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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Michael Kinnaird is the author of Happy Guide, the result of a 20 year exploration into what works for health and happiness.

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

  1. Thanks for the input Mike. I understand what you are saying and am in the process of slowly getting rid of “toxic” food. I am very challenged energetically so I am taking things one day at a time, but am continuting to buy organic where I can and limit “comfort foods” I have to be honest I fall back sometimes but am continuing to make progress. Seems my real immediate issue is Gout and subsequently inflammation. Been doing a mild detox for the last month also. Thanks for your suggestion and information :-)


  2. Hiya Louise,

    I believe that unnatural foods in our diet are responsible for untold misery.

    Once you have something like leaky gut syndrome or malnutrition through damaged villi, it can be a nightmare to connect the dots.

    That’s why I HIGHLY recommend that anyone with ANY chronic health problem remove unnatural foods as a matter of urgency.

    Thanks for your comment Louise.

    Best wishes,


  3. Well all of this makes perfect sense. I have a chronic pain condition that started a few years ago. As it got progressively worse I found myself eating more and more “comfort” food. I was speaking to my girlfriend about this and she explained the gluten/opioid connection. I work in a treatment facility and we also have an eating disorder program. Some of the girls undereat(anorexica) but most of them overeat and then “get sick” bulimia.
    Information like this helps people in general understand more about themselves and others, thanks for sharing your knowledge.


  4. And there are opiates in the dairy too, no? That’s why pizza’s a double whammy. And we all know this because… ;o)

    It’s a process. It’s a process. And a year later, it’s a process. But it’s an incredible process.


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