Gluten the Road Block

Gluten is a big semi truck jackknifed across the highway. Maybe a motorcycle can get through, or a person can walk through the space, (little bits of nutrients) but the traffic basically stuck until the semi is removed.  Removing the the traffic takes forever to get back to it’s normal speed.  There is probably structural damage,(esophagus, stomach, colon) and maybe a few other wrecks (i.e. ulcers, colon damage)  to clean up behind the semi. Then those stuck in traffic have issues, being late to destinations, at least. What happens if the doctor stuck in traffic did not make it to the surgery….. One mishap leads to another.

In a Celiac or gluten intolerant person nutritional deficiencies are  a symptom of not digesting wheat gluten. The non digestion of the gluten/protien is the semi truck, causes the nutrients to blocked from being absorbed as needed, which causes various, if not all other body failures. The reaction in myself and others varies, dependent on how healthy the body is, the genetic weakness towards cancer, or bone disease, our gender, etc.

I will venture to say that even those who are not diagnosed with Celiac or gluten intolerance. Those who are diagnosed with nutritional, autoimmune disease, skin disease, cancers… might consider WHY? Why is your body failing you. Something is causing your arthritis, asthma, psoriasis, ulcers, infertility…… Could it be not digesting the un-digestable wheat protien, gluten?

Check out this article, on results of nutritional deficiencies.

via Fatigue and Nutritional Deficiencies.

LET THEM NOT EAT WHEAT!!

I have been hearing and reading lately that the gluten free fad is detrimental to those of us who are Celiac, or have a truly uly diagnosed by a MD, illness that is remedied by removing wheat.  I don’t understand this thinking.

I for one want EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, to stop eating wheat/gluten. Gluten is not ever digested in any body, it just passes right through, or get’s stuck in some. Like the outside shell of corn. So it really has no nutritional value, it is not needed. I believe with all my heart soul and gut that wheat does do harm to everyone, some more than others. Like alcohol.

What is the problem with the someone who has read or heard that wheat gluten is indigestible, and decides that they don’t want it in their body? How can the person(s) who have found healing from migraines, IBS, GERD, arthritis, diabetes, gall bladder disease, dementia, autistic complications, by voluntarily removing wheat gluten from their diets be a problem for me and my celiac induced gluten free diet?

The ‘proud’ Celiacs of the world say the problem with gluten free becoming a fad, is in restaurants. Those that prepare the food, serve, have been made complacent to the necessity of NO GLUTEN when a ‘true’ celiac asks for gluten free. Sorry guys, but this is stupid.  You are blaming someone asking for gluten free who does not have a ‘written note’ from the doctor for your receiving gluten contaminated food?

The problem is not the ‘others’. It is US, the diagnosed sick ones who have stopped being our own advocates. Yes gluten free items are making it onto the menus. Buns, pizza crusts, pasta, desserts. This does not mean though that the people behind the swinging door know anything more about gluten free food or preparation than they did last year. To the kitchen staff it is just another item on the menu, that the get’s a 2$ up charge.  The french fries are still being fried in the same vat as the flour coated chicken fried steak. That has not changed. The server still roll their eyes when you ask for a Caesar salad with no croutons, then bring you the basket full of rolls. No, they don’t think you are going to keel over from ingesting tortilla chips fried with the chimichanga, because you are not. Somehow ‘we’ have the idea that the new waitress at Johnny Carinos actually knows the difference between the regular pizza crust/pasta and the gluten free crust/pasta. That she knows what gluten free means. That she cares if we go home and spend the evening in the bathroom, or not.  The ‘fad’ has demanded a supply of gluten free food, not knowledge. We still MUST see all food outside our homes and known safe places, as potentially gluten full. It is our responsibility.

It really does not matter who decides to not eat wheat/gluten or why. You know wheat gluten is bad for you. It does not matter if the server or the doctor or your mother in law believes that wheat is the cause for your health issues. You know wheat gluten is bad for you. It does not matter if the test comes back negative for celiac. You know wheat gluten is bad for you. It does not matter if those McDonald french fries keep calling your name. You know wheat gluten is bad for you. It does not matter if people think you are nuts because you don’t eat wheat. You know wheat gluten is bad for you. It does not matter what THEY say or do- You KNOW wheat gluten is bad for YOU. You know WHEAT GLUTEN IS BAD FOR YOU.

Galations 1:I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of God. 

Mandatory Option-Go Gluten Free

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My co-op electric company that un-co-oped a few years ago has finally had to let us choose our own electric. Which is really a good thing, this coop has had a bit of a monopoly going for years, and we have literally paid for it.  Thus the needed de-regulation. We HAVE to pick a new REP. If we don’t choose one on our own, one will be assigned to us, randomly, at a higher rate.   I researched and compared prices and customer ratings up until just before the deadline to choose. I don’t want to a provider that ends up being more $$$ than one I would be assigned. I don’t want to get one that has crappy customer service. I don’t want one that has a hidden fee. I don’t want a neighbor tell me they got a better deal than I.  I will still have to pay a supply charge to my ‘old’ electric company, through the new company. And of course any repairs or outages are the responsibility of my ‘old’ undesirable electric company. I would prefer that the monopoly not get anymore of my money. That is not an option though. They govern getting the electricity put through the power lines. (It is like Ma Bell and the government, they still get their cut) I do though have the option to find a company with lower energy rates. And I wont have to deal with the ex- Coop if I pay my bills on time, and protect my property from external forces like mother nature or cars running into the poles. Also having the REP’s involved gives the customer more representation in this, it is not just the piddly ole customer the ex-co-op has to answer to it is the REP’s and the Texas Electric commission.

This is all kind of like Celiac/gluten intolerance. We don’t want to have the problems involved with eating wheat. We know in order to get well we need to stop eating wheat. If we don’t take action and quit wheat, then we will have more problems to deal with. We will have our body pick which part will fail.  We could just continue to eat wheat and let the doctor be the proactive one and prescribe RX and surgery for the symptoms, instead of the cause. We then will end up paying more, physically and financially. We will still have to deal with the symptoms of gluten intolerance but also the symptoms of the RX and surgeries.  The general public tells us we are wrong (sometimes the doctors), to remove wheat, they ridicule us for making a choice different than theirs. When we do remove wheat we still have gluten intolerance, still can never eat wheat/gluten without having to ‘pay’ for it. . We have to pay more monetarily for our food, a lot of the time. But by taking control of the situation and removing wheat/gluten, by taking ownership of ourselves, we allow ourselves other options. We do heal. No more meds. No more Dr. visits.  We can eat many of the foods we once had to remove, usually everything BUT wheat/gluten can now be consumed. Once we accept gluten intolerance is real, and we are affected by it we find others who too know this. We have our experience of healing and theirs to present to the nay sayers, giving us more ‘clout’.  If we just accept that the human body can not digest wheat gluten, and do all we can to protect ourselves from it, we will no longer have to deal with the effects of it.

 

I know a woman whose mother has been diagnosed with Celiac, her sister has celiac, nieces and nephews have celiac. Her son has been have stomach issues for a long time, moodiness, and acne are the newest symptoms he is exhibiting. Because of her ‘experience’, she knows it is Celiac. The doctor though did a blood test, and it didn’t show positive for Celiac. She knows the blood test for Celiac is fallible. She knows that they should remove the wheat, and then watch for the results. She knows even for herself many of her own maladies would disappear if she removed wheat. But even knowing all of this,  because the test did not confirm what she knows, she will continue to feed her son wheat, and pepcide, and accutane and deal with the side effects of those. WHY? To respect a close minded MD? To not have to ‘take away’ pizza from her son? So he and she won’t have to face the ridicule of those who don’t agree with gluten free living? Or is she focused on the one unmovable, unchangeable, non-option, and loosing control by doing so?  Yes.

We have the option to face the inevitable. Go Gluten Free!

Do Not Fear, Change to Gluten Free

pride:a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
St. Augustine: “pride is the love of one’s own excellence”

Pride is a problem when we hold such high esteem to what we have been doing, saying, believing that we can not hear the truth. In this sense, pride could be defined as a disagreement with the truth. We are prideful when we can not admit that we just may not know everything about everything.
change:.1.to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one’s name; to change one’s opinion; to change the course of history.
2.to transform or convert

We change because there is a need. To better ourselves, to move forward, to remove danger, or negative effects. We change when we realize, admit, that there is a need to do differently.  Sometimes we need to do differently because  choices and actions we have made are not working any longer, or have ever worked.

Why do we need to change? What do we need to change? Why change?

  • We change from watching our favorite sitcom because the lack of morals just are not funny anymore.
  • We change our minds,opinions when we realize it was a ‘bad’ idea
  • We change our clocks twice a year because we want to be on time
  • We change the amount of food we eat because we are getting rotund.
  • We change churches because of apostasy.
  • We change doctors because they are condescending and make no sense and we are still sick.
  • We change the furniture around, there just HAS to be a better way.
  • We change to eating all gluten free because we want to be healed of everything
  • We change our long sleeves for short sleeves because it gets hot.
  • We change those we hang around, so we don’t become like them.
  • We change our underwear because, well, you know.

When we do not admit, realize, accept the truth, that a change is necessary, we will not move forward. Stagnant. Impotent. Pointless.

If the need for change is based on a previous choice going ‘wrong’, for many, it is hard to make that necessary change.  Being sick, having a disease, causes one to realize they are not invincible, that we are not in control.  This brings us back to pride.

Our pride keeps us ignorant. Our pride keeps us from change. Our pride keeps us unwell physically and emotionally. We don’t want to admit/realize that we actually have been making the wrong choices (from being misinformed or disregarding the truth) Our pride turns into a fear. Fear of the unknown(or not having known). Fear of failure. To admit you are FAT FAT FAT is admitting to eating wrong, not exercising, for a long time, it is admitting being out of control. To realize those we associate with, what ‘entertains’ us are depraved,  is to realize we too have some character flaws.  To accept that eating gluten is the cause for the stomach issues, or arthritis, or migraines, or infertility, or dementia, or psoriasis, etc, we have to admit the years of medication and our believing the doctors (mis)diagnosis has been for naught and we are diseased.

It seems illogical to stay doing wrong, feeling badly, hurting mentally and physically for making a bad choice, for being deceived, for being ignorant of the facts, for genetic flaws. But we do. We are afraid of something being wrong, whether if be our choices or ourselves. We are afraid of the truth.

courage1. the power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain, etc
2. the courage of one’s convictions the confidence to act in accordance with one’s beliefs
3. take one’s courage in both hands to nerve oneself to perform an action4. mind; disposition; spirit

Courage is needed to overcome fear. Courage is needed to obtain knowledge.Courage is needed to accept the truth.  Courage is needed to believe. Courage is needed to change.

re·pent 1. To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite.
2. To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one’s mind regarding it: repented of intemperate behavior.
3. To make a change for the better as a result of remorse or contrition for one’s sins.

How the heck did this turn into a sermon? Being gluten intolerant is not sinning. Celiac is not a sin. Being obese is not morally wrong. Working for a corrupt supervisor is not wrong. UNLESS you lie to yourself about it, don’t face the truth, and contribute to the ‘disease’.  Rebelling against the truth, is disobedience. Repenting is accepting you need to change, to be in ‘the right’.

You know the Israelites spent 40 years in the desert because they refused to repent. The did not want to change their way of thinking. They, too, had to change the bread that they ate, God gave them manna, for 40 years. It was nothing like their wheat filled/yeast filled bread. They did not like the change. They liked the bread, not the change. God removed them from slavery and was leading them and speaking to them and feeding them. Yet the Israelites continued to believe an illogical lie, their own minds, that they would be better off living the way they had grown accustom to, as slaves. God asked them to repent (change their way of thinking and dependence on man), to trust Him to provide. They were too afraid to admit they needed God. If they did,they would have to admit they made mistakes, they had believed wrong, their ‘bad’ times were from their own cause, that they could not control themselves. They rebelled, they did not have the courage to change.

Or did they? Do we? God told them over and over “Do not fear….”  God tells us Psalm 31:24
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.

We do possess the courage to overcome fear. We have the courage to change(repent). God would not ask something of us that is impossible to do.  To be courageous and fearful is within each of us. It is a choice which we choose. If we, fear to change, fear to see the truth, it is our pride, our high esteem of all we think we are and know, keeping us slaves.

Don’t be afraid to love the manna. Don’t be afraid to say no to wheat. Don’t be afraid to heal thyself. Those that tell you Celiac and gluten intolerance are a fad, or it doesn’t exist, or it is rare, or you should take a pill for it and just keep eating wheat…. They are cowards.