Gluten free Yes or No?

I don’t know enough about the gluten free debate which is the food trend de jour but I have experienced my fair share of fads. Not to say that Coeliac disease is a fad. Quite the opposite. That is a clear definable disease. I’m talking about people diagnosing themselves without due care. Making extreme and sudden changes to their diet without any real consideration for the wider implications on a previously stable and healthy ecosystem inside their gut.

It will sound crazy at first but I think these sudden changes we do all too often could actually cause our bodies injury and thus more problems than those we are initially trying to solve.

Injury….. yep injury. How can you injury your stomach? you ask. Good question.

Just like you can injure yourself by taking up exercise and increasing your activity too quickly. Before your bones, muscles and connective tissue can adapt to the increasing demands. Eventually they develop weaknesses and something breaks and you get injured. The same can happen with your stomach. Your stomach is like any other part of your body. It is built for the recent demands of your lifestyle, your diet and its contents being those demands. It will have developed the required bacteria and disposal methods and know how to handle correctly the food and drink you eat.

Change your diet drastically and suddenly the stomach won’t be fit for purpose. The bacteria won’t break everything down correctly, there will be waste it can’t deal with. If it doesn’t get broken down properly then it won’t pass through your gut in a normal way. This can mean pain and things getting stuck and the stomach itself being hurt because it isn’t ready for what’s happening.

If you had changed your diet slowly the stomach could have managed the process better. Adapting it’s content of bacteria to handle the new foods and learning how to deal with their waste. Making sure nothing gets stuck and excess, gas, liquid or whatever is dealt with properly. The same goes for your stomach lining. It is built for purpose. Change what you ask of it and it needs time to adapt. If you don’t give it enough time it may simply not be able to adjust fast enough and get hurt in the process. An injury.

Most injuries need time to heal. A drastic change in diet is very likely to prevent healing, at least for a while until the stomach learns to deal with the new diet. If it doesn’t heal properly or at all you will eventually notice new problems. Though you are very unlikely to realise that changing your diet so drastically was the cause. Your stomach doesn’t have any pain receptors so it can’t tell you if it’s injured. That’s why you have to learn to understand the signs of it working well and it being injured.

You are free to agree or disagree with this concept. It is just my opinion which reflects my experience and knowledge. It works well for me and helps me take care of my stomach and ensures I get what I need from my diet.

I came across a very balanced review of the gluten free debate and I wanted to get you thinking critically about how you treat your stomach before reading it. The point is that the gluten debate is just the current food debate. These are ongoing and will never stop. So it’s worth stepping back and thinking more about how your body actually works and how you work with it instead of just making a huge decision without really understanding how your stomach gets the job done.

Have a read through The great gluten-free scam and let me know what you think. I found it a balanced article. You can easily switch the topic of gluten in its words to any of the other ideas we’ve been told about over the last few decades and the article would still read the same and have the same message. The reality is that life isn’t really changing and neither is the food industry.

Change comes from Pressure and time

Cell Your Sole (CYS) is all about using pressure and time to get what you want. This incorporates the principles behind evolution. I try to use this to my advantage. If I understand how things may evolve I can hedge my bets to get where I want to go. So instead of rushing, overwhelming yourself and burning out or injuring yourself you use time itself to get you where you want to go. You just figure out what pressure you should be applying, when to apply it and then figure out how much you can apply regularly. Pace yourself Do that and you should get what you want.

It sounds obvious but we all get caught up trying to fit too much in and buckling under the pressure. So I am interested in building change right into what I do and just learning to guide it. Helping me relax by knowing that I will get where I am going.

Change is simply a part of achieving my dreams. I try to apply constant pressure over time to help my vision evolve and achieve what I want. At the same time I keep my eyes and ears open. Looking for the effects of pressure and time elsewhere. Looking for opportunities and threats.

This is very much related to a wider theme evolution is everywhere that I follow on my original blog. To achieve your dreams you must change and evolve. The basis of evolution is using pressure over time both on yourself to give you the skills to achieve your dream but also understanding the effects of wider pressures on your dream.

An example is the dream of monitoring the health of your body on something as small and cheap as a mobile phone. Right now that is becoming possible but it is not very easy to do and cannot give you very accurate or detailed information. In years to come though this is bound to become a reality. The question, among others, is how long and which form will this take.

Applying these principles of change and evolution I am keeping an eye on the progress of related technology and ideas, just like any one else I am watching the field evolve. This is giving me an idea how long and which form it will take. At the same time I have learnt how to take advantage of these tools when they eventually come around because I have become a software developer and found the kinds of tools that will help me take advantage of these devices when they arrive. That is why I have become so excited by Unity3d. I feel it will underpin anything I develop in the future.

Life: A self fulfilling prophecy

Just a short note on a basic principle. I have heard it said that life is actually an inevitable consequence of the universe. I can think of one reason why and thought I would share.

Producing offspring to continue the cycle is the key because by definition anything that does not reproduce itself will not continue. So it isn’t really that surprising that given time any mechanism that keeps reproducing itself would still exist today. It is built into the concept of a biological life cycle, it must be  repeatable but also design to make copies that continue the cycle of life. The continual challenge is that life cycles are anything but inevitable. Every life form that wants to exist in the future must create its own self fulfilling prophecy to be considered life. It must reproduce itself time after time otherwise it becomes extinct, just like a fire running out of oxygen.

It is a numbers game in competing for scarce resources and based on energy cycles. Starting with stars filled with molecules that are competing for energy. These molecule form bonds with other matter releasing energy and reaching a more complex higher state at the same time. This provides a recipe pressure for change to which you just add time.

Billions of years can be long enough for this energy cycle and competition for energy to eventually lead to much more complex organisms like bacteria, viruses and then plants and the rest of us.

It seems strange at first but then I read a book called Stardust (The video above “We Are Dead Stars” is a great synopsis) which explained exactly how stars provide ecosystems for energy in which the elements that make up the universe are formed. That blew my mind. The amazing complexity of life is literally created inside stars and, as I realised later, is exactly the process of evolution we have all come to know.

We just think that evolution only applies to life. We do not apply it equally to apparently inanimate objects and particularly things we can not see like molecules. The fact remains that the laws of the universe encourage competition for energy. It is what drives the lifecycle of stars and the creation of the elements and ultimately what drives evolution.

This article is about a summary of the idea I am developing that explains evolution at many different levels, from physics, to chemistry, biology and beyond. Hopefully later I will cover it in more depth. For now I just want to show how it all fits together. When I extend the same principle of competition for energy and the idea that this competition invariably leads to a more complex organic result it seems natural that you would end up with molecules that connect with each other in more complex ways. Just like the constituents of molecules are rearranged through the exchange of energy to make more complex molecules. We know that shapes like the cell wall and helical structures similar to the basis of DNA are actually quite common in nature and can be easily created in the lab. As these structures became more and more common and developments like extra water on the planet made it easier for these structures to intermingle it could certainly lead eventually to ever more complex structures and eventually life.

The full story however is not the point of this article. Life may exist on our planet but we still cannot explain exactly how these increasingly complex structures lead to life that actively competes. I have many theories but that is for another time. For now it is about the cycle. Life requires a cycle that repeats itself.

Philosophically I don’t know when we term that something is alive. A star has a lifecycle but do we consider it alive. I believe the universe is around 13 billion years old with our planet just 6 billion years and complex life existing for I think less than 1 billion years. So maybe for 12 billion years there was life in terms of lifecycles it was just incredibly simple and more automatic and mechanical than the incredibly complex life that we are so used to.

Just a thought I have had for a long time. Sometimes breaking down the complex concepts like evolution require simple thoughts to be expressed so you can see where they lead.

Let me know what you think?