By: Martin Johnson, DHM, Owner and Natural Health Consultant
If you are old enough, do you recall 30 years or even 20 years ago hearing a lot of classmates in high school having food sensitivities or allergies? I’m in my early 50’s and I only recall a handful.
Do you wonder why, in this decade, you hear of so many more kids and adults with food sensitivities?
Do you question how some foods were tolerated by you or people you know earlier in life, and now seem to be problematic? How foods can cause symptoms after ingestion the same day or even the next day? Have you noticed there is a lot more talk about gluten sensitivities than you recall in earlier years?
Why is This Happening?
I’ve had some people tell me that this gluten sensitivity thing is all a fad to sell more gluten free products. The truth is, more people are truly becoming sensitive to different foods. This is due to the so-called
How Does This Happen?
Genetically modified seeds are being created so when the corn, for example, grows it produces its own pesticide. Furthermore, pesticides and weed killers that are used, like roundup, have a chemical called glyphosate that has been proven to cause damage to the lining of the intestines. When people eat food that has been genetically modified, the food itself, when influenced by the friendly bacteria in the intestines, actually produces its own pesticides. Which is pretty scary stuff, and is the reason for this epidemic called leaky gut.
Leaky gut is the primary reason, in my opinion as well as many doctors and researchers, for the development of new food allergies, joint pain, fatigue, brain fog. It also the reason for some autoimmune disorders such as crohns, ulcerative colitis, MS, Rheumatoid arthritis and etc.
How Our Bodies Respond to Genetically Modified Food
(the in-depth explanation)
The intestines are designed to allow critical nutrients to pass through their walls into the blood stream as digested food moves through them. To get a visual reference, it is like a tightly woven net that allows very small particles to pass through it. If the net is expanded by stretching it, or if holes appear due to filtering caustic substances through it, particles that weren’t intended to pass through do. Like the net, if the intestine walls are expanded or slowly damaged due to chronic inflammation from the chemicals in processed food and the environment, particles besides just essential nutrients will pass through into the blood steam. Once in the blood stream, they can end up anywhere. They can end up in joints, in an organ, or even attach onto nerve tissue.
These food or chemical molecules were never meant to pass through the intestine. So the immune system looks at them as invaders. It goes after them trying to neutralize them. This process naturally creates inflammation. Just like there is inflammation around a wound which is healing. It also causes histamine release from immune cells called mast cells. This is the reason new sensitivities to foods can appear. It’s the reason why more people in this age are developing food sensitivities.
The autoimmune connection comes into play due to the immune system trying to do its job cleaning up these foreign particles. But it can’t keep up, thus eventually dysregulating and going after the actual tissue or organ it was trying to help. This creates chronic inflammation in that tissue. Depending on what tissue it is, determines what we call it. Rheumatoid arthritis if it’s in the joints. Crohns or ulcerative colitis if it’s in the intestines. It’s MS if it’s on the lining of the nerves.
So What is the Answer to This Crazy Mess?
First of all, we have to go back to the root cause. We have to teach people how to clean up their diet from damaging chemicals that can destroy the gut. With allergies, I like to determine what the major food sensitivities currently are through a blood test or other methods. Then, I advise that person to avoid those foods. This is to reduce inflammation while healing the intestines with key natural therapeutic nutrients, which are determined for each individual case. We at Total Health, have researched and discovered some of the best, most effective therapies available to heal the digestive system and intestinal lining.
If you struggle with poor digestive health, allergies, fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, or even an autoimmune disease, I would encourage you to get to the root cause and don’t settle for it being covered up with medication. It will only get worse over time.
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