Gluten intolerance is a growing epidemic in the U.S. and, increasingly, worldwide. Celiac sprue is a more specific disorder, characterized by gluten intolerance along with autoantibodies to the protein.................Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup.
Gluten intolerance is a growing epidemic in the U.S. and, increasingly, worldwide. Celiac sprue is a more specific disorder, characterized by gluten intolerance along with autoantibodies to the protein, transglutaminase, which builds crosslinks in undigested fragments of gliadin, a major constituent of gluten (Green & Cellier, 2007).
Some have suggested that the recent surge in celiac disease is simply due to better diagnostic tools. However, a recent study tested frozen sera obtained between 1948 and 1954 for antibodies to gluten, and compared the results with sera obtained from a matched sample from people living today (Rubio-Topia et al., 2009). The research identified two main conclusions. 1) a four-fold increase in the incidence of celiac disease in the newer cohort compared to the older one. 2.) And, they determined that undiagnosed celiac disease is associated with a 4-fold increased risk of death, mostly due to increased cancer risk. They also demonstrated that the prevalence of undiagnosed celiac disease has increased dramatically in the United States during the past 50 years.
Humans depend upon our ingested food and our gut microbes to provide essential nutrients. Glyphosate, patented as an antimicrobial (Monsanto Technology LLC, 2010), has been shown to disrupt gut bacteria in animals, preferentially killing beneficial forms and causing an overgrowth of pathogens. Glyphosate also negatively impact human health in two other areas– chelation of minerals such as iron and cobalt, and interference with cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, which play many important roles in the body. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. It is a broad-spectrum herbicide, considered to be nearly nontoxic to humans (Williams et al., 2000).
So what is problem? The problem lies with the manner in which wheat is grown and harvested by conventional wheat farmers.
The herbicide Roundup and other herbicides containing glyphosate are applied, pre-harvest to wheat and barley. The practice was first suggested in the early 1980’s and has since become routine over the past 15 years. It is used as a drying agent 7-10 before harvest within the conventional farming community. As a result, the wheat dies and has the impact that more seeds are released, thus increasing the yield. Yet the Glyphosate remains in the kernel of wheat or barley.
A recent paper (Samsel & Seneff, 2013), argued that glyphosate may be a key contributor to the obesity epidemic and the autism epidemic in the United States, as well as to several other diseases and conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, depression, and cancer.
Clearly something is happening in the way our food is grown and produced. There are clear implications to our health and well-being. Increasingly studies are showing improved health benefits from eliminating wheat products from our diet. But the problem isn’t the wheat per se, it is in the toxins and chemicals used to produce the grain.
For more information on other toxins that have demonstrated impact on our health and solutions as to minimizing the health risk, click on the link: https://www.essanteorganics.com/portals/2016/presos/Toxic10More2.pdf
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