21 Sep Wheat causes Diabetes?
Feed A Diabetic presents: Wheat Causes Diabetes? By Dr. Nicola Siso
I have been on a quest to uncover the real causes of diabetes. What I have found is that there are well known autoimmune triggers such as infections, vaccines, pesticides and petroleum exposure, and consumption of wheat, cow’s milk, and unfermented genetically modified soy. These are the major contributors to the development of type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can develop from consumption of high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils, think baked goods and processed foods. It can also stem from deficiencies in Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and chromium, all missing from the mainstream inorganically produced, and therefore mineral deficient, foods.
Sayer Ji said it perfectly, “Blaming “bad genes” on diseases like diabetes is a convenient way to escape the obvious things we can do individually, and as a culture, to prevent the escalation of an already epidemic problem.”
He continues to explain something that blew my mind!
“It is accepted truth that type 1 diabetes involves the immune system attacking the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Subsequent damage to the pancreas leads to the reduced capacity to produce insulin. While geneticist look for the “bad genes” that are supposedly “causing” the autoimmune problem, it is well documented that in susceptible individuals something in wheat known as gliadin, for instance, stimulates diabetogenic class II HLA antigens on the surface of the pancreatic islet cells (cells that normally do no display these antigens), marking them for autoimmune destruction. [Do dietary lectins cause disease? BMJ. Also: The Dark Side of Wheat].
Not everyone who eats wheat will develop diabetes. Different people will exhibit differing degrees of susceptibility to wheat proteins and this is why it is right to say that there is a “genetic component” to the development of type 1 diabetes, or to any disease. But acknowledging the existence of genetic differences and differing susceptibilities to illness in a population is not to say that genes are “causing” the disease.
In the case of the wheat protein gliadin, it is not the gene that is causing the islet cell to present an antigen on its surface. It takes wheat gliadin to activate the genes necessary for this cellular transformation. To use an analogy, the genes predisposing one to higher risk for diabetes are like an “unloaded gun.” The “bullets” are certain antigenic foods like wheat, cow’s dairy and (unfermented, GMO and/or excessive) soy. The “triggers” that “fire” this “loaded gun” are varied, from prolonged exposure to these foods, to increased intestinal/gut permeability, vaccinations, viral infections, pesticide and chemical exposures and perhaps a multitude of as of yet unknown factors.
If we know that the two most commonly lauded “health foods,” cow’s milk products and wheat are implicated in the development of type 1 diabetes, wouldn’t it be a good idea to remove them from the diets of our young as a precaution?”
Amen Sayer Ji! Hope this news was as exciting for you as it was for me!
Lots of love,
Dr. Nicola Siso
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