Posts Tagged ‘wheat’

Genetic modification of wheat responsible for increase in gluten sensitivity

Friday, September 24th, 2010

New research claims that the toxicity of wheat gluten potentially worsened by cross breeding different strains…

suggests that modern wheat breeding practices may have led to an increased exposure to CD epitopes


Theor Appl Genet. 2010 Jul 28.

Recent research from across the globe shows a prevalence toward the increase in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.  We know the problem is growing.  The big question on every one’s mind is – WHY?  The following is a list of some of the potential possibilities.

  1. Genetic manipulation of grains – no long term research has been done on safety, yet we assume these foods are OK contrary to common sense.   Many studies show these foods to be dangerous.
  2. The pervasive use of grains in the food supply.  Almost all packaged foods contains grain either as a main ingredient or an agent to alter food texture, viscosity, etc.  More grain exposure = more people reacting to grain.
  3. The use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, etc.  Much like genetically modified foods, these chemicals are used under the assumption that they are safe.
  4. Over use of antibiotics.  Although life saving if one has a bacterial infection, the over utilization of these drugs contributes to a change in the normal healthy gut flora thus weakening the immune system.  Additionally, we feed them to chickens, pigs, cows, and fish that are being raised for human food consumption.
  5. Anti-acid medications.  Nexium, Tums, Prilosec, Rolaids, and more, these drugs suppress acid in the stomach.  Acid suppression weakens the immune system and leads to wide spread malabsorption of nutrients.
  6. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS).  These medications contribute to the destruction of the gastric and intestinal lining thus weakening immunity and predisposing one to intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome)
  7. Medications in general.  Many OTC and prescription medications contain grain based adhesives.  Sick from gluten?  Take this pill (with gluten in it) and you will get better?!?
  8. Grain is cheap food.  The government subsidizes grain making it much less expensive to use as a staple food.
  9. Commercialization.  Everywhere you look, there is a billboard, TV commercial, nutritionist, Food Guide Pyramid, etc telling us how healthy whole grains are.
  10. Degradation of the eduction system.  Public schools focus on teaching students how to pass standardized tests.  Nutrition and physical education are given minimal time in the classroom.  Many of those teaching nutrition do not lead by example thus devaluing the lesson.  The nutrition basics taught focus on a Food Guide Pyramid based in grain.

Gluten Genetic Testing

Sunday, September 27th, 2009


Genetic Testing Now Available For Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease Without a Doctors Visit.

  • Test kit is mailed to your home
  • No Needles or blood draws (cheek swabs)
  • Confidentiality from your insurance company
  • Test results emailed promptly with either a positive or negative answer
  • Video download explains what you need to know and do if your results are positive
  • Family discounts are available on 2 or more test kits

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You cannot control what genes you are born with, but you can identify them and change your diet and lifestyle to accommodate them.   Fortunately gluten sensitivity and celiac disease can be evaluated with genetic testing.

Traditional diagnostic testing has focused on blood antibody tests and or intestinal biopsies.  These tests are antiquated and typically come back falsely negative.  Additionally, these tests are not specific for gluten sensitivity, they only measure for celiac disease.  The problem is that if you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity and your doctor runs tests to measure celiac disease, the outcome of the lab will be very misleading.

Traditional lab tests for gluten sensitivity are often incorrect!  Watch this to learn why genetic testing is the most accurate way to test…

Traditional labs only measure a fraction of how a person’s immune system can react to gluten.  Add to the problem that different grains contain different types of gluten.  Blood tests only measure the gluten found in wheat (gliadin).  The other problem is that people react to gluten in different ways.  Some people have immune reactions, some have intestinal problems, some develop psychological problems, some suffer with migraine headaches, psoriasis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis…  The list is over 200 diseases long.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many patients have come to my office after they were already biopsied or blood tested and told that they did not have gluten intolerance only to find out that their gene DNA tests were positive.

Unfortunately, the traditional definition of gluten is not 100% correct!

Why? Most of the research regarding gluten is directly linked to celiac disease, and most of the research on celiac disease focuses only on 3 grains (wheat, barley, rye) and sometimes a fourth (oats).   There are a number of studies that have linked the gluten in corn to adverse reactions! But wait, there is more…  Almost half of the people diagnosed with celiac disease do not get better on a traditionally defined gluten free diet!  So the big question is…Why?! The answer – The traditionally defined Gluten Free Diet is not really gluten free.

There is usually a 30-50 year gap in medical research and its application in actual practice.  Point being don’t expect your gastroenterologist or other specialist to start discussing gluten with you.  Don’t take my word for it, watch the news report below.  Fact is many doctors are on cue with the research curve, and many are not.

DNA - ScienceWho Should Be Genetically (DNA) Tested For Gluten Sensitivity?

Those directly related to someone who has already been diagnosed with gluten intolerance or celiac disease should always be tested, but those suffering with any of the following list of diseases should also get tested:

  • Those who suffer from chronic intestinal problems
  • Infertility or recurrent miscarriage
  • Chronic anemia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • IBS
  • Bipolar or Schizophrenia
  • Low thyroid (Hypothyroid)
  • ADD or ADHD
  • Autism
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Type I or II diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Any Autoimmune Disease

Because of recent media exposure on The View, Larry King and Fox News, gluten sensitivity is becoming more and more of a house hold word.  Watch the video below to see a recent report by Fox News featuring Dr. Osborne as an expert in gluten sensitivity.  Pay particular attention to the symptoms and diseases that the woman had before finding out that she was gluten intolerant (hint – they were the opposite of celiac disease symptoms!)

Don’t know where your illness is coming from?  It’s time for you to get tested…

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