In my journey to healthier living I had personally eliminated most soda, junk food, corn syrup and the like by the time I married in 2013. Shortly thereafter several unexpected events occurred; including multiple miscarriages and my wife being diagnosed with an MTHFR gene mutation. This mutation, though you may never have heard of it is much more common than you might think and contributes to many health issues. Dr. Ben Lynch, one of the leading experts in the field notes,
Methylation is required for many processes in the body, from breaking down histamine, seratonin and dopamine to turning DNA on and off. Consequently, having a defective methylation capability is associated with psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar, as well as autoimmunity disorders, ADD, autism, spina bifida, Down’s syndrome, miscarriages, and cancer.
Basically this means that the gene mutation inhibits the proper breakdown, absorption and utilization of the many nutrients needed from the food you eat.
The second major thing we found out was that my wife also had thyroid complications (hypothyroidism) and has Hashimoto’s disease (an autoimmune disease). Dr. Lynch and a host of others quickly joined our reading list. I’ll reference more of them later but for today, in addition to Dr. Lynch I’ll mention Dr. Wentz, a trained Pharmacist. Through additional research we were confronted with the fact that there was pretty much unanimous agreement by those working with autoimmune diseases that the first thing to go needed to be gluten.
Gluten is the gluey, gummy, binding agent that makes our breads so yummy, our pizza dough so delicious, our pastries so fun to eat. Yeah, we weren’t too happy about this as both my wife and I love our breads.
Being the researcher that I am; however, once I reach a conclusion I’m pretty much convinced of, I move forward and so began our journey without gluten (the almost cuss word of the autoimmune community).
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