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The dangers of going gluten-free
Maclean's ^ | September 10, 2013 | Cathy Gulli

Posted on 09/12/2013 5:35:47 PM PDT by rickmichaels

The first time Margaret Dron organized the Gluten Free Expo early last year, it was inside the gymnasium of a small community centre in east Vancouver. She had recruited one volunteer, two speakers, 38 vendors and expected 500 attendees. There was no entrance fee—instead, people were to bring gluten-free goods for the local food bank; three boxes were set aside for the collection. Six hours later, more than 3,000 people had turned out, and the volunteer had to call a one-tonne truck to pick up the donations. In one Sunday afternoon, Dron realized, “there is some serious potential here. So I quit everything I had, got an extension on my mortgage, and just dove in.” Since then, “it has blown up.”

(Excerpt) Read more at 2.macleans.ca ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: carbs; diet; gluten; glutin; gout; nutrition; wheat
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To: svcw

Then why are you reading & posting on a thread that bores you?


51 posted on 09/12/2013 8:32:42 PM PDT by sleddogs
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To: MrsEmmaPeel

Thank you! Dealing with similar issues here,and finding it real hard to keep glucose levels in even moderately elevated levels.


52 posted on 09/12/2013 8:35:45 PM PDT by Benito Cereno
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To: svcw
It is genetic and about 1 in every 130 have it in the US. The degree as to how much it affects you is based on how permeable your intestines are.
53 posted on 09/12/2013 8:38:21 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: Benito Cereno

No the hysteria bores me.


54 posted on 09/12/2013 8:40:51 PM PDT by svcw (We do not fear death, as much as we fear no one will remember us.)
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To: rickmichaels

The “danger” stated in the article is that individuals will cut out the middle man and go straight to the current research, something which doctors rarely have time to do. The topic of grains, and how to prepare and eat them is not something that one arrives at from reading a short article in a tabloid. The Weston Price Foundation has great information on how to prepare grains and nuts, such as soaking them to remove natural toxins (e.g. fitates). Living foods are another area that modern man is beginning to rediscover, those little “angels” that bear us up lest we dash our foot against a stone. :)


55 posted on 09/12/2013 9:10:37 PM PDT by blackpacific
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To: svcw

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56 posted on 09/12/2013 9:14:42 PM PDT by sleddogs
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To: Benito Cereno
I tell you, it's been a real challenge, particularly when a couple weeks ago, Mr. Peel developed a summer's cold, which raised his blood sugar numbers to an uncomfortably high level - we were just about to break down and give insulin again, when his system seemed to settle out. The stroke took out his right side, so finding an exercise that he could do was a challenge. I like to walk - really walk - I like to go on power walks, with a very fast, sustained pace. That is simply too much for him - on one of my power walks, I came across a gent in a recumbent tricycle. What a stroke of luck - we got one for Mr. Peel and he's generally out 30-45 mins at a time at least once a day. The exercise definitely helps, and this is an exercise that he can do, doesn't bore him, and gets him out in the sun.

I read years back, that diabetics have extremely low vit D levels - and during a routine checkup with the doctor, I asked for a Vit D test on Mr. Peel. Turns out his Vit D level was so low, it was barely measurable. He takes a Vit D supplement, but nothing beats sunshine. Sitting out in the sun for 30 mins helps.

My biggest "a-ha" moment with Mr. Peel was when I realized how negative High Fructose Corn Syrup was to his system. I could give him a Hillshires Fram sausage (0 carbs) for breakfast, yet several hours later his blood sugar numbers would be in excess of 200. Slowly, I figured out that for him, the most deadly combinations were HFCS, aspartame, Splenda. I'm adding to this list daily - the number of additives in foods are pretty scary. I made him dinner of poached salmon and his numbers were fine. Two weeks later, I made the exact same dish, with a different brand of salmon and his numbers were through the roof. The difference was in the type of salmon - the last came from a bag I bought at Sam's - frozen salmon fillets, but they were farm raised salmon, grain feed. The previous salmon was also frozen, but it came from SeaBear - wild caught and flash frozen. So, it's getting to the point where I have to know exactly where the food came from before I will buy it or prepare it.

57 posted on 09/12/2013 10:09:00 PM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: sleddogs
"... my hands are 100% back to normal and my feet are 80%+ back to normal."

No Benfotiamine? Look into it if you haven't already, the stuff's miraculous.

No diabetes here either, but it's saved us a lot of pain, and about $2500 on a root canal and crown.

My 18yo son had a routine cavity filled in a front tooth, and a day later was in excruciating pain. Dentist x-rayed and all looked perfect, replaced filling. Pain continued, replaced filling with painkiller, let sit for a week. The only explanation was a "spontaneous pain," which happens occasionally (I guess).

I remember thinking, "I must have missed that chapter in the child-rearing books, where your teenager comes storming into the kitchen demanding a root canal...." The pain was relentless and worsening. It was a Friday, though.

What do I do? Eighteen is too young for that, especially if the tooth is otherwise okay. Wondered if it's some sort of neuropathy? I had some Benfotiamine in the house. I said, "Fine, but it's Friday night, and you can't just show up for a root canal on a Saturday morning and say 'fit me in.'"

Found the bottle(!). Told him, "Take 600mg/day, half in am, half before bed, NO DEVIATION, DO NOT FORGET! If it's not better by Monday I'll schedule a root canal."

Monday came and went. I didn't dare ask. Tuesday night: "How's the tooth...?"

"A little better, actually."

Interesting.... "Keep taking it," I replied.

By the following weekend, the pain was GONE. He kept it up for another two weeks, no recurrence. Was understandably nervous about going back to dentist for permanent (3rd) filling but it went fine, uneventful. Dentist had never heard of Benfotiamine.

I always keep it in the house now.

58 posted on 09/12/2013 10:11:57 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: oprahstheantichrist

Will check it out.

Thanks


59 posted on 09/12/2013 10:32:36 PM PDT by sleddogs
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To: rickmichaels

60 posted on 09/12/2013 10:39:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: sleddogs

Glad to hear you’re so much better! Increasingly patients can do the research to heal themselves.


61 posted on 09/13/2013 5:01:18 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: MrsEmmaPeel

The amount of soy and HFCS added to foods where they don’t belong is obscene.


62 posted on 09/13/2013 5:04:15 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: ChildOfThe60s

White rice has the high glycemic load that is what many gluten avoiders are really trying to stay away from.


63 posted on 09/13/2013 5:05:19 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: jeffc
More whole milk, real butter, real cheddar cheese and regular bread for me, thanks.

My cardiologist would not approve.

64 posted on 09/13/2013 7:39:22 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
The genetically modified soy that is added to cereals and breads is more deadly to Mr. Peel than wheat gluten.

Is that because it is soy, or because it is GM?

65 posted on 09/13/2013 7:42:02 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: MrsEmmaPeel; muir_redwoods; Alex Murphy
In 1950, the rate of diabetes in the US was .78% of the population, today it's over 11%. Obesity is not the cause of diabetes in all cases. Mr. Peel, suffered a massive stroke 7 years ago due to undiagnosed diabetes. He was normal weight at the time. The insulin that he was on caused him to balloon in weight. He needed 5 injections a day. For years, I've been experimenting with his diet, until I finally hit upon a combination of foods - he now requires 0 injections a day, takes no diabetes medication and has (so far) lost 22 pounds.

In the 1950's, the rate of smoking was about 45%. Today it's about 21%. Nicotine is an appetite suppressant. There was a lot more nicotine in 1950's cigarettes (2.5mg) than those today (1.0mg). Eliminate a major appetite suppressant and you'll get increased food consumption. For the same level of caloric expenditure that will necessarily result in increased fat mass.

In the 1950's, people got a lot more physical activity than in the present day. Back then 30% of Americans worked in high activity jobs versus 22% by the year 2000. In addition, the percentage of low-activity jobs almost doubled from 23 to 41 percent. Driving cars to work went up from 67% in 1960 to 88% in 2000. As recently as 1969, about 40% of children walked or rode their bicycles to school compared to 13% in 2001. Leisure time activities have seen the same reversal. In the 1950s, there was little indoor play activity when it wasn't raining. In the present day, indoor play activity has almost entirely replaced outdoor play because video games, a million cable channels, NetFlix, and air conditioning make sedentary indoor activity more attractive. Eliminate a major source of caloric expenditure for a given energy intake and you will necessarily have an increase in body fat mass.

Adult onset diabetes is insulin resistant diabetes, not insulin deficient diabetes. The most common factor is being overweight and sedentary, that and having a high fat diet. Saturated fats can interfere with the action of the insulin receptor. A reduction in body fat caused by reducing energy intake, especially when accompanied by increase physical activity, can reduce or eliminate the need for insulin in Type II diabetes.

The change for me was to totally eradicate any man-made / genetically processed foods from his diet. So, even though I laud Campbell's and Kellogg's for going gluten free, for us, that's not our problem. The genetically modified soy that is added to cereals and breads is more deadly to Mr. Peel than wheat gluten.

You are barking up the wrong tree with respect to the contributing factors to adult onset diabetes.
66 posted on 09/13/2013 8:16:19 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: rickmichaels

I liken this gluten-free nonsense to the Alar scam. Same M.O.


67 posted on 09/13/2013 8:48:35 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: Sherman Logan

Well thanks for the correction.


68 posted on 09/13/2013 11:32:40 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: 9YearLurker
White rice has the high glycemic load that is what many gluten avoiders are really trying to stay away from.

Nonetheless, it is gluten free. I have a SIL that might benefit from a low gluten diet and in her case the glycemic load is not an issue.

I am fortunate, I have no problem with either.

PS: Here is something interesting. My wife has had to limit card intake due to higher than desired blood glucose readings. Keeping life simple, I eat what she eats. LOTS of veggies and good quality animal proteins with light carb intake. As a disclaimer, I do get my carb fix once a week or so going out to lunch. But I have certainly lowered my carb intake, with no real pain. But....here's the thing, in addition to loosing a few pounds, my basic cholesterol number dropped about 30 points. Apparently from lower carbs.

69 posted on 09/13/2013 12:00:48 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Yep. I’ve got blood glucose and cholesterol issues and was originally given a very low-fat diet by my doctor—which made things worse!

The lower-carb I eat the better my triglycerides, which is my biggest challenge.


70 posted on 09/13/2013 12:24:59 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

They seem to be figuring out that there are multiple variables other than “fat” that affect our cholesterol. And it is looking like a lot of the fats are relatively minor in influence.


71 posted on 09/13/2013 4:18:46 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: aruanan
You bring up some excellent points re: differences between 1950s and now - yet I can only speak from our own personal experience and not from a generality. In our world, Mr. Peel was NOT obese. He was NOT overweight. He was active - granted perhaps not as active as he could have been, but he did not have a beer gut, pot belly etc, and he was very strong. He has a private pilot's license and had regularly passed his FAA medical. Seven years ago, he woke up not being able to move the right side of his body. He was rushed to emergency, as he was diagnosed with a hemorrhagic stroke at the time. His blood pressure was 280/220. Despite the odds, he survived. It was also uncovered that he was diabetic. This was a shock to us. For the last 7 years, he's been on 5 injections of insulin a day, until, armed with enough data (I was head test engineer at NASA's JPL), I decided to put my theories on his condition - and test them against prevailing medical knowledge vs marketing "health food" claims vs urban legend. Navigating through our own path has been tricky. For us, I can safely say the garbage about 0 calories and 0 carbs is just that - garbage. Today I use only butter (margarine is forbidden), bake with only raw honey.

Diabetic bars made by Glucerna NEVER worked on him. Foods & drinks with 0 carbs kept his blood sugar at a sustained high. Until I realized that for decades, he had been eating sugar substitutes in his ice tea, in his sausage, in ... that once those things were removed from his diet, his blood sugars are stabilizing. Without insulin, he's daily average is about 126. 90 days ago, his daily average, (with 5 injections a day), close to 180.

Since 1950, we've had the following introductions into our food supply:

Year Event
1975: Introduction of High Fructose Corn Syrup
1983: Aspartame in diet drinks
1993: Aspartame in bakery goods
1998:
  • Synthetic folic acid and synthetic vitamins mandated by Congress to be added to cereals.
  • Splenda approved.
  • Canola Oil approved
2005: 80% of Soy bean crop is now genetically modified.

Diabetes is out of control in China - while in the US, its an interesting correlation that those ethnic groups that have the highest rate of diabetes also are subject to the highest amount of synthetic elements in their diet (genetic corn, genetic soy)

Group Percentage Diabetes US 2012
Native Americans 16.1%
African Americans 12.6%
Hispanic Americans 11.8%
Asian Americans 8.4%
Caucasian Americans 7.1%

We've been adding more and more garbage into our food supply that is causing massive food allergies of which diabetes is one manifestation of a larger problem.

72 posted on 09/13/2013 6:27:07 PM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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