A recent publication in Surgical Neurology International showed dysbiosis and malabsorption of minerals were sourced at one provoker. This common addition to our every day life is accused at causing the problem. These findings were uncovered last year and no action has been taken by the FDA. The results are not common knowledge.

Surgical Neurology International is an open access International Journal of Neurosurgery and Neurosciences. 

The journal article, written by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, says this common addition to our every day lives creates the pathway to modern disease, neurological disease and associated pathologies. 

We eat this in every restaurant in one way or another. If fills every grocery store somewhere, even in the ones that claim to be 100% organic. It’s in every household somewhere in a cabinet. Traces are found in organic vegetables. It’s in our water supply. 



The journal reported, “A recent study on cows fed (with this addition) revealed a severe depletion of serum Manganese (Mn).  (This addition) has also been shown to severely deplete Mn levels in plants.”

Subsequently other nutritional functions and deficiencies are established as a result including depletion of serotonin, melatonin, melanin, epinephrine, dopamine, thyroid hormone, folate, coenzyme Q10, vitamin K, and vitamin E along with causing an imbalance of gut bacteria which negatively impacts amino acids.

Samsel and Seneff show the causation and connection with gut dysbiosis as well as neuropathologies such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, and prion diseases as well as glutamate overexpression in the brain.

Together they explain how Manganese protects mitochondria from oxidative damage, positively impacting sperm motility as well as other beneficial actions.

Astute readers have already deciphered this added addition to our food as glyphosate, the active ingredient of Roundup® 

The US Geological Survey (USGS) tests water supplies. They said, “A total of 154 water samples were collected during the 2002 study in nine Midwestern States. Glyphosate was detected in 36 percent of the samples, while its degradation product, aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) was detected in 69 percent of the samples.”



Health Impact News reported, “A new investigation reveals that many products in the organic grain market in the U.S. contain glyphosate residue at levels almost the same as conventional grains.”

They go on to say, “The presence of glyphosate residue was found in organic wheat and other organic grains, including organic barley, oats, spelt, and einkorn. The range was from 0.03 to 0.06 mg/kg, just slightly lower than the conventional grains that were tested.”

Biomed Research International says, “We measured mitochondrial activities, membrane degradations, and caspases 3/7 activities. Fungicides were the most toxic from concentrations 300-600 times lower than agricultural dilutions, followed by herbicides and then insecticides, with very similar profiles in all cell types.”

They went on to say, “Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup®  was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested.”

Samsel and Seneff show glyphosate disrupts the homeostasis of bile acid which in turn promotes the toxic accumulation of Manganese in the brainstem.



Bile acids are manufactured in the liver and assist in digestion as well as absorption of fats. They are the result of cholesterol metabolism.

JAMA says, “Bile acids have bacteriostatic effects and stimulate mucin secretion; these actions are likely to affect intestinal flora of the small intestine. Bile acids, because of their surface activity, should inhibit bacterial adhesion, and they might bind enterotoxin in the intestinal lumen. Bile acids also affect the absorption of water and electrolytes by the colonic mucosa, and affect colonic motility.”

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.

GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.



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10 Responses to Scientists Reveal The Root Cause Of Dysbiosis And Malabsorption

  1. Joan mercantini says:

    Thank you for writing this wonderful post. Shared with my many friends on FB.

  2. Hi Becky
    Please would you give the full reference to this journal article. I have tried to find it using an Author Search, but nothing came up.
    Thanks so much.

    • Becky Plotner says:

      I replied to your other comment but just to be sure you see it the article and journal are both linked in this post. Stephanie Seneff and the other author have may scientific publications showing their years of work. If you Google either of their names with scientist after it you will filled with reading for hours.

  3. Paula says:

    This is very disturbing! From what I’m reading, there is practically no way to avoid glyphosate in the US. Should we purchase Einkorn wheat from another country such as in Europe , to avoid this issue?

    • Becky Plotner says:

      It is indeed showing to saturate our environment with apparent saturation levels only getting worse as the quantity used has only exponentially increased in the recent years. There are a lot of people, if not all from what I’m finding, showing signs of chronic illness. We do our best here in this house, grow our own, buy organic, ferment our foods and filter our water. I buy Einkhorn from a small farm in the states through Azure Standard. I’m growing it for the first time but the first year is always a learning curve so we will see when it comes time to harvest.

  4. I sent a comment last week. Don’t see it here and neither have I had a reply. Please give the full reference to the article in the journal. I tried an author search but found nothing.

    • Becky Plotner says:

      I’m very confused by your comment. The article is linked in this post. It’s colored either orange or blue (depending on your screen) and is the first thing in the second paragraph.

  5. Robyn says:

    I have heard that Glyphosate was first patented decades ago as a chelator of metals. Therefore I t would make sense that it depletes manganese. It is also a known antibiotic. What other damage does it do that we have been misled about?

    • Becky Plotner says:

      Huh, I had not heard that. My knowledge is it started as a descaler, moved into the patent as a pesticide and was attempted as an antibiotic but didn’t succeed so remained a pesticide. If you have any documentation on this can you please post it?

  6. Sherie says:

    Thank you for sharing this information. I just recently started having malabsorption problems. What can be done to stop malabsorption of nutrients. I have been juicing for five years, eat raw and cooked vegetables, many which are organic, drink filtered water, etc. and just recently added grass-fed meat , about 4oz. A day back into my diet. And while doing all this I am deficient in minerals and vitamins. I forgot to mention that I also take certain supplements too.

What do you think?

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