January 26, 2015

Questions & Answers...GLUTEN!!!

This is a re-post i wanted to share with everyone. Comes from Dr. Lipman's Site and written by
Dr. Frank Lipman
What is Gluten?
Gluten is what gives flour its doughy elastic consistency and what makes it chewy, which is why over the centuries, gluten-containing grains have come to be used so extensively in breads and other baked goods. It is made up of a group of several subfractions or families of proteins contained in certain grains, the commonest one being wheat. The 2 most studied subfractions are gliadins and glutenins. Different grain species, subspecies, and varieties contain varying proportions of glutenins and gliadins, with wheat containing the most. Gliadin is found in all gluten grains except oats.

Where do you find Gluten?
The commonest gluten grains are wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, kamut, couscous, triticale, bulgur and semolina but there are others too, including, durum, seitan, faro, emmer, graham, malt and einkorn.
But it is hidden in so many things especially processed foods often used as additives or to bulk up foods. Some hidden sources include soup mixes, sauces, soy sauce, candies, salad dressings, frozen meatballs, cold cuts, low and no fat foods to name just a few.

They often appear labeled as “modified food starch.” Malts Starches Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) Texturized vegetable protein (TVP) Natural flavoring. Unfortunately, gluten is a staple of the American diet.
For a complete list of foods that contain gluten, check out www.celiac.com Celiac.com has a long list of label ingredients that typically contain hidden gluten.

Unfortunately, food manufacturers are not required by law to identify all possible sources of gluten on their product labels, so reading the label may not be enough.

Some medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins may contain gluten as a binding agent. And even lipstick, stamps and envelopes you have to lick, and Play-Doh often contain some too.

Non gluten grains include buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, rice and millet.
Why do you recommend removing Gluten from one’s diet so often?
This is true, I often do. The 2 diets I use frequently in my practice, the Be Well Cleanse diet and the Be Well Daily Living Eating Plan have gluten removed. This is because gluten grains have specific proteins, the most studied being “gliadin” which causes our immune system to react in such a way that it is responding to a foreign body. In my experience most people have a problem digesting gluten grains. It is not well understood although well described. In many people the body responds differently to gluten grains to the way it responds to nourishing foods. It can cause celiac disease, which is one end of the spectrum, but in the majority of patients who are intolerant to these grains, they have a non celiac gluten sensitivity which causes an immune reaction which can lead to a slow wearing down of one’s system. The reaction to gluten grains creates inflammation throughout the body, with wide-ranging effects across all organ systems including your brain, heart, joints, digestive tract, and more. The majority of people who have a gluten sensitivity, suffer chronically from a vague unwellness, which Dr’s don’t diagnose. It can be the single cause behind many different “diseases” and to correct these diseases, you need to treat the cause–which is often gluten sensitivity. For anyone has any chronic illness, I always remove gluten from the diet initially.

There are so many people who are suffering from gluten intolerance and are not aware of it…it is estimated that 99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don’t know it. Their symptoms typically aren’t specific, and are often not even related to the GI tract, so they rarely think it could be gluten triggering it. And finally, there is a large group of people who have a “latent” form of gluten sensitivity, where their immune systems develop a response to gluten when triggered by certain conditions. The bottom line is celiac disease and gluten sensitivity masquerade as many other diseases with different names.

What’s the difference between Celiac disease and Gluten sensitivity?
With gluten intolerance, as with most illnesses, there is a continuum of disease, from mild gluten sensitivity to full-blown celiac disease. That means that celiac disease is just one subset of gluten intolerance.
Gluten sensitivity is much more common than full blown celiac disease. It is believed that celiac occurs in about 1% of Americans, whereas gluten sensitivity or where some immune reaction occurs to gluten occurs in at least 1 in 3 Americans. This is why so many people who are chronically ill or who have undiagnosed problems or just have a vague feeling of unwellness do so well when they stop gluten. Gluten sensitivity does not show up on blood tests for celiac, but it can still produce many symptoms.
It is not unusual for people to develop gluten sensitivity and even celiac disease later in life, It’s unclear why this happens.

Why is Gluten sensitivity so common?
Many people eat grains daily because they are so abundant and cheap, especially wheat. The commonest gluten grain that people have a problem with is wheat. This is because modern wheat is very different from the wheat our ancestors ate. American strains of wheat have a much higher gluten content (which is needed to make light, fluffy Wonder Bread and giant bagels) than those traditionally found in Europe. The proportion of gluten protein in wheat has increased enormously as a result of hybridization too. This super-gluten was recently introduced into our agricultural food supply and now has “infected” nearly all wheat strains in America. Until the 19th century, wheat was also usually mixed with other grains, beans and nuts; pure wheat flour has been milled into refined white flour only during the last 200 years.
A study comparing the blood of 10,000 people from 50 years ago to 10,000 people today found that the incidences of full-blown celiac disease increased by 400 percent (elevated TTG antibodies) during that time period.

1. What are the symptoms of GLUTEN sensitivity?
The inflammatory and autoimmune responses that arise from gluten sensitivity can impact almost any organ system, including your brain, muscles, skin, and bones, your liver and heart, and your endocrine system.
Here are the more common symptoms
General vague feeling of unwellness
Unexplained health problems

Aches and Pains
Weight loss or gain
Recurrent canker sores
Gastro-intestinal symptoms
Nausea, gas, bloating, digestive upset, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain

Neurological symptoms
Numbness in the extremities, impairment in mental functioning, depression
Dermatological symptoms
Rashes, itching, blistering
Gynecological symptoms
Infertility, early menopause

2. What diseases are associated with GLUTEN sensitivity?
As I said above, gluten sensitivity can affect any organ system.
A review paper in The New England Journal of Medicine listed 55 “diseases” that can be caused by eating gluten.
Here are the common disease associations
Auto-immune diseases

Thyroid disease
Rheumatoid arthritis
Addison’s disease
Autoimmune liver disease
Sjorgren’s disease
Type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes
Multiple sclerosis
Gastro-intestinal diseases
Inflammatory bowel disease
Irritable bowel Syndrome
Neurological diseases
Psychiatric diseases

3. Is it possible to develop a GLUTEN sensitivity in adulthood?
It is not unusual for people to develop gluten sensitivity and even celiac disease later in life and although it’s well described, it’s currently unclear exactly why this happens.

4. How is it diagnosed?
The hallmark of a celiac diagnosis is either having specific antibodies in the blood or damage to the intestinal villi in the small intestine when a biopsy is done.

The classic antibodies checked in the blood are
IgA anti-gliadin antibodies
IgG anti-gliadin antibodies
IgA anti-endomysial antibodies

Tissue transglutaminase antibody (IgA and IgG )
But both of these are often negative with gluten sensitivity!
Therefore the best test for gluten sensitivity is to eliminate gluten completely from your diet for 2-4 weeks and see how you feel. But you must eliminate gluten completely including all the hidden sources.
Then after the 2-4 weeks, you introduce it again and see how you feel. You will know if you have a gluten sensitivity as some of the symptoms which had disappeared will come back.

5. What do you suggest?
My experience has shown me that eliminating gluten grains helps at least three quarters of the patients who come in to see me as it decreases their “total load”. It seems to give their system a break and makes it easier for them to recover from whatever they have. This could be because their body is expending less energy to deal with this hard to digest protein, giving it more energy to do other processes.

So my suggestion to anyone who thinks they may be sensitive to gluten is to eliminate it from their diet and see how they feel. Gluten sensitivity has such far reaching effects in the body — going without it is one relatively easy path to explore and it will be worth it to your health in the end. I promise, removing gluten from your diet isn’t as difficult as it seems. You can have a perfectly natural, delicious, and nutritious diet without gluten. There are many gluten free grains to choose from….rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat.

6. Can I eat oats?
Oats, although considered a gluten grain, does not contain the “gliadin” protein that people have a hard time digesting and breaking down. Gliadin is found in all gluten cereal grains except oats. The problem is that oats are usually handled with the same farm machinery and stored and milled in the same facilities as the other gluten grains and gliadin contamination happens. So pure oats are fine.

7. What resources do you recommend?
For all sorts of info on being gluten free, try these sites

For a gluten free shopping guide, try this book

For gluten free recipes, try these sites

For gluten free products, try these sites

For gluten free oat products (pure oats), try these sites

Three myths you need to know autoimmune disease

This is a re-post i wanted to share with everyone. Comes from Dr. Lipman's Site and written by 
Megan McGran
Autoimmune Disease

Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease can be overwhelming. While you may have many questions about treatment and how to manage you condition, a few myths can complicate the full picture. Let’s dispel a few myths about managing your autoimmune disorder.
Myth 1: Your Diet Has Nothing to do With Your Illness

Conventional medicine will tell you that you have an autoimmune disease simply because your immune system is over reactive. What is often left out of the picture is that your diet can be making your symptoms worse. Chronic gut inflammation, food sensitivities, low-grade gut infection and toxic chemicals in our diet are thought to be related to our increased incidence of autoimmunity. Addressing gut dysfunction and food sensitivities are critical aspects of healing and thriving with autoimmune diseases.
Myth 2: You Are Destined for a Life of Illness and Disability

Statistics show that autoimmune disorders are one of the top causes of disease and disability in young women today. However, that does not have to be the case for you. By finding a functional medicine practitioner and a trusted medical team you can approach your autoimmune disease to treat your entire body, mind and spirit. A multifaceted approach that includes diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes can not only give you symptomatic relief but also change your outlook on your diagnoses and health.
Myth 3: Prescription Medications Are Your Only Hope

Often times patients believe that prescription medications are their only hope in relieving symptoms associate with their diagnoses. While prescription medications can be necessary in cases of severe autoimmunity, supplements like probiotics, vit D, turmeric and omega-3 fatty acids can decrease the inflammation and aid your immune system. Taking nutrients to heal the lining of your gut and finding supplements to support your current therapies can help ease your autoimmune inflammation.

Mind-body interventions such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture are also wonderful in treating symptoms associated with autoimmune disease.

Finding a health practitioner to help you approach you autoimmune disorder with a variety of methods such as your diet, your stress level, sleep habits, and reducing your toxic exposures can be key to unlocking restored health and wellness.
Learn more about functional medicine at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center (What is Functional Medicine?) and how functional medicine can help you with your autoimmune disease.

January 25, 2015

9 Signs You Have A Leaky Gut

This is a re-post i wanted to share with everyone. Comes from Dr. Amy Myers
The gut is the gateway to health. If your gut is healthy, chances are that you're in good health. However, there's a condition called leaky gut that can lead to a host of health problems.

What is a leaky gut?

The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb these vital nutrients. In fact, regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. In sensitive people, gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining. Other factors — such as infections, toxins, stress and age — can also cause these tight junctions to break apart.

Once these tight junctions get broken apart, you have a leaky gut. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these "foreign invaders" as pathogens and attacks them. The immune response to these invaders can appear in the form of any of the nine signs you have a leaky gut, which are listed below.

What causes leaky gut?

The main culprits are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Other inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar and excessive alcohol, are suspected as well. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins come in the form of medications, like Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, and acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics. Stress and age also contribute to a leaky gut.

if you suffer from any of the following conditions, it’s likely that you have a leaky gut:

9 Signs You Have a Leaky Gut

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
2. Seasonal allergies or asthma.
3. Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.
5. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
6. Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.
7. Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.
8. Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.
9. Food allergies or food intolerances.

How do you heal a leaky gut?

In my practice, I have all of my patients follow The Myers Way comprehensive elimination diet, which removes the toxic and inflammatory foods for a certain period of time. In addition, I have them follow a 4R program to heal their gut. The 4R program is as follows.

1. Remove.
Remove the bad. The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract, such as inflammatory and toxic foods, and intestinal infections.

2. Replace.
Replace the good. Add back the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption, such as digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids.

3. Reinoculate.
It’s critical to restore beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria.

4. Repair.
It’s essential to provide the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself. One of my favorite supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the lining of the gut wall.

If you still have symptoms after following the above recommendations, I would recommend finding a Functional Medicinephysician in your area to work with you and to order a comprehensive stool test.

Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

This is a re-post i wanted to share with everyone. Comes from Dr. Lipman's Site and written by Coach Kerry Bajaj
Leaky gut syndrome happens when your intestinal lining has become damaged as a result of inflammation or irritation. Drugs, alcohol, gluten and processed foods can damage the lining of the gut wall. Leaky gut can also result from internal toxicity due to an imbalance of bacteria and yeast, which we call “dysbiosis.”

When this happens, the lining of the gut becomes full of tiny holes, like swiss cheese, or a leaky bucket. In many places, the lining of the gut is just one cell thick, so leaky gut or “intestinal permeability” can easily happen.

This is a problem because food particles and toxins from the gut are released into the bloodstream, triggering an immune response. A huge toxic burden is imposed on the liver. The liver is overwhelmed by digestive by-products, toxins and inflammatory irritants, and other organs are affected as well.

If you have been dealing with a ton of food sensitivities, and seem to be getting more sensitive to more foods all the time, it could be leaky gut. Instead of doing extensive allergy testing, we would recommend healing the gut, and sealing up those leaks. The food is not the main problem: the problem is that the food you eat is escaping into the bloodstream and triggering an immune response.
Signs You May Have a Leaky Gut
You have digestive issues like constipation, bloating, diarrhea, gas or IBS
You have sensitivities to many foods
You have skin rashes, hives, eczema, psoriasis, or breakouts
You have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chrohn’s disease, or celiac disease
You have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or fibromyalgia
You have allergies or asthma
You have aches, pains or arthritis
Potential Causes of a Leaky Gut
Dysbiosis (overgrowth of yeast, bad bacteria, parasites)
Alcohol consumption
Certain medications (NSAIDS such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, chemotherapy)
Food sensitivities
Environmental toxins
Low fiber, highly processed diet
Low stomach acid
Low digestive enzymes
Chronic stress
Chronic constipation
Intestinal infections
Autoimmune diseases
How to Treat Leaky Gut

1. Glutamine
Glutamine is key for helping to heal the lining of the gut. The Be Well GI Support product is a good choice, because it has glutamine as well as aloe vera and deglycyrrhizinated licorice which also help to heal the gut.

2. Cleanse
The Be Well Cleanse is a good protocol if you have leaky gut for a few reasons: ,
The Cleanse elimination diet will help you take out the foods that are most irritating to the gut such as gluten, sugar, alcohol and processed foods
The herbal antimicrobial supplements on the Cleanse will help to get rid of bad bacteria
The digestive enzyme supplements on the Cleanse will help you to break down the food you are eating
The liver support in the Cleanse shakes will help to support the liver from the burden of excess toxins
The glutamine will help to heal the lining of the gut

3. Probiotic
A strong probiotic is also essential for supporting your immunity and restoring the balance of good bacteria in the gut.
4. Bone Broth

Bone broth is also very healing for the gut. Incorporating a cup or two of bone broth into your daily routine can be helpful. We have more information and a recipe here.

January 24, 2015

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They became pioneers in the medical field . True healers , doing godly work , helping and healing without drugging or cutting or doing more damage then good. The future of medicine is here and growing very quickly . The results speak for themselves .

Educate yourself so you can protect your health and the health of your family and loved ones. At the least make a functional medicine dr part of your team to optimal health and prevent disease and cancers from robbing you of the quality of life and an early death .

January 7, 2015

Leaky Brain

The brain is precious and indispensible. So it has special protection to shield it from any
potentially harmful substances circulating in the blood -- the blood-brain barrier (BBB).
The BBB is semi-permeable -- it allows some substances to get through while preventing
others from crossing over into the environment of the brain.
The BBB’s function is similar to the way the intestinal/gut barrier acts as the “great wall”
between inner and outer -- the gut is the screening portal of entry from the outside world
into the body. The BBB is even more selective.

For example, the BBB is very effective in keeping bacterial agents in the blood and body.
These bacterial agents are screened out by the BBB and not allowed to cross into the
brain’s “inner sanctum”, making infections of the brain very rare.
The semi-permeable BBB can become too permeable = hyper-permeable or ‘leaky’;
It may then allow harmful substances to pass through into the brain. Often where the
gut/intestinal barrier becomes leaky, the BBB also becomes too permeable. Leaky gut often
leads to leaky brain. (And leaky brain can also lead to excess permeability in the brain.) We
now know that it is always necessary to treat leaky gut and leaky blood-brain barrier
together to achieve the best therapeutic results.

Testing for leaky BBB: how and why the GABA challenge works
GABA is a neurotransmitter synthesized in the brain. It is responsible for calming or
inhibiting over-activity. Some people can’t make enough GABA, and so can lose the ability
to calm down. Although some companies sell GABA supplements, the GABA molecule
in the supplement is too large to pass through an intact blood-brain
barrier. The fact that this supplement sells so well indicates the lack of integrity in the
satisfied consumer’s blood-brain barrier. Only if the BBB is leaky will GABA work.
“When the doorkeeper of the brain (the BBB) is properly deciding who gets to go in and
who should be kept out, GABA should be kept out. A healthy blood brain barrier should not
allow GABA to cross into the environment of the brain.”

We can observe for the effects of GABA slipping through a leaky BBB -- we would expect to
see a calming effect - feeling more calm, relaxed or sleepy than normal. This is the basis
for the GABA challenge. Take sufficient GABA. If you become more relaxed within a
2-hour time period, we can assume the GABA has crossed the BBB and created
an inhibitory/calming effect. This suggests a leaky blood brain barrier.
So the integrity of the BBB may answer the question as to why some people take GABA
and it has a calming effect, while the same GABA does not have any effect on others.
Some people have leaky brains and some people don’t. And now you can find out for

Leaky BBB and autoimmunity
Besides allowing in foreign bacteria, a leaky brain is also more likely to be an inflamed
brain: it is more vulnerable to insult by the over-active immune reactions that we see in
many autoimmune conditions. For this reason, autoimmune people often have “fog brain”, poor memory and concentration problems, and low stress tolerance leading to anxiety,
insomnia, nervous tension, etc. When the immune system propels them toward “fight or
flight”, they find it difficult to “rest and digest”, so there are sleep and digestive difficulties
as well.

To restore BBB integrity, first make sure your diet is strictly gluten-free. Other foods, such
as dairy or eggs may also be also provoking the immune system. See
http://alternativethyroidtherapy.com/leaky-gut-food-sensitivities/ for more information
about elimination diets and food sensitivity testing.
Balancing blood sugar, supporting adrenal health and liver detoxification (especially via the
methylation pathway) and eliminating any chronic infections will help quench inflammation,
the saboteur of brain health.