Nima testing: An omelette

My son’s girlfriend, Liz, whose exquisite sensitivity to gluten I have previously discussed, has to be very careful whenever she eats outside the home. One misstep and she has to contend with weeks of joint and abdominal pain, the joint pain severe enough to make even walking difficult.

Nima Testing: Whiskey and Gin

Conventional wisdom is that, even though alcoholic spirits such as whiskey, bourbon, and gin are brewed from grain ingredients, the process of distillation (i.e., heat used to provoke evaporation of volatile contents, followed by condensation) reduces gluten residues to low levels. Limited testing has measured 20 parts per million gluten or less in these spirits, below the FDA cutoff for designating something “gluten-free.”

However, when I tested Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Bombay Sapphire gin, both tested “high-gluten,” meaning testing positive for gluten residues above 20 ppm. And “high gluten” could mean a substantial exposure (though not quantified above the 20 ppm cutoff).

Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia

The understanding of cognitive decline and dementia has advanced considerably over the past decade, despite the drug industry’s numerous failed attempts to develop a drug to treat the condition. But a successful effort at preventing, even reversing, cognitive decline and dementia requires a multi-faceted approach that involves diet, correction of nutritional deficiencies, exercise, learning new skills, and a number of other efforts.

This is the first in a series of videos exploring all these issues, all designed to arm you with the best information available. The remainder of the series will be posted on the Undoctored Inner Circle membership website.

What you need to know about cholesterol—Total and LDL

This is an area in which I will be guilty of oversimplification. But even oversimplified, it will vastly outstrip your doctor’s focus on total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and statin drugs. Unfortunately, most doctors have fallen for the marketing disguised as statin drug “research,” paid for by the drug industry. Statin drugs do indeed provide a very small benefit—but with substantial health (and financial) costs.