Why GF Alone Isn't Enough

By now, you probably realize that being diagnosed with Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity, means that you are at increased risk for a variety of other diseases. You probably also know that by strictly adhering to a gluten-free diet, you can somewhat mitigate this additional disease risk. But what if by simply eliminating a few more foods, you could significantly reduce your risk of many types of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and a variety of autoimmune diseases? What if this new way of eating had a side effect of also reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease? (which is what 50% of Americans die from -- and it's not always a sudden death -- sometimes it is preceded by years of suffering and gradually increasing disability.) What if the new diet also gave you more energy and made it easier to maintain a healthy weight? What if it also reduced your carbon footprint? (In fact just eliminating a few more problematic foods will reduce your contribution to greenhouse gasses more then trading in an SUV for hybrid, AND also requires drastically less water for production.)

While there are many different studies about nutrition that seem to contradict each other, there is one study that stands out head and shoulder's above the rest. It is the longest, largest, most comprehensive study ever, looking at diet and lifestyle factors and linking them with diseases. It is called the Cornell-Oxford-Beijing-CHINA STUDY. The primary author of this study, is professor T Colin Campbell, and he has written a superb book, about his work that also provides a fascinating glimpse into the politics of food and nutrition policy. If you really want a good framework for understanding nutrition, and for protecting your own health, then you must read his book, The China Study. The bottom line from Campbell's work: There is one food that study after study shows increases the risk of many types of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and kidney disease, and that one food is Animal Protein -- in all of it's many forms. Milk protein, fish protein, beef protein, egg protein, chicken protein. In terms of how these can turn on cancer, increase inflammation, stress the kidneys, and cause our bodies to lose calcium, all animal protein is problematic.

The good news however is that you can learn to live without meat and dairy and eggs just as easily as you can learn to live without gluten, and my book, Get Off Gluten, will show you how.

Keep in mind that studies have shown that it is just as challenging to make major dietary changes as it is to make minor ones -- so you might as well make one huge diet overhaul right up front. Eliminate all the health-destroying foods at once, take a few weeks to learn the new ways of preparing food, and after you surmount the learning curve it really does get easy. Best of all, you will get dramatically more benefits than if you only do the minimum, and eliminate gluten.

About 60% of Americans have the genes that predispose them to becoming gluten sensitive.

Recent research (By Dr. Kenneth Fine) suggests that about half of these people have detectable immunological reactions to gluten, and the majority will NEVER meet the classic definition of celiac disease -- even though gluten IS triggering an autoimmune reaction in their body which may affect many organs or tissues other then the small intestine.

Recipe for these GFCF Penguins is in my book!

Are You Educated on Genetic Engineering?

Biotechnology is the new frontier. Yet, few people in our country right now, have any idea, just how dramatically Genetic Engineering is poised to change our lives. Proponents believe biotech holds the possibility of doing some great things, and I believe it might have some great applications, but there is also evidence that this technology if misapplied or allowed out of the lab/hospital setting, could have significant and even disasterous consequences for our health, and well being. The problem is, there is so much money to be made right now in biotech, and so little required in terms of safety testing, and no requirement for product labeling, that human hubris and capitalism being what they are, I think we are headed for some difficult lessons -- before appropriate safeguards are put in place. I believe at the very least, people should have the option of taking the risk of exposure or avoiding this risk if they so choose. (But that is currently NOT the case.) Please watch the video below (it is less then 20 minutes long) of how one mother (who just happened to be a wall street food analyst) woke up to this issue. Then go explore this site: Seeds of Deception to learn the facts so that you can protect yourself and your family.

Should you avoid Genetically Engineered Foods?

Check this out -- Vitamin D

Many of us probably have suboptimal levels of vitamin D, which can be a contributing factor to the development of many of the related conditions and symptoms more common in those who are gluten sensitive. Watch this video -- It's worth the investment of thirty minutes of your time. I should mention however, that while some authorities consider D3 superior to D2, there is good data that if D2 is taken in reasonable amounts (like 1000-2000 iu daily -- not the huge megadoses that some doctors recommend taking on a weekly basis) that D2 is very effective. (And for someone like me who prefers to minimize any possible exposure to prions which may contaminate animal derrived substances -- of which D3 is one -- this is very good news.)

Dietition Jack Norris has great info on Vitamin D here. Be sure also to read Vitamin D Researcher/MD Michael Hollick's book, The UV Advantage.

Recurrent Abdominal Pain (R.A.P.)

Pre Celiac Disease?

As soon as my daughter could talk she began to report to me that her tummy almost always hurt. Although it didn't become really bad until she was about 8 years old -- this I believe was due to long term exclusive breastfeeding. Throughout her early years, I raised the issue of her chronic abdominal pain with our family doctor on many occaisions, and he would assure me that nothing was wrong, that RAP was very common in children and usually due to emotional issues. When it increased in severity we went to see another doctor -- he thought she might have ulcers -- but that test came back negative and the other tests he ran showed that she was in good health. He thought she was fine too. Eventually I learned about gluten from a friend and well you can read the rest of this story by clicking on the links to articles at the top of this page. However the main point I wish to make here is this: In looking back, it is clear to me now that my daughter -- probably from birth was reacting to gluten. Her fussiness, her greenish stools, her starting to nurse and then pulling off and crying, and then years of tummy aches -- all suggest that gluten was causing her issues from the very beginning. On many occaisions I suspected that wheat might be affecting her -- but its withdrawal never entirely resolved her issues. Now of course I know that gluten is not just in wheat, but also barley, spelt, rye, oats and lots of things made from these. RAP is very common and most the time, it's cause is never found. I would urge anyone who's child is suffering, to explore the possibility that gluten might be the cause of their distress.

Why is Gluten so Problematic?

August of 2009 Scientific American published this very in-depth article on Celiac Disease:


With this quote in it:

"Gluten, however, has a peculiar structure: it is unusually rich in the amino acids glutamine and proline. This property renders part of the molecule impervious to our protein-chopping machinery, leaving small protein fragments, or peptides, intact."

However one thing the article left unanswered. I want to know what is the scientific basis for so many doctors believing that antigliadin antibodies are non-specific and are not (by themselves) indicitive of a problem? The article said that anti-gliadin antibodies are NOT considered specific to celiac disease because they are often found in people who do not have celiac disease. But given that it has only been about 65 years that the medical profession has even made the connection between celiac disease and gluten, and only SIX years since the medical profession realized the incidence was at least TEN TIMES more common then they previously thought....why are they still assuming that anti-gliadin antibodies are nonspecific?

Could it be that all those people who do have antigliadin antibodies in their systems, but don't show damage to the villi are still having a dangerous reaction to gluten? Should the definition of celiac disease be altered...or else dropped altogether and simply be part of a condition called gluten sensitivity which may or may not create visible damage to the villi of the small intestine?

Taxonomic Relationship Amongst Grains

Taxonomic Relationship Amongst Grains
Only the Hordeae tribe make their own gluten -- but oats can absorb gluten if they are grown or stored near gluten containing grains.