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JohnyCanuck

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8. Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?
Tue Mar 24, 2015, 01:09 AM
Mar 2015
Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?
By Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout

For years, scientists have been trying to unravel the mystery of a chronic kidney disease epidemic that has hit Central America, India and Sri Lanka. The disease occurs in poor peasant farmers who do hard physical work in hot climes. In each instance, the farmers have been exposed to herbicides and to heavy metals. The disease is known as CKDu, for Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology. The "u" differentiates this illness from other chronic kidney diseases where the cause is known. Very few Western medical practitioners are even aware of CKDu, despite the terrible toll it has taken on poor farmers from El Salvador to South Asia.

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CKDu is now the second leading cause of mortality among men in El Salvador. This small, densely populated Central American country now has the highest overall mortality rate from kidney disease in the world. Neighboring Honduras and Nicaragua also have extremely high rates of kidney disease mortality. In El Salvador and Nicaragua, more men are dying from CKDu than from HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and leukemia combined. In one patch of rural Nicaragua, so many men have died that the community is called "The Island of the Widows."

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In an investigation worthy of the great Sherlock Holmes, a scientific sleuth from Sri Lanka, Dr. Channa Jayasumana, and his two colleagues, Dr. Sarath Gunatilake and Dr. Priyantha Senanayake, have put forward a unifying hypothesis that could explain the origin of the disease. They reasoned that the offending agent had to have been introduced into Sri Lanka within the last 30 years, since the first cases appeared in the mid-1990s. The chemical also needed to be able to form stable complexes with the metals in hard water and to act as a shield, protecting those metals from metabolism by the liver. The compound would also need to act as a carrier and be able to deliver the metals to the kidney.

We know that political changes in Sri Lanka in the late 1970s led to the introduction of agrochemicals, especially in rice farming. The researchers looked for likely suspects. Everything pointed to glyphosate. This herbicide is used in abundance in Sri Lanka. Earlier studies had shown that once glyphosate binds with metals, the glyphosate-metal complex can last for decades in the soil.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24876-monsantos-herbicide-linked-to-fatal-kidney-disease-epidemic-will-ckdu-topple-monsanto


GMO Weed Killerís Cancer Risk [View all] villager Mar 2015 OP
Be aware. Questioning GMOs gets you labeled "anti-science" at DU. immoderate Mar 2015 #1
It's all part of their "corporate woo" way of "discussing." Note the posts conflating anti-GMO villager Mar 2015 #2
The corporate model is a major issue, downplayed quite a bit. immoderate Mar 2015 #4
Forget GMOs Glyphosate is overused by homeowners around their yards and yours TexasProgresive Mar 2015 #3
There are definitely "superweeds" that have responded to glyphosate. HuckleB Mar 2015 #6
Some context to the matter. HuckleB Mar 2015 #5
Not to worry RobertEarl Mar 2015 #7
Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company? JohnyCanuck Mar 2015 #8
Oh, you're bound to be hearing from the Monsanto apologists any moment now... villager Mar 2015 #9
Good News: Salvadorean farmers aren't buying into the over hyped promisses of the GMO peddlars JohnyCanuck Mar 2015 #10
"Remember that Monsanto is together with DuPont, Pioneer, all the large businesses that control the villager Mar 2015 #14
GMO is not the problem. Herbicides are the problem. MineralMan Mar 2015 #11
There is no point to GMO's designed to be resistant to glyphosphate without glyphosphate. pnwmom Mar 2015 #12
Did I say anything different from that? MineralMan Mar 2015 #13
When did I say we should ban GMO's? I've called for labeling, so people who are interested pnwmom Mar 2015 #16
Labeling is just fine with me. MineralMan Mar 2015 #17
It is a mistake to study glyphosate without the adjuvants in Round Up GreatGazoo Mar 2015 #15
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