We’re Not Gluten Intolerant, We’re Glyphosate Intolerant

Study blames Roundup herbicide for gluten intolerance and celiac disease

“Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it,” researchers wrote in a meta-analysis of nearly 300 studies.

“Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic,” they add.

The study, published in the journal Interdisciplinary Toxicology in 2013, was completely ignored by the media except for Mother Earth News and The Healthy Home Economist.

Now that glyphosate is getting the attention it deserves, being named as the culprit in a $280 million cancer lawsuit and labeled as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization, it may be time to look at the chemical’s role in a related disease:

The symptoms of so-called “gluten intolerance” and celiac disease in are shockingly similar to the symptoms in lab animals exposed to glyphosate, argue the study’s authors Anthony Samsel, an independent scientist who’s served as a consultant to the EPA on arsenic pollution, and Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at MIT.

They point to a recent study on how glyphosate effects the digestive systems of fish. It decreased digestive enzymes and bacteria, disrupted mucosal folds, destroyed microvilli structure in the intestinal wall, and increased secretion of mucin.

“These features are highly reminiscent of celiac disease,” Samsel and Seneff write.

Additionally, the number of people diagnosed with gluten intolerance and celiac disease has risen in tandem with the increased use of glyphosate in agriculture, especially with the recent practice of  drenching grains in the herbicide right before harvest, which started in the 1980s and became routine in the 1990s:

While some suggest the recent surge in celiac disease is due simply to better diagnostic tools (which as you can see above happened around 2000), a recent study suggests it’s more than that.

In 2009, researchers looked for gluten antibodies in frozen immune serum obtained between 1948 and 1954 for gluten antibodies, and compared them with samples from people today. They found a 4-fold increase in the incidence of celiac disease in the younger generation.

As further evidence the researchers make the following points:

“Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria.”

“Celiac disease is associated with the impairment of cytochrome P450 enzymes. 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 also have a known increased risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure.”

“The incidence of non-Hodgkins lymphoma has increased rapidly in most Western countries over the last few decades. Statistics from the American Cancer Society show an 80% increase since the early 1970’s, when glyphosate was first introduced on the market.”

“Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate.”

Glyphosate residues in grain, sugar and other crops are increasing recently likely due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to harvest, the researchers say. The secretive, illegal practice has become routine among conventional farmers since the 1990s.


Credit: Healthy Home Economist

Ironically, the practice increases yields by killing the crops. Just before the plants die, they release their seeds in order to propagate the species:

“It goes to seed as it dies. At its last gasp, it releases the seed,” Seneff told The Healthy Home Economist.

Moral of the story? We need to go glyphosate free, not gluten-free. And that means going organic, especially when it comes to grains and animals who eat those grains. Well, you might need to go gluten-free too for a while, until you’ve healed your gut (check out the GAPS diet for how to do that).

Once you’ve healed your gut, we highly recommend this organic, sprouted spelt flour:

RELATED: Study: Gluten Free Foods Contain More Roundup than Wheat

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73 responses to “We’re Not Gluten Intolerant, We’re Glyphosate Intolerant”

  1. Beefeater Avatar

    Have been arguing all roads to inflammatory gut issues of last 30 years lead to glyphosate, perhaps not so much the GMO’S designed to use the pesticide, herbicide, chellating agent, tying up essential minerals for health. See Zinc the spark of life etc. I came to this conclusion after using Roundup once in the 1980’s and observing the dearth of earthworms subsequently. Do not feel so alone no but much maligned as a farmer for going against the grain.

    1. T. Gooden Avatar
      T. Gooden

      Kudos to you.

  2. Emily Loberg Avatar
    Emily Loberg

    Interesting and very timely article…just one small quibble. Plants are dessicated when all the seeds are fully ripe and ready for harvest. There is no increase in yield except whatever gains may made through an earlier harvest.

    1. Matthew Avatar

      Potential yield is increased because the mass dessication dries all grain in the field essentially reducing the chance of post harvest rot and increasing total harvest weight for storage

    2. Philip Donaldson Avatar
      Philip Donaldson

      Not all plants ripen at the same time, this practice ensures that all the plants go to seed at the same time, thereby increasing yield.

    3. T. Gooden Avatar
      T. Gooden

      “Desiccation corrects for uneven crop growth which is a problem in northern climates during wet summers or when weed control is poor. Several additional advantages of desiccation have been cited: more even ripening is achieved and harvest can be conducted earlier; weed control is initiated for a future crop; earlier ripening allows for earlier replanting; desiccation reduces green material in the harvest putting less strain on harvesting machinery.[2] Some crop may be mechanically destroyed when crop desiccation machinery moves through the field.” Wiki article.
      That’s why farmers poison us with glyphosphate.

    4. Ellie Avatar

      I read in a different article that they spray with the glyphosate just before harvesting as it speeds up the ripening process, thereby ensuring all crops are ripe at the same time and there’s an increase in yield

      1. Ed Avatar

        I’m trying to understand why and how PLANT POISON helps a plant “ripen”. It start to KILL the plant the moment it make contact.

        After poisoning, the plant has only a few days before it is dead and dry and ready to harvest. There is no quick ripening going on, just quick dying.

        Imagine dying from poison…Now, imagine that during your dying process you also become very healthy and fit. And, then you actually die! Make no sense what-so-ever, well, unless your a Monsanto/Bayer defender…or an American republican. Either one will believe that nonsense.

        1. J. Hall Avatar
          J. Hall

          Excuse me. An American Republican? Where did that come from? I happen to be both, believer in this and a republican Don’t broad brush stroke.

    5. Ed F. Avatar
      Ed F.

      I’m trying to understand why and how PLANT POISON helps a plant “ripen”. It start to KILL the plant the moment it make contact.

      After poisoning, the plant has only a few days before it is dead and dry and ready to harvest. There is no quick ripening going on, just quick dying.

      Imagine dying from poison…Now, imagine that during your dying process you also become very healthy and fit. And, then you actually die! Make no sense what-so-ever, well, unless your a Monsanto/Bayer defender…or an American republican. Either one will believe that nonsense.

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        Neil Marshall

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      2. Tom Avatar

        For those who don’t see how a plant can produce more by being sprayed, the test show (I’m quoting by memory) that the farmer gets a small percentage increase in yield by dissication spraying. It’s something like 3%. If you have ever used roundup extensively (I have), you will have noticed that once sprayed, the plant knows it is dying and put everything it has into producing seed. This is part of the incentive for doing it, even though it also poisons the consumer. Jesus once said, “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” He understood the problem. It is a heart problem.

  3. Ronda Hansen Avatar
    Ronda Hansen

    Thank you for this article. I personally realized this with me is more then gluten in the last month. I have taken a lot foods out of my diet. I had just said I think I need to eat organic foods.

  4. Hope Avatar

    No recent research on the effects on humans? Only fish?

    1. Davy Avatar

      Are you volunteering? There’s only a 50% chance you’ll be in the test group. ☺

    2. Phyllis Avatar

      How does a baby get to be a celiac? Their not exposed to that stuff.

      1. Betty-Anne Juba Avatar
        Betty-Anne Juba

        Did you breastfeed – no matter bottled cow milk or goat milk – all milk producers have eaten foods from the farm —

      2. Suzanne Avatar

        Everything a pregnant or nursing mother eats, her baby “eats” too. That is how a baby gets to be a celiac

      3. charmaine therrien Avatar
        charmaine therrien

        Hi Phyllis, my guess would be that if baby is breastfed, it is transferred from the mother if she eats bread. Also look on the label of the formula that has a lot of things added to it they are drinking, if anywhere there is wheat added to it, then that’s where they get it, I THINK??????

      4. Sarah W Dible Avatar

        Babies inherit their Mother’s microbiome. So if Mother is glyphosate sensitive and has a poor microbiome then the child has less of a chance. Glyphosate passes through the breast milk and if not breast fed, the formula is chock full of toxins. check out cleanlabelproject.org

      5. Anne Gordon Avatar
        Anne Gordon

        If breastfeeding, through the mother’s milk.

      6. Barb Avatar

        Go back into this article and read Stephanie Seneff’s research. Glyphosate goes deep into our mitochondria causing untold genetice damage.

  5. Gerald Landry Avatar
    Gerald Landry

    In 2007 I drove east across the Canadian Prairies and was shocked when I saw a 5000 Gallon Spray Tank at a Grain Cropping operation. I began thinking of all the Bowel Disorders common then, but not in the 50’s onwards. I pondered whether the herbicides were Up-taking into the Gluten.
    A year later small dogs and cats were dying from contaminated gluten in Pet Phood. I was also involved with 1000 tradesmen building an Air Emissions Project besides the operating Pulp Mill where they Chelate heavy metals from Pulp Fibre. There were 27 Chimneys and Vents blowing towards us when there was a SW wind. On our Hair Samples recommended by Dr Harada from Japan who returned in 2004 with a Research Team to reassess the people downstream of the Mill poisoned by mercury levels in the phish.
    All our Nutritional Minerals were depleted except for manganese and potassium which we’re blowing out of the Chimneys. There were 13 cardiac issue’s with workers from high potassium levels.
    Glyphosate was used as mineral Chelator in Boiler Tubes and Industrial Piping!

  6. Natalie Avatar

    So what about the vegetables that are sprayed by herbicides? Wheat is not the only thing sprayed.

    1. Karen Avatar

      Glyphosate use affects gluten digestion, so this is where you are most likely to see health problems. Spraying veggies etc only increases the dosage you ingest, further ensuring you will eventually become gluten intolerant.

    2. Georgia Avatar

      Wheat and corn is genetically modified so that when Round up the herbicide is sprayed, it kills weeds but not the crop. Most other vegetables are NOT genetically modified to withstand the plant killing action of roundup, so it is likely they are sprayed with other chemicals like insecticides and fungicides but not necessarily glyphosate aka roundup.

      1. Andrew Avatar

        Georgia that is inaccurate. Wheat is not genetically modified, but wheat, oats, almost all grains are now sprayed w glyphosate (Roundup) as s dessicant to dry them out & kill the plants which causes them to ‘go to seed’ st once meaning produce the grain all at one time. Thus many food crops are poisoned w glyphosate that are not gmo

      2. Educated Farmer Avatar
        Educated Farmer

        Except there are no GMO wheat seeds commercially available for farmers…


        And glyphosate is not sprayed on wheat crops, because it would kill it. Less than 1/3 of current wheat growers use it AFTER the crop has been harvested, to kill any residual weeds

      3. Annie Avatar

        Roundup is in the seed so its starts there…boo

  7. RandomStranger Avatar

    You might want to tell snopes that your article isn’t false.

  8. Duncan Avatar

    This is the Elephant in the room for the Grain industry.
    Most food grains are now produced using Roundup, as it is a lower short term cost production system. However every year more and more systemic costs are emerging as probable.
    Costs that range from lower soil vitality, human microbiome health (gut), protein corruption through to genetic corruption. Some studies showing effects at 1000% of Regulated safe levels.

    Sadly the regulators have a vested interest in sustaining the synthetic paradigm, as their funding comes from pesticide licencing.

    There are alternative grain cultural practices but they are more expensive, so industry will resist strenuously, as these short term benefits have become capitalised in land values. However such strategic mistakes, are part and parcel of private enterprise.

    If they argue ecological benefits. “Minimum tillage” is quite practical without chemicals and “spraytopping” can be substituted with “swathing”(preharvest cutting and drying).

    Profit maximisation is no justification for putting ecological health at risk.

    1. FarmersDaughter Avatar

      Why can you not be the majority voice heard??

  9. Heidi Avatar

    This makes so much sense!! Ugh!! It absolutely disgusts me that a business would put profit over the health of it’s consumers. I’m SOOO distraught by this, although not surprised. It is what I suspected for years.

  10. Eric Bjerregaard Avatar
    Eric Bjerregaard

    That is one of the worst articles I have ever read. Did you do any fact checking? ““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.” And yet no one uses glyphosate as a chelating agent and Guess What? Chelated minors are often used in order to relieve deficiency symptoms. The IARC, not WHO classification was refuted almost immediately upon release and was arrived at fraudulently. https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/who-iarc-glyphosate/ and https://www.acsh.org/news/2017/10/24/glyphosate-gate-iarcs-scientific-fraud-12014 I could go on and on. But you get the point.

    1. Andy Avatar

      Quit using facts . You’re dealing with people who know less about agriculture than they do about quantum physics

  11. Kathy Avatar

    How do we rid our bodies of this toxic buildup? How long does it stay in your body?
    Interesting thoughts! I like that you’re digging deeper into the root of the diseases!

  12. Geraldine Scargill Avatar
    Geraldine Scargill

    I am a coeliac, diagnosed over 20 years ago, although I had pregnancy and other problems related to CD going back to at least before the 1970s. I read this with interest and can see where it’s coming from, as far as increased incidences of CD are concerned, if the effects of glyphosate are as stated. However, two things, firstly, coeliac disease has been known about since the days of the ancient Greeks, it isn’t something that has only happened since glyphosate was invented. Secondly, to tell medically diagnosed coeliacs, “that means going organic, especially when it comes to grains and animals who eat those grains. Well, you might need to go gluten-free too for a while, until you’ve healed your gut” is actually downright dangerous and irresponsible, the potential health consequences of not sticking to a lifelong gluten free diet for coeliacs is well known. One of the big problems of sticking to a gluten free diet is the hidden gluten in all sorts of things where you don’t expect it to be, telling people that if they eat organic meat and bread/grains they will be fine, is far too simplistic, even ‘if’ glyphosate was the cause of their problem in the first place. Many coeliacs diagnosed in recent years are older people with a very long history of digestive and health problems associated with the condition, and improved awareness amongst doctors and the public, is what has resulted in them getting the tests needed, to finally find out what was the matter with them all along.

    1. Kim Avatar

      That is very well articulated, and exactly how I see this being a coeliac myself. This all makes for an interesting read.

  13. David Boyes Avatar
    David Boyes

    Very little glyphosate is used on wheat these days in the UK. Farmers are aware of the sensitivity of this issue. In a wet year it is used by a few growers to bring the crop forwards, but it is still a very limited use. This year I don’t believe any would have been used at this time. The majority of glyphosate is applied to stubbles to take away weeds to stop infestations within the following crop. It therefore minimises other herbicide use within the same crop. Whilst I’m not suggesting that the premise of this article is totally incorrect, it does not reflect the true use of glyphosate in UK agriculture, and the outstanding benefit to world food production that it has given. World food production is currently at a precipice, and the banning of this tool would have catastrophic consequences to food prices and the spectre of starvation in poorer countries. Please be very careful about what you wish for.

    1. Conscious Ant Avatar
      Conscious Ant

      Utter nonsense and complete bullshit. Glyphosate is an artificial Glycine mimic. Try researching the horrific damage it does when drawn into the human cell. Ignorance is not bliss!

  14. Sue Avatar

    I believe roundup glyphosphate is responsible for the incredible rise of Crohn’s disease as well as many other autoimmune disorders

  15. Barbara Shaw Avatar
    Barbara Shaw

    I hate Big Farma as much as Big Pharma. I just hope that this too will pass and be corrected like other major threats to the natural world we live in… and to ourselves

  16. Debra Avatar

    So discouraging. I suffer from intolerance to wheat, corn and peanuts. The wheat gives me anaphylaxis shock, and can put me into a coma-like state. If glysophate is the real culprit, and it’s used in other foods, that is scary. Thank you for this article.

  17. K.Baker Avatar

    What this fails to talk about is the fact that gluten intolerance, or Celiac Disease, has been around since 9500 BC. It was given a diagnostic name in the late 1880’s. That obviously is long before glyphosate was a twinkle in some chemist’s eye. Celiac Disease is hereditary. They are now adding gene testing to help with diagnosis, as a compliment to having blood work, and the ultimate endoscopy with biopsy to nail down that diagnosis. So, even if a Celiac was able to get glyphosate free wheat, rye, and barley, their body is still going to have Celiac Disease and they are still going to have to eat gluten free for life. This does not give a complete picture of Celiac and makes it appear that glyphosate is the only cause.

  18. Stewart Staudinger Avatar

    This is an interesting article that illustrates an interesting correlation. However, it makes the mistake of drawing a strong conclusion and recommending action that can have serious dietary consequences, without having demonstrated that the correlation discussed is, in fact, indicative of a causal link.

    The reality is that glyphosate is simply the latest in a long list of problems in the modern human food chain, and it is far from the most serious.

    Anthropological evidence indicates that the first major step increase in dietary related auto-immune disease occurred at the beginning of the Neolithic period, essentially, when humans began to consume grains in statistically significant quantities. As more grains were domesticated and bred for greater production, there is a correlating increase in auto-immune disease among those on Neolithic diets. Societies remaining on Paleolithic diets show no corresponding rise in auto-immune disease. This divergence in human health meant that, at the beginning of the industrial age, agrarian Europeans had an average life expectancy roughly half that of their Paleolithic neighbours in North America and sub-tropical Africa.

    The next step increase in auto-immune disease also happened in Neolithic industrialized societies and directly correlated to the development and use of the steam powered hammer mill. This mill allowed for the separation of the germ and bran, resulting in ‘white’ flours. Essentially, it allowed us to keep and eat all the worst parts of wheat while disposing of the most healthy bits.

    Fast forward another 4 decades and the 20th century kicked off. In this century alone, Canada would list over 45 newly developed varieties of wheat, nearly all of which displayed increased resistance to predation from insects and rusts. This resistance came from greater concentrations of toxic prolamine proteins, of which gliadin (the troublesome part of Gluten) is only the most infamous. In fact, a much higher number of people are intolerant of corn (maize) prolamines than those in wheat/rye/barley, but the resultant disease chain is less acute and results in less chronic complications.

    The modern acceleration in cases of auto-immune disease began before glyphosate appeared. It can actually be traced to the post-WWII mechanisation of agriculture. This mass mechanisation resulted the disappearance of the ‘mixed farm’ and the growth of very large areas of monoculture agriculture. The increased tillage and reduction in biodiversity contributed to a serious degradation in soil health, resulting in as much as a 50% reduction in nutrient densities in staple foods between 1950 and the present day. Natural macro and micronutrients provided by active soil biology were replaced by synthetic macronutrients (minus the micronutrients).

    To this tidal wave of nutritional deficiencies and natural toxins, we’ve added synthetic chemicals including glyphosate. Not so much ‘the’ problem for human health as simply ‘yet another’ problem. This is not an ‘either/or’ issue, but an ‘and’. We’re both Gluten intolerant AND Glyphosate intolerant.

    The problem with going ‘organic’ is that very few organic farms operate using ‘sustainable’, let alone ‘regenerative’, practices. The problem is that grains are simply not a nutrient dense food source for either humans or animals and their consumption results in a seriously unhealthy lipid balance in both. They can provide a cheap boost in carbohydrates, kicking the body out of ketosis and into fat storage mode, allowing an animal to fatten up for the winter (or dry season), but so can Gummy Bears and Mars bars but without the false impression that they’re actually food.

    Glyphosate is a tool, a vastly overused tool, but a tool none-the-less. Used sparingly and in only pre-emergent applications, it can be used to help manage a regenerative farming system. That said, it is destructive to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, a key component of healthy soil, so there are better tools available.

    It is worth noting that the use of desiccants is not illegal and they are not used primarily to increase yield as they are never used prior to ‘heading out’. Glyphosate kills a plant so quickly that the effect mentioned in the article simply wouldn’t work. They are used primarily to cause uniform ripening well after the seed head is fully formed. This is useful to allow a more efficient and more easily managed harvest.

    Regardless, this is not a practice consistent with regenerative agricultural practices and it will ultimately be consigned to history as we replace industrialized agriculture with a more natural model.

    As a practitioner of holistic rangeland agriculture, a regenerative process, and with celiac sprue in my family, I wholeheartedly support such a trend.

    1. Alice Phillips Avatar
      Alice Phillips

      What a fabulous, informative response. Thank you!

  19. David Avatar

    Since I went gluten free it feels so much better…

  20. Michael Avatar

    Hi, I live in France, same problem here with glyphosate (broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant). The chemical formula is C3H8NO5P. Unfortunately, still available to buy online this glyphs. Till now no GOV future actions against this herbicide.

  21. Vern Abbott Avatar
    Vern Abbott

    Just a note on your glyphos article, the seeds are developed long before round-up is applied it is an agent to speed up the ripening process .The only affect on the seed would be the residue on it which is minimal as the seed has only 30% moisture or less when the glyphos is applied.

  22. joby Boughey Avatar

    Fantastic article thank you

  23. Ron Baade Avatar

    Thank you very much my Daughter has Celiac’s would like to know more.

  24. Brandy Avatar

    Y’all NAILED it! I had no idea i was celiac until i went to an Eastern integrative endocrinologist who diagnosed me with It. I went to her because i had thyroid cancer and learned later in that all the issues i have now can absolutely be tied to glyphosate poisoning. It almost killed me. I now have adrenal fatigue and it’s really bad, plus leaky gut, and liver issues. Wish i could sue Monsanto for this! I am only 39 and to know i almost died because of this makes me SO angry…

    1. MartinM Avatar

      “Wish i could sue Monsanto for this!”

      Well, can’t you?

    2. Colin Spencer Avatar
      Colin Spencer

      I’ve been using Roundup for at least 40 years and I have no problems at all. If it such an evil product, and I handled it in volume for so many years, why have I not experienced medical complications?

      I go with this man’s comment: AS above:

      Eric Bjerregaard
      September 6, 2018 at 2:30 am

      That is one of the worst articles I have ever read. Did you do any fact checking? ““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.” And yet no one uses glyphosate as a chelating agent and Guess What? Chelated minors are often used in order to relieve deficiency symptoms. The IARC, not WHO classification was refuted almost immediately upon release and was arrived at fraudulently. https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/who-iarc-glyphosate/ and https://www.acsh.org/news/2017/10/24/glyphosate-gate-iarcs-scientific-fraud-12014 I could go on and on. But you get the point.

  25. A Celiac Reader Avatar
    A Celiac Reader

    This article is not only unscientific in the extreme, but dangerous to the millions suffering from celiac disease. We are constantly maligned by people like you who think that either celiac disease is a fad or “gluten intolerance” is the same as celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, and somehow that eating “organic” or GMO-less foods will cure our woes.

    While I agree that we have too many chemicals and other unknowns in our food supply, celiac disease is not an “intolerance.” As I mentioned before, it is an autoimmune disease like diabetes 1, multiple sclerosis, lupus/SLE, and rheumatoid arthritis. “Intolerances,” scientifically speaking, are when the body does not produce a sufficient quantity of enzymes to break down certain foods like dairy. We cannot take supplemental enzymes to help us avoid illness. Celiac disease, on the other hand, is a genetic disorder in which “abnormal” information to treat gliadin and glutenin (gluten protein) as a poison is encoded onto chromosome 6, which is responsible for our immune responses. So when we ingest gluten, no matter how “pure” it is, it causes our T cells to attack our small intestine (and on occasion, other organs), where we break down food. As a result, we become ill anytime we eat glutened products, regardless if they’re organic. To us, gluten is like arsenic (which is, ironically, also organic.) Having lived in Europe for an extended period of time, where Roundup is not used, I can personally attest that I have indeed become ill from eating gluten. (As an aside, celiac disease is also found among many Central Americans, who are not exposed to Roundup; their diet was, for centuries, heavily corn-based.)

    The reason why your cited study was ignored is because it’s fundamentally wrong. If you’ll notice, the year in which it was released is 2013, the same year that the genetic marker test (HLA-DQ2/HLA-DQ8) was released. Aside from the study ignoring virtually centuries-worth of data proving that celiac disease predates Roundup by hundreds of years (the Ancient Greeks wrote about “celiakos” in 2nd century; Roundup started being used in the 1970s), the scientific evidence proving that celiac disease is in fact a genetic mutation in chromosome 6 made it a moot point.

    Now, had you made this blog about celiac disease not existing prior to the Neolithic Period and how it tends to be concentrated among people whose traditional staple was NOT wheat, barley, rye, or spelt, you would have been right. We’re only starting to understand how evolution affects the human body, more specifically, diet. But arguing that Monsato, certain GMOs, or non-organic food, which are worries of the 20th century, cause celiac disease is dangerous, as it ignores (a) the inherent autoimmune and sometimes disabling nature of the disease; (b) the daily struggle that celiacs go through to ensure that not even a “little” gluten gets into their food to cause an autoimmune reaction; (c) celiacs did not choose their illness. They can, however, eat a gluten-free diet for life and most of them, myself included, thrive on it.

    In short, do some reading in an actual science textbook. We don’t need misinformation out there about an illness that is already mocked in the press and by people in major metropolitan areas like California and New York.

    1. Valerie Avatar

      Thank you! From a celiac.

  26. MCass Avatar

    The sickness without a name. The 100 doctor visits and no answers.

  27. Blair Gilmore Avatar

    First off, I’m a farmer on a family farm that grows about 2500 acres of canola and wheat per year. Your ‘article’ lists the typical fearmongering frequently trotted out over glyposate use. I’ll just refute some of the easier stuff because it’s useless to talk to folks like you who obviously know zero about farming.

    If the study you quote was ignored by the fearmongering MSM, well that should tell you something.

    Who cares about an idiot lawsuit in the States? The opinion of 12 jurors does not trump all the science determining the safety of glyposate which btw has the same toxicity as table salt. Plus where’s the spike of cancers amongst farmers who use the chemical all the time? Oh yeah, it’s not there.

    Grain is not ‘drenched’ in Roundup. Application rates are about 2 pop cans worth of chemical per acre (about the size of a football field). The practice is neither secretive or illegal. We use Roundup to bring the entire field available for harvest at the same time by applying the chemical about two weeks ahead of time in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. It increases the yield of crops because there are not any green patches that aren’t ready to harvest. When the chemical is sprayed, the seed is already protected by the pod and has stopped growing. As for any residues, they are measured in the parts per billion which are ridiculous standards to be worried about.

    Plants don’t ‘release’ their seeds in some sort of ‘last gasp’. Grow a garden once in awhile. The plant dries out then the pods need mechanical extraction with a combine. If you’ve ever seen one working you would see that it’s quite the violent process.

    This is just more pseudo-science bashing farmers who keep getting accused by people like you of poisoning them.

    1. Decker Weston Avatar
      Decker Weston

      When you make a case for putting poison on my food….you sound like a greedy idiot. Do you think we care that farming good healthy food is harder than making garbage food?

    2. David Avatar

      it looks like glyphosate is not the worst part of roundup. It’s the other ingredients may actually be worse.

      there is a lot that is still unknown or secrete.
      A good motto would be “First do no harm”

  28. Guillermo Avatar

    Más sobre el tema

  29. Richard Bright Avatar
    Richard Bright

    If this was the case it would mean that people who are gluten intolerent or have coeliac disease would be able to eat organic wheat then. Which theyou can’t.
    I’m not saying glyphosate is OK btw but this kind of article misleads the public and is inflammatory.

    1. Elise Avatar

      Oh, but some of us CAN eat organic wheat, even though conventionally raised wheat causes extreme discomfort. I have long thought that my own problems with grains might have more to do with substances that are carried alongside the gluten, for example glyphosate. And then there is the fact that most wheat that is not organic is also bleached and therefore contains potassium bromate. Just a two examples of the toxic load our modern food supply delivers to us.

  30. Dennis Pals Avatar
    Dennis Pals

    The environmental activists have an aversion to facts! Four respondents have stated the facts very clearly, but some agenda pushers will not absorb them.

  31. Rich Avatar

    Then can someone explain why the celiac is passed on through genetics? If it’s the glyphosphate doing all the damage then how does dermatitis herpetiformis exist? DH is the harshest form of celiac. You can have celiac without having DH, but cannot have DH without celiac…. herbicides have certainly had an effect on the adaptation of the gluten over the continued years of use, but we can’t say that celiac isn’t as big of a deal as people want us to think. Even if we take herbicides away, celiac will remain. If anyone would like to discuss, please email me.

  32. Tina Stepan Avatar
    Tina Stepan

    So , just a question of interest. If Celiac Disease is a hereditary disease , why would my daughter be diagnosed with it , with no history of it on either side of the gene pool?

    And another one …..for those who know anything about Autism , and ADHD ….both are now being connected to the gut health . The body has the ability to heal itself if fed optimally ( yes that is a scientific fact , cells regenerate)..so if something is not affecting our gut health , why is there so many more mental health issues now and chronic health issues ??

    Personally, I believe we need to start looking at and admitting to the mistakes made within our food system so we can begin fixing them before it is too late and the only way it is going to happen if is ALL sides are open to the potential to be wrong. Science is not the only answer , yet we put so much stock in it ….Sad really ….the “food crisis” will only continue if we choose to see it that way, allow corporations to brain wash us into believing it and forget what it means to be self sufficient in our food sources.

  33. Charles Avatar

    Blair Gilmore: Please read the peer reviewed science that the world health organization used to establish that glyphosate probably causes cancer.

  34. Erick wozny Avatar
    Erick wozny

    What happens to the people that are…..Tollerant? and that have glyphosate in their body from wheat???

  35. Lois Mass Avatar

    I have been selling 100% whole wheat bread at Farmers Markets this summer, made from non-gmo, chemical free wheat grain that I mill into flour within minutes of going into the dough. I have customers, who have not eaten bread in a long time, and they can eat this bread without any “stomach issues”. They are convinced the problems are not the grain, but what IS IN IT!

  36. Lynda Kristoffersen Avatar
    Lynda Kristoffersen

    Use the dirty dozen list always and if possible buy organic or grow it. 30 years ago we bought our produce within 20 miles of our home. Now it comes from well…everywhere. Captain your own health ship. Have a healthy life!

  37. Helen Hertzler Avatar
    Helen Hertzler

    Does anyone know of research linking Chronic Kidney Disease to glysophate poisoning?

  38. B Avatar

    Not buying this report until I see who funded it. I can’t have wheat because it gives me severe ADD – and when I’m in an emotional state, wheat gives me a different personality- hence my Bi Polar “diagnosis” from a doc almost 25yrd ago. Yet, I can eat the German Einkorn wheat with little issues…

  39. Jan Avatar

    I’ve speculated that this is true for years. When our family moved to another country, suddenly we could eat wheat again after years of struggling with it in the states. The wheat here is not sprayed. When we go home for a visit, all three of us are instantly sick again.