I like being this way…I do not consider “normal” people as “better”than me; “different”,yes…I would not like being “cured”, being accepted the way i am makes me happy. 🙂

  • Luc Derck

    Being Autistic myself, sometimes i feel there should be more of us…

  • GWW

    This has to be the most disreputable ridiculous claim any “scientist” has ever made. It is so crazy and so hysterically over the top it can’t be taken seriously. HALF of ALL children Autistic by 2025, EIGHT YEARS from now…because of Roundup!? Preposterous. The dumbest thing in years. One in 68 is the figure and that is questionable based on changing criteria to define Autism, which is something “scientists” do and then politicians and media spread as a disaster.

  • Bayne Boyes

    Glyphosate was initially patented as an antibiotic

  • Amber Marie Lewis

    If the study isn’t reproducible or peer reviewed it’s not science but pseudoscience. This article only appeals to the science illiteralte willfully ignorant reader. Always check the data and references beforing forming an opinion.
    Just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true!

  • smegs

    From Wikipedia, “The Pacific Standard noted that, contrary to Seneff’s claims, many scientific reviews have found that the rise in autism rates over the past 20 years is due to changes in diagnostic practices, and that a number of studies, including a 2012 review in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, have found little evidence that glyphosate is associated with adverse development outcomes.”

    This “MIT Researcher” has a PhD in Computer Science, not medicine. She publishes her medical opinions in non-peer reviewed open access journals, meaning no other expert can defend her ideas scientifically.

  • There may be a link or this may be another bout of hysteria.

    If an MIT researcher says something, one would assume that the scientific process had been applied and that hysteria was not the cornerstone of the investigation.

    I fear that this is another hoax…

    JELLY DOUGHNUTS CURE AUTISM!

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  • Laura Anderson

    Anxiety accompanies crisis and people are agitated and easily angered when anxious because of fear. Autism, in my opinion, is a crisis for our species’s survival. Simply, we continue to survive on this planet because of our social nature. The rising rate of Autism is scary. I’m scared. We all agree that we need to get to the bottom of it. Notwithstanding it’s accuracy or effectiveness, the quickest way to address it is to practice precautionary measures. If we suspect glyphosate has a hand in developing Autism, it’s simple, stop using it. Glyphosate use vs. health human race. Do we want to take chances with this?????

    • has a theory,

      Before taking hasty action, get real!

      Yes the autism epidemic is a problem.
      Yes there are probably toxins that are to blame.
      But then it may be pink frosted jelly doughnuts…

      Or RED M&Ms!

      The way to respond to this sort of public health concern is with research!

      If Dr. Seneff has a theory, then get funding, build a research team and get to it!

      At this point we should have scads of research teams tracking all sorts of possibilities.
      A proper study may be to join forces with an existing study, expand their protocol to include the new ideas and soberly proceed.

      Arbitrarily making changes is irrational and can do more harm.

      To be clear, 20 years ago I had some ideas about the potential source of autism. With only personal diligence, there is plenty of data to show those notions in a broad sense were wrong. So have all of the other theories I have heard over the years.

      To date I have not heard a clear, objective definition of what autism is, what causes it or how to treat it.

      I have heard lots of people cry publicly, “the cure is secretin”!
      The cause is MMR vaccines! The “cause is gluten” and the, “the cure is fecal transplantation”!

      PLEASE REMAIN CALM AND RATIONAL!

  • Ivan Jensen

    Yep because having a B.S. in biophysics that you got in 1968 makes you an expert on nutrition and health