Let me start this article by saying emphatically that I do NOT agree with those who put the ban on all grains. People have been eating HEALTHY grains for thousands of years. The proper understanding of what it means to eat healthy grains is key to good health. How much, what kind, etc..
According to reports, less than one percent of the population actually suffers a severe immune reaction from gluten, and up to eight percent have mild-to-moderate insensitivity to it. However, gluten does bear discussion because it can be a real curse to some people and can contribute to or cause some very serious health problems in those individuals. No one NEEDS grains if their nutritional lifestyle is otherwise in the proper balance. (Big if)
A mere decade ago, most people likely had no idea what gluten even was. Today, this protein is widely known for causing digestive and other health problems in certain people that requires them to eat only gluten-free foods. And many otherwise healthy individuals are also going gluten-free because they believe it will improve their overall health.
What is Gluten
Gluten is the common protein found in wheat, barley, oats, spelt, kamut, & rye. It is what gives breads their fluffy texture, and is often used in other food preparations to make food thicker or more chewy. But gluten upsets the digestive function of some people, including those with Celiac disease, which is changing the consumer food market. Gluten is a sticky, storage protein that when combined with water becomes sort of `gluey.` Inside of the digestive tract, this reaction can lead to gluten binding to the small intestinal wall where it can cause digestive and immune system disorders. Gluten sensitivity is an epidemic that is a major contributing factor with many of today`s health problems.
Gliadins are the glycoprotein portion of the gluten molecule that is responsible for the negative effects. Researchers have found that certain gliadin compounds can bind to a chemo attractant receptor and increase a certain factor that destroys tight junctions. These junctions tie the small intestinal cells together and prevent leakage of food particles into the body. This gliadin reaction has been linked to increased intestinal permeability and leaky gut syndrome.
What does it do?
When the gut is permeable and food particles are able to cross into the blood stream it creates a stress response in the body. As a result of this, the body very often forms an immune response to the circulating molecules as well as to the toxic culprits causing havoc in the gut.
This immune reaction begins with the body forming T-lymphocyte recognition of gluten peptides in circulation and gluten peptides that are bound to tissue. Once this recognition is formed the second immune interaction results in the production of Anti-Gliadin anti-bodies (AGA). Over time this process creates a dramatic increase in gut inflammation and finally toxic destruction to the villi of the small intestine as seen in Celiac disease.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that currently affects over 5 million Americans. It is a condition characterized by chronic muscle pain, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disorders, anxiety and fatigue. The cause is not understood and DOCTORS use several BIG PHARMA CARTEL d r u g s (what happened to the WAR ON DRUGS?) for “managing symptoms,” including analgesics and antidepressants.
According to gluten researcher Dr. Kenneth Fine, Americans are genetically susceptible to celiac disease by 43% while 81% are predisposed to gluten intolerances. While some may have digestive discomfort, most do not. Many may instead experience inflammation in the skin (eczema & psoriasis), joints (arthritis), respiratory tract (asthma, allergies) and brain (brain fog, poor memory, dizziness, etc.).
“Gluten is fairly indigestible in all people, and there’s probably some kind of gluten intolerance in all of us.” Untreated or undiagnosed individuals with elevated AGA are at an increased risk for lymphoid cancers and other auto-immune disorders such as Sjogren`s syndrome & Hashimoto`s Thyroiditis. Anyone with chronic inflammatory conditions should immediately consider removing gluten from their diet. Brown rice, quinoa, millet and sprouted grains are much better choices.
An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported on a study with over 30,000 patients. The data was collected from 1969 until 2008. Divided into three groups, the patients either had celiac, had intestinal inflammation but not full-blown celiac disease or had gluten sensitivity. Those individuals with full blown celiac disease had a 39% higher risk of death. The risk was 72% for those with intestinal inflammation, and 35% for those with gluten sensitivity.
Another study looked at the blood tests of ten thousand people from fifty years ago and compared them to tests on 10,000 people today. The study discovered a 400% increase in full-blown celiac disease. The results were measured by elevated antibodies in the blood, called TTG antibodies, which increase when there is a reaction to gluten.
Many people suffer from gluten intolerance and are not aware that this is the cause of their symptoms. Symptoms can include irritable bowel disease, canker sores, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, anemia, cancer, autoimmune disease, MS, and neurological problems such as depression, anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia, nerve damage, migraines, epilepsy, and autism.
The first step in eliminating gluten intolerance is to avoid all foods that contain gluten and see if symptoms go away. In addition to grains, gluten can be hidden in products such as soup, salad dressings, and even vitamins, stamps, and cosmetics.
Enter the Drug Kingpins
Conventional medicine (drug pushers) mainly treat and suppress symptoms using DRUGS rather than looking for root causes of illnesses and disorders. To the contrary, in Europe, where doctors get bonuses for actually helping their patients to recover from diseases and disorders, attacking the front end of a problem is the first order of business.
If you were getting sick from moldy bread, would you look for a cure from a vaccine or DRUG while you kept eating the bread every day? The cure for polluted water is to stop polluting the water, however, millions of Americans who consume synthetic ingredients daily are suffering from short term side effects and long term physiological repercussions.
Could it be that the body’s inability to process, utilize, and excrete these unnatural products, which are approved by the FDA (strongarm enforcers of BIG PHARMA), is the main cause of Fibromyalgia? Some wild guesses at the cause include stress injuries and psychological trauma, or even post-surgery stress. If any of these prove true, then this is the time when the human body needs nutrients the most.
Clean up your act!
How many diet drinks and sugar free candies are you consuming in an average day? In what other ways is the average American polluting their system with synthetics that generate incurable disorders? Gluten is a key ingredient for giving many foods their chewiness and adding bulk to packaged food products.
Gluten is everywhere in American grocery stores, including bread, pasta, cakes, oatmeal, salad dressings, and even canned soup. Gluten can interfere with absorption of vital nutrients and cause skin rashes, arthritis, and intense abdominal pain.
Huge pharmaceutical (drug) CARTELS are making money from this “epidemic style” disorder. And why are four out of five cases of Fibromyalgia females. Aren’t women consuming more of these “diet” foods than men?
According to a study by the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, the use of aspartame increases pain for people who have fibromyalgia. Women who decreased their intake of aspartame and MSG (monosodium glutamate) experienced decreases in pain, and then, when the additives were introduced back into their diet, the pain levels increased immediately.
Gluten-free diets have also been shown to be beneficial to those suffering from thyroid disease, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, anemia, autism, and irritable bowel syndrome. Eliminating gluten from the diet can also be of great benefit to those wishing to lose weight.
By eliminating gluten from your diet, it is also possible to increase your energy levels, lower bad cholesterol levels and even assist the body`s digestive processes.
Gluten is found in almost all processed foods, often masked on labeling by names like shortening, natural flavouring, stabilizer agent and thickener. This makes it very difficult, and if not almost impossible, to avoid entirely as it is even found in chemical medications, some vitamin supplements as a binding agent and also in cosmetic products such as lipsticks, lip balms and chap sticks. Soy sauces and MSG can also contain hidden gluten.
Going gluten-free helps to eliminate symptoms such as diarrhoea, bloating and excessive gas. A gluten- free diet is also low in carbohydrates, therefore making it very effective for those wanting to lose excess weight. It has also been shown to reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of dermatitis herpetiformis, which is a skin ailment that causes itchy blistering. Gluten has also been shown to compromise the immune system in some individuals.
By eliminating products from the diet that contain gluten, you may find yourself instead consuming more fresh, whole and organic foods. This in itself will be greatly beneficial to your overall health, as it will mean that your chances of consuming processed foods will be virtually eliminated. Another benefit to going gluten-free is that your sugar and fat intake is drastically reduced.
One of the best ways to avoid gluten completely is to prepare meals from scratch. Ensure that utensils that are used to prepare them are kept and used entirely separately from those used to prepare foods that contain gluten.
Jump start the healing process by eliminating “excitotoxins,” or poisons, (see this page for more info on excitotoxins) from the diet. Many chemical food agents and additives lead to neurotoxicity when used in excess, especially when consumed on an empty stomach. Neurotoxicity is an umbrella term which covers nearly every single symptom listed under Fibromyalgia.
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1) Quinoa (a grain-like seed) is gluten free (and tasty to boot!). Unlike a lot of plant foods, quinoa is a complete protein. Luckily for people trying to follow a gluten-free diet, rice, millet, corn, and amaranth are also free of gluten. Gluten-sensitive people don’t need to sacrifice; they simply need to switch. For example, instead of eating wheat bread, people with gluten intolerance can eat bread made of rice flour. (Grains to look out for that do contain gluten are wheat, rye, barley, bulgur wheat, and spelt.)
2) Wheatgrass is reportedly safe for those who are gluten intolerant. It’s because the gluten develops in the wheat seed/germ, rather than in the wheat grass itself. While sprouting wheat berries and such make them easier to tolerate for those who are sensitive, those with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) should probably avoid wheat products altogether, including wheatgrass.
3) Despite what people may have heard, gluten is only found in nature in wheat, barley, and rye products. However, that means a lot more than many people may realize. For example, triticale is a no-no because it is a cross between rye and wheat. Also, some people might not know that spelt and kamut are products of wheat and so they are also dangerous to someone who is gluten intolerant. Finally, those who are gluten sensitive need to exercise caution with processed foods. There are so many foods that contain gluten, many more than some people may realize; for example, beer is off limits, as are many soy sauces and gravies. When in doubt, read the label.
Eating gluten free isn’t difficult once a person knows what to look for. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to grains that have glutens. Being familiar with varieties of grains with glutens and reading labels of products that aren’t well known are key to one’s success.
In other words, cover your nutritional needs first and always remember, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates.