Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2011-08-28
The Battle for
Control of Your . . . Colon
Your colon–yes, that 4-foot long tube residing
in the deep recesses of your abdomen, ugly, slimy, kind of smelly, hardly
something you’d think would represent the spoils of any battle–is a battleground.
public domain image; original lost
The combatants? Bacteria.
Billions of bacteria live, work, fight, and die in
your colon. Their work contributes in no small way to creating the stuff
you emit into the toilet every day. Normally, they live in happy symbiosis
with their host, even making useful contributions to our health, such as
converting vitamin K1 in vegetables to vitamin K2 to play a
role in bone and heart health.
But the normal bacteria have been fighting off the
invading colon-equivalent of Al Quaeda: wheat lectins.
Nearly all plants contains lectins, proteins that
provide the plant protection from predators like mold, fungus, and insects.
And most lectins ingested by humans are harmless or have only minimal effects.
Not so wheat lectins.
Wheat lectins are oddly impervious to digestion.
What you eat is what you either absorb into the bloodstream or pass out in
your stool. It means that, after other proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
have been digested, the remnants making their way through your colon
become concentrated in wheat lectins. It’s here where the high
concentration of wheat lectins do their Weapons of Mass Destruction thing
and cause good bacteria to die and encourages bad bacteria, like
Escherichia coli and Lactobacillus lactis, to fluorish,
a condition called “bacterial overgrowth.”
Wheat lectin-induced bacterial overgrowth causes gas,
cramping, malabsorption of nutrients, and can lead to diseases like rheumatoid
arthritis when the normal barriers to unwanted proteins are unlocked. The
number of evil bacteria can grow a thousand-fold, overwhelming the helpless
good bacteria. The evil bacteria winning the battle then invade northward,
making their way as high as the duodenum and stomach. That’s when it
gets really ugly.
Dietitians advise us to get more fiber, such as that
in wheat like wheat bran. That’s how wheat lectins Trojan horse their
way into your bowels.
Conventional response: antibiotics. Unconventional
response: probiotics that repopulate the good guys. My response: Rid
yourself of the colon WMD, wheat lectins and take back control of your colon!