Quick “Roundup”

Posted on February 19, 2014

The article in the Examiner, which looks at the culpability of glyphosate, branded as Roundup, which I tweeted and Facebooked about got me thinking of my early days pre-diagnosis of Coeliac Disease.

Here’s the link if you missed it:


I was a painfully thin child in the 1970s.  A friend posted a photo of me when I was 5 or 6 in a class photo and it caused great amusement how thin I was, so I’m fairly certain I had the auto immune disease from birth.

My nadir – health and weight-wise came in 2001 – when my son was a mere baby. I couldn’t carry him to bed, on my shoulders, in my arms for any length of time as I was too weak. 6 foot 2 and 10 stone. Bad. Not as in good either.

I have a photo (which I frequently upload to my own personal social networks) showing me holding him in the sea in Porto Colom, Mallorca, where I look emaciated. No muscle tissue, no fat, nothing, just a skeletal scaffold.

Glyphosate may be a factor in the rise of coeliac disease and the like, yes, but for me it was gluten. Gluten made me ill, and still does. One smidgeon and I’m ill.

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1 Reply to "Quick "Roundup""

  • Mirry
    February 19, 2014 (8:17 pm)

    Glyphosate article makes for grim reading – “is now used on all grain crops, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets”. It seems that avoiding processed foods to escape hidden nasties is not enough got to be organic too- yet another increase on the weekly shopping bill!

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