Peace be with you
Again science has come a little closer towards its goal of being at least as smart as common sense. Guess what? It turns out that those levels of atrazine in our drinking water, that were supposed to be below the maximum amount that will harm humans, might just be too high. Yep, your getting too much atrazine, the number one weed killer in the world. Atrazine is still used on 85% of the world’s corn. It is the most common weed killer in the US.
The New York Times wrote an article claiming that “new research suggests that atrazine may be dangerous at lower concentrations than previously thought.” This is the shit that turns frogs into hermaphrodites! How much more dangerous than that can you get!
The article states that exposure to levels lower than one part per billion (ppb) can cause sever health consequences, including birth defects, low birth weights, menstrual problems and reproductive-system abnormalities or conditions that can lead to cancer, in humans. The current safe to consume number is 3 ppb. From this article we learn “[a]n estimated 33 million Americans have been exposed to atrazine through their taps, according to data from water systems nationwide.”
The article also states “[i]n recent years, five epidemiological studies published in peer-reviewed journals have found evidence suggesting that small amounts of atrazine in drinking water, including levels considered safe by federal standards, may be associated with birth defects — including skull and facial malformations and misshapen limbs — as well as low birth weights in newborns and premature births. Defects and premature births are leading causes of infant deaths.”
Most of the world’s atrazine is produced by a Swiss agricultural corporation known as Syngenta. Syngenta, the inventor of DDT, was formed from the agrochemical and seed businesses of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and agrochemicals and biotechnology research divisions of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. Novartis makes Femara, an aromatase inhibitor used as a “long term treatment” after breast cancer surgery. Anastrozole is also an aromatase inhibitor used in long term “endocrine (hormonal) therapy,” made by, you guessed it, AstraZeneca.
I’m sure you know where I am going with this by now – Atrazine is a potent endocrine disruptor that increases aromatase expression in some human cancer cell lines. Both Novartis and Astrazeneca are marketing drugs that inhibit aromatase while their offshoot Syngenta sells a pesticide that induces aromatase.
Water is as important as nutrition in keeping and making us healthy. Does it seem strange to anyone else that the people selling us the poisons are the same ones selling us the antidote? Again, if people really wanted health care, then they should start caring about the things on which good health are built.