Linda Latta

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Allergy to wheat is very common, most likely for two reasons:   First, wheat is included in most North American diets three to five times a day in meals and snacks and that near constant exposure increases the odds of the immune system developing antibodies to it and secondly, wheat is in the botanical family of grasses which is such a prevalent pollen allergen that increases the odds of reacting to other member of the same botanical family. Many allergists consider barley and rye antigenically identical to wheat, and recommend avoidance or rotation of barley and rye if wheat allergy exists. Malt is a fermented by-product of barley and also needs to be avoided or rotated. Label reading is a must for this common additive in processed and snack foods. The immunological intolerance of gluten is called sprue, a serious gastrointestinal disease.

Some words on a food label that would indicate the presence of wheat include: durum, semolina, farina, gluten, gliadin, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, starch, monosodium glutamate, bran, bulgur, graham, patent, wheat germ, “thickener”, and “flour”.

Dietary Sources of Wheat:

* Hot breakfast cereals (farina, cream of wheat, etc)
* Processed dry cereals
* Baking mixes (pancake and waffle mix, cake flours, cookie dough, etc)
* Baked goods (breads, pastries, pies, croutons, croquettes, pancakes, waffles, crumb coating on fried foods, cookies, pizza dough, scones, pie crust, cakes, dumplings, communion wafers, crackers)
* Meats (hot dogs, sausages, meat loaf, salmon loaf, meatballs, luncheon meats, swiss steak, breaded meats, some processed turkeys)
* Soups (most commercially canned soups, bouillon, creamed soups, chowders)
* Desserts (puddings, sherbets, ice cream, ice cream cones)
* Processed cheese spreads and cheese food
* Pasta (macaroni, fettuccini, spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, egg noodles, etc.)
* Instant mixed beverages with malt or thickeners added
* Vodka, gin, ale, whiskey, beer
* Commercial salad dressings can be thickened with wheat
* Chewing gum
* White sauces (used in casseroles, sauces, gravies, soups, sauces for vegetables)

* Note: Spelt and Kamut are two ancient varieties of wheat that are in the same botanical family as wheat. They are tolerated by some wheat sensitive individuals and not by others. They should be eliminated on a wheat free diet and tested individually to determine whether or not they are problematic. Amaranth and buckwheat are not in the Grass family and are considered to be substitutes for wheat, but note that amaranth pasta almost always contains wheat flour. Members of the botanical Grass family include: wheat, rice, wild rice, corn, millet, kamut, spelt, barley, oats, rye, cane, cane sugar, cane molasses, sorghum, bamboo shoots, and water chestnut.


Something to consider: Wheat Allergy and Wheat grass     

A common question : If you are allergic to wheat gluten can you still use wheatgrass?
Yes, Steve Meyerowitz in his book "Wheatgrass Nature's Finest Medicine" says " People who have an allergy to wheat and wheat products are usually reacting to gluten, the sticky protein found in the grains of wheat, barley and rye. Wheat grass is different than wheat. The green vegetable grass contains no gluten. In fact, it contains anti-allergic factors."






Goji Berries

  • Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan’s have grown goji berries for @ 5000 years
  • Adaptogen
  • Richest source of carotenoids in nature
  • Complete protein
  • Contains 21 trace minerals
  • 2-4X amt of antioxidants found in blueberries
  • No Vit C in dried form
  • Stimulates HGH (human growth hormone)
  • High in zeaxanthin and lutein à protect eyes
  • Cardiovascular health: combats oxidation of cholesterol
  • high SOD(super oxide dismutase)


Cacao – Raw chocolate

  • Seed (nut) of a fruit of an indigenous American jungle tree
  • Theobroma cacao, “Cacao, the food of the gods.”
  • Highest concentration of antioxidants in the world
  • High in magnesium
  • Contains high amounts of Fe, Cr, Mn, Zn, Cu, VitC, Omega 6
  • Phenylethylamine (PEA) – chemical secreted when ‘in love’
  • Enzyme inhibitors for anandamide (same chemical as in weed)
  • Has tryptophan
  • Soluble fibre



  • Blue-green spiral algae
  • Beginning of food chain
  • ~65% protein; very absorbable b/c there is no breakdown req’d
  • high chlorophyll content
  • rich in VitA, B2, B6, E and K
  • high in GLA
  • immuno-stimulating: stem cells, T-cells, macrophages, B-cells, NKC’s
  • contains as much iron as red mean but more absorbable (non-heme source)
  • rich in antioxidants


Bee Products

  • Honey – strong antimicrobial (can use on burns)
  • Pollen – most complete food on planet; has everything we need to live; sperm of plant; increases athletic performance; very effective form of protein
  • Propolis – potent antimicrobial (mummified mouse!!) – great herbal first aid
  • Royal Jelly – food that queen bee eats
  • Bees wax – salves, bases, candles
  • Apitherapy – piss a bee off and have it sting you wherever your sprain/strain is (ligament therapy)


Other superfoods



Hemp seeds, chia seeds





Kelp, dulse and other seaweeds








(Hidden clues to where you might be polluting yourself)



1. Do you use commercial body products such as skin creams, cosmetics, soaps, shampoos? (99% are polluted with chemicals)


2. Do you use commercial laundry soap and fabric softeners? (They are all pollutants)


3. Do you use Clorox bleach in your house? (100% toxic)


4. Do you use Windex, Tilex, room fresheners, or bathroom cleaners? (99.9% are toxic)


5. Do you store cleaners in your bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen? (Polluted Air - remember the smell of the cleaner aisle at the grocery store?)


6. Do you drink tap water? (Heavy metals, synthetic hormones, pollutants)


7. Do you eat regular store-bought meat? (Contain hormones, antibiotics, etc)


8. Do you eat pre-packaged food, food in cans, or preserved meats such as sandwich meats? (Contain preservatives, MSG, have no life in the food)


9. Do you eat at fast food restaurants? e.g. fries, hotdogs, hamburgers (Trans-fats toxify your liver)


10. Do you prepare foods with MSG, or eat at any restaurant that cooks with MSG?

(MSG is also labeled as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed vegetable protein, yeast extract, or glutamic acid) (Toxic)


11. Do you drink diet drinks, or anything containing aspartame? (Toxic)


12. Have you installed new carpet, new furniture, new flooring, or new drapes recently?

(Formaldehyde, toxic glues)


13. Have you painted your house recently? (Xylene, toluene, toxic chemicals)


14. Do you consume prescription drugs (including birth control)? (Toxic to the liver)


15. Do you consume over the counter pharmacy drugs (including sinus, cold, or headache preparations)? (Toxic to the liver)


16. Have you had any water leak in your house or mold of any kind? (Toxic mold)


17. Do you have any mold in the carpet or walls left from previous owners?


18. Do you have any mercury fillings in your mouth? (Heavy metal toxicity)


19. Do you store or freeze your food in plastic containers? (Zeno-estrogens)


20. Do you live in a neighborhood with smog, pollution, or near a major highway?


21. Do you smoke or use street drugs?


22. Do you have pets, and do they live in your home? (Parasites)


23. Do you lack exercise? Ideally should be 3-4 times per week for at least ½ hour. (One needs vigorous circulation to help your body flush out toxins; a rebounder works wonders, but walking is an effective tool as well)