Fitness & Nutrition

Is Gluten a Silent Killer?

Not to be a band wagon jumper or anything, but I’m seriously considering going gluten free and at the very least, minimizing all intake of gluten.  I’ve been reading and reading about deficiencies in different vitamins and its side effects, as well as the fact that most of us just have toxic levels of metals and oils in our system, and these problems are the root of our dependency on medication.  It’s a fascinating topic that will really have you evaluating what you put in your body, but today’s focus is gluten.

Wheat was introduced in Europe during the Middle Ages.  Ironically, 30% of people of European decent carry the gene for Celiac’s Disease, (an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine.)  Gluten, aside from Celiac’s Disease, has been linked to many neurological and psychiatric diseases including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, migraines, epilepsy, ADHD and autism.  Why?  Because not only does gluten affect the small intestine, but it also causes brain inflammation, triggering an entire smorgasbord of autoimmune disorders.  When the gut breaks down gluten, it becomes tiny odd proteins that resemble psychedelic drugs called gluteomorphins, which change the way the brain functions and behaves.  Are you getting nervous yet?

Gluten causes brain disfunction in three ways:

  1. Inflammation- not only can it inflame the brain, but other bodily tissues as well, causing autoimmune responses, creating autoimmune diseases and disorders.
  2. Odd Morphine (psychedelic proteins, aka gluteomorphins)-what happens when gluten breaks down, very much resembling psychadelic drugs, altering the way the brain is supposed to work.
  3. Exoticin- this substance that occurs in the presence of the gluteomorphins, then kills and damages brain cells

Did you know that there is a cancer and gluten connection?  Gluten and the amino acid, glutamine, have been studied and found to play a critical role in the cancer process.  Shockingly, 99% of people that have a gluten sensitivity are not even aware they have one and blame their symptoms on something else.  However, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with diagnosed, undiagnosed, and “latent” celiac disease or gluten sensitivity had a higher risk of death, mostly from cancer and heart disease.

The study assessed 30,000 deaths, from the period of 1969-2008.  They divided the deaths into three groups: Those with full-blown celiac disease, those with inflammation of their intestine but not full-blown celiac disease, and those with latent celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (elevated gluten antibodies but negative intestinal biopsy).  The results showed us that you don’t have to have full blown celiac disease to suffer from serious health problems and even death.  There was a 39% increased risk in death in the consumption of gluten among those with celiac’s disease, a 72% increase in those with gut inflammation, and 35% increase in those with a just a gluten sensitivity.  Another study looked at 10.000 people from 50 years ago and 10.000 people at the present day, finding that blood tests showed a 400% increase full blown celiac’s disease!  Yet why is this dismissed and passed off as a diet fad or just another food allergy?  If there was something causing cancer at 400% increase, you would bet that changes would be made.  The truth in the matter is that we weren’t made to properly digest gluten, and to make matters worse, the way wheat is now processed in the United States is far more dangerous to our health.

The problem is that labeling gluten as a carcinogen or the culprit behind many of the neurological and psychiatric diseases we experience would cost billions.  Instead of taking medications for diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel disease, migraines, and nearly every autoimmune disorder, you could be correcting the  root of the issue…whether it be gluten causing gut inflammation leading to brain inflammation, creating autoimmune responses leading to disorders and diseases, or a deficiency or imbalance in vitamins essential for your body’s optimal function.  Unfortunately, the facts are clear when you really want to see them, and that is that gluten affects your brain’s function.

Once you have brain disfunction, then comes the issues that are more common to you.  In one person gluten may cause arthritis, in another, depression.  Yet in another person, their depression can be caused by a B12 deficiency.  The problem is, no one has a prozac deficiency, or lack of medication in their system.  We weren’t created to need these medications that have given out like candy these days.  These are just the ways our modern medicine “treat” our issues when these diseases could be cured by 100% elimination.  Today’s doctors are trained to be pharmacologists, not healers.  The only healers are surgeons.  Doctors are trained to name a disease and pick a medication to treat it, but the problem exists in the fact that the cause of a disease, from one person to another can be extremely different.  Sleeping pills can help you sleep, but they are not treating the symptoms causing the sleeping disorder.  Prozac may help your depression, but it’s not treating what may be your inflamed gut, leaky gut, or lack of absorbing the vitamin B12 that could be the underlying cause of your symptoms.  All these drugs can help you feel better, but they’re not making you better.  We are a drug addicted society and are over-prescribed medications when there are, in fact other solutions.

Maybe starting with eliminating gluten is the answer?  Maybe it’s just the beginning to optimal health.

All of my posts are created from information that I have gathered through various sites and books.  I am obviously not a doctor, but I am extremely interested in the functioning of our bodies and the affects of our diets with our lifestyles.  






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  • Reply Meg February 10, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I seriously have been considering going gluten free for awhile now. I truly believe it has an effect on my asthma. I just find it overwhelming when I think about how much i will really have to change since there seems to be gluten in EVERYTHING!!! Even when you dont think you are eating gluten, it is there, hiding like a creep. I might have to take the leap after I have this baby, and some control back over my body and cravings. I am sure I will be bugging you for advice if/when I do! xo

    • Reply Michelle February 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      I’m minimizing it as much as possible currently. That means as of two days ago:) It really is in everything in a bag or box it seems. My mother in law is always finding great tasting and healthy alternatives, so I will bug her and you can bug me. Yellow 5 is supposed to be a major culprit in asthma related issues as well.

  • Reply katie February 10, 2014 at 7:50 am

    When I eat strictly paleo I feel incredible. Seriously. Never sick, feel so lean, don’t feel so sad/down, have high energy, etc. I TOTALLY understand this. Since Christmas (stupid holidays derailed me, my own choice) I’ve been kinda 70/30 but honestly, I need to get back to eating more that way again because I truly do FEEL better. I cook that way, and mostly eat that way, but have been snacking on random junk and things that the kids eat far too often lately.

    • Reply Michelle February 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Tis the season:) So is paleo gluten free? I know the general way of eating, but wasn’t sure if you specifically eliminate gluten or if it is a bonus since you are mostly just consuming everything you would find in nature?

      • Reply katie February 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        It is technically gluten free, but, basically as a side bonus. 🙂 You don’t eat anything from a box/processed, no dairy even, or any refined sugars or wheats/grains…so basically, it’s just, healthy stuff? 🙂

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  • Reply option binaire December 31, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Excellent article. I am experiencing some of
    these issues as well..

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