Should a Non-Celiac be gluten-free? This used to get you laughed out of a doctors office but the idea that gluten sensitivity is real has recently received some validation the in research. Which is great news for all the Non-Celiac’s who have been telling their doctors this for years. This past Sunday a gluten expert panel spent an hour covering these ideas and more common questions about gluten.
The panel was hosted by Ameer Rosic and featured Dr. Tom O’ Bryan, Nora Gedgaudas and myself. I don’t really consider myself as having “expert” status compared to this group because most of what I know was learned from Dr. Tom in his Gluten Practitioner Program. It was really an honor for me.
For those who want some of the most in-depth training available to date on gluten check out this program on gluten sensitivity.
No Celiac, No Care?
Like Nora, I don’t have Celiac disease and while I eat very clean I sometimes do eat some gluten. This shouldn’t be a problem right? I mean a little bit can’t hurt… or can it? Listening to Nora tell her story has me rethinking my current ways. Or at least I might get my own Cyrex gluten testing done to confirm it.
I’ve known since I started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that wheat and grains where not my friends. But I’ve also learned that small and infrequent exposure don’t really impact me. However, just because I can’t “feel it” doesn’t mean that my body isn’t cursing me and struggling to get rid of the toxins.
If you’ve never taken time to read any of the research studies on gluten then this video can save you about 6 months of your life as it covers most of the highlights.
Here are some of my favorites:
7:00 If you want to get pregnant don’t eat gluten. Gluten sensitivity causes zinc deficiency leading to inability of sperm to get the job done.
10:14 Dr. Tom O’ Bryan quoting Dr. Alessio Fasano “No human can digest gluten now, we can’t break down that protein, none of us can. And whether or not it stimulates an immune response, is determined by how overwhelmed our immune system is”
13:00 Even if you’re not having an immunologic response to gluten, it still stimulates the production of zonulin which increase gut permeability and blood-brain barrier permeability.
17:28 The most common malabsorption for gluten sensitive or those with inflamed digestive systems is fat soluble vitamins. So a Vitamin D deficiency’s is very common to see for those who are gluten sensitive. Dr. Tom “Big picture health I would check Vitamin D (25-Hydroxy) yearly vs Cholesterol” (Jordan covers it here “Why Celiacs Need Vitamin D”)
27:40 Sprouting of wheat doesn’t cancel out gluten and other proteins that the immune system reacts too. This includes Einkorn wheat and other older wheat strains.
34:35 Dr. Tom explains about how carrots and onions can grow bacteria with LPS and then can trigger permeability of the gut (I didn’t know this – fascinating)!
37:36 Dr. Tom’s emphasis for all his patients is to build the healthiest gut flora possible to protect us from all the toxins in our current world.
44:30 What a compelling reason to not eat gluten? Nora explains why getting tested for these things is worth every penny of your investment as one of the top reasons for bankruptcy today’s world is health problems. Should I test for Celiac Disease or Gluten sensitivity? Dr. Tom covers both ideas very well and tells which tests to use and the limits of each test. If you didn’t know most conventional tests won’t work for gluten sensitivity, due to false negatives of standard testing.
52:04 where is gluten chewing up your body? The autoimmune part of gluten is downright scary. Jordan’s mom was part of this, Dr. Tom talks about his family and how if you have gluten sensitivity and are still not having symptoms you still might be slowly dying.
1:01:45 “The best thing you can do right now. The easiest, where you’re going to get the best bang for your buck… follow Steve’s program, the SCD lifestyle (solution) for 3 to 4 weeks, do that program, commit to it, and watch what happens” – Dr. Tom O’ Bryan.
Huge Thanks to Dr. Tom for the unsolicited plugs and to Ameer for having me on the panel!
If you’re looking to read more about gluten, wheat and Celiac disease start with this article (How Gluten Causes Celiac Disease) from Jordan.
And if you are someone who thinks gluten-free is the answer I urge you to read this article.