Uggh, gurgle, grunch, groan. Yes, you have just heard your post ingestion NOISE.
If you are troubled by tummy turns maybe you have recently discovered a “Growing Grain” problem. That “full and bloated tummy” feeling you note after eating pasta, bread, scones or cake might be the tip of a leaky gut and early allergenic/inflammatory problem.
Your research has undoubtedly led to the conclusion that it could be related to the wheat grain– which contains the protein ingredients gluten and gliaden. You may find it confusing that your Naturopath/dietician recommended a gluten free diet years ago. ( I know, I will admit that I thought they were cooky ideas 20 years ago too!) Perhaps you were baffled over the fact that you had eaten these things all your life and it never seemed to be a problem in earlier years.
So having trialed this wheat free diet and removed the bread/pasta for a week, it’s a puzzle when you are not completely cured overnight, isn’t it? Its probably because the sneaky g’s are EVERYWHERE! Unfortunately there is gluten in many grains, and “wholegrains” do not necessarily mean “wholesome” AND GLUTEN is used as the binder holding together all manner of kibble (for dogs) and biscuits, treats and even sausages for human consumption. The SAD (standard Australian or American Diet) consists of 70 – 80% carbohydrate and gluten/grain products are a large part of that. Plus the trans fats and simple sugars! No wonder our Triglyceride/cholesterol ration is up the whoopsie. Remember the latest advice is to turn the government advice of healthy eating pyramid form on its head- ie eat more fat and protein. Minimal or no grain. Even sprouted grains and some fermented grains might be a problem. The following may explain why this is so. Most grains today are NOT what they were 30 years ago. They have been genetically selected and modified to grow bigger, faster and thicker as an agribusiness model. This is why Naturopaths recommend a wheat free, and even grain free diet.
Avoid genetically modified grains for 2 main reasons:
1) The changed plant proteins are an unknown experiment on the consumer. We are only now finding out how bigger, faster growing plants fed simple NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphate, Potassium) fertiliser are devoid of balanced nutrition The cells in our body look at each individual molecule that passes into it as “Friendly Food or Foreign Frankenstein” If it is a building block for making more cells (amino acids, cholesterol, fatty acids and other lipids) or broken down into energy ( triglycerides, glucose) then it is useful. If it is a contaminant such as an insecticide, weedicide or plastic copy (eg. xeno-oestrogen) of a similar life structure then it must be excreted, removed from the body or walled off in a structure that might make it inactive. The latter process involves inflammatory cells and cytokines that may become procancerous.
2) The GMO crops are resistant to insecticides and weedicides such as Monsanto Roundup, (Glyphosate) but the plant body stores this poison which will be ingested by the consumer.
Read about this unfortunate experiment that all of us are part of here: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/monsantos-game-over-extreme-toxicity-roundup-destroys-justification-gm
Glyphosate exposure likely causes cancer one type of cancer much more common is Lymphoma:
I have seen the number of cases of lymphoma escalate over the last 20 years. What used to be a rare disease is one that I see weekly at our small boutique veterinary clinic in Brisbane. We fight the good fight for our patients by detoxing the system dramatically, and supporting the body with nutrition. We also work with the specialists who use the recommended protocol of chemotherapy, as there are cases of remission with this and following up with a healthy diet and supplements.
Pesticide exposure as risk factor for non-Hodgkin lymphoma including histopathological subgroup analysis.
Int J Cancer. 2008 Oct 1;123(7):1657-63. PMID: 18623080
Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden. firstname.lastname@example.org
We report a population based case-control study of exposure to pesticides as risk factor for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Exposure to different agents was assessed by questionnaire. In total 910 (91 %) cases and 1016 (92%) controls participated. Exposure to herbicides gave odds ratio (OR) 1.72, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.18-2.51. Regarding phenoxyacetic acids highest risk was calculated for MCPA; OR 2.81, 95% CI 1.27-6.22, all these cases had a latency period>10 years. Exposure to glyphosate gave OR 2.02, 95% CI 1.10-3.71 and with>10 years latency period OR 2.26, 95% CI 1.16-4.40. Insecticides overall gave OR 1.28, 95% CI 0.96-1.72 and impregnating agents OR 1.57, 95% CI 1.07-2.30. Results are also presented for different entities of NHL. In conclusion our study confirmed an association between exposure to phenoxyacetic acids and NHL and the association with glyphosate was considerably strengthened.
Here are some further links to help you get to the core “guts” of it all. http://www.responsibletechnology.org/posts/gluten-disorders-linked-to-gmos-new-report/
and the possibility that glyphosate is also teratogenic- that is linked to birth deformities.noted in this pig farmer’s story and decreased production, with increased sickness his animals. He decided to experiment by changing their diet from GM to non-GM feed.
The results, he says, were remarkable: “When using GM feed I saw symptoms of bloat, stomach ulcers, high rates of diarrhoea, pigs born with the deformities … but when I switched [to non GM feed] these problems went away, some within a matter of days.”
The farmer says that not only has the switch in diet improved the visible health of the pigs, it has made the farm more profitable, with less medicine use and higher productivity. “Less abortions, more piglets born in each litter, and breeding animals living longer.”
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2176082/deformities_sickness_and_livestock_deaths_the_real_cost_of_gm_animal_feed.html I remind you that pigs share genetic likeness in at least 90% of their makeup to humans- you think there might be similar problems in us, such as the recent decrease in human fertility, as well as gut issues?
If this isn’t depressing enough, consider also our close country third world allies; both their financial and health costs. Let me tell you about the rice paddies I have seen in Bali. There is a native crop of rice that takes about 10 months to mature and harvest. This is a high protein traditional seed. The fields of rice are irrigated naturally by flows of spring water. Ducks and geese graze in the idyllic rice paddies, and native Sapi (cows) help turn the soil over and fertilise in between crops. Its a healthy system that has been going on for thousands of years. Enter in: GMO rice. Yes, the farmers in third world developing countries were sold the story: “buy our rice seed and you will get a bigger faster yield – two crops a year instead of one!” What was not foreseen was 1) the cost of the fertiliser required to raise that cdrop and 2) the fields of native rice below the GMO rice failed due to excessive NPK run off from the fertiliser used in the fields above- or from ? glyphosate? run off used in the field to support the GMO rice.
Overall the community of farmers are now running at a loss, their families are financially ruined, their children are getting sick and there are now many more illnesses including more diagnosed stomach cancers and intestinal cancers. (pers com).
If you have a heart and want to help heal the planet and yourself, prevent cancer and other illnesses, please consider joining permaculture movements, researching, and sharing this information.
Let’s stand up for health food, avoid Frankenfoods and their poisonous agribusiness cides, and seek a better way.
Eat organic, grow your own food, share home grown produce with your neighbours, and let them know that glyphosate (round up) is a poison that their kids and dogs should not be walking on bare foot, and that their garden should not have this in its vege patch.
Remove grains from your diet, replace them with other flours such as coconut flour, pea and vege flours. Here are some diet guidelines that work. http://www.bulletproofexec.com/the-complete-illustrated-one-page-bulletproof-diet/