Western Industrialised Countries have seen a significant rise in the cases of Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowl Syndrome and gluten intolerance. 20 years ago these conditions were largely unheard of and yet today up to 5% of the world population suffers from these illnesses. The question arises as to why these conditions have become more frequent, particularly in Europe and North America.
A recent study published in the Journal of Toxicology vol 6 (4) “Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance,” proposes a link between the herbicide ‘Roundup’ and the increase in the prevalence of these diseases. This is due to the active ingredient in Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ glyphosate. It is theorised in this paper that the characteristics of diseases such as celiac’s disease are concurrent with the imbalances in gut bacteria, deficiencies in minerals and amino acids caused by glyphosate.
Roundup is currently the world’s best selling herbicide and the use of glyphosate on wheat has increased sharply in the last decade, in step with the large rise in celiac’s disease. There has also been a large rise in kidney disease worldwide, this is particularly prevalent in the agricultural sector in Central America related to the sugar cane industry, glyphosate could be playing a role here too.
Under EU law there are regulations on the use of ‘endocrine disruptors’ which glyphosate and thus ‘Roundup’ have been shown to be. This is because they exercise toxic effects at extremely low doses that have never been properly assessed. Although the study quoted here related to glysophate is a review and not a scientific study, the results appear to be in line with the theory and concludes with a call to action for governments to regulate and investigate.
A link to the published article is provided here