Monday, September 26, 2011

Top 12 Reasons Gluten, if sensitive to it, Should Be ELIMINATED From Your Diet: Part 1

Here Charles Poliquin writes about the serious reasons one should avoid gluten/gliadin if one is sensitive to it.

Gluten is a protein found in most grains eaten in America and all over Europe. Most of your customers gluten intake will come from wheat products, but as well from barley, triticale, rye, oats, spelt. Oats are supposed by nature to be gluten free, however, they get cross-contaminated by being carried in trucks that also carry wheat. You should also know that American strands of wheat have the highest content of gluten in the World.

Gluten has been isolated as a risk factor is so many diseases, that is almost impossible to count them all. At the time of writing this blog, the functional medicine circle has isolated at least 55 diseases linked to it.
I have to pick 12 main reasons to eliminate gluten from your diet:
1. Gluten inflames the brain. The auto-immune response to ingesting inflames the brain. It deposits a type of plaque that interferes with proper communication between cells. Gluten is so bad for brain function that I know of at least one Formula One stable who bans their pilots from eating it.

2. The glutamate content in gluten kills brain cells. Glutamate is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites brain cells, which either damages or kills them. Its docking station in the brain is called the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor). Excessive excitation of this receptor is linked to many psychiatric disorders.

3. Gluten has been linked to autism. EVERY single client who came in for a consult to help their autistic child, have seen that the removal of gluten that the most influential factor to heal their child. They can also how reintroducing by accident, such as birthday cake consumption at a friend’s place immediately flares up all behavioral changes associated with autism.
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  1. I'd like to know if you've read Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride and if you agree with everything she states in the book. Can autism, ADD, schizophrenia, etc be cured by the GAPS diet?
    Do you take patients?

    1. Sorry for the late reply.
      I recommend GAPS by Dr. Campbell-McBride as a working manual. She does include supplements that correct gene mutations, reverse dysbiosis and heal the leaky gut, and prevent future high risk complications of gluten sensitivity. Yes, in my opinion, all mental health conditions can be helped with a GAPS diet. A small number of people with problems will need to have specialized studies such as those offered at Great Plains Labs.
      I regret to say, I am all booked up and can't take on any new patients at this time. The GAPS diet is a great first step. Every third person I see needs to add B12 supplements.Even children.
      All the best to you.

  2. Wow, I did not know gluten has glutamate. I believe I read somewhere that autistics have a hard time with MSG.

    Odile, three weeks into the SCD diet, my son got up one day and could talk, notice children and got his motor skills back. Over three years of the SCD there are only minor traces of the autism left, most people would never guess he had it.

  3. Dear Mrs Ed,
    I'm so pleased for you, your son and your family.
    SCD diet can be so powerful because it heals the damage,helps to create a healthy balance of probiotics which control the immune system and reduces malnutrition.

    Blessings on you and your family.
    Dr. B