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A Cause in the Rise of Inflammatory Bowel Disorders

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Inflammatory bowel disease, while different from irritable bowel syndrome, is a very uncomfortable autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The prevalence of IBD has recently tripled from previous estimates, now reaching over three million American adults. Researchers link the rise of IBD to modern dietary changes, including processed food that is high in sugar and chemicals.

There are two types of inflammatory bowel disease, Chron’s disease and Ulcerative colitis. Symptoms of both of these diseases include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fatigue. People suffering from IBD also have a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer, which is unfortunately common.

Cause of IBD

There is no single cause of IBD, rather it seems that several factors put a person at a predisposition to get the diagnosis. Some of these include genetics, diet, toxic environmental exposures, immune dysfunction, and altered intestinal microbiome. Some other causes that have increased in recent years are poor air quality, exposure to antibiotics, GMOs, and exposure to pesticides.

While these risks apply to everyone, people who have a predisposition to irritable bowel diseases are especially susceptible. For those suffering from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, these modern day changes are devastating and difficult to recover from. Genetically modified organisms make the GI tract more sensitive, which increases the inflammation and damage to the digestive system.

Glyphosate

While some companies insists that their chemical products are safe and not very toxic, other research suggests that chemicals such as glyphosate increase the damaging effects of other environmental toxins that in turn disrupt how the body normally functions. This disruption grows slowly with time, leading to increasing inflammation that damages the cells throughout the body. Research has also shown a link between exposure to glyphosate and Celiac disease.

While GMOs typically contain higher levels of glyphosate because they are heavily sprayed, other crops that are not organic are also sprayed with glyphosate before they harvest in order to boost their growth. Studies have shown that glyphosate keeps the human body from detoxifying itself naturally, leaving foreign chemicals in the body.

Glyphosate can also interfere with enzymes, which impairs the transport of sulfate throughout the body. This can lead to GI disorders, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, autism, depression, infertility, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.

Glyphosate in Foods

Glyphosate can actually be found in many popular foods sold in our grocery stores. For example, Cheerios, Doritos, and Ritz crackers have all been found to contain this chemical. This puts the importance of the profits of food companies over the well-being of the American people.

GMOs and the Rise in IBS

Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome is much more common than inflammatory bowel disease, affecting around 70 million Americans. Symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, diarrhea, spastic colon, gas, bloating, and constipation. It is important for those suffering with IBS to avoid gluten, but recent studies show that it may be equally important to avoid GMOs and pesticides.

Bt toxin is an insecticide that works by destroying the stomach of the creature it is meant to kill, so if foods are eaten that have residue of this toxin on them, they can also wreak havoc on the human digestive system. Bt crops are a bit different from genetically engineered crops, in the sense that they contain a gene from the soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis, which lets them produce this toxin internally. Pesticides with Bt are recognized by the EPA, but the Bt plant itself remains unregulated. This has led to the false claim that Bt plants are safe. In fact, Bt plants are exempt from toxicity requirements.

The EPA originally claimed the Bt toxin that is produced inside the plant is immediately destroyed in the human digestive system, but this has been proven false in tests of pregnant women. Studies have actually shown that Bt toxins bioaccumulate in the human body. The prevalence of IBD has significantly risen since the introduction of Bt crops.

Genetically modified foods containing the Bt toxin came to American grocery stores in 1996. From 1979 to 1998, prevalence of Crohn’s Disease in America remained low. However, in 2000, the number began to quickly rise and has continued to do so.

Avoid GMOs

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from GMO damage to your system is to alter your diet. Organic, non-GMO, free-range foods should be eaten rather than foods that contain chemical residue. The most commonly consumed GMO foods include corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets.

Other Processed Foods May Harm Your Gut

Besides pesticides and Bt toxin, many processed foods have several other ingredients that can harm your gut. Research shows that emulsifiers used in processed foods contribute to the incidence of IBD and colorectal cancer.

In order to obtain the best health, stick to an organic diet. Many studies show that organic foods are far less likely to have pesticide residues. They also contain fewer heavy metals, and more antioxidants than their conventionally grown counterparts. Many organic foods may actually be more nutrient dense than those that are not organic.

Seek out local foods in your area to find the freshest produce that has not been treated with chemicals. This can help protect your health in the long run and help your body fight against disease.

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