Is food really your medicine?

Sue with her medicineCredit: JIm Visser

Many people complain that although they “eat healthy” they feel lousy. Most of their ailments include cholesterol problems, high blood pressure and blood sugar instability. Their joints ache; they gain weight and suffer from insomnia and depression. Many suffer from autoimmune conditions and live on cortisone.I always ask them how much bread they eat. None of them have ever told me that they had to cut out bread. Is this for real?

Eating bread is not a wise thing to do if you suffer from certain symptoms

Many of the letters I receive are from people with symptoms of gluten intolerance and especially insulin resistance. They usually insist that they are following a diet recommended by a highly respected physician or health guru. It may even be a diet sheet from the doctor who prescribes their anti-inflammatory drugs, blood pressure and cholesterol pills, diuretics, antidepressants and sleeping potions. In these cases the drugs are the medicine and the food is not.

Our digestion packs up at a very early age from eating foods that do not suit our constitution and blood type. Poorly digested food becomes a sticky mass of immovable matter in the gut. The small intestine can no longer cope and so it switches into an acidic mode and thus the seeds for chronic illness, parasites and other pathogenic invasions are sown. When you eat large quantities of the wrong foods – especially wheat or gluten-based carbohydrates every day there are usually tell-tale signs such as mucus problems.

Excessive mucus expels itself in various and disgusting ways like post nasal drip, congested sinuses and nasal passages and a slimy, yellow coating on the tongue. Further down the length of the gut masses of mucus and strands of fibrin develop around pathogenic bacteria and parasites that begin to breed in the undigested food. Don’t forget, this is what happens when you listen to your body. The food your body “tells” you to eat, even crave causes this to happen.

Until you know the truth about how and why this mucus problem is affecting you, it will keep returning and you will make all the doctors and therapists very happy and very wealthy. You can have your colon washed out, or even cut out or bypassed. You can cleanse and balance your liver and kidneys, harmonize your hormones or meditate and exercise, take a cup full of dietary supplements every day and make expensive urine; but all in vain. Eat wrong and you feel awful.

Medicine and surgery can offer an antidote for the toxic effects of food that cause the disease. So it is easy enough now, to see how to treat the cause. If it is wheat, cut it out. Dr William Davies will help you understand how wheat affects you personally. If it is gluten, take a look at these symptoms. Are some of them familiar?

These ailments are commonly caused by gluten intolerance. Gluten is present in: wheat, rye, oats and barley. To fully recover from these conditions, we cannot only rely on medicines and therapy because the gluten present in certain food will perpetuate the symptoms.

Get to the cause of your health problem. If it is gluten, then cut it out!

Wheat and gluten do not suit everybodyCredit: Sue Visser

Digestive symptoms of gluten intolerance.

Abnormal liver test, Autoimmune hepatitis, Gall bladder disease, Primary biliary cirrhosis (liver disease) Gastrointestinal distress (gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, reflux)

Ulcerative colitis Chronic abdominal pain, Crohn's disease , Celiac disease,  IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Malnutrition

Mental and nerve-related symptoms of gluten intolerance

Headaches (including migraines) Fatigue Inability to concentrate, brain fog.

Moodiness/depression, Chronic fatigue, Seizures, tingling or numbness in the legs – pins and needles, Peripheral neuropathy, Down syndrome, Epilepsy, Multiple sclerosis

Hormonal complications affected by gluten intolerance

Infertility/spontaneous abortions/low birth-weight babies, Amenorrhea/delayed menarche (menstrual cycles)

Addison's disease (adrenal malfunction)

Hyperthyroidism/hypothyroidism, Total IgA deficiency.

Insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1), Pancreatic and insulin-based disorders

Metabolic and immune problems mainly caused by gluten intolerance

Weight loss/gain (unstable metabolism) Anaemia, Iron deficiency.

Sjogren's syndrome (dry eyes, saliva and vagina)

Non Hodgkin's lymphoma (affects bone marrow)

Recurrent stomatisits (sores and inflammation of tissues inside the mouth)

Systemic lupus (autoimmune inflammatory disease)

Skin bones, muscles, joints

Alopecia (hair loss on head), Dermatitis herpetiformis (red scaly skin rash) Psoriasis

Bone, joint and muscle pain. Wheat destroys glucosamine in the joints. Osteoporosis, osteopenia, osteomalacia, (weakened bones) pathologic fractures, rheumatoid arthritis

Vitiligo (white patches on skin)

Many of these ailments develop into chronic auto-immune conditions. They become serious illnesses and a lot of drugs, including cortisone are prescribed to treat them. If wheat or gluten are not removed from the diet the need to medicate will perpetuate. How many patients still eat their daily oats and barley and bread containing wheat and rye? Too many, judging by the amount of complaints people have. The worst complaint of all is that people "can't live without their bread and favourite carbohydrates." It is a matter of choice, as many people have found out. Either nurse the illness or cut out your favourite foods and get well again.

The glutinous monster – regardless of being a healthy whole grain

As people who have woken up and excluded gluten from their diets will tell you, they had been mistakenly consuming whole grains for most of their lives. They all suffered from persistent problems such as sinusitis, asthma, rashes, anaemia and of course, brain fog, fatigue and bowel problems. It was proof enough to them how much damage had been done by “healthy” whole grains when they stopped eating them. When you go gluten-free and adhere to a blood type there is very little left to interfere with your health. How you combine your recommended foods and eat them is your choice, but they will be more agreeable and won’t upset your immune system. Say goodbye to bread, especially rye bread. It is full of gluten and does not suit blood type B

People are in love with bread

More shocking food facts

By now you are more aware of how eating foods that are not suitable for you can cause problems, especially obesity. An overstressed digestive system tries to pass the under-chewed masses of fats, starches, toxins and proteins on to specialized tissues and organs for storage or excretion. Now before this has taken place, the brain has already been told that the human being is again hungry and it’s time for another meal or snack. This happens because it picks up messages from starving, undernourished tissues and cells. Has this happened to you? We often get hungry soon after eating certain foods, regardless of consuming more than the entire day’s kilojoule allowance at a single sitting.

The hormones leptin and ghrelin are responsible for appetite control and feeling satisfied but when a high carbohydrate overload causes a rush of insulin the blood sugar drops. This stimulates the appetite regardless of genuine hunger and you crave sweets after dinner. More sugar, more fat on the hips. Here is the mechanism: insulin lowers the blood sugar and packages 3 glucose molecules into a triglyceride or fat molecule that is then stored in adipose tissue. We know what that is – the blubber on the hips, tummy and buttocks. If you eat food you can digest properly then it supplies the correct nutrition to the right places and so the inner hunger at a cellular level is more satisfied. It you eat what suits you there is no more problem. 

The problem is to find out what suits you. This may take a while and will need the help of doctors and dietician who are familiar with the blood type protocols as well as gluten-free options. The main thing to watch out for are gluten-free products that contain ingredients that do not suit your blood type. More of my articles on Info Barrel will be discussing these options. For now, there is enough to chew on - providing it is gluten-free!