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Roundup: kills weeds, could kill you, too

Spring is here in Texas, and with it comes weeds. Whether you are a farmer with crops in the ground or a homeowner with a lawn and garden, weeds somehow sprout up everywhere you do not want them. You must constantly kill them, and you may use Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship weed killer, to do so.

However, a 2015 study conducted by a World Health Organization agency reported that glyphosate, Roundup’s main ingredient, is a probable carcinogen. Since then, nearly 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto claiming that it causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a deadly type of cancer.

Naturally, Monsanto immediately disputed the findings since Roundup’s worldwide sales brought in $15 billion a year for Monsanto at that time. Even today, 250 million pounds of Monsanto’s glyphosate products, including Roundup, are sprayed on U.S. crops, golf courses, parks and lawns. Roundup’s U.S. sales alone garnered $4.8 billion in revenue for Monsanto.

Lawsuit allegations

The lawsuits contain four main allegations:

  • Roundup is inherently dangerous
  • Roundup usage gave the plaintiffs cancer.
  • Monsanto produced false research supposedly showing that glyphosate is a noncarcinogen.
  • Monsanto engaged in a systematic coverup of Roundup’s carcinogenic properties.

In-house Monsanto documents recently released by a federal judge in California appear to be the “smoking gun” that backs up plaintiffs’ claims. They show that a conspiracy existed among Monsanto employees to ghostwrite favorable glyphosate study results. When published, these studies “proving” that glyphosate is not a carcinogen were attributed to research scientists. The documents also show that a senior employee with the Environmental Protection Agency helped Monsanto suppress negative glyphosate studies.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Lymphoma is a cancer that attacks your body’s white blood cells. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a subset of over 61 cancer types that do not involve your Reed-Sternberg cells.

NHL can occur nearly anywhere in your body, but most commonly in your blood, lymph nodes, bone marrow and spleen. Symptoms include the following:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever, sweating and/or chills
  • Chronic fatigue and lack of energy
  • Persistent itching
  • Unexplained loss of weight

If you used Roundup in the past and suffer from any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical help. If you receive a non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis, you face aggressive courses of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and biologic therapy. Many patients require a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. The medical costs can be extraordinary. You may also wish to explore the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit against Monsanto and its distributors.

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