Is gluten sensitivity fact or fad? For more than 30 years, the medical profession has debated the existence of an intolerance to the wheat protein, gluten, unrelated to allergy or celiac disease. What is the evidence pro and con? At Roger Moore’s Counseling & Hypnotherapy LLC I am frequently asked about gluten. Most people tell me that they have not been told by their medical doctor to avoid gluten. When presented with the evidence in support of a starch based (plant based) diet and with the help of hypnosis for lifestyle change they begin following it, they discover how great they can feel. If you have self-diagnosed a gluten intolerance, I urge you to watch both of these videos from Dr. Michael Greger.
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Separating the Wheat from the Chat
The reason health professionals don’t want to see people on gluten-free diets unless absolutely necessary is that for the 98% of people that don’t have gluten issues. Whole grains—including the gluten grains wheat, barley and rye—are health promoting, linked to the reduced risk of coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases.
Just like because some people have a peanut allergy, doesn’t mean everyone should avoid peanuts. There is no evidence to suggest that following a gluten-free diet has any significant benefits in the general population. Indeed, there is some evidence to suggest that a gluten-free diet may adversely affect gut health in those without celiac disease or gluten sensitivity or allergy. They’re talking about this study that found that a month on a gluten-free diet may hurt our gut flora and immune function, potentially setting those on gluten-free diets up for an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in their intestines. Why? Because, ironically, of the beneficial effects of the very components wheat sensitive people have problems with—like the FODMAP fructans that act as prebiotics and feed our good bacteria, or the gluten itself, which may boost immune function. Less than a week of added gluten protein significantly increased natural killer cell activity, which could be expected to improve our body’s ability to fight cancer and viral infections. High gluten bread improving triglyceride levels better than regular gluten bread, as another example.
Ironically, one of the greatest threats gluten-free diets pose, may be the gluten itself. Self-prescription of gluten withdrawal may undermine the ability to pick up celiac disease, the much more serious form of gluten intolerance. The way we diagnose celiac is by looking for the inflammation caused by gluten in celiac sufferers, but if they haven’t been eating a lot of gluten, we might miss the disease.
Since 1997 I have taught medical hypnosis to hundreds of people so that they can make the lifestyle change to a starch based diet. What I have witnessed is that when people stopped eating animal proteins (chicken, fish, beef, pork and dairy), their bodies began a remarkable healing process. Even people who were sure that they had gluten sensitivity realized that it wasn’t the gluten that was the problem.
If you are ready to make a lifestyle change with self hypnosis to improve your health, schedule your appointment with me today in my Seattle hypnosis or Bainbridge Island hypnosis office or online with the Hypnosis Health Info Internet Office.
Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:
I am the healthiest when I eat plant based food.
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