Monday, September 03, 2007
Food safety: Wheat gluten and illness as a metaphor for the state of our food supply.
Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are part of a hidden epidemic. Most people are unfamiliar with the term gluten. This improved after the recent outbreak of cats and dogs dying in the U.S. from pet food made with wheat gluten from China contaminated by the chemical melamine. Gluten has been linked to various autoimmune conditions. Links to food or chemicals to fibromyalgia, autism spectrum disorder, chronic fatigue, IBS, multiple sclerosis, and headaches appear strong but difficult to prove.
Is there a link between what we eat and the epidemic of unexplained illness? Is our food supply safe? Are organic foods just more expensive? Are we experiencing irrational fears about processed and non-organic foods that are less expensive and just as safe? Watch this chilling video about the future of food.
There is a debate whether allergic or eosinophilic esophagitis is increasing or just being more commonly recognized. Autism appears to rising. One estimate is 1/166. Celiac disease is estimated at 1/100. Based on the prevalence of elevated gliadin antibodies in the blood and stool non-celiac gluten sensitivity probably affects between 1/10 and 1/3. After watching this video, reflecting on this information on this blog, and the recent revelations about food and products contaminated by chemicals, from toothpaste, pet food, and children’s toys what do you think?
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