Imagine for a moment that you could be under the influence of Monsanto Round-up (Glyphosate) pesticide and prone to violent behavior. We cannot be sure that the rising gun violence is the result of mental illness. If it’s the case can we have an honest examination to find out the root cause? This means looking at genetic inborn errors, biological and environmental causes. Solving this puzzle takes an honest discussion about the rise in irrational gun violence and irrational behavior in general. We might not like what we discover. So, we babble about symptoms instead of trying to find the root cause.
Whenever a shooting occurs, the media and politicians claim the cause is a lack of proper gun laws. The media posit that the cause is mental illness. They assert that guns should not be in the hands of the mentally ill.
Within the past 10 years irrational gun violence has increased. The media outcry about easy access to guns pull us in temporarily. They want checks on manufacturers and gun shows. Recently, the pundits and politicians have been talking about the mental health of the individuals who commit these crimes. The question is, how do they know that these people have mental problems? Have they just asserted this without any evidence because this is the default thinking nowadays? The fact is we do not know the individuals and the real motivation behind their violence.
Is it correct to assert that guns are the cause of the rampant gun violence that we have seen over the past 5-10 years in America? Or, is there an invisible hand operating behind the gun? Is it an overwhelming irrational mind driven by environmental factors working with our biology that is the motivating factor?
The United States is not the only country with mentally ill people, nor is it the only country with guns. However, we are excessively violent. Cities like Chicago and Milwaukee have seen an increase in the homicide rates in 2015. Milwaukee more than doubled the homicide rate of 41 from last year 2104 to 84 in 2015 according to an article n USA Today. They continued, “In Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, the homicide toll climbed 19% and the number of shooting incidents increased by 21% during the first half of the year.” This statistic is more or less repeated in many cities across America.
Strict constitutionalists who are against gun regulations, simplistically declare “that guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. They are correct. If the intention and motivation to kill are overwhelming you can proceed with a knife, a machete, an ax, a two by four, a cast iron frying pan, a car or just pure brute force with your hands. These multi-use instruments can pulverize and kill someone if the person who is inflicting the assault has the anger and adrenaline to match.
We can agree that you do not need a gun to kill. Anger, depression, anxiety and marginalization are motivating factors behind any kind of violence. These factors together with any of the above instruments will do the job of killing. If so, maybe we can begin to discuss the cause of these factors. It is incumbent upon us to look deeper into the recent rise in irrational behavior. We must refrain from treating symptoms as we like to do and focus on root causes.
Recently, we witness a woman mowing down a crowd with her car at a parade and killing four. We watch as police officers shoot an unarmed man. We moan the beating and choking of unarmed citizens. We witness children being dragged through hallways in schools by teachers and the recent abuse of a child in the classroom. Clearly, violent behavior is not always gun-related. The irrational nature of these incidents is due to anger, anxiety and depression projected onto innocent victims. So why are we so angry lately?
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We need to consider three things: cause, symptoms and vehicle – the vehicle being the means by which someone kills another person. The vehicle – if it’s a gun, is secondary or tertiary if we admit that the act of killing can be accomplished by a variety of instruments as mentioned above. So let’s examine the other two methodically. If we are going to assert that mental illness is the cause of gun violence (presently the media focus) then the next question is – what is the cause of this mental illness? Mental illness has many causes. Which mental illness or illnesses are we going to set our focus on to come to a conclusion? Mental illness is both cause and symptom. It can be the cause of violence and it is the symptom of a genetic error or environmental factor. The uniqueness of the individuals, their genetics, and the varying environmental factors determine the degree of the behavior. According to the NIMH 9.6 million Americans suffer with a mental illness which range from schizophrenia to ADHD and autism. Is it fair to the people who fit into this range – including very young children to be assigned such a label? Prone to gun violence?
So, we ask ourselves:
Is the mental illness congenital – an inborn error that is detectable and can possibly be treated and controlled? Or is it environmental and biological – the kind brought on by anxiety, stress, social marginalization and hopelessness? Are these factors exacerbated by a lack of proper nutrition in the diet or the compromising of nutrients by chemicals in our food system? Also, there is the issue of morality, where someone uses violence to assert personal beliefs, but this is not pertinent here.
Let’s examine the biological and environmental factors that can affect how our brains work keeping in mind that “environment” according to an article from the NIMH does not only mean “physical surroundings, but also factors that can affect our bodies, such as sleep, diet or stress.” Let’s pry into our food systems for the past 20 years and see how foods are designed and manufactured. Consider for a moment that genetically modified foods are pervasive in our food system and the effects of this practice are not conclusive. According to the studies conducted by Seneff and Samsel, since the early nineties when GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) were introduced into the food system there has been a rise in chronic diseases like obesity. They claim that our foods have been adulterated and compromised. Seneff asserts that there is a correlation between increased use of the pesticide Monsanto Round-up and the rise in chronic diseases. She asserts that such an exponential increase suggests an environmental cause and not a genetic cause.
The Journal of Organic Systems published a paper in 2014 asserting that “Evidence is mounting that glyphosate – the ingredient in Monsanto Round-up pesticide interferes with many metabolic processes in plants and animals, and Glyphosate residues have been detected in both. Glyphosate disrupts the endocrine system and the balance of gut bacteria; it damages DNA and is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer.” Take note also that “The rate of chronic disease in the entire US population has been dramatically increasing with an estimated 25% of the US population suffering from multiple chronic diseases (Autoimmunity Research Foundation, 2012). These findings suggest environmental triggers rather than genetic or age-related causes.”
These researchers claim that Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto Round-up causes nutritional deficiencies and creates toxins in our bodies. It disrupts and kills beneficial bacteria in our gut which is beneficial for our survival and optimum health. This is true because Monsanto Round-up is essentially an antibiotic. When good bacteria is killed, pathogens multiply, creating toxins which cause inflammation in the gut. (Leaky gut) These toxins can move into the blood stream and into the brain wreaking havoc on our health. Monsanto – the company that produces Round-up claims that glyphosate is harmless to humans because we do not have a biological pathway (Shikimate) which glyphosate disrupts. This is true according to Dr.Seneff. However, this biological pathway occurs in plants and bacteria. Glyphosate – Monsanto Round-up chelates essential micro-nutrients from our bodies like zinc and cobalt. I can go on and on, but for our purpose here, let’s look at the essential amino acid Tryptophan.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acids that we need. We get Tryptophan from our diet or from good bacteria. Glyphosate – Monsanto Round-up disrupts the biological process (Shikimate Pathway) in the bacteria that will allow them to make Tryptophan. Tryptophan is the sole precursor to Serotonin- a neuro-transmitter. If you are not getting enough Tryptophan in your diet because you eat GMOs, or the bacteria that is producing Tryptophan cannot produce it, then you will have low Serotonin or no Serotonin at all. Monsanto Round-up disrupts the production of Tryptophan in our good bacteria. Low Serotonin levels in the blood can lead to negative health issues because Serotonin has many functions. Some of them are regulating and controlling blood sugar, and regulating insulin. It metabolizes Vitamin D. It suppresses appetite. Obesity you asked? That’s not our purpose here. Dr. Seneff believes that “low Serotonin is very definitely correlated with violent behavior”. She believes that monsanto round-up is a contributor to this epidemic. She explains that “people become irrationally violent and they are not able to reason about the consequences about what they are doing and that it can be traced back to low Serotonin.” Low Serotonin in the blood and brain brings on depression. If Tryptophan is needed to produce Serotonin but Monsanto Round-up is destroying it, then why is it surprising that there is an epidemic of depression and anxiety in our society?
The technology of genetic engineering where a gene is extracted from a bacteria or other organism and placed into a different organism is being questioned by geneticists. Companies like Monsanto who blindly take one gene from an organism and insert it into another to achieve a desirable trait is dangerous. According to geneticists, like Samsel it is not possible to do this without some kind of collateral damage. Genetic engineering disrupts the DNA of the organism that has been invaded – the blueprint for the way the organism functions. The potential damage is not being considered or tested. The shortsightedness of the people who perform this technology do not take this into account. We do not know the long term effects of GMOs on our biological systems. Actually, Samsel and Seneff are explaining the effects, but no one is listening. They are giving us a window into the cause of our slow demise as a culture. They are sounding the alarm and informing us that our debilitating health and well-being are compromised without our knowledge and consent.
Crops like corn, soy and canola, alfalfa and sugar beets are Monsanto Round-up ready or genetically modified to resist Round-up. When it is sprayed on the crops they do not die, but the weeds and everything else die. Most of the processed foods we consume are based on those three or four crops. Be aware that 95% of the above-mentioned crops are genetically modified. GMOs are pervasive in our environment. We consume them and don’t know or don’t care. Recently it was confirmed by the World Health Organization that Glyphosate – Monsanto Round-up is a carcinogen (cancer-causing). We know that Glyphosate is essentially an antibiotic and chelator – (kills plants and removes essential nutrients form the plants) we know that the good bacteria in our gut are particularly susceptible to Glyphosate. The scientists who studied this chemical are competent and honest citizens. Are we going to ignore their call to action. We must seriously consider Glyphosate – Monsanto Round-up as the root cause of our chronic health problems? Are we going to stick our heads in the sand and continue to see our health deteriorate? Are we going to be victims of “genocide by food”? We have the power to change course. Say no to GMO.
Since Tryptophan can be destroyed by glyphosate and the link to low serotonin is undeniable, then it is imperative to examine this biological link to violence.