Fast Caffeine Metabolizers Can Still Be Sensitive to Coffee – Here’s Why

You may know someone who seems to be able to drink all of the caffeine they want and sleep like a baby each night.

For others, a sip of coffee taken after lunch could give them insomnia all night.

Caffeine is metabolized by a liver enzyme coded by the gene CYP1A2. If you carry 1 or two “bad” copies of this gene, it will slow your ability to process your caffeine intake – and you may be more sensitive than someone else.

Chris Kresser, LAc recently made an excellent review of how coffee can be good or bad for you based on whether you are a fast or slow metabolizer of caffeine. According to Kresser, slow metabolizers of caffeine may be at higher risk of heart disease, high […]

My Doctor Says I am Not Celiac, Can I Still Eat Wheat?

gluten stomach ache and bloatingDoes your belly feel chronically bloated, distended or uncomfortable?

Or maybe occasionally you have the sudden urge to run to the bathroom after eating?

You may have gone to your doctor doctor suspecting a food allergy, especially this “gluten problem” that seems to be all the craze.

But the gluten antibodies came back negative. The biopsy of your small intestine – looks like that came back normal too.

Your doctor tells you “I think that your symptoms are Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, we do not know what causes it, but here’s a medication to help control the symptoms.

You reply “But doc, I tried eliminating wheat for a few days and actually starting to think that I was feeling a little better?

Your doc responds: “According to the testing, you can still continue eating wheat, be careful of those fad diets out there. While the Paleo Diet can sometimes be helpful, there’s no good research supporting it

You tell your Paleo friends that you had been tested for wheat and it came back negative. The new medications seem to help, you will stick with them for now.

But you still suspect something is off.

You still experience chronic bloating, and you are foggy headed all of the time. Your energy is spent, and your skin just doesn’t seem to have the same glow any more.

Could it still be wheat? […]

Why is Autoimmune Disease Commonly Misdiagnosed?

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Can You Predict Autoimmune Disease?

Autoimmune diseases such as autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease) or Celiac disease are very common and can affect most organs.

They impose enormous burdens on the health care system not only in cost, but in quality of life for millions who suffer from them.

Autoimmunity results when insults from our environment, diet, and lifestyle interact with our genes to disrupt normal immune balance. They can take years to develop as the body becomes increasingly frustrated and tired of the insults it may be experiencing internally.

The body is like a rubber band, and autoimmune illness can result when the body starts to lose its ability to return to normal. But if you remove some of the factors that keep stretching it to its limits, you can increase the life of the rubber band and at least push back the time it takes for it to lose its elasticity.

Immune activators eventually lead to immune imbalance. Immune imbalance then leads to auto-reactivity to one’s own tissues, proteins and organs – eventually causing damage to those components.

What if you could predict autoimmune disease 10 years earlier than when your symptoms develop?