A senior scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claims that one in every two children in the U.S. may have autism by 2025 due to Monsanto pesticides.
Dr. Stephanie Seneff has spent over three decades researching biology and technology, publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles. She now focuses on nutrition, the gut, and autism, “as well as the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.”
The active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup chemical is glyphosate, which is linked to many diseases including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, digestive system disorders, infertility, and birth defects.
Toxic effects of glyphosate:
- Kills beneficial gut bacteria and allows pathogens to overgrow
- Interferes with function of cytochrome p450 (CYP enxymes)
- Chelates important minerals (iron, cobalt, manganese, etc)
- Interferes with synthesis of aromatic amino acids and methionine—leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate
- Disrupts sulfate synthesis and sulfate transport
The ‘Biomarker’s for Autism’, which can be explained as potential effects of glyphosate on the biological system:
- Disrupted gut bacteria; inflammatory bowel
- Low serum sulfate
- Methionine deficiency
- Serotonin and melatonin deficiency
- Defective aromatase
- Zinc and iron deficiency
- Urinary p-cresol
- Mitochondrial disorder seizures; glutamate toxicity in the brain
The usage of glyphosate on corn and soy crops “correlates with the epidemic we’re seeing in autism, Alzheimer’s disease, celiac disease, and other intestinal disorders,” according to Dr. Seneff.
Monsanto, of course, claims Roundup is harmless. Roundup works through a plant’s seven-step metabolic route known as the shikimate pathway for the biosynthesis or aromatic amino acids. Glyphosate inhibits this pathway, thereby killing the plant. Since humans don’t have this shikimate pathway, Monsanto claims it’s harmless.
According to Dr. Seneff, however, we do have this pathway in our gut bacteria, and these bacteria supply our body with crucial amino acids. Roundup kills the beneficial gut bacteria that allow pathogens to grow. “It interferes with the synthesis of amino acids including methionine, which leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate; chelates (removes) important minerals like iron, cobalt and manganese, and much more.”
Alliance for Natural Health. Dec 23, 2014. (http://www.anh-usa.org/half-of-all-children-will-be-autistic-by-2025-warns-senior-research-scientist-at-mit/)
Miller, Michele. The Open Mind. Feb 24, 2015. (http://www.the-open-mind.com/mit-estimates-half-of-all-children-autistic-in-10-years-due-to-monsanto-1/)
Is Autism curable?
If so they need to act fast.
you mr thinking about cure before considering the way of avoiding from it.
you are sure an american. trust yourself too much without logic.
I dont disagree with you sir but remember that we are Americans . We know we cannot trust our government with our well being and we know our govt is owned and run by these huge corporate monstors.We no longer are helped by anyone but ourselves and we cant trust the people in power here when it comes to thier profits they will destroy anything that interferes.
Regarding your statement of Americans; I am an American. Sad to say that you are correct for the most part. Most Americans just jump to the conclusions without even educating themselves on the subject matter. An abundance of Americans do not even know what an iota of logic is. How do we alleviate such an oblivious thought process that thousands fall prey to?
Perhaps maybe you should speak and think for yourself as you don’t speak for “Most Americans,” as you don’t know most Americans. Perhaps the overwhelming support for Trump is those in majority sending up a flare to the rest of the world that they are alive, intelligent, conscious, and not buying the BS anymore, and ready to act on that notion. Unless you believe the hype that all trump supporters are oddly shaped red-necks with low IQ’s. You know, States like New Hampshire, where the average IQ is the highest in the nation..
American’s are ready to act. They just need the right person in the White House to do what they should and stay the hell out of our way. A little Anarchy goes a long way.
YEP, WE NEED TO FOCUS ON PREVENTION, AS CURE, IN SO MANY CASES, IS MONEY TO PHARMACEUTICALS
Pesticides are something to be wary of. I would bet there is some real evidence out there that they are dangerous. But this is not it. Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a quack. Pesticides do not cause autism, neither do vaccines.
MIT does not make unsupported claims !
MIT doesn’t make claims at all. It’s a university, not a person.
Dr. Stephanie Seneff has Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The closest she has come to any education about biology is a bachelors degree in biophysics from 1968. She works in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She knows squat about chemistry and biology.
Seneff may not be the best source or authority, but you honestly cannot say fore sure that “pesticides do not cause autism” because (1) “pesticides” includes a wide range of chemicals and (2) research may prove it to be true. It is not out of the realm of possibility and i would say it’s not even unlikely. Toxicity of glyphosate is still being determined and the current state of research does not look good. Google Scholor “glyphosate toxicity” and have a go. Pick any 25 papers and 3/4 will show some level of systemic or specific toxic effect of glyphosate and its adjuvants.
Incorrect, Ben. Are you old enough to remember food without chemicals? Were you born before the Viet Nam war? If you are then you should be able to common sense your way to the fact that we did not formerly have these diseases in the rates we have them now. This trend began after the introduction of chemicals in our diet. The human body cannot process chemicals and it cannot eliminate these chemicals. They kill your natural body cycles and systems.They disrupt the hypothalamus which is connected to, well, all, our bodies systems, ie:endocrine.
Be careful, some of this information is misleading. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7792363 Talks about genetic causes of autism, not related to gut bacteria. Glyphosates effect central nervous system and lead to seizures in short doses or in prolonged small doses, autism happens to soon for this to be linked. Don’t mean to be nit picky, and glyphosates may have an impact if they change the structure of germ cells, but care should be taken about this, otherwise it might get tougher to disseminate the information without attacks on credibility.
What if the exposure occurs while in utero?
Uhm. No causation from correlation. It’s a stupid study. Sloppy mathematics. Deflating, the fact that the researcher doesn’t understand statistics given that she’s at MIT. The researcher has no background in epidemiology. No knowledge on how vaccines work. No knowledge on how foods science works. She just knows how to code. And thinks she can hop from one field to another, and she lacks considerable epistemic responsibility which is dangerous for a scientist of her stature because she will continue to mislead people. She should be fired, and subsequently shunned for her unscientific ways.
As a brother of an autistic child, I am very into topics that involve future research involving autism. After reading this article over again, I find that there isn’t much evidence to show that by a certain year, 50% of all children with be diagnosed with Autism. Although I have noticed the increase in the % of children diagnosed, that does not mean that half or even over half of the population will have an autistic child.
Completely correct! In a matter of fact, the only reason why we are diagnosing more people with Autism is because we are actually gaining a greater understanding of it. Autism is also mostly genetic according to a new large study, rather than it being an equal mix of environment AND genetics. I seriously doubt pesticides and GMO can actually alter the DNA within an individual.
What do you think GMO are? Geneticaly Modified Organisms, they contain pesticides within themselves, they may as well produce different proteins and chemicals that could disrupt our genes while an embrio! You can’t trust Monsanto with your food when money’s on the line, they would poison you if that would meant 1% more in revenue!
They can and they do…have you ever heard of mad cow disease? A genetic mutation. And they carry on and increase.
you know this seems like bullshit autism is not something that is bad it is just a change
If there was a cure for ASD I’d kill myself before taking it.
Actually, if I took it would be killing myself too, as I wouldn’t be me anymore.
Aspie and lovin’ it!
Hi. Autism is most certainly BAD. There are different spectrums of it and some fare better than others if they have aspbergers. Not everyone is as lucky.
Using Seneff’s maths, it becomes clear that by 2050, 110% of children will be autistic!!! Act now. Protect your family by educating yourself and them on mathematics, statistics, and the correlation/causation logical fallacy.
some of the most ignorant comments I have ever heard in my life. most of you are some of the most uneducated people on this subject I can’t believe what I am reading. this is why America is allowed to poison their people. why do you think other countries refuse monsanto JUST BECAUSE? don’t even bother to comment if this is the best you can come up with. stick your heads in the sand and don’t pull them out again.
Monsanto produces delicious food. Put down the crack pipe.
Sensationalism has no place in rational discourse. If you want to have a discussion come back with reasonable points and facts. All you’re doing is saying “You’re crazy, you’re wrong, you have no idea what you’re talking about!!” However, when you do not provide evidence or logic backing up your claims it is you who comes across as not understanding the science, you’re the one who looks crazy.
DDT is equally dangerous.
That’s why we stopped using DDT a long time ago.
Yes they did stop using DDT as a knee jerk reaction to a book written by a non scientist (sounds familiar?). As a result some birds may have been saved but more than 30 million people died from Malaria. Years later it is back and being used in a responsible manner. As a result we are back to controlling and being nearly rid of Malaria.
This is an accurate assessment of the over-response to Anne Morrow Lindberg’s non-scientific book, the result of which is the long term malaria epidemic in third world nations. Judicious use of DDT would handle this problem, but the product is so demonized that it’s not likely to happen. I lived in Japan just after WWII. Our home was sprayed with DDT several times a year to control insects. I would like to see a study of autism in those who were exposed to it. Suspect it’s no greater than the general population.
MIT claims no such thing. Seneff’s claims were published in pay-to-play publications and have been completely ridiculed by the scientific community. Publishing pictures of Séralini’s rat doesn’t help your case either…
Look at the journals this scientist has published in.
“Entropy” – what the hell does that have to do with her “research” (I use the term loosely)?
Look! “Dr” (I use the term loosely) Seneff has even been mentioned in a blog, which talks about “bogus scientific journals.
Just because something is published in a journal doesn’t mean it’s good research. There are plenty of crappy journals. Entropy is an open-access journal, which usually means the author pays good money ($1000 or even more) to actually get published. So of course the publisher is going to publish it.
This lady is a complete nutcase and a quack, with an unsettling publication record and possibly questionable qualifications.
Ddt was outlawed here in the us but they still import fruit and vegetables from countries that still use it. Doesn’t make alot of sense to me. But what do I know I didn’t go to MIT but I do have an autistic grand child that I love to death.
It’s possible these chemicals have an influence (trigger) on autism, however, autism has a definite genetic link.
Do your own research. Ask questions (while you still can), draw your own conclusion. I have and trust me it will only get worse. They are more concerned about profits than they are people.
All that matters is a profit….this is what our country has become…..Acidic.
let me clarify some things for you, poeple with autism ADHD, ADD whatever do not need to be ‘cured’ it is not a desease or a defect. my grandfather, my mom, me. we all have ADHD because it is passable by genes, so it is in our DNA. what do you think? giving us some ‘miracle’ drugs or pills is going to make me like you? is that what you want? im perfectly fine the way i am, sorry for you if you dont like it. as a final matter i give you this to think about, if i have desease why is my IQ 115? (tested while i was 6) and why am i a sports athlete?
SOURCE: my psychiatrist thought i had aspergers, but the brain scans show that i have ADHD. (yes it is related to eachother)
dont believe every BS pseudo-scientists tell you…dr stephanie seneff is a computer scientist…and has no idea how statistics work
I thought autism came through injections because my brother got the measels, mumps, and rubella vaccine, and he is autistic, whereas my parents didn’t give me the injection, and I don’t have autism.
WILL HAVE AUTISM, not ‘will be autistic”
Person first language is a powerful tool to describe an individual by their strengths and passions, not by their disability.
So you posted an article written by an MIT graduate with no official affiliation to MIT, and then attribute said position to MIT? I expected better from Anon’s website…
Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She received the B.S. degree in Biophysics in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT.
How, exactly, is she qualified to discuss this topic at all?
bring back DDT, use it responsibly, blanket vast areas to secure insect destruction instead of little zones, which allow insects to survive in pockets. by actually incapsulating vast areas at the height of summer activities the insects will be destroyed and the accumulatred build ups will not occur.
Seneff may not be the expert on this subject, but nonetheless, a few things are certain:
1. Monsanto is a known liar. They cannot be trusted. Check out their record with PCBs, which polluted aquifers in Anniston, Alabama as well as the Hudson and Housatonic rivers near my hometown. I grew up thinking that fish were poisonous. They’ve committed ecocide for profit, and they still exist. “Re-incorporated” whatever. Monsanto is the same company that sold toxic PCBs and hid crucial information while doing so.
2. Glyphosate and its adjuvants in RoundUp are very toxic. The specific forms of toxicity are still being discovered. Google Scholar “glyphosate toxicity” and read some journal articles. Some are stronger than others, and a few find no effect for the specific action they hypothesize, but on the whole, there is a lot of solid damning evidence that RoundUp is bad for living organisms, in various ways.
3. RoundUp is being sprayed on wheat these days as a desiccant, in the finishing of the crops before harvest, and it’s not even needed. Wheat used to be safer because it’s not GMO like corn and soy, so there used to be no RoundUp on it, but the practice has come to dominate non-organic wheat production.
4. Links between glyphosate and other pesticides to autism may be found. It is possible. It is very likely that many bad causal relations may be shown beyond a reasonable doubt in the near future. The research continues and many effects are already shown by experiment and observation.
I totally agree with you. I have ADHD and some of my friends have autism and one in particular i have know since 2 grade and he probably got it from glyphosate in food. He didnt have it when we grew up. So get rid of all The glyphosate in the food america and do your people a favor in return
Bunch of idiots on this comment thread. A clear lack of epistemic responsibility on a large population of people. It is stupid, almost to the point of immorality.