Masters of Health Magazine July 2020 | Page 82

This resulted in an overzealous immune response to the virus, with inflammatory cytokines inducing extensive lung damage. One characteristic feature unique to the exposed mice was the accumulation of lipid deposits in macrophages (immune cells) infiltrating the lungs. This is eerily similar to the observations of researchers who examined the livers of rats exposed orally to low-dose glyphosate (below regulatory limits).

Their liver macrophages accumulated lipid deposits typical of fatty liver disease [11]. Fatty liver disease is an epidemic today worldwide, particularly among industrialized countries. A study on patients suffering from fatty liver disease showed statistically higher levels of glyphosate in their urine compared to controls, and those with more advanced disease had significantly more glyphosate than those with milder cases [12].

Table 1: Selected results from the Swanson et al. paper [14] on correlations over time between glyphosate usage on core crops and diseases that are risk factors for acute outcome in COVID-19. Note: 7.9E-9 = .0000000079. (Shift the decimal point nine digits to the left.)

3 COVID-19 and Chronic Conditions

There are several chronic conditions that are prevalent in the United States which are also linked to a worse outcome in COVID-19. An article published on April 8, 2020 reported on an analysis of comorbidities associated with COVID-19 deaths in New York State and found that 86.2% of the deaths were people who suffered from at least one comorbidity [13].

The comorbidities are reproduced here in Figure 3, with the top three being hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia. Others include renal disease, dementia, and cancer. All of these conditions have been strongly linked to glyphosate through analyses of statistical time trends in the diseases compared with the rise in glyphosate usage on corn and soy crops.

Table 1 above reproduces some of the data reported in a seminal study by Swanson et al., published in 2014, where it was shown that all of these diseases are rising in prevalence exactly in step with the rise in glyphosate usage.

All of the correlations have p-values (probability of the correlation pattern occurring by chance) that are less than 0.000001.