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Folic Acid May Mitigate Autism Risk From Pesticides

A UC Davis Health study indicates that pregnant mothers who take folic acid around the time of conception may be able to lower the risk of their child being born with autism due to pesticide exposure. Pesticide exposure can occur in the home, but often affects mothers who live near agricultural operations. Mothers who are exposed to pesticides from three months before conception to three months after were most at risk, the study said.

Aside from the fact that this knowledge requires careful timing of when you conceive a baby, it’s disheartening to think that a study coming out of California — which recently mandated cancer warning labels on Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup — wouldn’t take a harder stand against the pesticides, rather than only concentrating on a mom’s folic acid counts at conception. While Monsanto is trying to block the warning, hundreds of Roundup cancer lawsuits are popping up all over the U.S., alleging that the herbicide made the litigants ill — and Monsanto did little to warn the public, despite knowing cancer risks existed.

Glyphosate is said to work by inhibiting only a single enzyme not found in people or pets to kill unwanted plants, but a team of environmental attorneys including Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have accused Monsanto of false advertising in this regard. At least six people so far have filed complaints against Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro (the exclusive marketer of Roundup) alleging the statement is false and deceptive, as the enzyme is, in fact, found in the gut bacteria of people and pets.

Plus, news agencies like Bloomberg are reporting that internal Monsanto documents show that Monsanto spent years using various methods to hide the product’s risks.

In addition to the glyphosate/cancer lawsuits, plaintiffs from California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin are also suing Monsanto over claims that Roundup disrupts the gut microbiome — which is a whole different concern for anyone exposed to this product, including pregnant mothers.
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