Why grain free works so well
• Wheat germ agglutinin:
Part of a class of proteins called Lectins
Found, with an identical structure, in rye, barley and rice
Highly inflammatory when it enters the blood stream, when you get the intestinal leakiness
from the Gliadin protein
Directly toxic to the intestinal lining. If just a speck, a milligram, is purified and given to a
laboratory rat and fed to it, its intestinal tract is destroyed
The average grain eating person consumes about 18 to 20 milligrams per day – a very
large quantity of this direct intestinal toxic.
Why grain free works so well
• Gluten is only one problem in a long list of problems with wheat and grains.
• Humans do not have the digestive capacity, the digestive apparatus, to consume, grasses nor
• Problems come from multiple components, but mostly proteins.
• Gluten is really a very large, complex molecule that you can break down into two parts: a smaller
globular Gliadin molecule; and a larger linear polymeric glutamate molecule.
LET THEM EATGRASS!
Did you know that
Grains (wheat and grains) are the seeds of grasses.
- Humans lack the digestibility to break down the components of grasses and their seeds.
- There are components you can digest:Starch
There are components you cannot digest, or can only partially digest:
Wheat Germ Agglutinin, Phytates
- We’ve been told, and many persuaded, that not only can we eat the seeds of grasses, but that
they should dominate diet.
Don’t let dysbiosis fuel autoimmunity
The microorganisms inhabiting the intestinal tract in people with autoimmune diseases are
different when compared to people without autoimmune diseases. The altered bowel flora
of autoimmunity worsen the inflammation of autoimmunity, allowing symptoms, such as
the joint and muscle pain of polymyalgia rheumatica, bloating and diarrhea of Crohn’s
disease, or the joint pain of rheumatoid arthritis, to be more dramatic than they should be
Changes in bowel flora species, along with increased intestinal “leak” characteristic of
autoimmune conditions, allow greater quantities of the bacterial byproduct,
lipopolysaccharide, or LPS, a component of the cell walls of unhealthy bacteria, such as E.
Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, from fish oil reduce the inflammation of autoimmune
conditions. In particular, they are modulators of eicosanoid based inflammation pathways,
including regulating levels of arachidonic acid that promote inflammatory responses.
Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation also increases cell membrane content of EPA and
DHA that discourage inflammation (Calder 2010). Neglecting omega-3 fatty acids can
therefore result in an incomplete response to other efforts.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the best studied among the autoimmune conditions in which
omega-3 fatty acids have been administered.
Vitamin D plays a crucial role in modulating the immune system.
Seasonal variation in flu
and other viral infections, multiple sclerosis, heart attacks and cancer—higher incidence in
winter, lower in summer—are all largely due to seasonal variation of vitamin D activation in
the skin. Many diseases also follow a latitudinal gradient: increasing incidence the farther
north or south from the equator associated with diminishing intensity of sunlight and
Vitamin D deficiency increases the likelihood of autoimmune misrecognition if triggers of
the process and genetic predisposition are present.
The Great Autoimmune Mistake
The process begins in the small intestine where gliadin and related prolamin grain proteins
trigger increased permeability of the intestinal lining by causing a physical separation of the “tight junctions” between intestinal cells.
While genetic susceptibility to this effect varies, it
affects the majority of people, a phenomenon that has nothing to do with celiac disease or
gluten sensitivity (Fasano 2012). When normal intestinal barriers break down, foreign
substances are able to penetrate into the bloodstream.
The 200 diseases of autoimmunity are increasing worldwide, now affecting between 8 and
13% of all people in North America and Western Europe, each of whom have one, if not
several, autoimmune health conditions. There are a basic set of strategies to consider that
reduce the likelihood that autoimmune misrecognition can become established or persist.
Among the most important strategies to reduce autoimmunity are:
• Eliminate wheat and grains—The gliadin protein of wheat and related prolamin
proteins in other grains trigger the first step in generating the autoimmune
Low-back pain (LBP) 60 to 80% of adults struggling with it on a regular basis.
While many conditions can lead to LBP,
inadequate core strength is a common causal factor.
Start with your elbows positioned directly below your shoulders and walk the feet back one at a time until the body is in a straight line.
Perform one to three sets for 30-60 seconds, or as long as you can maintain proper form.
TURN IT UP: To increase the challenge, find an unstable surface. This can be done by placing the forearms or feet on a soft pad or exercise ball, or by raising one arm or leg.
The Power of Protein
While you are likely aware of the importance of getting enough protein for overall health, did you know that athletes’ protein needs can differ quite dramatically from those of the general population?
The Satiety SolutionIn addition to providing you with energy and other nutrients in protein-containing foods, perhaps one of protein’s most valuable contributions is its ability to promote satiety, or the feeling of fullness.
Include protein in meals and snacks throughout the day instead of consuming it all at once.