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  • Writer's pictureJoan Rothchild Hardin

A Connection between Folic Acid, GMOs, and Autism

This short interview with Dr Stephanie Seneff is quite interesting. She explains how supplementation with folic acid during pregnancy can interact with the glyphosate in genetically modified foods to produce an autistic brain in the fetus. Dr Seneff work is a good source of research information on the various health dangers created by glyphosate.

Folates, a group of water soluble B-vitamins (also known as Vitamin B9) and naturally found in food, are vital for health. Folic acid is an oxidized synthetic compound used in dietary supplements and food fortification.

This is a transcript of the interview. (, 2015)

“Despite the risks associated with high levels of folic acid intake, it is well established that adequate folate intake from the consumption of folate-rich foods is essential for health. Folate aids the complete development of red blood cells, reduces levels of homocysteine in the blood, and supports nervous system function. It is well known for its role in preventing neural tube defects in newborns, so women of childbearing age must be sure to have an adequate intake prior to and during pregnancy.” (Kresser, 2012)

See Kresser’s article The little known (but crucial) difference between folate and folic acid for more information about the difference between folic acid and folates.


If you’re interested in reading more about how GMOs and glyphosate are harmful, see the “So What’s the Problem with GMOs?” section in my earlier post Genetically Modified Organisms – Our Food (Hardin, 2014)

And here’s a longer, more comprehensive interview with Dr Stephanie Seneff about The Health Dangers of Roundup (glyphosate) Herbicide. A major conclusion from the findings Dr Seneff describes in this video is that glyphosate has profound negative effects on the probiotic bacteria making up the gut microbiome, home to most of our immune system. Glyphosate destroys the beneficial bacteria in our guts, triggering an enormous range of health problems.


REFERENCES Canty, K. (2013). Jeffrey Smith interviews Dr. Stephanie Seneff about Glyphosate. See video: Hardin, J.R. (5/29/2014). Genetically Modified Organisms – Our Food. See: Health Freedoms. (2009). Autism Triggered by This Recommended Supplement?! See: (12/17/2015). Autism Triggered by This Recommended Supplement?! – video and transcript. See: Kresser, C. (3/9/2012). The little known (but crucial) difference between folate and folic acid. See: © Copyright 2016 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


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