We had a special surprise at our last gluten-free support group meeting. Dr. Kenneth Fine of Intestinal Health and Enterolab came through town and offered to speak for our group. He spoke to a full house. There was standing room only. Below I’ve listed some of the highlights from his presentation.
1. Grains have been consumed as food a relatively short period of time (10,000 years) and gluten sensitivity has been present for at least the last 2000.
2. Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) has been mentioned in the medical literature for 33 years and accounts for 99% of the problems relating to gluten; celiac disease is 1% of the problem.
3. Blood tests fall short of being a good screening or diagnostic method because they are reliably positive only in severe celiac disease. Dr. Fine’s (Enterolab.com) stool test for gliadin antibodies is 5-7 times more sensitive.
4. Gluten is not the only food antigen of concern. Dairy, soy, egg, yeast, and many others are now also a problem for at least half gluten-sensitive people.
5. Oat sensitivity affects about half or more of gluten sensitive people as well, and a new test for this available from Dr. Fine’s Enterolab.com can help people determine if they are part of that problem.
6. The Gluten sensitivity epidemic is mainly attributable to common gluten sensitive genes; more wheat being eaten; the hybridization of wheat to have more gluten than ever; more immune stimulation from stress, sanitation, and more hormone and toxin influences; widespread use of acid-blocking drugs; and a lessening respect by corporate agriculture for the goodness of our food stuff.
Dr. Kenneth Fine is an academic medical doctor, board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, and internationally recognized for his nutritional research and scientific publications (intestinalhealth.org/CV). He has been professionally involved in patient care, medical research, teaching, directing clinical laboratories, nutritional pioneering, and public health for over 25 years. Having been a professor his entire working life, in the year 2000, he converted his successful academic medical career into a public service enterprise to foster his professional passions for teaching and helping people. It was then that he founded, and he still directs EnteroLab.com clinical reference laboratory and the non-profit Intestinal Health Institute in Dallas, Texas (www.intestinalhealth.org), where he has furthered his ground-breaking research and offers diagnostic laboratory tests for intestinal disorders, and gluten and other food sensitivities.
In his musical persona, Kenny Davin Fine is a passionate singer-songwriter, guitar-harmonica player, and spiritual journeyman who entertains, educates, and enlightens with his original, professionally-recorded music. Combining lyrical mastery, vocal smoothness, and the musical sounds of classic rock, country rock, and blues, Kenny has created a sound noteworthy for both its ear friendliness and its spirit-touching quality. His current music CD release is titled “First DeKade”, an anthology of the previous 10 years drawing from his 7 previous CD releases. Along with his achievements as a musician and prolific tunesmith, the good doctor is also a wonderful performer. He showcases his “Healing Voice” in both his live musical shows and his awe-inspiring lectures. He is the country’s only “Physician-Musician on a Mission” (www.kennydavinfine.com).
For more information on Dr. Fine, please see www.SixSOS.com