Proposed Specific Regulatory Level Chemical Causing Cancer: Glyphosate

Comment by: 
Deborah Brooks
Received on: 
06/21/2017 - 3:52pm
Comment: 
To OEHHA: My husband of 27 years, Dean Brooks, passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Stage 4 on July 11, 2016. He suffered greatly with this disease due to using Roundup on weeds on a ranch we lived on in Northern California. His pain and suffering due to glyphosate is unforgiveable and has caused many people to suffer for years, going through painful, debilitating chemotherapy and the side effects thereof. Glyphosate is a toxic poison in the product Roundup, which is labeled as safe to use. I oppose the proposed “safe level” for glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) of 1,100 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day. Consumers like my husband, across the U.S., use the formulated product Roundup, which contains adjuvants and 'inert' ingredients' likely making Roundup even more toxic than glyphosate alone. These ingredients have been demonstrated to have adverse effects. Therefore, it is not realistic to impose such a high level for glyphosate exposure when most consumers use the formulated product which has not been sufficiently tested by regulatory agencies. I request that the level be lowered to a significantly lower level. The NSRL should represent a realistic level of use which is supposed to not adversely affect the consumer. However, the safe harbor level OEHHA is proposing for a chemical which has been determined by both IARC and the State of California to be carcinogenic, cannot realistically protect everyday consumers. I also want to see a warning on all Roundup and other glyphosate products to have no skin contact and to cover air passages. Also, wording that warns that this product has a potential for adversely affecting microbes within human bodies, gut flora and other bacteria found on the mucous membranes of mammals and humans. There is no reason that this product should not be labeled as a poison and unsafe to use. Having been a healthy athlete all his life, my husband was reduced to an underweight man, fighting just to live with great pain and side effects, such as Scabies, and Shingles, and more. The chemotherapy alone, is enough to take one’s life, or what is left of one’s life through numerous infusions. Dean’s life, as well as the other victims of this vicious poison must be honored and the inaccurate labeling of this product must be altered to toxic, “can cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Alzheimer’s, ADD and autism in children.” We, of the United States of America, have always watched over our people. We must do so now even more vigorously. I urge you to not let others suffer like my husband did and die an early death. I not only lost the love of my life, my soulmate, my best friend to this deadly chemical and product, I also lost our beloved Shih-Tzu, “Bayou”. Deborah Brooks Irvine, CA