Looks like you [jim] never bothered to read any of the studies that it is not just celiacs and those with sensitivities that gluten affects....why am I not surprised.
And you still have not given a good reason why we should should eat tasteless, nutritionally deficient high GI glues/food ?
Last edited by Dirlot; 07-03-2012 at 09:34 AM.
Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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Down-regulation of enzymes? Placebo effect, eh? Perhaps you're right, gluten doesn't hurt people...Originally Posted by some asshole
"GS patients are defined as those patients in which CD, wheat allergy and other clinically overlapping diseases (type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel diseases and Helicobacter pylori infection) have been ruled out and whose symptoms were triggered by gluten exposure and alleviated by gluten withdrawal. All enrolled patients underwent a gluten challenge carried out for approximately 4 months under clinical supervision. At the end of the challenge, patients underwent CD serology screening, Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) DQ2/DQ8 typing and an upper endoscopy with duodenal biopsies. Once endoscopies were performed, patients were placed back on a gluten-free diet and their symptoms monitored over time. GS were considered those patients with negative autoantibody serology (endomysium antibodies-immunoglobulin A (EMA-IgA) and tTG-IgA), normal mucosa (Marsh stage 0) or increased intraepithelial lymphocytes (Marsh stage 1) and improvement of symptoms within days of the implementation of the diet."
BMC Medicine | Full text | Divergence of gut permeability and mucosal immune gene expression in two gluten-associated conditions: celiac disease and gluten sensitivity
Again, the only point to argue here is how many people are hurt by wheat, which no one really knows. It's a pretty big waste of money to have everyone in the country tested just because it's good to know, so if people find they feel better without it--and get healthier--who the fuck cares? It's not that tasty, either. Not in its "healthy" form.
And if you're really curious to test the down-regulation of enzymes theory (the whole grain flu?), ask KathyH. She reintroduced wheat with no ill effect. I wonder if she had an adjustment period.
Last edited by Timthetaco; 07-03-2012 at 07:42 AM.
Here's the thing, as my gastroenterologist put it, Gluten Sensitivity is a "Medical Research" term. From a Medical Treatment standpoint, you are either Celiac, or your aren't Celiac. If you're Celiac, the only question is, "to what degree are you sensitive?". That said, if you test negative for Celiac but have gastrointestinal issues, many, many specialists are getting to the point of recommending patients eliminate gluten to see if symptoms improve.
This recommendation isn't based on some huge study. Rather, it's usually based on their own experience treating patients and seeing results through the span of many, many years.
Grains and Carbohydrates are being used interchangeably, and they aren't interchangeable. There are too many pot smoking, obese people in the world thinking that the only way to get carbs is to consume some form of wheat an/or unbleached white flour concoction.
The point in my pseudo-rant several pages back (I actually wasn't emotional at all) was that a study to properly and definitively link conditions like "Celiac" or "Gluten Sensitive" to the consumption of Wheat, Rye and Barley, is a study that has to be done generationally. It would be a HUGE undertaking spanning several decades with thousands of participants. A lot of the theory behind it all is that damaged gut flora is passed down from mom and dad to offspring, who are born with issues (or close to it) and thus develop Celiac at a very young age.
The problem with this discussion is that many of us with gluten issues, myself included, have just as many if not more symptoms that aren't gastrointestinal than ones that are. I exhibited symptoms that I never knew were related to the "brain in our guts" like severe ADHD, dehydration, lethargy, depression and joint pain. The only gastrointestinal issues I had were random stomach pains and diarrhea several times a day.
All of those issues are clearing up and there's probably only a fraction of Celiac's that share the exact same symptoms as me. My gastroenterologist even has one patient that he says is Italian (grew up there and has family there) that exhibits zero symptoms but a blood test came back positive after he had a myriad of tests done over a separate issue including a damaged gut.
So how many people like that are floating around? Maybe not many, maybe a lot. But one thing is for sure, unless everyone got screened for the sake of screening, many people that have gluten issues may never even know it. The range of symptoms and varying degrees of severity is one of the reasons why more and more countries in Europe are screening kids for Celiac in schools now. My point, if I have one, is that studies are interesting, and studies can be largely pointless. For every study that says eating eggs is good for you, there's one that says eating eggs is bad for you. These random, small time studies can be food for thought and give reason to investigate a concept farther, but none of them are particularly definitive. Sometimes the anecdotal can be more affective than the empirical. Ask anyone with gluten issues if they'd go back on it if they were told by their doctor's that they didn't have a problem consuming it and almost all of us will tell you HELL NO!
Last edited by Catharsis; 07-03-2012 at 08:43 AM.