Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-12-08
The Acne Miracle
The gastrointestinal tract (GI) is the front
line, the primary battleground in the invasion of this foreign and
poisonous grain, modern wheat, against our bodies. The 10-20 milligrams
of wheat germ aggutinin, ingested every day by wheat-consuming individuals,
for instance, damages the lining of the small intestine, while the gliadin
protein (the very same gliadin that acts as an opiate and stimulates
appetite, along with other mind effects) “unlocks” normal
intestinal barriers to foreign substances. This last phenomenon, unique
to wheat gliadin, is an important explanation for why wheat-consuming
people develop autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis,
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and systemic lupus.
What happens in the GI tract is often mirrored
on the skin. The destruction of the delicate bowel lining, acid
reflux, bowel urgency, pancreatic damage, disruption of bowel flora, and
other GI-damaging effects can be mirrored by skin dermatitis, seborrhea
(most typically along the sides of the nose), psoriasis, dandruff,
dryness, itching, as well as a long list of more serious conditions,
Acne is among the commonest expressions of the
health disruption of wheat expressed on the skin, something experienced
by 90% of adolescents, with continuing struggles for many adults. Here
is Kelly’s story of finally being freed from the constant annoyance
of acne with her wheat-free experience:
I have been a victim of acne for the past five
years and have tried the elimination process food-wise to see what the
problem is. Most people around me would say my skin problem was
hormone-related but, truthfully, it did not make sense to me as a female
to be in a constant ”hormonal imbalance” stage for five
consecutive years. I did not want to opt for invasive skin treatments
involving heavy medication to ”rid” the acne as that did not
solve the problem really. It just did the esthetics.
I instead started the elimination process:
eliminated all dairy for a period of time, then all caffeine and alcohol,
then I got into blood types and eliminated some types of meat accordng to
my blood type. Nothing seemed to work and wheat was not even a candidate
on my elimination list, since I held zero knowledge on that front.
I then got pregnant and more elimination took place (raw fish,
unpasteurised products, etc.) and that’s when I fell on the Wheat
Belly book (Thank the Lord!), not for losing weight in my case, but the
chapter, ”Yo, pimple face!” caught my eye. To think that
wheat could possibly play a role was inconceivable, but I was so keen
on eliminating whatever was necessary to find the solution I went ahead
and tried it.
Miracle is what happened.
Within a week, my acne on my forehead became
inactive and flattened out. My face was not acne-active all of a sudden.
Every week, I had gotten used to a nice new acne pimple growing on my
face–-and it suddenly stopped–so suddenly, I could not believe it.
It has been several months now that I am
wheat-free and twice I consumed wheat, only to pay the price each time.
After my wheat consumption, I had a new pimple grow on my face: literally
and unbelievably the day after! Could I be a better guinea pig than this?
Putting myself to the test was the best thing ever. I am conscious
that, being pregnant, there are real hormonal changes, and sometimes acne
problems get worse or better, depending on the person. So I am curious to
see once I deliver my baby, how my face will change. I have gotten
the best compliments I have received in many years on the quality of my skin.
Health is certainly more than skin-deep.
Eliminating wheat helped Kelly erase effects on her skin evidenced by
acne, but it also exerts dramatic effects on gastrointestinal
health–even if she does not perceive it. Losing the gliadin
protein, for instance, means her bowels are going to begin the journey to
regain normal bowel flora, resume normal bowel permeability and thereby
reduce body-wide inflammation.
So Kelly has more to celebrate than
“just” losing her acne: She has now been given back control
over multiple facets of health by reversing body-wide—and