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With promising new areas of research and investigation underway, Dr.Blum tells Self.com what is needed to reverse the trend.
The power of a healthy gut, while known by those in the field of functional medicine for many years, is just now coming to light for many people as well as doctors and dieticians. Dr. Susan Blum explains in an interview the health benefits of cleaning your gut, and why doing so can reduce and possibly eliminate many health issues you may be facing.
“The importance of a healthy gut has become news in the last decade. While those of us in functional medicine have known this for longer, recent studies have shown the medical community conclusive evidence that the health of the gut has the power to drive inflammation throughout the body—certainly for autoimmune diseases, but also for other inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.”
You can read more here: www.tipsonhealthyliving.com.
In an interview with Yahoo! Shine, Dr. Susan Blum shares insight into the four-step program she used to treat her own serious autoimmune condition and help countless patients reverse their symptoms, heal their immune systems, and prevent future illness.
“We need to shift our thinking away from calories to the idea that food has function, and we need to choose our food based on the information it brings into the body.”
Read the interview in its entirety, here: www.shine.yahoo.com.
Dr. Susan Blum’s book, The Immune System Recovery Plan, was reviewed by the blog “Challenge 365.”
“It is really comprehensive and has workbook sections to help you on your health quest. Where so many books and resources on healing look at one or two aspects of your health, this book brings you through four very important steps to optimizing your health.”
For the review in its entirety, click here.
From Triumph Dining’s review of Dr. Blum’s new book, The Immune System Recovery Plan:
“Her book systematically explores how the immune system is affected by what we eat. She delves into the issues on a deeper level, offering practical solutions to healing damaged guts and rebuilding our systems’ natural protective abilities.”
To read the full book review from Triumph Dining, click here: www.triumphdining.com.
It seems like everywhere you look there’s another food package labeled “gluten-free”. Is this the latest food fad or is this really a healthy choice for you? And what is gluten free, anyhow? There is a lot of confusion in both the media and the grocery aisle, and as you read on, I hope to shed light on this important topic.
In my new book, The Immune System Recovery Plan, I focus on using food as medicine as one of the 4 steps to treat autoimmune disease, specifically focusing on gluten and answering the question: What is Celiac disease and how is it different from gluten intolerance? And can you get sick from gluten even if you don’t have Celiac disease? The answer? Absolutely.
Celiac disease is a very specific autoimmune illness that is defined by damage to the villi of the small intestines. The trigger for this damaging immune reaction is gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, spelt, rye and kamut. The conventional dogma is that if you don’t have this intestinal damage you don’t have a gluten problem. Wrong! It turns out that gluten can trigger other immune reactions and symptoms without any damage to the small intestine, thus you can test negative for Celiac, but still be gluten intolerant. And there is good evidence that gluten is associated with other autoimmune diseases as well, like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves disease.
In the United States, wheat has been hybridized over the past 50 years so that it no longer is genetically the same as the wheat our ancestors ate. Wheat contains lots of gluten, and these genetic changes have increased the amount of gluten in the wheat we consume. Gluten is very hard for the body to breakdown, and doesn’t always get digested completely. When partially digested gluten particles get into our blood stream, they can trigger an immune reaction causing vague symptoms like brain fog, fatigue, inflammation and achiness in muscles and joints. Some people also have obvious gut symptoms like gas and bloating which are clear signs of gluten intolerance.
How do gluten particles get into your blood stream? First, certain conditions damage the lining of the intestinal tract. For example, antacids, antibiotics, severe prolonged stress, not enough good bacteria, and too much bad bacteria or yeast (a condition called dysbiosis) are all conditions that cause leaky gut syndrome. This means the intestinal lining becomes “leaky” and the gluten protein sneaks into the body, causing an emergency reaction from the immune system.
To make matters worse, the gluten protein “looks” like our tissues, so the immune system can get confused, attacking the body and causing an autoimmune disease. This is called “molecular mimicry” and is one of the ways you can get sick from gluten.
For this reason, I always recommend that you remove gluten during a detoxification program, for treatment of autoimmune diseases or for treating irritable bowel syndrome or digestive symptoms. You can do the experiment yourself: remove gluten for three weeks, and then eat it as a test to see if you notice any reaction. Be very mindful when you reintroduce it, paying attention to the appearance of symptoms of any kind. Sometimes you just feel puffy from the inflammation. These are classic gluten intolerance symptoms, and if you react this way, you should adopt a gluten free lifestyle.
There are many gluten-free products on the market. Be careful to choose breads and crackers that are made from whole grains and that are rich in fiber. Sometimes gluten-free products are made with processed rice flour or potato starch and this makes them high glycemic—increasing your blood sugar in a bad way—so it’s best to avoid these. Some tips:
“Only diabetes has surpassed autoimmune disease in terms of numbers…It’s the second most chronic disease in our country.”
Dr. Blum discusses her new book, “The Immune System Recovery Program,” on air with Doug Miles. Find out what inspired her to write the book and how you can benefit from its practices.
When your body is trying to tell you something—for example, that you’re skimping on critical vitamins—it may go to some strange lengths. “With today’s diet of processed foods, it’s easy to become vitamin-deficient, either by not eating enough of the right foods or not absorbing them properly due to digestive issues,” says Dr. Susan Blum, the founder of the Blum Center for Health and the author of the new book The Immune System Recovery Plan.
Read the article in its entirety, here: www.details.com.