Even at allowable levels (FDA and EU), a new study links the pesticide glyphosate to fatty liver disease. This is some very concerning research that effects most pet food consumers (and most human food consumers).
From BeyondPesticides.com “Ultra-low doses of glyphosate formulations fed to rats is linked to an increased likelihood of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a recently published study in the journal Nature. A lead author of the study, Michael Antoniou, PhD, stated that the findings are “very worrying as they demonstrate for the first time a causative link between an environmentally relevant level of Roundup consumption over the long-term and a serious disease.”
“The researchers analyzed female rat livers obtained from a previous 2-year study on Roundup toxicity using molecular profiling techniques. These rats were administered Roundup via drinking water at a concentration of 0.1 ppb, which is an allowable level within both the U.S. and the European Union. The molecular analyses conducted by researchers on the internal organs of the rats fed Roundup included testing of liver cell disturbances. Overall, ultra-low dose glyphosate-formulation exposure led to observations of biomarkers also seen in fatty liver disease.”
From TheEcologist.com “The dose of glyphosate from the Roundup administered was thousands of times below what is permitted by regulators worldwide.“
In just two years, rats consuming glyphosate at a level of 0.1 parts per billion (ppb) showed clinical signs of fatty liver disease.
Why is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease such a concern?
From WestonAPrice.org regarding non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: “The disease begins with the accumulation of fat within the cells of the liver, but can progress to inflammation, the development of scar tissue, and in some cases death from liver failure or cancer. Simple accumulation of fat within the liver generally proceeds without producing any overt symptoms, but it is not necessarily harmless. The liver regulates blood glucose and blood cholesterol levels, plays a critical role in burning fat for fuel, helps eliminate excess nitrogen, contributes to the metabolism of endocrine hormones, stores vitamin A, protects against infections, and detoxifies drugs and environmental toxins. Any type of damage to the liver is thus likely to impact whole-body health.”
How much glyphosate is in pet food? An alarming amount.
In September 2015, Dr. Anthony Samsel analyzed multiple pet foods for glyphosate. He provided pet food consumers with the results – including brand names. As you review Dr. Samsel’s results, keep in mind that this recent research links fatty liver disease to glyphosate levels of 0.1 parts per billion…
Purina Cat Chow Complete Dry – 102 ppb glyphosate.
Friskies Indoor Delights Cat Food Dry – 79 ppb glyphosate.
9 Lives Indoor Complete Cat Food Dry – 140 ppb glyphosate.
Rachael Ray Zero Grain Whitefish and Potato Recipe Cat Food Dry – 22 ppb glyphosate.
Purina Dog Chow Complete Dry – 98 ppb glyphosate.
Kibble’s ‘n Bits Chefs Choice American Grill Dog Food Dry – 300 ppb glyphosate.
Iams Proactive Health Toy and Small Breed Dog Food Dry – 65 ppb glyphosate.
Rachael Ray Nutrish Real Beef and Rice Recipe Dog Food Dry – 140 ppb glyphosate.
Purina Beyond Simply 9 White Meat Chicken and Whole Barley Recipe Dog Food Dry – 47 ppb glyphosate.
What are these high levels of glyphosate doing to pets? Dr. Michael Fox provides us his opinion…
“I am familiar with the work of the scientists who have done these laboratory studies on rodents, and commend them for their detailed analysis on the effects of the kind of low-dose glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide) dietary intake that consumers are exposed to, along with their dogs and cats.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can be caused by several factors, along with often associated acute and chronic pancreatitis seen frequently by veterinarians in companion animal practice, many of whose clients have contacted me concerning the abnormalities in their animals’ liver enzyme levels which the attending veterinarians cannot explain. Maybe we have the explanation now—coupled with the biologically inappropriate inclusion of GMO corn, soy and beet, all resistant to and containing this herbicide, along with glyphosate-sprayed, pre-harvested-to dry wheat and imported GMO rice in pet foods. When all the dots are connected, and considering the ubiquitous presence of glyphosate even in human amniotic fluids, the association of this endocrine-disrupting, probable carcinogen with intestinal dysbiosis, allergies, autoimmune diseases, the metabolic syndrome and obesity in people and their cats and dogs may soon be verified.”
—Dr.Michael W. Fox, veterinarian. Website www.drfoxvet.net
What can pet owners do?
Purchase organic pet food/non-GMO pet food – as you can afford. For home prepared food – use organic/non-GMO ingredients as you can afford. Some is better than none. (Please note that ‘grain-free’ pet food is not a sure solution – see Dr. Samsel’s testing results above of a grain free pet food containing 22 ppb glyphosate.)
Try to limit the exposure your pet has to Roundup or any other pesticide containing glyphosate – such as using a non-glyphosate pesticide in your yard. Wash your pet’s feet after every trip to the dog park or walk in the neighborhood.
For pet owners concerned their pet could have been exposed to glyphosate and be at risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – discuss this research with your veterinarian (please discuss with your veterinarian regardless – we need all veterinarians to be aware of this research). Here is a direct link to the study to provide your vet: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep39328. Also discuss with your veterinarian if a liver cleanse diet would be of benefit. Here is a link to Dr. Jean Dodds liver cleanse diet (for dogs): http://www.nutriscan.org/knowledge-center/cleansing-diets.html. Dr. Karen Becker offers this advice to detox your pet: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/02/15/detox-for-pets.aspx.
Write your Representatives in federal and state government – share with them this new research and share your personal opinion to the risk of human and animal health of glyphosate.
This is a very serious concern that I’m sure will take much more research to fully understand all of the health complications associated with glyphosate in food and pet food. In the meantime – be proactive to protect your and your pet’s health. My thanks to Dr. Cathy Alinovi for sharing this study with me.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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