Synergistic Destruction: How Vaccines and GMOs Converge to Fuel Autism and Neurodegenerative Conditions

By: Dr. Matthew Buckley, PSc.D. 070530_640 There is a lot of debate as to what is the cause, or better yet, causes of autism. This post isn’t intended to cover all of the variables which fuel autism. It is intended to provide the reader with an understanding of chief mechanisms related to how consumption of Monsanto’s RoundUp, by way of consuming genetically modified corn, soy, canola oil, sugar beets, or any other “RoundUp ready” crop, as well as vaccines may fuel microglial activation, a leading factor in all neurodegenerative conditions, including autism (1)(2)(3), Alzheimer’s(4)(5), ALS(6)(7), Parkinson’s(8)(9), non-situational depression(10)(11), and virtually all forms of chronic illness. While this post is more directed towards the discussion of autism, the reality is that all of the factors that I discuss below are unquestionably major factors of consideration in all neurodegenerative conditions. microglia1326764825567

What is microglial activation?

In short, the microglia are the resident immune cells within the central nervous system. They are known to exist in two different states, and while in the “surveillance mode”, they play a key role in both cleaning up debris such as dead neurons (brain cells), in addition to fighting off infection within the nervous system. That “surveillance mode” role of the microglia, can be shifted into an inflammatory and destructive state where they secrete toxic substances (glutamate) and break down the neurons. That destructive state is referred to as “microglial activation”. Research indicates that the body’s ability to maintain adequate amounts of antioxidants, in particular glutathione and superoxide dismutase, play key roles in determining the threshold by which the microglia may be shifted into the destructive activation state.(12) To reiterate a previous post, the role that Monsanto plays in microglial activation is related to the fact that their genetically modified crops (corn, soy, canola, sugar beets) along with conventionally raised wheat, that is being doused with RoundUp as a drying agent, is accumulating the chemical residue within the crops that people and most conventionally raised farm animals are consuming.(13) Research carried out by “Moms Across America” has been documenting evidence of RoundUp bio-accumulation in the American population, while the USDA and FDA have claimed that they lack the funding to test for it in food.(14) The argument in favor of the use of RoundUp has centered around the idea that humans lack any enzymes which can be adversely affected by glyphosate, which is the chief ingredient in RoundUp. Research suggests otherwise.(15)(16)(17) What is beyond dispute however, is the fact that RoundUp residue does affect the microbes living in and on our bodies, and not in a good way. Research demonstrates that glyphosate, a patented antibiotic, which is the active ingredient in RoundUp, alters the microbial ecology to become dominant in pathogenic strains of bacteria, including the highly toxic Clostridium Botulinum.(18)(19)(20) Would you be surprised to learn that farmers and farm animals are experiencing an increased rate of Clostridium Botulinum infections? You shouldn’t be.(21)(22) Likewise, studies of autistic populations have demonstrated altered intestinal flora, with an increase in toxic Clostridia species.(23)(24)(25)

What triggers microglial activation?

Modulation of adult-born neurons in the inflamed hippocampusThe significance of the shift of the microbial ecology to become dominant in pathogenic strains of bacteria, particularly as it relates to autism and other neurodegenerative conditions is that pathogenic bacteria promotes an increase of two chemicals which are known to fuel microglial activation, “lipopolysaccharide” (LPS), and Interleukin 1B (IL-1b). The LPS is a cell wall fragment of some of the pathogenic bacteria, and the IL-1b is one member of a class of immune system messenger molecules, referred to as “cytokines”, generated in response to bacterial infections. (26) Cytokines are recognized to be prime factors in relation to how poorly we feel when we get sick. As the pathogenic bacteria grow in numbers, as they would with continued glyphosate consumption (not to mention sugar and/or refined carbohydrate consumption), they can degrade the lining of the intestines, a process called “leaky gut”, which then allows for the LPS to enter into the blood stream.(27) The immune system responds by producing IL-1b. In fact, LPS or IL-1b have become standard agents in studying microglial activation, so this idea that the pathogenic bacteria may fuel microglial activation by way of LPS and/or IL-1b is well established.(28)(29)(30)(31)(32) Additionally, it’s been demonstrated that the LPS or cytokines produced in the periphery of the body, promote signals up to the brain by way of the vagus nerve, causing the brain to produce these destructive cytokines within the nervous system. Both LPS and IL-1b have also been demonstrated to degrade the blood brain barrier (BBB), which serves as an important protective fence from infections and/or other toxins which may have entered into the body. In a state of leaky gut, where the microbes from the intestines can migrate into the blood stream, invasions from these microbes, both “good” and bad may find their way into the nervous system and continually promote ongoing microglial activation once the BBB has been compromised. leakyGut

Does the autistic population show evidence of LPS or IL-1b?

Yes, studies involving autistic populations evaluating levels of cytokines, such as IL-1b, have demonstrated very clearly that the autistic population, in particular the subset with gastrointestinal complaints, have shown consistently high levels of IL-1b.(33)(34) [box]J Neuroinflammation. 2013; 10: 38. IL-1β appears to be the cytokine most involved in the quantitative traits and clinical subgroups of ASD (Figure 4). Involvement of IL-1β in the physiopathology of autism is generally supported by several studies reporting higher levels of this cytokine in the plasma of children with ASD, high-functioning children with ASD, and adults with severe ASD compared with unrelated controls [48]. It has been shown that peripheral blood cells from subjects with ASD produced higher levels of IL-1β both at baseline and after stimulation with Toll-like receptor (TLR)2 or TLR4 [48][/box]

Setting the stage for autism and an adverse event to a vaccine, has a lot to do with diet, including moms diet.

Consider everything I’ve said above, and think for a moment of how many mothers are eating the SAD diet, laden with gut ecology disrupting RoundUp residue. Does mom like to eat GMO flakes for breakfast? Perhaps she opts for a RoundUp laden whole wheat bagel, or maybe she prefers the roundup laden tortillas for her egg tacos in the morning? Either way, for the average mom, odds are high that she’s consuming RoundUp residue with regularity. A rather common denominator to autism are mothers that have hypothyroidism(35)(36), and the prime cause of hypothyroidism is autoimmunity(37), which has leaky gut as its prime cause.(38)(39)(40) What this suggests is that mom is in a pro-inflammatory state to begin with, her gut ecology is less than ideal, and the significance of that is that those microbes that she has living in and on her body are what are shared with her offspring, assuming she gives birth vaginally. If the baby is delivered vaginally, the baby will have the disrupted gut ecology of the mother, and have all of the basic ingredients in place for microglial activation to already be set in motion. If the baby is born via C-Section, the gut ecology isn’t likely to be better, and may be worse.(41)(42) What I suspect is happening is a sort of smoldering state of low level microglial activation in both the mom and her offspring. To make matters worse, millions of moms are feeding their babies the frankenfood cocktail called “infant formula”, which is commonly GMO’d soy and high fructose corn syrup based, all of which feed the wrong microbes at a critical time of brain and immune system development.(43)(44) As I’ve pointed out, autoimmunity has a common denominator in leaky gut, and autoimmune disorders are increasing at an unprecedented rate right now. Given the fact that at least 1/5th of the US population is suffering from an autoimmune condition, and many mothers don’t know they have such a condition, the stage has been set for an adverse event to a vaccine. 1122334-13593569921798139-Iggy-Igette

Vaccines, gas to the smoldering fire of LPS and IL-1b driven microglial activation.

brain fireAs I’ve pointed out, LPS and IL-1b are considered standard agents for inducing microglial activation in a lab setting, and both LPS and IL-1b are driven largely by bacterial infections. Another standard agent to consistently induce microglial activation is the cytokine Interferon Gamma (IFN-y).(44)(45)(46) A number of vaccines are live virus vaccines, and the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is one such vaccine. Viral infections are known triggers for the production of IFN-y.(47)(48)(49) Can you see where this is going? The principle cytokine driven by the MMR vaccine has been identified as IFN-y. (50) If any of these live viruses from the vaccines managed to withstand an inadequate immune response, and instead became a chronic infection, which does happen(51), and therefore become a chronic inducer of IFN-y, you have a perfect recipe for significant ongoing brain inflammation, particularly in the GMO induced gut flora altered individual given the fact that IFN-y is also a known promoter of leaky gut.(52)

Is IFN-y elevated in the autistic population?

Yes. (53)(54) It’s worth pointing out that all vaccines induce some pro-inflammatory cytokine response, and are potential triggers for microglial activation.

What’s the bottom line?

As I have very clearly illustrated above, the factors which promote neurodegenerative conditions such as autism, can be traced back to those factors which promote microglial activation. Without question, autism like all forms of chronic illness are multifactoral in nature, but common threads tie many of these illnesses together, like microglial activation and leaky gut. If we can address and control these issues, and we certainly can in most cases, we can go a long way towards preventing and/or reversing the collective nightmares of neurodegenerative conditions. For the sake of brevity, I have chosen not to address the issues of vaccine adjuvant ingredients, how they promote nueroinflammatory autoimmunity(55)(56)(57)(58)(59), or other environmental factors, like tylenol use (60), or genetic factors such as MTHFR which can lead to low levels of glutathione and a ripened system for ongoing microglial activation for life in a toxic world. In order to solve our collective health challenges and the explosion of chronic degnerative diseases, it is imperative that we bring sanity back to our food production and disease prevention. Doing so means eliminating the scourge on humanity that Monsanto represents, and educating people about the necessity of detoxification strategies and nutrient repletion.   buckley-feb2013-0021About the author: Dr. Buckley is a 2002 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. Dr. Buckley entered the health care field largely to understand and resolve his personal struggles with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia which began late in his teens. His ongoing study of functional medicine, nutrition, nutrigenomics, applied kinesiology, and energetic medicine has provided him with keen insight and understanding into the holistic dynamics of the body and how we lose and maintain our health. He has maintained a busy practice in Austin, Texas for the past 13 years and works with people of all ages interested in maximizing their health, and overcoming the modern scourge of all forms of chronic illness.

Did You Know that USDA Organic Labeled Products are Non-GMO?

by: John Bush

For several years now, my family has been conscious of the risks associated with Genetically Modified Foods.  Research has recently shown a link between vaccines and GMOs converging to fuel autism and neurodegenerative conditions.  With all of the potential problems GMOs could contribute to, we are conscious of avoiding GMOs when we go grocery shopping.  This is why I was so pleased to find out recently that the USDA Organic label now expressly prohibits the use of GMO products throughout any process of production of a Organically labeled food.

According to the USDA, “The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients. To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table.”  (Source: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/05/17/organic-101-can-gmos-be-used-in-organic-products/)

This is a huge step in the right direction as to the best of my knowledge, the only other well known and trusted non-GMO label comes from the Non-GMO Project. While the Non-GMO Project label is becoming more widely adopted and recognized, it’s nowhere near as popular as the USDA Organic label.

So rest assured my health conscious friends, if you are purchasing a food product labeled USDA Organic, according the the US Government, the product is GMO free!

 

 

Detox Smoothies For Eye Health

I was talking to a friend about how he improved his vision, he decided to do a write up and share it with the world.  Many of you know I have struggled with my eyesight for years….  I hope to jump into full eye health in this coming year. Our naturalpath wants me to consume 10 raw eggs a day…. not sure I am ready for that, but these smoothies I can start right away!

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Last year, as I went through my 70 lb weight loss journey, my eyesight improved greatly. I went from -425 to -250, and now my glasses are blurry again.

I credit the eye health to my detox smoothies have been drinking consistently.  Five days a week of a big smoothie boost, then 2 days off.

My detox smoothies started with a cheap $20 blender from Target. For ay health smoothie I do, I make sure fresh fruit & vegetables (organic when available). Herbs from a local herb store work in conjunction with smoothies. Pick up your herbs by the ounce, and many useful herbs are well under $2.00/oz. An ounce will last quite a bit of time.

For eye health, I use apricots quite a bit. Also, I prefer black grapes. Anything with high Vitamin A & Vitamin D I use. For vegetables, I use quite a bit of kale, cucumbers, and cilantro. Red, orange, or yellow bell peppers I mix in as well. These peppers have more vitamins than a standard green pepper.

People have been requesting a smoothie recipe from me. Here is what a sample Proof Eye Health Smoothie would have:

 

1 handful of kale

1/2 red or yellow bell pepper

5-7 strands of cilantro

1/2 cucumber

1 carrot

1/2 lemon

1/2 mango

1 orange

2 apricots

1 plum, any color

1/2 pear

1/2 apple

1 handful, dried cranberries

15 (roughly) black grapes

4-6 oz of organic cherry juice

pinch each of eyebright, bee pollen, & bilberry.

Handful of ice

Fill to the top with filtered water – NO FLUORIDE!

* Add in Sugar in the raw, Stevia, or raw organic honey to taste!

This will make about 60 ounces. You can make the 2nd batch with the remaining fruit & give to a friend or drink tomorrow.

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Read the origional post here:http://www.freedomizerradio.com/blog/2014/07/detox-smoothies-for-eye-health/

No Poo Update, 23 Months Later

I had a four month break around the one year mark and my hair did awful on shampoo. I have been back on baking soda plus apple cider vinegar since February and do not see myself ever turning back. My hair is soft, shiny and happy.

Few tips I have learned in these 2 years….

1. If your hair is super greasy, apply the baking soda dry to dry hair while you get ready to shower, then wash and vinegar rinse as you normally would.

2. I have tried mixing with water and pouring, spraying, and a variety of application methods. My favorite now, and the fastest, is get your hair wet, dump a handul of baking soda in your hand, and smear all over, working it into your scalp with your fingers. Add more handfuls until your hair is totally saturated. Quantity is king.

3. I just pour straight apple cider vinegar on my hair, splash splash, work in with fingers, let it sit while I wash my face, then rinse.

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No 'Poo Update, 16 Months

Well, my no ‘poo experiment was going great… That is until we ran out of baking soda.  Not only did we run out of baking soda, but  we traveled to a conference in Dallas to screen Sovereign Living and I just had to wash my hair before going up on stage.  I used hotel shampoo and conditioner.  Big mistake.  HUGE mistake.

Not only was it cheap chemical laden product that caused my hair to lose the natural softness that had developed through my No’ Poo experiment,  but it reset the entire process I had gone through when transitioning away from shampoo.  Suddenly I found myself sneaking a bar soap from the shower to wash my bangs, using Dr. Bronner’s hemp oil soap or other products to wash the grease out of my hair before an event or party.  The grease phase had started all over again and I had lost my dedication to the cause.
For four months I jump back and forth between soap based products and baking soda until John asked me if I had changed something with my hair.  I told him yes, I had fallen off the No ‘Poo band wagon and he suggested I start back up!  About two weeks ago I began the No ‘Poo journey
My hair had become dry and tangly from the soaps, so here I am 16 months later and I’m in about week two of the grease phase.  The truth is, I should have stuck with it.

Reduce a Fever or Encourage a Fever?

My whole life my gut has told me to help my body get to the temperature it needs to be at to kill off whatever it is fighting.  Every time I have tried to fight my fever I stay sick longer.  Every time I encourage it, I get well faster.

I had no medical, science or expert advice to back this up, but its what my gut told me and what worked for me.

After having children, I decided to look it up when Aliana had her first high temp.  We read online story after story of people rushing their children to the hospital with a high temp and being sent home with nothing but advice for “rest” and an invoice for thousands of dollars.

Since Aliana had a high fever yesterday associated with her cutting her last molar, I thought it would be appropriate to list some natural ways to make yourself FEEL BETTER while allow your body to FIGHT ILLNESS!

Her article also lists the many reasons she does not try to “fight” fevers in her home and the conditions in which you probably should head to the hospital!

This list is taken from WellnessMama.com:

  • Lots of fluids to ward of dehydration and help the body flush the illness. We stick to water, herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint, or catnip.

  • Double doses of Fermented Cod Liver Oil, which seems to greatly reduce the duration of the illness and also gives the ill person important immune boosting nutrients. We use capsules for adults and gel for kids who can’t swallow pills. I also give this daily to all family members to help boost immune function so the body is ready to handle illness more quickly.

  • Probiotics– You’ve probably heard the saying “All disease begins in the gut” and I give probiotics to support immune and gut health. We take these all the time, but especially during illness.

  • Homemade elderberry syrup to boost immune function and make the ill person more comfortable. Here’s a recipe to make your own much less expensively than store bought options.

  • Lots of bone broth and homemade soups to nourish and provide nutrients that aid in healing.

  • Small doses of coconut oil mixed in to food or smoothies for its antibacterial and antiviral properties.

  • We do warm baths with epsom salts or magnesium and a sprinkle of powdered ginger to help alleviate muscle aches. Peppermint tea also works for head/muscle aches associated with an illness.

  • If the person is achy or having trouble resting comfortably, I’ll sometimes give a natural sleep tincture or chamomile tincture to help soothe achy muscles and promote relaxing sleep.

TIP: I highly recommend printing out a version of this and keeping in on hand in a cabinet with the remedies in case you become ill. While I am prepared to help a family member who doesn’t feel well, I’m often not the best at remembering to do these things myself if I am ill. This way, my husband can help me remember to do these things when I’m not feeling well.

What do you do when you have a high fever in your household?