Are grains and gluten bad for you?

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Ever had a hangover from eating a big pizza? The reason for it may lie with the humble grain.

Many doctors are now speaking out against “the staff of life” and research is mounting which will hopefully dislodge the grain as the staple food of humans…


Makes you think of the Chinese opium dens and extract of poppies doesn’t it?

These are powerful chemicals that have a profound effect on our physiology and psychology. Heroin, Codeine and Morphine are all opioids…

Opioids are known for their ability as pain killers and to create a feeling of well being. We have our own natural opioids — endorphins — the runner’s high!

Grain damage

The first time I came across the link between opioids and food was when I purchased a little booklet called Grain Damage at a lecture by Douglas Graham D.C. He writes…

“Gluten, a protein found in many grain products, has been named as a causative factor in several psychoses and neurological disorders. It has been proven to chemically contain fifteen different opioid sequences or morphine-like molecules…

They cause behavioural problems such as addictive eating patterns. Gluten has repeatedly been linked to learning disorders and schizophrenia by the scientists since the 1960’s.”

The web is awash with articles on the link between autism and grains. Glutensolutions state on their website:

“Briefly, gluten is a protein, and so is casein. Gluten is a protein fraction found in all wheat, rye, barley, and most oat products. Casein is a protein fraction found in all dairy products.

To most Autistic children, gluten and casein are the equivalent of poison. They leak into the gut, undigested, and attach to the opiate receptors of the autistic’s brain. Essentially, many autistic children are “drugged” on wheat and milk products, as if they were on a morphine drip.

Although parents have been reporting a connection between autism and diet for decades, there is now a growing body of research that shows that certain foods seem to be affecting the developing brains of some children and causing autistic behaviours.

This is not because of allergies, but because many of these children are unable to properly break down certain proteins.”

Are grains addictive?

In the same article, Karyn Seroussi of the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention says:

“There may be a good reason your child ‘self-limits’ to these foods (exclusively grains and dairy). Opiates, like opium, are highly addictive. If this “opiate excess” explanation applies to your child, then he is actually addicted to those foods containing the offending proteins.”

Gluten is known to be harsh on the digestive tract and perhaps this is why we see the “leaky gut syndrom” that causes improperly digested food to enter the blood stream. Gluten is also known to cause a host of other problems most notably celiac disease.

If you are a bread-o-holic or go for a biscuit and scoff the whole packet, you now know why — you are probably addicted. How do feel about giving up bread? Now how do you feel about giving up apples? Notice any difference between those two feelings?

The opioid connection is the tip of the iceberg…

When you consider that grains weren’t part of the human diet much beyond 12,000 years ago and that in nature, it’s impossible to collect enough wild grain to make a meal, it comes as no real surprise anymore that ideally they should be removed from the human diet.

The Happy Guide diet is low grain, gluten-free, and a big step back to eating natural, human foods. It has the feel good, convenience and taste factors that will make it work in your real life.

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10 thoughts on “Are grains and gluten bad for you?

  1. I guess the Universe is screaming at me saying get off the gluten. Every time I go online, I see something about gluten. I have CFS, fibromyalgia and SEVERE chronic pain. My son has a neurological issue(s). I was just telling him yesterday how when I took him off breast milk when he was about three or four months old and put him on regular infant milk, he broke out in hives. I had to go with a soy formula. I couldn’t continue breast feeding for other reasons, but was glad he got the first few months of it. The docs said it was temporary and he’d eventually get used to the milk. I wish so much I had never believed that, because I still wonder. I’m tired of wondering. My son is an adult now and he craves all the bad foods. I can’t control his diet but am sure gonna try to help him go gluten free. My friend sent me some recipes yesterday for muffins, which I love. I love bread! I think we could both heal, but having CFS is… Well, it is horrible to say the least. And I have to take pain medication too.

    Nice to find your blog in the W’press Reader!


    1. Hi Michelle. The reason James and I do what we do is because we believe wholeheartedly that virtually all the suffering of humanity would just go away if we look to nature, live like humans should, and harmonize with the natural world. Gluten is one of the ways that even a seemingly insignificant unnatural thing can have wide-ranging effects that are difficult to track. For CFS, I STRONGLY urge you to look to natural human foods only. That made a massive difference to me. For your son, perhaps drip feed him little bits of info, every so often… softly, softly, catchy monkey :-)


      1. Thank you Mike. I’ve been slowing changing my diet. The biggest challenge is when CFS hits hard and I get hungry. And, as to drip feeding my son, Will do :)


      2. Don’t get discouraged with your son if he doesn’t act on the info, I have the SAME situation with my son. But at least when he does feel the result of lifestyle… and hopefully it won’t be serious, maybe run down or whatever, he will know where to look and what to do. I’ve just been speaking about this with my wife… we learn about nutrition at school and take no notice, the message doesn’t get through somehow. We need to make it REAL for people maybe… I find people are most responsive when it affects how they look… most people highly value being attractive. And then we have how we feel… we want to feel good too. And if we could graphically, and maybe using testimonials, show how poor lifestyle ends up in serious disease down the line, that could work… SHOCK tactics. I will ponder.

        You might be interested in the Happy Guide diet structure to help overcome hunger, and stay on track…


  2. Hi Louise,

    Gluten withdrawal can be very nasty. I reckon most folks would need a cut-down approach to be successful long term.

    For me… 6 weeks of hyperventilation! Very nasty indeed. The idea of going through that again keeps me away from gluten! :-)

    Any drug-like activity alters brain chemistry and the body gets used to it. It can take a while to re-adjust.

    Keep very clear about the goal: a natural diet and work towards that.

    I’m sure your problems will disappear on a natural diet and natural living.

    Good luck!!


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