What is gluten intolerance?

Gluten intolerance affects a large proportion of the population. Yet many people who may be affected aren’t even sure what it is. This article sets out to explain what gluten intolerance is, how it can affect you, and, just as important, what it is not.

Let’s start by looking at what gluten intolerance is not. This may seem an odd place to start, but many people, even among the medical profession (who should know better) think that when people say they are gluten intolerant they mean…


Health benefits and uses of less well known mints

Originally published on Herbal Medicine from Your Garden

I’ve already dealt with a number of different mint species including peppermint, spearmint, apple mint, ginger mint, Corsican mint and (European) pennyroyal. But there are a number of other species in…

Guest Post: A Gastroenterologist’s Personal Journey Down the Gluten Rabbit Hole

Celiac disease and non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS)

Gluten intolerance resulting in symptoms and illness similar to celiac disease (CD) without meeting diagnostic criteria for CD is a new concept. This concept of non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or gluten related disease (GRD) may be a new paradigm that is hard for some people to swallow, especially when I suggest that it affects as much as 10% to 30% of the population.

Wheat gluten as a cause of illness

Gluten ingestion is an…

Myrtle and Lemon Myrtle essential oils, benefits and uses

Originally published on Guide to Aromatherapy

Myrtle and lemon myrtle essential oils are both generally available and sometimes confused. Myrtle essential oil comes from the Mediterranean, but lemon myrtle essential oil is from Australia.

As with all essential oils, neither myrtle nor lemon myrtle oil should be taken internally, even though you may see this recommended elsewhere. Essential oils are highly concentrated and…

Natural remedies for anxiety/depression

There are many natural remedies for anxiety and depression. This post only covers readily available products which will help with both problems.

Anxiety and depression are closely related and often occur together. Anxiety is generally associated with stress or fear, whereas depression is often considered to be a result of suppressed anger. Both are linked to serotonin levels in the brain.

Anxiety, depression and deficiency

There are strong indications that both depression and anxiety are at least partly…

Blackberry ice cream

Blackberry Ice Cream – Gluten free recipe

Originally published on 100% Gluten Free

Dead easy, dead different, dead nice – and totally gluten free.

8 Servings

600g (1¼ lb) blackberries
1 tsp lemon juice
4 eggs
125g (4 oz) castor sugar
4 drops vanilla essence
600 ml (1 pint) double cream

Place blackberries and lemon juice in a blender and liquidize.

Combine eggs, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Beat until fluffy. Fold
in the pureed fruit.

Lightly whip the cream and fold into the mixture.

Turn into a rigid container and seal. Rapid freeze for 10 hours.

Remove 2 hours before serving.

Chronic Fatigue and Gluten: is there a connection?

CFS (sometimes called ME) is a pretty horrible diagnosis – not like the big C, but in a different way. Basically, if your doctor decides you have CFS he will wash his hands of you, because there is nothing he can give you in the way of medicine to “fix” it.

CFS or chronic fatigue syndrome is a growing problem. But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are: “no physical signs that identify CFS… no diagnostic laboratory tests…

Could your weight problem be caused by gluten intolerance?

Previously published on 100% Gluten Free

The Establishment always denies anything that doesn’t match the current dogma. Look what it did to Galileo for saying the Earth went round the Sun. That’s probably why there’s so much misinformation out there about obesity and its connection to gluten intolerance.

There are many people that say, if you’re not allergic to something (that is, that your immune system doesn’t react to it), that means you can eat it whenever…


Chia seeds health benefits: a superfood worthy of the name

Originally published on Herbal Medicine from Your Garden

The chia plant (sometimes Mexican chia), Salvia hispanica, is native to Mexico and Guatemala and was one of the staples eaten by ancient Aztecs. It is related to sage, clary sage and Spanish sage.

Chia is an annual plant which reaches a height of around 1m (3′), but is frost tender. However, as it flowers in July and August, the…

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Quick Spare Ribs – Gluten free recipe

Originally published on 100% Gluten Free

A favourite with the kids, a great standby when they bring friends round unexpectedly – and totally gluten free.

4 Servings

2 or 3 spare ribs per person
1-2 tblsp gluten-free soy sauce mixed with an equal quantity of oil

Brush the spare ribs on both sides and put on a rack under a medium grill.

Grill for 10-15 minutes, brushing with further mixture frequently. Turn halfway through cooking.

Serve with egg fried rice or special fried rice.