Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter April 2015

April 2015

5 Important Facts about Round Up

Holistic Horsekeeping
How to have a healthy happy horse.
Volume 20, Number 4


In This Issue:

1. 5 Important Facts about Round Up
2. Mentoring Program at Holistic Horsekeeping


1. 5 Important Facts about Round Up
Madalyn with horseRound Up (glyphosate) is an herbicide that is widely applied to many food crops. Genetically modified (GMO), Round Up Ready corn and soy were 10% of these crops planted in 1997. By 2001 over 50% of the corn and soy crops were GMO and by 2009 these crops made up over 90% of the entire corn and soy market. Wheat is not a GMO crop but Round Up is used to desiccate fields before harvest. Crop desiccation is also used for many oil seed crops. Round Up Ready, GMO alfalfa has been developed in the last 5 years and is making up a larger and larger percentage of the harvests as large growers adopt it. Here are 5 important facts about Round up.

1. Round Up applied to crops, such as wheat, makes them harder to digest. Incomplete breakdown of complex proteins can trigger auto immune reactions in the body.

2. Round Up is toxic to beneficial gut bacteria, such as enterococcus, acidophilus and bifidus. Pathogenic bacteria such as salmonella and clostridium are immune to the effects of glyphosate.

3. Round Up can lead to kidney damage secondary to increased production of toxic metabolites from the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria in the gut.

4. Round Up can contribute to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

5. Round Up creates multiple deficiencies of macro and micro minerals due to decreased uptake of minerals by plants and by binding minerals in the gut.

Round Up is considered safe to use because it’s mechanism of action does not directly affect humans. Unfortunately, much of the damage from Round Up comes from the loss of our friendly gut bacteria. Zonulin is a nasty metabolite of pathogenic bacteria that selectively breaks down the tight junction cells in the intestinal wall. The resulting leaky gut syndrome creates multiple derangements in the immune system. Other toxic metabolites of pathogenic gut bacteria create damage to the kidneys.

Serotonin is an important signaling molecule that is produced by gut cells when adequate tryptophan is present in the diet. Glyphosate depletes the synthesis of tryptophan by plants. A decrease in the production of serotonin when tryptophan is less available leads to an over production of serotonin when tryptophan increases. The under/over production of serotonin can trigger the increased motility, gut enzyme secretion, pain and inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease.

Round Up interferes with a plant’s ability to uptake minerals which makes the food made from the plant less nutritious. Round Up will also bind directly with some minerals, such as iron and magnesium. Glyphosate has also been shown to decrease the content of chlorophyll in plants.

Round Up crops are so prevalent that it is almost impossible to avoid them. Buying only organic labeled products is expensive even when they are available. Luckily there are a few ways to protect your horse from the damage caused by glyphosate. Digestive aids and enzymes can help break down foods that are less digestible. You can feed pre and probiotic products, such as Probiotic Wise or a broad spectrum probiotic combined with blue green algae. Prebiotics, such as Ration Plus, help the population of surviving beneficial bacteria and discourage pathogenic bacteria from proliferating.

Support herbs, like dandelion leaf and uvi ursa, help keep the kidneys protected. Aloe vera and slippery elm and marshmallow are good gut protectants. Chronic inflammatory bowel disease may need a stronger product such as GastroPlus Pro to bring increased circulation to the intestinal lining and increase protective mucous secretion. Feeding nutrient dense, organically grown, whole foods such as blue green algae will help offset the mineral deficiencies caused by glyphosate.

Ways to offset damage from Round Up

  • Feed digestive aids and enzymes
  • Feed pre and probiotics
  • Support the kidneys
  • Protect and heal the gut
  • Supplement with nutrient dense, organically grown whole foods

Support organic growers to the best of your ability. These are the farmers who are working hard to provide a quality, safe food. If you can’t get organic products then try to avoid products containing GMO soy, corn and alfalfa. Be aware of crops that are harvested using crop desiccation such as wheat and oilseeds. If you find there is nothing left to feed your horse then keep in mind these 5 important facts about Round Up and do your best to support your horse and mitigate the effects.

Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance, Anthony SAMSEL 1 and Stephanie SENEFF 2
1 Independent Scientist and Consultant, Deerfield, NH 03037, USA
2 Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
ITX060413R01 • Received:24 September2013 • Revised:10 November2013 • Accepted:12 November2013

2. Mentoring Program at Holistic Horsekeeping
Ever wished you could have the opportunity to pick Madalyn’s brain and get all the answers you’ve ever wanted to your holistic horse health questions? Now you can! With the Mentoring Program you can stick to studying one area or a combination of several. It’s your time with Dr. Ward and your program geared to meet your needs.

Through her websites at www.holistichorsekeeping.com and www.horseharmony.com, Dr. Ward has presented lots of information on holistic horse care, nutrition, and five element temperament typing over the years to educate horse owners and those who work with horses. Now you have the opportunity to take this education to a whole new level with the Mentoring Program at Holistic Horsekeeping. This program offers a six month intensive training on a one on one basis with Madalyn Ward, DVM. in one of the following areas or a combination of the three.
•    Homeopathy Mentoring Course – Beyond Arnica
•    Horse Nutrition Mentoring Course – Using foods to heal
•    Horse Temperament Mentoring Course – Know your horse

For more information on this unique educational opportunity, see the Mentoring Program on our website.

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