More on Gluten
A recurring theme of late has been the discussion regarding gluten. As is often the case in the area of healthy eating there has been a great deal of discussion based on an enormous amount of opinions based on a small repository of actual facts.
In cases such as these it can be of great benefit to really step back from the whole subject and take stock of what we really know and what we “think” we know.
Firstly let’s just look at gluten as a food by itself.
The human race in many, many parts of the world originated, thrived, migrated and succeeded on the basis of the diet almost solely dependent on wheat based products such as bread.
If not for bread then large aspects of Western civilization would look vastly different.
So the bottom line here is that countless humans through the ages have thrived on a diet the most important staple of which was bread and that bread was high in gluten providing a necessary source of vegetable protein.
On the other hand we have an increasing number of people in the current population suffering from a condition known as celiac disease.
Without going in to the details of that here the result for those people is an inability to naturally process gluten and this is turn results in a number of health issues.
In addition to this scenario we now seem to be experiencing greater and greater numbers of people who have achieved remarkable health improvements by cutting gluten out of their diets yet do not suffer from celiac disease.
The upshot of all of this is that health bloggers and nutritionists and god knows who else all like to chime in with their opinion on gluten based on no real scientific or medical evidence.
Suddenly we are now engaged in a “gluten is good,” “gluten is bad” conversation that completely distracts from the real conversation we should be having.
The real question in all of this should be, “Why are people now displaying symptoms of gluten intolerance for no medically discernible reason?”
If that question became central to the discussion then I can guarantee you that the answers found would have nothing to do with whether gluten is good or gluten is bad.
- The Downside of Gluten-Free Eating
- Modern Wheat – Old Diet Staple Turned Into a Modern Health Nightmare
- What’s Wrong With Modern Wheat?
The video below is a must see for anyone who has been lured into thinking that food entering the market has undergone some sort of rigorous testing and screening process.
The link below goes to the original article about the subject and I would recommend anyone take a look through both and get a clearer picture of what is and has been going in.
The Master Anti-Oxidant
Glutathione is a substance mainly produced by the body which although not an antioxidant itself, does play a vital role in the body’s ability to use and re-use existing antioxidants.
Although the body produces it it could be argued that given our modern diet and environmental factors our bodies do not produce enough to maintain good function.
When glutathione levels drop the natural processes of antioxidants this is also reduced and free radicals can begin to build up in the body.
It has been identified as beneficial for those with immune disorders, autism, digestive disorders like colitis and cardiovascular diseases.
Aside from supplements the main dietary source of it are poultry and egg yolks, onions and garlic, avocado and walnuts and cruciferous vegetables.
Lancet Food Guide on Healthy Preferences
Good to see the British “bible” of all things medical has come up with a great info-graphic outlining the current problems regarding obesity from a “whole system” point of view.
They have taken a step (or two) back and looked at all factors which contribute to obesity and created this great chart to get the word out.
Aspartame Progress at Pepsi?
Well that certainly looks good as a headline but of course the old rule applies that when it looks too good to be true… it probably is.
Although Pepsi have announced they will be removing aspartame from a number of products they will be replacing it with similar artificial sweeteners.
They will probably stick with those until the science starts to catch up with them and they have to do another switch… again!
Morning Sickness Tips
Somehow the joy and romance of a newly discovered pregnancy seems to fade rather quickly when replaced by that future mom throwing up, or at dry retching in the bathroom!
There have been numerous studies done on both the causes and cures for morning sickness yet so fay nothing concrete has emerged.
The inconsistency of results does not mean you have to give up altogether! Try out these 10 tips to see if one of them fits the bill for you!
The jury still seems to be out on the after effects of the Fukushima radiation spill.
There are any number of alarming (and rather inaccurate) infographics floating around the internet foretelling of all sorts of radiated fish disaster.
The truth is probably somewhere in between.
The Probiotic Path to Happiness
I recently saw a very interesting documentary I think put out by the BBC in England about little known research into a possible connection between intestinal flora and autism.
The studies being carried out were proposing that due to severe disruptions to the intestinal tract mainly as a result of the use of antibiotics in early development certain types of unfriendly bacteria were able to take hold.
The result of this, they suggested, was that microscopic amounts of toxins in the form of oils were then transferred through normal circulation and ultimately to the brain.
They believed that these toxic oils produced by the unfriendly bacteria were perhaps the cause of autism.
Unfortunately eradicating these strains of bacteria from the gut once they had taken hold was proving to be almost impossible.
In fact even if the highest potency antibiotics were effective in killing them all off and the gut then supplied with ample probiotics the resulting behavioral changes were temporary because the unfriendly bacteria had left millions of spores throughout the digestive system that would ultimately grow back.
The entire subject struck a note with me because basically it made a lot of sense and those parents that had taken steps to at least control their autistic child’s diet in an effort to re-balance the system had achieved results.
It then comes as no real surprise that the idea of probiotics improving those suffering from depression or anxiety could similarly benefit.
Increased Smoking Age?
I saw this in the news this week and kind chuckled a little to myself.
I am sure the legislators in question are full of good intent and all but I think of you look back in history you will find that the very things that we try to restrict, ban or control tend to be the things that end up being a problem!
Fair enough, smoking is a killer, no argument there.
However restricting the smoking age to 21, 18, 16 or whatever has never really handled the problem.
The only real solution to this killer drug is the same for all killer drugs from tobacco to crack. Find out why people use it and address those problems.
- Hawaii To Raise Smoking Age To 21