Winchester Thurston freshman wins $20K in science competition
The Squirrel Hill teenager took home one of four top honors this month at the sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS competition, a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) contest for middle schoolers.
Her topic: studying the effects weed killer residue has on human gut bacteria.
Eppinger decided to explore the issue last year as an eighth-grader at Winchester Thurston when she learned there was a possible association between head injuries and an imbalance in beneficial and detrimental gut bacteria.
“When I was younger, I suffered several concussions, so I was really interested in the imbalance,” said Eppinger, 15, now a freshman at the Shadyside school. “I wanted to look at potential causes.”
Gut dysbiosis, an imbalance in beneficial and detrimental gut bacteria, is associated with diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Eppinger said research indicates that food exposure to the weed killer Roundup can cause gut dysbiosis in animals. Eppinger's findings indicated Roundup could slow the growth of beneficial bacteria, throwing off the beneficial-detrimental bacteria balance in people.
Now the science has been leaked out over the years. A midline defect is a common undoignosed ailment that is on the rise. A seperate topic for a different thread perhaps?
But they do overlap in that the midline defect may be caused by GMO's. It's a genetic mutation that causes issues like lip and tongue tie and hernia's along the bodies midline.
Steve Taylor wrote:Years ago I read an article about how roundup ready crops cause the insects eating it to have their abdomin opened up and their guts spilled out.
this isnt a 'feature' of round up ready crops. roudup ready crops have the ability to withstand being sprayed with roundup, while all other plants around them die.
i think you are referring to Bt Corn. when the corn borer eats the Bt Corn (which is technically a pesticide), the BT created by the corn plant kills the borer in a similar way to what you describe.
round up, as i understand it, "locks up" nutrients in its matrix, thus making them unavailable to the plant. imo, its not to far of a stretch to see roundup doing that same thing once inside the human body.
If anyone with the required number of apples wishes to continue the conversation, please feel free to make a thread there.