The Carcinogen Hiding in Your Garage

Have you ever seen a litigation commercial? These are the ones that ask if you or a loved one have used a product and had a negative outcome. They encourage you to contact their law firm ASAP to see if you are eligible for a settlement.

I’m used to seeing these commercials for adverse effects related to medications (for example blood clots associated with a certain brand of birth control).

But recently I saw a litigation commercial for a different product. A product that most of us have in our garages. A product that almost all Americans have been exposed to on a semi-consistent basis.

Roundup.

You know, the weed killer. The one you spray in your yard that does a really good job at making sure weeds die.

It turns out Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, doesn’t just kill weeds.

Roundup may be killing people.

How? Because glyphosate is a known carcinogen (aka causes cancers). And exposure to glyphosate is associated with other aliments such as steatohepatitis (fatty liver) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

While this news is taking many by surprise, I’m not shocked. And if you’re a long time reader, you’re probably not shocked either.

Because I did an entire series on the hidden health havoc of chemical exposures last year. Check out the intro, part II, part III, and part iv (where I share the 5 products you need to change immediately to decrease your exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptor chemicals).

We now know glyphosate causes a blood cancer called non-Hodgkins lymphoma. And law firms are encouraging folks with the diagnosis to contact them to see if Roundup was the culprit.

How do you know if you’ve been exposed to Roundup?

It’s safe to assume you’ve been exposed to Roundup. Roundup is the most commonly used herbicide today. And use has increased dramatically in the last twenty years. Roundup is used in commercial farming practices, on the grass in parks, and in most people’s yards.

Instead of asking if you’ve been exposed, the better questions are how to minimize your exposure and protect yourself.

I’m providing three ways to protect yourself and decrease your Roundup exposure.

How to Protect Yourself

1. Eat Organic

Roundup is commonly used as an insecticide in commercial farming. If you you want to decrease your risk of exposure through eating, choose organic foods.

Organic farming practices do not allow for the knowing use of glyphosate. When you buy (or garden) organic, you are drastically decreasing your risk of glyphosate exposure.

2. Buy Foods with the “Glyphosate Residue Free” Label

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While eating organic decreases your risk of consuming foods with glyphosate, this practice does not completely protect you. Why? Because glyphosate use is widespread and may contaminate foods that are not directly exposed to the herbicide. This can include organic crops. Additionally, foods labeled as "organic" can  be up to 5% non-organic.

If you want more certainty, look for the “Glyphosate Residue Free” label. This label indicates a product or crop has undergone further testing to verify it is free of glyphosate.

Do you want to see more foods with the “Glyphosate Residue Free” label? Write to your favorite food companies and let them know! As consumers, we have the power to elicit change.

3. Stop Using Roundup or Other Products that Contain Glyphosate

Even minimal glyphosate exposure is linked to health problems. Avoid using Roundup or similar herbicides in your personal gardens and yards.

A Change is In the Air

The health risks associated with glyphosate are gaining widespread attention. And there is positive forward motion in eliminating exposure.

California now officially lists glyphosate as a known carcinogen.

The French president said he will take all measures necessary to ensure glyphosate is banned within three years.

However, do not wait for government change to protect yourself! Use my tips above to help keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy.

In health and happiness,
Skye