Well perhaps Gluten isn’t good for you, but it probably isn’t as bad as most think these days. As I was lecturing last Thursday night, I felt like I needed to dig into this new discovery and see what we could learn. The discovery, is a bit of research discovered by Stephanie Seneff PhD, a senior research scientist at MIT. Her research has been most commonly found at the intersection of computers an biology. Her prior accomplishment in the world that I pay attention to, was done in her work on the role in statin drugs tying to Alzheimer’s Disease. As far as I am concerned, she is a genius.
Her most recent research is also deserving of hanging a plaque on the wall, though it is likely a decade from being truly complete. She has however found a very real and disconcerting association between the molecule glyphosate and the damage that seems to be done due to gluten. Now, before we get too far into this current research, we should set the tone for why we are looking at this.
Gluten sensitivity has become one of the buzz words of modern day life, as you now find a GF friendly menu in many restaurants (gluten free). We know according to research, gluten is an inflammatory molecule in just about everyone’s intestinal lining; one of many proteins known as lectins, which tend to be on the inflammatory side. In addition, we know in some people, gluten drives an auto immune response of the worst kind, and these people are classified as having celiac disease.
A couple of things we also know, which I have always used as a defense against the anti-wheat world. First, the consumption of wheat is Biblical, so it seems odd that this molecule that is present naturally in wheat would be so bad, so our arguments for why gluten is a concern have centered around these three concerns:
- With the increase in processing technology, we have made it increasingly easier to consume grain products, so eating crackers, cookies, breads, bagels, donuts, tortillas, pretzels, pancakes, rolls and biscuits have become a part of not just daily life, but of nearly every meal or snack. This is too much.
- Chemical consumption has created leaky gut syndromes that allow gluten and other undigested proteins to pass into the blood stream, thus spur an attack from the immune system.
- Grains have been altered over centuries, changing the ability of the body to deal with all components, thus making the inflammatory proteins more likely to be damaging.
The interesting thing about what we have been teaching, is that this new article seems to support all of it to some extent. If you check out the MIT bio for this educator, you will see her other recent works. But lets get into this one and see what we can gain. First off, this is an all out attack on Monsanto. I believe this company has simply failed to realize the devastation they are creating, because of the profits they are gaining. They are like a Pharisee/Sadducee quickly pushing Christ to the cross out of a protection of power. Monsanto has the same commitment to their policies.
They will use their pledge as a wall to hind behind, telling the world on one hand that 9 billion people are going to walk this earth by 2050, and that they are going to save them, then on the other hand, they will ignore the destruction of health that comes at their fingertips, because “we simply need more food” to feed all these people. Who cares of its quality.
(The Monsanto Pledge is our commitment to how we do business. It is a declaration that compels us to listen more, to consider our actions and their impact broadly, and to lead responsibly. It helps us to convert our values into actions, and to make clear who we are and what we champion.)
Ugh – Gag, Gag, Gag. So lets get to the heart of the matter – we can trust this science to have very good basis, but we aren’t far enough along yet to say without question that Monsanto has been the most important factor in making point number 2 above, the problem. Time will perhaps tell… or money will make it impossible for us to tell, one of the two.
The article, full article that is, can be reached by clicking HERE. In this article, you can see the simple method in which Glyphosate (one of the main chemical components of Round-up – Monsanto’s miracle herbicide), inhibits the normal function of Cytochrome P450. An enzyme that is involved in many of the body’s normal detoxification functions, as well as other functions that range all over the board, as these enzymes direct breakdown of many, many substances in the body.
Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins… (it) manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body. Here, we show how (this mechanism creates) consequences (that represent) most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. We explain the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce (these) diseases, and we show that glyphosate is the “textbook example” of… the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.
And sure enough, the article does just that. And along the way, it opens up a very real argument, that gluten, as well as a host of other lectins (small inflammatory proteins in foods such as legumes, grains, and dairy – casein), might really have such minimal effect on an individual with a completely healthy gut, that there would be no reason to avoid them.
I guess I need to stop and question… why else have these molecules of inflammation come out of the woodwork in the last decade – peanuts, gluten, casein, egg protein… and even more. Is it the molecule that has become so bad? Or is there another molecule that has given them opportunity to become bad? We have said for years that the issue is the devastating diet of Americans has destroyed the health of our populations. But, you don’t know what makes it devastating.
Now we can begin to wonder what has been sprayed on your food, and how it is inhibiting your normal function. Sadly, this happens before your liver ever gets a chance to do anything about it. Your gut will break down first, and then hopefully your liver still has high function, otherwise this chemical can fast track you to cancer as well.
Your next step. Well, you cannot simply ignore your sensitivities, but you can re-build. 60 Day Turnaround is for everyone, but in the meantime, sign up for any and every workshop that we offer. You need them to stay ahead of the curve. Dig into your diet and look at eating clean. Environmental Working Group can help you stay focused without going crazy. Watch for changes to the dirty dozen, but look deeper than that into their website.
In the end, Pursuit of Health is the key, in all areas. Fitness isn’t enough. Diet alone isn’t enough, nor is clean living. You need all Five Essentials. Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E