50 Shades of Gluten (Intolerance) Celiac disease is characterized by an immune response to a specific epitope of gliadin (alpha-gliadin) and a specific type of transglutaminase (tTG-2). But we now know that people can (and do) react to several other components of wheat and gluten — including other epitopes of gliadin (beta, gamma, omega), glutenin, WGA and deamidated gliadin — as well as other types of transglutaminase, including type 3 (primarily found in the skin) and type 6 (primarily found in the brain). This is a huge problem because conventional lab testing for CD and of gluten intolerance only screens for antibodies to alpha-gliadin and transglutaminase-2. If you’re reacting to any other fractions of the wheat protein (e.g., beta-gliadin, gamma-gliadin or omega-gliadin), or any other types of transglutaminase (e.g., type 3 or type 6), you’ll test negative for CD and gluten intolerance no matter how severely you’re reacting to wheat. Read More…

By MICHAEL MOSS Published: February 20, 2013   On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.       

Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com) – 6 Foods That Fight Pain – By Grandparents.com – (Friday, March 1, 2013) When you get out of bed in the morning do you make a sort of “oyyyyyyy…aaaagggh” groan that goes with an achy pain in your back and knees? Welcome to the world of getting older. (Your first impulse might be to take some ibuprofen. Recent studies, however, have shown a possible link between longterm-use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and increased risk of heart disease and gastrointestinal bleeding–so talk to your doctor.)  What you can do right now is incorporate certain foods into your diet that have been shown to reduce pain and may take away some of that achy feeling.

This has some good info, however if you do eat tuna, make sure it’s young tuna (Carvalho Tuna out of the Portland OR area provides this) because the old tuna are full of mercury.  Also “beets” is misspelled as “beats” in the article and these MUST be organic.  Most of the white sugar available in the US is made from GMO beets.  That’s right.  GMO sugar.  Check the preview for “Genetic Roulette” on youtube.com:  A chilling and importunate expose of Monsanto’s monster. The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com) –

Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to find truly unbiased research.  This has been a problem for multiple decades.  Research is expensive.  Whoever is footing the bill will inherently want results that help pay for said bill.  This is particularly true in medicine. A well respected UC San Diego scientist, Dr. Beatrice Golomb, is no quack or conspiracy theorist.  Also well credentialed is the Science Network which hosts a shocking youtube which reveals the deeply entrenched fraud within the medical/pharmaceutical research communities. If the link doesn’t work, type in Google: Beatric Golomb Candles in the Dark. Well worth 20 minutes for viewing.

Anxiety is a very real and unpleasant physiologic condition, created by over-stimulation of the adrenal glands.  These tiny organs which sit above the kidneys (“ad” above, “renal” kidney) secrete potent hormones including cortisol and adrenaline.  Adrenaline, as you know, is the “fight or flight” hormone, which can cause intense core vaso-constriction as blood is shunted to the major running muscles and to the brain.  This temporary but extreme shift in blood flow dynamics creates many very real symptoms,

As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  If you are in a profession that demands repetitive wrist movement (such as being a carpenter or pianist or typist) there are a number of ways to reduce your wrist of creating inflammation between the delicate structures that form the wrist.  One reason the wrist is so flexible (the most versatile joint in the body) is because it is comprised of a series of 14 carpal bones that fit together like a loose jigsaw puzzle, snuggly bound by a series of sheaths and tendons. 

Auto-immune (AI) diseases are characterized by an inappropriate destruction of “self” tissue by the immune system.  In Lupus, for example, your own immune system would attack the nucleus of a variety of cells, and “anti-nuclear antibodies” (ANA) are found in the blood when tested.  This is a common screen for auto-immune disease, although having a positive ANA doesn’t always mean you have an auto-immune disease.