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Go Against the Grain: Dump the Gluten

Gluten free is a growing trend, and perhaps for good reason. Many people avoid gluten because they are allergic to it. But others are kicking the gluten habit for overall better health. Read Transcript


Reporter: AT AN AGE

WHEN MOST AMERICANS SLOW

DOWN, 60-YEAR-OLD MARK SISAN

FEELS THE HEALTHIEST HE HAS

EVER BEEN AND THAT IS SAYING

A LOT BECAUSE HE USED TO BE

AN ALL-STAR ATHLETE.

I WINDED UP BEING ONE OF

THE BEST RUNNERS IN THE

COUNTRY.

I WAS A MARATHONER, AND I

TURNED INTO A LONG DISTANCE

TRIATHLETE.

Reporter: BUT ALL OF

THOSE YEARS, MARK HID A

SECRET.

AS FIT AS I APPEARED TO

BE IN TERMS OF MY RACING

SKILLS, I REALLY ENDURED A

LOT OF ISSUES WITH HEALTH

PROBLEMS.

Reporter: THEY RANGED

FROM SINUS PAIN TO

RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS TO

HEARTBURN AND MORE.

WHEN I GOT INTO MY 40s,

I DEVELOPED ARTHRITIS IN MY

FINGERS, TO THE EXTENT I

WOULD CRINGE IF A STRONG GUY

WOULD PUT HIS HAND OUT TO

SHAKE MINE.

Reporter: THE WORST?

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

THAT PLAGUED HIM SINCE

CHILDHOOD.

I LIVED MY LIFE SORT OF

WONDERING WHAT GAS STATIONS

ARE OPEN WITH A BATHROOM, ON

THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT, FOR

INSTANCE.

OR IF I HAVE SOMETHING I'VE

GOT TO DO IN TWO HOURS, HOW

CAN I BE READY FOR THAT

WITHOUT HAVING, YOU KNOW, AN

EPISODE.

Reporter: SEARCHING FOR

RELIEF, HE TRIED ALL KINDS

OF DOCTORS AND DRUGS, BUT

NOTHING HELPED UNTIL...

ONE DAY A BUNCH OF YEARS

AGO MY WIFE SAID, YOU KNOW,

I'VE GIVEN UP GRAINS.

WHY DON'T YOU TRY GIVING UP

GRAINS FOR 30 DAYS, AND SEE

WHAT HAPPENS.

Reporter: ALL OF HIS

PROBLEMS VIRTUALLY

DISAPPEARED.

THE IRRITABLE BOWEL

SYNDROME THAT HAD RUN MY

LIFE FOR MOST OF MY LIFE

WENT AWAY.

THE HEARTBURN WENT AWAY.

THE ARTHRITIS WENT AWAY.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH MARK

WAS THRILLED TO FINALLY FEEL

BETTER, HE WAS ALSO

FRUSTRATED BECAUSE HIS CURE,

GIVING UP GLUTEN, WAS SO

SIMPLE, AND YET ALL THOSE

YEARS CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE

NEVER HAD A CLUE.

THIS DOCTOR AGREES.

WHEN I WENT TO MEDICAL

SCHOOL, I NEVER HAD A COURSE

OF NUTRITION.

Reporter: THE MANHATTAN

CARDIOLOGIST LEARNED ABOUT

NUTRITION ON HIS OWN.

AND AS A RESULT HE FEELS

MANY OF HIS COLLEAGUES

PRESCRIBE DRUGS AND EVEN

PERFORM SURGERY WHEN ONLY A

CHANGE IN DIET MIGHT BE

NEEDED.

PHYSICIANS IN GENERAL DO

NOT KNOW ABOUT NUTRITION.

Reporter: THE DOCTOR

BELIEVES THE ROOT OF MOST

DISEASES LIES IN THE SMALL

INTESTINE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE

GUT.

THAT'S WHY HE ADVISES HIS

PATIENTS TO AVOID GLUTEN.

NO WHEAT OF ANY KIND, NOT

EVEN WHOLE WHEAT.

ALSO NO RYE, BARLEY, OR

OATS.

GLUTEN IS BAD BECAUSE IT

IS A PROTEIN THAT CAUSES

INSULT TO THE GUT.

AND THERE ARE THREE THINGS

THAT CAN HAPPEN: YOU CAN'T

ABSORB FOOD AND ITS

NUTRITION PROPERLY.

YOU WON'T ABSORB YOUR

VITAMINS.

AND YOU CANNOT MAKE VITAMIN

"D."

AND 90% OF THE HORMONE

SEROTONIN IS MADE IN THE

INTESTINES.

SO YOU CAN SEE THE CASCADE

OF AN AFFECT IT HAS TO THE

BODY.

Reporter: MANY PEOPLE

WHO SUFFER FROM GLUTEN

INSENSITIVITY ARE UNAWARE

THEY EVEN HAVE IT, AND SO

ARE THEIR DOCTORS.

THE SYMPTOMS VARY FROM

GASTRO INTESTINAL, TO OTHER

THINGS LIKE TRE TREMORS,

SCRATCHING, AND IT VARIES

FROM PATIENT TO PATIENT.

Reporter: PEOPLE WHO

HAVE AN EXTREME REACTION TO

EATING GLUTEN HAS WHAT IS

KNOWN AS CELIAC DISEASE.

CELIAC IS AN ALLERGY, NOT

A SENSITIVITY.

A PERSON WITH SEAL LACK

CELIAC WHO EATS GLUTEN CAN

HAVE BLOODY DIARRHEA OR HAVE

A SEIZURE, SO IT IS VERY

DANGEROUS.

Reporter: THE DOCTOR

SAYS FOR SOME PEOPLE,

AVOIDING GLUTEN IS ONLY PART

OF THE SOLUTION.

HE SAYS SINCE GLUTEN CAN

DAMAGE THE GUT, REPAIR IT

THE NATURAL WAY WITH HERBAL

TEAS, LIKE CAMILLE OR

SLIPPERY ELM.

SO FOR BETTER HEALTH,

CONSIDER GOING AGAINST THE

GRAIN BY GIVING UP GLUTEN.

YOU COULD END UP LOSING

WEIGHT AND FEELING GREAT.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

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