Monthly Archives: August 2011

GLUTEN: It’s what NOT to eat

What is gluten?

Gluten is a complex protein found in grain. Grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and oat.

How did gluten get to be such a bad guy?

Over the years our grains have been modified to be “Super Grains”.  It’s what makes our crusts crispier, our muffins puffier, and our pancakes fluffier….and our bodies more and more unhealthy.

What does gluten do to our body?

It causes inflammation that can effect every organ system.  Did you know that 1 in 55 people have gluten sensitivity and 1 in 133 have Celiac Disease?

What are the symptoms to gluten sensitivity?

They range from rashes and ezcema, heartburn, chronic cough, asthma, IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, to chronic disease.  In fact gluten sensitivity can cause Rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus, as well increase joint pain in general.  It is thought that over 50 diseases can be caused by gluten.

So think twice the next time you reach for a loaf of whole wheat bread.

In my next posts I will blog on how to find out if you are gluten sensitive….and life after gluten or what is left to eat.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley



Do you bruise easily?

Try taking Vitamin C.  It stabilizes the blood vessel wall, so they don’t break down as easily.  Try taking about 2,000mg to 3,000mg a day.  If you can, buy the type that has bioflavinoids in it, for an extra punch of antioxidents.

If you have some very bad bruising, that you want to clear up in a hurry, get some Arnica Montana.  It is available at most health food stores.  Your bruising should be much better in about 3 days.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

Trim your waist and stabilize your blood sugar

Tips for trimming your waist, stabilizing your blood sugar and avoiding Metabolic Syndrome:

When you sit down to a meal or a snack, eat your protein first, your veggies second, and your carbs last. This will help avoid insulin rushing into your blood stream and storing all the carbs that don’t need to be used right away as fat. Doing this will stabilize your blood sugar levels so you don’t get that sinking feeling after eating, and help lower your HgbA1c. HgbA1c measures your blood sugar over time, and as this number rises you become pre-diabetic and have a greater likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome.

Always have a protein with each snack or meal as this stokes the furnace which increases your metabolism.

Eat right after a workout or at least within 30-45 minutes. This will keep your metabolism running higher for a few hours.

When you go out to eat, trade out those high carb appetizers for a shrimp cocktail with lemon instead of cocktail sauce.

The next time you have corn on the cob, leave off the butter and salt and try a squeeze of fresh lime ….. very refreshing and much healthier.
Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley