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Unalaq Creatively Inspired
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Yes, and many times not. Often the entire plant is harvested/eaten and sometimes not.

Important and valid point.

Sorry I stumbled on it so late.

Unalaq Creatively Inspired
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<The incidence of autoimmune diseases is increasing along with the expansion of industrial food processing and food additive consumption.

The intestinal epithelial barrier, with its intercellular tight junction, controls the equilibrium between tolerance and immunity to non-self-antigens. As a result, particular attention is being placed on the role of tight junction dysfunction in the pathogenesis of AD. Tight junction leakage is enhanced by many luminal components, commonly used industrial food additives being some of them.

Glucose, salt, emulsifiers, organic solvents, gluten, microbial transglutaminase, and nanoparticles are extensively and increasingly used by the food industry, claim the manufacturers, to improve the qualities of food. However, all of the aforementioned additives increase intestinal permeability by breaching the integrity of tight junction paracellular transfer. In fact, tight junction dysfunction is common in multiple autoimmune diseases and the central part played by the tight junction in autoimmune diseases pathogenesis is extensively described. It is hypothesized that commonly used industrial food additives abrogate human epithelial barrier function, thus, increasing intestinal permeability through the opened tight junction, resulting in entry of foreign immunogenic antigens and activation of the autoimmune cascade. Future research on food additives exposure-intestinal permeability–autoimmunity interplay will enhance our knowledge of the common mechanisms associated with autoimmune progression.>

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar ... 7215000245

Unalaq Creatively Inspired
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Connect the dots...

http://www.vox.com/2016/3/10/11192874/p ... -food-diet

An estimated 90 percent of the body’s serotonin, for example—a brain neurotransmitter that affects mood, sexual activity, appetite, sleep, memory, and learning— is made by gut bacteria.

http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/ ... D0.twitter

Serotonin deficiency implicated for first time in Rheumatoid Arthritis

http://www.neuroscientistnews.com/resea ... -arthritis

Unalaq Creatively Inspired
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Lets Dance: Synchronised movement helps us tolerate pain and foster friendship.

https://theconversation.com/lets-dance- ... ship-49835

Unalaq Creatively Inspired
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In a new evolutionary proof of the old adage, 'we are what we eat,' scientists have found tantalizing evidence that a vegetarian diet has led to a mutation that -- if they stray from a balanced omega-6 to omega-3 diet -- may make people more susceptible to inflammation, and by association, increased risk of heart disease and colon cancer.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... m=facebook

“In such individuals, vegetable oils will be converted to the more pro-inflammatory arachidonic acid, increasing the risk for chronic inflammation that is implicated in the development of heart disease, and exacerbates cancer
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“The mutation appeared in the human genome long ago, and has been passed down through the human family.”
'The message for vegetarians is simple. Use vegetable oils that are low in omega-6 linoleic acid such as olive oil'

To make the problem worse, the mutation also hinders the production of beneficial Omega 3 fatty acid which is protective against heart disease. Although it may not have mattered when the mutation first developed, since the industrial revolution there has been a major shift in diets away from Omega 3 – found in fish and nuts - to less healthy Omega 6 fats - found in vegetable oils.

"Changes in the dietary Omega 6 to Omega 3 balance may contribute to the increase in chronic disease seen in some developing countries,” added Dr Brenna.

“The message for vegetarians is simple. Use vegetable oils that are low in omega-6 linoleic acid such as olive oil.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science ... sease.html

Unalaq Creatively Inspired
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Patients with gluten sensitivity do not have this response to eating gluten; instead, studies have shown they experience a reaction via a different part of the immune system called the innate immune system.

This, if you like, is a more basic immune response - typically against bacteria - and there is no stored memory after the event. But it does cause inflammation, which may explain symptoms in gluten sensitive people.

Recently, other researchers have used a powerful imaging technique called confocal endoscopy to look at what happens to the surface of the gut in potentially gluten sensitive patients.

The investigators, at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, recruited 36 patients with IBS and suspected food intolerances. They administered diluted samples of problem foods directly on to the bowel lining. Within five minutes of exposure, the researchers saw a significant increase in immune system attack cells.

This happened for 61 per cent of people tested and the most common food to give this response? You guessed it: wheat.
So gluten seems to have a direct role in attacking the small bowel - and not just in those with coeliac disease.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic ... z45BrBVZWz


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