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Hands down, the best book I've been reading recently.  Think there isn't a cure or  reason for auto immune disease?  Study after study in this book show enzymes your body is missing which triggers certain auto immune and degenerative diseases.  Why would you be missing those key enzymes, vitamins and minerals?  Allow me to explain...

Hands down, the best book I’ve been reading recently. Think there isn’t a cure or reason for auto immune disease? Study after study in this book show enzymes, vitamins and minerals your body is missing which trigger specific auto immune and degenerative diseases. Why would you be missing those key enzymes, vitamins and minerals? Allow me to explain…

As I’ve studied gluten the past (almost) year, I’ve gone from thinking gluten was the poison for celiac disease… Gluten is also a poison for those who are gluten intolerant/sensitive/allergic, to understanding gluten is a poison to anyone with chronic disease… to realizing that gluten is just plain BAD NEWS.

But, HOW bad?

When I read that your over all health deterioration “starts in your gut” – I didn’t quite understand what that meant. For a celiac, I knew that gluten could break down your gut lining – and essentially widened pores allowed “leaking” of vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients to your body… but what I hadn’t considered is how ALL disease works (auto immune disease, cancer, thyroid and hormone issues) – and how your gut health is tied to this much more closely than I once considered.

When your food is leaked into your blood stream – it causes mutations in your cells, DNA and your immune system. When your gut is overloaded with toxins – it bogs down your liver and kidneys. It can create some crazy issues with your cells.

Your body can’t function as it was designed.

Suddenly your body is fighting itself… and unable to fight other intruders. Essential enzymes aren’t able to form or function – and then next thing you know… you have cancer… or MS… or Sjogrens, or Parkinson’s… the list is endless, but the main area where it originated is the same.

So, what role do genes play? They are significant… but the ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS are the triggers. Books and doctors say they are “unknown” – or they have suspects. However, the bottom line is – it starts in your gut… the physical, mental and biochemistry aspects – ALL play a role and interact with one another and it starts there.

It leads me to believe that WAY more people have “celiac disease” (or damaged guts) than they’re thinking… only they’re not able to CALL it “celiac disease” unless – they do a blood test and you’re showing one specific antibody (out of 5) for ONE specific gluten protein (out of hundreds), OR they MIGHT find it if they purposefully do an endoscopy with multiple biopsies for that damage…

OR you might purposefully go in for that biopsy – and they could miss it. For years…

I would wager that anyone who has any auto immune disease, or a compromised immune system of ANY KIND – has gut damage from stress, diet, and toxins and that’s why the body has turned against itself. Cancer? Gut damage. Degenerative disease? Yes… gut damage.

What can you DO??

Is gluten “that bad”??

Yes. I’m sorry. I believe that it is. I used to think it wasn’t… and that it was only bad for some … but as I continue to grow and learn – I simply think SOME PEOPLE who the signs earlier of how bad it is – and others end up with asthma, thyroid issues, cancer or some other disease. Gluten being a cause – is NEVER addressed because it’s such a part of our food system and “food products”. Patients are given medicines to mask the symptoms that are at that source of the damage – and yet, the source is continually fed.

How is it fed? Simply stated – your body can’t process gluten like other fruits, vegetables, and organic protein… and stress worsens the scenario – so it sits. It coats and clogs up your digestive system – you begin absorbing stool instead of releasing it as you should (nice thought, I know…) and you can then have a built up of bad yeast in your stomach as well (which can cause systemic candida), that is also being fed by grains (carbs) and refined sugars.

If it’s not “bad enough” that gluten can cause systemic inflammation – than the gut issue is just one more reason to kick gluten to the curb… because it’s a START in reversing the cell damage and function of your body.

There IS a reason integral medicine, functional medicine, and holistic nutritionists #1 dietary suggestion is removing gluten from your diet. It’s destructive to our health… and they know it – because they’ve dealt with the nutritional ins and outs of disease.

So what about gluten-free foods? I feel similarly. They’re “safer” – but should be used very sparingly, preferably not at all. Many of them are SUPER high in calories, and absent of nutrition. I think they’re way over used and promoted as “safe”- but it can be a really bad idea to just switch your old ways of eating – into thinking that buying “gluten-free” products is safe enough. There is a reason why some 40-60% of “celiacs” don’t get well on a gluten-free diet… and why SO many people are embracing ways like the Paleo lifestyle.

So what should be the steps to healing your gut? Diagnosed “celiac”, gluten sensitive, or what EVER health ailment you have…

* find a licensed holistic doctor who practices functional medicine (great youtube – worth watching on how the triangle of health works, and how functional medicine is different from the norm.) They will also take a look at your current medications and help address the sources of your health issues – providing a more natural option that has the least amount of side effects.

* do blood work to check for many vitamin/mineral levels, and enzyme deficiencies (which are shown time and time again to be the cause of chronic disease and auto immune disease) as well as any other foods your body might be fighting.

* check hormones levels for underlying thyroid issues or other hormone deficiencies.

* check toxin levels (this is important – your body can be struggling to filter toxins, so they spill out everywhere they shouldn’t be in the body!) You can be full of metals or yeast – and have no idea how that is breaking down your health.

When I realized that gluten was major issue for me, I suppose I assumed that my GP or my GI doctor would do a certain amount of tests to see where my vitamin/mineral and enzyme levels were (?) Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with nutritional fixes – most medical doctors are not going to test things they can’t medicate to “treat” you for. Furthermore, most insurance companies also won’t pay for those tests either.

But the good news is? We have choices. We can be empowered to not be another medical statistic – but to make choices that will help us be naturally healthy for Him. You can increase your possible life expectancy – like just a few generations ago… before all of these processed foods, and products became our normal way to feed our bodies. YOU CAN live without eating out multiple times a week. It’s true. (You actually don’t HAVE to eat out at all!!) Yes, it might take some time and planning – but I think your health and future are worth it. Don’t you?

KNOW what you’re putting into your body. Eat to LIVE, don’t live to eat…

“Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.”

John 8:32

What Do They Want?

Preparing for my vitamin IV on Wednesday.  They call it the "pick me up"... I'd say so!  I felt fabulous for the past 4 days.

Preparing for my vitamin IV on Wednesday. They call it the “pick me up”… I’d say so! I felt fabulous for the past 4 days.

I’ve felt written off and passed around from specialist to specialist with “no answers” worthy to chart – while clearly the answers seem very obvious to me to the whole time…

I almost have felt sorry for doctors, who rely so heavily on these blood tests for answers… and the patients who so desperately want to know what is going on so they can be well.  I wonder if they would change how they did things, if they truly knew how much nutrition played into things…

Those videos I mentioned the last week… that doctor said when he went back to his original group practice – eager to help his patients get off of their medicines, and transform their lives, so their bodies could naturally heal – as God intended….

Most didn’t want to hear it.

They didn’t want to change.

They couldn’t afford any test that was out-of-pocket, and not covered by insurance… and often insisted they would rather have their prescription medicine, which WAS paid for by their insurance.

How sad that the things and people who can actually make us well, are NOT paid for by our insurance?  What is wrong with our country???

Do you know who pays for many of the studies that are done at hospitals… in the name of “advancing medicine”???

It’s the drug companies.

Do you think they’re looking out for your well-being above all?  Or are they concerned with the bottom line, and selling products?

I noted that even the Chicago University Celiac Center was privately funded…   and I thought – wow, that’s strange – when 97% of people aren’t diagnosed, you would think there would be money to FUND such an important illness.

But alas, you can’t own the rights to “proper nutrition”… and you can’t sell whole food vitamins in a patented format that would be a money-maker to the drug companies and medical doctors alike.

Food companies have gotten on board to fund some of the “search for a cure”… but  still don’t quite understand that – when the cure is – avoiding the foods that make us sick?

I have also read some of the “negatives” about holistic medicine.   That they want to sell you “their” supplements… Well for one, that has NOT been my experience.  They have been VERY open with what I need – but never pushing me to buy things only “from them.”

Secondly, this low dose Armour I’m on for my thyroid…  which most endocrinologists poo-poo.  The sheet on the prescription states it has “no” negative side effects.  Interesting…  I wonder what the list is on Synthyroid??  Why again won’t doctors give it a chance if a patient is wanting it?  Oh yes… that’s right – it’s not the money-maker, and perhaps you wouldn’t need it forever like you do Synthyroid?

Now, I realize – not all doctors are like this, and there are just as many out there that have no clue that they are making choices that have really bad consequences for their patients.  I still shake my head when I think of my GI doctors telling me he would prescribe me some anti diarrhea medicine, following my endoscopy.  Knowing that would have only masked things until I probably ended up with colon cancer, or continued poisoning my system with more auto immune disease issues searching for anything else, since “a professional” told me that wasn’t the problem.  While he was a professional, he was professionally wrong in my case.

I look forward to sharing with you our latest decisions we need to make.  We got two phone calls last week – one indicating my blood work from the learning hospital showed my ANA is up again.  Now it’s 1:320.  I was referred to a rheumatolgist… that I can’t decide if I’d like to see.  What are they REALLY going to be able to do?  Do I really need a diagnosis in my chart?

Another call was from an immunologist specialist my son visited 2 weeks ago… His grand plan of vaccines, medicines and testing made my head hurt… that was before I got his paperwork, where the doctor stated some elements of my son’s health history MAJORLY incorrect.  Chicago University did the same thing – I simply don’t think listening nor knowledge on nutrition and health is the strong suit.  I’m thankful we live in America and have choices… This boy needs help with his immune system, and has made great strides already, since last May.  He does not need more medicine and doctors appointments.

I’ve continued to feel well this week after my vitamin IV, and additional supplements.  I had a bit of systemic pain today – in the morning and evening yesterday, with some fatigue…but I was also on my feet most of the day.  I fought back and did an hour-long DVD with Bob Harper tonight.  Bob always makes me laugh.  I needed that.  I’ve done one of those a week now… which is a huge progress for me since September.  Praise God.

Please.  Educate yourself as much as you can about nutrition and the symptoms you have if you are sick with auto immune disease, cancer, asthma or thyroid or other hormone issues… we truly ARE what we eat – and genetically it’s effecting our country in a BIG way.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

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