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Re: RoundUp Warning

Thanks for the warning Daryl. I am going to go home and check the concentrated formula I purchased this spring.

I got very ill after using it this spring with severe infections on my
hands. Lost literally 4-5 layers of skin. I thought it was from the
weeds or something I was working with.... doctor was at a loss of what
caused the staff/strep infection. (BTW, they are fine now, but took over
a month to heal)


> An email friend in Maryland found that there's a formulation of RoundUp
> which not only contains the relatively safe Glyphosate, but also Diquat,
> which is a whole different ball game.
> I checked our local stores, and found the same product.
> The new product requires more protective gear.
> From Extoxnet, here are some of the effects of exposure to Diquat:
> "Ingestion of
> sufficient doses may cause severe irritation of the mouth, throat,
> esophagus, and stomach, followed by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe
> dehydration, and alterations in body fluid balances, gastrointestinal
> discomfort, chest pain, diarrhea, kidney failure, and toxic liver damage
> [87]. Skin absorption of high doses may cause symptoms similar to those that
> occur following ingestion [89]. Very large doses of the herbicide can result
> in convulsions and tremors." The report is quite interesting about small but
> chronic exposure, also. For more information see
> http://ace.orst.edu/info/extoxnet/pips/diquatdi.htm
> In addition Diquat, which has a long history of use in agriculture, has been
> found in many drinking water supplies, indicating that it does not break
> down as quickly as Glyphosate. (See also
> http://www.epa.gov/safewater/contaminants/dw_contamfs/diquat.html )
> Please be very careful to read the container to be sure which product you're
> purchasing,and follow all label directions exactly. The packages are very
> much alike.

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