I dare you – test your doctor
Ask them this simple question.
“Could gluten be causing my pain/obesity/malnourishment/depression/chronic illness/cancer/arthritis/fibromyalgia?” Just insert the word that best describes your current health issue(s).
In their defence, doctors are not trained in natural nutrition. The thing is, most simply do not care, let alone want to know. I could wager money on the response –
“It makes no difference,”
“That is not scientifically proven,”
“The only way to tell is by allergy testing,” which are all incorrect.
Is it real? Yes. So why don’t doctors ‘believe’ in it?
This post could be very confronting for the reader, I get that. Today’s doctors more often than not, dismiss concerns over gluten intolerance, paving the way for chronic health concerns, and yes, setting the sufferer up for much worse – including gastric and bowel cancer.
Gluten intolerance, like intolerance of any substance, sets about permanent, ongoing irritation of the entire digestive and neurological system, and eventually every system of the body as it struggles to cope with the continued onslaught of side effects. Humanity has long ago lost its inbuilt capabilities to determine what works for us and what doesn’t, so we don’t understand what normal is any more.
For example. if a food upsets your digestion, what do you do? Perhaps antacid, pain relief or some gaviscon type medicine to mask the symptoms rather than face facts – you are reacting unfavourably to something, need to stop it and need to find alternatives to what got you to this stage. Patients bio-tested for allergies or sensitivities usually admit they know that food or substance has caused irritation but can’t give it up. Yet if you offered them a healthy food, saying it could benefit them, would they gladly accept and enjoy it?
When did we place addiction and taste preference (including foods that arguably are anything but tasty) over common sense? When did it become okay for us to eat junk food, processed food and those which upset us rather than something that is beneficial? Much of the blame needs to be placed at the feet of the medical establishment, thanks to their ongoing dismissal or acceptance – or admission – that they are not educated in diet and nutrition, nor do they understand how to deal with something they are unfamiliar with.
So who is to blame? Media advertising – along with our education department who annually educate tens of thousands of students on cooking based on industry-penned books (wheat, meat, dairy, sugar boards). Who taught you how to eat and what to eat? Your parents and peers – and school, and maybe even your doctor. And advertising. Are any of those people in it for the truth – were any of them educated in nutrition and health care based on dietetics? So we have all learned in a random way rather than any real beneficial way.
So, what is gluten intolerance? For a start, orthodox medicine fails to accept any intolerance until it becomes life threatening, as in coeliac disease and diabetes – and even then it can take years for a diagnosis and treatment.
Gluten intolerance is actually a syndrome – a spectrum of symptoms that reflect the body’s inability to digest the gluten protein found in wheat, barley, oat and rye – and a group of other grains that contain gluten (gliadin and glutenin in combination) – this includes any food that contains even a trace of gluten, which is the glue in grains and flour. The astonishing thing is, it’s NOT the gluten per se – it is what has genetically altered the original (ie Biblical) whole grain.
As our enteropathy (digestive system) develops during childhood, various triggers affect our ability to digest various foods. Among the causes are –
- vaccine reaction,
- use of aspirin,
- use of ibuprofen,
- genetically modified foods
- grain-borne toxins.
- genetic (hereditary factors)
- food toxicity
Unfortunately in medicine, this area of expertise is poorly monitored or understood, so most sufferers continue to develop symptoms which worsen over time, and usually are diagnosed as unrelated disorders.
(Personally, professionally and via patients we have shared, I have witnessed general practitioners and specialists alike dismiss glaringly obvious gluten intolerance and actually make open fun of the sufferers – leaving them in the dark as to why their health is substandard. I have heard and read summaries advising the patient that they can eat as much gluten food as they like.)
Doctors are as dedicated at causing confusion over sensitivity vs coeliac as they are finding any other diagnosis possible. Gluten sensitivity, like lactose intolerance, is known to affect 3 out of 5 people to some degree, and due to the genetically modified/toxic makeup of many of today’s grains, gluten most likely affects every one of us in some way or other.
The full list of symptoms exceeds over 250 – in short, it stunts and damages development and overall health in almost every systemic way imaginable, thanks to irritation and damage at a cellular level. The following list of associated symptoms caused or identified by gluten intolerance is at epidemic proportions; resulting in millions of mismanaged cases and future worsening of symptom sets.
- abdominal discomfort
- abdominal pain
- joint pain
- chronic constipation
- irritable bowel disease
- muscular disorders – including weakness and pain
- neural disorders – including dizziness and nerve damage
- hormone imbalance – including PCOD, cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, pms, infertility
- anxiety, mood swings, ADD/ADHD
- skeletal pain
- leaky gut
- brain fog
- behavioural disorders
- obesity and fluid retention
- premature aging
- keratosis pilaris (chicken skin on backs of arms)
- auto-immune disorders –
- ulcerative colitis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- multiple sclerosis
Enough study and research has been conducted for our governments to put up official gluten free dietary advice, yet few doctors make good use of it. Most of the gluten intolerant patients I have dealt with have done their own research. Many more are left floundering – including children whose parents fail to be concerned or intend to deal with what their child needs, effectively sentencing them to a life of poor health.
For GF food advice – read here
For GF meal plans see the diet attached to the alkaline program – read here
For more on coeliac disease – read here
For more on non-coeliac disease – read here
Determining the difference – read here