Scientist Makes Shocking Claims About Autism While Research Continues
An eye-opening examination of some of the latest research.
A senior research scientist at MIT recently shocked audiences at a panel meeting held by a New England holistic center when she declared that "at today's rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic" due to exposure to the world's most popular herbicide, glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup and developed by agriculture company Monsanto.
The growing rate of autism is shocking.
To put this into perspective, in 1975 the rate was 1 in 5000.
At this rate, the future looks incredibly bleak.
The reported correlation between glyphosate use and rise of autism:
Dr. Stephanie Seneff's presentation on glyphosate, Roundup's active chemical, shows a positive correlation between children with autism served by the IDEA, and the use of Roundup on crops that eventually make their way into food.
What's important to note is that correlation is not the same as causation. There may be other factors contributing to the rise of autism, some of it data-based, like the way that autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is diagnosed and reported.
As an example of how data reporting can change statistics, Autism Speaks cites evidence that up to 26 percent of autism's increase in California between 1992 and 2005 can be directly attributed to changes in diagnostics, stating that "1 in 4 children diagnosed with autism in California today would not have been diagnosed using older diagnostic criteria."
That said, diagnostics or reporting do not adequately explain such a drastic, exponential surge in ASD.
Seneff's research shows that symptoms of glyphosate exposure closely resemble the biomarkers for autism.
According to Seneff, glyphosate is implicated in the destruction of beneficial gut bacteria, the disruption of enzyme functioning, mineral absorption, and the synthesis of certain amino acids leading to a shortage of neurotransmitters and folate, both of which are essential for healthy brain function.
The above, Seneff writes, "can all be explained as potential effects of glyphosate on biological systems."
A 2013 report by Reuters notes that glyphosate is already being eyed as a potential factor in cancers, infertility, and Parkinson's Disease, with the EPA setting a "deadline of 2015 for determining if glyphosate use should be limited" after study.
But research conducted by the University of Colorado's Dr. Cynthia Nevison contradicts claims that glyphosate plays a singular role in ASD. "From a temporal trends perspective," she writes in a study published in the
Countering safety claims made by Monsanto that glyphosate is safe and "does not bioaccumulate," Seneff cites a survey by Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse that shows the presence of glyphosate in breast milk at levels that are "1600 times higher than the European Drinking Water Directive Allows" in three out of 10 women.
But there's a problem.
Sustainable Pulse and Moms Across America are both anti-GMO organizations and, therefore, may lack the objectivity required for scientific validity.
Furthermore, the "study" was conducted using a volunteer sample size of just 10 women. Their findings of glyphosate in urine and water samples are also marred by their methodology.
Could glyphosate or other poisons be a factor in autism? Certainly, though much work remains before any single cause can be determined.