Chief Medical Officer Studying Glyphosate Put On Leave

In December of last year, CBC news reported that Dr. Elish Cleary, the Chief Medical Officer of Health of New Brunswick, Canada, was forced to go on leave in the middle of her study of glyphosate, a controversial yet commonly used herbicide that is found in Round-Up and many other weed-killers.

Dr. Cleary claimed that this leave was not voluntary, stating, “I was surprised and upset when it happened. The whole situation has caused me significant stress and anxiety. And not being able to talk about it makes it worse.” Read the full article here.

This situation has once again sparked concerns of possible political and corporate pressures at play to keep glyphosate on the market.

Many people rightfully question why glyphosate is still readily used when there is sufficient reason to worry about its affects on humans and on the environment.

Just last year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) , a branch of the World Health Organization, identified this herbicide as “probably carcinogenic.” based on epidemiological studies, animal studies, and in vitro studies.

In addition, the fact that Monsanto patented glyphosate as an antibiotic in 2010 should give us sufficient cause for concern. Scientists have warned us time and time again of the dangers of the overuse of antibiotics – how this practice leads to the creation of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms and has an extremely detrimental effect on our vital gut flora.

When you think of the amount of Round-Up that is used worldwide on so many of our foods, it really makes you stop and think about the probable scope of damage that is being done right before our very eyes.

It’s not a wonder that stories like that of Dr. Cleary make us question the motives behind keeping this herbicide in use. If consumer safety is paramount and glyphosate has antimicrobial properties & is “probably carcinogenic,” why is it not being shelved until the full scope of  its effects can be understood?

Check out this fantastic article by to learn more about the dangers of Glyphosate. It features a powerful interview with Dr. Don Huber, an award-winning, international scientist and professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University.


“Dr. Eilish Cleary Studying Glyphosate When Put on Leave.” . December 2, 2015.

“Glyphosate Herbicide Causes Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Kidney Disease, and Infertility.” . February12, 2016.


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