Guest post written by Dr. Cushing. Witty subtitles by Kristien Boyle L.Ac.
What is Gluten intolerance?
Gluten intolerance is widespread in our society; it is a term that includes different degrees of gluten or Gliaden sensitivity. Celiac disease is the most severe type of gluten intolerance. A genetic autoimmune disorder, Celic disease is very destructive to the wall of the intestinal tract. Celiac disease requires lifelong avoidance of all gluten-containing foods.
Most of the patients I've seen over the last three decades did not have full-blown Celiac disease. More commonly, they were suffering from what i call "the gluten sensitivity syndrome" and typically had symptoms that included abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and bowel disturbances such as constipation, diarrhea and cramping, etc.
How does it affect our important parts?
Within the intestinal wall are several enzymes called â€˜brush border enzymes,' which are critical for normal gluten breakdown. It has been theorized that if sufficient quantities of these enzymes were supplemented gluten sensitivity could be minimized or even prevented.
One of the key enzymes required for the breakdown of peptides in Gluten has been identified as â€˜dipeptidyl peptidase IV.' The lack of this enzyme activity in the small intestine prevents digestion of the peptide fragments, which if left undigested, elicit immune responses that inflame the lining of the small intestine.
So how can I get my hands on dipeptidyl peptidase IV? Can I get this on the black market?
In our practice, we have successfully a product called Enteromend; it increases the activity of the â€˜brush border enzymes' and addresses cross reactivity by including a full spectrum of enzymes that digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. It also digests milk proteins and boosts pancreatic activity.
Enteromend's enzymes were selected for their broad PH stability, strong anti-inflammatory capacity, and ability to remedy symptoms of food intolerance/allergies, including E.G. cramping, bloating, nausea, intestinal gas, diarrhea and constipation. My clinical experience is that this product works best if taken shortly before eating. However, if an individual already has symptoms, it tends to work within 30 minutes of ingestion. Finally, we have found that a good adjunctive supplement that can be used with Enteromend in more severe cases is "stomach tabs."
I hope you find this information helpful for you or a friend. Have a nice day!
Dr. Cushing has just opened a practice with Kristien in Charlotte, North Carolina where they practice chiropractic, nutritional therapy, acupuncture, and herbology.