Welcome back. Today I’m prepared in all sorts of responses to this episode, namely because I know that for many people the decision to eat or abstain from gluten is almost in sacred to them, their decision to abstain from sex or vaccines, or something else that really bothers them on a deeper level or those of you are going through this podcast, excited and feel like for the first time in a while, and that’s more than happy to speak to you.
I’m not looking to be controversial.
I’m not looking to start an argument and here’s how I want you to understand my perspective.
I want you to think of it the way some people think of cats, because I personally have a true cat allergy. The last time I was unhealthy cats.
I took like six Benadryl and still all night was covered advice, my face with puffy my husband’s clothes. It’s like that scene from the movie hitch.
And I get how terribly terribly uncomfortable it can be to be exposed to something that you have a true allergy to.
However, I don’t create an identity around being allergic to cats. It’s not something that I need to talk about in every cable, or every house or in every relationship. At the same time. I don’t think that cats are bad. And I don’t need to shame people that enjoy having cats. I just acknowledge that I wouldn’t have a cat it would be detrimental to my health but I’m so happy that other people are able to enjoy cats. At the same time. I’m not really a cat person. So by staying away from cats because I’m allergic to them.
I don’t feel like I’m missing out on something in life. If that ever changed, it’s certainly something that I would want to address. Right now. It doesn’t impair my quality of life. I know that there are some of you today who eat gluten and truly feel worse after. I also know there’s some of you out there today who have created an entire identity around being gluten free. So what even is gluten?
Gluten is a protein. It’s one of the building blocks of nutrition. It’s found in some grains wheat is the primary one.
Also possibly barley in my it’s like a binder is what holds you together. It’s what makes it stretchy. Like when we’re making dough. I have looked through medical study after medical study. from Harvard from Johns Hopkins, there is no association that’s been found between long term dietary gluten consumption and a risk for certain diseases. In fact, most studies today have linked whole grain consumption including gluten with improved health outcomes. Gluten may also act as a prebiotic feeding the good bacteria in our gut. So we need to stop talking about gluten, like gluten itself is somehow flawed.
If you want to turn that in for genetically modified crops, those have been outlawed for at least the past six or seven years, at least here in the United States. If you want to come at me for the pesticides, like glyphosate, I’m going to encourage you to have more faith in your body’s ability to eliminate any toxins and may encounter in the environment. Our body is designed to filter out the bad and assimilate the good.
And the fact is that you can sit down at a table with 10 different people and they may have 10 different feelings about or responses to the plate a costume function because we do agree even if you consider yourself gluten sensitive that you can watch some of your other friends who have no fears about gluten, GMOs or glyphosate, eat whatever they want and they don’t have serious health problems or autoimmune disease diagnosis because if we can make that then we can omit the gluten can’t be always wrong for everyone all the time.
Now, when I was reading through these medical studies, you know I was a registered nurse back in the day and I even worked in research for a very short time so I understand that there are no absolutes. There’s always nuancing variables and you know the studies are inherently flawed from the beginning but I enjoy reading research studies and take them with a grain of salt. And I look at the wording sometimes of how conventional medicine can use things compared to now that if you think some more holistic lens of giving the medicine among other things, and this Harvard Medical School article was saying that some people react differently to gluten where the body senses it as a toxin causing one’s immune cells. to overreact and attack it. It’s one of those theories that medicine presents when really what they’re saying is we don’t know what’s happening, but we’re going to cause it. We’re going to call it something malevolent like it’s broken. It’s attacking itself.
Obviously, if you read this and you learned that gluten could cause your body to overreact and attack itself, you wouldn’t be a reasonable person if you felt concerned. The article goes on to say that if an unknowingly sensitive person continues to eat gluten, this creates a kind of battleground resulting in inflammation, the side effects can range from mild fatigue, bloating, alternating constipation and diarrhea to severe unintentional weight loss, malnutrition, intestinal damage, as seen in the autoimmune disorder, celiac disease. The good news is that removing gluten from the diet may reverse the damage. So back to the cat allergy illustration. Some people react differently to cats, where the body senses it as an allergen causing one’s immune cells to overreact and attack it. If an unknowingly cat sensitive person continues to pet cats, this creates a kind of battleground resulting in inflammation. The good news is that by removing the cats, you may reverse the damage. It still hasn’t told us why someone is having this reaction to gluten or cats. And all it’s saying is just stay away from it and then you’re fine. How’s that working for you? If it’s working for you? Again, I don’t want to change your mind. Live your life if you’re here because you hope there’s a better way and what I’m going to share next may be helpful in the programs that I run. The framework that I created the autoimmune resolution method, the very first thing that we look at is the fear. And this fear is driven by conspiracy theories. And misinformation and anything that triggers are perfectionist all or nothing approach to health. The key to breaking free from that fear is to answer some of the questions of why don’t why do some people feel better when they don’t eat gluten? It’s the same reason some people feel better when they don’t go around capsure We have to recognize the real root cause in German medicine helps us to understand but after doing of every chronic sentence is what we call a biological contract. So my body isn’t broken and I don’t need to be vilified.
For what happened to live on the phones of is it we experienced an acutely distressing conflict, one that catches us completely off guard before isolating abandoned scared in that moment, and we happen to be eating gluten or we happen to be petting a cat that are more primal subconscious psyche is registering that moment of a perceived threat and it’s taking in not just the argument or watching our parents have or the scary car accident we just got in but it’s taking in all the sensory data. What we can see smell, taste, hear and touch, which may include gluten and they include cats and it fires that away in our brain and create something that we call a track or a trigger. So that next time we hear our parents fight, we have a recurrence of the conflict. If we’re ever in a car again, we may have that same fear come back to us. But also if we’re eating gluten, or we pet a cat or brain things, we’re back in that moment of conflict and then it has some sort of biological cellular reaction to that trigger. To that track. And this is why the symptoms someone has when they eat gluten are so important. Why does one person get a skin rash and another person has diarrhea? Well, that tells us something about the nature of the original conflict. If I’m a little kid, and I’m eating my after school snack with pretzels, which if you’re like me or a kid raised in the 90s it was all about the parks, gluten, all gluten all the time. Pretzels, graham crackers, pasta. So you’re sitting there as a little kid, you’re eating your gluten. Mom and Dad, get into a fight and you’re sitting there and you’re listening to the voices raise and the tension escalate. You get that knot in your stomach and you’re experiencing what we call in that moment, an indigestible morsel conflict they don’t have symptoms just yet so you keep snapping on your pretzels and keep hoping everything’s gonna calm down soon. And finally the doors slam they go their separate ways you breathe a sigh of relief This fight is over. And the next hour the next day the next week you may find yourself going to the toilet and having diarrhea you’re now in the resolution phase the healing and repair stage of an indigestible morsel complex, but your brain remembers that at that same moment. They have that terrible fight. You’re also eating the glutinous pretzels so a couple months later after school you’re eating pretzels again mom and dad aren’t playing this time, but your brains a little confused by the pretzels. And so it goes into digestive distress and a few minutes hours after diarrhea and this becomes a pattern where every time you eat gluten, you have diarrhea and so you go to the doctor. It’s been a couple of years now they do for us to be a biopsy. They tell you you have celiac and you spend the rest of your adult life avoiding gluten. What really needs to happen is that you resolve that underlying indigestible morsel conflict that feeling that I can’t process or handle or answer my parents fighting. Sometimes this happens just like growing up and moving out of your parents house. It sometimes it doesn’t sometimes you move out we go on to have relationships with an adult that continue to trigger that same sense of indigestible anger and you go on to continue to have diarrhea so this is what we look at in my program like what is the real root cause because it isn’t affected citizens. Let’s take another scenario your kid mom ever fighting.
This time they don’t just stay indoors and go to separate rooms. Dad walks out.
I’m done. I’m leaving, he says slams the front door he gets in his car drives off. You’re a little kid you picked up your pet cat in theory or face in there for can you describe your experience in the separation half of two dogs left?
A day a week passes and all of a sudden dad comes home the fights over kiss and make out a huge they’re breaking out in hives and you start noticing every time you touch your cat you break out in hives. You go to the doctor you go to an allergist you have a skin prick test they tell you if you’re allergic to cats, are you is the cat the problem because you weren’t allergic to the cat before that moment. But after you experienced the separation conflict the cat became attracted trigger. This is why as an adult if you haven’t resolved that underlying separation conflict will continue to break out in hives when we touch.
So this is what it looks like to recognize the real root cause resolving the conflict that takes a little finesse. That’s why I offer coaching and community and courses and support because if it were super easy, you would have done it already. Right. And all of us need some help, reflecting brainstorming and strategizing at times.
Even when we come to a reasonable resolution, those tasks can still be really stubborn, which is why a teaching element of brain retraining, nervous system regulation, etc in my framework to really target those tracks and to help people successfully reintegrate their favorite foods are their favorite animals into their lives.
And people tell me all the time, all the time in my comments. Well this sounds really nice, but I have celiac and it can’t be reversed.
It can tell you that it can. I’ve seen it with my own eyes with my own clients who have reverse symptoms in a way that is detectable on a microscopic level.
The thing about blood tests and biopsies to search for things like food sensitivities and allergies is that they’re just a snapshot in time. These tracks and triggers these conflicts in our brain are snapshots. You can get a snapshot of your literal brain on a CT scan. And you’ll see these rings that we call the Hungerford guide which are these winged formations in the areas of the brain where the conflicts are registering and while they’re active. There’s a very clear ring when they’re healing. You can see them in various stages of resolution and when the conflict is resolved, you can get another CT scan and they’re all gone. So the same thing is true if you were to get a series of blood tests of what your sensitivities are, for any given month a year. These things can be transient. They don’t have to be probated. If you want to develop a belief that if always bad, or the cats are always bad or you would develop this deep fear of gluten or cats. All you’re doing is reinforcing those trends, and possibly even creating new secondary conflicts related to that. Well, I know that there are a percentage of people out there that have a true gluten allergy just like I have a true capital allergy, the gluten free diet craze, family, whatever you want to call it has become a billion dollar industry. You can go to any of the fancy markets and just see shelves and shelves of all these gluten free desserts and cookies and breads and things and it’s become a staple for health coaches at certain areas, niches in many industries to just suggest a blanket, gluten free diet for everyone, as superior. But there’s danger in this because when we vilify food, we’re creating unnecessary fear and panic in people who may otherwise have been just eating this thing. There’s a Time magazine article in 2014 entitled The rise of celiac disease still some scientists that so perhaps are sounding different about gluten itself. The wheat scene hasn’t changed all that much but the way we process care what there have been some small studies looking at old forms that suggested it’s not as immunogenic responses.
preparations. So this brings me back to the topic that I discussed last week, which is nutrition does matter the way we prefer foods eating locally sourced foods as always but if you followed me for long enough know that I personally feel that the crusade against gluten in the alternative and holistic health industries has reached a ridiculous level.
And so here’s where I bring it back around. From the autoimmune revolution to my signature program to wholesale preparation. This is where I asked you to go deeper. This is where this is where I’m really asking the whole industry to go deeper. And I’m asking what are you using the Bluetooth as a distraction? Because I truly believe that when you have a bunch of folks running around, scared, obsessing about cross contamination, interrogating their friends about what they cook proselytizing to their other friends about how they shouldn’t eat neither meal planning and prepping and being afraid to go out and enjoy social engagement and you don’t want who’s going to be served. It’s keeping folks on a hamster wheel. That hamster wheel generates income for the gluten free industry but it also keeps them from feeling safe enough to look inside.
In our work because of the examples that I mentioned earlier about eating the pretzels or petting the cat. My reactions to those allergens, triggers tracks is really an invitation to perhaps look at my childhood trauma of growing up in a home where there is discord between my parents or my father left and how that affected me.
And it just hearing me say that starts to evoke in you some emotion, some fear, some grief, some anger. That’s how we were actually getting to the real heart.
This is the work that I helped my clients. Those early experiences in life not only programmed our physical bodies to react with messages in the form of symptoms that What does or does not feel safe to us.
But it also programmed our subconscious mind with beliefs about what is or is not safe for us. And if those beliefs go unchecked unexamined into adulthood, we may be running on faulty programs.
We may be scared of relationships or intimacy or we jump into partnerships with people that aren’t right for us. And we end up leading a life that is misaligned and not meant for us. And so in that happiness, practice satisfaction disconnected from our higher purpose. We start having symptoms of the healing healing phases of an indigestible morsel conflict or separation conflict and we mean intolerance or digestive issues or leaky gut or hormonal imbalances and planning for doctor to doctor trying to find the answers. And meanwhile, we’re not looking at our life. We’re not questioning how we made the decision to get where we are today in life and we’re not looking at how we can improve that, how we can address our limiting beliefs, our nervous system dysregulation or repressed emotions. And so when we put ourselves in the container, like the ones that I offer, where we have support, we have guidance, we have tools, it cracks that wide open. It starts this flood of stuff that comes up and out of us.
And what happens in that healing in that finally processing the things that we couldn’t digest as a kid, or even just a young person, we find that suddenly our our tolerance for gluten or cats, or scuffs in general expands. We find that our relationships improved because we’re willing to be more vulnerable and transparent, authentic, we might change jobs or relocate to a different town. We’re no longer running on this program of who we were taught we should be or what we think we should want. But we start listening to the cues from our body that are no longer suppressed and we get clear yeses and noes about what is and is not right for us. Imagine what a wonderful world that would be. Where each of us was living in alignment with our authentic personalities and our gifts and what we have to offer others connected to our higher power for guidance and support. Each one in their own place. None of us feeling like we have to pretend to be something that we’re loved that we’re not that we’re holding.
Can you feel a shift in energy here? Starting a podcast talking about realizing it has very little to do a bit more to do with who I am as a person and start to shed those layers of looking for something outside of ourselves externally waiting for symptoms and even start looking and doing the work there.
And that’s when we find the most satisfying results. So if you’re brand new to Germany medicine, but this has piqued your interest, and you’re looking for access to our self study framework and weekly group sessions with my assistant coaches, so you can reverse chronic symptoms and reintroduce your favorite foods like we have monthly membership that’s available now to the end of the year, can jump in and are priced at $79 a month.
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