Wheat contains high levels of excito-toxins
Wheat, dairy and soy have very high levels of two amino acids: glutamic and aspartic amino acids. Glutamic and aspartic acid both can bind to nerve receptors and cause an over excitation of nerve cells. This over excitation can lead to nerve and brain injury. Of all cereal grasses commonly eaten, wheat contains the highest levels of glutamic acid and aspartic acid.
Actually, glutamic acid is largely responsible for wheat’s exceptional taste. Glutamic acid is what the Japanese put in monosodium glutamate (MSG) to add taste to their food. MSG was first taken from kelp, but wheat can be used as well due to its high glutamic acid content.
It is probable that the opiate effects of wheat discussed earlier and the flavor enhancer of glutamic acid together contribute to wheat’s vast popularity! However, the excito-toxic effects of glutamic and aspartic acid may also be contributing to a number of neurodegenerative diseases; such as, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, migraine headaches and attention deficit disorder to name a few.
So, in conclusion, I have presented in this series of posts a summary of an article entitled The Dark Side of Wheat, by Sayer Ji. In this article celiac disease has been looked at in comparison to an iceberg in which classic celiac disease is only the tip of a much larger issue of gluten sensitivity. Then, six adverse effects of gluten such as intestinal permeability, immune reactions that can lead to autoimmunity, opiod-like effects, damage from lectins to numerous tissues, and excito-toxicity to nerve cells have been explained. If you have not considered doing an elimination diet for 3 weeks to assess if wheat, barley or rye which contain gluten are effecting your health then I suggest you consider it.
Comprehensive Elimination Diet:
I have been having patients do 3 week comprehensive elimination diets for a number of years now since I started studying and implementing functional medicine concepts and I have seen so many powerful changes for the better in peoples’ health that I created “The Detox Plus Program” to give people the information and guidance they need to implement a detox for themselves. Information about my program can be seen on my clinical website: www.tmurraywellness.com.
- Follow the link to “Putting a DENT in Your Pain”
- Take the medical symptoms questionnaire and score your overall health
- Listen to my overview talk that explains how to start detoxing and cleaning up your gut in order to reclaim your health.
- Check out my “Detox Plus Program” and empower yourself to clean up your gut and feel better starting today!