Could a greener lawn put you at risk for cancer?
Maybe you’ve seen the commercial…
Different kinds of weeds pop out in the home improvement store during the night and somehow manage to cart off bottles of DuraZone weed killer to hide them. It says that the “weeds are on a mission to hide every bottle.”
That’s because they’re “terrified of DuraZone.”
The walking weeds in that commercial may be doing us all a favor.
Because it turns out that the “killing” ingredient in products like DuraZone isn’t just a threat to weeds.
So before you grab a bottle to do battle with all those dandelions, you need to know what researchers are saying about the active chemical in those products. It could be why the weeds in that commercial are so terrified.
And why you should be terrified of it as well.
If glyphosate doesn’t sound familiar to you, I’m sure this name will — Roundup.
Glyphosate is the main “killing” ingredient in Roundup and dozens of other products used to zap weeds. It’s the most widely used weed killer in the U.S.
And while farmers spray millions of acres with it, it turns out that we homeowners use even more. Up to 10 times more.
But even when you follow the directions exactly and use just a tiny bit here and there, these products still aren’t safe to use.
A new study based on 30 years of research found a positive connection between the chemical in Roundup and lymph gland cancers. That included both Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas.
The researchers noted the “striking increase” in these types of cancers in the last three decades. That’s the very same time period during which Roundup use has really taken off.
And just last year, another study warned that glyphosate can fast-track breast-cancer cell growth. That wasn’t found by using some super-big concentration of the chemical either, but with Roundup doses as low as parts-per-trillion!
The study authors called those levels “low and environmentally relevant concentrations.”
And another study last year, this one out of India, also confirmed that Roundup promotes cancer at very low levels. The researchers had previously found that it caused tumors in mice. In the new study they used human skin cells to find out just how it promotes cancer.
And one of the more shocking discoveries the India team discovered was that lower concentrations of the chemical were actually more effective in causing abnormal cell changes than the higher ones were.
When the strength was reduced, the toxic effects actually increased.
As more and more of these studies come out, it sure doesn’t seem worth the risk to your health, and especially that of your kids and grandkids, to spray these poisons everywhere. And with a little effort you can keep weeds away without using all these cancer-causing chemicals.
For example, many types of plants are excellent at suppressing weeds. And other tricks, such as a thick layer of mulch, can keep weeds from showing up in the first place.
And then there’s the age-old method of weed control known as hand pulling. Not only will you be outside in the fresh air and sunshine, but will also be getting a good dose of vitamin D.
Now that’s something that can actually help keep you from getting cancer!
“Meta-analyses finds link between glyphosate and cancer of the lymph tissue” Mike Barrett, May 1, 2014, Natural Society, naturalsociety.com
“How Roundup weedkiller can promote cancer, new study reveals” Sayer Ji, GreenMedInfo, greenmedinfo.com