If you’re one of the one in 100 people impacted by Celiac disease, or one of the countless others with a gluten intolerance or sensitivity of any kind, listen up. It could be more than just gluten that’s ailing you.
A study published in Entropy has linked glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup as a probable inflammatory agent, and it could be causing symptoms that mimic those of gluten intolerances.
The study explains: “Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, is the most popular herbicide used worldwide. The industry asserts it is minimally toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise.”
The researchers argue that this chemical has wide-reaching negative impacts on the body: “Glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”
As reported by Natural News, glyphosate has “been shown to damage liver cells, break down junctions in the gut wall leading to leaky gut syndrome, kill enzymes and disrupt gut flora leading to diseases of the digestive system and thereby impacting the rest of the body.”
Further, the rest of the body might see even more serious issues eventually, the Entropy study explains, including “gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Considering these diseases, as well as the more immediate gastrointestinal issues that could be rising in connection, and the fact that glyphosate is sprayed on crops in the billions of liters every year, we should take heed. Also, consider the recent news that glyphosate was found in more than 75 percent of air and water samples in one study!
All of this means we need to take more steps to avoid chemicals like glyphosate. Buy organic whenever possible, consider growing your own food, and, please, avoid GMO foods whenever you can. You may find that the gluten issues you’ve had in the past are lessened — and, if not, you’re reducing your risk of countless other health issues that can arise from exposure to this nasty Roundup ingredient.
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