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After the Crisis beware of the Crash

Definition of Albertan: selfless concern for neighbours

I live in Alberta. I am proud of who we are and the spirit and drive that we share. When Calgary flooded in 2013 I helped to bring many people together to match need with volunteers and supplies.

During the weeks of these events I learned and met some amazing people through our combined efforts. We grew and stretched to meet the need of many of our neighbours and friends. There were so many touching stories and brave people willing to step out of their comfort zone to help their neighbours. Complete strangers were instantly family. It was an amazing time that I will always remember.

So much need. So many willing to help.

Besides my regular job of helping people, I had another more than full time job of coordinating the volunteers and trying to meet the demands coming from our city’s overwhelming disaster.

With some helpful people helping me, we really met the requirements of our community and then some.


I felt so enriched and needed. My fulfillment was peaking and I knew that this was why God put me here! In a way I wished for the event to continue. I knew it really didn’t make sense, but it was such a big part of my being at such a high intensity that I felt like I was losing myself. My destiny was slipping away. Good that things were normalizing, but tragic for me because my purpose was fading.

Today, tragedy has hit us again. This time in Fort McMurray. The heroic stories bowl us over and Facebook is awash in graphic photos and video of my fellow Albertans making our world safe and whole.

Each day, normal people become heroes as they document their struggles and help to fill the need of displaced families. They do it, not realizing that they are heroes at first. All they know is that someone is hurting and they have to step up and be Albertan(human)! Problem solvers. Entrepreneurs. Survivors.

There is nothing that anyone can do to pull you away from your need to help. I know, because I was there. I do know that when the smoke clears and life is going back to the new normal, you will feel this empty feeling and I urge you to talk, write or blog your way through it. Looking back I now realize that I had a hole in my heart. I didn’t feel that I had the right to bring this forward. So many people had it worse than me. You do though! This affects so many people and it doesn’t come in one form only. Volunteers as well as those displaced are equally able to feel loss and grief.

Even just writing this, brings on those feelings of joy, fulfillment, grief, sadness and pride. Like Calgary in 2013, I feel a flood of emotions that are sometimes hard to control.

I am proud of my Alberta neighbours and all that have stepped up to help anyway that they can. Please remember to take care of your mental health as well as those physical injuries that are so obvious.

Great things come from normal people at times of great struggle!






No More: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

After watching this documentary the other day, I determined that I want to add more fruits and vegetables into our diets. I don’t have any illnesses, but I am choosing to lead a healthy, long life and to enjoy the whole journey.

I plan on having 2-3 healthy, veg packed smoothies during the day and eat a paleo meal for dinner(with my family). I am on day 5 now. Today, my smoothie consists of tomato, beet greens, kale, carrots, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, mango, honeydew, carrot juice and parsley. Yum, yum! I am really excited to share this with my kids and other family.

Imagine a world where good food is all that we need for health??

No really, what do you have to lose?

If you get a chance, check out this movie. It is very inspiring.

The Gluten Free Lie: Why Celiacs Are Slowly Dying

For the one year anniversary of the beginning of my daughter’s recovery from “failure to thrive” and the doctors brilliant(sarcasm) prescription of Ensure, this article has brought us to a place of health and happiness! After numerous trips to emergency, the doctors really didn’t know what was going on. We were essentially left to figure out what was happening on our own.
She is now a shining example of a creative and goofy pre-teen.
When we read this article, it shattered our paradigm! We thought we were doing what we needed to, for her health. After reading and re-reading this many times, we then considered how we would then eat. The choice was obvious! We would change whatever we needed to, to get healthy and happy. (She was in pain and unhappy. It didn’t help that we were totally stressed)

We promised her,(through her tears)that we would do everything that we could to get her healthy and pain-free. Once we started SCD, we saw slow but steady improvement in her mood and her health. It was inconvenient and restrictive, but all in the effort to get her well, right!

This article may not be what you want to hear, but for some, they still may be frustrated like we were and unsure of what to do next. I hope that re-posting this may help other families reach a point where they can feel healthy again.

By Jordan Reasoner

Conventional medicine usually works like this…

I have a problem, the doctor figures out what the problem is, and gives me a conventional prescription generally supported by Doctors, researchers, and the FDA.

This prescription is supposed to be relatively safe and effective in accordance with the laws in the United States and most modern countries

But what if the conventional prescription doesn’t work?

Like people with Celiac Disease that follow a strict gluten-free diet and don’t get better…

Does that mean the gluten-free diet is the wrong prescription for Celiac Disease?

Earlier in this series, I showed you that gluten is toxic invader that causes Celiac Disease. Logically, removing the intruder is the first step towards treatment. That’s why anyone diagnosed with this autoimmune condition gets the conventional Celiac Disease prescription: follow a strict gluten-free diet for life. But the latest Celiac Disease research is painting a very different picture.

The University of Chicago has one of the leading treatment and research centers for Celiac Disease in the U.S., so my jaw dropped when they posted this:

“While healing may take up to 2 years for many older adults, new research shows that the small intestines of up to 60% of adults never completely heal, especially when adherence to the diet is less than optimal.”[1].

60% odds are worse than flipping a coin…

It would be easy to read that and think, “So it’s the people who don’t follow a strict gluten-free diet that don’t heal.” But to be honest, I don’t think they said it as strongly as they should have. Here’s a recent study that paints a much darker picture of the gluten-free diet’s success rate.

Only 8% of adult patients healed on a gluten-free diet…

A 2009 study in The Journal of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics looked at 465 Celiac Disease patients and found only 8% of adult patients reached “histological normalization” after following a gluten-free diet for 16-months, meaning their gut tissue completely recovered to that of a healthy person. The authors stated:

“Complete normalization of duodenal lesions is exceptionally rare in adult coeliac patients despite adherence to GFD” [2]

These people followed a strict gluten-free diet for 16-months and most didn’t heal their gut. The success rate of the conventional Celiac Disease prescription isn’t working… and the research is exploding the truth.

Another 2010 study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology looked at 381 adults with biopsy-proven Celiac Disease. The authors found small intestine mucosal recovery occurred in only 34% of participants following a Gluten-Free diet for 2-years. They concluded:

“Mucosal recovery was absent in a substantial portion of adults with CD after treatment with a GFD.”[3]

The Conventional Merck Manual definition for diagnosing Celiac Disease provides that: “The diagnosis is confirmed by an initial microscopic examination of a biopsy specimen revealing flattened villi of the small intestine and by a subsequent improvement in the lining after the person stops eating foods containing gluten.”

These studies clearly show that when a Celiac stops eating foods containing gluten, the intestinal lining isn’t healing. But that’s only scratching the surface of what’s going on…

65% of gluten-free Celiacs still have a raging fire in their gut

The same 2009 study in The Journal of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics of 465 Celiac Disease patients 16-months gluten-free found that 65% still had “persistent intraepithelial lymphocytosis” AKA inflammation in the gut.[4]

Their intestines are on fire with inflammation even after 16-months gluten-free.  Why is that important?

We know gut inflammation is associated with a laundry list of health issues, including cancer and early death.  That’s bad news for the conventional Celiac prescription and even worse news for the people not getting better on a gluten-free diet.  Want more evidence gluten-free doesn’t put the fire out?

A 2008 study in the Journal of Inflammation looked at 18 symptom-free Celiac Disease (SFCD) patients and found they still had elevated markers of gut inflammation even after 2 years on a gluten-free diet.  The authors reported:

“Faeces of both active CD and SFCD (symptom-free 1-2 years on a GFD) patients, representing an imbalanced microbiota, significantly increased TNF-alpha production and CD86 expression in PBMCs, while decreased IL-10 cytokine production and CD4 expression compared with control samples.” [5]

In another 2009 study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers looked at small intestine biopsies from 45 children with Celiac Disease and 18 clinical controls.  The authors found an increased presence of T cells (inflammatory marker) in well-treated CD patients:

“The long-lasting presence of high frequencies of T cells in the epithelial compartment in well-treated CD indicates that the epithelium is stressed possibly because of constant attack.”[6]

Both these studies looked at patients that are supposed to be “healed”… supposedly “well-treated”. Even though they appeared to be symptom-free, the medical tests paint a much different picture.  These asymptomatic adults and kids still had inflammatory fires raging in their gut… promoting further disease development (like Cancer).

So far this research has only reviewed patients following a gluten-free diet for 1-2 years… but what about long term?  Does the body just need more time to heal and get back to normal?

56% have poor vitamin status after 10 years gluten-free

A 2002 study in the of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics looked at the vitamin status of 30 adults with Celiac Disease showing “biopsy-proven remission,” after following a gluten-free diet for 8-12 years.  They found that 56% had poor vitamin status, suggesting that proper nutrient uptake is not occurring. The authors concluded that:

“It is generally assumed that coeliac patients adhering to a strict gluten-free diet for years will consume a diet that is nutritionally adequate.  This is supported by the demonstration of a normal bone mineral density up to 10 years of dietary treatment.  Our results may indicate otherwise. We found signs indicative of a poor vitamin status in 56% of treated adult coeliac patients.” [7]

Even after following the conventional Celiac prescription for 10 years 56% still showed signs of poor nutrient uptake, meaning their digestive system still isn’t working like it’s designed to.

That means after 10 years of being gluten-free, HALF of all Celaics are likely starving for the critical nutrients required for health and longevity.  It’s no wonder we have a 77X increased risk for lymphoma.[8]

The gluten-free diet doesn’t fix leaky gut

Earlier in this series, we discovered that gliadin initiates leaky gut by increasing the zonulin protein in people with Celiac Disease.   And later, we learned that fixing leaky gut is absolutely essential to reversing the damage from Celiac Disease…

But the gluten-free diet doesn’t fix leaky gut…

As it turns out, when Celiac Disease patients follow a strict gluten-free diet, their zonulin levels do fall (which is good).  But research shows that they still have elevated levels of zonulin compared to non-Celiacs.  And when the zonulin levels are still high… the Tight Junctions can’t restore normal function and the leaky gut remains.

Chris Masterjohn found the same thing reviewing a study by researcher Allessio Fasano,[9]

 Remarkably, they found that celiacs produce 30 times as much zonulin as non-celiacs, even though the non-celiacs were not eating gluten-free diets while the celiacs had been off gluten for over two years!

Here’s a graph of their data:


This is remarkable because even though the point of the study was to show that gluten increases zonulin production, the controls were eating gluten yet had infinitesimal levels of zonulin production, while the celiacs had not eaten gluten for at least two years yet still had very high levels of zonulin production.  This suggests that something besides gluten may be causing zonulin production in celiacs.


Chris also pointed out the same study looked at Leaky Gut in Celiac Disease patients following a gluten-free diet for more than two-years:

[NOTE: in the graph below, the smaller the bar, the leakier the gut is]

Here they measured trans-epithelial electrical resistance (TEER) of intestinal tissue taken from gluten-free celiacs and gluten-eating controls.  TEER is an estimation of the leakiness of the gut, where a lower value indicates a greater level of leakiness or permeability.  They found that tissues taken from controls who had been eating gluten had three-fold less leakiness compared to celiacs who had been off gluten for over two years.  This, again, suggests that something besides gluten may be contributing to leaky gut in people with celiac.

So in summary, Chris pointed out:

  • Celiacs produce 30 times as much zonulin as non-celiacs, even though the celiacs had been off gluten for over two years!
  • Intestinal tissues taken from controls who had been eating gluten had three-fold less leakiness compared to Celiacs who had been off gluten for over two years (so Celiacs had a much leakier gut, even while eating gluten-free)

But the evidence doesn’t stop there…

A 2008 study in the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research tested for leaky gut in 22 celiac disease patients who were on a gluten-free diet for 1 year.  They found these patients following a gluten-free diet still had a much leakier gut compared to healthy controls eating gluten (0.013 vs 0.003, P = 0.001).  The authors concluded:

“This means that, at some time, complete recovery of intestinal villous may not have occurred and an inflammatory process may have persisted.”[10]

This is crazy!  All this research shows the gluten-free diet doesn’t heal Celiac Disease.  In fact, the evidence suggests that in many cases, leaky gut and inflammation remain high for years on a gluten-free diet.  This spells bad news for anyone with Celiac Disease relying on a gluten-free diet as the only treatment protocol…

It breaks down like this… high inflammation, poor vitamin status, and leaky gut persist on a gluten-free diet which leads to one thing: untreated Celiac Disease…

And untreated Celiac Disease will kill you… fast

If you don’t completely heal from Celiac Disease, you’re going to die much sooner than healthy people.  In fact, one of the largest cohort studies on Celiac Disease patients and mortality published in the Journal of The American Medical Association found that:

  • Those with Celiac Disease (villous atrophy) had a 2.80-fold increased risk of death the first year after diagnosis and a 39% increased risk of death over the study period

But the authors didn’t stop there… they also looked at people with intestinal inflammation.  Remember the two studies on “well-treated” (asymptomatic) patients that still had inflammation?  The authors found:

  • Those with intestinal inflammation (and not villous atrophy) had a 4.66-fold increased risk of death the first year after diagnosis and a 72% increased risk of death over the study period[11]

A 72% increased risk of death!

In other words, if you’re a symptom-free Celiac and your labs show signs of gut inflammation… you’re going to die much sooner than you think. 

So should Celiacs eat a gluten-free diet?

Yes… gluten is still the kryptonite in Celiac Disease, don’t ever eat it.  Following a gluten-free diet is a requirement for treating this autoimmune condition… but you can’t stop there.

This evidence clearly shows that only following a gluten-free diet doesn’t fix leaky gut, gut inflammation, or a damaged gut lining.  That means the gluten-free diet isn’t enough to treat Celiac Disease patients and anyone using it as the only protocol is at risk for dying much sooner than they should…

The conventional Celiac prescription is incomplete and not working.  There needs to be more. 

In the last post, I showed you that fixing leaky gut is a critical step in reversing Celiac Disease… and now you know that gluten-free doesn’t cut it.  In the next part of this series, I’ll explore the leaky gut-Celiac connection and what to do about it.

Chase Your Passion! (Not Your Pension)

What is health and wellness if we don’t have balance?

This article is from one of my mentors. I hope that you find enjoyment and possibly some inspiration for your own life. God Bless.

by Denis Waitley
Lisa, our youngest daughter, recently
earned her master’s degree to start a
career as a high school English
teacher. I doubt she was more
excited about her graduation than
her parents were.
As we entered the stadium for the
commencement services, it dawned
on me that after putting seven
children through college and
graduate studies, I’d finally be able to
fund my retirement plan.
It was very hot in the concrete arena.
A midday sun beat squarely in our
faces. I suspected that the exercises
would be long and merciless. As the
graduates filed in, I was amused to
see slogans taped to their tasselled
caps. “Will work for food!” “Get my
room ready, Mom!”
Our daughter’s read, “Thanks Mom
and Pop.” Some wore bathing suits
beneath their gowns. Some blew
bubbles with a pipe and soap. Most
were ecstatic about finally leaving
school, visibly impatient for that
night’s parties and for freedom and
the opportunity to earn.
Olmos “Stood and Delivered”
As the warm-up speakers droned on
about politically correct issues, I
wondered whether any time would
remain for the main speaker. In fact,
his address lasted barely ten
minutes, which may have set a
national record for brevity.
(Winston Churchill holds the
international record: thirty seconds to
repeat “Never give up!” nine times.)
That main speaker was Edward
James Olmos, the actor-activist who
played Jaime Escalante in an
inspiring movie about inner-city
students called Stand and Deliver.
Olmos stood up, removed his cap,
and regarded the graduates. “So
we’re ready to party?” he asked.
“Yeah, let’s party!” they answered in
unison. “I know, thank God it’s
Friday,” he resumed.
“But commencement means to
begin, not finish. You’ve had a four-year
sabbatical from life, and now
you’re ready to go out there and
earn. You’re only beginning Real
World 101 in your education.
“One more thing before we leave,”
he continued. “Please never, ever
work for money. Please don’t just get
a job. A job is something that many
of you had while you worked your
way through college.
A job is something you do for money.
But a career is something you do
because you’re inspired to do it. You
want to do it, you love doing it, you’re
excited when you do it. And you’d do
it even if you were paid nothing
beyond food and the basics. You’d
do it because it’s your life.”


What he was saying, which I have
tried to recall and interpret in my own
words is that many of you will go out
and try to get the highest-paying job
possible, regardless of the industry,
regardless of the opportunity,
regardless of the service or product
the company may provide.
If you chase money, it may catch you
– and if it catches you, you’ll forever
be its slave.
By letting money pursue you but
never catch you, you’ll always be its
master. By always doing what you
love, loving what you do, delivering
more than you promise, you’ll always
be underpaid – which is how it
always should be.
For if you’re paid more than you’re
worth, you may be restructured,
re-engineered, replaced, fired,
declared obsolete, disposed of.
Overpaid people are overdrawn in
their knowledge bank account.
People who are underpaid for the
level and quality of the service they
provide are always in demand and
always ahead of the money in their
knowledge and contribution. So
money and opportunity are always
chasing them. This is what I got out
of the commencement speech that
Olmos concluded with a charged
voice and moist eyes. “Chase your
passion, not your pension! Be
inspired to learn as much as you
can, to find a cause that benefits
humankind – and you’ll be sought
after for your quality of service and
dedication to excellence.
This passion will make you oblivious
of quitting time and to the length of
your workday. You’ll awake every
morning with the passion of pursuit,
but not the pursuit of money ….
Those who do more than they’re paid
for are always sought for their
services. Their name and work
outlive them and always command
the highest price. Chase your
passion, not your pension!”
The graduates were stunned. Many
cried with joy. I was speechless,
which is rare indeed. Olmos was no
actor speaking for an honorarium. He
was all passion, pure and simple.
“Maybe we should have taught that
in a class,” I heard a faculty member
Motive in Action
Motivation is a contraction of motive
and action. An inner force that
compels behavior, it comes from
within, not from any external
circumstance. You know where
you’re going because you have a
compelling image inside, not a travel
poster on the wall, a financial
statement with a big bonus, or a
slogan in the hall.
The performance of many externally
motivated individuals begin
declining as soon as they win
contests of one sort or another. I’ve
personally witnessed this among
Super Bowl champions and World
Cup teams that lost the incentive to
maintain their excellence after
winning the cup, the honors, and the

If you’re really committed to peak
performance and leadership, you
must motivate yourself from within.
Studies of achievers show that inner
drives for excellence and
independence are far more powerful
that desire for wealth, status or
The Inner Drive
Behavioral scientists have found that
independent desire for excellence is
the most telling predictor of
significant achievement.
In other words, the success of our
efforts depends less on the efforts
themselves than on our motives. The
most successful companies, like the
most successful men and women in
almost all fields, have achieved their
greatness out of a desire to express
what they felt had to be expressed.
Often it was a desire to use their
skills to their utmost in order to solve
a problem. This is not to say that
many of them did not also earn a
great deal of money and prestige.
William Shakespeare, Thomas
Edison, Estee Lauder, Walt Disney,
Oprah Winfrey, Sam Walton and Bill
Gates all became wealthy.
But far more than thoughts of profit,
the key to their success was
inspiration and inner drive by
creating or providing excellence in a
product or a service. All were
motivated by the desire to produce
the very best that was in them.
Go for the Inner Applause
The late Ray Kroc, a former neighbor
of mine who founded McDonald’s
Corporation when he was in his
fifties, stressed the importance of
people working for the inner
satisfaction, not just for the money.
Ray said most people find it difficult
to associate applause with their work
when they can’t hear literal applause
– but the important applause should
come from within. It is the faster
heartbeat, the pride and satisfaction
of accomplishment.
Kroc told the University of Southern
California’s Business School that the
first thing a business executive
needs is love of an idea.
If you don’t love your concept, drop
it. If you prostitute yourself at an
early age by taking a job where the
money is, you’ll be working for
money all your life. Loving their work
is particularly important for younger
people. If they lose that love early,
they may never grow to anywhere
near their potential for self-actualization.
Hire People Who Have
Empowered Themselves
An inner drive for excellence
motivates you always to be the best
you possible can in whatever you do.
Leaders and managers should take
special note hear.
They must be careful in their use of
external motivators – money, perks,
prestigious offices and titles – in
trying to inspire their team members
and employees.

Enduring motivation must always
come ultimately from within the
That’s why empowerment and vision
are so crucial to team performance
and quality. Their power and their
vision, not those of the leader must
compel team members.
Interviewing potential members, you
should look for internally motivated
individuals who hold their work
important for its own sake, who love
their field or their industry, who seek
the exhilaration of testing their limits
and contributing to the world. Be
wary if they show more interest in
your compensation package than in
their contribution package.
Put Your Signature On Your
No one exemplifies the concepts in
this article better than Antonio
Stradivari, an Italian violin maker
who lived from 1644 to 1737.
Stradivari died at the age of ninetythree,
at a time when the average life
expectancy was a little over thirtyfive
He taught himself his trade. His tools
were primitive, and he usually
worked alone until later in life, when
his sons joined him. Stradivari had a
He put the best of himself into every
violin and viola. When he was
finished and was certain that his
craftsmanship measured up to his
personal standards, he signed his
name on the instrument.
Nearly three hundred years later, his
violins sell for hundreds of thousands
and even millions of dollars, and
Stradivarius is a synonym for quality
throughout the world. But far from
every man or woman with
uncommon standards of excellence
become celebrities.
At this very moment, thousands or
tens of thousands are working
unknown and unsung in industry, the
arts and the sciences. The public has
never heard of them and probably
never will; yet they refuse to turn out
shoddy work. They are in the
minority, but that’s where they’ve
always been – playing for a gallery of
one, for their own inner applause.
Remember, people who consistently
do things well set their own
standards and make themselves
measure up. In so doing, they:
Give the best of themselves to
benefit others, making their work
a source of joy and satisfaction
while they experience deep self-respect
from being uncommon
Build a kind of security that lasts
a lifetime or beyond, because
respect for quality always abides
and will always command the
highest price. If you accept
nothing but excellence from
yourself and feel entitled to put
your name on your work, both will
endure. The bitterness of poor
quality lingers on long after the
sweetness of low price.
Chase your passion, not your

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