HYPNOSIS…Busting the Myths!!!
Hypnosis is a form or therapy that is surrounded by myth yet can one of the most effective healing treatments.
A survey of psychotherapy literature by noted psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.
Behaviour Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions.
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions.
Source: American Health Magazine
Lets talk about where and when Hypnosis is an effective treatment and "bust some myths"
HYPNOSIS ..THE HABIT BUSTER
Harmful actions are desires and behaviours people continue to repeat even though they take them further from what they want in life. These can be divided into two categories:
(1) Self-gratification which include any strongholds involving the five senses such as eating, drugs, unhealthy sex, addiction to TV etc.; harmful desires for “stuff” i.e. money or possessions focussed and harmful prideful desires for example a need to be seen in a certain way in order be perceived to be OK (which is often an act).
(2) Self-protection, which involves doing something to distract yourself from emotional pain or to control your circumstances to keep pain from happening again.
Also classed as wrong beliefs, unhealthy beliefs cause stress and the basis of illness and “dis-ease” is stress. Once identified, hypnosis can heal the wrong belief, stress goes away and the immune system in the body can heal everything even genetic illnesses, and you at the same time heal the thing that is blocking the success and prosperity peoples lives.
Unforgiveness often hides behind anger, fear, sadness and other issues. Learning to forgive may be one of the most critical issues in a person’s life and once achieved can also help heal to heal many major illnesses that have their root in unforgiveness.
The negative emotions of this category are distrust and being judgemental (often of self). This category is critical for so many reasons. It is the category of belief which consists of faith, trust and hope. Faith is based on what has happened to people in the past and affects whether they have faith in themselves, other people or in their circumstances. Trust is what people believe about what is happening in their life right now and hope is focussed on the future. All of these work together. We can’t have hope if we don’t have faith and expect our future to turn out like the past. Hypnosis heals all three as it defuses destructive memories, deprogrammes beliefs and reprogrammes them so that people can change their perception of the past and therefore have trust in the present and hope for the future.
This one is an issue for almost everyone. Self-control means balance. It doesn’t really mean willpower as we so often associate with this word. Unhealthy beliefs would be saying “I can’t do it” or “I’m not capable” and “It’s not fair”. The transforming beliefs from hypnosis are the opposite. Life will no longer be striving or “pulling oneself up by the bootstraps” but there is a freedom which will flow, not an onerous burden so that we are no longer coming from a place of fear, believing lies about ourselves and ourworld but instead creating a positive emotion of confidence one’s true self and abilities.
Gain more Love, Peace and Joy in life
All of these life qualities that we aspire to are attainable through hypnosis. Joy comes when we overcome feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, sadness and depression. We gain peace by dispelling anxiety, worry and fear. We can love ourselves and others more through ridding ourselves of all of the above negative categories.
When all is taken into account HYPNOSIS can bring amazing results and healings on all levels, physical, emotional and spiritual.
Myths About Hypnosis
People often fear that being hypnotized will make them lose control, surrender their will, and result in their being dominated, but a hypnotic state is not the same thing as gullibility or weakness. Many people base their assumptions about hypnotism on stage acts but fail to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative, with possible exhibitionist tendencies, as well as responsive to hypnosis. Stage acts help create a myth about hypnosis which discourages people from seeking legitimate hypnotherapy.
Another myth about hypnosis is that people lose consciousness and have amnesia. A small percentage of subjects, who go into very deep levels of trance will fit this stereotype and have spontaneous amnesia. The majority of people remember everything that occurs in hypnosis. This is beneficial, because most of what we want to accomplish in hypnosis may be done in a medium-depth trance, where people tend to remember everything.
In hypnosis, the patient is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. A hypnotist simply serves as a facilitator to guide them.
LEGITIMATE USES OF HYPNOSIS
Below is a list of legitimate uses of hypnosis as defined by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH):
Anxiety & stress management
Dentistry (relaxation, fear elimination, prevention of gagging and nausea, control of saliva and bleeding, behaviour modification)
Dermatologic disorders (eczema, herpes, neurodermatitis, pruritus [itching], psoriasis, warts)
High blood pressure (hypertension)
Nausea & vomiting
Obesity & weight control
Pain (back pain, cancer pain, dental anaesthesia, headaches and migraines, arthritis or rheumatism)
Sports & athletic performance
Are the Results of Hypnosis Permanent? Suggestions stay with some individuals indefinitely, while others need reinforcement. The effects of hypnosis are cumulative: The more the techniques are practiced and post-hypnotic suggestions are brought into play, the more permanent the results become. Self-hypnosis training and reinforcement tapes for home use also provide additional help.
Can Any Person Be Hypnotized? People of average intelligence (unless there is some form of organic brain damage) can be hypnotized in most cases if they are willing and do not resist. The depth of hypnosis varies with a person's ability to respond. If you are not a naturally responsive subject, you can improve your receptivity to hypnosis with practice.
Can I Be Controlled? No. You are in control the entire time while experiencing hypnosis. The power lies in your mind, because while under hypnosis you have greater awareness than when you are fully awake and you retain all the power to select what you want to say or do. You won't do anything in a hypnotic state that you would not find acceptable in your normal awake state.
How Does Hypnosis Help People? The ability to reprogram emotional attitudes and reactions is a latent talent within every human being. Hypnosis is the most functional and reasonable way to train life-long attitudes, rather than suffer a lifetime of emotional accidents the conscious mind is unable to change.
How Effective Is Hypnosis Counselling? A survey of psychotherapy literature by noted psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.
Behaviour Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions.
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions.
Source: American Health Magazine
Is Hypnosis Dangerous? No. The induction of hypnosis is never dangerous to the subject.
What Does Being Hypnotized Feel Like? Most clients report pleasant feelings of mental and physical relaxation, similar to those moments before we fall asleep at night. You will be relaxed, yet still aware and able to respond if you need to.
A good description of how hypnosis feels, from a hypnosis client:
"At the end of my first hypnosis session, my hypnotherapist said, 'When we're through here you'll be . . . you'll be yourself!' This was prophetic. I would describe all of my subsequent experiences with hypnosis as remembering or discovering parts of me that were characteristic, and following their lead.
Therapeutic hypnosis has not involved suppressing or discarding any part of me. It has not meant using will power to force behaviour changes. Rather, it is a way to allow change to arise inevitably, even joyfully, out of the unique person who has always been present. It is a tool for utilizing what is already there."
What if I Don't Wake Up? No one has ever gotten stuck in a terminal state of hypnosis. It simply cannot happen. If the hypnotist left the room, or if you were listening to a tape and the power went out, you would either fall asleep and wake up naturally, or your subconscious mind would detect that there is no voice guiding you and bring you to conscious awareness.
What Is the Difference Between Meditation and Hypnosis? Both techniques will take you into the meditative state. However, in meditation the goal is to remain there, while in hypnosis you use this state to change thought, ideas, and behaviours.
What Is the Difference Between Hypnosis and Psychotherapy? Hypnosis uses trance, suggestion and instruction in self-hypnosis to adjust and correct unwanted habits of thought, feeling and behaviour. Psychotherapy is the diagnosis and conversational treatment of mental disease. In other words, a psychotherapist treats people who have been diagnosed with some type of mental illness while hypnosis addresses the habits of normal people wishing to improve their lives. The term "hypnotherapy", in most cases, is reserved for psychotherapists who integrate hypnotic techniques into the work they do with people who have emotional and mental disorders. Quite often this can decrease the time a person needs to spend in therapy.
Will I Forget Everything During the Session? It occasionally happens that there is amnesia for the session. Sometimes the hypnotist will suggest that you forget what transpired, and occasionally this may have that effect. Most hypnotists want you to be aware of the session. You will be aware of everything around you, and remember most, if not all, that happened in the session. Usually, you will remember it better than a conversation we had, because your mind is in such a focused state.
Christianity and Hypnosis: Answers from an Academic and a Minister
Naturally everyone has his or her own perspectives. You may find that neither of these commentators reflects your views.
The interviews are provided strictly as information for those who are curious about possible Christian perspectives on hypnosis.
Our interviewees are:
Below are their answers to some of the questions we frequently receive.
Some Christians are concerned that by undergoing hypnosis they might be going against their faith. Why is this?John Court
Because they have been told, or have read in Christian books, that hypnosis is condemned in the Bible. Those who love to find a proof text for their beliefs use one word in Deuteronomy 18 (vv 10-11). In English the Hebrew word is usually translated 'charmer,' or 'one who casts spells,' and from other contexts it is clear that the word refers to snake charming. To relate it to hypnosis is quite misleading.
Good exegesis, of course, calls for more than a simple proof text, and this is lacking.
On the other hand, there are two examples in the Acts where it refers to Peter going into a trance (the Greek word is ekstasis from which we get 'ecstasy') and both events are reported as both positive and significant.
As you well know, there are many misconceptions concerning hypnosis which make some people (religious or non-religious) have some fears of hypnosis.
A few years ago, I read an article in Family Weekly titled "Boom Days For Devil Hypnosis." Hearing that title, what ideas, images, or thoughts come to you? Though the article had what I considered a very negative title, it was a very positive article on hypnosis in the health care field. The only reference to the devil was in the last paragraph, "Some conservative religious groups consider hypnosis to be the work of the devil."
Hypnosis is mistakenly viewed as mind control or demonic by many misinformed people. Let me describe one situation I've experienced:
Recently I received a physician consult to work with a Catholic woman for pain management. As I explained the process of relaxation, imagery, and hypnosis, I could see that she was very responsive. As I concluded my pre-talk, she said, "I am really looking forward to this experience, but I need to tell you that my daughter is a self-proclaimed born-again Christian and she may say something negative to you about this. If so, do not pay any attention to her, for I am the one who is hurting and I want this."
As I completed the induction, the phone rang. I told the patient, "Just allow the ringing of the phone and my answering it to add to your relaxation." I answered the phone, "This is Mrs. Doe's room. As she is in therapy, please call back in 30 minutes," and hung up the phone.
When the procedure was completed, I walked out of the room and there was her daughter standing in front of the door with arms folded over her chest. She said, "What have you been doing to my mother?" I explained that I had taught her mother relaxation, self-hypnosis, and pain reduction. She responded, "I am a born-again Christian." Before she could continue, I raised my hands and said, "Praise the Lord, so am I." She was speechless, so I continued, "I will bring you some information on hypnosis, but regardless of how you feel about hypnosis, your mother has found it very helpful in the reduction of pain."
Some would say that there is no place in religion for hypnosis. I believe that hypnosis and religious faith can work hand in hand to bring about a better life. Jesus said in John 10:10, "I am come that you may have life and have it more abundantly."
We have heard that people are concerned that hypnosis can override a person’s "will". What are your thoughts on this?Paul Durbin
The vast majority of research disagrees with the above statement. A person in hypnosis will not do anything against his/her will. They may do things that they would not normally do, but would do if the situation were such as to entice them to do it.
For a physician, it is not unethical to prescribe drugs to stop pain, but it is unethical for a physician to intentionally set up a situation where the patient becomes dependent on that drug so the physician can make more money.
I am a theologically conservative United Methodist Christian and ordained clergyperson of the United Methodist Church. Hypnosis happens all the time: watching television, driving your car, being involved in a worships service, just before going to sleep, and just after waking up. Anything can be used unethically, but that is a problem of the person involved, be he clergy, physician, fireman, policeman, business person, wife, husband, teacher, or hypnotherapist. But don't condemn the profession or the role for the unethical ones among us, or we would have no professions.
People who have been smoking for years, no longer smoke due to hypnotherapy and at a much higher rate than patches, gum or drugs. People are released from fears in a few sessions that have been going to therapy for years. People in pain have had pain reduced or eliminated. Babies have been born to moms who did not have to take any drugs, a positive for both baby and Mum. Cancer patients have been able to take chemo with some of the side effects and have been helped to reduce the pains of cancer and even be healed of cancer. Burn patients have been able to have 3rd degree burns reduced to 2nd and 2nd to 1st when cared for by a hypnotherapist within the first few hours following burns, and to undergo painful procedures following burns with a great reduction of pain. These are blessings from God to be used to help relieve suffering emotionally and spiritually.
I went out to my favorite restaurant with a friend the other day. Instead of washing her hands, she rubbed hand sanitizer on while we were waiting for our food. Then she handed it to me. But I told her I wasn’t touching the stuff.
The truth is, hand sanitizers don’t do what they’re intended to do.
A new University of Virginia study tested hand sanitizers on two groups of people.1 One used hand sanitizers every three hours for 10 weeks. The other group just went about their daily lives, as usual.
The result? There was no difference in the viruses on the hands of the participants in the two groups.
And that’s a good thing. Because being exposed to germs can help prevent a ton of health problems. Like heart trouble, for example.
In a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Northwestern University researchers found that bacteria exposure protected people from high levels of C-reactive protein.
That’s a big deal and it even surprised me a little.
In case you haven’t read this before, a high level of this protein in your blood can cause inflammation. High C-reactive protein has even been associated with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.2
Bottom line: Not only do you not need hand sanitizers to fight off germs, it’s a very bad idea to use them. What you really need to do is be exposed to bacteria and build a stronger immune system.
Here are some easy ways to super-charge your immunity:
First, get some good-old fashioned sleep. It’s one of the best ways to fight off bugs. And with the right levels of melatonin, you’ll have no problem getting eight hours of shut eye. This natural, protective hormone helps you fall asleep and keeps you sleeping deeper throughout the night. To increase melatonin naturally, spend time each day in bright, natural sunlight. Then go to sleep in a completely dark bedroom. Wear a sleep mask if you have to. You can also buy a melatonin supplement at most vitamin shops. Look for drops, or a sublingual that melts under your tongue. It’s easier to absorb and works fast. Start with 0.5 mg and work your way up to 3 mg max. Take it 20 minutes before you want to fall asleep.
The next thing you should do is eat natural foods. They’re the BEST source for the vitamins and nutrients you need to prevent colds. Load up on immune-boosting foods like red and pinto beans, blueberries, cranberries, artichokes, raspberries, strawberries, apples, plums, pecans, oranges, and green leafy veggies. These foods will help you fight off infections and protect your cells from damage.
Also, if you think you’re at increased risk of being exposed to viruses or bacteria, you could bump up your selenium, which protects against viruses like H1N1. When you’re at risk, I recommend 100 mcg a day.3
And finally, you can boost your immunity by eating garlic. It’s one of nature’s best antibiotics. And unlike antibiotics, it doesn’t kill off the good bacteria in your gut while fighting off the bad stuff. All you need are a few cloves a day to wipe out germs. You even can create your own natural "V8" by blending some tomatoes, sea salt, garlic cloves and your favorite mix of veggies.
1 Turner, Ronald B., University of Virginia, Annual Meeting of Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, in Boston, 2010 2 McDade, T.W., et al, “Early origins of inflammation: Microbial exposures in infancy predict lower levels of C-reactive protein in adulthood,” Proc Biol. Sci. Apr. 7, 2010; 277 (1684):1129-37 3 Yu, L., "Protection from H1N1 Influenza Virus Infections in Mice by Supplementation with Selenium: A Comparison with Selenium-Deficient Mice," Biol. Trace Elem Res. May 20, 2010 4 Whitehouse MW, Macrides TA, Kalafatis N. “Anti-inflammatory activity of a lipid fraction (Lyprinol®) from the N. Z. green-lipped mussel.” Inflammopharmacology
Did you know we drank over 43 billion cans and bottles of diet soda last year? Diet soda’s been on my mind lately because I’ve been reading the latest studies on diabetes. Did you know drinking diet sodas leads to diabetes?
One recent study says point blank that if you drink diet soda every day, you’re 67 percent more likely to develop diabetes.1
And the more you drink, the worse it is. Another study found that those who drank the most diet dininks had a 34 percent greater risk than those who drank the least.2
Even the famous Framingham Heart Study found that people who drink more than one diet drink a day have a 56 percent increased chance for developing metabolic syndrome – that’s the group of risks that give you a greater chance for diabetes, as well as coronary artery disease and stroke.3
But if you want a sweetened drink, a good alternative to diet sodas are drinks sweetened with xylitol.
The best thing about xylitol is that it’s a natural extract. It has no calories, and doesn’t spike your blood sugar. In fact, it might even help increase insulin sensitivity.4 And increasing your insulin sensitivity – that is, keeping the amount of insulin you need to process sugar low – is the key to reversing diabetes.
I applaud ideas you can use to get away from drinking diet soda and get off the road to diabetes.
1 Nettleton, J.A., Lutsey, P.L., Wang, Y., Lima, J.A., Michos, E.D., Jacobs, D.R. Jr., "Diet soda intake and risk of incident metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA),” Diabetes Care Apr 2009; 32(4): 688-94 2 Lutsey, Pamela L., Steffen, Lyn M., Stevens, June, "Dietary Intake and the Development of the Metabolic Syndrome. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study," CIRCULATION AHA Jan 2008; 107.716159 3 Dhingra R, Sullivan, et al, “Soft drink consumption and risk of developing cardiometabolic risk factors and the metabolic syndrome in middle-aged adults in the community,” Circulation 2007; 116:480–488 4 Gregersen S, Jeppesen PB, Holst JJ, Hermansen K., "Antihyperglycemic effects of stevioside in type 2 diabetic subjects," Metabolism Jan. 2004; 53(1):73-6
Has your doctor told you to stay away from dairy?
Do you know why?
If he says it's because you're lactose intolerant then you're only getting HALF the story!
Is your nutritionist telling you to stop eating wheat?
Did he or she say why?
If it's because you're allergic or sensitive to wheat products and glutens then you're not getting the WHOLE truth!Are you finding it downright difficult to eat certain foods—like tomatoes, grains, peanuts, soy or meats—without experiencing embarrassing gas, bloating, stomach cramping or "the runs"? Have you figured out why?
If you think it's because you've got a sensitive stomach... or you're getting older... or foods just "don't agree" with you any more...Then you're in for a BOMBSHELL of a surprise, my friend!
What I'm about to reveal to you is a new medical breakthrough that's going to change the way you think about foods FOREVER—and it's going to help you feel a heck of a lot better—starting today.
This remarkable discovery was an eye-opener for me both personally and professionally.Thank God I discovered natural solutions that made a world of difference to my digestive health and my life!
Professionally, for 0ver 25 years years I've helped patients with serious digestive problems discover nutritional supplements to help them eat foods they love again—without experiencing digestive discomfort during or after their meals.
I'm talking about powerful supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, fiber and hydrochloric acid—just to name a few...But I've also seen that these amazing supplements don't always work for every digestive problem my patients suffer from.
At best, I was seeing a 60%... 70%... even 80% success rate in my practice. Yet it kept me up at night wondering why 20% to 40% of folks taking digestive products still got little to no relief from their gut problems.
So when I discovered the news about this remarkable digestive breakthrough, it was like the lights finally turned ON. AHA! Now it all makes sense!
For decades, scientists and researchers worked diligently to uncover WHY one food made a person feel good, yet that same food can trigger a host of health problems in another person.Labeling a person with a food "sensitivity" or "allergy" just wasn't enough. There had to be a deeper reason that was escaping even the most brilliant scientific minds of our time.
Now, after decades of painstaking research, scientists discovered a shocking "missing link" molecule that's put the gastrointestinal community into a tailspin.
This renegade molecule—found in nearly every food you eat—has been silently sabotaging the health of millions of people every year... and escaping the attention of renowned scientists and health experts.Until now.It's a little-known protein called lectin and you've probably NEVER HEARD OF IT.
But I can tell you this...If you're eating a traditional diet of meats, fish, fruits, vegetables and grains then your body is probably already loaded with lectins. And now scientific research proves lectins can wreak havoc with your digestion and mimic all sorts of health problems including:
Lectins are sticky proteins that make up part of a plant's natural immune system. They create a barrier of defense for the plant. For example...A pumpkin seed is surrounded by sticky lectin proteins to help fight off enemy invaders such as mold or parasites.
These invading enemy cells naturally contain sugar molecules. When lectins from the pumpkin seed detect a possible assault, they attach themselves to the sugar molecules of the invader cells to BLOCK the attack on the seed and render the sugar molecule useless.So in the plant world lectins are beneficial. They protect plants from harm.
Since lectins naturally attach to sugar molecules, what if we trick them with 'decoy sugars'—so we protect the healthy sugars in the body?When scientists put this theory to the test—EUREKA! They discovered an amazing breakthrough for food sensitivities... digestive problems... low energy... and skin outbreaks.
By giving your body optimum levels of "sacrificial sugars" to serve as decoys that attach to lectins—your cellular sugars are protected—and nasty lectins are flushed out of your body before causing you harm. Lectins are found in most all of the foods you eat including:
In fact, noted lectin expert, D.J. Freed, M.D., found lectin proteins in hot, freshly baked bread... and even recovered intact lectins from stool samples! That's just how resilient lectins are!
So once you eat lectin proteins, they travel through your digestive tract and make their way into your bloodstream virtually untouched—and looking to start a fight.
That's because by nature, lectins are designed to attach themselves to sugar molecules. Remember, lectins are former plant protectors.Lectins don't know they aren't needed to protect a plant anymore, so they still go hunting for sugar molecules to stick to. But now, those sugar molecules are in the healthy cells of YOUR BODY!
And guess where they find an abundance of healthy and thriving sugar molecules? In your digestive tract!That's right! The cell lining of your gut is loaded with polysaccharides, amino sugars, fucose and mannose—all powerful sugars your body needs for proper digestion.
But the problem is: Lectins target these healthy gut sugars as "enemies" and attach to them. Once a lectin sticks to a sugar molecule, that sugar molecule is now viewed as "defective" by your immune system. So your immune system sends the signal to your white blood cells to destroy the defective molecule and their "heat-sensing missiles" called inflammation!
In other words, that burning sensation you can feel in your gut—and even in your rectum—after you eat is oftentimes an all-out att
ack from your immune system trying to destroy lectin-locked cells!
And think about this: If you regularly experience severe digestive problems, here's one reason why:After a lectin attack on your gut, your intestinal lining quickly tries to repair itself by creating new tissue. Well, guess what? New tissue cells are "glycosylated" meaning they contain LOTS of sugar molecules, which makes them highly susceptible to ANOTHER lectin attack. That's one reason why you never seem to get off the vicious "eat-pain-eat-pain" cycle!
Lectins are not really a new discovery. You've probably heard of the most common lectin... It's gluten! Research dating back to 1954 shows how lectins can stick to and clump your blood cells. And the Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine published research about lectins more than 15 years ago. But very few scientists made the connection between lectins and digestive problems.Yet, more and more Americans are developing food sensitivities, food allergies, irritable bowels, spastic colon and other digestive problems. And this outbreak ties into the increase of high-lectin foods in our diet. One of those popular foods is wheat.That's because wheat contains a component called "wheat germ agglutinin (WGA)." But you've probably heard it by its common name: gluten.
Well, guess what? Gluten is the most popular type of wheat lectin in our diets! In fact...Food manufacturers ADD even MORE gluten to all types of flour to give it more binding power. And the wheat sold on grocery shelves today contains nearly 90% MORE GLUTEN than the wheat your grandparents ate! And researchers now know that gluten found in flours and breads—including white bread—can trigger inflammation throughout your entire body and cause a host of neurodegenerative illnesses, irritable bowels and autoimmune problems!
Why is one man's food another man's poison? One answer: lectins! The Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius said, "One man's food is another man's poison." Well, lectins explain the reason why.Your genetic make-up determines how and to what degree lectins can affect you. That's why food allergies usually run in the family.
And unfortunately, your body's recognition of food as "friend or foe" is not based on the nutritional value of a food. For example...Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. But tomatoes also contain a panhemagglutinin lectin that is potentially harmful. This dangerous tomato lectin can:
Although they contain a variety of very healthful nutrients—these foods can wreck your health if you're allergic or sensitive to the lectins in them.
New research conducted by Peter D'Adamo, M.D., author of Eat Right 4 Your Type reveals your blood type may hold an important key to healthy digestion.His research showed certain blood types are naturally sensitive to specific kinds of lectins. For example, Type O folks often experience digestive problems when repeatedly exposed to corn lectins. And Type Bs can be seriously sensitive to lectins found in chicken.
Sensitive to gluten? Gluten is a lectin protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. They're also in foods containing these grains including beer, grain-based alcohols, mayonnaise and grain vinegar—just to name a few.
If you're gluten-sensitive then you know how important it is to avoid these lectins at all costs. But you also know how easy it is to accidently come in contact with gluten. For example... A tasty sauce may be thickened with white flour—and the gluten in that flour can make your digestive tract go haywire. Soon you experience:
For example... Nightshade vegetables like potatoes, eggplant and tomatoes are very high in lectins and are known to trigger the symptoms of joint discomfort. And to add insult to injury... lectins can make you fat, too!
Lectins have the uncanny ability to mimic hormones—and this can seriously affect your ability to metabolize foods and burn fat. Here's why: The journal Neuropeptides reported that lectins found in wheat, lentils, green peas, corn and potatoes are now known to bind to the insulin hormone receptors in your body. These receptors are responsible for creating fat cells.
Once lectins lock into these insulin receptors, they don't let go. So the signal to "make more fat" continues non-stop—causing the creation of more fat cells in your body! But that's not all...Lectins have been shown to block digestive hormones.
For example, the wheat lectin gluten can bind to the receptor for cholecystokinin (CCK)—a hormone involved in appetite control. Once gluten binds to this receptor, it SUPPRESSES your body's "stop eating" signal. In turn, you eat more and get fat!
Other lectins found in common foods can:
For many of us, the answer is YES!
Fortunately, you can do something about it... The one easy—yet powerful—way to protect yourself against lectins...Sure, you can try to follow a diet that severely limits your intake of lectins. But the truth is: Lectins are everywhere—not just in foods, but in the environment, too. Because they're prevalent in the plant world, you can be exposed to lectins just by walking on your grass... inhaling pollen in the air... or spending time in your garden.And lectins, especially gluten, can be hidden in medicines... cosmetics... and even in vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the good news is... you don't have to live in a bubble to stay away from lectins. Scientific research shows you can create a virtual lectin force field to help protect your gut.
And since 70% of your immune system is located in your gut, this lectin force field can enhance your total immune health, too! That's why, in my humble opinion, this phenomenal discovery deserves nothing short of a Nobel Prize!
And it started with a simple question...If lectins need to attach to sugars, can we give them "decoy sugars" so we protect the healthy sugars in the body? When scientists put this theory to the test—EUREKA! They discovered an amazing breakthrough!By taking targeted supplements that contain specific "sacrificial sugars" to attract lectins—you can help lock up the renegade lectins and eliminate them from your body. In other words...You can help put an end to annoying digestive problems... joint discomfort... skin outbreaks... and much more.And remember, these sacrificial sugars are decoys. They are structural sugars—used only to attract lectins.
That means they don't interfere with your body's cellular sugar production to create energy. And they're safe to take even if you suffer from blood sugar problems!
Put simply: Lectin proteins—including glutens—attach to these sacrificial sugars—and leave the healthy sugars in your body alone. Now your body can easily remove these lectin-locked molecules from your body and prevent them for causing you harm.
So...In a short time—you can experience optimal digestive health—and wellness—again!
Robyn is a qualified Herbalist and has practised natural medicine for over 25 years in Australia.