Thursday, February 20, 2014

Glyphosate. The Cause Of Celiac Epidemic?

by Tami Canal

Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are a rising problem with an estimated 350 million suffering from symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes and depression. It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies and reproductive issues as well as an increased risk of kidney failure, thyroid disease and cancer.

New studies are pointing to glyphosate, the main component in Monsanto's best selling herbicide Round Up, as the culprit. In the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology (Vol. 6(4): 159-184) Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff point to the pervasive use of glyphosate as a crop desiccant which is infiltrating the food supply and making people sick. Glyphosate is used on all grain crops, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes and sugar cane.

Samsel and Seneff have conducted extensive research on the known effects of glyphosate as well as the known pathologies of Celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and gluten intolerance. Chemical and biological pathways have been discovered that point to glyphosate as the cause including the breakdown in junctions of the intestinal wall, depletion of vital nutrients and minerals, and disruption of the gut bacteria.

Despite a dramatic outcry from the public, this past July the EPA raised the maximum allowable residues of glyphosate allowed in food. It has been speculated this was done to accommodate levels already present. The rise in tolerance levels for glyphosate residue came as a result of a petition prepared by Monsanto in early 2012.

While the FDA did not perform independent tests on whether higher residue levels of glyphosate were dangerous to humans or the environment, it relied on tests and data provided by Monsanto.

Dr. Samsel and Dr. Seneff have concluded their research with a plea for government to reconsider policies surrounding the safety of glyphosate and human consumption.


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