GLUTEN OR GRAIN INTOLERANCE:
by Health Researcher Sue Visser April 2010
Notes to accompany the GLUTEN WORKSHOP April 2010 More help and free information at: www.naturefresh.co.za
Disclaimer and cautions: This information does not serve as diagnostic or prescribing advice. Discuss the changes you wish to make with a doctor or therapist who is skilled in Natural or Integrated Medicine. Full references and more research information is available at www.naturefresh.co.za
A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER:
My name is Sue Visser and I am a health researcher.
Many of the visitors to our website have benefited from the information and advice I provide, free of charge. It has taken over 20 years of intensive research, practice and effort with the help of experts to develop these protocols. People around the world who want alternatives to medications, hormonal intervention or surgery have used them to great advantage. I investigate the initial cause of disease. In just about every case, they are the simple things we overlook such as: food intolerances, hormonal imbalances, parasites, toxicity, acidity, dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, unsuitable food combinations and so on. The symptoms that arise from such mismanagement are then “diagnosed” as acute or chronic diseases.
A bad mindset aggravates and can even manifests as a debilitating illness. Most people do not want to take responsibility for their state of health. For them it is easier to spend a fortune on medicine and eat or even crave the food that makes them sick. The side effects of the drugs they take create more discomfort. Mainstream medicine will not pinpoint the cause of your disease. Regardless of being drugged, slashed or burnt; one continues to manifest the underlying problem. At best, most doctors can suppress symptoms or treat one for injuries or emergencies with the expertise they have. But chronic medications are not the panacea for bad bodily management.
A strong healthy immune system is the key to warding off diseases like cancer. Laziness, neglect and denial need another cure. We need to restore and maintain a harmonious equilibrium within the human body, mind and soul. A diseased state is caused by unreality. It is the result of unconscious thinking, eating, actions and feelings. You alone can clean your temple of the parasites and toxins that have robbed you of health and happiness! Then attend to nourishment, supplementation or herbs that suit you as a unique individual. Such God-given food is enjoyed as delicious medicine to make you feel well, abundant and happy. It is easier and cheaper to eat well and be well than to pop pills for your ills!
Welcome to: HEALTHY HAPPY EATING.
Gluten intolerance supersedes popular “healthy” food choices like whole wheat bread, oatmeal, rye, barley and pasta. Eliminating these foods is preferable to taking cortisone, anti-inflammatory drugs, bronchial dilators and painkillers, antidepressants, energy boosters, sinus tablets, or anti-histamines.
A new way of eating will turn your food into medicine and set you free from feeling lousy and drug dependant for the rest of our life. Symptoms of wheat or gluten intolerance overlap with just about every other chronic illness from A-Z. Food allergies are immediately obvious when expressed as: rashes, respiratory problems, mucous or headaches. Gluten intolerance lurks in the background with a more delayed, if not subtle action – affecting anaemia, asthma, ADD, cancer, autoimmune diseases and even miscarriages. Wheat products are eaten at just about every meal and snack throughout the day, all over the world. Gluten intolerance as well as many other hidden energy thieves will be discussed in this programme.
First make sure about: blood type specific lectin intolerances or general gluten intolerance?
Gluten is a complex vegetable protein that imparts elasticity to dough made from wheat and rye. It is present to a lesser degree in oats and barley.
Some of us have the necessary enzymes to break down gluten and offset the harmful effects of wheat-based or other lectins in grains. Blood type A-secretors and most of the AB group are usually tolerate to them and suffer from gluten intolerance to a lesser degree. For many of us, the undigested gluten particles and wheat lectins do plenty of harm and no good. They upset the digestion causing fermentation, impaired food assimilation; malnutrition, leaky gut, mucous problems and insulin resistance. We do not immediately notice this happening.
We keep stuffing down more bread (brown of course) and pasta, thinking it is good and full of essential vitamins and minerals. But instead, the immune system is compromised and we become more acidic and thus prone to inflammation and parasitic infestations due to the displacement of healthy gut flora. Gut linings become permeable and undigested gluten (protein) molecules escape into tissues, causing an autoimmune upset. Microbes and parasites like giardia burrow through intestinal walls or form colonies (biofilms) in the gut. When surrounded by fibrin strands and mucous, the immune cells cannot destroy them.
Wheat molecules resemble our thyroid, adrenal, pancreatic and intestinal molecules in structure; so the immune system attacks them too! In the small intestine, killer cells from the immune system can also destroy the absorption surfaces on the protrusions called villi in some people. This is known as Celiac disease. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease are the last straw: severe bowel inflammation, pain and stools containing blood. Most cases need surgery. Is there a connection to wheat? Definitely, but that is not the end of the story.
Note that most gluten intolerance indicators may overlap with:thyroid problems, dehydration, weak adrenals, heavy metal toxicity, eating food incompatible with blood type (lectins that cause agglutination), bad food combinations, low intensity stomach acid, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, parasites and systemic acidity. As such, just cutting out gluten will not address the whole problem. It will make a substantial difference – but we can do more:
Gluten intolerance affects the following conditions:
Gluten is present in wheat, rye, oats and barley. We cannot take pills to cure wheat or gluten intolerances. Make a list of your personal complaints from these symptoms:
Hormonal: Addison’s disease (adrenal malfunction) amenorrhea – delayed menstruation, infertility – spontaneous infertility, sperm abnormalities, abortions and low birth-weight babies, chronic fatigue, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, insulin-dependent diabetes.
Digestive: IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) gastrointestinal distress (gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, reflux) Celiac disease, autoimmune hepatitis, gall bladder disease, primary biliary cirrhosis of the liver, chronic abdominal pain, Crohn’s disease, malnutrition, pancreatic disorders, mineral deficiencies.
Respiratory: Sinusitis, post nasal drip, mucous congestion, some cases of asthma, snoring.
Mental: ADD ADHD (attention deficit disorders), headaches (including migraines) moodiness/depression, outbursts, inability to concentrate or learn, seizures, Downs syndrome, epilepsy, ataxia (reflex disturbance, sleepiness after lunch.
Structural: blood and tissues: Anaemia, low iron, bone/joint/muscle pain, osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy, tingling numbness in the legs, vasculitis, mouth sores, weak tooth enamel, multiple sclerosis, chronic back pain.
Skin: psoriasis, vitiligo (white patches on skin), dermatitis herpetiformis (pimply rash related to Celiac’s disease) hair loss not associated with male-type baldness, recurrent stomatitis (inflamed mucous membranes of the mouth), eczema.
Metabolic and systemic: Weight loss/gain (unstable metabolism), obesity, systemic lupus (autoimmune disease), bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, non Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bowel cancer and other types. Total IgA deficiency (antibodies.)
How to test for gluten or wheat intolerance:
Blood tests can be done but are not recommended for those who have already given up gluten.
Most information sources recommend that you abstain from gluten for 4 weeks, starting with wheat. If symptoms begin to improve – keep it up. In many cases where digestion has been severely impaired it may be necessary to omit all gluten, dairy products, yeast and fructose as well. A steady improvement indicates you had these intolerances. Most practitioners of Integrated Medicine can offer diagnostic services like the SCIO or BEST system analysis that delivers excellent results. This is non invasive and will make it decisive.
The do-it-yourself muscle test for gluten and wheat tolerance.
Muscle testing can be used to determine food tolerances. Press down on the fist of the patient’s outstretched arm. Let them resist your push. They hold the sample in the opposite hand over their solar plexus. Establish a normal (0), good (+) and bad (-) response using appropriate samples, eg: a cell phone for bad, nothing for normal and a rooibos tea bag or something healthy for good. Put food samples in identical, numbered containers: bread, pasta, cheese, apple, walnut, etc. Test without either of you knowing the food, at random a few times. Tabulate the results. Then explore the food you have been eating and tally up the reactions. As you will see – gluten is not the only whipping boy!
How well do you tolerate gluten? Prove it to yourself with arm tolerance testing indicate: + or – or 0
Gluten: e.g. wheat rye barley oats
Eating food that do not suit your blood type also causes weight gain, blood reactions and metabolic mayhem.
How well do you tolerate the following gluten free foods?
Mealie meal maizena tapioca sago sorghum mabella buckwheat
Soya protein soya flour whole bean (with skin) soya products eg: soya milk?
kidney beans chick peas lentils
This group is totally gluten free and acceptable for all blood types.
All rice products millet quinoa amaranth yellow peas haricot (white) beans
How to deal with gluten intolerance:
Challenge yourself to a gluten-free month and note the changes. It is also advantageous to eat strictly according to your blood type to get down to a diet best suited to you and only you!
Most conditions respond quickly to a gluten-free diet; congestion clears up and energy bounces back. Be ruthless: cut out the other causes causes of all your toxic misery: sugar, starches, fatty fries and excess protein. Make a list of foods that you do not tolerate: wheat? Gluten? Blood type offenders?. Once significant improvements have been achieved, have your medications reviewed as some of them may have already become redundant and you may be able to wean yourself off others under professional supervision.
1 Exclude all gluten: wheat, rye, barley, oats where appropriate. Have small protein snacks like nuts, eggs or cheese every few hours to shut down the effects of overactive insulin and cortisol. Eat fruit well before a meal.
2 Alkalize: water, calcium and magnesium, potassium. Lower sugars, animal protein and sweet fruits/juice.
3 Eat for your blood type. Persist with this! Use HEALTHY HAPPY EATING guide lines by Sue Visser.
4 Parasite Detox. Herbal remedies, propolis, iodine. Treat with zappers, Rife, BEST or Scio. BIOFILMS: prevent fibrin build up – pineapple.
5 Liver and gallbladder flush. Support the liver. Supplements, herbal bitters.
6 Heavy Metal Detox: support gut flora -sauerkraut, maas/cultures, lemon pickle, probiotics.
7 Hormone balancing: bitters, flax, iodine, Coleus, tinctures, supplements. Excess weight: Aromatase control: insulin resistance, melatonin, zinc. RT3 from heavy metal and fasting.
8 Improve digestion. Betaine HCL with pepsin supplements. Herbal bitters. Proper food combinations – eat fruit and salads alone. Use the MEGASLIM protocol for eating plan. Himalayan salt to control blood pressure.
9 Anti-cancer protocol. Improve good oestrogen ratio: iodine,flax, bitters, green leaves, citrus, nuts alkaline, artemesia, all probiotics.
10 Sensible supplementation. Tyrosine if you avoid wheat. Chrome for sugar cravings, B6 is essential, B5 to to boost cortisone, anti-oxidants, omega 3 oils. Alkalinity and detox: Calcium & magnesium.
11 Make juice, sprouts and raw salads(80%). Fresh, live enzymes, chlorophyll, trace elements, vitamins.
12 Conscious avoidance: say no to hormone supplements, vaccines. First check with a homeopath. Can you eat wheat, etc.? Say no if it does not suit you. Avoid chemical fumes, toxins and electrosmog.
White bread versus: “good” brown bread, wheat germ and bran.
Wheat is the worst of the cereal killers and it has crept into just about every morsel we eat.
Trying to scour out your intestines with wheat bran is even more hazardous. Bran is totally indigestible and contains phytic acid. Brown bread contains bran. Your bones are stripped of calcium in order to neutralize it. So, it contributes to osteoporosis. Diets laden with refined carbohydrates, gluten, phosphates and disagreeable lectins from other grains you are sensitive to cause extreme acidity: not only in the intestines, but also in the bloodstream and soft tissue.
Acidity reduces the oxygen supply to cells, making us tired, and encourages cancer cells to proliferate. When the urine is too acidic, skeletal calcium binds up the acid and forms kidney stones. This is another symptom of osteoporosis. Wheat germ can set off autoimmune reactions like fibromyalgia and arthritis. Glucosamine supplements help to bind or deactivate wheat proteins but should we keep on eating wheat every day?
Food sensitivity and cravings for junk foods:
You may think your body craves what it needs but it may be what they call: an allergenic addiction that perpetuates a toxic loop inside your system.
People believe that just a little of what you fancy can do you no harm, but that’s like giving an alcoholic a bottle of wine. Gluten and other food that does not agree with you trigger off mind enhancing painkillers called opioids to try and ease the unpleasant and toxic effects they cause. If you feel sleepy after your sandwiches and rolls or have indigestion – yet you crave more starchy snacks, you may have become addicted to the narcotic (but actually toxic) effect they have on you. Many of them are wheat based.
Obesity is caused by fat cells swelling up to try and absorb poisons like trans-fatty acids, preservatives, excessive salt and artificial flavours. Toxins are trapped in fat cells to protect vital organs from being damaged. However, they also attach to unused glucose molecules and bloat up with water to form a toxic waste dump. The hormone oestrogen stimulates this effect and prevents glucose from returning to the blood stream when required for energy.
Oestrogen also interferes with thyroid hormones that burn fat and speed up the metabolism.
Feeling depressed triggers off cravings for sugar and being low in serotonin, you crave more of it. The body bypasses its own fat or glycogen (energy) reserves if it is deficient in potassium – found in fresh vegetables, blackstrap molasses and other healthy foods. When you keep tipping in energy drinks, sandwiches, chocolates and pizzas to get through the day, the glycogen reserves are not released. The excess sugar lands on your hips instead. Don’t think that a so-called balanced diet is any good if it contains gluten and you have symptoms of gluten intolerance. Your problem will persist, even if it is still undetected. How many people tell you that they “eat healthy” but does the food agree with them?
Gluten Intolerance by Beatrice T. Hunter: published by Keats.
Live Right for your Type by Peter D’Adamo published by Penguin