I was a long-time sufferer of celiac disease. Since identifying it in my thirties, I spent 8 years avoiding all gluten, being a general pain in the ass at every dinner party and restaurant. Any accidental crumb of bread would almost immediately send me dashing to the john for a painful session that, depending on the contamination level, could be repeated for up to 48 hours.
About 2 years ago, in an unrelated move, I started eating only food that came either from our garden, local farmers who didn’t treat their crops, or the nearest organic supermarket here in Normandy.
So it was last week that I started reading about the link between glyphosates (think RoundUp or other herbicides) and celiac disease. Wait a minute: this wasn’t something I was born with after all? Was the problem not the wheat but what had been sprayed on the wheat?! By going organic, I had effectively avoided herbicides and pesticides for the last 2 years, so I tried a wacky, cutting-edge experiment: I had a beer, after first making sure I was sprinting distance to a bathroom. And the weirdest thing happened:
And you won’t know how great that is unless you’ve got celiac. The experience was so astonishing, I decided to try some bread. Again, no symptoms.
Not long afterwards, my sister-in-law sent me this review on the relationship between celiac incidence and glyphosate-based herbicide use over the last 20 years. You can’t overlook this pretty striking association, as shown on page 2. Ok, that’s correlation. Interesting but not enough to catch glyphosates red-handed. Gotta pathway, tough guy? You betcha.
None of you will be surprised to note that this has something to do with gut bacteria. While we destroy diversity planet-wide, we are also doing it inside ourselves. Wouldn’t it be logical that an herbicide created to destroy diversity on a crop field (also known as “killing weeds”) would do the same thing in your colon? It’s killing off beneficial bacteria and leaving you with mostly baddies. (Yes, I realize those are chickens in the study, but those are all bacteria housed in the human intestine too.)
So once you’ve got serious dysbiosis down under, you’ve got problems. First off, none of the hormone signalling usually taken care of by your resident healthy gut bacteria is taking place. Secondly, you’re developing holes in your gut wall, since the protective bacteria aren’t there, or aren’t there in big enough numbers. You’re opening yourself up to tons of other diseases since your shizz is now getting through to the Other Side. Wanna keep your immune system wired all day, overzealous, trigger-happy, overworked, and generally unprepared to meet the demands of protecting your body? Get some bodywide toxemia from bacteria entering your bloodstream through your gut endothelium. We’re not talking simple IBD or colitis anymore. The downstream effects will be felt everywhere.
So, commence extrapolation to all autoimmune disease. Damn, I’m late to the party, as the science journal Nature already did that. So did the Centre for Research on Globalisation, who went as far as to name glyphosates as a causative factor in all modern disease, period.
I’ll leave you with this interview by Jeffrey Smith, who you may know from his book, Genetic Roulette. If you have an hour to spare, it’s well worth it. Here he lets researcher Dr. Stephanie Seneff tell you first hand all about what she learned regarding glyphosates and what they do to us, our resident bacteria, and our health.
The Unified Theory of Modern Disease comes into sight when you throw in a lifestyle involving frequent therapeutic antibiotic use, low-dose antibiotic ingestion in your meat, milk and water, and modern ultra-high levels of hygiene with not enough exposure to natural soil bacterial communities. You’re decimating your gut biome, and your health. Get dirty and get organic, and get on it now to prevent diseases of civilization.