There are many things that negatively impact gut flora, including man-made chemicals. Therefore, I’m very skeptical of monocausal explanations for gut dysbiosis.
Gut bacteria, like all living organisms, can be impacted by a whole host of factors as I’ve explained over the last several months. There is no one cause of gut bacterial death anymore than there is one cause of human death. Nevertheless, the following scientific paper I’m about to refer you to offers an intriguing hypothesis on how the increasing use of the herbicide Roundup® may be accelerating beneficial gut flora decline in mammals.
Now I must warn you that this paper is long, and technical in parts, but I think it’s well worth the slog. I highly recommend you print it out as it clocks in at 30 pages without references.
I feel the need to emphasize that this is a hypothesis that may or may not be found to hold true. Until further study is done, I believe it wise to remain skeptical as any good scientist would.
I do, however, wholeheartedly agree with the authors’ assertion that gut dysbiosis is at the very heart of the health disorders outlined in this paper, as well as many others that go unmentioned. So regardless of this theory’s fate, your only hope for mitigating damage to your beneficial gut bacteria lies in augmenting their populations throughout your lifespan.
You can download the PDF here: