Glyphosate and Arthritis
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, Monsanto’s ubiquitous herbicide, has been linked to many health concerns such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, autism, lowered intelligence, and now rheumatoid arthritis (RA)!
RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body begins to attack its own tissues and not only causes inflammation in joints, but can also damage the body’s organs including the eyes, lungs, skin, blood vessels, and heart. Additionally, this condition can cause fatigue, fever, and weight loss. RA affects women more than men, and can occur at any age, but typically symptoms begin between the ages of 40 and 60.
According to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives that looked at the health of farmer’s wives, when glyphosate was used, the women had a 1.4 higher chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those who did not. This means that there is yet another health concern linked to glyphosate, and one that can be debilitating for many older citizens.
Glyphosate is effective because of a process called the shikimate pathway. This pathway allows it glyphosate to kill weeds. While not present in the human system, this pathway does exist in bacteria, which outnumber human cells 10 to 1 in the body. Though humans are supposedly unaffected, the bacteria and microbes contained in your body are disturbed by the presence of glyphosate. These microbes’ lifecycle and functions are both impacted. Since beneficial bacteria are also affected, this gives way for many harmful bacteria to overwhelm your system, causing damaging and irreversible harm to your body.
In this case, neem is important for two major reasons. One, neem, when used as a natural biopesticide and fertilizer, will reduce the amount of glyphosate in the environment, lowering mankind’s exposure to the toxic chemical. This natural compound even safeguards soil health, plants, and water. The second reason is that, due to its natural anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties, neem is an effective treatment for the symptoms of RA.