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The rouble is I now have a worsening wheat intolorence also resulting in headaches and bloating — being a food lover it does make life difficult at times espcially working in an office of cake lovers but I just have to teach myself to resist! The push has come from the families. These are the people who get wind, very uncomfortable bloating, and maybe so much that they then have spasm pain in the gut. However, many foods contain tyramine. Excitatory signals originate in the brain, through thought, sight or direct stimulation. Excluding all the suggestions means that you are more likely to react only to a single food you are testing after the diet trial time. The scientists examined the participants' first 3 hours of sleep after drinking alcohol.

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Although awareness has grown, research shows the increase is not the result of increased detection clinically. Instead, one study showed the rates of gluten sensitivity have risen dramatically over the past 50 years, from one in people to one in If the study had looked not just at celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to gluten, but also gluten sensitivity, an immune reaction to gluten, the numbers would have been much higher.

The gluten you eat today is not the same gluten you ate as a child, or your parents or grandparents ate.

Although not technically genetically modified, gluten has nevertheless been significantly hybridized and deamidated over the years, processes that have rendered it inflammatory to humans. Deamidation, which is used extensively in the food processing industry, has also made gluten more immune reactive.

Deamidation uses acids or enzymes to make gluten water soluble it is normally only soluble in alcohol so it mixes more easily with other foods. Although deamidation makes wheat easier to use, research has also been shown it creates a severe immune response in people. The hybridization and deamidation of wheat appear to play a role not only in the sharp increases of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, but also in inflammation, degeneration, and even autoimmunity of the brain and nervous system.

Many people do not think they have a gluten intolerance because they do not have digestive issues. However, research shows only a minority of people with a gluten intolerance have digestive issues.

For most people the intolerance manifests in the skin, the joints, the thyroid, etc. In fact, the tissues most commonly affected by gluten are brain and nervous tissue. Studies have found associations between gluten sensitivity and disorders in every major part of the nervous system, including the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves that extend into the arms and feet.

Unfortunately, despite the research, most doctors today do not understand gluten sensitivity or the effects of gluten on the brain. It is up to you to protect your brain health. Testing for a gluten sensitivity is much more complex than most people and the standard health care model realize.

There are many other portions of wheat to which people can have an immune reaction that impacts the health of the brain and nervous system. As I mentioned before, most labs only test for alpha gliadin antibodies, which is most commonly associated with celiac disease. Even worse, they do not report this limitation in test results. The result often comes back negative, doctors tell patients they can eat gluten, and patient health further deteriorates. When the patient finally tests for the other branches of gluten, the results show severe gluten sensitivity.

I have seen this happen many times. Glutenin, the sticky portion, makes up 47 percent of the total protein content of wheat and is responsible for the strength and elasticity of wheat dough. Most labs do not test for glutenin sensitivity because it was believed glutenin is not immune reactive.

However, this has been disproven. Many people have severe reactions to glutenin but show normal results on the basic gliadin antibody test. As I mentioned earlier, deamidation is used by the food processing industry to make wheat water soluble and deamidated gliadin has been shown to trigger a severe immune response in people.

Many people will never test positive on a conventional gliadin antibody test, but will have profound immune reactions to deamidated gliadin. If you suffer from impaired brain function, testing for deamidated gluten is critical. Many people react to the lectin portion of wheat. Lectins bind sugars and carbohydrates together. In wheat they are called wheat germ agglutinin WGA and the highest concentration of WGA is found in whole wheat and sprouted wheat.

WGA can pass through the blood-brain barrier and attach to the myelin sheath, the protective coating on nerves. This can inhibit nerve growth factor, a chemical critical for neuron growth and health.

Many people never test positive for gluten antibodies but have a WGA sensitivity. For these people eating lectins may cause a severe inflammatory response and destroy neurons. People may also react to gluten opioids, which is different than a reaction to gliadin, glutenin, or WGA. An immune response to opioids takes place in the nervous system and can be measured by antibodies to gluteomorphin and prodynorphin. Gluteomorphin is an opioid peptide formed during the digestion of gluten.

Prodynorphin is an opioid that is the basic building block of endorphins. If a person has elevated antibodies to these compounds gluten may cause a neurological reaction. The most difficult thing about an opioid sensitivity is that going gluten-free can cause severe withdrawal symptoms, including depression, mood swings, or abnormal bowel activity. It is similar to withdrawal from opioid drugs such as heroin. Positive transglutaminase antibodies indicate gluten triggers autoimmunity.

The problem with labs today is they test only for antibodies to TG2, the intestinal transglutaminase, which indicates an autoimmune reaction in the gut. If you have neurological issues possibly stemming from gluten, you also need to evaluate TG6, which is is found in the nervous system and is associated with neurological destruction triggered by gluten.

I use a more comprehensive panel from Cyrex Labs for my patients that has revealed countless misdiagnosed issues of gluten sensitivity. Learning why our body responds the way it does, leads to awareness and empowerment. It moves us out of being isolated, fearful, victims. By caring for our bodies and understanding their self-protective responses, we can release shame.

When we comprehend the physiologic process that is trying to keep us safe, from an old memory or trauma, we can replace inner judgement with kindness.

It may not be serving us in the present but in the past it did. In fact, this same response helped us survive. The work is then to re-train the body. This can be done by invoking practices such as felt sense oriented meditation, deep breathing, vocal toning, spontaneous movement and dance, yoga, listening to soothing music, spending time in nature, running, or hiking.

Or simply receiving a hug from a loved one, which releases oxytocin, a natural hormone produced by the pituitary gland that promotes bonding and connection. These are tools to deactivate the sympathetic response and activate the opposing parasympathetic response, called the rest and digest mechanism.

The goal is to feel safe. To regulate breathing, slow the heartbeat, and circulate blood back to the vital organs.

These powerful practices change our physiology and affect our mood. This knowledge empowers us to heal past wounds. Through acknowledging the power trauma plays in your life and understanding the mechanisms by which healing occurs, you can create a more embodied, joyful life. Colorado, Sounds True, Inc. Wow honey-What a well written and researched article. Your writing is really maturing. This is a kind of eye opener article. Since 2 months having sugar too.

And I am under lot of stress. Still trying to figure out a way to overcome stress so that my legs can heal. A great article about our stress response mechanism and how unresolved stress or trauma has an impact on our nervous system and life. The only thing which is still missing is the link to the neurogenic tremors as the innate way for mammals to bring body and ANS back to homeostasis. Thank you This all makes sense I suffer with a chronic illness that is worsened by stress Thank you Lorraine.

Thank you for this article. I developed Peripheral Neuropathy in my feet after a breakdown. I have often felt what happened to me both psychologically, emotionally and physically lead to this condition. It is incredibly debilitating and very draining. I constantly seek methods and treatments to help abate it, as my life now consists of hundreds of tablets and chronic pain and fatigue.

Change our minds and we change our fear and we change our bodies. And we change our lives. Thank you so much for this article. Just wow, thank you. This article is very well written and explained it all so well. Please consider writing an article on vicarious trauma and self care for professionals involved in the criminal justice system if you can.

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