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    Is Monsanto's Roundup Behind the Global Explosion of Celiac Disease?

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

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    Celiac.com 03/06/2014 - Celiac disease is associated with various nutritional and reproductive issues, and increased risk of thyroid disease, kidney failure and certain cancers.

    Image: Wikimedia Commons--Benjah_bmm27For reasons yet unknown, over the last forty years, celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome, have climbed to epidemic proportions.

    Is the rapid worldwide increase in celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome a result of the rising use of Monsanto's glyphosate herbicide, sold as Roundup?

    Yes, according to a new US peer-reviewed paper from Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff. Their research indicates that glyphosate is the primary cause of an emerging epidemic of celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome. Their review appears in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology.

    According to Samsel and Seneff, glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup, "is the most important causal factor" in the global epidemic of celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome.

    Stay tuned for more detailed summary of the nature, scope, methodology, and findings of the study itself. In the meantime, read the complete original review at sustainablepulse.com.


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    I have to try to totally avoid GM foods and products that contain them, because they cause me severe pains in my stomach. I discovered that in the late '90s. And was diagnosed with celiac awhile later. My brother used to get awful pains in his stomach after eating, and did have symptoms of celiac, but wasn't tested. He died of stomach cancer about 3 years ago. I think there is a good chance that Roundup and GMOs are causing the dramatic increase in celiac, gluten intolerance, IBS and other severe health problems. I've felt so much better since eating mostly organic foods and totally gluten free and avoiding GMOs.

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    The Samsel/Seneff article is one of the worst I have seen in years. It shows a remarkable lack of scientific knowledge on this topic, and appears to be more of a political tool. In my opinion, this kind of fear-mongering is irresponsible, and celiacs should be up in arms about this. Jefferson, by merely restating the article's claims, I fear you are doing more harm than good.

     

    I don't think that the material on Sustainable Pulse is really a review, and the author is not named.

     

    Bizarrely, the text of the article in the S.P. link is different from that on the journal website (published last November), even though the versions look very similar. This is highly unorthodox, since it is standard practice for journals to issue public corrections or retractions if errors have been uncovered. (Since links are not permitted here, I unfortunately cannot post the actual link to the journal, but perhaps you could, Jefferson).

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    Thanks for sharing this info and link to the original article. I hope it gets into the hands of those who need to read it. This chemical needs to be banned asap so we stop poisoning ourselves and our planet!

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    I'd need to see a lot more data before I believe this, but if the research is validated, it opens up the potential for one of the largest lawsuits in history, against a corporate titan.

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    Dr. Mercola talked about this very same article back in the September 2013. We need to get congress to back us up and put a end of the use of glyphosate to kill off the foliage of the crops to be harvested. They (farmers) say that they have to have the amount of glyphosate to be increase to help farmers harvest. The this chemical is begin transfer into our food chain. All of us (celiacs) should call our congress reps and senators every day until they realize that this could be them some day.

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    I read the study. Most interesting (and alarming). Monsanto does it again. I hope the FDA, EPA, and others take notice of this and take steps to ban it to protect us (as is their job). And I hope the public get the word and takes notice....we need to speak out about this irresponsibility!

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    The Samsel/Seneff article is one of the worst I have seen in years. It shows a remarkable lack of scientific knowledge on this topic, and appears to be more of a political tool. In my opinion, this kind of fear-mongering is irresponsible, and celiacs should be up in arms about this. Jefferson, by merely restating the article's claims, I fear you are doing more harm than good.

     

    I don't think that the material on Sustainable Pulse is really a review, and the author is not named.

     

    Bizarrely, the text of the article in the S.P. link is different from that on the journal website (published last November), even though the versions look very similar. This is highly unorthodox, since it is standard practice for journals to issue public corrections or retractions if errors have been uncovered. (Since links are not permitted here, I unfortunately cannot post the actual link to the journal, but perhaps you could, Jefferson).

    Peter Olins, Phd. is employed by Monsanto. Not an objective source.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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