Is It Possible That Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?


(PCM) It seems now that the very same researchers who discovered evidence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity have recently discovered that it actually doesn’t exist. In fact their new findings are completely opposite to what was initially discovered. The researchers completed a follow-up study to the one that was completely back in 2011 that founded the theory that diets that contain gluten can be the cause of gastrointestinal distress in people without celiac disease, which is an auto-immune disorder fueled by gluten.

Gluten is a protein that is heavily present in food such as wheat, barley and grains. After the news of the findings back in 2011 that gluten could also cause health issues for people not suffering from celiac disease, the gluten-free food industry skyrocketed. Sales of gluten-free products could hit $15 billion by 2016, while on 1% of Americans actually suffer from celiac disease, nearly 30% are keeping a gluten-free diet.

The gluten protein is found in any normal diet for the average person, so researchers, no satisfied with the initial theory that gluten was the culprit behind the gastrointestinal problems that many people were suffering from decided to test the theory once again. Those who participated in the new research study were given  high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets, without knowing which diet plan they were on at any given time. In the end, all of the treatment diets – even the placebo diet – caused pain, bloating, nausea, and gas to a similar degree. It didn’t matter if the diet contained gluten.

The new study speaks for itself in proving that there was indeed no precise correlation between consuming gluten and suffering from gastrointestinal issues. In fact there could be other dietary triggers that have been wrongly interpreted as gluten-sensitivity that are the ultimate cause of the person’s gastrointestinal distress.   So, be careful of falling on the gluten-free bandwagon as the cause of your gastrointestinal issues could just be all in your head.

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Drinkable Book Filter Helps Bring Clean Water To Areas Around The Globe


(PCM) Scientists have now developed a “drinkable book” with pages that have the ability to filter water of impurities for those that do not have access to safe and clean water.

The book page filters were tested at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana, and Bangladesh and were able to filter 99% of bacteria and contaminants out of the water.

Dr. Teri Dankovich of Carnegie Mellon University is the scientist behind the new invention and claims it is aimed for individuals living in developing countries. She notes that 663 million people around the globe do not have access to clean drinking water and this invention would be of great service to that group of individuals.

All someone has to to do to use the filter is tear out one of the book pages, place it in a simple filter holder and pour water through it from area streams, rivers or wells which will then be cleaned and safe for consumption. The paper filters are coated with silver or copper ions, which are absorbed by the microbes.

Each book page filter has the ability to clean over 100 liters of water, which mean that one book could potentially filter water for one person for up to four years.  It is not known just how well the book page filters are able to kill certain viruses, but they do have the ability to filter out and kill most bacteria found in contaminated water.


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Want To Live To 110? The Secret Could Be Three Beers A Day


(PCM) According to supercentenarian Agnes Fenton, who just celebrated her 110th birthday this past week, God, whiskey and three beers per day contain the secret to living a long and healthy life. Just make sure it’s Miller High Life!

Fenton began consuming three beers per day after she suffered a health scare surrounding a benign tumor about 70 years ago. When she was discharged from the doctor’s care he gave her some parting advice that she carried with her which was “Agnes, you must drink three Miller High Lifes per day!” Agnes followed the doctor’s orders and even added in a glass of whiskey per day as well.

Fenton has kept up this regime for decades until recently when caregivers were forced to remove all alcohol from her diet as she is now eating a lot less. Fenton resides in Englewood, NJ where she worked as a nanny caring for more than 40 children over the years.  She says that she turned 100 years old she went to the mirror to thank God for allowing her to still be here and continues to thank him each and every morning.  She is quoted as saying “He gave me a long life and a good life, and I have nothing to complain about.”

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Scary Graphic Shows The Effects Of Coca-Cola On The Body

(PCM) A scary graphic that was posted by the Renegade Pharmacist has gone viral showing the effects that drinking one can of Coca-Cola can have on the body after it is consumed. It may just scare into giving up drinking Coke forever, as it really made us think twice about what we are putting into our body.

Posted by The Renegade Pharmacist on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Listed below are the effected that are details in the infographic that showcase Coca-Cola’s dangerous effects:

First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment.)

40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.

45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

>60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to urinate.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes and water.

>60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, *ahem* peed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

On the Renegade Pharmacist website owner Niraj Naik also states “I discovered that a trigger factor for many widespread diseases of the west such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes could be closely linked to the consumption of one particular substance found in many processed foods and drinks — fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup.High fructose corn syrup is found in pretty much all processed foods such as ready meals, fast foods, sweets and fizzy drinks and most people are totally unaware of its danger”


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The Very First Organic Drive-Thru Restaurant Opens In California


(PCM) Creators of the popular Amy’s Kitchen frozen organic food brand found in grocery stores across the nation have branched out and opened the country’s very first organic drive-thru restaurant called Amy’s Restaurant in Rohnert Park, California. The results have completely exceeded the company’s expectations and they say the demand has honestly been a bit overwhelming.

Consumers can order their favorite Amy’s Kitchen items on the go such as Mac N’ Cheese and gluten-free pizza, however you had best have a bit of patience as it was reported that the drive-thru wait time during the restaurants first week of operation was “really long” at times exceeding 20 minutes. It was also said that the line to get into the actual restaurant to order was just as bad, as the line stretched all the way out the door.

All of the food served in Amy’s Restaurant is sustainably grown and employees are all paid a fair living wage with benefits. Given the success of the first restaurant the company now plans to open up additional locations throughout the Bay Area.

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FDA Calls For Trans Fat To Be Removed From All Products

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(PCM) The U.S. Food And Drug Administration has issued a statement that health advocates have been waiting for, for years. After many extensive studies about the use of trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils, the FDA has deemed them to be unsuited for human consumption and now manufacturers have three years to remove them from their products.

In their statement the FDA says “The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans.This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.”

If companies refuse to abide by the FDA’s new regulations in regards to the use of trans fat they will face penalty if they do not file for a special permit and be specifically approved by the FDA administration.

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