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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.*

    • 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.?

    • 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

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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]

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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?