The tempero-mandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint is a powerful joint which helps us to chew our food.Dislocation of this joint is a common cause of headache, pain in the jaw, grinding of teeth, vertigo and eye-strain.Causes:1. Injuries like car accid
Harish, a 10 year old boy was brought to see me with complaints of constant coughs and colds. He had been treated intermittently with antibiotics, homeopathy and Ayurvedic treatment, but his problems persisted in spite of treatment. I asked his mother if he had any other problems, she said he wets his bed every night, he is always tired, he is not doing well in school and had just failed his last examinations. I examined him, found him underweight and underdeveloped. I diagnosed that his problems were a result of a gluten allergy, and that this allergy had caused all these problems including dyslexia. I advised that he should not eat any wheat or corn or their products like flour, bread, biscuits, cakes or chapathis’ and instead he should be fed rice, Jowar & bajra (millet) only.
I saw Harish again after 2 weeks, he was rebellious at having to give up wheat and biscuits which were his staple foods. I explained to him again the advantages of the diet and explained to his mother how she could make him substitutes for his favorite foods. Harish agreed to try it for 3 weeks. When he returned he was happier, his colds were less, his fatigue was less and his bed wetting had reduced. Six months later, his colds had almost cleared up, he was doing much better in school, at his last school examination he had moved up into the top half of his class and the bed wetting had stopped.
Three years later I saw Harish again. He said “Doctor I am all right now and sometimes I eat a few Chapaties”. I asked him what was the result. He said every time I eat chapati’s my hand writing goes really small and spidery and I can’t remember things in class any more for the next month. His homework books clearly showed a significant deterioration in his writing and his marks every time he had eaten gluten. When I next saw Harish, 5 years had passed, he was in college, off gluten and doing well both in health and in his studies.
The abstention from Gluten helped him to recover his health and gave him a better quality of life.
Food allergies today are a significant cause of illness, especially in the developed world. Some western clinicians estimate that almost 50% of the problems for which patients consult doctors are related to food allergies.
Milk and gluten allergy receive a significant mention in all recent textbooks of medicine as overwhelming evidence has accumulated about the many problems these allergies can cause. This article presents some of the problems a gluten allergy can cause. After reading this article, if you have a gluten allergy you need to assess, whether it is a worth while risk for you to continue consuming wheat and corn and their products.
Gluten allergy is more common in North India and in the United states where wheat is the main cereal in the diet and pesticide use is high. The Green Revolution in North India, has made available large quantities of hybrid wheat which have a good appearance and taste, unfortunately contain lots of pesticide. Those people who eat traditional strains of wheat, rarely have gluten allergy as traditional strains of wheat, have over the years reached an equilibrium with local pests and do not require significant applications of pesticide. However indiscriminate use of Pesticides in these areas has contaminated groundwater and most grains grown in these highly irrigated and intensively cultivated areas contain significant quantities of pesticides. Pesticides are carcinogenic (cause cancer) and kill people.
Types of Gluten allergy
There are 2 types of gluten allergies. In type 1 gluten allergy the patient is allergic to the gluten in wheat and corn and can tolerate the gluten in oats, barley and rye. This is usually acquired later in life and is due to pesticide residues in the wheat and corn.
Type 2 gluten allergy is the more severe type. In this the patient is allergic to the gluten in wheat, corn, oats, barley and rye. All these substances need to be avoided in this condition. This type of allergy usually begins in the early months of infancy, when wheat based foods are introduced and usually lasts through life.
Gluten allergy is rarely suspected or diagnosed, and can cause a wide range of problems like indigestion, gas, flatulence, stomach pain, hyperacidity, diarrhoea, Ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcers, Hashimoto’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperactive or aggressive behavior, dyslexia, backaches, diabetes, fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, muscle pains and cramps, cancer of the muscles (Sarcomas), cancer of the lymph nodes, asthma, infertility, eczema, depression, epilepsy, loss of memory, and abnormal behavior including depression and schizophrenia. The effects of gluten allergy can have profound effects on the life of the individual and should be checked for and treated appropriately if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above.
When we eat food containing wheat or corn which contains pesticides, the body may create antibodies to certain specific segments of their main protein called gluten. As the body can choose which segment of the gluten molecule to create anti-bodies the type of antibodies created tends to vary from person to person. This makes testing for gluten allergy difficult or very expensive as multiple antibodies have to be tested. Every grain has it’s own type of gluten. The gluten in wheat and corn are similar and usually a cross allergy exists between them. Gluten is also present in other grains like oats, barley and rye. Fortunately as pesticide usage in these grains is less than for wheat and corn, allergy to these types of gluten is less common and these grains may often be safely used as a substitute for wheat and corn. Your physician can advise you about whether these grains are appropriate for you to eat.
Allergy to wheat and corn is increasingly seen both in adults and children, due to the widespread use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers in growing these grains. In contrast people who eat organic grain have a much lower incidence of gluten allergy. With safe inputs in agriculture, the grains too will be safe to eat.
In my experience with food allergies over the last 20 years, I have found gluten allergies to be associated with a wide range of illnesses (some of which are mentioned above). Coeliac disease also called Ulcerative colitis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often associated with gluten allergy.
Fatima was a young lady who had been suffering from bleeding in the stools for over a year. Her haemoglobin was constantly low she was being treated with iron supplements and steroids without much improvement. I examined her, diagnosed a gluten allergy and advised abstinence from wheat and corn. Over the next year she recovered fully. The only times her symptoms returned over the next 20 years was when she strayed from her diet.
Problems due to gluten allergy, respond well to the complete stopping of wheat and corn and the patient recovers promptly without needing any drugs.
Prognosis in patients who totally abstain from gluten.
When patients with a gluten allergy stop taking wheat and corn along with all their products, the symptoms, specially the gastro-intestinal symptoms like hyperacidity, heartburn, flatulence, bleeding and abdominal discomfort show a discernible improvement in 3-4 weeks. A marked improvement in other problems follows in the next 2- 3 months. It usually takes 18 to 24 months for all the symptoms to resolve with total abstinence from all wheat and corn products. In people who do not completely abstain from wheat and corn products this recovery process is longer. Every exposure whether intentional or accidental, minor or major, causes a recurrence of the symptoms which flare up for 3-4 weeks and then gradually resolve.
Problems with early introduction of wheat and corn for babies. It is well known that feeding a baby with wheat and corn early (prior to 8 months) can cause problems like diarrhoea, indigestion, colic, colitis, constipation, anorexia, eczema, asthma, ear infections, tonsillitis and developmental problems including autism like symptoms. This led to a strong movement worldwide, spearheaded by pediatricians, promoting breast feeding as the perfect and only food necessary for babies until they are weaned onto solid foods. This weaning should usually commence at 6 months with soft fruit and vegetables and be more or less complete by about a year.
The new born baby’s intestine is porous allowing proteins to be absorbed intact without being broken down. This is beneficial for the baby’s immunity as it is able to absorb immunoglobulins from it’s mother milk and thus boost it’s own immunity. However early introduction (earlier than 8 months) of wheat and corn allow absorption of the undigested protein into the blood stream and predispose to development of a gluten allergy in later life.
Commonly used substitutes for wheat and corn are products based on rice, millet, lentils, rye, arrow root, tapioca or potato flour, lentils, chick pea flour, buckwheat, oats, and quinoa. In Western countries, health food shops usually carry a large range of gluten free substitutes for most foods. Allergy associations also exist which help people to deal with gluten allergies.
A sample of gluten free recipes is available on my web site which explains how to make many items which usually require wheat flour or cornflour as ingredients. Potato starch, tapioca starch, coconut flour, grated coconut, Pea protein and Xanthum gum are often added to rice flour to thicken it, add texture and make it easier to make bread, cakes etc .
Products containing gluten which may cause an allergic reaction when eaten, drunk or applied on the skin include sweets and ice creams, breads, biscuits, cakes, pizzas, pies, noodles, pasta, pastry, roti’s, chapati’s, naan, margarines, soups, gravies, curries, mayonnaises, canned foods. Prepared meats like hamburgers, pates, hot dogs, sausages can contain wheat or corn which are used to stretch the quantity of meat. Products derived from wheat or corn and used as ingredients in prepared foods are cornflour, (often used in Chinese food, gravies and soups as a thickener,) wheat germ, refined flour, whole wheat flour, self raising flour, cake mixes, wheat bran and wheat bran oil, corn oil, glucose and sweeteners. An inadvertent source of contamination are vegetable oils, & hydrogenated fats made from wheat bran oil or corn oil,
Many people add bran to their food to increase the fibre content of their diet and reduce the risk of cancer. If you are doing this ensure that your wheat bran is from organic wheat. As the pesticide content is higher in wheat bran, whole wheat breads and American corn; eating these foods is more likely to cause a gluten allergy and in fact can increase your risk of getting cancer.
Other foods to avoid are bread crumbs, often used to coat meats or ready to cook meals, bran, cereal extract, cereal protein, couscous, bulgar or bulgur wheat, cracker meal, enriched flour, gluten, semolina wheat, high protein flour, malt, malt vinegar, starch, rusk, baking powder. Other things to be cautious about, although they may be wheat free are: gelatinized starch, spelt, kamut, anything from the Triticum (wheat) family, modified food starch, modified starch, hydrolysed starch, soy sauce, vegetable gum or vegetable starch, MSG, citric acid, mustard powder, beer, ale and root beer, malted milk, dextrins, and miso.
Cosmetics often contain flour, wheat starch, wheat germ or wheat germ oil as an ingredient which can cause allergic reactions on the skin and in the body Vitamin E oil is often contaminated with gluten. Always check the ingredients of all your cosmetics before using them.
Gluten Allergy testing and diagnosis.
The general gluten antibody test conducted by most laboratories, test only a small portion of the gluten protein called alpha-gliadin. A negative test is therefore not an indication that you do not have a gluten allergy. An individual can have an immune reaction to any part of the gluten protein, which is a very large protein and so many types of antibodies to gluten exist. Tests are available for measuring antibodies to some of the segments of the gluten molecule including omega-gliadin, gamma-gliadin, wheat germ agglutinin, and deamidated gliadin. A gluten assessment panel called the Wheat/Gluten Protein Sensitivity and Autoimmunity test is carried out by Cyrex Laboratory in Phoenix, Arizona. The panel also provides testing for trans glutaminase antibodies, the marker for autoimmunity against intestinal tissue. This marker strongly suggests celiac disease or at least an autoimmune reaction in the small intestine in response to gluten.
A negative test does not exclude gluten allergy, as tests are still not available to test most of the different types of antibodies to different segments of gluten. If your immune system is depressed and exhausted, you may not make enough antibodies to register positive on a lab panel, even though an immune reaction is taking place. In this instance, restoring immune health will often then produce a positive antibody response to gluten on a lab test.
The fastest, cheapest and usually the most accurate assessment is by consulting a competent iridologist who can within a few minutes tell you if you have a gluten allergy. If you do not have access to a good iridologist and you suspect you may have a gluten allergy, total abstinence from gluten for 3 months should bring about an improvement in your symptoms. If your symptoms improve you are then sure you have a gluten allergy and no further testing is required.
Unraveling the Psoas Muscle
The psoas muscle which lies deep in the abdomen accumulates a lot of toxins both physical and emotional acting as a backup for the liver. As this muscle is attached to the spine, toxicity in this muscle leads to poor posture and backache. Hence any rational treatment for this condition requires detoxification and relaxation of this muscle
This Video Explains the importance, location and function of the psoas muscle & shows an exercise to release the muscle.
Time to go ‘Organic’
Peter was an active, successful 40 year old executive, in a high pressure job. His meal times were irregular, he usually heated up his food in a microwave, and bought whatever food he could from the local supermarket. One morning, while evacuating himself he discovered that there was blood in the toilet bowl. Panicking, he went to see his doctor, who after examining and investigating him, delivered some grim news. Peter had Colon Cancer. Peter was operated for the cancer, the bleeding stopped but Peter found he was very tired. A few months later he was discovered to have Liver Cancer. Peter was given a few months to live.
Peter’s cousin advised him to seek out other means of treatment. Peter saw an iridologist who advised him that his problems were due to microwave residues irritating his intestine & the build up of pesticides in the tissues of his body. Peter was placed on a detoxifying regime to remove the pesticides and microwave residues .He was advised about the importance of food in maintaining his health and advised to avoid microwaving food, to eat organic food & regular detoxification to remove the toxins and allow his body to heal. With this he recovered his health.
Food grown using natural fertilizers like cow dung, leaves or compost, and using crop rotation to enrich the soil, without pesticides or using natural pesticides like neem oil is called organically grown food. Organically grown food does not irritate our bodies, often has much better flavor and can actively promote good health. A perfect looking vegetable, grain or fruit, may be the result of too much pesticide being used during its growth, transportation and storage. It is wiser whenever possible, to eat organically grown food, thus preventing cancer, allergies and auto-immune disorders. Organically grown food does not have a long shelf life and should be consumed as early as possible as it does not contain pesticides and preservatives.
One way to identify organically grown vegetables or fruit is to see whether it shows signs of being decayed or eaten by insects. If it is safe for an insect to eat, it is likely to be safe for you to eat it too. A question I am often asked is how do can you be sure that food is organic? There is no easy way to be sure but a person who says food is organic is more likely to give you organic food than a person who is not making that claim. The supply chain is short with organic food, and it is easily possible for you to trace back where it comes from and how is it grown. Organic food tends to decay faster and has a short shelf life.
Foods grown in far away countries, and not native to the country in which you live are more likely to contain preservatives and pesticides to enable them to be transported to your country. Similarly fruit and vegetables available out of season, are likely to have been preserved, often with the most economical but not necessarily the safest method.
All fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed in running water before eating or cooking. Raw vegetables and fruit can cause parasitic infections if not properly washed. Hydrogen Peroxide is a safe disinfectant which destroys bacteria & viruses with great efficacy and does not leave any toxic residues or bad taste. Washing vegetables with Vinegar and water may help remove the pesticides on the surface of the vegetable fruit or grain. Soap or detergents should never be used to wash vegetables or fruit. Potatoes, carrots and other vegetables grown under the ground can be scrubbed clean with a brush. Cut away any damaged, over ripe or bruised areas in fruits and vegetables as bacteria thrive in such places.
Vegetables, fruits and grain which are eaten without removing the skin, should first be washed in a solution containing a tablespoon of vinegar and 1 table spoon of hydrogen peroxide in a litre of water. Vinegar can remove some pesticides present on the surface of fruits and vegetables. It does not however remove the pesticides inside fruit and vegetables. Apples & table grapes are two fruits which are often dipped in pesticide after harvesting to preserve them. Such fruit are best avoided or if eaten should be peeled before eating.
Present day techniques of growing food, use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, and genetically modified seeds to maximize the crop yield.
Eating food grown with the help of these methods greatly increases your risk of getting indigestion, food allergies and diseases like asthma, migraine, auto immune diseases, obesity, heart disease and cancer. This little movie sums up this message nicely www.storewars.org.
Pesticides are substances used to poison and kill insects or other small animals. Insecticides are poisons used to kill insects. These are usually sprayed on plants, both while they are growing and on fruit, vegetable and grain to prevent them from being eaten. These poisons also affect and poison our bodies when we eat food sprayed with pesticides. Unfortunately many of us are blind to this obvious fact. The biotech industry is fond of saying that they offer genetically modified (GM) crops that resist pests. This might conjure up the image of insects staying away from GM crop fields. But “resisting pests” is just a euphemism for saying the food contains its own built-in pesticide. When bugs take a bite of the GM plant, the toxin splits open their stomach and kills them. This equally has toxic effects on us when we eat these foods. The seeds of these plants are also sterile. http://www.seedsofdeception.com/utility/showArticle/?objectID=1264
Spraying and using pesticides in our homes, offices & gardens also carries a high risk of giving us pesticide poisoning. I have seen several cases of breast and brain cancer following the spraying of pesticides in homes and gardens to kill pests like cockroaches. Neem based pesticides are a better and safer alternative. Some pesticides are similar to estrogens and mimic their effects on the body causing breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. Detoxification of the body to remove the pesticide can allow the body to heal and destroy the tumor.
Pesticides persist in the soil and in our bodies for many years. They attach themselves to protein molecules and are a significant cause of food allergies as well as cancer. The great increase in food allergies seen in the last half of the 20th century is largely due to the widespread use of pesticides. Pesticides attach themselves to many of the enzymes which carry out vital functions in our body including mitochondria and lead to a loss of energy and efficiency. Pesticide poisoning is a significant cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, candidiasis and cancer.
Pesticides are also called POPs or Persistent organic pollutants. Some commonly used pesticides, commonly called the dirty dozen are DDT, lindane, aldrin, dieldrin, endrin, chlordane, heptachlor, mirex, toxaphene, hexa chlorobenzene, poly chlorinated biphenyles, dioxins and furanes.
These pesticides poison the soil and water for many years and enter our food chain through fruits, vegetables and grains as well as through meats and fish. These pesticides have a half life of between 40-150 years and hence will persist to even poison our great grand children. This is why most of the world’s population have pesticide levels in their bodies which are 20-1000 times more than what the World health organization considers to be safe. As a result the incidence of Cancer, allergies and auto immune diseases has sky rocketed world wide.
Fertilizers are artificial nutrients added to the soil to increase the yield of food. If applied carefully in the correct dosage they have few adverse effects on health but if applied indiscriminately in the wrong doses they affect the soil, the water, our health and our bodies. Compost & cow dung are two commonly used fertilizers which are safe and organic.
Memory Loss and posture
Memory loss was a problem earlier associated with the elderly, people in their 70’s and 80’s. In recent times I have had many patients in their 40’s complaining of memory loss and absentmindedness. As a person goes through life and collects experiences, he or she stores away hundreds of thousands of memories in the brain. Most of this process is involuntary. Non-essential experiences may not be stored while those essential for the human being’s growth, sustenance and survival will be stored and retrieved when essential. For example; while you may remember what you were wearing yesterday, it is unlikely that you will remember what you were wearing on the 25th of June last year. However you are likely to remember how to walk, talk or behave in a social context.
When a person is unable to remember key information required for carrying out life on a day to day basis, there is a problem.
One of the most important reasons associated with loss of memory in younger people is poor posture and subsequently poor breathing and lack of oxygenation and circulation in the brain. Increasingly lifestyles and occupation lead people to sit for long hours in front of a computer or television in a manner that is not conducive to breathing deeply and properly. In the elderly, the natural process of aging leads to stooping and the poor posture then begins to affect breathing, oxygenation and circulation in the brain.
Another important cause for loss of memory is the concentration of Aluminum in the body. Cooking in Aluminum vessels and foils, and consuming foods, especially acidic ones stored in Aluminum containers (tetra-paks, disposable containers, etc.), all lead to accumulation of Aluminum in the body. This could lead to loss of memory and even cause Alzheimer’s.
People who suffer strokes in the brain and have clots will also suffer from memory loss. Senile Dementia is an affliction where several small strokes happen in different parts of the brain. Strokes are caused by damaged blood vessels in the brain. Severe imbalance in nutrition leading to shortage of vitamins C and D can cause strokes. This is common in people living on a highly processed diet. The concentration of lead and mercury in the body can also cause rupture and damage to blood vessels. Lead accumulation may happen through exposure to polluted air or through old water pipes. Mercury accumulation is due to consumption of fish from polluted sources and from teeth fillings. Other diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking and stress may also lead to clotting and strokes.
Therefore it follows that one of the important cures for memory loss, is the improvement of body posture and the need to breathe deeply. As oxygenation and circulation in the brain improves, so will the memory. Ensure a balanced diet including plenty of fresh food and keep obesity, blood sugar and blood pressure under control.
Dr Manik Hiranandani is a physician who believes that each of us have the ability to heal ourselves. This blog shares information which can help you understand your health issues and find answers which can help you to get well.