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Can Medicine Make You Sicker? Common Drugs that Deplete Nutrients

medications that cause nutrient deficienciesWhether due to malabsorption from an undiagnosed syndrome like celiac disease, poor diet or defective activation of nutrients, many people are not receiving or utilizing the nutrients their bodies need to thrive.

The human body is tough. You can operate at sub-optimal levels for years or decades before a clinical symptom becomes apparent or is recognized as resulting from a deficiency.

Unfortunately, this recognition frequently comes only after symptoms have become so severe as to significantly impact your health.  Until that point, medications and surgeries are more likely to be used as treatments, neither of which correct the underlying cause of the deficiency.

In fact, many drugs exacerbate nutrient depletion.  So, while they may improve your symptoms in the short term, they can cause more harm than good in the long term.

Many prescription and non-prescription medications can deplete nutrients by any of these ways:

1. Preventing normal digestion and/or absorption, so nutrients cannot get into the body.

2. Interfering with nutrient transport and/or use in the body, so nutrients cannot Read More »

Helping Kids With Food Allergies Overcome Anxiety

When you have a child diagnosed with a severe food allergy it can be extremely challenging to help them feel comfortable and safe in social situations.  While living with food allergies may always present challenges there are a few things you can do as a parent to help your child manage their fears and anxieties.

First and foremost…you must try and remain as calm as you can, while still watching out for them.  When you get very worked up  and anxious in front of your child, they feel this and it passes on to them.  Teach them to be cautious and what to watch out for, but Read More »

MEDICAL RESEARCH: “Probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG enhances gastric ulcer healing in rats.”

Editors’ note: This animal study investigating the effects of Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a strain of probiotic bacteria, on ulcers of the stomach lining of rats demonstrated that bacteria placed directly into the stomach significantly and according to dose reduced gastric ulcer size.  If the results of this animal research are reproduced in humans, it would demonstrate that probiotics may hasten recovery for people suffering from stomach ulcers.  The bacteria did not affect the function of normal gastric mucosa but normalized those with abnormal changes during ulceration.

“Probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG enhances gastric ulcer healing in rats.”

Lam EK, et. al.

Department of Pharmacology, The University of Hong Kong, China.

European Journal of Pharmacology. 2007 Jun 22;565(1-3):171-9.

Background: Probiotics are widely used as functional foods which have been advocated for the maintenance of gastrointestinal microflora equilibrium and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. However, studying the role of probiotics in peptic ulcer disease is limited. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of a probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG on gastric ulcer and to elucidate the mechanisms involved.

Methods: Gastric kissing ulcers were induced in rats by acetic acid (60% v/v). L. rhamnosus GG was given intragastrically (directly into the stomach) at 10(8) cfu/day or 10(9) cfu/day for three consecutive days after ulcer induction. L. rhamnosus GG successfully colonized in the gastric mucosa especially at the ulcer margin. It also significantly and dose-dependently reduced gastric ulcer area.

Results: L. rhamnosus GG successfully colonized in the gastric mucosa especially at the ulcer margin. It also significantly and dose-dependently reduced gastric ulcer area. Cell apoptosis to cell proliferation ratio was strongly decreased and accompanied by significant up-regulation of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) and B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) protein expression at the ulcer margin. Angiogenesis was also significantly stimulated together with the induction of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression. Furthermore, L. rhamnosus GG up-regulated the phosphorylation level of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGF receptor) without altering the total EGF receptor expression.

Conclusions: These findings suggested that L. rhamnosus GG enhanced gastric ulcer healing via the attenuation of cell apoptosis to cell proliferation ratio and increase in angiogenesis. Regulators of these processes such as ODC, Bcl-2, VEGF and EGF receptor are likely to be involved in the healing action of L. rhamnosus GG for gastric ulcer.

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Author Information: Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN
Cleo Libonati is president/CEO and co-Founder of Gluten Free Works, Inc. She is the author of Recognizing Celiac Disease and the Gluten Free Works Treatment Guide.

Swiss Researchers Find Zinc Prevents and Cures Acid Reflux Better Than Drugs

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Sores from acid reflux

Researchers in Switzerland have made the welcome discovery that the essential nutrient zinc effectively inhibits gastric acid secretion in humans.

The researchers were investigating whether zinc could lead to a rapid and sustained increase of stomach pH (more alkaline) in both animals and humans and provide a rapid acid suppression therapy. They demonstrated that zinc offers a new and prolonged therapy for Read More »

What To Do The Next Time You Get Glutened

You are at a restaurant with friends.

You order the hamburger with a gluten-free bun, making sure to emphasize that the bun must be gluten-free.

The waiter reassures you that they handle these types of requests all the time.

The bussers bring out the food.

Your burger looks delicious.

The cole slaw that you ordered instead of the fries, because the fryer is not dedicated to gluten-free foods, looks scrumptious.

You bring the burger up to your mouth.

Just as you chomp down, you notice out of the corner of your eye that your friend’s non-gluten-free burger has the exact same bun as your burger.

As you complete your bite you see your waiter running toward you waving frantically……

The bun is a regular gluten bun!

Aaaaigh!!!!!

What do you do?

This exact scenario happened to me. (My waiter didn’t come running but he did apologize profusely.)

I’m going to give you two options depending on whether you swallowed or not.  

And no. Saying “oh well” and enjoying the yummy burger with the gluten bun is not one of the options.

OPTION 1: IF YOU DID NOT SWALLOW

Do not swallow!

Spit the bite into your napkin. If they didn’t provide napkins, spit it on the plate, floor or wherever, so long as you get it out of your mouth. This is not the time to worry about etiquette. Get that gluten out!

Immediately walk to the restroom. Bring your water glass.

In the bathroom, rinse your mouth several times, swishing the water between your teeth. Do this until your mouth is completely clean.

Gargle with the water to make sure no particles are on the back of your tongue. Spit it out.

Do the following step as soon as possible.

Get Alka Seltzer Gold. Drop two tablets into a glass of water and drink it, rinsing out your mouth with the concoction before you swallow. (Buy a box today and keep a pack with you.)

If you cannot get access to Alka Selzter Gold…

Put ½ tsp of baking soda in 6 oz of water.

Rinse your mouth, swishing between your teeth.

Swallow the rest of the glass of baking soda water.

Alka Selzter Gold contains baking soda. Baking soda is alkaline. It inhibits protein digestion. It also dampens immune reaction.

If you have a true allergy to gluten, immediately take a Benadryl and call your doctor depending on the severity of the allergy.  

OPTION 2: IF YOU SWALLOWED. (GASP!)

Spit whatever you have in your mouth into your napkin.

Immediately walk to the restroom. Bring your water glass.

This part sucks, but if you can do it, you’ll avoid pain and suffering.

Make yourself throw up.

I know it sounds extreme, but it is way better than the alternative.

I’ve been in two situations, one where I barfed it out, one where I didn’t.

(Yakking into the bushes at a family picnic wasn’t any fun, but it was way better than feeling absolutely awful for over a week while on vacation.)  

In the bathroom, rinse your mouth several times, swishing the water between your teeth. Do this until your mouth is completely clean.

Gargle with the water to make sure no particles are on the back of your tongue. Spit it out.

Do the following step as soon as possible.

Get Alka Seltzer Gold. Drop two tablets into a glass of water and drink it, rinsing out your mouth with the concoction before you swallow. (Buy a box today and keep a pack with you.)

If you cannot get access to Alka Selzter Gold…

Put ½ tsp of baking soda in 6 oz of water.

Rinse your mouth, swishing between your teeth.

Swallow the rest of the glass of baking soda water.

Repeat the Alka Seltzer Gold or baking soda remedies three times a day for the next 3 to 5 days depending on symptoms.

I found if I stop on the second day, my symptoms rear up again.

OTHER REMEDIES

  • Take a gluten-digesting enzyme. These enzymes help to completely break down the protein structure. It is the partially digested gluten that triggers an immune reaction.
  • Take a multivitamin/multimineral. You will most likely suffer some degree of malabsorption over the next week or two, so you want to replenish.
  • Activated charcoal is another remedy that may help when taken as soon as you ingest the gluten. Activated charcoal is taken as a pill. It binds to whatever you have eaten and carries it out of the body.
  • HYDRATE. Drink. Drink. Drink. Staying hydrate is critical, especially if you are suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms, like diarrhea. Hydration is important for every system in your body, especially if the gluten has triggered an immune reaction.
  • Be careful when exercising. I find I am most likely to suffer an injury immediately after being cross contaminated.

I hope this helps you avoid pain and suffering if you ever find yourself in this situation. (Hopefully, you won’t!)

What do you do when you get glutened? Leave a comment below!

Then, check out our Gluten Free Works Treatment Guide. It has everything you need to understand and fix your ongoing symptoms, identify deficiencies and be the healthiest you.

Remedy Round Up: Liver Cleansing, Acid Reflux, Gas, Social Anxiety and Probiotics

We have an assortment of remedies for you today covering a variety of ailments!

  • How to Cleanse Your Liver
  • Acid Reflux Remedies that Work and Drugs to Stay Away From
  • Excessive Gas and How to Get Rid of It
  • Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety
  • Using Probiotics to Improve Health

Natural Liver Support Cleansing Products

The liver is involved in thousands of biochemical mechanisms making it second only to the brain in importance and complexity. Natural health practitioners are also acutely aware of the detrimental effects on the liver of modern living, with its chemicals, excessive fat intake, pesticides, hormones, and stress. This suggests that we as a culture are in need of liver support. You should consider liver support supplementation if you:

Read more….


Swiss Researchers Find Zinc Prevents and Cures Acid Reflux Better Than Drugs

Researchers in Switzerland have made the welcome discovery that the essential nutrient zinc effectively inhibits gastric acid secretion in humans.

The researchers were investigating whether zinc could lead to a rapid and sustained increase of stomach pH (more alkaline) in both animals and humans and provide a rapid acid suppression therapy. They demonstrated that zinc offers a new

Read more…


Problems with Acid Reducers and Acid Reflux Fixes that Work

Acid reflux affects millions of people every day.

Heartburn is the major symptom of acid in the esophagus, characterized by burning discomfort behind the breastbone (sternum). Findings in gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)  include esophagitis (reflux esophagitis) — inflammatory changes in the esophageal lining (mucosa) —, strictures, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and chronic chest pain. Patients may have only one of those symptoms. Typical GERD symptoms include 

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Celiac Disease & Excessive Gas in the Digestive Tract: What it is and How to Get Rid of It

It’s a fact. Everyone produces gas. Ordinarily, most people produce about 1 to 3 pints of gas in a day. Gas is normally painless, creating a feeling of fullness until it is passed.

But sometimes pain is experienced, and when it does it can be either dull or sharp, leaving us feeling bloated or tender in places. It can be localized in one spot, or felt throughout the abdomen.

About 50% of people with celiac disease complain of chronic discomfort from gas at the time of 

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Tips for Overcoming Social Anxiety

1. Validate your emotional experience. Don’t tell youself that you shouldn’t feel the way you do or that how you feel is stupid.  Talking negatively to yourself will only increase your anxiety because negative self talk is not effective in changing emotions.  Say to yourself, “It’s okay that I’m nervous.  It makes sense.  Despite that, I can do this!” Approaching, not avoiding is what 

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Probiotics and Prebiotics can Improve Health of Celiacs

Celiac disease is a complex inherited digestive disorder that affects I in 100 persons worldwide. This condition involves a unique immune response within the digestive tract to gluten, a protein found in the grains of wheat, barley, rye and oats.  All persons with celiac disease, regardless of age, race or gender, are susceptible to intestinal damage when they eat food containing gluten or its derivatives. The treatment for 

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Candida Albicans Thrush Tongue – What Causes It and a Quick Remedy

Candida albicans is a fungus present in our mouth at all times. It can cause a problem if it grows unchecked. This condition is called candida overgrowth or thrush.

This video describes the circumstances that causes it to grow and become a problem. A quick, simple remedy is provided that works.

A more in depth remedy that will help stop and correct candida albicans in the digestive system can be found in our Gluten Free Works Treatment Guide: Candida Albicans section.

Natural Liver Support Cleansing Products

The liver is involved in thousands of biochemical mechanisms making it second only to the brain in importance and complexity. Natural health practitioners are also acutely aware of the detrimental effects on the liver of modern living, with its chemicals, excessive fat intake, pesticides, hormones, and stress. This suggests that we as a culture are in need of liver support. You should consider liver support supplementation if you: Read More »

Osteoporosis in Celiac Disease and How to Prevent It

osteoporosis celiac disease glutenOsteoporosis, or brittle bones, is a generalized bone disorder involving the slow loss of bone mass throughout the skeleton that results in diminished bone mineral density (BMD). Thinning, fragile bones maintain normal cell appearance but have a rapid turnover so that more bone is taken up and removed than is laid down. The result is bone weakness that predisposes people with osteoporosis to fractures.

Osteopenia refers to the progression of bone tissue loss in the range between normal to osteoporosis.

What are Bones?

Bones are dynamic structures made up of living connective tissue and certain minerals. Connective tissue provides the shape of bones and holds calcium phosphate mineral for hardness and Read More »

Fibromyalgia and Gluten

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Have you been told that along with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance, you also have Fibromyalgia? If you have, you’re not alone. What exactly is Fibromyalgia? Well, there are certainly a lot of theories out there about what it is, and how it should be treated. Up until recently, it was considered an “invisible disease” (much like Celiac), and doctors would often diagnose it if they couldn’t find anything else wrong with you. In other words, instead of telling you, “you’re a hypochondriac,” they would say, “You have Fibromyalgia,” and give you an anti-depressant like Cymbalta, to help ease your symptoms.

Thankfully, with more and more people (especially women), complaining of similar symptoms, Fibromyalgia has finally gotten recognition as a legitimate disease. Some of the typical symptoms are Read More »
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