testing for celiac disease…


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Did you know that…

It is important that people being checked for coeliac disease need to still be eating gluten in their diet. If they cut gluten out of their diet (eg. trial a gluten free diet) before being properly diagnosed, they can reduce their chances of being diagnosed, as the villi/lining can start to repair. If the camera is then inserted to take the samples for biopsy, but the person has already started the diet, the biopsies might show to be normal – but this may not be an accurate result – it could be false as it may be repaired.  Therefore, all people who look suspicious for coeliac disease (eg. have symptoms, etc) should still be eating gluten whilst being investigated by their doctor(s).

GI care 4 kidsAll people diagnosed with coeliac disease are encouraged to join an association or society or support group. A couple I found are: Coeliac Sprue Association or Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, GI Care for Kids, to name a few. They are a valuable source of support and new food product information. Members receive a quarterly magazine, handbook and ingredients book. Events such as cooking demonstrations, group dietitian sessions, children’s camps, and social evenings are regularly offered. As information about the gluten-free diet can change over time, maintaining membership of the Coeliac Society should be for the long-term, to ensure ongoing access to up-to-date information.

The above information came from the shepherdworks.com website. There’s a LOT more information there to read.

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Dangerous Grains – Part 3


Last update for Dangerous Grains by Braly
July 26, 2013

Full review for Dangerous Grains

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Please forgive how long its been before I’ve finished this review. Frankly, I forgot I hadn’t finished. There isn’t much more because Braly gets technical 😦

Chapter 7 discusses cancer. I’m not touching that with a 10-foot pole.

Chapter 8 discusses our autoimmune system.

Chapter 9 – Osteoporosis – bone density, and chromium deficiency – Vit. D. Hope you are taking Vit D already.

Chapter 10 – Brain disorders. Now anyone with depression, autism…this is the chapter for them. Braly says “disturbances of mood have long been recognized in celiac patients….One report indicates that 63% of celiac children present with aggressive, bullying, angry or irritable behavior.”
Depression has been claimed as the most common symptom of celiac disease…a gluten-free diet often improves psychological well-being.” It sure has for me! Braly also discusses gluten as it relates to attention deficit disorder, learning problems, alcoholism, schizophrenia, epilepsy, autism and multiple sclerosis. You’ll have to get the book to learn how gluten affects each of these disorders. His explanations go way outside the scope of this blog.

Oops, Chapter 10 is gluten & bowel diseases. Wait a minute. I just covered Chapter 10. Maybe it’s Chapter 11. I have no idea because I no longer have the book.  We’ll just continue as if we’re talking about Chapter 11 – gluten & Bowel Diseases.

“A majority of 85 million IBS sufferers are condemned to a life of discomfort as a result of the narrow, outdated definition of gluten sensitivity by doctors. Braly recommends IgG & IgA anti-gliadin and EMA or tTG antibody screening of all patients with IBS. (Please, if you have this test, make sure you eat gluten before-hand or the test will be negative!)

Next Chapter (whatever the number!) is about Research Theories and Treatments. If you really want to know this information, you’re going to have to buy the book. Personally, I got my copy at the library. Why pay for a book when you can just read it for free from your local library. I’m afraid libraries are going to go the same way LP records did (dinosaurs) as e-books become more and more prevalent. My own library is no longer open on Fridays or Sundays. Oops–I’ve definitely gotten off topic.

This is the end of my book review. Hope it was helpful. 🙂

Juicing 101


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Until last night when I was reading Ultimate Juicing by Donna Pliner Rodnitsky did I realize that there are different types of juicers and how well they suck juice out of the fruits and vegetables you throw at it. This book is okay. I didn’t realize it was written in 2000. It’s recommendations for juicers is out of date, but I took care of that below. I’m not recommending juicers, but gave you a link to a juicing web site that handles anything you’d like to know. In fact, PLEASE, go to justjuice.org BEFORE you buy a juicer. There are so many variables I wish I had known before I bought mine.

The different types are: manual, centrifugal, masticating (single gear) and triturating (twin gear).

Manual – just add elbow grease. Manual juicers are very basic tools that serve to squeeze juice out of a fruit. Most are just for citrus or wheat grass. (I’m finding out that wheatgrass is like some sort of super-nutrient grass). YES, if you are gluten-allergic or intolerant, you can drink wheat grass. The bad stuff is in the wheat berry, not the grass. *see wheat grass NOTE below…

Product Description on Amazon for a manual juicer: The Healthy Juicer is the easiest, most efficient and most affordable manual wheatgrass juicer available. Designed to handle leafy greens( spinach, kale, cilantro, collard greens, parsley…). There are two types of juicers on the market today. Centrifugal and masticating (meaning to crush and squeeze). The main benefit of a masticating juicer is that it crushes the fruits and vegetables as opposed to shredding them as your average centrifugal juicer does. Have you ever tried to juice leafy vegetables such as parsley, spinach or even cabbage in a centrifugal juicer? A good portion of it is wasted and just passes through as these juicers do not have any crushing ability. Vegetables are expensive today, especially organic ones. Why throw your money away by not extracting as much juice and nutrients as possible from them? (see the Lexen Products Healthy Juicer on Amazon)

Centrifugal – Centrifugal juicers are named for the way they work. These juicers produce juice by using a cutting blade to first chop up the produce and then spin the produce at a very high speed, sort of like how a washing machine wrings out the water from wet clothes. There is a strainer basket with little holes that allows the juice to pass through, while keeping the pulp behind. Even if the centrifugal juicer doesn’t extract the full juice out of produce, it is fast, efficient, and really easy to use. It’s perfect for someone who does not have a lot of time to juice but still wants a fresh cup or two every once in awhile.

Single Gear (Masticating) – These juicers have a single gear or auger with blades that basically chews up and crunches the fruit or veggies into pulp, releasing juice in the process. This crunching process is a highly effective way of breaking down the hard, fibrous cell walls of fresh produce and produces a high juice yield and very little, very dry pulp. This type of juicer is S-L-O-W. JustJuice.org says that this type of juicer is their favorite, especially when recommending to beginning juicers. Single gear juicers produce less waste, and over time, the money that you spend on produce adds up. They believe it’s better to spend a bit more on a juicer that gives more, rather than save on a juicer and continuously waste my produce.

Twin Gear (Triturating) – The twin gear triturating juicers are the champions of the juicer world – they are the top-of-the line, cream-of-the-crop in juicing machines. These juicers extract fresh juice from produce using twin gears that interlock with each other while rotating inwards – crushing everything you put between them into a very dry pulp. These juicers are ideal for someone for whom price is not an issue and who just wants a top-quality, versatile juicer that will do everything, and do it well.

Thought the above was enough information for a life-time. Let me throw in a wrench–What about smoothie machines? Hmmmm.

In fact, justjuice has an article on 5 Things You Must Know Before Buying a Juicer. Man where was this web site when I was investigating. How do you choose?  This makes me feel better–my Breville made their top juicer under $200 list!

As an IBS sufferer, I had to decide between a juicer and a smoothie maker. I chose the juicer because the nutrients are much more easily digested and won’t upset your stomach. AND, I’ve found if you want your juice more like a smoothie–get out your trusty blender, throw in the pulp from the juicer and some of the juice and voilá you have a smoothie! I’m so smart–sometimes I surprise even myself with what I think up!

Wow Moment!

Drinking three 8-oz glasses of juice can provide the nutritional benefits of up to 3 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables!

DID YOU KNOW?…organic farming is based on a system of agriculture that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of chemical fertilizers, in turn producing healthier plants that can naturally resist disease and insects without synthetic pesticides.
While organic produce is a better alternative to eating fresh fruits and vegetables that have been heavily sprayed with pesticides and herebicides, there is no evidence that it is any more nutritious. Hmmmm–AH, here’s the BUT, organic produce often has a richer flavor!

NOTES ABOUT WHEATGRASS

Oh man, this stuff IS a super food. Here are some facts about wheat grass:
These little sprigs of grass are so healthy, it’s almost scary. Here’s a little sample from its health resume:

  • Just one ounce of wheatgrass has 103 vitamins, minerals and amino acids
  • That same one ounce of wheat grass has as much nutritional value as about 2.5 lbs of fresh green veggies
  • Wheat grass juice is high in chlorophyll, beta-carotene, as well as a veritable alphabet soup of vitamins: A, B-complex, C, E, and K

Here’s what sixpackfactory.com has to say about wheatgrass. I wish people would decide how to spell it! Since it is considered a vegetable in the grass stage, wheatgrass is safe for people with wheat allergies.  Juicing unlocks even more nutrients from wheatgrass, making them more concentrated and usable to the cells of the body.

One of the ingredients with major benefit in wheatgrass is chlorophyll, which has the ability to draw toxins from the body like a magnet.  Considered the “blood of plants”, chlorophyll can soothe and heal tissues internally.  The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is high in oxygen and light energy, which can provide the brain and body tissues with an optimal environment in which to function.  The chlorophyll in wheatgrass also has antibacterial properties, which can stop the development of harmful bacteria in the body.

My local Kroger doesn’t sell wheatgrass, but Whole Foods does. The manager at Kroger told me that they get wheatgrass occasionally. It’s sold by Melissa Products and comes from California and takes 10 days to get to Georgia! It may come from Melissa Products, but it’s not listed on their web site!

Ever Heard of the FODMAP Elim. Diet?


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The FODMAP elimination diet seems like it goes hand-in-hand with Specific Carbohydrate Diet protocol. It’s probably very obvious because of my last two posts that I am seeking relief from my IBS symptoms that are not fully under control even on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet.

The FODMAP theory holds that consuming foods high in FODMAPs results in increased volume of liquid and gas in the small and large intestine, resulting in distention and symptoms such as abdominal pain and gas and bloating. The theory proposes that following a low FODMAP diet should result in a decrease in digestive symptoms. The theory further holds that there is a cumulative effect of these foods on symptoms. In other words, eating foods with varying FODMAP values at the same time will add up, resulting in symptoms that you might not experience if you ate the food in isolation. This might explain the mixed results of studies that have evaluated the effects of fructose and lactose, two types of carbohydrates, on IBS. Ongoing research is being conducted as to the accuracy of the FODMAP theory and the effectiveness of the diet for IBS. Read More

If you are interested in following a low FODMAP diet, it is essential to work individually with a licensed nutritionist (See: Finding a FODMAP Dietician)

WebMD weighs in with their article on Finding the Right Diet for IBS
The goal is to find the most liberal and varied diet possible that still keeps symptoms under control. Most people find they can still include their favorite foods if they exercise care. For example, a person who discovers that fructans (found in wheat) cause a lot of distress might find they can’t tolerate wheat at every meal, but may be able to tolerate one portion of wheat without a problem.

Is FODMAP the right diet? Specific Carbohydrate Diet? Paleo Diet? Gluten-Free Diet? I just don’t know. I do know I’m reading a lot. Making the move to organic products, juicing, eating gluten free and attempting to move away from eating a lot of grains. I do know that stress plays a big role in digestive upsets and I’ve had enough stress this summer to last a lifetime and it’s not over. I am desperately looking for ways to not be so gassy that no one wants to be around me. I am so embarrassed by passing gas when I’m out in public, especially talking to an acquaintance or at the chiropractor’s office getting adjusted. I’m always apologizing. I’ve had enough. Looking for relief, constantly assessing if I should eat this or that and searching books and the internet for answers is causing it’s own stress. Hopefully in my quest to find answers, I can help those who reads my blog posts.

Several web sites I came across while researching the FODMAP diet. They seem VERY informative:
IBS Group
IBS Free
ibs at About.com
IBS Group/todaysdietitian – this article is not about FODMAPs but IBS in general. Good article:  Still a misunderstood disease and often treated as a psychological condition, IBS is a real condition that can be debilitating to a person’s life. IBS statistics are sobering: An estimated 35 million Americans have the disease. It ranks second only to the common cold as a cause of lost work time and accounts for approximately 3 million physician visits in the United States every year.1 The path to an accurate diagnosis of IBS is often a confusing, complex, and emotional process. However, family members, physicians, dietitians, and support groups can provide IBS sufferers instant information and relief. Read More…

I pray this information helps anyone suffering with IBS. I believe newly diagnosed IBSers and “old hats” can benefit from these articles and web sites.

Are you gluten-free & still suffering?


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UPDATE: July 25, 2013
I was just informed by Heather VanVorous that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet was specifically designed for inflammatory bowel disease, and with IBS by definition, there is no inflammation.

Throughout this book, Kendall Conrad, author, keeps referring to the matriarch of Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Elaine Gottschall and her book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Obviously, I’m going to read this book next 🙂

This book contains recipes that are SCD compliant, but in the beginning Kendall give an overview of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Why do Specific Carbohydrate Diet?

“Bacteria are meant to live in the intestines, but only certain types and only in limited numbers. When the balance if off, the intestine cannot do its job properly and important nutrients fail to be absorbed.”

This book is the product of a doctor’s search to restore her daughter’s intestinal tract. Eat Well Fell Well is compiled with nutritional soundness. Most important, it provides recipes for health that can actually heal the intestine.

Elaine Gottschall explains in her book Breaking the Vicious Cycle, that millions of people around the world suffer from gut problems and that most doctors routinely prescribe antibiotics and steroids which, for the most part, don’t work.

Tested for more than 50 years by Dr. Sidney Hass & Elaine Gottschall, the SCD has produced very convincing results. Gottschall claims that based on clinical study and anecdotal feedback, at least 75% of those who follow the diet rigidly have experienced significant improvement.”

This diet is not for the faint of heart…

Eliminate all grains — Yep,

“Talk is cheap when it comes to miraculous cures and special diets,
but experience is worth its weight in gold.”

This diet is healthy and healing for those who have cut out wheat, gluten and still have chronic digestive issues. It has the highest-nutrient foods available, empowering healing and regenerative results for many people.

We are encouraged in Eat Well Feel Well to:

— choose the best quality ingredients available

— invest in buying local farmer’s markets for fresh organic fruits and vegetables

— try cooking with grass-fed beef and lamb that hasn’t been inoculated with antibiotics and hormones

— look for wild fish (not farm-raised)

— buy poultry that is free-range and organic

— try to stay away from prepared or packaged foods as much as possible.

The What & What Not to eat of SCD.

Kendall encourages us to read Gottschall’s Breaking the Vicious Cycle as soon as possible to understand the how and why of this diet (if, of course, you want to learn that stuff). But until you do, here’s an outline of the diet:

1)  The diet only includes very specific carbohydrates–those that require minimal digestive processes, which are well absorbed and leaves virtually nothing to encourage microbial overgrowth in the intestines. (I believe my juicer will come in very handy here).

2) Monosaccharides (single molecules including glucose, fructose and galactose) require no splitting in order to be absorbed by the body. They are found in fruits, honey, some vegetables, and a special homemade yogurt. This is confusing because she names fructose, but we’re still not allowed to eat high-fructose corn syrup.

3)  Disaccharides (lactose, sucrose, maltose & isomaltose) and polysaccharides (most starches) should generally be avoided.

4)  Complex carbs that are not easily digested, feed harmful bacteria, causing them to overgrow, producing by-products and inflaming the intestinal wall.

5)  Bacteria in the small intestine usually triggers a worsening cycle of gas and acid production, which further inhibits absorption. The gas and acids can cause damage.

6)  When absorption is inhibited, folic acid and Vit B-12 deficiency follows and the vicious sycle spires on.

7)  Other symptoms of malabsorption include chronic diarrhea. I’ve always had trouble remembering how to spell diarrhea, but no longer 🙂

What Can I Eat? This is not a complete list:

Meat/Fish:
OK:  beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fresh fish & shell fish
No No:  processed meat (there goes my hotdogs & turkey kielbasa), smoked meat (my bacon and ham go up in smoke), no breaded fish (wonder if pecan crusted is okay).

Vegetables
OK:  all varieties of fresh or frozen (no added sugar or starch)
No No:  potatoes, sweet potatoes 😦 okra, seaweed (oh that one’s easy to give up), canned and jarred vegetables with additives.

Grains & Legumes
OK:  dry beans (after 3 months on the diet)
No No:  wheat, barley, corn, rye, oats, rice, cereals, flours. (No pasta or bread)

Fruits
OK:  fresh, raw, cooked, frozen with no added sugar, dried or canned in its own juice
No No:  any fruit with sugar added or sugar-based products. (There go my fruit roll-ups and yogurt covered almonds)

Dairy
OK:  eggs, hard-aged cheese, butter
No No:  fluid milk of any kind; dried milk solids, sour cream, commercial yogurt, soft cheeses (includes mozzarella–there goes my pizza)

Conclusion
Here we go again: the SCD suggests that this way of eating is right for us because it is species appropriate. The foods allowed are the ones our earliest ancestors ate before agriculture began.

Gottschall points out that “in the last hundred years the increase in complex sugars and chemical additives in our diet has led to a huge increase in health problems ranging from severe bowel disorders to obesity and brain function disorders.

Sneaky ingredients to avoid:
cellulose
FOS (fructooligosaccharides)
Kudzu, slippery elm & arrowroot
Locust bean gum, guar gum, xantham gum, carrageenan
Maltodextrin, pectin, potato starch
Sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol (there goes ice cream)
Soy flower, soy sauce
Sucrose, fructose & evaporated cane juice

Think this diet is not for you?
That’s what I thought when I first came across this diet, but now that I’m eating wheat/gluten/dairy free for the past 5 months and still have major issues; I’m going to try this. Not jumping in with both feet–that’s too scary. I’m going to go slow and start eliminating the bad stuff one at a time. I’m not throwing away a huge bag of rolled oats I just bought or all the other No No foods that I spent good money on.

Good luck if you are serious about going on this diet. I would love to hear your feedback if you ARE on this diet or thinking of going on the diet.

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I Almost Forgot…silly me! This is a recipe book!Bottom line: it has enough recipes for me to want to buy it, BUT, most of the recipes are too high-brow for me AND because I have chronic fatigue and don’t want to cook in the first place.

Let me regale you with some of the recipe names:
Tabbouleh – I’ve actually had this and love it!
Watercress and Cauliflower Puree with Parmesan Crackers
French Lentil Salad
Homemade Dijon Mustard
Homemade Yogurt
White Bean Hummus
Sauteed fillet of sole with lemon, butter, and capers
Broiled Orange-Mustard-Glazed Salmon
Banana Leaf-Wrapped Halibut with Papaya and Coconut
Moroccan Chicken Stew with Cashews, Saffron and Currants
Roasted Acorn Squash with Butter, Nutmeg, and Honey
Buttery Herb & Garlic Crackers
Lemon-Coconut Macaroons
Whipped Cashew Cream
Blood Orange-Ginger Fizz
Moroccan Mint Tea
Eggs Florentine Benedict
Banana Macadamia Bread
Breakfast Pork Sausages
Honey-Garlic Chicken Drummettes

In the back of the book, Kendall lists resources (2006):
www.scdrecipe.com
www.scdiet.org
www.pecanbread.com
www.lucyskitchenshop.com

Web sites I’ve come across:
www.breaking the vicious cycle
www.glutenfreeschool.com – this link takes you to SCD information

WebMD weighs in on this diet:

The SCD has been around for years because for some people with GI diseases, it minimizes symptoms. But the diet, because of its severe restrictions and nutritional inadequacies, needs to be studied further and validated by the medical community.

If you want to try the SCD, consult your doctor first. “If any of my patients wanted to try this plan (which they have not), I would be willing as long as they agreed to being monitored very closely,” Mason says.

You may also want to consult a registered dietitian to make sure you’re meeting all your nutritional needs while you’re on the SCD diet. Read More…

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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I just read in Gluten-Free Baking by Rebecca Reilly: “when grinding nuts into nut flour, you may need to add a LITTLE SUGAR to keep from making a nut butter.

Check this out — Aquafarm!


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Once again from Fast Co.Exist comes a new great idea for home fish tank ala herb garden! It’s called Aquatank!

A DIY home aquaponics kit dubbed the AquaFarm, should drive home that message, propelling the company from one-hit eco-wonder into a broader ecosystem of offerings. Aquaponics, of course, is the increasingly popular science of sustainable growing that ties fish and vegetable farming together. In most operations planters sit atop fish beds of tilapia; the water and fish waste help hydrate and fertilize the plants, which help filter and clean the tank itself. Eventually, it’s all harvested for consumption. AquaFarm mimics that on a cute desk-top scale. Chic planters grow small batches of wheatgrass, basil and lettuce atop a fishbowl containing a more decorative, for-demonstration-purposes-only beta fish. Read More….

Health Apps giving away your personal data


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In perusing the headlines from Fast Company, I came across this article.

Here’s the opening paragraph to get you started:

Ah, the wonderful world of apps. One might help you track your daily exercise routine by logging the calories you burn, the protein-conscious meals you consume, and perhaps your running route. You might share that data with Facebook to brag about all that weight you’re losing, or you might keep it between yourself and your iPhone. But regardless of how private you think you are, your running route could be transmitted over unprotected cyber-space while you’re unaware. And once those details are on the wire, who knows who’s looking at them? Read More

I keep hearing about free email like Google, sharing your information or tracking where you go on the web. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it. If I get more ads targeted toward what I’m interested in, bring it on.

Dangerous Grains book review: Part 2


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The author, James Braly, states in the first chapter, “…gluten grains,…lack many of the nutrients we need.”

Braly also purports that since the introduction of grains into our diet, our brains are smaller, bones weaker and our stature shorter. This first chapter is about natural selection of the human race and grains. He gives reasons for our ancestors becoming agrarian, discusses genetics, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity symptoms that don’t show up until later in life; after child-bearing years so our “species” can continue. If grains/gluten were really toxic to our bodies, we humans wouldn’t live long enough to reproduce.

“Some individuals produce a liver enzyme capable of digesting gluten, many do not. For the many who lack these digestive enzymes, grains need much more processing than the foods that are common to a hunter-gatherer’s diet.”

Wait a minute. I remember being told that red meat is difficult to digest. I guess it’s the Chick-fil-A cows telling us this!

“Dairy and gluten-grain products combine to make up the top six foods we now eat. Yet, cows’ milk and wheat are two of the most commonly reported allergens in the world. With individuals genetically predisposed to food allergies and gluten sensitivities, eating these same non-ancestral, genetically incompatible foods in large quantities day in and day out, is it any wonder that so many people suffer from chronic food sensitivities?”

It seems I stopped here to look up my medicines to see if they are gluten free. Braly told a story about a man who was told to eat gluten-free and he got better for a little while, but then his health started deteriorating rapidly. It took quite a while but a doctor finally figured out that he was being glutened by his medicines. Seven out of the 11 drugs he was taking contained gluten! So, obviously I wanted to see if I might be glutened by my drugs, vitamins or supplements.

I found two web sites that list medicines and supplements (some) that are gluten free unless otherwise stated. Out of all my drugs, vitamins and supplements I found most in these two lists, but still had to do a Google search for a couple generics to see if they are gluten free. Here are the two web sites:

www.glutenfreedrugs.com/list.htm

www.celiac-disease.com/medications

“Gluten grains are a leading cause of many ailments. Avoiding gluten prevents and often reverses these diseases.

Should you passively wait for the signs and symptoms to arrive before taking action?”

Braly now posits 15 questions for us to ask ourselves; now rather than later. The questions range from: Is anyone in your family diagnosed with celiac or gluten-sensitivity? anyone have type 1 diabetes? thyroid disease? eating habits? do you get bloated? severe cramping? have anxiety or depression? problems sleeping? and on….

Dangerous Grains seems to leave no stone unturned. In his questioning of family illness and eating/sleeping habits, Braly seems to say that just about all of us would fit into having possible gluten-sensitivity.

My husband keeps telling me that gluten isn’t the big, horrible scourge these doctors portray–BUT–what if it is? He’s losing weight without trying, his blood glucose numbers are down near non-diabetic numbers. Seems to me, he’s benefiting from not eating gluten.

Chapter four goes into all the possible tests for gluten sensitivity. My own doctor has done many of them, and they are either negative or normal. So, he doesn’t believe I have a gluten problem. Tell that to my body that handles stress and anxiety better and more clearly!

Braly suggests tests for genetic markers, small intestine biopsy, gluten challenge, sugar-absorption test for leaky gut, blood testing for antibodies. Oh my favorite test–rectal challenge! It involves a gluten slurry, and you don’t drink it–oh my!!!

Once you’ve been diagnosed as gluten sensitive, Dr. Braly suggests counseling. “Dietary exclusion of gluten not only involves battling the physical and psychological facets of this experience, but also requires coming to terms with the socially excluding nature of this diet.

He also suggests joining a celiac support group, bone density testing, glucose-tolerance and liver-function testing. He even has some nutrition cautions: desensitization theraphy (like being desensitized for environmental allergies), making sure you are totally gluten free and not getting “glutened” in small doses like in your soy sauce, medicines, twizzlers or Rice Krispies–yep, the blue box is a no-no. Kellogg’s now has a gluten-free YELLOW box of brown rice Rice Krispies.

Braly also warns against eating fried foods. Apparently, oil heated over and over again converts to pro-inflammatory cancer-causing substances. He suggests we include a liberal amount of omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids every day. Omega 3s are fish, flax and walnut oils. Omega 9s are found in extra virgin olive oil and Omega 6s have a limited intake from vegetable and seed oils. He also suggests we broaden our meat intake to include Bambi, buffalo, rabbit, duck, goose, pheasant, quail–oh, and don’t forget–we must eat the animal’s organs (liver, heart, pancreas and bone marrow weekly–count me OUT!

Braly is a spoil-sport. He doesn’t want us eating the same foods every day, says we’ll develop sensitivities to these new foods. I’ve heard this before. I believe I asked a nutritionist about that and so have conflicting opinions. I personally change up my most favorite grains like rice, oats, and whatever is in Sunshine Crunchy Vanilla cereal. It’s hard enough to eat gluten free without making it harder by worrying about becoming sensitive to the new stuff. I’ll take my chances. Unless, of course, Braly wants to hire a live-in cook for me–OH YEAH 🙂

Supplements are Braly’s next topic. He named magnesium, calcium, selenium, potassium, B-vitamins, possibly iron, and vitamins A, E & D.

Next, Braly discusses hidden hazards like sharing your toaster with a gluten-eater, don’t share the same butter or peanut butter container, bulk bins are not gluten-friendly because some people use the same scoop in several different bins. Oh, my head is swimming!

I’ve had enough for tonight. We’ve gotten through five chapters, which is close to half the book. We’re definitely making progress 🙂

I don’t know why this book review is different than my other reviews unless I just believe, this particular book has a lot of important things to say and so far, seems to be my favorite.

I will finish my review on the next post.

New kind of APPs could revolutionize how we choose doctors and make appointments!


I looked around the Fast Company web site today after publishing the post on superweeds causing GMO crops needing more pesticides. This article stood out for me:

poster-1280-pills2An App To Let You Take Control Of Your Health Care Data
Instead of waiting for doctor visits, Aetna’s new CarePass app will correlate all your health data to try to give you a picture of your health and what you can do to make it better.

Here’s the first two paragraphs to get you interested 🙂

Much technological disruption to the health care industry has come from startups with an outside perspective: for example, ZocDoc, which has transformed the way people find new doctors; InQuicker, which lets people reserve a spot in line at an emergency room; Mango, which gamifies the routine chore of taking daily meds, and countless other new startups and apps that we’ve profiled (and tens of thousands more that we haven’t).

However, a new tech initiative at Aetna is an example of innovation and disruption from within. The company recently announced its plans to offer a health care app called CarePass which would help its customers monitor their own health care data. Read more…

More links for the above apps (which take you to the iTunes Store).

For you computer and Android users, here you go:

web: ZocDoc.com   Android:  😦     This web site seems great. The iTunes app has no reviews because it’s too new.

web: InQuicker       Android:  😦     This web site has a lot and so does the iTunes app. Much more established.

web: Mango             Android:  😦     I only found review articles on Mango. Reviewers, only a few, do NOT like this app YET.

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