Monday, September 26, 2022

Comments by Marty Michener

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  • Although my expertise in Ecology has migrated to soil microbiome and human gut microbiomes, I cannot follow all your specific references in this field, but I certainly follow the denial as a means of avoiding the ethical corruption brought on by “medicine for profit” and “medicine for getting to the NEXT patient”. My question requires some background: Roundup main ingredient is glyphosate, a glycine-look-alike, which Monsanto originally claimed “blocks” the Shikimate Acid Pathway, which in plants and bacteria produces the three essential phenolic amino acids, tyrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine. Such blockage in partial form in crop plants will reduce these in the foods from those plants. Glyphosate has been found now in most beverages and foods, having a huge impact first on our gut flora, upon which we depend as a last ditch source of these amino acids when nominal diet fails. Others (Weston A Price Foundation web site) have suggested with reduced tryptophan, the precursor of serotonin, we have a plausible explanation for so many angry citizens using their guns for murder / suicide. We have abundant everyday examples of low serotonin and poor self-esteem. I’m asking for your comment on this potential link.