Wheat-Free vs Gluten-Free (video)

Transcript: Wheat Free vs Gluten Free – 2 Minutes to Health

In this episode I’m going to talk about wheat free versus gluten free.

Hi, I am naturopath Katherine Maslen, welcome to Two Minutes to Health. In today’s episode I’m going to be talking about wheat free versus gluten free. So the deal is that if something is gluten-free it’s also wheat free. However if something is wheat free it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is gluten-free because there is a lot of other grains that contain gluten as well, as wheat containing gluten there is also rye, spelt or kamut or khorasan which is another name for it. There’s also barley and triticale.

All of those grain also contain gluten but they are wheat free essentially. The difference is that if you’re eating a wheat free product it might not actually be gluten-free but it might actually be okay on your digestive system because the gluten in this product is a little different than it is in wheat. Wheat contains a lot of gluten, the gluten protein molecules are quite big whereas the proteins in spelt, Kamut and rye are actually a lot more digestible. A lot of people find that if they eliminate wheat rather than gluten, their digestive system is okay.

On the other hand there are people who just can’t tolerate gluten whatsoever. So if you can’t have gluten you can’t have any of those grains and it has to be gluten-free. Your gluten-free grains are going to be things like rice, corn, millet, amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat. They are the kind of gluten-free grains that you’re looking for. So remembering that wheat free doesn’t necessarily mean gluten-free. If it is gluten-free it is not going to have any wheat or gluten in it.

I am naturopath Katherine Maslen this has been Two Minutes to Health. Please subscribe to my channel and if you do have a question, please leave it in the box below and I will be happy to answer it.

Lyme Disease and Naturopathy

Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria called Borellia of which there are many types. Borellia is a spiral shaped bacteria that is transmitted through ticks and may also be able to be transmitted from person to person.  Lyme disease is becoming more and more prevalent in Australia and is something Katherine treats commonly in her practice.

Diagnosis of Lyme disease is very difficult because the blood tests available are not 100% reliable. The symptoms of Lyme disease are many and can vary from person to person. There are many symptoms of Lyme disease that occur in other conditions and it is often misdiagnosed.

People with Lyme disease are also prone to numerous co-infections, which come with their own symptoms that can overlap with Lyme symptoms. These co-infections can come from the same tick bite as the Lyme bacteria, or they can occur due to the depletion of the Lyme patient’s immune system.

Lyme disease commonly presents with the following co-infections

  • Bartonella
  • Babesia
  • Mycoplasma
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Chlamydia
  • Rickettsia

These can range from one to many. It is also very common to see Lyme patients with viruses and overgrowth of organisms like candida.

Naturopathy for the treatment of Lyme disease

Naturopathy is an ideal therapy for patients with Lyme disease due to the complexity of the condition.  As well as targeting the Borellia bacteria and co-infections using herbal immune enhancers, antimicrobial and antiparasitic herbs, treatment looks at the recovery of the whole person, and can include:

  • Anti-inflammatory support
  • Adrenal and nervous system support
  • Digestive support
  • Biofilm breakdown
  • Detoxification (to prevent Herx reactions)
  • Hormonal support
  • Energy support

Katherine has never seen 2 patients with Lyme disease that have had the same presentation. The bacteria will affect each person in different areas. Treatment is varied depending on symptom picture, co-infections and other blood markers which show how the body is responding.

Naturopathy alongside conventional antibiotic or antiprotozoal treatment

Many patients with Lyme disease will receive naturopathic treatment alongside their conventional antibiotics. This can help to improve the effectiveness of antibiotics, reduce Herxeimer reactions and support the body in healing and recovery.

Katherine is happy to work alongside your LLMD to work towards the best outcome for you.

For more information about Lyme treatment for you as an individual, ask Katherine a question here.

To make an appointment with Katherine at her Brisbane clinic, call 07 3367 0337.