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Wheat and Gluten Sensitivity

A business associate of mine was recently at a training seminar that was conducted by an MD.  He said that “no human being has the enzyme that can digest gluten”. In light of my understanding that wheat is for man, I can’t understand how this Doctor’s statement can be true. I am also perplexed by the huge number of people who are gluten sensitive/intolerant.  I would really appreciate it if you could shed some light on this for me.
Thank you very much.

Gluten is broken down by an enzyme made by normal bacteria in the colon. So, technically, humans don’t make the enzyme, but it is made for them in the gut.  Some people have gut problems and don’t have that type of bacteria, so they cannot digest gluten.  This is the case with many of the autistic children.  Over the past 50 years the content of gluten has increased considerably, and I am not aware the bacteria count has changed.

I am likewise perplexed with the number of people who are gluten sensitive.  My theory (not supported by science yet) is that in the hybridization and processing of wheat, the process has changed the protein enough that people are becoming allergic to it, with or without the bacteria present to digest it.

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Gluten Sensitivity, Candidiasis, and Diet

Having had gluten sensitivity for many years, and have overcome it recently, let me add my 2 cents worth:  food allergies can be caused by excess stress, which causes reactions of many kinds in the body, as well as having Candidiasis (overgrowth of yeast in the body, which can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome.  Look it up on the internet.)  They can also be worsened by eating the same foods over and over daily.  The best way to avoid them, especially while under stress and after they have developed, is to use a food rotation system, where you do not eat the same foods, or those from the same family of foods (do research to learn these), more often than once every four days.   You need to do research to learn how to heal your gut, or find a good Naturopathic physician who can help you know what to take and do.  A few medical Drs. are learning how to treat it too, but they are few and far between.

I would strongly recommend that anyone having health problems search the internet for the answers, but do lots of studying and considering before jumping in to any one thing — there are many copycats and pushers that try to sound like they know what they are talking about.  After much study, make your own informed decisions about which advice is most logical and trustworthy.

My experience is that most illnesses are caused by what you do or don’t put into your mouth, and that if the body can get sick, it can also get well.  And that if you stop doing what is causing the problem and start giving the body what it needs (great nutrition, sunshine, good water, exercise and rest) to heal, it will heal itself.  And don’t take dangerous drugs — read their side effects before submitting your body to further risk.  The human body is a marvelous organism.  Hope this helps.

Well stated!–could not have said it better myself. Intake of food is where it all starts–no more sugar or processed food, in with the vegetables and real food. Once the diet is cleaned up and supplements added to account for individual needs, then you need to look to toxin removal.  Toxins get in the way of proper functioning of the enzymes, cells, organs and eventually bodies.  After that, look to safe alternatives for the remaining symptoms, if there are any.

My role as a physician is to help you decipher the plethora of information that is available on the internet: I’ve already spent over 30 years studying the body and what makes and keeps it healthy.  The incredible volume of information that’s “out there” can leave a person feeling almost panicky about what to do to regain health!  I know what works, what doesn’t, and for the most part, what’s just “snake oil.”

Believe me, there’s a lot more “snake oil” than you might realize in pharmaceutical prescriptions!  Good old Mother Nature knows what she’s doing, providing you with natural resources for vitamins and nutrients.  I have to smile, remembering the old commercials for Chiffon Margarine, the plasticky fake butter: “it’s not nice to try to fool Mother Nature!”

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Carbs and Gluten Sensitivities

I want to eat healthy and everybody says eat oats and wheat but when i eat a lot of these products I find that I am more tired and feel down

Whole wheat and oats are very healthy, although they are high in carbohydrates. However, many people are sensitive to the gluten in wheat, and if very sensitive, to the amount in the oats also.

There is an antibody test that can tell you if you are sensitive to gluten, which, unfortunately, is very common. I think the common occurence of the sensitivity is related to the amount of processing that is taking place with these products, with how big “food” companies are adding strange ingredients and highly processing the basic ingredients.  I also have questions about the farming procedures that have created 5 times more gluten in today’s wheat than existed 100 years ago.  Something has obviously changed, and it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly is triggering the increase in wheat and gluten sensitivities.

If you are gluten sensitive, you will feel tired and sick upon exposure to gluten. Oftimes, NAET can desensitize you to this protein and you can eat it without having symptoms.  Once your gluten sensitivities are cleared, you can eat the foods (just don’t use the processed versions), enjoy them, and get the health benefits from them.

One more thought:  you can still enjoy the benefitis of wheat by growing and eating wheat grass.  Wheat grass is highly nutritious, full of beneficial enzymes, and a wonderful addition to a green drink.