New Study shows Roundup Weed killer linked to Human Liver Disease

May 28, 2019 – San Diego, CA.  The bad news keeps coming in on the popular weed spray known as Roundup.  This new study comes in after other studies focused the link between Roundup and a rare type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but this study is the first to look at the use of glyphosate and effects upon the human liver.

The study released May 14, 2019, from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has reported an association between the herbicide and negative effects upon the human liver.

Paul J. Mills, PhD, professor and chief in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine and his team, wanted to understand what happens to the liver when exposed to Roundup’s main ingredient called glyphosate.  Roundup liver study

His team examined glyphosate excretion in the urine samples of two patient groups — those with a diagnosis of NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a type of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD), and those without. The results, they found, were significant: Regardless of age, race, body mass index (BMI), ethnicity or diabetes status, glyphosate residue was significantly higher in patients with NASH than it was in patients with a healthier liver.  

Doctor Mills issued this statement on the study:

“There have been a handful of studies, all of which we cited in our paper, where animals either were or weren’t fed Roundup or glyphosate directly, and they all point to the same thing: the development of liver pathology,” said Mills. “So I naturally thought: ‘Well, could there be an association with this same herbicide and liver disease in the U.S.?’”

“The increasing levels [of glyphosate] in people’s urine very much correlates to the consumption of Roundup treated crops into our diet.”


Numbers of the new Roundup Liver Study.

Urine samples were taken from 93 patients.  Of those 41% were male, 42% were white or identified as Caucasian; 35% were Hispanic or Latino.  The average Body Mass Indicator (BMI) was 31.8.

These patients were originally part of a larger study at the UC San Diego NAFLD Research Center conducted between 2012 and 2018.  Liver biopsies were used to determine the presence or absence of NAFLD while classifying the subjects by cohort.

Roundup is prolific in the environment. It has been sprayed on millions of acres of farmland since Roundup Ready seeds were introduced in the late 1990s and has been used by millions of Americans at home since the 1970s.

The use of Roundup has increased 10-fold in the past 20 years, according to a Consumer Reports article published shortly after IARC announced its assessment of glyphosate in March 2015. Dr. Benbrook of Washington State University told Consumer Reports, “When a single pesticide is used that widely, people can’t help but be exposed to it.”

When pesticides like Roundup are applied to fields or yards, their residues can wind up in our drinking water and our food. That means virtually everyone is at risk for exposure, though some may be more at risk than others.

California State First to Label Roundup as a Known Carcinogen.

On March 28, 2017, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) posted a Notice on its website[1] that glyphosate (CAS No. 1071-83-6) would be added to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of Proposition 65[2] with a delayed effective date due to the pending case Monsanto v OEHHA.[3]

Monsanto’s challenge was unsuccessful in the trial court.  Although the case has been appealed, no stay of the listing has been granted. Therefore, glyphosate is being added to the Proposition 65 list on July 7, 2017.

Recent Roundup Court Case Awarded $2 Billion to Married Couple.

On May 13, 2019 A California State court awarded a married couple a huge $55 million in compensatory damages and a staggering $2 billion in punitive damages.  Of course Bayer said it would Roundup lawsuitappeal, like it did in all previous lawsuits against them.  Pilliod, et al. v. Monsanto Company, et al. Case No.: RG17862702.  Learn more about Roundup cancer lawsuits here.

In Monday’s court case, Judge Winifred Smith instructed jurors to consider if “Roundup’s failure to perform safely was a substantial factor in causing Mr. Pilliod’s and/or Mrs. Pilliod’s harm,” and whether “lack of sufficient warnings was a substantial factor.”

What’s next for Roundup Weed Spray – Will it be banned?

Monsanto sold its Roundup Weed Killer product line to German based Bayer/AG over a year ago. Since the Pilliod, et al. v. Monsanto Company verdict the company held a meeting in Bonn Germany and 55 percent of the Bayer shareholders voted for a no-confidence resolution slamming the company’s management over the last year.  So it appears that Bayer/AG made a very poor decision in purchasing Monsanto and its Roundup product line. They’ve lost three of these lawsuits and there are thousands more lined up in various state courts.

You don’t have to work on a farm to be exposed to Roundup.  Millions of people have used Roundup in and around their homes for decades, putting entire communities at risk.

If you or someone you love was exposed to Roundup and were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or another blood cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. The legal team at National Injury Help is ready to answer your questions and help you determine if your case qualifies for a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit.

Call National Injury Help today at 1-800-214-1010 for a free case evaluation or use the form on the bottom of your screen.