Roundup (Glyphosate) and Fatal Kidney Disease

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Roundup Weedkiller Linked to Global Epidemic of Fatal Kidney Disease

Article posted on 2/25/14 written by Sayer Ji (Summarized by Denice Moffat)
“The mystery of what is causing thousands to die each year from a fatal kidney disease may now be solved, with evidence pointing to the world’s most heavily used herbicide, Roundup (glyphosate), as the primary culprit.” Sayer Ji

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has proposed a link between the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) and a fatal chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu). This study centered on poor farming regions around the world who have been using Roundup for a couple of decades now, but I suspect there could also be a correlation between Roundup and kidney dialysis clinics popping up in many new cities within the United States. Where did these clinics all come from? What accentuated the need for all the dialysis? It’s an epidemic!
This form of kidney disease has now killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than the combined total deaths from AIDS, diabetes and leukemia over the past five years.
Roundup was indicated as the most likely culprit because it is the most commonly used herbicide and has only been used for a couple of decades so has had time to build up in the environment.
Glyphosate-Metal Complexes (GMCs ): The proposed mechanism is complicated but apparently Roundup is combining with heavy metals such as arsenic and cadmium in hard water or from fertilizers to make GMCs—diabolical chemically-induced complexes toxic to the kidneys.

Workers are exposed to glyphosate in the fields through skin contact or inhalation. They dehydrate working in the hot sun then drink untreated, hard drinking water which concentrates these complexes in the body. Roundup will not biodegrade for years when combined with hard water so is building up in the environment and in the bodies of people (workers and ultimately consumers) who end up absorbing or ingesting the foods sprayed with Roundup. This is bad—especially when Genetically Modified Organisms are being spliced into our grains so that we can spray the fields with copious amounts of Roundup and not harm the GMO foods. We’re ingesting this stuff!

This specific type of kidney disease is not associated with other risk factors of chronic kidney disease (diabetes, high blood pressure, glomerular nephritis or inflamed kidneys).

The use of glyphosate has been associated with other diseases as well and include:

Aseptic meningitis
DNA damage, cell death, and red cell damage (hemolytic anemia) in human cells
Endocrine disruption (changes in testosterone levels and testicular morphology)
Multiple myeloma
Nerve damage
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Parkinson’s like symptoms
Vaccine induced toxicity (measles vaccine study)

Read articles about these studies on the database (
Learn more about CKDu by watching these short documentary videos:
Mystery in the Fields:
A Cycle of Death:
Read the entire open access study on CKDu: