Cholesterol and sun exposure are bad and sunscreen is good. GMO (genetically modified) foods are as nutritious as their organic counterparts, while crops sprayed with herbicides such as Roundup Ready pose no threat to our health or the environment. Are these valid assumptions or should we question such commonly held beliefs?
Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory who received a Ph.D degree in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985. Over the past 5 years, she has published more than two dozen papers in medical and health-related journals on topics ranging from modern-day diseases to the effect of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.
Dr. Seneff is virtually alone among her peers who has identified and stressed the vital role that the cholesterol sulfate molecule plays in preventing red blood cells from falling apart and contributing to a condition called hemolysis. The primary creation of cholesterol sulfate is triggered by the skin’s exposure to natural sunlight. In Dr. Mercola’s Oct. 19, 2014 report entitled, “How Sun Exposure Improves Your Health and How Glyphosate Disrupts It,” the author quotes Dr. Seneff as follows:
“The skin makes a huge amount of cholesterol sulfate. It’s the main producer. Your skin is exposed to sunlight and produces [both cholesterol sulfate and] vitamin D sulfate at the same time. The vitamin D that’s produced in the skin is transported in the sulfated form….
When you sulfate the cholesterol, you turn it into a water-soluble and a fat-soluble molecule. It can get just about anywhere on its own. It doesn’t have to be packaged up inside a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particle, for example…
The cholesterol sulfate serves the really important role of distributing both cholesterol and sulfate to all tissues. I think that’s one of the really important things that it does. It’s incredibly important because the cholesterol and the sulfate are absolutely essential to the well-being of all the cells…
When the artery wall is depleted in sulfate, it doesn’t work properly. That’s when you get cascades that end up producing things like cardiovascular plaque, because there’s not enough sulfate in the artery wall. That’s what causes the plaque to build.”
Sensible sun exposure is essential to ensure optimal health and well-being for a couple of reasons. While production of vitamin D is obviously important, the body’s ability to make cholesterol sulfate is equally vital.
According to Dr. Seneff, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is the enzyme in red blood cells that creates cholesterol sulfur. eNOS serves a dual purpose in the body and can switch back and forth between both functions. In addition to making sulfate when it is attached to the cell membrane, eNOS helps regulate and balance the blood by making nitric oxide when it detaches from the membrane and has become part of the cytoplasm.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used Roundup Ready herbicide, disrupts eNOS and vitamin D activation in the liver and kidneys. By interfering with the production of cholesterol sulfate (and, by extension, vitamin D), glyphosate causes the blood to coagulate and for the red blood cells to fall apart.
Glyphosate is present in many GMO (genetically modified) food products that first became available in 1996. Within 9 years, the percentage of Americans suffering from three or more chronic diseases increased from 7% to 13%. Dr. Seneff (and other spokespersons such as Jeffrey M. Smith) believes that the alarming rise in food allergies, digestive disorders, and auto-immune diseases can be linked to nutritional deficiencies caused by glyphosate.
While the synthetic production of sulfate helps protect the body from the negative consequences of sun exposure, the application of popular sunscreen lotions to the skin can have a reverse effect. Many sunscreen products contain aluminum nanoparticles that interfere with how eNOS functions by displacing the iron in the heme group. Dr. Seneff speculates that a person’s risk of skin cancer increases when the body is exposed to both glyphosate (from food sources) and aluminum (from sunscreen).
Moreover, millions of people today work at jobs that are inside office buildings and they do not receive much sun exposure on a regular basis. While it may seem reasonable to expect that taking megadoses of vitamin D supplements may provide the equivalent health benefit of natural sunlight, Dr. Seneff believes this is not the case nor a good idea, for doing so can produce a false signal to the body that the sulfate system is working properly when it really isn’t.
In Dr. Seneff’s article entitled, “A Possible Contributing Factor in Obesity, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Fatigue,” she concluded with the following synopsis of the problem:
Modern lifestyle practices conspire to induce major deficiencies in cholesterol sulfate and vitamin D3 sulfate. We are encouraged to actively avoid sun exposure and to minimize dietary intake of cholesterol-containing foods. We are encouraged to consume a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet which, as I have argued previously, leads to impaired cholesterol uptake in cells. Fortunately, correcting these deficiencies at the individual level is easy and straightforward. If you just throw away the sunscreen and eat more eggs, those two steps alone may greatly increase your chances of living a long and healthy life.
Dr Stephanie Seneff: Link found between Round Up and autism
Sulfur Deficiency – A Possible Contributing Factor in Obesity, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Fatigue
Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D
Weston A. Price Foundation
July 2, 2011
How Sun Exposure Improves Your Health and How Glyphosate Disrupts It
Oct 19, 2014
Ep.15 – Stephanie Seneff, PhD: Cholesterol Sulfate’s Critical Role in Optimal Health
Mar 8, 2016
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