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Gluten Intolerance

The inability to digest gluten, which is the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, is affecting many patients. Celiac disease – an incurable immune reaction to gluten – is the extreme sensitivity to gluten. People who react to gluten but not as severe as Celiac Disease call  it gluten intolerance.

Celiac disease is incurable and a permanent conditions. Gluten Intolerance has some good treatment options. The only way to avoid their damage is to avoid eating even tiny amounts of wheat, rye, or barley.

I ask my patients with chronic digestive issues and chronic joint inflammation complaints to  go gluten-free for a 21 day challenge.

I recently had dinner with a friend at a local LA restaurant. The waiter and chef both knew what “no gluten” meant, and even left the bread off an appetizer plate we shared so that there would be no cross-contamination. There was no flour in anything he ate that I could see. Yet, shortly after dinner he began having digestive distress (bloating). Luckily we could walk back to my office where I had an enzyme to give him that digests gluten. Quickly his symptoms disappeared.

Going gluten free is a challenge –  even a smidgen of flour on a cook’s hands or a splash of soy sauce in a sauce can set off digestive problems or silent inflammation in some people.

Feel free to schedule an appointment to discuss if you need enzymes that digest gluten. Taking them can make the difference between being successful on a gluten-free diet and failing.

Meanwhile, watch out for the obvious: wheat, barley, rye; fish and chicken dusted with flour; and salad dressing made with soy sauce.

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Gluten & weight loss

I love helping clients lose weight. I get that it’s difficult, it can cost money to lose weight, but it can sure cost in health dollars to stay overweight. If I could get you to do one thing to start your weight loss journey – it would be cut out the gluten. Gluten intolerance and over-consumption of gluten is a common cause of weight issues.

 

I’m not saying everyone has Celiac Disease (CD), which is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with nutritional absorption, and it can result in unexplained weight gain. These people cannot tolerate gluten, period.

 

Gluten is a binding protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Most commonly, gluten is found in food products, but Gluten may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, and cosmetic products. It’s best to avoid gluten altogether if you have sensitivity of any sort, but fortunately, there are digestive enzymes devoted to helping people digest gluten and therefore, suffer fewer consequences from ingestion. 

 

What I have seen in 28 years of practice is that many people are sensitive to Gluten. This sensitivity to gluten can vary from subclinical-mild in severity to overwhelming-devastating. In its’ severest form, it is known as Celiac Sprue, Celiac Disease (CD), non-tropical Sprue, and less commonly as Gee-Herter Disease, Gee-Thaysen Disease or Heubner-Herter Disease.

 

 

 

 

 

Misdiagnosed as ‘irritable bowel disease,’ CD is a life-long complaint.  Here’s what you might notice if gluten is a problem for you…diarrhea, cramping, bloating, precipitated by pizza, spaghetti, bread, or  difficulty losing weight. Some patients present with skin rash,  red shin, eczema-like symptoms.

 

Other Signs and Symptoms Include:  

unexplained iron-deficiency anemia

fatigue, depression, anhedonia, anxiety

arthritic bone or joint pain

bone loss, osteopenia, or osteoporosis

tingling numbness in the extremities

seizures, depression, bipolar disorder

dysmenorrhea

canker sores in the mouth

dermatitis Herpetiformis

 

The most common complaints are dyspepsia, bloating and abdominal uneasiness.

 

I like to see clients try to eliminate gluten fron there diet for at least a 3 week period.

 

 

 

To find out if you really have a gluten problem, you can get blood tested – serum anti-body tests for IgG, IgA, IgE and tTG IgA and tTG IgE are useful (but the derived information is sometimes confusing). The blood needs to be drawn early in the morning.

 Treatment

Avoid Gluten in the diet for 3 weeks.  This means avoidance of most processed foods, and nearly all grains.

Gluten is widely used as a binder in medicines, supplements and in many cosmetic products.

It takes a good bit of research to identify sources of Gluten in the ingestible environment, and it takes but a single slip to cause a patient to go into a gastrointestinal crisis.

1. CLA- Conjugated Linoleic Acid.  When taken 1,000 mg two or three times daily, CLA will act as a topical anti-inflammatory for the GI tract.  Taking a week or two, symptomatic relief can be dramatic

2. Ultra-InflamX 360 – This medical food shake is useful to settle an inflamed GI tract.  Take 2 scoops  in water, juice or almond or rice milk once or twice daily; the bloating symptoms often abate within a week.  It should be taken for several weeks, consistently, then periodically as symptoms dictate.

3. LactoFlamX –  One or two capsules taken daily helps support healthy intestinal mucosal barrier integrity and function. 

These supplements are an inexpensive way to control the difficult weight loss problem.

Other general supplementation should include:

Mineral chelate (organic mineral salts)

Essential Fatty Acids & Oils

Amino Acid/protein supplementation

Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E

Vitamin D-3 (dosage dictated by age and condition)

 

These supplements are sold on my website  by linking to Metagenics.

I know Metagenics costs a little more but it’s important to consider the quality of your supplements, as well as the foods you eat.  

 

 

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Gluten-free diets

I do have a Gluten free food plan that I can give you on your next office visit.

Studies suggest that less than one percent of the population suffers a severe immune reaction from gluten, and up to eight percent have mild-to-moderate insensitivity to it. I notice that when clients choose to go gluten-free, they often lose weight and feel better, even complicated cases seem to resolve.  

some clients notice that living gluten-free has improved there overall health and given them more energy. If you notice that you don’t feel well the morning after having a beer or a plate of pasta, then you may be gluten sensitive. The term lately is gluten intolerance. There are lots of cookbooks and restaurants that offer gluten- and dairy-free recipes. My wife’s restaurants called Maria’s Italian Kitchen now offers gluten free dishes.

I am certain going gluten-free will improve your overall health.

Gluten is a glue-like composite found naturally in grains like wheat, rye and barley. It is what gives breads their fluffy texture, and is often used in other food preparations to make food thicker or more chewy.

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What Symptoms Made You Think I Was Sensitive To Gluten?

 Gluten is a toxin to some people, and they feel better after a few months of going gluten free.  If you are sensitive, gluten can raise your TPO antibodies (causing Hashimotos thyroid disease).  Gluten is basically a food additive, and most people associate gluten with Celiac disease (an autoimmune condition) and with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or Crohn’s, colitis and other digestive disorders.  

Gluten doesn’t have to upset your stomach, sometimes it just damages your brain and central nervous system and you have no GI symptoms at all. Other common symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity:

Depression. Brain fog – it can cause cerebral hypoperfusion (lowered blood flow to the brain). Confusion. Lethargy. Mood problems. Some people that think they have neuropathies related to multiple sclerosis or Parkinsons, or ALS, and all these may actually be gluten intolerance. Weight gain. Gas. Bloating. Lack of energy. Headaches.

Going gluten-free can cure a person of many problems. I expect you to do well as long as you use the UltraInflamX 360 & LactoFlamX with the food plan I layed out. Don’t forget to order UltraInflamX 360 & LactoFlamX from www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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Infertility – more common in women with gluten intolerance.

Most people don’t know they have Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance. Most practitioners overlook this disorder that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is eaten.

On top of infertility, other gynecological and obstetrical problems may also be more common, including miscarriages and preterm births. For men, problems can include abnormal sperm — such as lower sperm numbers, altered shape, and reduced function. Men with untreated celiac disease may also have lower testosterone levels.

The good news is that with proper treatment with a gluten-free diet and correction of nutritional deficiencies, the prognosis for future pregnancies is much improved.

Sources:

 New York Times February 3, 2010

Trouble digesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley is actually pretty common. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that as many as one in every 133 Americans have Celiac Disease. Probably many more people have gluten intolerance. 

What is Celiac Disease?

If you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an autoimmune response, provoking your body to attack itself and destroy healthy tissues, especially the villi in your small intestine. This can also have a detrimental effect on your body’s ability to absorb and process nutrients.

Some of the most common symptoms of this disease process include:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Acid reflux
  • Constipation

Even a small amount of gluten can trigger a response.

How Celiac Disease Can Affect Your Fertility

In the New York Times article above, Dr. Sheila Crowe, a professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Virginia, provides information about a slightly lesser known side effect of celiac disease, namely infertility, which can affect both men and women with the disease.

Studies from various countries indicate that fertility problems are indeed more common in women with untreated celiac disease, compared to women who do not have it.

In addition, other common menstrual disorders that frequently affect women with celiac disease include:

  • Later onset of menstruation
  • Earlier menopause
  • Secondary amenorrhea (a condition in which menses starts but then stops)

These menstrual abnormalities, along with other hormonal disruptions they cause, can lead to fewer ovulations, which in turn results in a reduced chance of pregnancy.

Men with the disease, especially if it’s undiagnosed, can also face fertility problems due to:

  • Abnormal sperm (reduced sperm count, altered shape, and reduced function)
  • Reduced testosterone levels

How to Diagnose Celiac Disease

There are reliable blood tests that can screen for the disease. Your doctor will need to test your blood for high levels of anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTGA) or anti-endomysium antibodies (EMA).

Please keep in mind that you need to continue eating a diet containing gluten, such as breads and pastas, in order to obtain an accurate test result! If you go on a gluten-free diet prior to being tested, the results may come up negative for celiac even though you might in fact have the disease.

The Case for a Low- or No-Grain Diet – Whether You Have Celiac Disease or Not

Most people simply consume far too much bread, cereal, pasta, corn (a grain, not a vegetable), rice, potatoes, snacks and junk foods, with grave consequences to their health.

A diet high in grains causes insulin resistance which causes far more problems than this dangerous autoimmune response. 

How to Treat Celiac Disease

In my experience, gluten intolerance can be treated  by eliminating gluten and most grains from your daily diet.

It’s important to realize that gluten can be hidden in many foods including soups, soy sauce, candies, cold cuts, and various low- and no-fat products, so check the labels before you eat it.

Also watch out for malt, starches, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), texturized vegetable protein (TVP) and natural flavoring.

Some pharmaceuticals, vinegars and alcohol can also contain gluten.

If you have celiac disease, it’s imperative that you do not eat gluten in order to avoid further damage to your health. 

Remember, if you stick to a diet consisting mainly of whole foods, preferably locally-grown organics, you’ll reap all the other beneficial side effects as well, such as increased energy, an enhanced mood, and a lower risk of other chronic illnesses.

Try a gluten-free diet for 6 weeks, you’ll probably feel much better.

These 4 supplements plus the gluten free anti-inflammatory diet are my current protocol

UltraInflamX® Plus 360 — 2 scoops twice daily in a shake.

LactoFlamX™ — 1 capsule daily 

 

 

EPA-DHA 6:1™ Enteric Coated — 2 softgels three times daily.

Iso D

 

3— 1 tablet three times daily.

 

 

 

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Avoid Gluten – What do I mean when I say this to you!

Gluten is a protein contained in many grains, including wheat, barley, rye, and oats. It is even found in more unusual grains, such as spelt and kamut. Gluten is also found in beer. Wheat or gluten intolerance can cause gastric complaints like bloating and excess gas.  Some chronic illnesses may be triggered by gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and the extreme form of wheat allergy called celiac disease.

The problem is that gluten sensitivity creates inflammation in the entire body, beginning in the gut. It is a form of autoimmune disease. Celiac disease, the chronic and most severe type of gluten intolerance, affects one in a hundred people. Less severe symptoms of gluten allergy or gluten sensitivity may affect as much as one third of the US population. 

If you suffer from irritable bowel disease, canker sores, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, anemia, cancer, autoimmune disease, MS, unexplained neurological problems, depression, anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia, nerve damage, migraines, epilepsy, and autism I will often recommend going gluten free. In addition to grains, gluten can be hidden in products such as soups, salad dressings, and even vitamins, stamps, and cosmetics.  I also often recommend UltraInflamX and Probiotics by Metagenics to help heal the gut and decrease the overall inflammation in the body.

www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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