Amyloids, Glyphosate and Sulphur – Oh My! Plus 3 Tips for a Healthy Gut

Posted on by Teri Cochrane

quinoa-beansWhen one of my clients came to me, he was fighting end-stage cancer. He was dealing with a condition called amyloidosis. “Amyloid-what?” Amyloids I hadn’t heard of amyloids or amyloidosis until then. So I turned to Sarah Devido, the brilliant researcher on my staff who used to work for the National Institutes of Health. Amyloidosis is a serious medical condition. It is caused by a buildup of amyloid proteins in organs like the heart, kidneys and liver. Unfortunately, amyloids have been linked to approximately 50 conditions like cancer, diabetes, kidney dysfunction, autoimmune disease and Alzheimer’s. So Sarah helped me figure out why this was happening. I hypothesized that proteins may be contributing to this condition. And that is exactly what we found. We learned that the way cows and chickens are raised can contribute to amyloid buildup in their tissues. Consequently, when we eat these meat products, we are also consuming their amyloids. Our research shows us that amyloids and other misfolded proteins can feed pathogens. We call these “bullies in the sandbox.” Reducing amyloids in our diet takes away one of the sources of food for these microorganisms. This reduces the likelihood of protein malabsorption in the body. Our Wildatarian™ lifestyle addresses this by swapping domesticated animal products like beef and chicken for wild game. Wild game is also richer in good polyunsaturated fats and minerals, like iron and zinc, than their domesticated counterparts. Going Wildatarian allows us to stop feeding the amyloid beast that then feeds the pathogenetic beast of viruses, bacteria and fungi. We worked on a protocol for our client and his unique needs. This helped him to continue his multi-pronged approach to address his condition. We also worked collaboratively with his team of doctors. Today he is cancer-free, riding his bike to work and living a Wildatarian lifestyle. The rest of his life lies ahead of him. Glyphosate Another problematic protein, albeit not from an animal source, is gluten. The big issue with gluten is that it’s a victim and vector of glyphosate. This is a chemical compound and weed killer and a key ingredient in Roundup. The U.S. agricultural industry sprays it on almost 90% of our wheat crops. Furthermore, crops like corn and soy are genetically modified to withstand larger and larger amounts of Roundup. Therefore, glyphosate is everywhere. Even organic food sometimes contains residue because it is in our soil and water. The problem with glyphosate is that it confuses the body by disrupting the metabolism of glycine, a key amino acid. It also decreases our digestive capacity for gluten. The Wildatarian lifestyle addresses this by swapping grains that include gluten for gluten-free options, including the following: • Quinoa • Brown rice • Oats • Buckwheat Sulfur Glyphosate is a major mechanism for sulfur processing impairment. Sulfur is typically broken down into sulfate, which the body uses in many key processes, including the following: • Detoxification • Brain and endocrine function • Building connective tissue (ligaments and tendons) • Maintaining a good gut biome When the body cannot properly break down sulfur, imbalances can occur, including the following: • Digestive health conditions like ulcerative colitis, gastritis and Crohn’s disease • Mental health conditions • Arthritis The Wildatarian lifestyle addresses this by offering a diet specifically for those who suffer sulfur sensitivity. 3 Tips for a Healthy Gut In addition to avoiding amyloids, glyphosate and sulfur (for those who are sensitive), here are a few more things you can do to promote a healthy gut: 1. Stop feeding the sugar monster. Refined flour products hurt us. We know that strep, staph and candida – bacteria and fungus that can hurt us – feed on sugar. Cancer feeds on sugar, as well. Also, glyphosate found in commercially grown and refined flour leaks our gut and can even impair our cognitive abilities! Fact: We eat way too many gluten-filled, sugar rich foods! The average American consumes 170 pounds of sugar each year, compared to 11 pounds a century ago. Children who were born after the year 2000 have a one in three chance of becoming diabetic. This madness has to stop! 2. Build the gut biome with artichoke, asparagus and chickpeas. These are prebiotics, aka digestive aids that feed our good gut bacteria and help to move sulfur through. Also, herbs called mastic gum and slippery elm can help to seal the gut. 3. Seek convenience and bio-individualized nutrition in your kitchen. We live in a culture of convenience. Unfortunately, many convenience foods can contain harmful ingredients, which contribute to a number of autoimmune, chronic and even acute diseases. The truth is that convenience and bio-individualized nutrition are within reach… right in your kitchen. Your natural grocers can help you assemble quick and easy meals that make you feel your best. Remember: It’s not about deprivation; it is about abundance and substitution. Photo from here, with thanks.