(NaturalHealth365) A gluten free diet already has gotten rave reviews from the health-conscious community. But, more importantly, have you seen the scientific papers which prove that gluten is both inflammatory and associated with arthritis and heart disease?
Scientists have identified the mechanisms, which has implicated wheat in so many adverse and crippling diseases – including the development of neurological impairment, dementia, heart disease, cataracts, diabetes, arthritis and obesity.
Can the popularity of wheat products be crippling our society?
With such a strong emphasis on the development of more wheat products, approximately 700 million tons of wheat are now being cultivated worldwide – making wheat one of the biggest money-making crops. In fact, wheat is grown on more land than any other commercial food crop.
Rheumatic arthritis is a group of related joint and connective disorders that are lumped together as inflammation conditions, which can damage joints and surrounding tissues enough that the results can include both a loss of function and deformity.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the rheumatic condition capable of attacking all the joints in the body. The illness seems to be related to cereal grains including oats, barley and rye. Recently, spelt and kamut have been categorized as wheat variants despite strong rebuttals from certain special interest groups.
Wheat gluten has been studied in rheumatoid arthritis patients and clinical observations have shown a strong correlation. Within hours of wheat ingestion, joints have gotten swollen and pain developed. Researchers report that the gut-arthritis link happens in several stages.
The gut becomes permeable to antigenic proteins known as peptide fragments, derived from digested gluten. The antigens in food get into the blood and are now bound by a specific antibody to form an antigen-antibody complex a circulating immune complex (CIC). The antigen-antibody complex then activates the rest of the immune response – including the release of serotonin from platelets.
Serotonin now causes symptoms as it circulates and enhances the depositing of CICs in joints. Once in the joint, the immune complex are activated and in turn damages cells and activates inflammation, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of mobility.
How is rheumatoid arthritis connected to heart disease?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and people with this condition are prone to heart attacks and stroke. RA leads to atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of plaque in the arteries that can trigger either of these health problems.
According to a research report in a recent issue of Arthritis Research & Therapy, sticking to a gluten-free (vegan) diet lowers the damaging forms of artery-clogging cholesterol and increases levels of antibodies that are protective against the inflammation that contributes to both RA and heart disease.
The fact is wheat flour also correlates with hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke. RA has a linear relationship with heart disease and the patients who have a diet high in gluten, have the highest incidence of heart attacks.
Conventionally-trained physicians desperately need training in nutrition
According to most medical experts, rheumatoid arthritis has very little to do with diet. But, of course, a popular consensus doesn’t always make something correct. The truth is that just about all chronic health problems are diet related. If western medicine truly had the mission to defeat disease – then they would make every effort to eliminate inflammatory activities through diet and lifestyle modifications.
According to statistics from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center – one out of every 133 otherwise healthy people in the United States suffer from celiac disease (CD), while an estimated 20-30 percent of the world’s population may be genetically susceptible to CD.
Studies find a very strong correlation between rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain and celiac disease. In fact, findings suggest that patients with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis may actually have a form of polyarthirtis caused by gluten.
Inflammatory polyarhritis symptoms are joint swelling along with joint damage. Rheumatoid arthritis accounts for a significant proportion of systemic inflammatory polyarthrits seen in older adults.
Could GMO’s be the underlying problem within wheat products?
Even though some grains are thought to be the cause of health issues – there are some researchers that suggest celiac disease comes more from the structural distortions of wheat through genetically engineered crops. Once humans suffer from the underlying attack on their intestinal integrity – other grains are less tolerated and add to the collateral damage.
Freeing oneself from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis may be just a dietary change away. Try it for yourself and experience the difference. It’s the only way to really know what works or not.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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