Aluminum and Glyphosate: A Binding Relationship
Our air, water and food are saturated with toxins—that means your body and mind are too.
Many neurological diseases, including autism, depression, dementia, anxiety disorder and Parkinson’s disease, are associated with abnormal sleep patterns, which are directly linked to pineal gland dysfunction. The pineal gland is highly susceptible to environmental toxicants. Two pervasive substances in modern industrialized nations are aluminum and glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup.
A small amount of heavy metals are necessary for life, as we are made from the dust of the earth. But too much of these metals and we become overloaded and they become toxic to us. You will find that Aluminum is one of the earth’s most abundant metals and in its natural state, it is not harmful. But have you ever considered the amount of Aluminum that surrounds you on a daily basis? Let us take a deep dive into this toxic, symbiotic relationship between Aluminum and Glyphosate. But first, what are they and why do we want to protect the pineal gland?
What is the Pineal gland?
The pineal gland is found within our Endocrine system. It is a small gland, located on the back portion of the third cerebral ventricle of the brain, which is a fluid-filled space in the brain. The gland is named for its shape, which resembles a pinecone (in Latin, ‘pinea’). It is composed of neuroglial cells, portions of neurons, and cells known as ‘pinealocytes.’ Pinealocytes are types of endocrine cell. It is known to play a role in regulating female reproduction and sexual maturation. It also has a part in controlling circadian rhythms, the body’s internal clock that affects such actions as when we wake and sleep. The pinealocytes create and secrete melatonin, a hormone that helps maintain the body’s internal clock. Humans generally have higher levels of melatonin in childhood, which progressively decrease with age. Unusually high melatonin levels have been linked to a delay in sexual maturation. Melatonin also helps regulate female reproductive hormones, including when women menstruate.
What is Aluminum?
Aluminum is the second-most abundant metallic element in Earth’s crust after silicon. Aluminum’s sheer bulk — some 8 percent of the Earth’s crust by weight, according to the University of Wisconsin. But aluminum is lightweight (a third the weight of steel or copper, according to the U.S. Geological Survey) and easy to mold, fold and recycle. It resists corrosion and stands up to repeated use. In the Earth’s crust, aluminum occurs most frequently as a compound called alum (potassium aluminum sulfate).
- Aluminum is plentiful: In 2012, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1.9 million tons of aluminum were produced for containers and packaging alone. Another 1.7 million tons went toward appliances, vehicle parts and other durable goods.
- A single Boeing-747 contains 147,000 pounds (more than 66,000 kilograms) of aluminum, according to Chemicool.
- About 75 percent of all aluminum ever made is still in use, thanks to recycling, according to the Aluminum Association.
What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is a common herbicide (“weed-killer”) used in crop and non-crop lands, including residential areas such as home lawns and gardens. Glyphosate was first registered in the United States in 1974 as the active ingredient in Roundup but is now available in many commercial herbicide products.
It is registered and patented as an antibiotic. Antibiotic literally translates as, anti-life. As an antibiotic, Glyphosate is very effective against Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, and Enterococcal species. These species are regarded as beneficial to humans and included in virtually all probiotic supplements, while it is ineffective against species like Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium botulinum (increased in kids with autistic spectrum disorder) and Salmonella. With this information in mind, Glyphosate exposure disrupts the composition of the microbiome, selectively eradicating or reducing beneficial microbes while selecting for proliferation of unhealthy species. Our soil is being killed and the health value of our food is being depleted rapidly.
In my article Foundations In Health Start with the Soil I discuss the importance of electrolytes. Electrolytes are important for hydration, blood circulation, and muscular function. It used to be more readily available in our soil. Calcium is used in the clotting of blood. Also, it works with magnesium to prevent the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Together with sodium and potassium, calcium and magnesium are among the most important electrolytes. It’s the humification of plants where you get all your minerals, that’s where you get probiotics (your good bacteria) and your amino acids too because it comes from plants. The oxygen-rich materials in the peatigenic layer such as cellulose and hemicellulose are decomposed readily by microbes resulting in the enrichment of carbon-rich lignin and humic acids. Glyphosate blocks the absorption of Manganese through a critical pathway.
As a secondary effect, it also is a very efficient mineral chelator, thus tying up critical minerals in both the plant and the soil and reducing the nutrition to the plant. It is known to chelate or bind to metals like iron, copper, cobalt, molybdenum, zinc, and magnesium, while simultaneously disrupting the good bacteria found in our soil.
Glyphosate suppresses 271 enzymatic pathways. It kills both the beneficial bacteria in your gut and also promotes fungal based pathogen growth, which include Candida albicans. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in genetically modified foods, actually stimulates the body to accept and absorb aluminum. Glyphosate disrupts gut bacteria, leading to an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile, also known as C.diff..
Its toxic product, p-cresol, is linked to autism in both human and mouse models. p-Cresol enhances uptake of aluminum via transferrin. Anemia, a result of both aluminum disruption of heme and impaired heme synthesis by glyphosate, leads to hypoxia, which induces increased pineal gland transferrin synthesis. Premature birth is associated with hypoxic stress and with substantial increased risk to the subsequent development of autism, linking hypoxia to autism. Glyphosate chelates aluminum, allowing ingested aluminum to bypass the gut barrier. This leads to anemia-induced hypoxia, promoting neurotoxicity and damaging the pineal gland.
Both glyphosate and aluminum disrupt cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved in melatonin metabolism. Do we understand the ramifications to our health when aluminum binds with the Glyphosate in our diet, which in turn disrupts cytochrome P450 enzymes? Cytochrome P450 enzymes are found in the liver, and are a protein super-family involved in the synthesis and metabolism of drugs, toxins and normal cellular components.
Melatonin is derived from tryptophan, whose synthesis in plants and microbes is blocked by Glyphosate. It has been demonstrated there is a plausible role for vitamin D3 dysbiosis in impaired gut function and impaired serotonin synthesis. Impaired sulfate supply to the brain mediates the damage induced by the synergistic action of aluminum and glyphosate on the pineal gland and related midbrain nuclei.
Vitamin D levels are also affected by Glyphosate. Why would this matter? A 2017 review article of literature of vitamin D was published in the Neuropsychiatry Volume 7, Issue 5 journal. The study found that there was a great enough relationship between vitamin d deficiency and depression that they recommended getting your vitamin D levels tested if you are experiencing depression.
Vitamin D also helps to regulate calcium levels in the brain and is necessary for the development and maintenance of nerve cells. The brain requires the use of many neurosteroids to develop and function properly. These molecules are often identified as one of many common substances including thyroid hormones, glucocorticoids, and androgens. Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to the development of diabetes mellitus, its role in neuronal development and a decrease of microglial inflammatory function leading to increased brain infections.
Most vitamin D supplements on the market today are D3 (cholecalciferol) from lanolin. Lanolin is extracted from sheep wool and is often contaminated with pesticides or other toxins found in the chemicals sheep are often dipped in or sprayed with. Young Living’s Super Vitamin D is naturally sourced from sustainable D3 from lichen which is a plant-like growth in North America, Scandinavia, and Asia. It is the only true vegan chewable supplement for those needing extra support elevating vitamin D levels. Lichen is a slow growing combination of algae, fungi, and cyanobacteria that looks like a crusty leaf that grows on rocks, walls, and trees. It is a cross between an algae and a fungus. It absorbs D from the sun as a means to protect itself. Also tastes great!
Aluminum is also known to have a special affinity for neurological tissue. Vitamin D is necessary for a properly functioning nervous system. Heavy metals tend to settle in the right kidney, the brain, and the stomach. Which is why you will find high levels in the brain of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This has much to do with the destruction of your gut flora at the hands of this binding relationship between aluminum and Glyphosate. Glyphosate damages the Krebs cycle (this is a series of chemical reactions to release stored energy through the oxidation of acetyl-CoA derived from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) which affects energy levels.
Glyphosate basically smuggles toxins in and pulls nutrients and minerals out.
Glyphosate chelates aluminum, allowing ingested aluminum to bypass the gut barrier. This leads to anemia-induced hypoxia, promoting neurotoxicity and damaging the pineal gland. It also has a rooted foundation in chronic illnesses like Crohn’s Disease, Diverticulitis, Ulcerative colitis, and a main contributor to leaky gut.
When the gut leaks….
Perforations in the gut by the fungal form of Candida allow proteins and toxins to leak out of the gut and into the blood. Now in the blood, these proteins and toxins send a danger signal throughout the body which puts the immune system on full alert. This creates an inflammatory response throughout the entire body. This is when you will see genetic predispositions as the most common symptoms. The toxins that have escaped then can cross the blood brain barrier causing it to be “on fire”. This will speed cellular degeneration and an overall feeling of general dis-ease.
Today’s lifestyle of fast foods, environmental toxins, and the stress of “go, go, go”, and frequent antibiotic use (including glyphosate) leads to an unhealthy gut microbiome.
Improving gut health means addressing the foods we eat as well as stress, health issues, toxic overload, and many other issues that decrease the good bacteria and allow the “bad” bacteria to thrive.
What is Candida? Candida albicans is a normal resident of the human gastrointestinal tract but….it is also the most common fungal pathogen of humans, causing both mucosal and systemic infections. Candida can help break down sugars, but too much Candida albicans makes formaldehyde. Candida is considered a parasite. Biofeedbacks are a great way to monitor the Candida that is naturally found in your body.
Candida overgrowth is affected by:
- Simple sugars
- Refined grain products
- Whole grains
- Foods that contain yeast or mold
- Not chewing your food enough
Candida can bind to heavy metals. Heavy metal toxicity can lower energy levels and damage the functioning of the brain, lungs, kidney, liver, blood composition, gastrointestinal system, and cause candida overgrowth. Copper is an essential mineral but too much of it can cause an overgrowth of Candida. Aluminum plays a role in Candida overgrowth because it’s very alkalizing. I will discuss Copper in a future blog.
Most diseases, illnesses, and bad bacteria thrive in an over acidic environment. When pH levels are unbalanced, it is mostly in the case of being too acidic. This causes the body to borrow crucial minerals from organs, bones, and tissue to try and neutralize the acid and remove it from the body. Over acidity weakens all systems and can be seen in acute symptoms such as yeast/fungi overgrowth (candida among others), chronic fatigue, slow elimination, hormonal concerns, premature aging, free radical damage (may lead to cancerous mutations), weight gain, bladder and kidney damage such as kidney stones, diabetes, joint pain, and lactic acid build up. It is important to know; that in order to maintain your journey to wellness, you will need to include urine/saliva pH balancing. You can tell a lot about what’s happening in your body by checking the pH of your urine and saliva. This ensures you are having proper assimilation and absorption of nutrients and monitor toxicity levels within your body.
Urine that’s too alkaline can increase your risk of:
• Kidney stones
• Kidney failure
If your urine is too acidic, it could be due to:
• Consuming too much meat
• Uncontrolled diabetes
• Fasting or starvation
If your saliva is too alkaline, it could be due to:
• Too much bacteria in your mouth
Saliva that’s too alkaline can increase your risk of:
• Tartar crystals (advanced dental plaque)
• Gingivitis (mild gum inflammation)
If your saliva is too acidic, it could be due to:
• Consuming too much sugar
• Too much bacteria in your mouth
Saliva that’s too acidic can increase your risk of:
• Dental cavities
• Periodontitis (severe gum inflammation
The most important thing you can do to fix an extreme pH level is to focus on eating healthily.
Most Common Places You Will Find Aluminum
The most common items that you will find and may use everyday that have aluminum in it are deodorants, cooking pans and utensils, as well as baking powder used in your morning pancakes!
Soy products contain high levels of aluminum, leached from the aluminum tanks in which they are acid washed and processed at high temperatures. The fact that most, if not all, drug capsules contain soy as an ingredient, should be a huge red flag for everyone.
Aluminum is the main elemental byproduct of soy processing that is virtually inside all commercial chocolate, that millions of beings indulge in.
Aluminum is a problem in tissues because all cells normally release ELF-UV light (which manifests in our blood plasma) and Aluminum is the perfect atomic reflector of UV light. Aluminum is also a prime receiver of electromagnetic signal. Feelings, compulsions, urges and thoughts are affected by electromagnetic frequencies which have an effect on our bodies, and because aluminum deposits in the body, this can serve as the receivers and transmitters in your brain’s pineal gland.
Another place you will find aluminum is your canned foods. Most food cans are made from aluminum. You will find that cans are also coated, on the inside, with a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is used in the production of a huge number of products and packaging, including food packaging, and it has been found to leach into foods, which means we end up consuming it. BPA is an endocrine disruptor. Cans without BPA coating leave your food exposed to aluminum, and all of the potential health hazards that come with it. Canned foods often contain high levels of sodium as well, in order to both preserve the food and make it taste good. So canned food in general is not going to bring you much, if any real health value, and should be considered “harmful filler”.
At the end of the day….
It’s not a coincidence that certain medical treatments (vaccinations) contain very high levels of neurotoxins.
It’s not a coincidence they spray aluminum in the atmosphere (which wasn’t discussed here, these are known as Chemtrails).
There was an article which was published in The Lancet in 2014 that put fluoride in the same category as other harmful chemicals including lead, mercury and arsenic and went on to note certain developmental problems that fluoride could cause including attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. The brain’s pineal gland is prone to calcification caused by an accumulation of deposits including fluoride. Calcification of the gland affects its ability to produce sufficient melatonin which can lead to a number of emotional issues including insomnia and depression but may also contribute to serious degenerative brain conditions like dementia.
It’s not a coincidence aluminum is in deodorant (which leaches into the lymph nodes in and around the breast tissue of men and women).
It’s no coincidence Glyphosate is in our food and fluoride is in our water and both work synergistically with aluminum.
Be diligent about your exposure to aluminum, Glyphosate, and your levels of candida to stay on top of your wellness journey!