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Lectins : The Missing Link

I will be discussing the vital and fascinating topic of lectins, the term used to describe antibody-sized proteins (glycoproteins- part carbohydrate, part protein), the most pertinent of which are those derived from foods. And which foods do you think provide the most damaging “lectins”? Yep…the “big 4” again- gluten grains (wheat, barley, rye), dairy products (casein), soy (errrh), and corn. Surprise, surprise!

This section will be under construction for a while and I will try to get to tend to it as soon as I can. This is a crucial concept for everyone to understand. In my early writing (e.g The Answer),  I referred to lectins as “dietary glycoproteins”, having not yet come across the term “lectins”. But a few years ago, I discovered a very important Webpage that catapulted me into a whole new world of discovery. It was http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html, a great synopsis of the concept of lectins and the role these dietary glycoproteins were playing in the demise of our health. It was life-changing information that clarified much.
Further support came in reading the work of Dr. D’Adamo and his Eating for Your Blood Type. (
http://www.dadamo.com/ ) This information dovetailed perfectly with what I had suspecting and confirming over the previous years of research.

So, I will be writing a paper on what I have learned about lectins as soon as possible. In the meantime, I would strongly recommend that the reader do a search for “lectins” and start reading on their own. You will be amazed at what researchers know about how and why these food-derived glycoproteins drive our tissues and immune systems crazy. You will also see how our own body produces lectins to control cell function. Then you will see how the “confusion” and dysfunction arise. Again, a good starting point in the link above, http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this topic is the interrelationship between lectins and viruses. I go into this in my newest section, Viruses- Friend or Foe? This really starts to put things together, especially once the reader grasps the fact that we are loaded with viruses, some of which are embedded in our very DNA. Those who have spent much time on this site already have a good grasp of this extremely important fact.

Once again, we see that our health destiny is firmly in our own hands. It is our own actions that determine the state of our health. We have the potential to live to be 120 years old (Genesis 6:3) or become ill and die at a very early age. We have placed our destiny in the hands of others and “genetics” for far too long. By understanding the role of food intolerance, lectins, viruses, and environmental factors, we can put the focus back where it belongs…us… and our choices.

I hope this helps,

John

In this section:

Viruses and Lectins- The Missing Links –  (Link only)This paper is the manuscript for my upcoming lecture at a major veterinary conference. It covers my latest passion- studying the potential interrelationships between the lectins of the “big 4” (gluten, casein, soy and corn) and the latent viruses that are residing in our cells, some even being embedded in our very DNA. These interactions help to explain “autoimmune” diseases and shed light on the development of that dreaded diagnosis of cancer.

Immune-mediated Diseases in a Nutshell – This is a post that made on one of favorite Internet forums. It was placed on a thread that I started about the observation I had made concerning the left side being more commonly afflicted first with immune-mediated diseases than the right. I hope you find it interesting.

A Letter to a Colleague- Re: Thyroid Disease – The following article is an Email to a colleague who wrote on the behalf of a veterinarian pursuing a doctorate in immunology asking about the relationship between inflammatory bowel disease and hypothyroidism.

Fatty Liver Syndrome- Killing Two Birds with One Grain – This is an Email that I sent to the Friends of DogtorJ after I read a Yahoo health alert that “discussed” fatty liver syndrome. Actually the article left more questions unanswered than it answered, sooo….  This Email was also later edited by Ron Hoggan, a champion in celiac circles,  and published in the newsletter of www.celiac.com, an awesome Website for anyone afflicted with or exploring the possibilities of gluten intolerance.

Important Links (below) – Here are a few links to lectin-related sites that will hopefully get you started in your understanding of this vital and fascinating topic.

Important links:

http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lectins- Wikipedia definition
http://www.dadamo.com/
http://ezinearticles.com/?Food-Lectins-in-Health-and-Disease:-An-Introduction&id=275056 – Put “lectins” in their search at the top of the page.
http://dogtorj.tripod.com/id17.html

I would suggest that the reader do some Internet searches for things like “lectins, viruses”, “lectins, disease”, “lectins, GMO”, and other creative searches. You will see that these vital but relatively undiscussed elements are involved in many, many things both good and bad. They are a huge piece of the medical puzzle, as are viruses.

Dogtor J

 
 
 
Just Desserts

These are little tidbits of knowledge I’ve discovered or insights I’ve gained over the years while doing my in-depth studies.For example, did you know researchers have found that nearly 40% of the genetic information in our DNA is viral information? This explains what we call “genetic diseases” including familial and breed tendencies toward food intolerance (e.g. celiac disease), neurological disorders (e.g. epilepsy), and numerous cancers.

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Blogtor J

Welcome to the blog of the new DogtorJ.com. New research into the origin of our medical woes has revealed something startling: As it turns out, we are our own worst enemy. Yes, the Pogo quote of yesteryear found in the title of this article is quite accurate when applied to our medical lives. We love to discuss those things that we call “causes” of diseases even though we often have little clue as to how these things really cause illness. Even medical professionals can have difficulty grasping the true cause-and-effect. But that is understandable once some insight is gained into the true nature of medical training.

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News Flash!

In this section, I will be placing links to the latest breaking news in the food world, including updates on the use of elimination diets to control disease, articles on pet food, the truth about GMO foods and more. I will do my best to balance the bad with the good, but try to remember: Much of this will seem like bad news but at least we know about it now…and can change it!

 

With some of these stories, I will include a link to a blog entry so that you can comment on the article. This idea came to me after reading the first entry, which is a news flash that made my blood boil.

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The Epilepsy Diet Made Simple The Origin of Disease Lectins – The Missing Links Viruses – Friend or Foe? Pain, Pain Go Away
 
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Something to Chew On
 

What is the “Leaky Gut”?
The “leaky gut syndrome” is the root of many medical evils once the “big 4” induce it. Read how Italians have survived being a pasta-based society.

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Hip Dysplasia – “Genetics” vs. Diet

As misconceptions go, this is a high-priority item. Hip dysplasia is not what we were taught.

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Epilepsy and Diet

I have been studying “idiopathic epilepsy” extensively since April of 2000. Guess what? It’s not idiopathic anymore. A diet change can cure it!

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The Truth About Pet Food

Dogs and cats are carnivores yet most pet foods are grain-based. Knowing how to read a label is also very important. Does your pet food really have vegetables in it? Really???

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How to Control Epilepsy Naturally
 

I have been successfully treating pets with epilepsy using diet changes alone for nearly 10 years. The results have been astounding. This paper helps to summarize my findings and recommendations.

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We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us
 

This is the first blog placed on BlogtorJ.com (6-24-07) and pretty much covers the gamut of topics – from heartburn to cancer – that are discussed on this Website. The bottom line? Viruses and bacteria are not the enemy. We are! The good news: We do have our health destinies in our own hands.

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Gluten Intolerance and Your Pet
 

This paper is an article I wrote for the newsletter of www.celiac.com when asked about the prevalence of celiac disease (gluten intolerance) in the dog and cat. This condition has been definitively diagnosed in the Irish Setter but not many other breeds of dogs. I will not be at all surprised when we find that it does exist in numerous other breeds… and even the lovable mutt…but as this article explains, that may very well be a moot point. Gluten is only the beginning.

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The Answer
 

This 40-plus page paper is my first major paper, written in 2001 and hurriedly placed on this site on that fateful and tragic day of 9-11. It represents the culmination of nearly two years of research on the subject of food-related disorders and contains an amazing amount of facts that have been hidden from public view concerning this subject. It covers how the “big 4” trouble foods- gluten, dairy, soy and corn- came into being, catapulted into common usage, and became directly involved in most of our serious medical conditions, including epilepsy, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, ADHD, pain syndromes, depression, and allergies. Severe immune-mediated diseases such as diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are also covered.

 

Yes, it is quite long, but it appeared on my computer screen and was placed onto the Web just as it came out of my head. And it is wordy in places. But, as I tell my clients, “There is no law that you have to read it all in one sitting. Think of it as a free, short book rather than a long research paper. It’s all how you look at it, right?”

 

The one thing I can say is that this information WILL change your life…guaranteed!!!

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