Feb 08, 2010 - 8:35 pm
Hi Semis! (and krista since you asked)
As many of you know, the nutrition/cancer connection is something that I continuously study and research as I dig to find out the WHY of contracting cancer in my own life. If I can find out the WHY (root cause), then I have a better chance of keeping from getting it again. That's how I see it.
Well, last summer/fall when I had those scary allergic reactions that landed me in the ER four times, it was time to dig deeper into the issue of inflammation. I have always read that inflammation of some kind is a main cause in most diseases.
My daughter had been tested for her own allergies, and gluten sensitivity/intolerance came up positive. So it was time to educate myself on her diet and I decided to be in solidarity with her and do it too. (I have since learned that if one person in the family has it chances are many of them do).
In reading about a gluten-free regime a whole lot of amazing information jumped out and grabbed me big time. The granddaddy HUGE issue was that gluten intolerance/celiac sprue can cause adenocarcinoma of the small intestine. Now, you have to understand that in the 8++ years that I have been studying the nutrition/cancer connection I have NEVER seen this cancer come up. It's what my sister died from in 1994 after years of being misdiagnosed.
Celiac/gluten intolerance can cause a host of problems that come out as things like IBS, lupus, MS, RA, depression, fibromyalgia, type 2 diabetes....CANCER!
So of course I just can't keep this info to myself for what it's worth.
Gluten is a protein found in certain grains and it can destroy the lining of the small intestine making a permeable gut (leaky gut) which then allows particles to escape into the bloodstream and the body sees it as a foreign object and attacks it. (I am really paraphrasing here). Then the inflammation/auto-immune issues start.
Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, oat, triticale, spelt, kamut, malt, HPP, HVP, MSG, TPP, TVP, natural flavors, food starch, modified food starch, veg starch and MEDICATIONS.
If interested you may want to check it out to see if you're gluten intolerant or not. You may not have typical symptoms either, or just try a gluten free diet and see if you get some relief from diarrhea or gas or bloated stomach or constipation or hot flashes. What do you have to lose?
The book I'm reading is called Dangerous Grains by Dr. James Braly and Ron Hoggan, M.A.
Let me know if this helps anyone!