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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
September 11, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,

 

We will be open until 2PM instead of 4PM this Saturday only.

 

For those of you worried about traffic near our office, the construction at the intersection at Lake Cook Road and Waukegan Road is more or less complete! 

 

Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Antibiotics Elevate Celiac Disease Risk.
A new BMC Gastroenterology study is the first to find a positive association between antibiotic use and Celiac Disease (CD). Antibiotic exposure was also linked to small-intestinal inflammation and to normal mucosa with positive CD serology, both of which may represent early CD.
 
The consistent association between the multiple groups, the stronger association between repeated use of antibiotics compared with no use, as well as the association with use of certain antibiotics and CD may suggest that antibiotic exposure, possibly through a changed gut microbiota, plays a pathogenic role in early CD development.  

 

It is well-established that the intestinal microbiota influences the maturation of the intestinal immune system. Meanwhile several studies have found an imbalanced composition of the intestinal microbiota in those with CD. Studies suggest that intestinal dysbiosis may, in the presence of gliadin (from gluten), increase gut permeability and enable genetic changes, triggering CD.
 
Antibiotic use has already been associated with the development of several immunological diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease and asthma. Consequently, today's prevalent use of antibiotics and their potential public heath impact on CD development because of their strong disruption of normal intestinal microbial balance warrants immediate attention.

Bonnie: Changes in the gut microbiota from either a one-time, or chronic, antibiotic prophylaxis is all it takes to play a role in early CD development, especially in those with a familial history of CD.
 
Antibiotics should be used only as a last resort. If you have to go on an antibiotic, you must follow a specific protocol that includes taking high-dose, broad-spectrum probiotics and micronutrients to lessen the damage. This protocol must be administered by individual need through a licensed health professional.
 
Arsenic in Rice: FDA Says No Problem.

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FDA Statement on Testing and Analysis of Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products


September 6, 2013


As part of its ongoing and proactive effort to monitor food safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today posted the results of testing for the presence of arsenic in approximately 1,300 samples of rice and rice products. This includes the approximately 200 samples of rice and rice products that the FDA initially tested and released the findings in September 2012.

While levels varied significantly depending on the product tested, agency scientists determined that the amount of detectable arsenic is too low in the rice and rice product samples to cause any immediate or short-term adverse health effects.


This new data is the latest of the FDA's ongoing efforts to understand and manage possible arsenic-related risks associated with the consumption of these foods in the U.S. marketplace.

The FDA has been monitoring arsenic levels in rice for more than 20 years and has seen no evidence of change in levels of total arsenic in rice. We now have tools that provide greater specificity about the different types of arsenic present in foods.


Since rice is a life-long dietary staple for many people, the FDA's next step is to use these new tools to consider long-term exposure to very low amounts of arsenic in rice and rice products.

The FDA's advice for consumers, including pregnant women, infants and children, is to eat a well-balanced diet for good nutrition and to minimize potential adverse consequences from consuming an excess of any one food. This advice is consistent with the guidance of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has long stated that parents should feed their infants and toddlers a variety of foods as part of a well-balanced diet.

To read the FDA's full statement on the agency's testing and analysis of arsenic in rice and rice products, to review its findings, and for additional related information, visit the FDA's web page on arsenic in rice and rice products.

Here is a list of items that they tested


Steve: While this is surely not the end of the story, Consumer Reports has some explaining to do
. Their extremely negative report released last September damaged the rice industry and scared consumers, our clients included. The FDA report should allay some of those fears.
 
The truth about arsenic in rice is somewhere in the middle. We will continue to stick with our position that because rice is a crop that is grown in wet fields, it contains more arsenic than other crops, albeit the organic form, which is not harmful. The inorganic form comes from the excessive use of pesticides and other arsenic compounds.
 
Where do we go from here? We suggest that you treat rice as a complementary food. Eat organic rice whenever possible. Try to purchase products in which the rice was grown in California.
 
Finally, if you are worried about your the arsenic level, a hair or urinary metabolite test can easily put the issue to rest.