Statement from Grocery Manufacturers Association on Glyphosate

Glyphosate is approved in more than 160 countries as a weed control agent and has been used for more than 40 years. More than 800 studies on the safety of Glyphosate – conducted globally by universities, research institutes, and regulatory agencies – have not found any human health or food supply safety issues associated with proper use of Glyphosate.

Like any other agricultural agent, extremely low levels of Glyphosate residue may sometimes be found in food products. These small amounts are drastically lower than the maximum levels allowed under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) very conservative safety assessment. Based on the findings from the EWG report, a person would have to consume over a hundred pounds of cereal a day for the rest of their life to reach EPA’s limit for glyphosate residues.

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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