Who: Dr. Thomas O’Bryan – Gluten Sensitivity Expert
Topic: The Musculoskeletal Connection to Autoimmune Disease. The most basic Paleo Diet recommendation is the removal of gluten. But did you know that gluten sensitivity goes well beyond the digestive tract? Dr. O’Bryan reveals the latest research on how gluten consumption may lead to autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, and muscle pain without digestive symptoms.
What did you think of this presentation?
This one surprised me. This guy was not even on my radar screen and I almost skipped over the presentation. "More stuff on gluten? No thank you!" Well I'm so glad I didn't listen to myself. Very well done. This is an easy-to-understand presentation of some complex concepts. Almost anyone could listen to this and come away with a better understanding of so many of the issues surrounding gluten sensitivity and many of the related issues. I actually learned some new things so this is my favorite presentation thus far.
This one made me pretty sad. If you were privileged to read my medical history, you would see 7 or more chronic problems now linked directly to gluten-triggered autoimmune responses including migraine, the gallbladder I no longer have, mild loss of coordination/balance, etc., etc., etc.
At NO time did a medical professional ever have a clue about what the pattern suggested. They didn't even recognize autoimmunity let alone gluten sensitivity.
So now I have NO hope of justifying additional holiday cheats with wheat, rye or barley (I'd already figured that out, but STILL.)
This was another clear, well organized presentation. You can tell he's done this one many times.
Now this was someone who went past the generalities and presented the nitty-gritty stuff in a comprehensible manner - bravo for this.
But instead of bluntly advertising his supplement, I would have liked to know what exactly the ingredients in it are doing....
I really, really enjoyed this presentation. It's a great 101 on the gut and auto-immune disease. Given how much he dumbed it down for a lay audience (with all sorts of familiar metaphors) I suspect someone with a more expert knowledge may cringe, but it worked for me.
I particularly found the discussion about the differences between allergy, sensitivity, and intolerance helpful. For example, the skin prick tests only check for IgE anti-bodies and there are three others involved. Similarly, some blood tests only check for a specific gluten peptide, but there are lots of others. Finally, intolerance is neither an allergy or a sensitivity but an inability to digest a nutrient and thus create problems (like lactose intolerance as a result of the enzyme lactase).
He also has a great section in there which talks about the three things necessary for an auto-immune problem: a genetic susceptibiltiy, an environmental trigger (like gluten), and a leaky gut. If you have the latter two, then the result depends on the first. It could be celiacs (gut), but it could also be hashimotos (thyroid) or ADHD or autism (brain).
Interestingly, he's not down on all gluten and says the problematic one is the one in wheat, barley, and rye.
The promo for the supplement was way at the end of it and Sean brought it up. The goal of the supplement is to nutritionally support the healing that needs to occur after gluten is removed ... you can do this with a healthy diet, but for some folks, supplements can help this occur faster.
I'm listening to the final 3 minutes of this presentation. This is BY FAR my favorite presentation. I have listened to all 8. I learned so much. I've never heard of Dr. Thomas O'Bryan prior to this presentation. What a phenomenal teacher!
Sean has done other interviews and call in shows with him, you can find them at the underground wellness podcast if you want to hear more. A lot of the same information, but great to hear callers questions...
This is great! What was his website again? I think my big issue with gluten has been its effects on my joints and muscles ceran wrap (apparently the body uses plastic rather than aluminum foil on the meat).
This Dr. is a genius. If you missed you will need to see it somehow.
saliva first and then blood test
If you have a Biopsy then get an IEL count with it.
You need to 1) Stop Gluten 2) Heal dammage by taking more nutrients.
Very cool and very worth it. A summit in May on UW to discuss this even more.
Can't say enough about how cool this talk was.
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