Gluten Free - Fad or Problem?
Are you one of the many people who are confused about gluten?
Is gluten really a problem for so many of us, or is gluten-free simply a fad?
Humans have been consuming wheat in one form or another for thousands of years. Governments and dieticians tell us whole wheat is part of a 'balanced diet'.
Renowned neurologist Dr Perlmutter, author of The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan, attributes the increase in neurological diseases to gluten and carbohydrates, labelling them 'your brain's silent killer'. Dr. Tom O'Bryan explains that dietary gluten has been detrimental to health.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT:
- Wheat is not the same today as it was one-thousand, one-hundred, or even sixty years ago;
- Wheat, in particular gluten, exists today in an over-processed, hybridisation form;
- Whereas historically, grains were soaked, sprouted and fermented, and bread was baked using slow rise yeasts, today flower is bleached and bread is baked with quick rise yeast;
- Modern wheat involves cross-breeding and crude genetic manipulation, which has changed the nutrient and protein composition of the plant;
- Modern wheat contains more of the problematic glutens;
- Compared to older wheat varieties, modern wheat has adverse effects on blood mineral content, cholesterol and inflammatory markers, potentially contributing to disease;
- Common wheat-harvest protocol in the United States is to dredge wheat fields with Roundup several days before harvest;
- Roundup contains the deadly active ingredient Glyphosate, which has been implicated in numerous health issues. [ 1 ]
Just because you have no gut-related symptoms, this does not necessarily mean that you do not have a problem with gluten.
More and more studies are showing that even those who believe they do not have a problem with gluten are actually experiencing life-depleting side effects from eating it without realising. In fact, in a recent study, five out of six people who believed they had no gluten related symptoms had inflammatory autoimmune blood proteins when exposed to gliadin (gluten) [ 2 ].
The biggest problem with gluten is the number of people who are unaware that it is a problem. Just because you have no gut-related symptoms, this does not necessarily mean that you do not have a problem with gluten. Did you know that the following symptoms are often due to gluten sensitivity?
- muscle and joint aches;
- chronic fatigue;
- brain fog;
- autoimmune diseases;
- low immunity;
- migraines and ehadaches;
- skin problems;
- hormonal imabalances;
- adrenal fatigue.
It is common to blame these symptoms on something else rather than considering gluten.
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2 Catassi C., Bai TC., Bonaz B., Bouma G, Calabro A, Carroccio A, Castillejo G, Ciacci C, Cristofori F, Dolinsek J, Francavilla R, Elli L, Green P, Holtmeier W, Koehler P, Koletzko S, Meinhold C, Sanders D, Schumann M, Schupan D, Ullrich R, Vecsei A, Volta U, Zevallos V, Sapone A, Fasano A (2013) Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: The New Frontier of Gluten-Related Disorders. Nutrients 5(10) 3839-3853