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Open letter to medical professionals and the AMA: Start the conversation

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Whereas, within the last 20 years there has been an alarming increase in serious illnesses in the US, along with a marked decrease in life expectancy (Bezruchka, 2012); and

Whereas, the onset of serious illness is appearing in increasingly younger populations: neurological disease (Pritchard et al., 2013); obesity, asthma, behavior & learning problems and chronic disease in children and young adults (Van Cleave et al., 2010); type II diabetes in youth (Rosenbloom et al., 1999); and

Whereas, the rate of chronic disease in the entire US population has been dramatically increasing with an estimated 25% of the US population suffering from multiple chronic diseases (Autoimmunity Research Foundation, 2012); and

Whereas, during this same time period, there has been an exponential increase in the adoption of Genetically Modified Food (GMO) crops with associated applications of glyphosate to food crops (Benbrook, 2012); and

Whereas, over 90% of corn, soy, sugar beets and canola are GMO, modified to withstand direct application of herbicides; and

Whereas, it has become routine for pre-harvest ripening to spray grain, legumes and sugar cane with glyphosate; and

Whereas, Glyphosate and its degradation product, aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) have been detected in air (Majewski et al., 2014, Chang et al., 2011), rain (Scribner et al., 2007; Majewski, 2014), groundwater (Scribner, 2007), surface water (Chang, 2011; Scribner, 2007; Coupe et al., 2012), soil (Scribner, 2007) and sea water (Mercurio et al.,2014), showing that glyphosate and AMPA persist in the soil and water and the amounts detected are increasing over time with increasing agricultural use; and

Whereas, glyphosate & AMPA residues are high in our food (residues as high as 15 parts per million have been detected in GM soybeans with no residues detected in organic or conventionally grown soy Bohn et al., 2014); and

Whereas, glyphosate bioaccumulates in organs and tissue (Kruger et al., 2014); and

Whereas, the biological pathways between glyphosate and chronic disease have been outlined (Samsel & Seneff, 2013a); and

Whereas, time trends of the rise in chronic diseases along with the rise of glyphosate use and the adoption of GM crops show very high correlations with very strong statistical significance (Swanson, 2013); and

Whereas, glyphosate has been shown to be toxic to the liver and kidneys (Cattani et al., 2014; Jayasumana et al., 2014; Lushchak et al., 2009; El-Shenawy, 2009; de Liz Oliveira Cavalli et al., 2013; Séralini et al., 2011); and

Whereas, glyphosate is a patented chelating agent (U.S. patent number 3160632 A) causing mineral deficiencies; and

Whereas, glyphosate is a patented anti-microbial & biocide (U.S. patent number 20040077608 A1 & U.S. patent number 7771736 B2) that preferentially kills beneficial bacteria in our intestines leading to nutrient deficiency, chronic intestinal diseases, inflammation, and autoimmune diseases (Samsel & Seneff, 2013b; Kruger, 2013; Shehata et al., 2012; Carman et al., 2013); and

Whereas, it is illegal to administer a drug (antibiotic and biocide) in our food without a medical license to do so; and

Whereas, glyphosate leads to teratogenicity and reproductive toxicity in vertebrates (Antoniou et al., 2012); and

Whereas, glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor (Gasnier et al., 2009; Paganelli et al., 2010; Antoniou et al., 2012; Thongprakaisang et al., 2013); and

Whereas, there are no “safe” levels of endocrine disruptors (Vandenberg et al., 2012; Bergman et al., 2013); and

Whereas, imbalances and malfunctions of the endocrine system can lead to diabetes, hypertension, obesity, kidney disease, cancers of the breast, prostate, liver, brain, thyroid, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (Marc et al., 2004; Thongprakaisang et al., 2013), osteoporosis, Cushing's syndrome, hypo- and hyperthyroidism, infertility, birth defects, erectile dysfunction, (Soto & Sonnenschein, 2010), sexual development problems and neurological disorders such as: learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder (de Cock et al., 2012), autism (Schulkin, 2007), dementia (Ghosh, 2010), Alzheimer's (Merlo et al., 2010), Parkinson's and schizophrenia (MacSweeney et al., 1978); and

Whereas, endocrine disruptors are especially damaging to organisms undergoing hormonal changes: fetuses, babies, children, adolescents and the elderly (Bergman et al., 2013);

Whereas, the use of glyphosate as an herbicide for numerous decades in the USA and now as a component compound in GMO foods has adversely impacted its human exposure factor to implode within the standard of medical surveillance and care; and

Whereas, a chronically ill patient suffering from long-term, systemic poisoning will not respond to traditional treatment; and

Whereas, most medical personnel are trained only in acute poisoning and not in systemic poisoning; and

Whereas, you have sworn an oath “to apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required,” and to “prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure”; and

Whereas, the liability will be on the professional who did not recognize glyphosate poisoning in his/her patients;

We, the undersigned, implore you to take the following actions:

Order toxicology tests for your chronically ill patients, in particular screening for glyphosate and its degradation product AMPA.

Educate yourselves on how to deal with systemic poisoning and detoxification.

Open the conversation with your patients, family and colleagues.

Establish a procedure for surveillance and tracking.

The medical surveillance programs for any hazardous material, such as glyphosate, are designed to systematically collect and analyze health information on exposed individuals to toxic substances. The components involved in a comprehensive medical surveillance program and how these components interrelate should include the following:

  1. Biological Monitoring;

  2. Protocols for testing and treating;

  3. Determination of health hazards, exposures, and job-related risks;

  4. Tracking systems;

  5. Specific history of what the patient was exposed to or doing prior to their symptoms;

  6. Exposure Monitoring System for environment, food, humans and domestic/food animals.

The biological monitoring component for glyphosate and its degradation and metabolic metabolites is a key component which is designed to anticipate disease by sampling and analyzing solid tissues, secretions or excretions. The end results of this monitoring are used to take both preventive and ongoing action for individuals exposed to environmental, workplace and food exposures.

Due to its interference with detoxifying enzymes in the liver, glyphosate enhances toxicity of other chemical exposures. Once a human exposure standard is supported that establishes a baseline of zero tolerance, one will have to address the effect of setting general examination requirements for the chemical glyphosate as well as the requirements for all other chemical exposures.

The proposed generic requirements would have a broader scope and may consist of the following:

  1. Require initial exposure monitoring for individuals.

  2. Specify the frequency of follow-up monitoring and increase the frequency, dependent upon the determination of systemic toxicological symptoms.

  3. Implement specific air sampling techniques in terms of personal and/or environmental monitoring.

  4. Develop procedures for individuals' observance of ambient sampling.

  5. Require medical surveillance for all individuals pre and post exposure to one half the exposure limits (to be established as a true “zero” level).

  6. Assess pre- and post environmental health and toxicology of route of exposure and its origins for glyphosate.

  7. Establish a standard of result of the medical exam and tests conducted, as well as any conditions that require follow-up.

  8. Adopt biologic exposure indices for glyphosate, its metabolites and degradation.

[Update 6/20/2014] One week total: 35 medical professionals, 17 scientists and 103 concerned citizens. An e-mail account was set up to collect signatures and was instantly hacked. Signatures sent in the first 24 hours were lost.

This letter is available here for download. Print and take to your physician.

Collection of signatures is ongoing. You may sign here.

Signed,

Medical Professionals

  1. Dr. Hildegarde Staninger, Industrial Toxicologist/IH & Doctor of Integrative Medicine; Chairperson, NREP SCADA Special Task Force Committee

  2. Dr. Janet Starr Hull, Ph.D., CN (environmental toxicologist, author), Director of The Hullistic Network

  3. Dr. Shiv Chopra, DVM, Ph.D. (microbiology), Fellow, World Health Organization, President, Canadian Council on Food Sovereignty & Health

  4. Dr. Ben Colodzin, Ph.D., Psychology

  5. Dr. Acacia Alcivar-Warren, DVM., Ph.D., Director, IMSEGI [International Marine Shrimp Environmental Genomics Initiative]

  6. Kiki Corbin, CTN, ACSGC, Certified Traditional Naturopath

  7. Dr. Rosemary Mason, MB ChB, FRCA. Physician/Anaesthetist, South Wales UK

  8. Dr. Judy A. Mikovits, Ph.D., (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), MAR Consulting Inc.

  9. Tom A Malterre, MS, CN, President of Whole Life Nutrition

  10. Dr. Dan Purser, MD

  11. Dr.Tom Tang, MD, CTO of Guangxi Bestway Pharmaceutical Company, China

  12. Sally Fallon Morell, President, The Weston A. Price Foundation

  13. Dr. Terry Wahls, MD, Author, The Wahls Protocol

  14. Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD

  15. Dr. Ruth Dankanich Daumer

  16. Dr. Michelle Perro, MD, Pediatrics, Integrative Medicine, Institute for Health and Healing

  17. Dr. Christopher S. Rubel, MD, retired

  18. Dr. Arpita M. Guha, D.O.

  19. Dr. Karl Robinson, M.D.

  20. Dr. George Guess, MD

  21. Dr. Irene Sebastian, MD, PhD, Dht, Family Medicine

  22. Dr. Richard Hiltner, MD, member, Board of Directors, California Homeopathic Medical Society

  23. Lori B. Taylor, MA/MS, RD, CD, CNSC, Clinical Dietitian

  24. Arden Andersen, D.O., M.S.P.H., Ph.D., Physician, author and agricultural scientist

  25. Dr. Monika Kruger, University of Leipzig, Faculty of veterinary medicine

  26. Dr. Michelle Blake, M.D.

  27. Sonia Fullenwilder

  28. Elizabeth Cox CMA, AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants)

  29. Philip Incao, MD

  30. Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD, MPH, as private citizen, Consultant to World Health Organization 1985-2005, Current Adviser to US Congress Medical Research Program

  31. Dr. Les Berenson MD, FACP

  32. M. Kelly Sutton, MD, Primary care physician

  33. Kathy Kerkof, retired PT

  34. Dr. Angela May, MD, Pediatrician
  35. Dr. Lindy Woodard MD, Pediatric Alternatives

Scientists

  1. Dr. Nancy L. Swanson, Ph.D. (physics), President, Abacus Enterprises

  2. Dr. Evaggelos Vallianatos, Ph.D., former EPA analyst

  3. Dr. John Balatinecz, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto

  4. Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, MIT

  5. Dr. Mae Wan Ho, Ph.D., Biochemistry, Prigogine Medalist, Director, Institute of Science in Society

  6. Dr. Peter T. Saunders, Ph.D., Theoretical Astrophysics, Emeritus Professor, King's College, London

  7. Dr. Don M. Huber, Plant Pathology, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University

  8. Judy A. Hoy, Administrator of the Bitterroot Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Independent Wildlife Researcher

  9. Chen I-wan, adviser, Committee of Disaster Study to China Disaster Prevention Association

  10. William Sanjour, (physics), former EPA branch chief and policy analyst

  11. Anthony Samsel, consultant

  12. Pamela Hallock Muller, Ph.D., Professor of Marine Science

  13. Prof. Dr. Tony Pereira, UCLA ME Ph.D., Fulbright Scholar

  14. Dr. Thierry Vrain, former Head of Biotechnology at Agriculture Canada

  15. Dr. David Schubert, Ph.D. Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

  16. Dr. Warren Porter, Prof. of Zoology, Prof. of Env. Toxicology, U. of Wisconsin, Madison

  17. Dr. Kent Blacklidge, Ph.D. (genetics), MS (aquatic toxicology), former newspaper publisher

Concerned Citizens

  1. Carol Waldon

  2. Don Waldon

  3. Shoshanna Allison, Media & Networker

  4. Cynthia Follrich

  5. Jack Olmsted, WWGF News

  6. Doolie Brown

  7. David Lawrence Dewey, Author/Columnist

  8. Alan Hetterly

  9. Heather Arvensis, massage therapist

  10. Howard Vlieger, crop and livestock nutrition advisor since 1992

  11. Claire Dwoskin, President, Children's Medical Safety Research Institute

  12. Laurie A. Olson, Moms Across America Western Regional Organizer

  13. Rhonda Watts-Hettinger

  14. Ronnie Cummins, Director, Organic Consumers Association

  15. F. William Engdahl, journalist & economist

  16. Dr. Toni Clark, Ph.D., retired professor

  17. Dr. Beverly Goldie, Ed.D.

  18. T. Matthew Phillips, Attorney-at-Law

  19. Andre Leu B.A. Com.,Grad Dip Ed., President, International Federation ofOrganic Agricultural Movements

  20. Cynthia Zoltek

  21. Ken Lewis

  22. Karen Malecki

  23. Thomas M. Morris

  24. Allan Rydberg

  25. Nathan Morgan

  26. Kapil Agrawal

  27. Jennifer Christi

  28. Kristine Heffner

  29. Linda Heffner

  30. Gloria Heffner

  31. Barbara Horn

  32. Don Horn

  33. Jody Heffner

  34. Danielle Heffner

  35. Keith Hittle

  36. Tasha Hittle

  37. Tara Hittle

  38. Ave Maria Romine

  39. Jenna Hendricks

  40. Cheslea Lucas

  41. Tristan Heffner

  42. Tony Mitra

  43. Dr. Philip H. King, Ph.D. (social scientist)
  44. Donna Y. Adams, RPT
  45. Fred C. Adams
  46. Mary Stanton

  47. Paddy McAlister, Energy Medicine Association
  48. Christine Robitaille, Leader of the International Coalition for Food Safety (ICFS)
  49. Sheryl McCumsey

  50. Isabel Rawlings Cohen, Artist/Environmental Activist, Member of International Coalition for Food Safety

  51. Dr. Adrienne Samuels, Ph.D., psychology

  52. Helen Driscoll, Wellness Coach

  53. Eileen Dannemann, Director, National Coalition of Organized Women

  54. Mark von Wodtke, FASLA, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture

  55. Patrice Anita

  56. Jayme Domejka

  57. David Starr

  58. Suzanne Montalalou

  59. M. Letourneau, New York
  60. Mrs. Betty Kegley
  61. Vicky Carlson
  62. Zen Honeycutt, Founder and Director, Moms Across America
  63. Jon Abrahamson
  64. Rebecca D. Muzychka
  65. Diane Lalomia, President and co-leader, NoGMO4Michigan.org
  66. Velma Manulani Wagatsuma
  67. Shonda Adams
  68. Tracei Cagle
  69. Daniel Heasley
  70. Amina yasmine eid
  71. Tosha Knight
  72. Petra Simone
  73. Nick Simone
  74. Catherine Simone
  75. Laura McCollum
  76. Tracy L. Breeden
  77. Lisa Robertson
  78. Sandy Kinter
  79. Virginia McBride, teacher, mother of DNP, daughter of physician

  80. Pamm Larry, Initial Instigator Prop 37, Northern California Director, LabelGMOs.org

  81. Deb Millikan

  82. Kalpana Mehta

  83. Margaret Elaine McCoy

  84. Sarah Baird, an informed mother

  85. Laura Lee Mistycah, Author

  86. Leslie A. Lash White, fervent environmental/health/social activist

  87. Carla M. Saldana

  88. Sikhumbuzo Rondo Mzobe

  89. Henry Rowlands, Coordinator, Global GMO Free Coailtion

  90. Jerry Carlson, Editor Emeritus, Professional Farmers of America

  91. Cindy Black

  92. Randolph Smith

  93. Dr. Kun Chen, Ph.D.

  94. Tanya Quarterman

  95. Charles Mish

  96. Goldie Caughlan

  97. Winifred Adams

  98. Robert Gamble

  99. Rosemary Bonda- mother of 5

  100. Robert Shrewsbury, Manti, Utah

  101. H. Scott Allison, MS CAC

  102. Niki Thane

  103. David Ludden

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