Thursday, February 26, 2015
Update on the Update on Autism
Well, the question "What exactly is glyphosate?" won't go away. Yesterday I got the following from Nancy Swanson:
'Kent said: "Organophosphate insecticides work by affecting the enzyme
acetylcholinesterase. Glyphosate does not have this mode of action."
How do we know this?
Arthur said: "Definition of an Organophosate: An organophosphate or phosphate ester
is the general name for esters of phosphoric acid. Esters are chemical compounds derived from an acid in which at least one-OH (hydroxyl) group is replaced by an -O-alkyl (alkoxy) group.Glyphosate is formulated as an isopropylamine salt. While it can be described as an organophosphorus compound, glyphosate is not an organophosphate ester but a phosphanoglycine, and it does not inhibit cholinesterase activity."
Isopropylamine salt is only ONE formulation of glyphosate, and not the most commonly used. Formulations of glyphosate include an acid, monoammonium salt, diammonium salt, isopropylamine salt, potassium salt, sodium salt, and trimethylsulfonium or trimesium salt.
Scroll down to Organophosphorus herbicides and what do you find?
If it isn't an organophosphate, then why is it classified as one?'
I'm not a chemist and I won't even try to have the last word here. Readers who are experts are more than welcome to chip in. But Swanson et al. shows the epidemiological evidence that glyphosate is harmful to humans, and by tomorrow at latest I should have a post up discussing just this.