Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Like so many stories, I stumbled across this by accident in another story. More about that later. There is an epidemic of chronic kidney disease that affects several countries on three continents. The disease affects the tubules of the kidneys. And its occuring in coutries that are ill equipped to handle chronic diseases of any kind. An epidemic that hasn’t hit the news in this country. And the scientist in the interview has a scathing opinion of why. The epidemiological study was done in Sri Lanka. With a population of just over twenty million there have been at least four hundred thousand victims with twenty thousand deaths. At that rate there would be at least six million victims in this country. And while our technology is better, I doubt this country could handle that many dialysis patients in any state.
The disease currently affects mainly farm workers in
  • Sri Lanka
  • India
  • El Salvador
  • Costa Rica
  • Nicaragua
  • Honduras
  • Egypt
  • Tunisa
  • Viet Nam 
The disease hits working men between the ages of thirty and fifty. The prime ages for the workers at the bottom of the social scale. The evidence points to a combination of glyphosate and the heavy metals in the water. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in RoundUp. The poison Monsanto and corporate America keeps pushing on the rest of the world. With deadly results. Separately neither is lethal. Together? People are dying.

And one of the commenters apparently had some reading comprehension problems. Yes, Sri Lanka has limestone formations that put calcium and other heavy elements into the water. However, they've been growing rice on the island for two millenia, with apparent problems. Add the glyphosate and we are in a whole new world.

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