by Carolanne Wright
November 12, 2012
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Gluten intolerance has reached epidemic proportions - a staggering
40 percent of the U.S. population now suffers from it in one form or
another. Celiac disease alone strikes one in every 133 Americans.
Taking into account the fact that gluten
sensitivity has risen sharply over the last 20 years, researchers
and food safety advocates are looking at the role GMOs play in this
this dramatic spike.
of food intolerance
When a person has a sensitivity, the body believes the ingested food
is an 'invader' and embarks on a mission to destroy the irritating
Unfortunately, the microvilli in the
small intestine are harmed in the attack and leaky gut syndrome
develops. Because of this damage, the gut wall becomes overly
permeable and molecules of food are inappropriately digested.
These molecules then leach into the
bloodstream and the body responds with inflammation. Food
sensitivities and malabsorption issues soon follow.
This sets the stage for a spectrum of
disease from autism to irritable bowel syndrome to cancer.
gut lining linked with GMOs
Gluten is notoriously difficult to digest even under the best of
Because of this, it is a prime candidate
for triggering a food intolerance - especially when the intestinal
wall has been compromised. While genetically modified wheat, rye and
barley have yet to make an appearance in the marketplace, several
other GM crops may be responsible for the dramatic rise in gluten
Jeffrey Smith's documentary Genetic
Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives reveals how GMOs destroy the
digestive tract of mammals. Smith believes that the Bt toxin found
in genetically modified food actually creates holes in the gut
lining, leading to leaky gut syndrome.
This may explain why gluten intolerance
has become prevalent since GMOs were introduced into the food
How to heal
the gut from GMO damage
A good first step to healing leaky gut syndrome and subsequent
gluten sensitivities is to remove all genetically modified and
gluten foods from the diet.
Wheat, rye and barley are the primary
foods that contain gluten, but cross contamination during processing
is common with other grains like oats. Once the diet is purified,
adding probiotics, healthy fats and a few specific supplements will
help to rebuild and heal the digestive tract.
Leo Galland, MD and director of the Foundation for Integrated
Medicine recommends the following:
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) -
A polypeptide that heals damage in the small intestine.
Saccharomyces boulardii - A
beneficial yeast that helps to soothe gut tissues.
Glutamine - Assists in repairing
villous atrophy and minimizes the passage of toxins through
the intestinal wall.
Gamma-oryzanol - Repairs ulcers
in the intestinal tract.
Fiber, probiotics and essential
fatty acids have also been shown to encourage gut wall
With GMOs wreaking havoc on our
digestive systems, it's no wonder gluten intolerance is on the rise.
By taking active steps to clean up the
diet and heal the gut, this widespread malady can be conquered and
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