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Unglued: The Sticky Truth About Wheat, Dairy, Corn and Soy

Approximately 70% of all American calories come from a combination of the following four foods: wheat, dairy, soy and corn - assuming, that is, we exclude calories from sugar.

Were it true that these four foods were health promoting, whole-wheat-bread-munching, soy-milk-guzzling, cheese-nibbling, corn-chip having Americans would probably be experiencing exemplary health among the world's nations. To the contrary, despite the massive amount of calories ingested from these purported "health foods," we are perhaps the most malnourished and sickest people on the planet today. The average American adult is on 12 prescribed medications, demonstrating just how diseased, or for that matter, brainwashed and manipulated, we are.

How could this be? After all, doesn't the USDA Food Pyramid emphasize whole grains like wheat above all other food categories, and isn’t dairy so indispensible to our health that it is afforded a category all of its own? 

Unfortunately these “authoritative” recommendations go  much further in serving the special interests of the industries that produce these commodities than in serving the biological needs of those who are told it would be beneficial to consume them.  After all, grains themselves have only been consumed for 500 generations – that is, only since the transition out of the Paleolithic into the Neolithic era approximately 10,000 years ago.  Since the advent of homo sapiens 2.5 million years ago our bodies have survived on a hunter and gatherer diet, where foods were consumed in whole form, and raw!  Corn, Soy and Cow's Milk have only just been introduced into our diet, and therefore are “experimental” food sources which given the presence of toxic lectins, endocrine disruptors, anti-nutrients, enzyme inhibitors, indigestible gluey proteins, etc, don’t appear to make much biological sense to consume in large quantities - and perhaps, as is my belief, given their deleterious effects on health, they should not be consumed at all.

Even if our belief system doesn’t allow for the concept of evolution, or that our present existence is borne on vast stretches of biological time, we need only consider the undeniable fact that these four “health foods” are also sources for industrial adhesives, in order to see how big a problem they present.

For one, wheat flour is used to make glues for book binding and wall-papering, as well as being the key ingredient for paper mache mortar. Sticky soy protein has replaced the need for formaldehyde based adhesives for making plywood, and is used to make plastic, composite and many other things you probably wouldn’t consider eating. The whitish protein known as casein in cow's milk is the active ingredient in Elmer's glue and has been used for paint since ancient times. Finally, corn gluten is used as a glue to hold cardboard boxes together. Eating glue doesn't sound too appetizing does it?  Indeed, when you consider what these sticky glycoproteins will do to the delicate microvilli inside our intestines, a scenario, nightmarish in proportions, unfolds. 

All nutrients are absorbed in the intestine through the microvilli. These finger-like projections from off the surface of the intestine amplify the surface area of absorption in the intestine to the area the size of a tennis court. When coated with undigested or partially digested glue (glycoproteins), not only is the absorption of nutrients reduced leading to malabsorption and consequently malnourishment, but the villi themselves become damaged/dessicated/ inflammed and begin to undergo atrophy - at times even breaking off.  The damage to the intestinal membrane caused by these glues ultimately leads to perforation of the one cell thick intestinal wall, often leading to "leaky gut syndrome": a condition where undigested proteins and plant toxins called lectins enter the bloodstream wreaking havoc on the immune system. A massive amount of research (which is given little to no attention both in the mass media and allopathic medicine) indicates that diseases as varied as fibromyalgia, diabetes, autism, cancer, arthritis, crohn's, chronic fatigue, artheroscerosis, and many others, are directly influenced by the immune mediated responses wheat, dairy, soy and corn can provoke.

Of all four suspect foods Wheat, whose omnipresence in the S.A.D or Standard American Diet indicates something of an obsession, may be the primary culprit.  According to Clinical Pathologist Carolyn Pierini the wheat lectin called "gliadin" is known to to participate in activating NF kappa beta proteins which are involved in every acute and chronic inflammatory disorder including neurodegenerative disease, inflammatory bowel disease, infectious and autoimmune diseases.

In support of this indictment of Wheat’s credibility as a “health food,” Glucosamine – the blockbuster supplement for arthritis and joint problems – has been shown to bind to and deactivate the lectin in wheat that causes inflammation. It may just turn out to be true that millions of Americans who are finding relief with Glucosamine would benefit more directly from removing the wheat (and related allergens) from their diets rather than popping a multitude of natural and synthetic pills to cancel one of Wheat’s main toxic actions. Not only would they be freed up from taking supplements like Glucosamine, but many would also be able to avoid taking dangerous Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like Tylenol, Aspirin and Ibuprofen, which are known to cause tens of thousands of cases of liver damage, internal hemorrhaging and stomach bleeding each and every year.

One might wonder:  “How is it that if America's favorite sources of calories: Wheat and Dairy, are so obviously pro-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, and generally toxic, why would anyone eat them?”  ANSWER: They are powerful forms of socially sanctioned self-medication.

Wheat and Dairy contain gliadorphin and gluten exorphins, and casomorphin, respectively.  These partially digested proteins known as peptides act on the opioid receptors in the brain, generating a temporary euphoria or analgesic effect that has been clinically documented and measured in great detail.  The Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Magdeburg, Germany has shown that a Casein (cow's milk protein) derivative has 1000 times greater antinociceptive activity (pain inhibition) than morphine. Not only do these morphine like substances create a painkilling "high," but they can invoke serious addictive/obsessive behavior, learning disabilities, autism, inability to focus, and other serious physical and mental handicaps. 

As the glues destroy the delicate surface of our intestines, we for the life of us can't understand why we are so drawn to consume these "comfort foods", heaping "drug soaked" helping after helping.  Many of us struggle to shake ourselves out of our wheat and dairy induced stupor with stimulants like coffee, caffeinated soda and chocolate, creating a viscous “self-medicating” cycle of sedation and stimulation.

As if this were not enough, Wheat, Dairy, and Soy also happen to have some of the highest naturally occurring concentrations of Glutamic Acid, which is the natural equivalent of monosodium glutamate. This excitotoxin gives these foods great "flavor" (or what the Japanese call umami) but can cause the neurons to fire to the point of death.  It is no wonder that with all these drug-like qualities most Americans consume wheat and dairy in each and every meal of their day, for each and every day of their lives.

Whether you now believe that removing Wheat, Dairy, Soy and Corn from your diet is a good idea, or still need convincing, it doesn’t hurt to take the “elimination diet” challenge. The real test is to eliminate these suspect foods for at least 2 weeks, see how you feel, and then if you aren’t feeling like you have made significant improvements in your health, reintroduce them and see what happens.  Trust in your feelings, listen to your body, and you will move closer to what is healthy for you.

This article owes much of its content and insight to the work of John Symes whose ground-breaking research on the dangers of wheat, dairy, corn and soy have been a great eye opener to me, and a continual source of inspiration in my goal of educating myself and others.

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Jo Woodard
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17 Jun 2008 5:48:56 AM PST
Poor threads showing connection to corn and soy. Why mention them, when the article seems to be mainly about wheat and dairy?

 
mike mckinney
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11 Apr 2014 9:03:49 PM PST
The connection to corn and soy is direct. 95% of all farm production in the U.S is given over to corn, wheat and soy. They are as toxic as the astute writer of the above article describes. A mountain of science corroborates this. They are also powerfully addictive. They have a strong social, cultural, and family connection to our lives. I chose over 2 years ago to purge them from my diet. I've never been healthier. The above author is correct on all counts, and also an excellent writer.

 
Julie
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06 Aug 2008 11:12:01 AM PST
Interesting article. I have Celiac Disease, but have also noticed problems with dairy. The whole 'glue' idea evokes a disturbing image...

 
fred emmite
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12 Dec 2008 4:55:59 PM PST
Great!!

 
James Dover
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26 Dec 2008 8:10:17 PM PST
Good read. Need more information on problems with corn.

 
Tracee
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28 Jul 2009 10:35:35 AM PST
Great article. I was afraid to try a gluten-free diet for my son at first, have been told such a diet was dangerous. So I researched it to the gills and tried to educate myself on how the GI tract and immune system works. Turns out a high grain and low fat--the politically correct way to eat, was harming me and my son. Turns out I had celiac AND Crohn's. His autism is almost gone thanks to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, a gluten-free, grain-free diet. We also try to get enough healthy fat in our diet, again that's considered dangerous as well.

 
z
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20 Nov 2013 9:31:17 AM PST
Still unclear why a person would need a grain-free diet. Why not just gluten-free.

 
Oliver
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08 Oct 2009 6:50:23 PM PST
Okay so what are we supposed to eat then? gluten-free processed foods that have even more chemicals? or maybe just vegetables and raw meat?

never in the history of the world did we ever have 6+ billion people on the earth before. With 1 billion of us starving at any given time, we need to think about more than just our own health.

Corn, soy, and wheat, are VERY productive crops. We need these to feed the world. They may not be "natural" or "what we evolved to eat", but it's better than not eating at all.

True, dairy is not productive enough to feed the world. But meat is even worse. Animal protein is second-hand protein - it takes far more food and land to raise animals than it does to just eat the food. Besides, animals are fed corn, soy, and wheat, anyway.

So what does that leave us with? Fruits and vegetables? Where's the protein and energy in that?

The fact is the world NEEDS corn and soy, and sometimes wheat. We need to stop eating so much meat, dairy, and eggs. To sustain life, grains and legumes are what we need.

 
Annie Oakley
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05 Nov 2009 12:17:28 PM PST
"To sustain life, grains and legumes are what we need."
You may want to do some research on lectins, as grains and beans have high levels of the potentially toxic chemicals.

 
Parker
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11 Feb 2010 8:25:16 PM PST
I eat a Paleo diet. I eat fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, and meat. I don't eat an excessive amount of meat and I don't eat eggs.
I shop at a market to buy produce cheap, and I probably eat between 5 and 8 pounds of fruit and veg in a day. I buy my meat from a butcher who buys grass-fed beef from a local farmer. I'll have a bit of meat or fish on a salad. I snack on raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. There's more variety in that than you think.
Americans (and others) have no idea how many varieties of fruit and vegetables there are out there. We are fed a certain perception by the rich and powerful who own factory farms.
Also, there is more than enough food to feed the world right now, probably always, it's a matter of distribution.
One more note: "Fruits and vegetables? Where's the protein and energy in that?" Yes, you get both natural energy and a little protein from raw fruits and vegetables.

 
James
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23 Dec 2010 4:13:28 PM PST
Keep in mind that having 6 billion people on this planet isn't working so well, as you just said, about a 1/4 are starving at any given time.

This article is about health, and what's best for us. Consider it selfish, but again, should there really be 6 (almost 7) billion people?

 
Luis Vega
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11 Jan 2012 3:26:06 PM PST
I have not eaten meat in a very long time and I am not eating anything with wheat or gluten either, and my health is very good. My only problem was arthritis that is going away very fast since I stopped eating wheat. Meat, wheat, corn and soy are too costly for the environment, for health and for any country's budget.

 
Paul
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16 Jul 2012 6:13:37 PM PST
Oliver, did you get the memo?

 
Tim
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09 Oct 2012 5:33:49 AM PST
Re: "The fact is the world NEEDS corn and soy, and sometimes wheat."

Yes, in order to CULL the Surplus Population of the World, the world needs GMO modified corn, soya and wheat, especially in the underdeveloped nations and peoples.
In clinical studies of GMO foods when fed too rats, they all died.
Mark my words, God will judge those who develop and process food as a weapon to kill all the population of the world.

 
Mike
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02 Feb 2014 9:16:42 AM PST
I cut out all these wheat, dairy and soy products and I juice veggies, eat lean meats, and drink nut and seed milks rather than dairy and been doing this along with regular exercise and my health has improved TREMENDOUSLY! I once had sleep apnea about 2 years ago and now I sleep on my back ALL night with VERY vivid dreams, So to say we NEED these health damaging foods that are not really foods but "food like," is just out right foolish in every way. These and many other processed foods that are microwaved and chemically made and manipulated daily by Americans is literally killing people more and more. Think about it some more.

 
lacarlota
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13 Nov 2015 1:45:16 PM PST
Oliver, you seem to be the only only who's got it right!

 
Colleen
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05 Nov 2009 9:09:30 AM PST
Needs to do way more research. Virtually all plants, and seeds in particular, contain lectins, (author's sticky proteins ?), phytases, anti-proteases, etc. Some are deactivated by cooking. Most raw beans contain so much they are extremely toxic, Meat from animals that eat grain, may also contain these substances, ditto farmed fish, since grain lectins in particular are generally not destroyed in by digestion and may wind up in the meat tissue. Author doesn't mention the need for exogenous digestive enzymes, or the role that enzyme deficiency plays in disease either. Very little is known about anti-nutrients compared to what is known where vitamins and minerals are concerned. Feeding the world is a very big complicated task, and if it is to be successful it is upon all of us to educate ourselves to the maximum, and avoid relying on the "powers that be" for our information.

 
Amy Layette
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28 Dec 2009 4:21:07 AM PST
I'm sorry to point this out to you Colleen, but the author is not focusing on lectins in this article but the "sticky proteins" known as prolamines. I think this is an excellent introduction to folks who perhaps see no problem with eating large amounts of these gluey foods that contain what may be indigestible proteins. Not sure why you think its so poor?

 
Trisha
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17 Aug 2010 9:56:06 AM PST
Eat quinoa and kale! Winter squash, tomato sauce, berries fruits and nuts! Are potatoes addictive too?

 
redriverbluesman
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27 Dec 2010 8:25:21 AM PST
Wow! I'm trying to get healthy, lose excessive weight, lift the fog, break my bad eating habits, but there is so much contradiction out there. I've been reading about the pros and cons of so many foods lately that I'm just about ready to quit researching. However, I'm going to "try" and give this a couple of weeks, as suggested.
I"m going to use beans, lentils, brown rice, miso, sea vegetables, and supermarket fruits and vegetables as my foundation. Usually a foodaholic in the bread/pasta and cheese/cream/butter departments, this can't help but be a beneficial exercise....right?!
Just finished my first black (usually cream-ladened) coffee, something else I should probably give up but am not biting off more than I know I can chew. I'll try to let you know how it feels.

 
Pam
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21 Aug 2012 12:57:10 PM PST
I have been doing the exact same thing for about 8 weeks. My energy level is better, and I have lost 13 pounds (I have become quite overweight these last few years). I have an autistic grandson and a daughter with rheumatoid arthritis. Both have been adhering to a wheat, soy, corn and dairy-free diet. Marked improvement in both conditions. I am becoming more and more certain that we are what we eat.

 
Diana
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03 Apr 2011 7:56:08 PM PST
Speaking from experience as a celiac... there is a lot of truth to this article. Anyone having food allergy problems should take this advice seriously, even if there are starving people in the world. Lets recognize the fact that we are fortunate enough to have prosperity and make strides to be healthier.

 
Lisa
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20 Jun 2011 2:47:00 PM PST
If you are perfectly healthy perhaps you are the lucky one that can get away with drinking milk and eating wheat, but those like myself that have digestive problems will tell you that eliminating milk and wheat really works, I have not only lost weight but have no digestive problems anymore. So instead of cereal or toast for break I have eggs, sausages, tomato, mushrooms etc and lunch meat and salad, dinner meat and veg, and snack on fruit. I love my new diet, and know I am doing what is right for my body because it works.

 
katieb
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12 Sep 2011 12:16:04 PM PST
Right on. And yes, those lectins can get into the meat and eggs and dairy products from animals fed wheat! Paleo is truly the best way to go---grass fed meats, wild caught fish, veggies, fruits, nuts seeds, sweet potatoes. Many celiacs are NOT getting better on the SAGFD---Standard American Gluten Free Diet---it's loaded with lectin infused crap.

 
Terry Obright
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17 Dec 2011 11:53:23 PM PST
I am grossly overweight, insulin dependent diabetic, heart disease have had a quadruple bypass in 2004, and last year had 2 stents and angioplasty on a 3rd vessel, hypertensive, and high cholesterol. have been non compliant in my eating habits and craver carbs. I take a lot of meds and insulin. A chiropractor suggested a no wheat, no corn, no diary diet for me and my grand daughter who has allergies. I was offended and was like that would be cutting everything that brings me pleasure out of my life. Honestly didn't think I could do it, oh and of course I suffer with inflammation seems like every joint in my body hurts most of the time. Reading this article was very enlightening, it makes me angry thinking we have been deceived for so long and forced false information. I will begin to eliminate these from my diet. I accept the challenge.

 
Jane
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03 Jan 2012 9:30:58 AM PST
Good for you for accepting the challenge. It will change your life. I need to eliminate wheat, corn, soy, eggs and dairy. Good luck to us both.

 
albert
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04 Jan 2012 8:18:46 PM PST
Wow! Great article. Actually frightens me somewhat; I had been looking for some information on gluten free diets and this answers many of my questions.

 
KbnunBeg
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10 Feb 2012 2:23:54 AM PST
I stopped eating wheat three weeks ago. I am 48 and diagnosed with diabetes six months ago. My addiction to wheat vanished in three days. I feel great and know eliminating wheat was the right thing to do. I eat veggies, fruit, meat and drink plenty of water. I have lost weight, real inches all over my body. This really works!

 
Eating Clean
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06 Mar 2012 4:50:12 PM PST
For as long as I can remember, eating healthy has been a way of life for me. Coupled with exercise, I consider myself to be in excellent health. My diet included whole grains, fat-free milk, soy protein shakes, Southwest style salsa (corn is a main ingredient). But also for most of my I was plagued with gastro-intestinal issues (gas, cramping, bloating, irregularity). After having a colonoscopy about 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I was floored! How could this be since I've been such a 'healthy' eater all of my life? I was prescribed medication in which I had to take 4 pills, 3 times a day. It was inconvenient, expensive, and I had all the side effects that made me feel even worse. Well, thank God for the internet. After days and days of clicking and searching for solutions, I came upon some studies that fingered wheat, dairy and soy as being natural irritants to the human digestive system, and contributors to other auto-immune diseases. I started following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which was developed by a scientist whom was searching for a cure for her daughter's debilitating bouts with Crohn's. Since eliminating wheat, dairy and soy (I still eat a little bit of corn), I have been medication free for over a year, and the symptoms of Crohn's are virtually gone. I am now 48 years old and feel healthier than ever.

 
Alex Varga
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16 Jul 2012 6:53:14 PM PST
I'm 50 and have never considered myself an unhealthy person, but I have been reading books on occasion on healthy eating (and in the last 2 to 3 years used the Internet for information) and have followed a healthier diet than most. I have to say, I don't believe everything I read, but this information goes to the top of the list for me with some of the others with other researchers. What I don't know is that if I was making millions of dollars selling these products and knowing it is harmful to people, would I still be selling them? Also, over the many years I have changed what I eat and many times how much of it and at 50, I look great and feel great.

 
Stuart
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16 Jul 2012 9:16:16 PM PST
Read "The China Study" for the real truth about diet, nutrition, health and longevity; the most authoritative book available.

 
Allison
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17 Jul 2012 5:32:10 PM PST
This article means nothing without sources for all the bold claims in it. As written, it is merely speculation, probably created by someone lacking a substantive science background.

 
Kelly
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26 Jul 2012 5:28:16 PM PST
My 4 year old twin girls are unable to digest wheat, corn, dairy and soy in any form. They have headaches and awful gastrointestinal probems if they accidentally ingest any of these. I believe the article based on what I have seen with my children. I thought it was just them but after reading this, I am ready to cut these sticky proteins out of my diet as well.

 
Katy
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29 Sep 2012 8:41:11 PM PST
This high population can ony be temporary in nature. It is a false inflation of natural numbers of people (the same happens in other animals, too), brought on by great advances in farming, adding lots of poisons to the process, and manipulating the food pyramid to advance the pockets of the food, mainly wheat and corn industries, and the growing fuel-soy. The planet cannot forever sustain such a load, and when over the next centuries as those who cannot cope with the foods we have designed, die off, of natural causes and increased diseases, both, the numbers will down scale. Eventually it will find a new level. Nature ALWAYS self-corrects. That is why the ligands in wheat are only getting stronger--we are the predator! I can tell you that every time I forget that wheat hurts me, or that I can have corn only once a week, I pay for it with lots of pain. My dad was a geneticist. Populations rise and fall. Sometimes on the stroke of a single food. Write down your story on good paper, and maybe the lessons will be remembered, and maybe there will be a bit less pain, too.

 
Derick
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19 Dec 2012 4:54:19 PM PST
"The average American adult is on 12 prescribed medications, demonstrating just how diseased, or for that matter, brainwashed and manipulated we are."

That's got to be untrue.

 
Victoria
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23 Oct 2013 8:26:03 PM PST
This is a great, eye opener article. I am a celiac (suffered from chronic anemia since I was 20) and I have been diagnosed 7 years ago. Along with the anemia, I also was affected with severe migraines. After starting a gluten free diet, the migraines disappeared, my iron levels are still a little bit low (I don't eat meat), but feel great and full of energy.

My last reflection: can you imagine what would happen to the international food companies if the entire world would become aware they are poisoning us?

 
Semmelweis
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19 Jul 2014 5:20:41 PM PST
This is an intellectually dishonest article. You take a smattering of real knowledge from different areas, some valid concerns about industry and throw in a lot of fear and twist them to serve your purpose. You do those who are suffering a disservice.

Where to start. First, our knowledge about the heath benefits of pre-farming humans is little to none. What we do know is that they weren't to healthy and most died by age 30.
It would be nice and simple if our current health challenges are due to diet, but it just isn't that easy. We live longer and are healthier than ever.
We take meds, though I challenge the number 12, because our joints, hearts etc are not genetically designed to last that long. Biologically, we are meant to die after our children can reproduce.
To those who read this site, read, question, learn. Find honest knowledgeable healthcare providers. Don't fall for conspiracy theories. They are appealing because they blame others and are easy. They appeal to our lesser nature.
That doesn't mean a healthy diet isn't a good idea, but your understanding of the pathophysiology of celiac disease/intolerance is way off.

 
Grateful Gertie
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27 Sep 2014 7:14:55 PM PST
Though there are flaws in the article it is definitely NOT a DISSERVICE. Quite the contrary. When I first took an elimination diet, I was facing possibly having my thyroid removed (to halt the progression of thyroid eye disease), needing carpel tunnel surgery, could not bend my knee, and had fibromyalgia and a host of of other complaints. I had had so many doctors, and they all just shook their heads, and prescribed various medications.
Following an elimination diet protocol, I learned I needed to eliminate wheat, corn, soy, nightshades, and many oils from my diet. As difficult as this was and is, it's worth it. I've saved my thyroid, its normal now, my knees bend perfectly, I no longer suffer from the pain and sleep problems of fibromyalgia, and no longer need surgery for carpel tunnel. My skin is better, and I can even breathe through my nose!
Anecdotal stories are all we have to prove that our dependence on wheat, corn, and soy are dangerous. Obviously there is no BIG MONEY funding research to figure out why eliminating these things leads to improved health since you can't get rich saying "Avoid these foods". Other than cookbooks, there is nothing to sell. And also the list of foods to avoid will vary from person to person. But if you have inflammation driving health problems, or autoimmune issues, I urge you to do a good elimination diet. You'll be glad you did.
I do not have a problem with dairy, some people do. Corn for me is just horribly toxic, even to the point as citric acid (corn derived) or as the merest sprinkling to keep shredded cheese from clumping. But every one is different. Wheat and soy are among the top 9 allergens, and must be listed as allergens on labels. Corn is allergen number 10, the fastest growing allergen, but only the top 9 are required to be listed as allergens. So corn can hide as dextrose, starch, citric acid, or 100 other derivations among the ingredient list, and not be actually identified as to it's source.




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