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Posted: 12/3/2016 9:02:00 AM
Edited: 5/29/2023 7:42:26 PM (2)
Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2016-12-03
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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there raccoons in your garden?
Imagine that you are planning to
plant a garden in springtime. You clear the soil of grass
and weeds, sift out the rocks, fold in some manure or
composted material to enrich the soil. You then plant seeds
for squash, peppers, maybe some heirloom carrots. You water
the garden and then wait for the seeds to sprout, hoping
for a glorious bounty of veggies in a couple of months.
But you forgot that there are raccoons,
rabbits, and deer in the neighborhood, creatures eager to eat
your work. Sprouts come up, leaves, then young
vegetables—only to disappear overnight after a
raccoon or rabbit feast.
So it goes with the garden you call bowel
flora: you prepare the “soil,” plant the seeds
(probiotics and fermented foods), then “water”
and “fertilize” the garden (prebiotic fibers).
You don’t have raccoons or rabbits in your intestinal
tract, of course, but you have many other factors that, in
effect, wreak havoc on your intestinal garden of
microorganisms that protect you and your health. The factors
that disrupt intestinal microorganisms are not
herbivorous creatures but take the form of:
- Chlorinated/fluoridated drinking
water—Municipal drinking water is chlorinated
(and, more commonly today, chlorinated with the more persistent
chloramine, not chlorine, that cannot be boiled off) to
prevent bacterial and protozoal diseases, fluoridated on
the (faulty) assumption that it prevents tooth decay, but
these two potent halogenated antimicrobials also disrupt
the microorganisms in your bowels.
- Prescription antibiotics—The
oodles of antibiotics most of us have taken over the years
leave a virtually indelible mark on bowel flora species
sufficient, for instance, to increase potential for adult
type 2 diabetes and obesity
from antibiotics taken as children.
residues have consequences and are present at concentrations
greater than agribusiness and the farming industry are willing
to admit. Tylosin, oxytetracycline, and chlortetracycline, for
example, are adding to livestock feed to hasten growth, while
other antibiotics are administered to treat common infections
such as mastitis and skin infections from living in
manure-filled paddocks, all part of modern dairy and
livestock high-volume commercial production.
- Wheat and grains—Those of you who
have said goodbye to all wheat and grains and then
re-experienced a re-exposure (intentional or inadvertent)
understand the gastrointestinal havoc that results from
gliadin, gliadin-derived opiate peptides, wheat germ
agglutinin, D-amino acids, phytates, and myriad other bowel
toxins that are present in the seeds of grasses that are
largely indigestible by non-ruminant humans. Dysbiosis
(disruptions of bowel flora) is therefore the rule with
grain consumption, as they are so incredibly disruptive
on the mucous lining of the intestinal tract, bowel flora
(e.g., wheat germ agglutinin that blocks the digestive
hormone cholecystokinin and thereby inhibits gallbladder
and pancreatic digestive functions), and cause
gastrointestinal inflammation. Conventional advice to eat
more “healthy whole grains” coupled with food
manufacturers’ enthusiasm for the cheap filler of
grains have amplified this effect.
- Soft drinks and other sugary foods—Sugar
acesulfame, sucralose, and saccharine all lead to changes
in bowel flora composition that encourage obesity,
type 2 diabetes, and autoimmune conditions.
- Prescription drugs—We know that
drugs that increase stomach pH, i.e., block stomach acid,
such as Prilosec and Protonix, also disrupt bowel
flora—dysbiosis is virtually guaranteed over time.
There are probably many other drugs that alter
bowel flora, but the drug industry releases drugs but
almost never tests whether bowel flora is impacted by
these drugs. So we are largely in the dark on this issue.
But it is probably a lot worse than we know.
- Emulsifying agents—Emulsifying
agents are added to processed foods to cause fats and
other components, such as proteins or water, to stay
mixed or suspended. You therefore find emulsifiers in
ice cream, peanut butter, chocolate, and many other
processed, especially low-fat, foods. Emulsifiers not
only emulsify food, but also emulsify your protective
mucous lining in the gastrointestinal tract. The
mucous lining modulates bacterial movement and
bacterial composition and can play a role in having or
not having abnormal intestinal permeability of the sort
that can lead to autoimmune conditions. This issue
seems to be one of potency with more potent synthetic
emulsifiers being the most offensive: polysorbate 80,
- Genetically-modified foods—The most
common genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), glyphosate-resistant
and Bt toxin-containing, both exert antimicrobial
effects in addition to their intended effects. The full
bowel flora-implications of GMOs are still under
investigation, but understand that Big Agribusiness
makes it their business to downplay, not test, even
conceal such data, as billions of dollars in seed
and farm chemicals sales are at stake.
This is a partial list, as we swim
in a virtual sea of industrial chemicals, herbicides,
antibiotic residues, and tainted foods, but these are the biggies.
What steps can you take to remove
these “raccoons” messing up your precious
garden? Let’s take them logically, one by one:
- Filter drinking water—preferably
with a reverse-osmosis and/or charcoal filter, while avoiding
chlorinated/fluoridated drinking water as often as possible.
- Only take antibiotics when you
must—and avoid taking them for trivial reasons
- Select organic foods whenever
possible—This avoids GMOs, as well as most
herbicides and pesticides.
- Eat no wheat nor
grains—Wheat Belly followers already knew this!
- No soft drinks or other sugary
foods, nor those sweetened with the synthetic
sweeteners aspartame, sucralose, or saccharine
- Get off prescription drugs—The
Wheat Belly lifestyle is incredibly effective in helping
you accomplish this. (You may need, of course, to work
with a willing healthcare practitioner to get off the
drugs in a safe manner.)
- Minimize synthetic
emulsifiers—Those of you who avoid most
processed foods already do so. Rely on real,
single-ingredient foods that do not require such additives.
Once you’ve eliminated or
minimized these dietary “raccoons,” efforts to
cultivate your garden of bowel flora will yield better
results and maintain them, all part of our effort to
generate better health and control over weight.