Glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides contribute to autoimmune disease by causing dysbiosis in the microbiome and contributing to intestinal permeability (aka "leaky gut"). When the blood-gut barrier becomes faulty, toxins are released from the gut into the bloodstream, creating a cascade of inflammation and immune response. In the case of autoimmunity, the immune system then mistakenly attacks the organs of the body.
Glyphosate has been shown to cause damage to the microbiome, selectively harming beneficial strains while sparing more pathogenic bacteria. The scientific literature is rapidly expanding as we gain greater understanding of just how critical the composition is of our microbiome to preventing disease and thriving. And how dietary exposure to glyphosate is a key piece of the puzzle of the explosion in chronic disease.