Gluten Intolerance

A gluten-free diet is more than just a fad.

Some say that gluten is safe for everyone except those who have celiac disease.  And, that non-celiac gluten sensitivity isn’t a real medical condition.  All I know is that I’ve felt healthier, fitter, and more alert since I realised that wheat is bad for you.  Especially genetically enhanced, chemical laden, pesticide sprayed, modern American wheat is really, really bad for you.  If you have the sense your mother gave you, then you should stop eating anything made from wheat.

Gluten intolerance and celiac disease are direct results of American agriculture policy and, specifically, the government’s wading into the food arena.  ~  Joel Salatin.

Gluten is what makes flour and water as sticky as glue.  Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like; wheat, spelt, rye, barley, bulgur, oats, and seitan.  There is no gluten in either quinoa or rice.  Nor is there any gluten in potato or beans.  However gluten is found in almost all processed and packaged foods, sauces, and canned food.

Non celiac gluten sensitivity is poorly understood, and there are no specific medical tests of your blood, stool, or urine that can reliably diagnose gluten intolerance.  You and your doctors can only reliably diagnose gluten intolerance by the symptoms and health problems you have.  On the other hand, there are reliable diagnostic tests for full-blown celiac disease.

Common digestive and health problems caused by gluten intolerance include;

  • Irritable bowl problems such as abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, constipation, and diarrhoea.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Irritation of the mouth and throat.
  • Brain fog, difficulty concentrating, problematic memory.
  • Frequent headaches.
  • Mood changes, anxiety, depression, irritability.
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Muscle and joint pains.  Osteoporosis.
  • Peripheral neuropathy, numbness and tingling in the hands, arms, feet and legs.
  • Skin problems, dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, skin rashes.
  • Nutrient deficiencies, vitamin deficiencies, iron deficiency, anemia.
  • Asthmatic attacks.
  • Higher risk of learning problems including autism and ADHD.
  • Sexual problems and in women missed periods.
  • Gut autoimmunity, damage to the gut biome

Gluten intolerance will affect every single part of the body as the bacteria in your gut help to control everything from nutrient absorption, to hormone production, to metabolic function, to the way your brain works.

The problem is that gluten from wheat is found in just as many products as that other evil and unnatural food; high fructose corn syrup.  One should read the labels before buying any food, and certainly avoid these foods

  • bread, crackers, pizza, burritos, tortilla, cakes, cookies and the like
  • beer, lager, stouts, ales
  • barley malt
  • packaged, store bought chicken broth
  • malt vinegar ~ buy natural organic apple cider vinegar instead
  • most salad dressings including mayonnaise
  • veggie burgers unless they are certified gluten-free
  • soy sauce
  • packets of seasonings and spice mixes
  • noodles unless they are rice noodles
  • all pasta, (unless it’s marked gluten-free)
  • most condiments
  • non dairy creamer
  • miso
  • bullion cubes and stock cubes
  • canned soups
  • cheese spreads and other processed cheeses
  • sausages and hot dogs
  • ice cream, frozen yogurt, and milk unless it’s from grass-fed cows.
  • Sour cream, which may contain modified food starch.

If you are even mildly gluten intolerant you will need to be very careful when eating out.  Eating out is fun, however,when eating out becomes the norm, and you find yourself eating out two, three, or more times a week, then eating out is no longer a healthy treat and is instead a bad habit.  If you are gluten intolerant dining out is very bad for your health. The same goes for buying Chinese take-out which is likely to be stuffed with MSG, (Monosodium Glutamate).  When eating out avoid fried foods, thickened sauces, and obviously bread.  Only drink gluten-free booze such as cider, wine, spirits and liqueurs, (there are gluten-free beers).  And, if you’re drinking spirits don’t have diet soda as your mixer ~ diet soda is also bad for you.

Some say that gluten intolerance might really be glyphosate poisoning.  And that pre-harvest spraying of wheat and sugar cane with Roundup makes for an easier harvest.  All I know is that I don’t want to eat food contaminated with weed-killer.

Glyphosate is for sure, in every bite of food that contains wheat.  ~  Nancy S. Mure

As it goes, wheat flour and refined sugars are just so very bad for you that your best choice is to avoid them all together.  The list of health problems caused by these two staple foods is both long and nasty.

You may want to look for non-gluten alternative foods and products, and there are lots of these if you make the effort.  Personally I have merely given up anything made with wheat flour, including; bread, cakes, pizza, pasta, cookies, canned soups… ~ and I now also make an effort to read the labels on the stuff I buy at the supermarket.

For most of us, giving up bread and beer is a pretty easy and very beneficial thing to do.

If you want to be really fit and healthy, start by never again eating anything made with wheat flour, you know it makes sense.

If you want the full story then you have to click on the links.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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25 responses

  1. if I couldn’t eat pizza, I’d rather be dead….sigh…..but great and informative article…perhaps for me it’s really about the hot melty cheese….things to ponder ❤

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  2. […] yesterday’s post I wrote about how bad gluten can be for some people, and how bad modern American wheat is for everyone.  Ergo, today’s Food on Friday features […]

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  3. By the way, Jack, how long have you been gluten free?

    I have Coeliac disease (Celiac for American term) issues in the family – niece, cousins, etc.
    I also discovered that I had osteoporosis years ago…After a life of boosting my diet with supplementary calcium and vitamins, I still managed to have thinning bones (just like my mother and sister).
    Meds didn’t suit me (too many side effects), so I decided to remove gluten from my diet and initially went vegetarian (but no egg which gives me arthritic problems). My fifth dexa scan after this change, showed a 5% improvement in my bone loss. It was so dramatic that the technicians did the scan three times (they thought it was a false reading).
    I have not told them of my diet change…they refused to do the scan if I did not adhere to a diet high in dairy, calcium supplements and meds. So, they still are not aware of why I am improving!

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    1. I’m not strictly gluten free, I just try to avoid all grains, especially wheat flour. I feel so much better since I gave up beer, bread, cakes, cookies, pizza, pasta, cereal bars, breakfast cereal…
      You know what? I think the medication that doctors give us poison us too. ❤

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      1. Yes, I agree with that…I haven’t had a lot of success with meds!
        Just found that I cured myself of a persistent fungal infection picked up in Thailand with oral and topical applications of Green Tea – amazing results. Meds cannot touch the instant death of the fungus!

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      2. Green tea is amazing stuff. ❤

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  4. I also seem to be suffering from predictive text problems…bloodworm? That should be blood work! No brain fog here. 😄

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    1. I love it ~ bloodworm. I’ve got to find a way to use that. ❤

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  5. Interesting that you should post this today. This evening I was doing my weekly grocery trip, and I do not even remember which aisle, nor what I was looking for, but it seemed that everything was labeled ‘gluten-free’. I vented my frustration by saying to nobody in particular, “where the hell is the glutinous stuff???” (Yes, I tend to get a bit eccentric when let out into public). I have never paid attention to gluten/gluten-free. Then a few hours later, here I am reading this post. So … I have to ask you, Jack … if one should avoid all the foods on your list of foods to avoid, what the heck is left??? You have taken away bread, pizza, pasta, chicken stock, cheese, sour cream and … ICE CREAM???? You cannot take away ice cream!!! And … there is no wheat in ice cream, dear Jack! Aaaaaaarrrrgggghhhh!!!!!

    But, I still love you and still send big hugs!!! ❤

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    1. Actually, a lot of people who cannot eat wheat and other grain gluten, are able to tolerate oat gluten.

      I am a gluten free Vegan Jill…now that is a restriction, by you know, I never feel hungry, my weight is under control and my blood pressure and bloodworm is all under control and I am not on any medication. At 60, I think this is quite an achievement. I think Jack is right… People are unwittingly poisoning themselves.

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      1. Who said; ‘we are what we eat’? Well I don’t want to eat the muck made by Monsanto, so I don’t eat anything made from wheat ~ if I can avoid it. ❤

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      2. Sigh. I agree that in principle, you and Jack are both right. But theory and reality …. there is a disconnect. I eat very little, and as an insulin-dependent diabetic have to be careful as it is. Eating is something I have to force myself to do, so I like to eat something that appeals to the palate. I do cook from all fresh ingredients (mostly) and try to eat healthy, but … I really, really like pizza! 🙂 But I do give two thumbs-up to both you and Jack for your much-healthier-than-mine lifestyles!

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      3. My dietary change was part health related and part ethical.
        As a diabetic,( type 1or type 2), you do need to be careful.

        A vegan diet, as long as it is healthy and includes proteins (yes, there are lots of vegetable, legume and nut sources), unprocessed carbohydrates, and good fats, has been shown to reverse type 2 diabetes so much that many sufferers can dispense with their meds. That is to say, with good dietary changes, MD’s agree to let patients cut back on medication or eliminate it (with supervision).

        I follow the work of Vegan MD Michael Greger who provides lots of information, research and free to view videos on his web site https://nutritionfacts.org/
        He has also written several books on nutrition including his latest New York best seller “How Not to Die.”

        Oh and Vegan diets can be very yummy…mashed potato using coconut oil, salt and pepper tastes really good.
        I never thought I would ever give up Cheese. I was ‘addicted’ as was I to ‘butter.’ Now I can’t bear to eat either (my addictions are gone).
        My total Cholesterol levels have fallen to 119 mg/dl (or 3.1 mmol/l in British values.

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      4. I should mention that my cholesterol levels are half what they were prior to a vegan diet, and I am very careful to take Methylcolbamine (Vit B12) supplements, and Vitamin D to help my bone growth, but that’s it. The rest of my nutrients come directly from fresh fruit and veg, legumes, beans and their sprouts, seeds and nuts, and black and red rice (both more nutritious than white). It sounds boring, but it depends how creative a cook you can be. I am fortunate, I’m married to a man who can make a fantastic meal out of almost nothing. He is really clever at combining ingredients. 😄

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      5. Type I diabetes … since infancy, though not diagnosed until around age 5 when a heart condition was being treated. I was born a mess!!! 😀

        I actually get most of my protein from nature’s most perfect food: peanut butter! I put peanut butter in my morning oatmeal, eat it on bread, crackers, and have even tried it in rice, which was a failed experiment!
        I never considered a vegan diet, and in all honesty, at age 66, probably won’t, but I must admit it sounds intriguing, especially when I hear you say that you no longer have cravings and addictions are gone, that you never feel hungry. Weight is not a problem for me, but I do have my cravings … cheese, chocolate … etc. I shall check out the link … thank you … and give it some thought. The main thing I lack these days is energy, partly because I do have heart issues, and partly because I am getting older, but I find I lack the energy I had even a year ago. If changing diet could restore that, I might just be willing to give up the pizza!

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      6. Peanut butter on rice cakes followed by a bowl of fresh fruit sprinkled with cinnamon powder is my usual breakfast. I love peanut butter. My husband makes it a wee bit healthier. He buys a bag of roasted, salted peanuts and adds a teaspoon of coconut oil to them and grinds them up in a blender. Result is a lovely thick peanut butter with a hint of coconut (coconut oil is good for you … We use it for cooking and olive oil for salads).

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      7. What a handy husband! Yes, I like peanut butter on most anything. Have never used coconut oil … I use mostly olive oil or canola oil for cooking.

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      8. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is any diet that can reverse type 1 diabetes. You were born without (or with few) islets of Langerhans to produce insulin. I did an endocrinology course so I do know the difficulties you face. You have done well to get through life despite your health hurdles…hats off to you👏 💪

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      9. Oh I know … as I said, I’ve lived with it all my life, and 4-5 times daily insulin shots are no bigger deal to me than washing my hands. Yes, I am a tough ol’ cookie … I mostly ignore things and go on living my life. 🙂 Thanks for the hats off!!! 🙂

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    2. I still eat ice cream ~ but if I can possibly avoid it I won’t eat anything with wheat flour in it. Which rules our bread, pasta, pizza, cakes, cookies, tortilla ~ and coincidentally I don’t drink beer anymore.
      But, I can still make some great meals.
      Lots of love and hugs from me and Marmaduke. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. I am sure you are an excellent cook … and I am not a voracious eater as it happens. I drink maybe 2 beers a year … much prefer a glass of wine, or of Bailey’s Irish Cream. But pizza … I really like pizza. That would be hard for me to give up altogether. Ah well … it usually causes indigestion anyway 😀
        Love and hugs back to both you and Marmaduke! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  6. I have a issue with high iron foods, it’s a genetic issue… It’s a nightmare as there are lots of foods I shouldn’t eat. So I get where you’re coming from. I think Monsanto has a lot to answer for with the gluten issue

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    1. Monsanto has a lot to answer for when it comes to poisoning everyone.
      I hope you find some recipes you like among my posts. ❤ ❤ 😉

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      1. True they do. And ruining communities grrrr……yeah I do like some of your recipes. Some I can’t eat. But then I just look and the food porn and salivate lol

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      2. You make me laugh when you say ‘food porn…’ ❤

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