64 Year Old Man, Florida Woman and Her Pets Newest Victims of Glyphosate Poisoning?
You work your entire life and survive many brutal winters in Iowa and South Dakota. Finally, when you reach your 60’s, you can retire to Arizona. This should be a happy story but it is anything but.
64 year old Ray Harry of Scottsdale was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year. He believes that his cancer was caused by Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. Scientific evidence suggests he is correct.
Last month Ray sued Monsanto in Iowa.
According to his lawsuit, Ray used Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide for 23 years. Never did he suspect that the powerful weed killer might be slowly killing him, however.
Ray isn’t alone. A longtime Port Charlotte, Florida resident filed a lawsuit as well. Michele Stevens says that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, killed her pets and ruined her health.
Stevens says that she began getting sick shortly after moving to Port Charlotte. She began coughing and getting blurred vision. Later one of her heart valves failed. Despite many doctors and “hundreds of blood tests,” no one could determine the cause.
Finally she had a cholinesterase/plasma blood test. A specialist then determined she was suffering from organophosphate poisoning.
Stevens says her poisoning is the result of Roundup being sprayed by county work crews on a neighboring lake as well as parks and fields.
Stevens sued Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, as well as Charlotte County. After the suit was filed, Monsanto told NBC News: “Glyphosate-based herbicides have been used safely and successfully for over four decades. There is an extensive body of scientific data and analysis, including in-depth reviews by regulatory authorities in the U.S. and EU, and approvals in 160 countries, which support the conclusion that glyphosate-based products are safe when used as directed. Bayer stands behind these products and will vigorously defend them.”
Both cases were filed shortly after a California landscaper, DeWayne Johnson, was awarded $289 million by a San Francisco jury. Even after losing in that case, Monsanto has yet to accept responsibility and continues to claim its weed killer is safe.
After the jury verdict was rendered against Monsanto, a company spokesperson said,
“My colleagues and I have deep sympathy for Mr. Johnson’s plight. Our hearts go out to the Johnson family, and we understand their desire for answers. Glyphosate does not cause cancer. The verdict was wrong. We will appeal the jury’s opinion and continue to vigorously defend glyphosate, which is an essential tool for farmers and others. We are confident science will prevail upon appeal.”
In other words, we are sorry that you have cancer but we disagree with the verdict and are not going to pay. They have the right to appeal of course, but that does little for Mr. Johnson who is dying.
There is a significant amount of evidence suggesting glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is carcinogenic. Monsanto vigorously denies those statements.
Despite the recent win in San Francisco, a federal judge overseeing hundreds of Roundup case claims the evidence is “shaky” and lawyers bringing cancer claims on behalf of victims face a “daunting challenge.”
We continue to believe the scientists and cancer experts who say that glyphosate causes certain types of cancer including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma.
The judge overseeing the bulk of the cases could be right, however. That is because Monsanto possesses all the research. Is there a smoking gun? Did they know about the cancer risks of their products? If so, did they conceal and fail to warn consumers and farmers? It is difficult to prove these cases without evidence.
We may never know the answers to the above questions unless a Monsanto insider or a worker from an outside lab doing work for Monsanto steps forward.
Why should they step forward? The answer is easy. It is the right thing to do. By Christmas, DeWayne Johnson may already be dead. He will most likely ever see any of the money he won because Monsanto won’t pay. Many other Roundup users are suffering cancer.
And there are probably other folks who used Roundup over the last several decades that are no longer with us because of exposure to glyphosate.
Afraid of retaliation? We understand. If you don’t want to step forward, we are still interested in whatever information you can share with us anonymously. Even if it is just telling us where to look and what to look for.
Until there is a definitive scientific answer, we are not giving up on the homeowners, landscapers, greenskeepers and farmers who were exposed to Roundup and Ranger Pro.
If you are interested in helping us out and have inside information, please let us know. We also suggest everyone visit our Monsanto Roundup cancer victim and whistleblower information page for much more detailed information. [That post has separate videos for both Roundup cancer victims and whistleblowers.]
Are you or a loved one suffering cancer? If you were exposed 8 or more hours over the last several years and have myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or leukemia, call us. We along with our national partners can help you evaluate your claims. But please act quickly, the time to file a lawsuit is quickly closing. In some jurisdictions it may already be too late.
Do you know someone who is suffering from myeloma, leukemia or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma? If they were an active gardener, farmer, landscaper or homeowner who frequently used Roundup or other glyphosate products, please share this story. We have many Roundup related stories on our blog as well.