Once again I’m behind in getting some good information out to you all, but I sure hope you’ll forgive me.
I’ve been juggling a little too many plates here (personal and professional) and it’s been really hard to stay on top of things.
Anyway, this is just.too.good to let slip by.
I’ve mentioned gluten a little bit here before, but today we’ve diving in to some big deal stuff about this term that’s being talked about a ton these days.
There’s a lot more I need to learn–and a lot more I would like to share with you.
Let me just start with some facts and a little about my family’s history with gluten.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a substance in wheat, and some other grains: barley, rye, and spelt.
It gives these grains, and particularly wheat, its stretchiness (and it taste great in our mouths too :)).
It’s made of 2 proteins: gliadin and glutenin.
Regardless of what it’s called, this substance is something us Westerners love to eat.
But it seems to not be loving us back.
There is sooo much I would like to write about this, but much will have to wait ’til later.
For now, here are some things to get your introduced to My Story and what the real deal is with gluten.
Gluten and Our Family
We’ve given up gluten at various times in the past and present. And I’ve been doing a TON of thinking and reading about this.
I’ll write more on these later, but here is our brief history.
1. Me: I went off wheat before I was married when I suffered severe fatigue and brain fog that I traced clearly to excessive wheat consumption. I later started eating wheat again, but in smaller amounts, and mostly whole grains only.
2. My son: About 6 years ago our oldest was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. There is a lot of compelling evidence (anecdotal and otherwise) that autistic people tend to have intolerances to gluten and casein (one of the proteins in milk products). We took our son off gluten a number of years ago. We noticed not a complete healing, but a definite improvement in symptoms.
3. My Husband: He went off gluten (for the most part) about 3 years ago after suffering from severely low ferritin. (He was basically almost dead.) Adding iron to his diet didn’t do enough but taking gluten out of his diet was one of the things that got his blood results almost back to normal.
4. Me again and “The Whole Fam”: Recently I have been dealing with some new puzzling healthy symptoms. More on the whole deal later (when I have time to put all of my thoughts down) but I am now totally gluten-free. I wasn’t eating much–just samples at Costco (which are VERY tempting). I’m working on my youngest and my husband too. Read on to find out why.
Is Gluten-Free Just a Fad?
Some people think that eating gluten-free is just a fad. Or a way to lose weight. There are a lot of folks claiming that going gluten-free helped them lose weight. And you know how that works.
Talk about something helping you lose weight and:
1. People jump on the bandwagon ’cause they want to lose weight too OR
2. When people find out that YOU are gluten-free, they assume you are doing it to lose weight.
Well, I would love to not have to fight a few extra pounds (I am not really overweight, but I do need to watch it), but I assure you that I wouldn’t go totally gluten-free just to keep 1-5 pounds off. And I don’t think an occasional slice of wheat bread or pizza is going to keep that much weight on me.
Believe me—this is NOT a fad.
Scary Stuff About Gluten
Check out this stuff.
1. Gluten and Poison Dart Frogs
This is soooo bizarre. Did you know that after awhile of being off gluten and casein, substances called dermorphin and deltophin are found in the urine of autistic children? These substances are the same substances on the backs of poison dart frogs in rainforests. Really—ick!!! Anyhow, these substances are found in the blood of autistics and they come out after being on the gluten and casein-free diet. Ummmm—-what’s going on here?
2. Mental Disorders
- Reduction in wheat consumption during WWII led to a reduction of schizophrenia, plus antibodies to gluten are more prevalent in schizophrenics (Source)
- This article goes more into schizophrenia and wheat.
3. Autoimmune Disease
Gluten is clearly linked to autoimmune disease with correlations up to 40%. (Source)
Gluten sensitivity is linked to miscarriages and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). (Source)
Yes–gluten really could be a silent killer. Rates of mortality increased up to 75% with gluten-sensitivity. We’re not even talking celiac here folks! Check this out.
Now do you think gluten-free is “just a fad.”
So what are we to do?
Here’s where some free help comes in.
And again, forgive me for getting this to you all way too late.
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There’s an AMAZING Gluten Summit going on right now. It’s been going on since Monday, but there are still 4 more days to go, plus you will have the option to get copies of past talks later. (Again, so so sorry. I just wasn’t “on my game” this week–and I have to be careful to take care of things at home and not be driven by the “oh—gotta get this post out or else” syndrome.)
Gluten Summit Schedule:
There’s a great lineup of speakers, but these are some of the talks that peaked my interest the most.
Thursday, Nov. 14:
- The Perfect Storm: Gluten Plus Gut Flora Imbalances Plus Environmental Toxins
- Gluten-Related Disorders: Time to Move from Gut to Brain
- Your body is not a bank account. It’s a chemistry lab.
- The Secret to Safely Avoiding Gluten While Dining Out
Friday, Nov. 15:
- How Gluten Can Affect the Brain, and How to Optimize Brain Function!
- How Cross-Reactivity, Molecular Mimicry and Mold Toxicity Can Seriously Impact Your Health
Saturday, Nov 16:
- Wheat Germ Agglutinin: How a “Monster Molecule” Could Affect Every Cell in Your Body
- Jeffrey Smith (he’s the GMO guru) OMG – GMO And Its Connection To Gluten
- The Critical Role of Wheat Lectin in Human Disease and the Role of Gluten in Cultural History and Consciousness
Sunday, Nov 17:
- Modern Wheat: It’s MORE than wheat
- Hidden Sources of Gluten in Your Vitamins and Medication
Monday, Nov 18:
- The Reality of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and its Many Manifestations
- Are You Developing an Autoimmune Disease Years Before Symptoms?
See why I just HAD to share this with you? This Gluten Summit looks amazing.
Each day you will have access to the talks that are going on that day, plus you can still listen to them anytime that day until the next day at 10 am EST. So you can fit it in whenever you have time.
And if you just can’t fit the talks while they’re available for free, you will have the opportunity to purchase archives to listen to in your sweats or PJs–whenever you can. Plus, the archives are great since you can share the talks with family members and friends who need to hear this message.
Regardless, this is information that just.might.save.your.life. Seriously.
Register Here to Hear All the Talks for Free
Oh, and over at this post I talked more about it, but this book, Weeding Out Wheat is great if you want to really dig into what the deal is with wheat. It really drives home a lot of info. Highly. Highly recommended.
Trisha, the author, goes into a load of detail about what the problem is with wheat, how it’s changed throughout the years, and how it could be affecting our healthy today.
Again, don’t miss The FREE Gluten Summit. I urge you. For your health and for that of your loved ones.
What do you think? Is Gluten “no big deal” or a silent killer?
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