Gluten Summit is off to an incredible start!
In preparation for the beginning of the Gluten Summit, I have been writing some articles on the topic of gluten sensitivities. Please feel free to read about The Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gluten and How To Avoid Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms. In the meantime, please see below for a brief summary of the informative presentations during the first day of the world’s first online Gluten Summit.
1. Why the Early Stages of Celiac Disease Must be Taken Seriously
Michael Marsh, MD, DSC, FRCP is considered to be the Godfather of Celiac Disease thanks to his groundbreaking paper released in 1992 which moved the celiac research forward exponentially. For those of you who have been diagnosed with Celiac and have had an endoscopy performed, you will notice that your report will identify a rating of diagnosis as Marsh 1, Marsh 2 or Marsh 3. Well…this man is Marsh! The Marsh System is used by all Gastroenterologists to classify the degree of degeneration occurring in the intestines.
Dr. Marsh’ aim is to understand how the regeneration of the mucosal lining of the intestine occurs. In this pursuit, he is striving to complete a 3D reconstruction of the mucosa so that you could take the epithelial cells off and then reconstruct just the vascularity (arteries, capillaries, veins). Then, you could study and learn what happens as it gradually becomes flattened and then regenerates. This level of insight would ultimately provide a greater ability to address the matters before intestinal degeneration begins.
2. How Sensitivity to Gluten Can Impact Your Heart and Cardiovascular System
Mark Houston, MD, MS, ABAARM, FACP, FAHA, FASH is a well-respected, triple Board-Certified Cardiologist that, among being an author and one of the most sought after lecturers in his space, he is also a nutritionist. It’s not often that you come across a Cardiologist who specializes in nutrition. During this video, Dr. Houston discusses the fact that, based upon recent studies, coronary heart disease, abnormalities in both cardiac and vascular function, actually start in utero. This means that as soon as you are born, you already have some degree of vascular abnormalities. Furthermore, in this country, by the time an individual is in the teens, there is somewhere close to 30% incidence of subclinical coronary heart disease that can be measured with either invasive or noninvasive cardiology testing.
A couple of years ago, Dr. Houston published a study that looked at nutrition and lifestyle modification in hypertensive patients. In one year after the study, Dr. Houston and his team were able to get 62% of the population with hypertension off all medications and only on lifestyle changes!
…at this point, with the data that’s becoming available, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are going to become predominant as a measurable risk factor for cardiovascular disease that we all now have to check for because if we remove that insult, we can make the patients improve dramatically.
Dr. Houston goes on to discuss dislipidemia (a general term for abnormalities in lipid particles) which occurs as a normal body response to the offending organism. It is now becoming a routine check to assess micronutrient intake, toxins and infections to address cardiovascular health. Bottom line is that Dr. Houston is able to experience, with his patients, a clinical improvement in as early as 1 week after eliminating gluten from their diets!
3. After the Diagnosis, make sense of labels, dine out and transition smoothly
Cynthia Kupper, RD is the Executive Director of The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, GIG, which creates national programs to allow consumers to have a higher level of confidence in dining out and shopping for gluten-free products and otherwise living a healthy life along with their gluten intolerance symptoms. Among other programs they have launched in the food industry, GIG launched the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.GIG’s aim is to provide awareness and support for individuals with gluten sensitivity conditions. A large focus of the organization is spent on children. For children, they really try to reinforce and educate so that they can make their own decisions to live the gluten-free lifestyle. GIG has support chapters throughout the country and encourage individuals transitioning to the gluten free lifestyle to attend local meetings in those chapters. An even more important offering is that this organization also educates those that may not have a gluten sensitivity issue. For instance, they organize children’s camps for about 400 children at a time, whereby half of them are not eating a gluten-free diet. And at this camp, through games and activities, these non-GF children learn to recognize and support other children who must live gluten-free.
Cynthia shares that the keywords to look for in product labeling is wheat, rye, barley, oats, and brewer’s yeast. If a product contains any one of these 5 ingredients, then the product is NOT gluten free. And, as you may have guessed, brewer’s yeast does come from the process of making beer. So, unless beer is labeled as Gluten-Free, the beer DOES contain gluten. So drink wisely!
4. Eliminating Gluten as the 1st Step in Preventing Brain ConditionsDavid Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-certified Neurologist and recognized for his cutting-edge approach to preventing and working with neurological conditions by addressing the root causes. Dr David Perlmutter has written many books, including Raise a Smarter Child By Kindergarten, and, most recently, The Grain Brain book
Upon being asked of the importance of inflammation in being the underlying trigger to much of what his patients are being presented with, Dr. Perlmutter sums up quite simply:
Inflammation is the cornerstone of Alzheimer’s, obviously multiple sclerosis, and also things like Parkinson’s. These are fundamentally inflammatory diseases of the brain…It is ABSOLUTELY fundamental!
Dr. Perlmutter goes on to share that, although it is important to talk about food sensitivities, the big problem facing 100% of humans on the planet is the excessive carbohydrates in their diets. He shares the belief, in terms of macronutrients, the ideal diet is a very low-carbohydrate and high-fat diet and, humorously claims…it’s only been the last 2.6 million years that people have begun to eat this food! This low-carb, high-fat diet is fundamental at minimizing inflammation, which we know is at the foundation of neurological, and just about any other, disease!
Did any of this resonate with you?
Today’s presentations were jam-packed with amazing and actionable information. There are still 25 more presentations to come. I hope that you are able to register for the Gluten Summit. If you missed today’s presentations, you still have until midnight tonight to view them before they are no longer available. Beyond that, you will have the option to purchase a full lifetime access to all of the audio, video and transcript content of the Gluten Summit.
Please share this post to anyone you know that may benefit from knowing how their symptoms may be attributed to gluten food sensitivities. There will be a host of additional information coming from the Gluten Summit as the week progresses.
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