Study blames Roundup for gluten intolerance and celiac disease epidemic
Roundup and Celiac Disease
“Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic,” concluded the authors of a research paper which examined nearly 300 studies.
The researchers wrote in their meta-analysis that “Celiac disease and gluten intolerance present a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it.”
The Celiac Disease Foundation says Celiac disease is believed to affect as many as 3.2 million Americans, an estimated 2.5 million of whom remain undiagnosed.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and inhibits absorption of nutrients. Celiac disease tends to run in families, but it does not follow a specific inheritance pattern. It is not always inherited (as most diseases are not inherited, but environmental, including cancer); certain genes are, however, more likely to cause an autoimmune reaction to gluten.
The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center claims that a person must have two genes found on the HLA-class II complex, called DQ2 and DQ8 to have celiac disease. Gluten sensitivity, by contrast, can typically occur in people without a family history of the disorder.
A Shocking Shift in Thinking
This study implies that everything we think we know about Celiac disease and gluten intolerance is wrong. That is a shocking conclusion, so why haven’t we heard more about it?
Published in the journal Interdisciplinary Toxicology in 2013, it was completely ignored by all major media. Mother Earth News and The Healthy Home Economist covered it, but since those aren’t publications that get national attention, the story has remained quiet, even blacked out by mainstream media. All that may be changing. Internet magazines, news blogs, videos, and movies across the digital spectrum are increasingly making it more difficult for Monsanto’s mainstream media minions (see Monsanto’s paid “journalist”) and academic shills to keep the lid on the burning Monsanto Roundup story.
Related: Monsanto attacks Science
Spotlight catches Monsanto
Monsanto’s glyphosate (from Roundup and other pesticide poison products) is at last getting the attention it deserves. Monsanto was hit with a $279 million cancer lawsuit verdict this past summer. California listed glyphosate – the main listed active ingredient in Roundup — as a probable human carcinogen after the World Health Organization declared it was back in 2015.
Gluten Intolerance Glyphosate Intolerance
The paradigm-shifting 2013 study was authored by Anthony Samsel, an independent scientist who has served as a consultant to the EPA on arsenic pollution and to the U.S. Coast Guard on chemical hazard response, and Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at MIT.
So-called Gluten Intolerance
The scientists said that symptoms of so-called “gluten intolerance” and celiac disease are shockingly similar to the symptoms in lab animals exposed to glyphosate. They reference a recent study that shows how glyphosate affects fish’ digestive systems. Glyphosate was shown to decrease digestive enzymes and bacteria, disrupt mucosal folds, destroy microvilli structure in the intestinal wall, increase mucin secretion.
The scientists wrote: “These features are highly reminiscent of celiac disease.”
Celiac Disease Parallels Glyphosate Use
Furthermore, the number of people diagnosed with gluten intolerance and celiac disease has risen in proportion to increased glyphosate use in agriculture, especially with the recent practice of drenching grains in the herbicide right before harvest. That troubling practice began in the 1980s. It became routine in the 1990s. Here’s a look at the glyphosate Celiac disease parallels:
Some say the Celiac disease surge is due to better diagnostic tools (which occurred around 2000), a recent study suggests that’s not a solid retort.
Four-Fold Increase in Celiac Disease
In 2009, researchers looked for gluten antibodies in frozen immune serum obtained between 1948 and 1954 for gluten antibodies. They compared those with samples taken from people today. They found a 4-fold increase in the incidence of celiac disease in the younger people.
Further Evidence of Celiac Glyphosate Link
The researchers also shared these points:
• “Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria.”
• “Celiac disease is associated with the impairment of cytochrome P450 enzymes. Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes.”
• “Deficiencies 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.”
• “Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match glyphosate’s known depletion of these amino acids.”
• “Celiac disease patients also have a known increased risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure.”
• “The incidence 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.”
• “Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate.”
The scientists also say that glyphosate residues in grain, sugar and other crops are increasing recently likely due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to harvest. This secretive, illegal poisoning practice has become routine among conventional farmers since the 1990s.
This arcane practice increases yields by killing the crops, which causes them to release their seeds in their death throes as they struggle to survive the poison onslaught.
Does Roundup Desiccation (Desecration?) drive Celiac Disease?
Farmers use Roundup to “desiccate” most conventional (non organic) crops grown in the U.S. This is a dirty little secret in U.S. farming as well as in the UK and other places where “efficiency” and corporate farming lord it over the health concerns of sentient beings.
Since the 1980s, farmers around the world have been using Roundup and other pesticides to dessicate their fields before harvest. So, sadly, even if one is buying non-GMO corn, wheat, soy, or other common crop staples, one is likely ingesting Roundup with that food. Farmers dessicate before harvest to dry up the crop, to dry it out to kill it all at once for “better” harvests – better for “production” and “profits,” but decidedly not better for the animals and people who eat those crops, or breathe in the pesticides. (EPA also classifies herbicides as pesticides)
Along with wheat and oats, farmers use glyphosate to desiccate a wide range of other crops including lentils, peas, non-GMO soybeans, corn, flax, rye, triticale, buckwheat, millet, canola, sugar beets, and potatoes. Even sunflowers may be treated pre-harvest with glyphosate, according to the National Sunflower Association. See the desiccation/desecration story here.