(Sept. 28, 2018) Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, which strike millions of people, may not be caused by the wheat itself. These diseases may well be caused by Monsanto’s flagship product. Roundup wheat contamination occurs in most wheat in the U.S., and most people eating it are entirely unaware of its considerable danger to their health.
The Healthy Home Economist noted this past summer that she had received numerous emails from people with allergy or digestive problems that they attributed to eating wheat in the U.S. She said the stories were far too frequent to ignore. But curiously, the same people did not experience the same problems when they ate pasta while vacationing in Italy.
She also noted stories from parents who wondered why their children suffered autoimmune reactions while eating American-made pasta. She also noted that her husband experienced digestive problems from eating just a “single roll in a restaurant,” while suffering no ill effects from the organic wheat she served him at home.
What’s wrong with U.S. Wheat?
She began to ask what was wrong with U.S. wheat. She determined that something was done to most U.S. wheat which was not known to most people. Because even conventionally-grown (non-GMO) wheat causes no problems for many gluten-intolerant people who eat wheat in other parts of the world, she determined that the problem goes beyond organic vs. nonorganic, gluten or hybridization of wheat.
What is done to wheat
She found that it is not the wheat itself which causes problems, but what is done to the wheat. She feared, like some other healthy food-conscious consumers, that GMO wheat was secretly invading and contaminating organic wheat in the U.S. She reasoned that it couldn’t be the gluten or wheat hybridization, because gluten and wheat hybrids had been eaten for thousands of years without the kinds and the number of wheat-related problems we see today. She asked why it was that so many people suddenly began having problems with wheat and gluten in just the past 5-10 years.
Discovering the Culprit
She discovered the culprit while researching and speaking with a friend. She was relieved to learn that wheat had not become toxic due to its secretly being contaminated by GMOs. On the other hand, she was horrified to learn that the reason wheat had become a problem for so many Americans was that U.S. farmers were saturating their wheat crops with Roundup just prior to harvest.
Drenched in Roundup
Common wheat harvest practice for U.S. farmers is to drench their wheat fields with Roundup several days before the harvest. This poison practice is believed to allow for earlier, easier, bigger yields.
Carcinogenic Roundup Everywhere
Monsanto’s Roundup – the killer which the World Health Organization declared a probable carcinogen in 2015 — is sprayed copiously on U.S. wheat and barley as a “desiccant” before harvest. In “conventional” farming, it has become routine in the last 15 years to use Roundup as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest.
Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT has studied the issue in depth. She told attendees at a recent nutritional Conference in Indianapolis that “desiccating” non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate just before harvest came into vogue late in the 1990’s. Now, most non-organic wheat in the U.S. is contaminated with it. Dr. Seneff explained that exposing wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate makes the plant release more seeds, in its last gasp at life, which results in a slightly greater yield.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat is now treated with herbicides.
While the herbicide industry maintains that glyphosate is minimally toxic to humans, research published in the Journal Entropy strongly argues otherwise by shedding light on exactly how glyphosate disrupts mammalian physiology.
$289 Million Roundup Verdict against Monsanto
And then there is that $289 million verdict in California where a jury of 12 determined that Monsanto and Roundup were responsible for the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma suffered by a man who used Roundup while working for a local school.
Just because Roundup doesn’t kill a person immediately doesn’t make it nontoxic. The fact is that the active ingredient in Roundup – glyphosate — lethally disrupts the all important shikimate pathway found in beneficial gut microbes. That pathway is responsible for synthesis of critical amino acids. Mental and physical health start in the stomach, and Roundup attacks the friendly flora in the human stomach, just as it attacks plants, and kills them.
People whose health is weakened or compromised by Roundup are less able to fend off the attacks of other chemicals and environmental toxins. Worse, glyphosate works slowly and insidiously over months and years. The inflammation it causes gradually infects the cellular systems of the body.
Systemic inflammation has many consequences that include:
• Gastrointestinal disorders
• Heart Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Alzheimer’s disease
• And more …