HEALTH Beer Causes Autoimmune Disease – Skin, Gut & Brain at Risk

Chair Warmer

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Beer Causes Autoimmune Disease – Skin, Gut & Brain at Risk
Monday, August 23, 2010 - Byron Richards, CCN

Every now and then the mainstream news creates what I call a teachable moment. The majority of Americans could care less about a subject as seemingly obtuse as gluten intolerance. Then along comes a headline indicating beer intake by women can cause gluten-induced autoimmune disease, and all of a sudden, a significantly larger portion of America has its ears open. A companion study has linked gluten sensitivity to depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. This means a whole lot more than the 1% of Americans with Celiac disease should at least understand something about this topic and how it may relate to their health.

Gluten is a protein in wheat, barley, and rye. Gliadin is one of the components of gluten. It is highly resistant to digestion and capable of producing an inflammatory immune system reaction, especially in those with a genetic susceptibility. There are a variety of types of gluten/gliadin. Some are more potentially immune-reactive than others, even amongst various types of wheat. Gluten is also in oats and rice, although the structure of gluten/gliadin in these foods are not as reactive as wheat. However, once an autoimmune problem gets going, your immune system can cross-react with any form of gluten/gliadin, thereby expanding your potential sensitivity to more foods.

Gluten has many desirable properties from the food manufacturing point of view. It is responsible for the rising and final shape of any baked wheat product. It also gives bread products a chewy property and is useful to stabilize the final ingredient mixture in any processed food concoction. Thus, gluten is typically added in one form or another to a majority of processed foods. The FDA maintains that gluten is safe in any amount in any food. Because of this, we have a situation where independent of wheat consumption, individuals consume massive amounts of dietary gluten when eating processed foods.

Newer science shows that various types of gluten/gliadin may trigger different types of immune system reactions. The Celiac issue is an autoimmune reaction in your gut. The psoriasis issue is an autoimmune reaction in your skin. There are also reactions that take place in your brain. While any one person could have all three of these they often only have one or two. While blatant autoimmune reactions may only affect 1% of the general population, a more pressing issue is that immune system dysfunction relating to this topic may affect as much as 40% of the population. This means that virtually any digestive complaint, skin complaint, or mental health issue could have gluten sensitivity as part of its problem. This could be 10% of the problem or 90% of the problem and will vary from person to person.

In the current beer study, 82,869 women taking part in Nurses’ Health Study II were tracked from 1991 to 2005. During that time women who had five or more regular beers per week had a 130% increased risk for developing autoimmune psoriasis. Light beer did not cause the problem, nor did any other form of alcohol. Regular beer is typically fermented using barley as the starch source. This leads to a higher level of gluten in regular beer in comparison to any other form of alcohol. This study has far-reaching public health implications that extend beyond beer consumption.

In another study in the same journal, researchers reported much higher rates of anxiety (31%), depression (39%), and suicidal feelings (44%) in individuals with psoriasis. This means that the likely cause of psoriasis is linked to something else going on inside one’s body that is also causing brain stress.

These studies correlate to a much broader range of research that has been going on over the past decade and is too extensive to review in any detail. Simply put, there is a sliding scale between optimal health and autoimmune disease. There are many shades of grey that appear before the full-blown manifestation of an autoimmune problem like psoriasis or Celiac. Such problems involve various degrees of immune system malfunction. Consequent inflammation that may not end up with a diagnosable autoimmune problem but certainly can cause a significant decline in health.

What the data shows is that any ongoing digestive problem, any ongoing mental health struggle, or any ongoing skin problem (including eczema or dermatitis) is possibly linked to the excessive intake of gluten. The data shows that such gluten sensitivity causes inflammation on the lining of your digestive tract as well as the lining of your brain (blood brain barrier) in such as way that these important barriers become “leaky.” This means that inflammatory trash from your gut can leak back into your body and wreak havoc, as well as cross your blood brain barrier and interfere with your mental health. Your skin will be called upon as a back up system to get rid of the excess trash, and if your skin is excessively stressed, then any skin problem is possible.

If an individual believes they may have a problem in this area, the first thing to do is to avoid regular beer and all processed foods, including condiments like ketchup (that typically use gluten and don’t report it on the label in any clear way). You can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out how gluten may be labeled only to find that it is often not labeled at all. Minimizing processed foods in your diet is a basic tip for good health and this is just one more reason to do it.

In the field of alternative health there are many gluten-paranoid health professionals. They want everyone to never eat wheat. They are typically trying to superimpose their own health issues on everyone else. Wheat is a wonderful source of nutrition and fiber – as well as potent isoprenoids that are clearly associated with longevity and overall good health.

On the other hand, I have no objection to someone cutting back on or eliminating dietary gluten for a period of time if it improves their skin, brain, and/or gut health. Doing so is especially relevant to individuals with chronic problems in one or more of these areas.

At the same time your goal should not be to become a dietary cripple who now must live in fear of gluten. You can help heal your leaky gut with nutrients like glutamine, N-acetyl-glucosamine, acidophilus, extra dietary fiber, immune-filtered whey peptides, and a variety of other strategies. You can reduce the leakiness of your gut and brain with nutrients like quercetin and grape seed extract. It may take a month or two (or even longer) to straighten out your digestive environment. Unless you have a true genetic issue with gluten, then you should be able to handle a reasonable amount of gluten in healthy foods, and not have problems.

The proof is always in the pudding, so pay attention and learn your limits. The gluten sensitivity issue is far more relevant to health than most people think. Understanding the issue properly will help you to attend to a problem instead of going overboard trying to fix it.

http://www.wellnessresources.com/health/articles/beer_causes_autoimmune_disease_skin_gut_brain_at_risk/

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dissimulo

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In the current beer study, 82,869 women taking part in Nurses’ Health Study II were tracked from 1991 to 2005. During that time women who had five or more regular beers per week had a 130% increased risk for developing autoimmune psoriasis. Light beer did not cause the problem, nor did any other form of alcohol. Regular beer is typically fermented using barley as the starch source. This leads to a higher level of gluten in regular beer in comparison to any other form of alcohol. This study has far-reaching public health implications that extend beyond beer consumption.

In another study in the same journal, researchers reported much higher rates of anxiety (31%), depression (39%), and suicidal feelings (44%) in individuals with psoriasis. This means that the likely cause of psoriasis is linked to something else going on inside one’s body that is also causing brain stress.
A couple problems here. First, "five or more beers per week" could mean one beer per day after work, five beers once per week, or a half-rack a night. Some of those people are getting more than the upper recommended limit of alcohol and some are not.

Second, people with psoriasis or any other chronic health condition have higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal feelings. That doesn't necessarily mean that there is a biochemical link between the two conditions. People with purely mechanical health problems have much higher rates of depression.
 

Satanta

Stone Cold Crazy
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Yeah, well, if someone can stomach the bacteria-piss they can and sell by the case [[i.e., Buttweiser and the like]] they should get sick.

nasty stuff.

Guinness Extra Stout or homebrew is the way to go.

I'm the doctor Frankenstein of wine-making myself. Never used a grape product yet and go for cactus, mesquite, loquats and lately blueberry/blackberry and have three bottles of pumpkin going at the moment. [[Racket them out of a one gallon container yesterday and now in three wine bottle with the vaporlocks. :) ]]
 

BREWER

Veteran Member
Yeah, well, if someone can stomach the bacteria-piss they can and sell by the case [[i.e., Buttweiser and the like]] they should get sick.

nasty stuff.

Guinness Extra Stout or homebrew is the way to go.

I'm the doctor Frankenstein of wine-making myself. Never used a grape product yet and go for cactus, mesquite, loquats and lately blueberry/blackberry and have three bottles of pumpkin going at the moment. [[Racket them out of a one gallon container yesterday and now in three wine bottle with the vaporlocks. :) ]]
Santana: You beat me to it. Not to chastise Chair Warmer's original post;however, I took notice of this...

In the current beer study, 82,869 women taking part in Nurses’ Health Study II were tracked from 1991 to 2005. During that time women who had five or more regular beers per week had a 130% increased risk for developing autoimmune psoriasis. Light beer did not cause the problem, nor did any other form of alcohol. Regular beer is typically fermented using barley as the starch source. This leads to a higher level of gluten in regular beer in comparison to any other form of alcohol. This study has far-reaching public health implications that extend beyond beer consumption.

The commercial 'beers' these women were ingesting were more than likely Bud, Miller, or Coors. All these industrial, mass produced 'beers'[all are lagers]have been filtered... read:stripped of all the natural complex nutrients, vitamins, and pasteurized killing any beneficial yeast which is rich in B-complex which allows your system to metabolize all the goodness which is in 'beer'. I had exema, split nails, etc and all disappeared within 3 months once I started drinking my own unfiltered, unpasteurized, purified water made 'homebrew'.

Yes, just like Morton salt has been 'stripped' of all the trace elements which natural sea salt contains so too the commercial big three B-M-C 'beer' manufacturers have done the same. Their 'product' is only a shadow of what a good beer should contain. The monks called it liquid bread for a good reason.

Again, not to attack the OP, but there is a lot more to this 'story' than meets the eye.

Palmetto: That is a mighty pretty picture of the er, uh, BBQ.
 

Red Baron

Paleo-Conservative
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As already has been mentioned, domestic beer is highly processed and contains Lord knows what kind of additives.

Not so with German beer. By law it can only have the essential ingedients needed to make it, and nothing else. It is probably one of the most "organic" of all products commercially produced in the entire world.

Weisse beir is my favorite. It has no filtering done to it at all.
 

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NoThing

Veteran Member
Interesting...they fail to mention the most pervasive symptoms of grain gluten induced auto-immune dis-ease.

acne and arthritis
 

NoThing

Veteran Member
...and, it ain't only beer...milk has many times the concentration of grain gluten than beer or bread.
 

NoThing

Veteran Member
...not to mention the effect of grain gluten induced auto-immune response on the iodine deficient human glandular system. ie. pancreas, thyroid, prostate, mammary, etc...
 

techcas

Contributing Member
As already has been mentioned, domestic beer is highly processed and contains Lord knows what kind of additives.

Not so with German beer. By law it can only have the essential ingedients needed to make it, and nothing else. It is probably one of the most "organic" of all products commercially produced in the entire world.

Weisse beir is my favorite. It has no filtering done to it at all.
I love Hacker Pschorr. Drank in thier tent at 2 consecutive Octoberfests.
Real beer will ruin you on most of the american stuff. I do like Sam Adams though.
 

denfoote

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Yeah, well, if someone can stomach the bacteria-piss they can and sell by the case [[i.e., Buttweiser and the like]] they should get sick.

nasty stuff.

Guinness Extra Stout or homebrew is the way to go.

I'm the doctor Frankenstein of wine-making myself. Never used a grape product yet and go for cactus, mesquite, loquats and lately blueberry/blackberry and have three bottles of pumpkin going at the moment. [[Racket them out of a one gallon container yesterday and now in three wine bottle with the vaporlocks. :) ]]
I prefer Spaten.

http://www.spatenusa.com/
 

onetimer

Veteran Member
Did they cut out ALL other sources of gluten during their study? didn't think so

We will see more attacks on any items that contribute to the upcoming costs or avoidance of obamacare.
 

Chair Warmer

Membership Revoked
Santana: You beat me to it. Not to chastise Chair Warmer's original post;however, I took notice of this...(article excerpt omited)

The commercial 'beers' these women were ingesting were more than likely Bud, Miller, or Coors. All these industrial, mass produced 'beers'[all are lagers]have been filtered... read:stripped of all the natural complex nutrients, vitamins, and pasteurized killing any beneficial yeast which is rich in B-complex which allows your system to metabolize all the goodness which is in 'beer'. I had exema, split nails, etc and all disappeared within 3 months once I started drinking my own unfiltered, unpasteurized, purified water made 'homebrew'.

Yes, just like Morton salt has been 'stripped' of all the trace elements which natural sea salt contains so too the commercial big three B-M-C 'beer' manufacturers have done the same. Their 'product' is only a shadow of what a good beer should contain. The monks called it liquid bread for a good reason.
Great informational advice Brewer, I appreciate your input! ;)

Mrs.Cw
 

NoThing

Veteran Member
WTF????

Not a chance. NO gluten in milk.

Summerthyme

au contraire

The highly concentrated protein in cow milk, which supports a calf's rapid growth, is a grain gluten derived protein.

Grain gluten protein is immunologically almost identical to human glandular tissue, hence the auto-immune response against human glandular tissue.

The most common symptoms of grain/dairy gluten immune response is pyrosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease, Commonly known as "heartburn".

The immune system rejection response to consuming milk, ice cream, cereal grains... results in a release of endorphins/serotonin, which is why macaroni and cheese, ice cream and brownies and milk and cookies are called "comfort foods".

Although science has known this for a long time, the grain and dairy industries would be severely affected if it became common knowledge.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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Oh, GOOD GRIEF.

Please- citations. CASEIN is the protein in milk. There IS NO GLUTEN IN MILK

Summerthyme
 

NoThing

Veteran Member
Oh, GOOD GRIEF.

Please- citations. CASEIN is the protein in milk. There IS NO GLUTEN IN MILK

Summerthyme
Follow the protein...casein protein is derived from grain gluten and has the same immunological markers as gluten protein.

Phlegm and nasal discharge, following the consumption of grain and dairy, are glycoproteins, immunoglobulins and lipids being expelled after the breakdown of the white blood cells that defended against the foreign body response to gluten and gluten derived protein.
 

NoThing

Veteran Member
The foreign body response to grain gluten, and gluten derived protein in dairy, is well worth remembering when the next wave of virulent influenza virus circulates.

Grain gluten and gluten derived protein jacks up the entire human immune system.

We don't die from the influenza virus, we die from our immune system's foreign body response to the virus.
 

3-L's

Membership Revoked
The best policy is stick to the hard stuff. For medicinal purposes, of course.
Yes make it vodka.........."potato vodka" if you can afford it.

Made in the USA from Idaho potatoes

Name: Blue Ice

That's the best medicine yet.

I actually did some research on gluten free alcohol.
 

Mr. Mason

Membership Revoked
I've known beer causes auto-immune disorder for years...

You drink a few beers and you becomes automatically immune to anything!
 

Sligo

Membership Revoked
A couple problems here. First, "five or more beers per week" could mean one beer per day after work, five beers once per week, or a half-rack a night. Some of those people are getting more than the upper recommended limit of alcohol and some are not.

Second, people with psoriasis or any other chronic health condition have higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal feelings. That doesn't necessarily mean that there is a biochemical link between the two conditions. People with purely mechanical health problems have much higher rates of depression.
There is a biochemical link between the two conditions. I am one of those people who is highly allergic to gluten. Proper diagnosis is only with genetic testing AND a biopsy of the small intestine. Celiac Disease does cause both skin problems and depression, along with diabetes, anemia and chronic fatique, and of course, digestive problems. I have found that there is gluten in almost everything and it is just easier for me to not eat any processed foods at all. Before I was diagnosed, my elbows and ankles were so dry and cracked I had to use lanolin on them. As soon as I cut out wheat, barley, rye, and oats, my skin cleared. I miss beer, as any good Irish girl would, but I will live without in order to have my life back.
 

Sebastian

Sebastian
Deutschland should have been wiped out by now!!
Depends on how far one is removed from hunter gatherers ancestors that is.

Among europeans the Irish have far higher levels of glutton intolerance than any other group as they were the last hunter gatherers to be domesticated, everyone else the intolerants lost the genetic struggle long ago save for a very few.

If your european ancestors who crossed the ditch made um peace with the indians instead of war as mine did your chances of being intolerant are much greater having that noble hunter gatherer blood or some such.

BY the by some beers were part of the clue that told me I was intolerant though I'd burst I did - wheat beers as I recall were the worst.

Still love and remember the taiste.
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
WTF????

Not a chance. NO gluten in milk.

Summerthyme

Sorry ST but LOTS of gluten in milk! I have celiacs, though it's not as raging as it was 5 years ago when I almost died from diverticulitus and ulcerative colotitis ALL because of untreated celiacs.

Oh and it's in a LOT of dairy products as well, think cottage cheese, ice cream, etc.

Sad isn't it.:shk:
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
Depends on how far one is removed from hunter gatherers ancestors that is.

Among europeans the Irish have far higher levels of glutton intolerance than any other group as they were the last hunter gatherers to be domesticated, everyone else the intolerants lost the genetic struggle long ago save for a very few.

If your european ancestors who crossed the ditch made um peace with the indians instead of war as mine did your chances of being intolerant are much greater having that noble hunter gatherer blood or some such.

BY the by some beers were part of the clue that told me I was intolerant though I'd burst I did - wheat beers as I recall were the worst.

Still love and remember the taiste.
Half Mi'kmaq here and very intolerant! Well compared to the corrupted commercial version of wheat that is, I can grind whole wheat and not get sick like I would if I ate a couple of slices of white bread. I'm not sure why either.

K-
 
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