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blames Roundup herbicide
disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing
problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe,
where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it,"
researchers wrote in a meta-analysis
pathways to modern diseases II - Celiac sprue and gluten
intolerance) of nearly 300 studies.
propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide,
Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this
epidemic," they add.
published in the journal
Interdisciplinary Toxicology in 2013, was
completely ignored by the media except for
Mother Earth News and
The Healthy Home Economist.
Now that glyphosate
is getting the attention it deserves, being named as the culprit in
$280 million cancer lawsuit and labeled as a carcinogen
by the World Health Organization and the state of California,
it may be time to look at the chemical's role in a related disease:
The symptoms of
similar to the symptoms in lab animals exposed to glyphosate, argue
the study's authors
Anthony Samsel, an independent scientist who's served
as a consultant to the EPA on arsenic pollution and to the U.S.
Coast Guard on chemical hazard response, and
Seneff, a senior research scientist at MIT.
They point to a
on the Effect of Glyphosate based Herbicide on ultra structure (SEM)
and enzymatic activity in different regions of Alimentary Canal and
Gill of Channa punctatus) on how glyphosate effects the digestive systems
It decreased digestive enzymes and bacteria, disrupted
mucosal folds, destroyed microvilli structure in the intestinal
wall, and increased secretion of mucin.
are highly reminiscent of celiac disease," Samsel and Seneff
number of people diagnosed with gluten intolerance and celiac
disease has risen in tandem with the increased use of glyphosate in
agriculture, especially with the recent practice of
drenching grains in the herbicide right
which started in the 1980s and became routine in the 1990s:
While some suggest
the recent surge in celiac disease is due simply to better
diagnostic tools (which as you can see above happened around 2000),
Prevalence and Mortality in Undiagnosed Celiac Disease) suggests it's more than that.
researchers looked for gluten antibodies in frozen immune serum
obtained between 1948 and 1954 for gluten antibodies, and compared
them with samples from people today.
They found a 4-fold
increase in the incidence of celiac disease in the younger
As further evidence
the researchers make the following points:
is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully
explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria."
is associated with the impairment of cytochrome P450 enzymes.
Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes."
in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other rare metals
associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate's
strong ability to chelate these elements."
in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine and selenomethionine
associated with celiac disease match glyphosate's known
depletion of these amino acids."
patients also have a known increased risk for non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate
of non-Hodgkins lymphoma has increased rapidly in most Western
countries over the last few decades. Statistics from the
American Cancer Society show an 80% increase since the early
1970's, when glyphosate was first introduced on the market."
issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility,
miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by
residues in grain, sugar and other crops are increasing recently
likely due to the growing practice of
crop desiccation just prior to
harvest, the researchers say.
illegal practice has become routine among conventional farmers since
Credit: Healthy Home Economist
practice increases yields by killing the crops.
Just before the
plants die, they release their seeds in order to propagate the
"It goes to
seed as it dies. At its last gasp, it releases the seed," Seneff
told The Healthy Home Economist.
Moral of the story?
We need to go
glyphosate-free, not 'gluten-free'. And that means going organic,
especially when it comes to grains and animals who eat those
Well, you might
need to go gluten-free too for a while, until you've
healed your gut:
GAPS Diet - Natural Digestive Healing...