Far Worse Than We Thought

by Kent Ballard

There’s not much I can say about parents who insist on their children wearing crash helmets and body armor when they ride bikes while neglecting their childhood immunizations. Sure, piling up a bike can dent your head or scrape your knee. But the diseases stopped by safe and routine immunizations can kill a child, and not only that child but everyone else he manages to infect. Typhoid Mary (or Timmy) took a stroll through Disneyland recently and the butcher’s bill has yet to be calculated. Kids can ride out the measles. They’ll be sick, have a nasty fever, itchy spots and all that. But measles can kill any adult who’s never been exposed to them. It’s a safe bet we’ll be hearing more about this in the near future.

I don’t know about you, but if I had to forego the advice of medical professionals and trust, say, somebody’s wise old grandmother or a B-list TV personality, I’d probably go with grandma. Jenny McCarthy may have started the anti-vaccination movement which has now been discredited several times over, but without the sheer stupidity of many thousands of parents who listened to her it never would have become the problem it is now.

The parents who refused to have their children immunized should be tied into chairs and forced to watch Penn and Teller’s brilliant YouTube explanation about childhood vaccines. Leave them tied there for a week or so, however long it takes for the truth to soak into their cement skulls. Forget medical journals and hundreds of thousands of written words of research. What Penn and Teller did in around three minutes is the strongest case made for having children vaccinated I’ve ever seen.

But while McCarthy’s advice was both ridiculous and deadly, she did have the laudable goal of reducing the number of autistic children born in the United States. It’s hard to knock her for that, even if she inadvertently created another deadly public health problem. More children are born autistic every year. For some time the reason for this was a mystery. It certainly wasn’t the fault of the children themselves, and study after study could find no fault with the parents or anything they had in their environments.

Until now. And what has been discovered is beyond worrisome. It’s absolutely terrifying.

Stefanie Seneff is a research scientist for MIT. She worked in the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence before turning to biology. She’s had papers published on everything from cardiovascular disease to Alzheimer’s. In layman’s terms, that woman knows her stuff. Not too many people can be accurately described as brilliant. Ms. Seneff is one of those people.

Around seven months ago (June, 2014), Stefanie Seneff was asked to address a wellness organization in Groton, MA. No one was certain what her topic would be, but anything coming from her would be well-researched, timely, and highly interesting. But with her opening sentence, a hush fell over the assembled throng and she had the riveted, undivided attention of every soul in the room.

She said, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.”

They said there was dead silence for a moment, then a murmur raced through the crowd. Surely they had misunderstood her. What did she say? Is she joking? No, no, no, this can’t be real…

It was. Those were her professional projections. Half of all kids will be autistic in ten years. And she went on to identify the real culprit behind this.

The Monsanto Corporation’s flagship weedkiller “Roundup” began to be heavily used in 1990 and has become more popular every year since. Seneff produced a chart showing the use of Roundup overlayed against the rising incidence of autism. They match almost perfectly. Even a mere glance at the chart indicates a dramatic correlation. She went on to describe MIT’s findings proving Roundup’s active ingredients were far more deadly and long-lasting than Monsanto’s claims, and that even what they referred to as “inert ingredients” in Roundup were anything but. Not only that, she proved exposure is cumulative. We’re all exposed to it daily, regardless of where we live, and we’re exposed often enough that we can’t shake it, can’t rid our bodies of it. It accumulates within us.

“But I live in the city”, you say. “I haven’t even seen a farm since my third grade class trip.” Okay, I have a few questions for you—Do you eat? Do you drink water? Do you have any bloody idea how many products contain corn and soybeans? Your pet’s food even contains both. Any meat you eat (and feed your children) was raised on corn and soybean meal in its feed, too. And after Roundup is sprayed on a field, where do you think it goes from there? It doesn’t just evaporate. The first rain will melt it into the ground. All rains after that press it deeper into the earth and spread it through the nations aquafiers. Millions upon millions of tons of grain are planted, grown, harvested, and sold from fields sprayed with Roundup. Helpfully, Monsanto sells a wide variety of seed to farmers that is “Roundup-Ready,” meaning it can be planted in a field that’s just been soaked with Roundup and will be immune to the poisons therein.

This isn’t the farmer’s fault. Monsanto assured everyone—including the FDA—that Roundup was perfectly safe. To the farmers, it’s just a great weedkiller, no more, no less. Their advanced knowledge of chemistry is probably on a par with any other profession. And you can “go organic” all you want. You’re still going to get thirsty sooner or later and the majority of all bottled water comes from a regular city tap somewhere. Or you might even take a shower or bath.

I live in farming country. Most farmers buy that stuff by the barrel anymore. Huge farms buy tanker trucks full of it. And very few involved with the sale, shipment, or use of that product knows what you know now…but word is spreading fast. Roundup is good, but not that good. And there are other weedkillers that can be used in modern agriculture. But Monsanto is not a humble mom-and-pop country feed and grain store. It’s a multibillion dollar industry giant with lobbyists, deep pockets, and heavy political clout. Roundup is their cash cow. They won’t go down without a fight. There will be investigations, more studies, hearings, and several setbacks before any kind of ban on Roundup and its satellite products can be put in place. But you’d better start supporting one now.

By the way, Monsanto was named “The Most Hated Company in America” several times. Don’t expect them to use their sense of public decency and the common good to kill one of their most profitable products. They’ll protect it at all costs. They will buy scientists, researchers, Congress if need be.

Here are a few things to remember: the number of children with autism has gone from 1 in 5,000 in 1975 to 1 in 68 in 2014. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has been found in the breast milk of American mothers at “dangerous” levels, 760 to 1600 times higher than the allowable limits in European drinking water. Americans have ten times the level of glyphosate in their urine than Europeans. Why the comparisons with Europe? They had the good sense never to legalize glyphosate for widespread use, only in very limited applications, most by goverment-trained and regulated agencies. And we are eating it, drinking it, literally bathing in it every day.

Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” brought an end to the use of DDT, but that took years. Roundup, in ten years, will leave this nation with 50% autism, and if that happens no one can predict the cost, or even if our nation could survive such a catastrophe. Think about that for a moment. Just think about that…and what it could lead a desperate and failing society to do.

8 thoughts on “Far Worse Than We Thought

  1. Kent, thanks for bringing Seneff’s study to our attention. I hadn’t heard about it and have no trouble believing that the ingredients in Roundup could be one of the causes of autism. You noted that there are other weedkillers (besides Roundup) that could be used in agriculture. Are the manufacturers of those products also under fire, or is it only Monsanto? Just wondering. Finally, I think it would be worth sharing the video by Penn and Teller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfdZTZQvuCo, though I do wonder why magicians would take on this topic?

  2. Sherri, “Roundup” is trademarked by Monsanto. Not long ago their exclusive patent ran out and now there’s at least one Chinese knock-off of that product (literally called “Imitator”) that also contains glyphosate. Chemically, it’s very similar but I’ve seen no studies yet done on it or similar products that are being readied for mass production. I don’t know where Roundup is actually made. It’s not necessarily the United States. But I know the Chinese are now shipping whole tankers worth of “Imitator” to the American grain belt. I’ve seen the stuff myself in 1, 2.5, and 5 gallon containers, stack after stack, row after row. It’s about one-quarter to one-third the price of Roundup per gallon, which only means it will be used by even more farmers now–most of whom have no idea of the dangers involved. Glyphosate, I’ve noted, is the active ingredient in several other, newer, weedkillers too, including the little hand-held spray bottles used to kill grass in sidewalks and to trim around patios and such. Several organizations have mounted protests to various government agencies, but it will take much, much more to ban the use of this entirely in the United States.

    Penn & Teller’s brilliant piece on immunization was originally done for their Showtime series aptly titled “Bullshit!” It was their wittier and sharper-toothed version of “Mythbusters.” They slaughtered several sacred cows in that series, bringing light and humor to serious issues that were previously hidden in the dark.

    • Thanks for reading it, Kathleen. It blew me away too. What frightens me is not only the fates of unborn children, but the fate of any nation faced with such a task as caring for half of its population if they were autistic. That’s a nightmare I hope never to see.

  3. Thank you, Dennis. I’ll spread the word locally, too. I’ve seen farmers filling their 500 gallon tank sprayers with Roundup slip while climbing up atop them and spill a gallon or two, splattering their shirts and soaking their jeans. None of us ever thought that could be good for your general health, but none of us knew it could devastate a generation yet unborn. I know a lot of farmers and they’re all going to hear from me. Not much, but it’s a start.

  4. Autism is the one element that the folks pushing immunizations by force. There are many other reasons, many with strong science behind them, for not immunizing. One is the effect on the incarnation process and the weakening of the immune system. Science does not prove anything in absolute terms, only within the accepted boundaries. Research in quantum physics is disproving the validity of much previous research. For one, the observer effects the outcome of many tests. Here are a couple of starting points for another perspective. Here is some statistical science http://vaxtruth.org/2012/01/measles-perspective/, and here is a trailer for an upcoming documentary, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2cc5J7vlOg

  5. Thank you for the links, Alan. They were very interesting.

    Please allow me to share a link with you. Like us, Amy Parker is not a medical doctor or scientist. She was raised (using her own words) by 1970’s “health nuts.” I found her personal essay interesting too. She ate organically, had no sugar at all before age one, was never allowed soda pop, exercised regularly, and had every imaginable childhood disease. And then some. And they did not stop at adulthood. When she had children of her own she was first in line to get them vaccinated. She believes knowingly and purposely exposing children to disease both cruel and dangerous. She goes into far greater detail here:

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