Improved Digestion Means Improved Mood, Immunity And More

Your body’s many systems all work together to create a peaceful flow, so when one system goes off balance it can trigger a domino effect, creating a cascade of health problems that follow. One system particularly responsible for optimal well-being is your digestive system — a strong, yet delicate ecosystem that relies on the presence of good bacteria and specialized immune cells to control the presence of bad bacteria or other harmful invaders. In fact, your digestive health directly impacts your immune health, and vice versa, since 70 to 80 percent of your immune system is actually located in your digestive system. (more…)

Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance Testing- Accurate or Misleading?

Jane G. made an appointment to see me after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (an autoimmune disease of the thyroid with links to celiac disease) and suffering from years of gastrointestinal issues. I reviewed Jane’s medical history and found that not only does she have Hashimoto’s and GI complaints, but she also suffers with inflammation in her joints and anemia (low iron). Suspecting that gluten intolerance was at the root of all these conditions, I suggested Jane adopt a gluten-free diet. (more…)

Connecting Gluten Allergies and Candida Albicans

Hwp-1, also known as Hyphal Wall Protein-1, is an amino acid within the cell wall of Candida albicans that enables Candida cells to attach to the intestinal cells. The sequence of amino acids that make up Hwp-1 are identical or highly similar to the proteins, α-gliadin and γ-gliadin found in gluten (Wheat, barley, rye) products. When Candida attaches to the intestinal wall, the body’s immune system responds. (more…)

When An Athlete Gives Up Gluten

Search for studies on how gluten affects athletic performance, and you’ll probably come up empty-handed. Researchers just haven’t paid much attention to how gluten influences exercise. But in the real world, outside of the controlled environment of the laboratory, athletes are finding that going gluten-free seems to give them an extra edge. (more…)

Is Gluten Sensitivity Sabotaging Your Health?

Nutrigenomics suggests that several genetic polymorphisms occurred during the time that mankind shifted from our ancestral diet to agriculture. Yes, the diet itself changed in nutrient content including factors such as antioxidant content (ORAC score), glycemic index and ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats, but several genetic single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) developed as man struggled to adapt to the widespread use of grains. (more…)

Gluten then and now

Over the past decade, the frequency of conversations about gluten intolerance (GI) and celiac disease (CD) in the United States has gone from almost unheard of to commonplace. Chances are your local supermarket sells dozens of items labeled “gluten free” where none existed five years ago. Restaurants and school lunch programs frequently offer gluten-free alternatives. What happened? (more…)

95 Percent of Americans With Celiac Disease Go Undiagnosed

Celiac Disease is one of the most common genetic conditions in the world, but often goes undiagnosed. Approximately 95 percent of Americans with the disease go undiagnosed. Through this sponsorship, Cream of Rice will support and further the Foundation’s pursuit to provide a greater understanding of Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, dietary compliance, future therapies, associated conditions and also the effect on family members.
Celiac Disease (more…)