Insecticides Can Increase Your Risk for Diabetes and Other Ailments

Two insecticides linked to circadian and metabolic disruptions are part of a new study that looks at a new way garden chemicals can affect health.

Gardening may not be on the minds of most Americans as cold temperatures continue to persist across much of the country.

But when the warmer temperatures move in and everyone wants to get outside, making sure to use safe lawn and garden products is important. The chemicals found in some of those products can be harmful to your health.

A study published last month in Chemical Research in Toxicology found that chemicals in some gardening products and insecticides can affect melatonin receptors and put humans at a higher risk for metabolic diseases, including diabetes.

“Exposure to these chemicals could put people at higher risk for diabetes and also affect circadian rhythms,” Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo in New York who served on the research team, told Healthline.

Read Full Article By  Kristen Fischer (Healthline News)

On trial: Monsanto’s ‘alternative facts’ about glyphosate

Reeling from California’s decision to ban glyphosate, fearful of ‘re-evaluation’ by EU and US regulators, and facing ruinous cancer claims in federal courts, the US chemical industry are fighting back, writes Carey Gillam. Their key argument: don’t trust independent doctors and scientists – trust us! And as they just told a California court, profit must come before people.

“Industry campaigners insist that those making money from chemicals are more trustworthy than scientists studying the causes of cancer. Their rationale is clear: It’s not about protecting public health, it’s about protecting corporate profits.”

Read Full Article By Carey Gillam (The Ecologist)

The British Government Colludes with Monsanto. Crimes against Humanity and “Ecocide”

“The British Government has colluded with Monsanto and should be held accountable in the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity and ecocide.” Dr Rosemary Mason.

The British public and the environment are being poisoned with a deadly cocktail of 320 pesticides. Moreover, Wales has become a storage dump for Monsanto’s most toxic chemicals. These are the messages conveyed by Dr Rosemary Mason in her recent open letter to Councillor Rob Stewart, the leader of Swansea City and County Council.

Dr Mason adds that Swansea has over the years been a testing ground for glyphosate with the outcome being a huge spike in illness and disease among the local population as well as ongoing environmental devastation. There has been a long-term reckless use of a glyphosate-based weedkiller in Swansea, regardless of EU recommendations.

Read Full Article By Colin Todhunter (Global Research)

Roundup residues in food cause fatty liver disease

Cutting-edge molecular profiling analyses reveal that the popular weedkiller Roundup causes serious liver damage to rats at low doses permitted by regulators, reports Claire Robinson. The findings suggest that residues of glyphosate-based herbicides in food could be linked to rises in the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, diabetes and ‘metabolic syndrome’.

The weedkiller Roundup causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at very low doses permitted by regulators worldwide, a new peer-reviewed study published by a Nature journal shows.

The study is the first ever to show a causative link between consumption of Roundup at a real-world environmentally relevant dose and a serious disease.

Read Full Article By Claire Robinson (The Ecologist)

Chronic exposure to commonly used insecticide causes diabetes

A study by scientists at Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu, has found evidence that chronic exposure to organophosphate insecticides induces diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance in both humans and mice. The researchers found that organophosphate-induced diabetes was mediated by gut bacteria. The results were published in the journal Genome Biology.

A survey of around 3,000 people in villages in and around the university found that the prevalence of diabetes in people who were directly exposed to the insecticides was three-fold higher than in people who were not directly exposed to the insecticide. Serum analysis for four organophosphate insecticides revealed a direct correlation between pesticide level and HbA1c. “We saw a linear trend — for every unit increase in insecticide residue there was a corresponding increase in HbA1c level,” says Dr. Ganesan Velmurugan from the Department of Molecular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University and the first author of the paper.

Read Full Article (The Hindu)

Drug Makers Accused of Fixing Prices on Insulin

A lawsuit filed Monday accused three makers of insulin of conspiring to drive up the prices of their lifesaving drugs, harming patients who were being asked to pay for a growing share of their drug bills.

The price of insulin has skyrocketed in recent years, with the three manufacturers — Sanofi, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly — raising the list prices of their products in near lock step, prompting outcry from patient groups and doctors who have pointed out that the rising prices appear to have little to do with increased production costs.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Massachusetts, accuses the companies of exploiting the country’s opaque drug-pricing system in a way that benefits themselves and the intermediaries known as pharmacy benefit managers. It cites several examples of patients with diabetes who, unable to afford their insulin treatments, which can cost up to $900 a month, have resorted to injecting themselves with expired insulin or starving themselves to control their blood sugar. Some patients, the lawsuit said, intentionally allowed themselves to slip into diabetic ketoacidosis — a blood syndrome that can be fatal — to get insulin from hospital emergency rooms.

Read Full Article By KATIE THOMAS (New York Times)