Dr. David Clark,DC -Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Functional Neurologist explains why corn is a dangerous food if you have gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease.
The #3 Most dangerous food if you have gluten sensitivity, Celiac disease or following a gluten-free diet is Corn.
- Corn is #3.
- Brewer’s and baker’s yeast (saccharomyces cerevisiae) is #2.
- Milk products of all kinds are #1.
So let’s talk about corn a bit...
This information about corn and gluten comes from two places:
- a conference that I attended in October 2012
- a paper by Dr. Aristo Vojdani published in January 2013. Here's the link to that paper
They discovered that corn "cross-reacts' with gluten antibodies.
Cross-reaction occurs when the antibodies that the body is making to tag one food (gluten, in our example) attach to a different food (corn) that is not the original food. This is called cross reaction.In Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (let’s not debate the semantics, they’re functionally the same thing) you have a problem with gluten. Your immune system is reacting to gluten and is trying to kill it, so it makes antibodies to tag the gluten.
Antibodies are like little flashing, adhesive strobe lights that are designed to attach onto the gluten protein so that the immune system cells can find it and try to kill it.
When those antibodies attach to some food that’s NOT gluten --because that food looks SIMILAR to gluten--that’s called cross reaction.The recent Vojdani study confirms that the #3 offender of all foods that they checked was corn.
Just for clarity’s sake, I want you to understand that Celiac disease is only one kind of gluten sensitivity. It’s not the only kind and really it’s just a semantic difference. Celiac disease is basically where the immune system problem transitions into a certain kind of autoimmune attack. But for practical purposes, you’ve got a gluten problem.
When you’ve got a gluten problem and you make these antibodies to gluten, they can attach to corn. You eat corn even though it’s NOT gluten and you have a gluten-like immune system inflammatory response to the corn.
I know this happens because I’ve seen this clinically in so many patients.
A lot of people make a big mistake when they decide they’re going to eat gluten-free and here’s how this usually happens:
The person gest sick...
...Have all kinds of unexplained symptoms for years...
...Finally get diagnosed with an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, Type I diabetes, Vitiligo, Multiple sclerosis...
...Decide to go on a gluten-free diet...
...And they start a "gluten-free" diet but---they start eating cross-reactive foods like milk, yeast, corn. (But they didn't know the danger).
When they start the gluten-free diet, maybe it doesn’t do that much for them and they start wondering...
"Is there something wrong with me? This gluten-free diet thing doesn’t work!"
But the gluten-free diet DOES work, if you do it the RIGHT WAY.
The WRONG WAY:
Going from eating gluten to immediately eating gluten-free alternatives that you didn’t eat that much of before....but now you’re eating a lot of...alternatives such as corn.
Corn is in many gluten-free processed foods like breads, cookies, pastas etc. You need to know that corn may be a major problem for you.
In my patients, I always recommend they eat no grains (and other foods) at all for a period of time so that they can avoid these cross-reactive foods.
My main thrust today was to let you know that corn is a cross-reactor with gluten antibodies. (Just for you technical people, the specific problematic part of corn is called lipid transfer protein.)
Now the last point...
To be fair, just because corn can cross-react and certainly does cross-react, it doesn’t mean that corn IS cross-reacting all the time in every individual patient.
But for many people with gluten sensitivity, Celiac disease who are trying like heck to live gluten-free...
Corn is cross-reacting and causing serious problems.
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Dr. David Clark, DC
Functional Neurologist (FACFN)
Diplomate College of Clinical Nutrition
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Vestibular Rehab Specialist (ACNB)
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Durham, NC 27707