Flawed Research Gets It Wrong on Gluten-Free Eating

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One of the reasons why my role as a health educator is so difficult is that I constantly spend time exposing bad information when I’d rather be sharing good information. This blog post is a prime example of that dilemma.

A member of the Natural Healthcare Center team forwarded me an article from an extremely popular media outlet that suggested a gluten-free diet could have “unintended consequences.” The article was based on a study that found people who ate gluten-free had higher levels of toxic metals in their systems than people who ate gluten.

False. Or, at the very least, extremely misleading. Here’s why.

Suppose you replace food that contains gluten with highly processed foods that are marketed as gluten-free replacements or substitutes, such as gluten-free breads, pastries and pastas. All you’re doing is replacing something inflammatory with something that’s slightly less inflammatory – but still inflammatory. Continue reading

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Gluten, Part 2: Damage Caused by Gluten and Diagnosing Intolerance

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In Part 1 of this post, I explained what gluten is, the difference between gluten allergy and gluten intolerance, and the impact of modern wheat. Heavier concentrations of gluten in today’s genetically modified wheat are overwhelming the human body and resulting in gluten intolerances and allergies.

Whenever I’m learning about a patient’s history and looking at their blood chemistry, I always ask myself if they have a gluten intolerance or allergy. I begin to break it down into the three major categories of damage caused by gluten, which Marlene Merritt outlined in an excellent article in DC Practice Insights:

  1. Digestive problems, such as reflux, inflammation of the bowel and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  2. Mental, emotional and neurological problems, such as multiple sclerosis, migraines depression, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and attention deficit disorder (ADD).
  3. Autoimmune problems, which can be caused when gluten leaks through the damaged intestine, a condition called leaky gut syndrome, and causes reactions like Hashimoto’s disease, Grave’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Gluten, Part 1: Allergy, Intolerance and the Sad State of Modern Wheat

Gluten In last week’s post about the truth about whole grain, I made it clear that my intention was not to promote the consumption of whole grains. One big reason for that is the presence of gluten.

We always see books and magazine articles promoting a gluten-free lifestyle, and we see more and more gluten-free food choices at grocery stores and restaurants.

This isn’t a fad. Gluten can have a direct impact on a person’s health. But as Marlene Merritt points out in a recent article about gluten in DC Practice Insights, not many people know the real story about gluten.

Gluten is a substance found in wheat, barley and rye. It acts like a glue that holds food together and allows it to be stretched.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

8 Tips for Eating Gluten-Free

8 tips for living gluten freeAccording to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, one out of 133 Americans –about one percent of our population – has celiac disease, an immune response to gluten. Celiac disease can prevent important nutrients from being absorbed, causing malnutrition and damage to the lining of the small intestine. Symptoms include stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, anemia, bone pain and severe skin rashes.

The only treatment for celiac disease is a strict, gluten-free diet with no foods that include or even come in contact with wheat, rye and barley. Even small traces of gluten can harm someone with celiac disease.

Fortunately, sticking to a gluten-free diet isn’t as hard as you might think, and you don’t have to sacrifice taste for the sake of good health. You just have to be a little more careful. Most grocery stores, food markets and restaurants are doing their part by creating gluten-free sections and menus.

Here are eight tips that will help you choose the right foods, ask the right questions and identify potential problems.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Getting Up to Speed on Gluten

“Gluten-free” products are becoming more and more popular. In fact, it’s a growing business. You’ve probably noticed gluten-free choices at grocery stores and restaurants. Celebrities like Lady Gaga have switched to a gluten-free diet. A few years ago, Chelsea Clinton made headlines for serving a gluten-free cake at her wedding.

As general awareness of gluten continues to rise, it’s important to have a basic understanding of what gluten is, and the difference between gluten intolerance – also called gluten sensitivity – and celiac disease.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.