Is Roundup the Cause of 'Gluten Intolerance'?

A compelling new peer-reviewed report from two U.S. scientists argues that increased use of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide (trade name Roundup) could be the cause of the epidemic of symptoms labeled as “gluten intolerance.”

| Feb. 25, 2014

  • This chart shows the increased rate of hospital discharge diagnosis of celiac disease in correlation to the increased application of glyphosate to wheat.
    Courtesy of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology
  • Deaths due to intestinal infections compared to rate of glyphosate applications to wheat.
    Courtesy of Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology
  • Thyroid cancer incidence rate plotted against glyphosate applied to U.S. corn and soy crops.
    Courtesy of Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology
  • Number of hospitalizations for acute kidney injury plotted against glyphosate applied to corn and soy (in 1,000 tons).
    Courtesy of Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology
  • End stage renal disease deaths plotted against percent GE corn and soy planted and glyphosate applied to corn and soy.
    Courtesy of Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology
  • Deaths from Parkinson's disease plotted against glyphosate use on corn and soy and percent GE corn and soy planted.
    Courtesy of Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology

Increased use of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide (trade name Roundup) could be the cause of the epidemic of  “gluten intolerance”, according to a compelling new peer-reviewed report from two U.S. scientists. Farmers are now using glyphosate not only to control weeds but also to dry down wheat, rice, sugarcane and other crops just before harvest, resulting in higher residues in the foods we eat. The abstract from the paper "Glyphosate, Pathways to Modern Diseases II: Celiac Sprue and Gluten Intolerance" is below.  You can read the full report here and view graphs in the Slideshow connecting increased use of glyphosate with growing rates of celiac incidence, deaths from intestinal infections, acute kidney disease and deaths due to Parkinson’s.    

Abstract:
Celiac disease, and more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5 percent of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia and depression. It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup, is the most important causal factor of this epidemic. Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances of gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria. Characteristics of celiac disease point to impairment in many cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, activating vitamin D3, catabolizing vitamin A, and maintaining bile acid production and sulfate supplies to the gut. 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 have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to harvest. We argue that the practice of “ripening” sugar cane with glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. Click here to read the whole article

sandycoyote
1/21/2018 11:29:18 AM

I find it amusing how, in the Wikipaedia article re: GM crops (totally pro and ridiculing well-prepared science), One of their not-so-acceptable arguments FOR using fish genes is their similarity to plants, “and to all life”; so there you go. I know my illness is related to their work; their “rule the world” attitude and weather-control partners. thank you


sandycoyote
1/21/2018 11:17:40 AM

I find it amusing how, in the Wikipaedia article re: GM crops (totally pro and ridiculing well-prepared science), One of their not-so-acceptable arguments FOR using fish genes is their similarity to plants, “and to all life”; so there you go. I know my illness is related to their work; their “rule the world” attitude and weather-control partners. thank you


tachouin
8/15/2017 8:39:39 AM

http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/roundupwheat.asp One of the scientists you quote is a computer scientist, not someone with a biology or chemistry background. Also, the rise in celiac and gluten intolerance is more like the rise in autism, linked more to better understanding and diagnoses, than to any one factor in the environment.







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