Does Glyphosate (Roundup) Cause Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease?

Rates of Celiac disease and gluten intolerance have risen in recent times and now affects about 5% of the population of North America. Gluten, a group of proteins in various cereal grains, has been investigated as a contributing factor to these diseases. Another suspect is glyphosate, also known by the brand name, Roundup.

Writing in the Interdisciplinary Toxicology journal, researchers propose that glyphosate can explain many of the symptoms seen in Celiac disease and gluten intolerance. The paper’s abstract reads:

“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. 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 in this epidemic. Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in 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 also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the 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 full paper: Link

The Right Response… Is To Go On

In a communication with Noam Chomsky, I posed to him the following:

“Here is a question for you:

I will sit down, read the news, do my research and come to realize that what the media is telling us is often not the best course of action for the everyday man, but is in fact what is best for big business or the ultra-wealthy and may even be at the expense of the everyday man. I go out and interact with the public only to find most people’s opinion’s have been brought in line with the news message and few people are questioning if it’s really the right message. Far too often, I’m the odd man out with the “goofy” ideas. How do you deal with this? It gets tiring. Surely you’ve encountered something similar in your life. After too much of it, it makes me want to withdraw from having conversations with people, which is the exact opposite of what society needs from insightful people who are really trying to understand how the world works.”

To which Mr. Chomsky replied:

“What you describe is the normal experience, throughout history, of those who think for themselves and do not simply toe the line, the easy way. It is, for example, the experience of the scattered few who opposed US aggression in Vietnam when it was building up in the early 1960s, and faced not only isolation but abuse and often violence — until, years late, popular opinion began to change and the war was seen by many as the monstrosity it was. So yes, it gets tiring, but the right response, as throughout history, is to go on.”

I really appreciated his response and thought it would be fitting to share here where it might help someone else who reads it.

“So yes, it gets tiring, but the right response, as throughout history, is to go on.”

*This communication was reproduced here with kind permission from Mr. Chomsky

To read an article on how the media works, click here: Link

Vaccination Education Is Important

Vaccines are genius: expose the body to an inactivated virus and your immune system learns how to defeat it, which builds up immunity. If a certain percentage of the population is vaccinated, that disease cannot spread efficiently and infection rates can plummet.

Vaccines should be celebrated and supported. You should learn about vaccines, come to realize they have tremendous benefit and want to receive them. People should be educated on their importance.

There is one thing vaccines should never be: mandatory. There is a very simple reason for this: Every individual has an intrinsic human right to determine the course of their own health care.

No one but the individual gets the final call on what medical procedures are done to their body. This concept was infamously explored during the World War II Nuremberg trials in which doctors in concentration camps were performing forced medical procedures.

It is a human rights violation to perform medical procedures without the consent of the patient.

Looking at it from 30,000 feet, mandatory vaccination is the idea that individuals do not have the right to decide what medicines they consume; governments and corporations (whose research often gets reflected in public policy decisions) would get those rights and can decide to forcibly inject whatever substance they deem necessary directly into your bloodstream. What could go wrong?

What is the answer then if people aren’t getting the vaccines they should be getting?

Education!

High vaccination rates via mandatory vaccination is not something to celebrate. That would be a giant step backwards in human rights and freedom. High vaccination rates via public education and willful consumption is something to celebrate. So get out there, do your research, educate yourself and others, and foster a desire to get safe and effective vaccines.

Characteristics of Traditional Diets

1) The diets of healthy, nonindustrialized peoples contain no refined or denatured foods or ingredients, such as refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup; white flour; canned foods; pasteurized, homogenized, skim or lowfat milk; refined or hydrogenated vegetable oils; protein powders; synthetic vitamins; or toxic additives and artificial colorings.

2) All traditional cultures consume some sort of animal food, such as fish and shellfish; land and water fowl; land and sea mammals; eggs; milk and milk products; reptiles; and insects. The whole animal is consumed—muscle meat, organs, bones and fat, with the organ meats and fats preferred.

3) The diets of healthy, nonindustrialized peoples contain at least four times the minerals and water-soluble vitamins, and TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins found in animal fats (vitamin A, vitamin D and Activator X, now thought to be vitamin K2) as the average American diet.

4) All traditional cultures cooked some of their food but all consumed a portion of their animal foods raw.

5) Primitive and traditional diets have a high content of food enzymes and beneficial bacteria from lactofermented vegetables, fruits, beverages, dairy products, meats and condiments.

6) Seeds, grains and nuts are soaked, sprouted, fermented or naturally leavened to neutralize naturally occurring anti-nutrients such as enzyme inhibitors, tannins and phytic acid.

7) Total fat content of traditional diets varies from 30 percent to 80 percent of calories but only about 4 percent of calories come from polyunsaturated oils naturally occurring in grains, legumes, nuts, fish, animal fats and vegetables. The balance of fat calories is in the form of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids.

8) Traditional diets contain nearly equal amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids.

9) All traditional diets contain some salt.

10) All traditional cultures make use of animal bones, usually in the form of gelatin-rich bone broths.

12) Traditional cultures make provisions for the health of future generations by providing special nutrient-rich animal foods for parents-to-be, pregnant women and growing children; by proper spacing of children; and by teaching the principles of right diet to the young.

These bullet points originate from the Weston A. Price Foundation and are an interpretation of Weston A. Price’s research and findings on nutrition and diet in indigenous populations. To read an article on Dr. Price click here: Link

To read an article on the principles of a healthy diet, click here: Link.

Nutrition and Weston A. Price

Weston A. Price was a dentist and medical researcher born in 1870. During his career, he became increasingly curious as to the causes of diseases that were endemic to Western cultures in the early 1900s, and beyond . For example, dental caries (cavities) and tuberculosis were less prevalent in non-Western cultures. After he retired, he and his wife travelled the world to investigate other cultures and how they lived. It quickly became apparent that nutrition had something to do with all of this.

Dr. Price performed nutritional studies across diverse cultures which included Native Americans, Polynesians, Pygmies, Aborigines, among others. He meticulously documented his findings and incorporated them into a book called “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.”

Being a dentist, he was especially focused on diseases of the mouth which included cavaties, crooked teeth, malformed dental arches, infections, etc. The timing of his research was most fortunate in that in some instances he was able to witness roads being built into towns which brought in products of trade with the West which included things such as white flour, white sugar and refined vegetable oils. In this way, he was witness to villages living on their traditional diets and then watched the shift towards a more industrialized diet of commercially-processed foods.

What he witnessed and meticulously documented and photographed was that when a culture abandoned their indigenous diet that had been molded and shaped through centuries of survival in favor of industrialized food products, rates of disease shot upwards. Cavities became common. Crooked teeth resulted. Infections increased. A lowered resistance to disease became apparent.

He concluded that Western methods of commercially preparing and storing foods stripped away vitamins and minerals necessary to prevent these diseases.

Dr. Price is well-known for his research on the fat soluble vitamins: A, D, E, and K (especially K2). He found that these vitamins were especially protective and required for proper human development. He noted that these indigenous diets contained much more of these vitamins than Western diets do and they get them from optimal, highly bioavailable sources.

On the rear cover of the 8th Edition, 23rd Printing of his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, it reads:

“For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of looking at people afflicted with disease symptoms, this highly-respected dentist and dental researcher chose to focus on healthy individuals, and challenged himself to understand how they achieved such amazing health. Dr. Price traveled to hundreds of cities in a total of 14 different countries in his search to find healthy people. He investigated some of the most remote areas in the world. He observed perfect dental arches, minimal tooth decay, high immunity to tuberculosis and overall excellent health in those groups of people who ate their indigenous foods. He found when these people were introduced to modernized foods, such as white flour, white sugar, refined vegetable oils and canned goods, signs of degeneration quickly became evident. Dental caries, deformed jaw structures, crooked teeth, arthritis and a low immunity to tuberculosis became rampant amongst them. Dr. Price documented this ancestral wisdom – including hundreds of photos – in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.”

To read a variety of book reviews, click here: Link. The book can also be purchased there (no affiliation).

His legacy lives on through the Weston A. Price Foundation which was co-founded by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is dedicated to “restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism.” Having passed away in 1948, Dr. Price does not have input on how the organization is run, but they try their best to incorporate his research and findings while incorporating the latest nutritional research. The Weston A. Price Foundation website can be found here: Link.

To read an article on the principles of traditional diets based on Dr. Price’s research, click here: Link.