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05-04-2017 10:04 AM - edited 05-04-2017 05:35 PM
“The current system in the United States for evaluating scientific evidence and making health-based decisions about environmental chemicals is fundamentally broken,” - Project TNDR (Targeting Environmental Developmental Risks) 2016
Been there and have the tee shirt. My hell began in 1981..... and although I realized it was all about diet and allergies in 1982, I didn't put the missing pieces together until the past couple of years. It's not as much about the foods as the poisons in our foods, waters, and medicines..... they cause and worsen leaky gut and all resulting mayhem.
Moreover, I suggest the solution requires political action and should include AARP acting as our spokesman, as we Baby Boomers have been lab rats since 1950 and our grandchildren have horrific health.
Fluoride, even in "optimal" concentrations in water, is an inflammatory drug and "adjuvant" - a substance that intensifies the immune response in the presence of an antigen. See citations in this 2015 letter signed by the president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, Attny David P. Matthews, et al.: https://www.aaemonline.org/pdf/LetterIOM_2015.04.27.pdf
There are way too much and too many pesticides in our food. Since glyphosae (RoundUp) was introduced about 1990, the tonnage has increased exponentially. Not only have genetically engineered foods (GMOs) been developed to produce their own insecticide, they are "RoundUp resistant" which means farmers can use this poison in much larger concentrations than any other poison plus they spray it on wheat in particularly heavy concentrations before harvesting in order to dry the wheat.
The IARC classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2016, which is what the US EPA said in the 1980s before Monsanto convinced the EPA otherwise. The EPA has fought the IARC classification as carcinogenic. Incidentally, glyphosate is registered as an "antibiotic" and we all know that antibiotics aren't good for gut health. Regardless of any classification, eating this stuff every day is not good for your gut. See 2017 NY Times expose on most recent collusion between EPA and Monsanto: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/business/monsanto-roundup-safety-lawsuit.html?emc=eta1&_r=1
Most of us Baby Boomers had between 3 and 5 vaccines as a kid, although we've been convinced we need annual flu shots and all sorts of other vaccines now. Today's vaccines all contain adjuvants and a recent study showed they were all contaminated with glyphosate. A 1986 law gives Big Pharma and doctors immunity from any vaccine injury claim. Consequently, quality control isn't a priority. Moreover, doctors are financially incentivized to administer vaccines while the CDC holds 57 patents on adjuvants and vaccines and so makes a profit on each dose over and above their $4.6 billion budget for vaccine distribution.
BTW: Our grandkids get 25 vaccines by age 6 months. Robert Kennedy, Jr. is an environmental attorney very involved in the vaccine battle. Don't write this off. It's complicated and it's corporate - and it's harming us and our grandkids.
2017 from Pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas: https://www.facebook.com/jbhandleyjr/videos/1534834943223322/
04-10-2017 10:25 AM - edited 04-10-2017 10:32 AM
@a249605a Thank you for joining the conversation and giving us such an informative response. I know that there are a lot more people who "browse and read" than actually post, so I feel your words will reach a lot of people out there who have been researching material specific to "gut issues" they may be suffering.
I wonder if you could speak to the "blood test" used to determine titers to gluten antibodies? I know the "gold standard" for diagnosis of celiac disease is biopsy of the small intestine. Is there a similar test for "leaky gut syndrome?"
What sorts of supplements and vitamins do you recommend for persons who have been diagnosed with either of these conditions? What nutritional deficits can they expect to have as a result of their diagnoses? Are there similar deficits found in those with food allergies and sensitivities?
Thanks so much!
04-10-2017 06:56 AM
@a249605a - Good points! It's a shame that few conventional doctors talk to patients routinely about eating habits, starting when we're children. And that's an even bigger problem when an adult goes to the doctor with an actual problem!
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04-09-2017 08:00 PM
A leaky gut develops after exposure (typically years) to foods that are not properly digested by the gut. These food particles irritate the villi of the small intestine - wearing down these villi like the nap of short shag carpet. Each time that the offending food irritates the villi, the gut tries to repair the damage. This can go on for years until the tight juctions of the intestines are separated (the villi become completely worn down) allowing larger food particles to enter the bloodstream. This "invasion" causes inflammation and can lead to Celiac disease where the small intestine can no longer repair itself.
As an Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach, I see clients with food allergies and sensitivities all the time. I have heard "it's growing older" but the truth of the matter is that the quality of food we eat makes the difference how we age. Years of eating poor quality food, high sugar content, and other poor nutritional habits eventually catch up with many people. When I discovered that I had Celiac disease, in addition to over 20 food allergies, I turned around my eating habits and studied nutrition. These don't happen overnight. It take years of our body trying to continually repair the damage from the foods we eat. For those of us who have Celiac disease, eating gluten destroys our small intestines slowly until we can no longer tolerate these foods without discomfort or worse.
The reason to think age is a factor is that our body is so resilient, that for many of us, it takes years, maybe decades, for the damage to cause symptoms. Others are not as fortunate. I work from a functional nutrition perspective and look for root cause. Typcial conventional medicine will prescribe a medication for each symptom that a person would present. Those medications will only mask the underlying issues. With an integrative perspective, I work with clients to reduce or eliminate those medications while finding the root cause of the issue - whether it is a specific food, a poor diet or enviromental toxins. All of these things can lead to a leaky gut and possibly other autoimmune conditions.
04-05-2017 10:30 AM
I agree, Astraea, that finding a functional medicine practitioner would be helpful. That is how I found out I was intolerant of gluten. She's been very helpful.
04-05-2017 07:15 AM
@amcoffiebean - I took a product by Designs for Health "GI Revive - L-Glutamine" for 2 months. Powder goes into plain water or a cold beverage (I thought it tasted yummy in water), twice a day on an empty stomach (before meals). I also recommend seeing a Functional Medicine practitioner, to find out what's really wrong!
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04-05-2017 06:25 AM
Thanks for those links Astraea, I have not heard of leaky gut until you posted here. Very interesting and passing along to a few people who will be interested in reading this also!
04-04-2017 10:22 PM
Well, I recently found out I'm allergic to yeast, it causes tumors to grow so fast and erratic, and eventually become cancerous. I found out so many foods contain yeast- even hot dogs. So, read the labels and if you can't pronounce the word- don't buy it!
Another one is honey, I found this out by accident- I bought a small vial, took it and suddenly my throat closed and found it hard to breathe. After, a few minutes of staying calm, My throat opened up. One lady at the farmers market told me I must have taken a one flower honey and you were allergic to that flower. She said to take multiple flowers and now I can eat honey with no problems.
Also am allergic to pesticides, they give me headaches, rash, and hives so I went organic. So, if you like Tofu, eat the organic kind.
Im also allergic to Siamese cats, found out his when I babysat them when I was a junior in high school. When, I walked in the door, I began sneezing, coughing
and didn't stop till I left. I never went back.
the last one I found was - Acai fruit- it's called Allergic Purpura- blood vessels burst- blood pools under skin- purple colored- small dots to large patches. What can be done, nothing that I know of now but I'm still researching.
Never give up till you find what is ailing you, even if it takes years, you will discover it.
04-04-2017 11:50 AM
04-04-2017 11:41 AM - edited 04-04-2017 11:45 AM
That's another important issue to think about and possibly merits another investigation in people with multiple food allergies and "sensitivities," @ASTRAEA.
Do you have any interesting links you might share with the rest of us? It might be helpful for us to compare/contrast the two as we are researching the causes of our symptoms.
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