Deglutenize Your Brain
A recent study from Monash University in Australia has the media declaring that gluten is good for everybody, harmful only to those with celiac disease. Is this true? Has gluten from wheat, rye, and barley been exonerated? Should we go back to the supermarket and resume buying bread, rolls, bagels, and pasta? In this small study, 37 people with presumed “non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” NCGS, or celiac disease-like symptoms in the absence of the intestinal destruction or antibody abnormalities (e.g., transglutaminase antibodies), demonstrated no unique response to purified gluten protein. The investigators, fol...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 21, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Gluten sensitivity Gluten-free Source Type: blogs

Living with Celiac: Tips, Tricks and Annoyances
May seems like such a cheery month -- but it's also Celiac Awareness Month, time for another look at the "killer combo" of diabetes + gluten intolerance. I've written about my own experiences living with this combination in the past, and we've bro... (Source: Diabetes Mine)
Source: Diabetes Mine - May 6, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Authors: Amy Tenderich Source Type: blogs

Gluten-free skin and beauty products? More like thought-free…
A couple of Sundays ago (Easter, to be precise), my wife and I were sitting around yesterday reading the Sunday papers and perusing the Internet (as is frequently our wont on Sunday mornings), when I heard a contemptuous harrumph coming from her direction. She then pointed me to an article in our local newspaper entitled… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 30, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Entertainment/culture Skepticism/critical thinking celiac disease gluten gluten free gluten sensitive enteropathy non-celiac gluten sensitivity Source Type: blogs

Gastrointestinal recovery after the wheat battle is won
Josie posted this comment that addresses the issue of bowel health recovery post-grain removal. I have been wheat-free for almost a year now and I no longer fall asleep during the day, and my mental fog has disappeared. My wheat-free life is great! However, I am experiencing major digestion problems. I went to see a dietitian and explained to her I do not eat wheat and try not to eat grains. She emphasized that I need fiber in my diet and based on my current food intake I was not receiving an adequate amount, which was most likely the cause of my digestion problems. She respects that I do not eat wheat, but is encouraging...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 26, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Bowel flora Gastrointestinal effects of wheat Source Type: blogs

Gastrointestinal Recovery After The Wheat Battle Is Won
Josie posted this comment that addresses the issue of bowel health recovery post-grain removal. “I have been wheat-free for almost a year now and I no longer fall asleep during the day, and my mental fog has disappeared. My wheat-free life is great! However, I am experiencing major digestion problems. I went to see a dietitian and explained to her I do not eat wheat and try not to eat grains. She emphasized that I need fiber in my diet and based on my current food intake I was not receiving an adequate amount, which was most likely the cause of my digestion problems. She respects that I do not eat wheat, but is enco...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 26, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Bowel flora Gastrointestinal effects of wheat Source Type: blogs

Smoke more low-tar cigarettes!
Just kidding, of course. But followers of the Wheat Belly discussion understand why we often repeat this message: Just because something bad is reduced or eliminated in cigarettes, it does not follow that cigarettes must now be good. Low-tar cigarettes still contain heavy metals like mercury, lead, and cadmium, as well as nicotine, naphthalene, arsenic, formaldehyde, ammonia and other toxic compounds. Low- or no-tar does NOT mean healthy. This may seem obvious, but it is surprising how many people — physicians and dietitians included — fall for such flawed logic when applied to nutrition. So it goes with glut...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 22, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Gluten-free Source Type: blogs

Smoke more low-tar cigarettes!
Just kidding, of course. But followers of the Wheat Belly discussion understand why we often repeat this message: Just because something bad is reduced or eliminated in cigarettes, it does not follow that cigarettes must now be good. Low-tar cigarettes still contain heavy metals like mercury, lead, and cadmium, as well as nicotine, naphthalene, arsenic, formaldehyde, ammonia and other toxic compounds. Low- or no-tar does NOT mean healthy. This may seem obvious, but it is surprising how many people–physicians and dietitians included–fall for such flawed logic when applied to nutrition. So it goes with gluten in...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 22, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Gluten-free Source Type: blogs

Shame on the Chicago Tribune
A blatantly pro-wheat piece ran in the Chicago Tribune that bashes the anti-grain movement. Read it here. Written by dietitian, Marsha McCullough, it is full of the oversimplifications and partial truths echoed by the wheat industry. (So it smells and looks like something either paid for by the wheat industry to be placed in the Tribune, or Ms. McCullough was paid to write. That’s how the big lobbies work. They generally cannot rely on “organic” commitment.) “Those with an allergy to wheat or other grains must avoid them. And the one percent of the population with celiac disease and the six percen...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 4, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly counterattacks Source Type: blogs

Grain bashing: It’s easy
When I chose to pick on grains, I found it exceptionally easy. There is no shortage of warts, scars, and defects in this class of plants co-opted into the service of the human diet. I chose to pick on wheat first, as it is the worst of grains with more complex genetics and thereby a greater panel of unique proteins; it is among the most changed by the efforts of geneticists and agribusiness; and it plays such a dominant role in the human diet, comprising 20% of all calories worldwide, as much as 50% or more of calories for many people. But just because other grains are not wheat does not make them good. After all, all gr...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 28, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Corn Grains Source Type: blogs

Gluten and the Microbiome
In humans, the relationship between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease is clear: having celiac disease dramatically increases risk for becoming a type 1 diabetic. But even beyond those with celiac disease, it has now been shown that early introduction of gluten-containing cereals in infancy is directly related to increased risk for type 1 diabetes. The why and how of this relationship are still not perfectly clear. However, new research is focused on the role of dietary gluten in challenging the microbiome – the 100 trillion bacteria living within each of us – and how this paves the way for increased inflammation and a...
Source: Renegade Neurologist - A Blog by David Perlmutter, MD, FACN - March 25, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: gbadmin Tags: Science autoimmunity bacteria diabetes Gluten inflammation intestines mice microbiome Type 1 Diabetes Source Type: blogs

Diabetes Australia bungles dietary advice
A Wheat Belly Blog reader passed this exchange between his father and a dietitian representing the Australian Diabetic Association onto me. While nearly all of you are no strangers to the ignorance exhibited by defenders of the dietary status quo, it occasionally helps to hear their arguments articulated. You are readily reminded just how many “holes” there are in their arguments to consume more “healthy whole grains.” My father was a very serious diabetic, but I slowly got him off the wheat last December. Now his diabetes is the best it’s been in 20 years! He was so disappointed with Diabet...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 17, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Diabetes Source Type: blogs

It Is Possible: Gluten-Free Pasta!
Whether you've gone paleo, are a Celiac disease-sufferer or are just digging all things gluten-free, we've got the perfect weekend project for you: Make your own gluten-free pasta! (Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S.)
Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S. - March 7, 2014 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Tags: Recipes diet food gluten-free nutrition pasta Source Type: blogs

Focus on Risks to Bone Health in Treating Chronic Disease
Secondary osteoporosis is a concern in younger patients with celiac disease and cancer, and those treated with reflux medications and bariatric surgery (Source: WSJ.com: The Informed Patient)
Source: WSJ.com: The Informed Patient - March 5, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: FREE Source Type: blogs

The Type 1 Connection
Why are there so many songs about rainbowsand what's on the other side?Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,and rainbows have nothing to hide.So we've been told and some choose to believe it.I know they're wrong, wait and see.Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.The lovers, the dreamers and me.Who said that every wish would be heardand answered when wished on the morning star?Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.Look what it's done so far.What's so amazing that keeps us star gazingand what do we think we might see?Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.The lovers, the dreamers and me.All of ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - March 1, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs