Orange Juice: Pure, Natural…and Poison?

Is it OK to have “just a little bit” of poison in your food?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency and the big businesses they stand behind, it’s just fine. The sorry fact is that, once again, the agency charged with protecting us from poison has sided with the manufacturers of the poison, instead of taking steps to ban it, as scientific data demands.

Poison for breakfast?
How often do you make a tall glass of orange juice a part of your breakfast?

A few times a week — or every day? Well, that’s how often you’ve been drinking a potentially lethal serving of glyphosate. Glyphosate is the main component of Roundup®, the most widely used herbicide in the world — and according to the World Health Organization’s published findings — glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.”

And it’s in your orange juice…

Testing of five major brands of orange juice, including Tropicana, Minute Maid, Stater Bros, Signature Farms and Kirkland, at the request of Moms Across America — a national coalition of empowered moms who strive to raise awareness about toxic exposure — showed they contained levels of this deadly pesticide ranging from 4.33 parts per billion (ppb) to a terrifying 26.05 ppb. Previous studies have shown that amounts of only 100 ppb can destroy beneficial gut bacteria, weakening your immune system and leaving you open to a host of health issues…

Only one part per trillion of glyphosate has been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells… Yet the Environmental Protection Agency sets the bar for “acceptable” levels of glyphosate for citrus products at 30 ppm!

Why? Because in a May 2013 ruling stated: “EPA has concluded that glyphosate does not pose a cancer risk to humans. Therefore, a dietary exposure assessment for the purpose of assessing cancer risk is unnecessary.” Why is the EPA writing off the findings of scientists and ignoring the risks of glyphosate? You guessed it: once again, politics and profits far outweigh any concern for your safety.

Covering up the truth about their poison
Since 2015, chemical giant Monsanto, manufacturer of Roundup herbicide, has been pulling strings with the EPA in an effort to refute scientific evidence that their product kills.

Now, there’s going to be a showdown. Forty California residents are suing Monsanto, charging that exposure to Roundup caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This lawsuit is just the tip of the iceberg: Monsanto is facing more than 700 individual claims filed in state and federal courts all over the United States. The California lawsuit alleges that Monsanto “promoted false data and attacked legitimate research” that showed the dangers of glyphosate. Now, documents have been released that point to the accuracy of this claim.

In March of last year, Federal Judge Vince Chhabria ruled in favor of releasing previously sealed documents that reveal senior Monsanto executives repeatedly attempted to suppress negative findings and ghostwrote key research about whether glyphosate causes cancer.

More than 11,000 people have filed suit against Monsanto Company (now Bayer) alleging that exposure to Roundup herbicide caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that Monsanto covered up the risks. As part of the discovery process, Monsanto has had to turn over millions of pages of its internal records. More than 800 lawsuits are pending in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The cases have been combined for handling as multidistrict litigation (MDL) under Judge Chhabria. The lead case is 3:16-md-02741-VC and the first trial, the case of Edwin Hardeman V. Monsanto, began Feb. 25th, 2019. The judge approved a motion by Monsanto to bifurcate the trial, limiting evidence jurors heard during a first phase to causation only. On March 19 of this year, a unanimous jury decision handed a first-round victory to Hardeman, as the six jury members found that Hardeman’s exposure to Roundup was a “substantial factor” in causing his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. On March 27th, 2019, the jury returned a verdict of approximately $80 million, including punitive damages of $75 million.

How to protect yourself
You’ve heard the saying, “knowledge is power.” In this case, knowledge is your best defense. Here’s some information that will help you avoid glyphosate poisoning…

  1. Know which foods are worst.
    According to The Detox Project, here are some products to avoid:
    • Cheerios 1125.3ppb
    • Ritz crackers 270.24 ppb
    • Oreos 289.47 ppb
    As you can see, many grains, particularly non-organic products, are high in glyphosate — just another good reason to avoid processed foods.
  2. Organic is best.
    Whenever possible, avoid GMOs and purchase foods that are Certified Organic.
  3. Additional steps to protect yourself…
    Here are some suggestions for minimizing the risk of consuming glyphosate in a variety of food groups.
    • Thoroughly wash and dry all produce. Peel off outer layers.
    • Trim away and discard fat and skin on meats and poultry.
    • Consider growing some of your own food.
    • Eat more Sulphur-rich foods, including eggs, onions, and garlic. Glyphosate exposure in the body depletes Sulphur. Sulphur also boosts levels of glutathione, one of your body’s most powerful natural detoxifiers and your master antioxidant, which is also depleted by glyphosate exposure.
    • Eat more probiotic-rich foods or take a daily probiotic. Studies show that glyphosate kills healthy gut bacteria we need; probiotics can help balance out this loss.
    We can hope that the results of the upcoming Federal ruling will finally confirm just how toxic glyphosate is. In the meantime, take these steps to protect yourself and your family.

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