The Truth About Gluten

bread“You’re not gluten intolerant, you’re glyphosate intolerant.” – getholistichealth.com

This is just one of the theories about why we are seeing an explosion of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. In case you aren’t familiar with the condition celiac, it is an autoimmune condition where the body erodes the lining inside your intestinal tract, making it highly difficult to digest food and absorb nutrients the body needs for proper function. The incidence of celiac disease is on a monumental rise, and so is the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity – a non-autoimmune condition where people feel worse when eating gluten-containing foods. Continue reading “The Truth About Gluten”

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Amyloids, Glyphosate and Sulphur – Oh My! Plus 3 Tips for a Healthy Gut

quinoa-beansWhen one of my clients came to me, he was fighting end-stage cancer. He was dealing with a condition called amyloidosis.

“Amyloid-what?”

Amyloids

I hadn’t heard of amyloids or amyloidosis until then. So I turned to Sarah Devido, the brilliant researcher on my staff who used to work for the National Institutes of Health.

Amyloidosis is a serious medical condition. It is caused by a buildup of amyloid proteins in organs like the heart, kidneys and liver. Continue reading “Amyloids, Glyphosate and Sulphur – Oh My! Plus 3 Tips for a Healthy Gut”

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FODMAP Diet – A Way to Eliminate or Reduce IBS Symptoms

FODMAPIf you experience IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating, then you know the serious impact that it can have on your quality of life. One in five Americans suffer from IBS and many also experience anxiety or depression along with their painful digestive symptoms. But, did you know that a dietary approach can eliminate or significantly reduce IBS symptoms?

Following a low FODMAP diet has been clinically shown to provide an effective approach to managing IBS/functional gut disorders. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols.

An Australian research team developed this dietary approach and it is considered the primary management strategy for IBS in Australia. FODMAPs are specific types of carbohydrates (short-chain carbohydrates), which are incompletely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, they stay in the small intestine where bacteria feed on them and produce byproducts and waste materials. Continue reading “FODMAP Diet – A Way to Eliminate or Reduce IBS Symptoms”

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Study: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gluten- and Casein-Free Diets

If you have a child who is on the autism spectrum disorder, you should read this interview with Laura Cousino Kelin, PhD. She discusses the results of her study, which looks at the effectiveness of gluten-free (protein found in wheat) and casein-free (protein found in milk) diets for children with autism spectrum disorder.

If you find going gluten-free and casein-free a daunting task, do not let it discourage you from trying it. The availability of casein- and gluten-free foods has increased substantially over the years and they are readily available at your local grocery store. Reading labels is also important, as these two ingredients can be hidden in things like soy sauce, salad dressings, and even spaghetti sauce.

To learn more about Dr. Klein’s findings, click here to read the full interview.

 

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Increase in Autism Rates

A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 88 American children has some form of autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 78% increase in 10 years.

The increase in numbers are attributed to better diagnosis, broader diagnosis, and better awareness. However, according to Mark Roithmayr, president of the advocacy group Autism Speaks, the reason for about 50% of the increase is unknown.

Research has pointed to environmental changes as one of the reasons for this increase. The three BIG environmental influences seem to be:

1) Pesticides: Infants and small children should be consuming organic foods as much as possible. Especially when it comes to fruits, vegetables and dairy.

2) Overuse of antibiotics: Ear infections are very common in children and so is prescribing antibiotics. Most ear infections are viral and will not be helped by antibiotics. Overuse can cause resistance to superbugs, as well as lowered immunity. Continue reading “Increase in Autism Rates”

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