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Is Glyphosate causing Autism?

by Sean Martu

The autism subject is very personal to me, well actually by now it should be to everyone. I know three mothers with autistic children, one of them has two autistic kids. I think we all know what autism is, but do we? Let me outline exactly what autism is and what are its symptoms.

What is Autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today.

  • In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2016 data.
    • 1 in 34 boys identified with autism
    • 1 in 144 girls identified with autism
  • Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
  • Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.
  • 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] <70), 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85), and 44% have IQ scores in the average to above-average range (i.e., IQ >85).
  • Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
  • Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often.
  • Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
  • There is no medical detection for autism.

Symptoms of Autism

What are the behaviors of autism? Restrictive and/or repetitive behaviors are common and can include:

  • Need for repeated rituals
  • Repetitive and compulsive behaviors
  • Having overly focused interests, such as with moving objects or parts of objects
  • Having a lasting, intense interest in certain topics, such as numbers, details, or facts
  • Repetition of motor activities such as head banging, hand or limb flapping, spinning, body rocking, flicking, scratching, yelling, grunting, teeth grinding, tapping, tracing, or feeling textures
Social/communication issues and problematic interaction behaviors may include: 
  • Becoming upset because of a slight change in a routine or being placed in a new or overly stimulating setting
  • Rarely sharing enjoyment of objects or activities by pointing or showing them to others
  • Little or inconsistent eye contact
  • Tendency to look at and listen to others less often
  • Difficulties with the back and forth of conversations
  • Responding in strange manner when others show affection, anger or distress
  • Failing to, or being slow to, respond to someone calling their name or other verbal attempts to gain attention
  • Often talking at length about a favorite subject without realizing that others are not interested or without giving others a chance to respond
  • Repeating words or phrases they hear (echolalia)
  • Using words that seem odd, out of place, or have a special meaning known only to those familiar with that person’s way of communicating
  • Facial expressions, movements and gestures that don’t match what is being said
  • An unusual tone of voice that can sound sing-song or flat and robot-like
  • Trouble understanding another person’s point of view or being unable to predict or understand other people’s actions
  • Signs of autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.

What the “experts” claim cause Autism

According to the “experts”  research, they claim that autism tends to run in families and that changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child will develop autism. If a parent carries one or more of these gene changes, they may get passed to a child (even if the parent does not have autism). Other times, these genetic changes arise spontaneously in an early embryo or the sperm and/or egg that combine to create the embryo. Again, the majority of these gene changes do not cause autism by themselves. They simply increase the “risk” for the disorder.

So back to Glyphosate, first, let me tell you what it is.

What is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate, a synthetic herbicide patented in 1974 by the Monsanto Company and now manufactured and sold by many companies in hundreds of products, has been associated with cancer and other health concerns. Glyphosate is best known as the active ingredient in Roundup-branded herbicides, and the herbicide used with “Roundup Ready” genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Herbicide tolerance is the most prevalent GMO trait engineered into food crops, with some 90% of corn and 94% of soybeans in the U.S. engineered to tolerate herbicides, according to USDA data. A 2017 study found that Americans’ exposure to glyphosate increased approximately 500 percent since Roundup Ready GMO crops were introduced in the U.S in 1996.

See my article: “What is Glyphosate and why you should avoid it“.

How is Glyphosate potentially causing Autism?

PNAS published an article, “Maternal glyphosate exposure causes autism-like behaviors in offspring through increased expression of soluble epoxide hydrolase“. Within it, they state:

Maternal exposure to high levels of the herbicide glyphosate may increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in offspring; however, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Maternal glyphosate exposure during pregnancy and lactation caused ASD-like behavioral abnormalities and abnormal composition of gut microbiota in murine male offspring.

According to a research article posted on Science Direct,” Evidence the U.S. autism epidemic initiated by acetaminophen (Tylenol) is aggravated by oral antibiotic amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin) and now exponentially by herbicide glyphosate (Roundup)“, it states:

… Two toxins most implicated in the U.S. autism epidemic are analgesic/antipyretic acetaminophen (Tylenol) and oral antibiotic amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin). Recently herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) was exponentially implicated. What do these toxins have in common? Acetaminophen depletes sulfate and glutathione required to detoxify it. Oral antibiotics kill and glyphosate inhibits intestinal bacteria that synthesize methionine (precursor of sulfate and glutathione, and required to methylate DNA), bacteria that synthesize tryptophan (sole precursor of neuroinhibitor serotonin), and bacteria that restrain ammonia-generating anaerobes…

The National Institute of  Health Sciences published a research article, “Glyphosate Exposure Linked to Autism Behaviors in Mice“, their findings state:

The team exposed pregnant mice to high levels of glyphosate during pregnancy and lactation, then assessed ASD-like behaviors in their offspring. Juvenile mice who were exposed to glyphosate in the womb and during lactation displayed ASD-like cognitive and social interaction deficits, unlike the unexposed group. Exposed offspring also had altered microbiomes compared with the unexposed group.

The BMJ published an article, ” Prenatal and infant exposure to ambient pesticides and autism spectrum disorder in children: population based case-control study“, they concluded:

Findings suggest that an offspring’s risk of autism spectrum disorder increases following prenatal exposure to ambient pesticides within 2000 m of their mother’s residence during pregnancy, compared with offspring of women from the same agricultural region without such exposure. Infant exposure could further increase risks for autism spectrum disorder with comorbid intellectual disability.

Coincidently an article published on PubMed, Impact of Clostridium Bacteria in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Anthropometric Measurements, found that children with autism had unusually high levels of Clostridia bacteria in their intestines. This is significant because the research article is elucidating that gut microbiota may play a fundamental role in neurological activity, behavior, mood, cognition, and possibly for the onset as well as the severity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Again this leads back to the proliferation of the herbicide Round-Up(glyphosate) which is sprayed on primarily large US cash crops of corn and soy, which have been genetically modified to be resistant to glyphosate. When cornfields are sprayed, the weeds die, but the corn is not killed. However, the corn will contain high amounts of glyphosate, it’s not something you can wash off before eating because glyphosate is spread throughout the corn plant. Monsanto claims that humans don’t have to worry about glyphosate since humans do not have the biochemical systems present in most plants and weeds. The flaw in their position is that almost all the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the intestines of humans and farm animals such as cows and turkeys are killed by glyphosate, while extremely pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella and Clostridia, which are resistant to glyphosate proliferate.

If indeed the introduction of glyphosate causes marked increases in autism, it would be expected that the increased incidence of autism would correlate with increased glyphosate consumption and exposure.

My conclusion

If always believed the narrative that “primarily” the heavy metals and other harmful chemicals within vaccines are the main if not the sole culprit for causing autism. Maybe they do, I don’t know. But after analyzing the data from these research articles, it’s hard to stick with that belief. Autism has incredibly steadily increased since the ’80s, but it makes sense to me because if I walk into a supermarket 95% of the market is just rows and rows of processed foods loaded with potential GMO’s and Glyphosate residues.

What can be done about this problem? Avoid glyphosate in every possible way, children and breastfeeding mothers should only eat organic whole foods. I would avoid processed foods as they are nutrient deficient and loaded with too much sugars and sweeteners. I would avoid NON-GMO labeled foods as they may still be contaminated with glyphosate as well as other herbicides and pesticides. If your child already has symptoms of autism, I would recommend having his/her urine tested for toxic chemicals, as well as the Organic Acids Test for the presence of Clostridia bacteria metabolites and high dopamine metabolites.

Lastly, if your child already has autism I would recommend two things, my organic camu-camu powder, you can buy it here in powder form or here in pill form. I would also recommend taking high amounts of vitamin D to get your blood level to 100 to 150 nmol/L, search out “Dr. Holick and vitamin d on the internet and youtube”. I recommend camu-camu because a friend of mine with two autistic children had incredible healing results giving her kids my organic camu-camu. You can read about her story in my article “Camu-Camu the Heal-all Superfood“.


Autism Parenting Magazine: Signs of Autism in Babies and Toddlers

Autism Speaks: Autism Statistics and Facts

FoodBabe: Scientists Said Monsanto Chemical Was Safe, They Were Wrong. It Causes Cancer


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