(NaturalNews) Given the choice to have sex or eat bread, which would you choose? If you just screamed "sex!":
1) Apologize to your co-workers
2) Ask yourself why so many others would choose bread, pasta, and pizza
Gluten sensitivity is on the rise like no other food intolerance. It affects people with Celiac disease AND a very large portion of the population who do not have the genes for Celiac disease but still react negatively when they eat gluten (NCGS: Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive).
For many people (both confirmed with Celiac disease as well as NCGS) eating even a small amount of gluten means bloating, cramps, and diarrhea... just to name three common symptoms that would get even Hugh Hefner out of the mood.
Yet you'll still hear people say "I know I'm going to pay for this later, but I can't resist," and they proceed to dig into the bread basket.
At this point we all irrefutably know that the majority of the population is grossly addicted to food - but that addiction seems to extend to them even when they are medically diagnosed with a food intolerance AND there is pain or discomfort every time they eat it.
What makes someone opt for pain for hours or days just for an immediate satisfaction that lasts a few seconds? What can we call that other than true addiction?
Food addiction: We get it. But can foods that cause pain still be better than having sex?
This study done by Leicester General Hospital, UK says: "There is now substantial evidence that coeliac sprue is associated with infertility both in men and women... derangement of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. Hyperprolactinaemia is seen in 25% of coeliac patients, which causes impotence and loss of libido."
Another study: "... sexual dysfunction and abnormalities of semen quality was determined in 28 consecutive males with coeliac disease... Of the married coeliacs, 19% had infertile marriages, a value greater than expected in the general population."
People that know this information and are affected STILL eat gluten or as they call it: "cheat." Cheat and suffer the inevitable consequences. The worst part is that someone who is gluten sensitive and hasn't yet triggered Celiac (Coeliac) disease can actually prevent the trigger just by making some dietary changes - and yet everyone waits until it's too late.
Infertility, impotence, sterility, "...in men gonadal dysfunction is believed to be due to reduced conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone caused by low levels of 5 alpha-reductase... causes impotence and loss of libido." Impotence and loss of libido is obviously no match for a hit of toast.
Some good news: "Gluten withdrawal and correction of deficient dietary elements can lead to a return of fertility both in men and women." Going gluten-free may restore fertility; however, many issues are irreversible and even though the person will get better in most cases, they would still need to be living with a complicated, lifelong disorder that has no cure.
So if given the choice between gluten (for which there are plenty of alternatives) and sex - hopefully you'll choose sex.That muffin is really not worth it.
NOTE: Celiac disease is not as rare as most people think. 30 percent of the American population has the genes for Celiac disease though they don't know it because 97 percent are estimated to not be diagnosed yet. Genetic testing is simple, non-invasive, and your number one way to prevent yourself from living with this very common auto-immune disorder.
Sher KS, Jayanthi V, et al. Infertility, obstetric and gynaecological problems in coeliac sprue. Dig Dis. 1994 May-Jun;12(3):186-90. Farthing MJ, Edwards CR, et al. Male gonadal function in coeliac disease: 1. Sexual dysfunction, infertility, and semen quality. Gut. 1982 Jul;23(7):608-14. Sher KS, Jayanthi V, et al. Infertility, obstetric and gynaecological problems in coeliac sprue. Dig Dis. 1994 May-Jun;12(3):186-90. National Institutes of Health, University of Chicago, Celiac Disease Center 12.12.2011.
About the author: Jaqui Karr is a gluten & nutrition expert, bestselling author, certified dietician, and professional speaker. Her books, seminars, and online programs have helped thousands of people on 5 continents over the years find better health and enjoy a higher quality of life. Her newest program is "Gluten Demystified" - watch this free online video now for valuable information that could help you prevent the trigger of hundreds of disorders that have been linked to gluten: http://glutendemystified.com
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