Gluten is a hot topic in health and nutrition circles these days and has blamed for a multitude of physical and mental ailments, from autoimmune disorders to digestive issues to brain disorders, and, while some people certainly seem to have digestive issues with gluten and Celiac Disease, others are arguing the gluten is not really the root of the problem.
First, let’s define what gluten is, as many people only know that it is associated with wheat. Dr. Mercola writes,
“Gluten is a protein made up of glutenin and gliadin molecules, which in the presence of water form an elastic bond. Gluten is most commonly found in wheat, rye and barley.
“Gluten can also be found in countless processed foods without being labeled as such. For example, gluten can hide under a variety of labels, including the following:
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
- Texturized vegetable protein (TVP)
- Natural flavoring”
What many people do not know is that wheat and other grains may have negatively affect a person’s health for reasons completely unrelated to a gluten sensitivity. This is because so many artificial and chemical substances are used to “assist” in the growing of crops in the Western farming world. With grains like wheat, in particular, glyphosate is commonly used as an insecticide by farmers. In fact, an M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) researcher named Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. and her colleague, Anthony Samsel, Ph.D. have researched a connection between glyphosate and the rise in Celiac Disease. What is the basis of this link? Dr. Mercola writes,
“Glyphosate — one of the most widely used herbicides in the world and an active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup — has been shown to severely damage your gut flora and cause chronic diseases rooted in gut dysfunction. It’s actually patented as an antibiotic.
“In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), determined glyphosate is also a “probable carcinogen” (Class 2A). Their determination was based on “limited evidence” showing it can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer in humans, along with “convincing evidence” it can cause cancer in animals.
“The use of glyphosate on wheat crops specifically has risen in tandem with the rise in celiac disease. In fact, according to Samsel and Seneff, it correlates to a greater degree than glyphosate usage on corn and soy.”
To deal with these digestive issues, we recommend that you make an effort to only eat organically-grown grains to avoid glyphosate contamination in your diet. If you do have a gluten sensitivity, you may wish to consider changing the grains in your diet to gluten-free grains such as corn, quinoa, rice, sorghum, flax, and amaranth seed.