Elaine Lewis is writing in blue ink
Caralyn Vessal is writing in black.
Hey everybody, remember when we interviewed Caralyn about her Vitamin C sensation, Sufficient-C?
Well, now she’s back with a warning about wheat!
Hi Elaine, it has been a year since we last met at hpathy.com.
Has it been a year already?
Do you have any idea how many e-mails from Sufficient-C users I’ve received, thanks to you, telling me great stories about Sufficient-C lowering their cholesterol and curing and preventing Herpes?
Wait a minute, don’t tell me, I love guessing games! Was it 5? 70? Am I getting close? Wait, Caralyn, hold on to your Materia Medica!
What on earth are you talking about?
Let me tell you what just happened. About a month ago…. or maybe it was last week…. Yesterday…
Elaine, is this story going anywhere?
I’m getting to that! I was noticing a burning sensation in my bladder area. I thought, “What the heck is this?” Thinking it was the way I was sitting, or my belt being too tight, I ignored it. I went down to the laundry room to turn on the dryer, and the pain was still with me. I mused over how strange it was. What was it, a bladder infection? That’s not how I typically experience them! I went back upstairs, the pain was still there. I said, “OK, it’s time for some vitamin C!” The only vitamin C I have here is your Sufficient-C! I opened the canister, took out a scoop of the powder, which I think is about 2 grams, stirred it into half a cup of water, drank it down because, of course, it does taste good, and in less than ten minutes, the burning was gone, I kid you not, and it never came back!!! I mean, who knows what it was! Or what it was destined to turn into! And what would have happened to me without Sufficient-C? It was the middle of the night!
As you will recall, Elaine, I had that same experience!
Just wanting to let our readers know, Sufficient-C is for real! What do people do in the middle of the night when these things happen to them, go to the Emergency Room? I don’t know, I’m just glad, as a believer in natural medicine, I have options!
These many stories just prove that a deficiency in a vital nutrient is easily remedied by taking said nutrient!
Hold on, I’m writing that down.
Sometimes we just don’t have to get fancy.
Wait a minute (…taking said nutrient…) OK. Go on.
And by the way, Elaine, L-Lysine plus vitamin C also lowers cholesterol! It works. We have seen it work many times over.
I know, Caralyn! Linus Pauling said so! I found it on his website! Let me guess, Sufficient-C also contains L-Lysine? Isn’t that for scrubbing floors?
No Elaine, you’re thinking of Lysol! I know that pretending you don’t know anything is part of your endless charm, but you know very well it is an essential amino acid!
An essential amino acid is the reason I don’t know anything? OMG!
This combination strengthens and mends the blood vessels! We know that vitamin C helps to reduce inflammation, which is one of the causes of high blood pressure.
I know, that’s what Linus Pauling said!
He was a genius and to this day he gets criticized. He was certainly a mentor of mine.
He was my entree into alternative medicine!
In addition, the jury is back and Sufficient-C does a heck of a job eliminating Herpes sores as well, some of our customers are using the product for just that!
I never liked Herpes.
Well, enough about Sufficient-C.
I don’t want to spend the whole hour talking about herpes.
Didn’t we come here to talk about wheat? I have a new product called “Glutenizer” to help people digest wheat, which is a big issue nowadays.
Isn’t that a person who can’t stop eating?
You’re thinking of a glutton!
No Elaine! The full name is “GLUTENIZER Kiwi Strawberry Digestive-Ade”!
Would you stop writing?! I wanted to share it with you because there’s an important lesson to be learned here about wheat. Just like I created Sufficient-C out of need because my mother had cancer, I created Glutenizer because of my son Daniel’s extreme health problems! When Daniel was in middle school…
And now for a station break!
Elaine, what are you doing?
Caralyn, you know how I hate to interrupt, but, I have to start dinner.
Well, I will just go on talking then.
If you can, please do!
Good. So anyway, Daniel would periodically get sudden burning stomach aches that seemed to come out of nowhere!
Could you pass the vinegar please?
Which reminds me, Daniel loved vinegar! He was an exceptionally healthy eater. Unlike most of his peers, he loved salads and savory blends of natural foods. It was not uncommon to uncover a generous stash of his Halloween candy uneaten, much to his brothers’ pleasure!
As you can imagine, I was quite puzzled as to what could have been causing these unpredictable, but extremely painful stomach episodes that, over the years, intensified in strength and frequency.
I know, I was there for one of them. He couldn’t even join us for the seder!
How well I remember! But there’s more!
Do you remember when your brother-in-law got mad because I wouldn’t eat the bitter herbs?
Elaine, can we possibly stick with today’s topic?
Oh. Is that what we’re talking about?
Yes!!! So, around senior year of high school, Daniel started breaking out in hives that made him look like a professional boxer after a brutal match.
Bout, they’re called bouts.
Boxing bouts? No. I don’t thinks so! Fencers have bouts! Boxers have matches! (Oh great! I’m starting to sound like one of the Marx brothers!)
Which one, Groucho, Harpo or Chico?
Actually, I’m starting to sound like you!!! Anyway, his eyes were swollen slits; he used his brother’s backs as a mode of transportation within the house since he could not put any pressure on the soles of his swollen, itchy feet that soon became unfit for shoes!
So he had to be carried everywhere?
I remember that the only minor comfort he had was to lie perfectly still under his bed covers until the desire to rip his skin off passed.
Geez…. This must have been very distressing for you to have to watch, and feeling so helpless.
All the doctors who had been consulted prescribed a boat-load of antihistamines and warned that hospitalization might ultimately be necessary given his inflamed and puffy appearance. I knew that antihistamines would only scratch the surface …
Ouch! Good one, Caralyn! Ha! “Only scratch the surface!”
Why is that funny? Maybe you should just concentrate on cooking. I was trying to make the point that the medical profession is not high on getting to the root cause of anything! This is a huge problem! So, during Freshman year at college, these random hive attacks reached an intolerable level and now he felt fatigued, requiring a strategic mid-day nap to get through his classes and studying. It seemed that every time I called him, he either had a cold, a sore throat or did not feel right. The hives went from being an every now and then nuisance to an annoying part of everyday life.
At my insistence (which did not make them happy) his physicians ran every conceivable test, all of which returned a normal result. While it is always nice to hear that nothing is wrong, something was wrong, and the standard explanation was…are you ready?
Oh boy, here it goes….
“Sometimes people just get hives.”
“Sometimes people get hives”? Is that it???
They were serious!
Caralyn! All those years of education and all they could say about Daniel’s illness was that people get hives? OK, that is very impressive! Where can I sign up for medical school, I want to be that knowledgeable too!
I made an appointment with a medical doctor who practiced alternative medicine. I shared with him that Daniel had always felt bloated and became full quickly. I also mentioned to him that from a young age, his front teeth had a slight marbleized appearance. I recognized these symptoms as those found in Celiac disease and Gluten-Sensitive people. However, since Daniel presented quite well and all tests came back negative, even the “natural” practitioner was in no way convinced that wheat was the culprit. While all the “professionals” had agreed that Daniel’s teeth were slightly marbleized, I felt that they, more than anything, thought that I had lost my marbles!
Ha-ha! Caralyn, that’s your second big laugh of the evening! Would you like to come to work for me? I need a staff of writers.
Since when does a homeopath need a staff of writers?! Anyway, these doctors just wanted me to bask in Daniel’s negative test results!
They’re ruled by test results! It makes you wonder how much stock anyone should put in medical tests at all if someone that sick can be declared “within the normal range”!
Exactly! Since there never seemed to be a trigger that was obvious, I became convinced that his immune system might be reacting to something that had always been a staple of his diet. Even without the support of the medical professionals, I was still wondering if gluten was the source of his symptoms. Daniel was certainly eating more sandwiches in college than what he was accustomed to eating at home.
OMG! Say no more, say no more! The food in institutions, like college cafeterias, snack bars, hospitals, etc., is the worst! All the things you try to avoid at home? Like chemical additives, sugar, artificial ingredients, white flour, GMO’s, etc.? They’re all there at the school cafeteria! That’s why he got worse at college!!!!
I know! “Out of the frying pan, into the fire!” as they say. He was also consuming beer! In moderation of course 🙂 All of which obviously contains gluten! Could this be why his symptoms were continuing to worsen?
Tune in again next week…
Elaine, I’m not finished!
Knowing that a family friend had been diagnosed with Celiac disease, Daniel informed me that without a diagnosis, he had no intention of altering his diet!
Well, that settles it! Excuse me while I check the oven.
Obviously, avoiding wheat is an easy way to determine if one has a gluten sensitivity, but Daniel thought the odds for him were slim and wasn’t willing to make that sacrifice.
I can’t say as I blame him. Think of everything that’s made with wheat, Caralyn: Pizza, Spaghetti, Sandwiches, Cake, Pie, Donuts, hamburger buns… It means changing your whole way of life!
Ironically, Daniel’s diet was never big on carbs, but as you pointed out, gluten seems to find its way into everything and it truly is hard to avoid. When spring of Freshman year approached, so did Passover. Since Daniel never liked matzah, nor was he a fan of any of the other commercial carbs made from matzah, I couldn’t help but seize the opportunity for Daniel to go Gluten-Free during Passover!
So for the next eight days it was rice and potatoes and fruit for breakfast until we reconvened.
At the end of Passover, Daniel had been enlightened! He concluded that he was, in fact, gluten-sensitive! Without gluten in his system he had more energy, his hives vanished and he was no longer bloated!
Finally we had our answer! And here is Daniel today–(standing next to me)–healthy and normal:
Is that Daniel? I thought it was a movie star! Anyway, it seems people have to be their own doctor nowadays!
We all must advocate for ourselves and our children and trust our gut, no pun intended. 🙂
That settles it! You’re coming to work for me!
It was at this time that I also investigated various digestive enzymes on the market knowing that being 100% gluten-free is not easy.
Not at all!
Some brands were clearly more effective than others. While Daniel does not have a diagnosis of Celiac disease and is able, in moderation, to consume small amounts of gluten, it is a slippery slope when he does.
Yes, I can imagine.
And so with that, Glutenizer® Kiwi Strawberry Digestive-Ade drink mix was hatched!
Born, Caralyn, was born. For it to be hatched, you would have to be a chicken. But I love the design, don’t change a thing! So these are digestive enzymes?
All you do is add cool spring water and stir. It’s a powder. Gluten is not only pervasive in foods that many have learned to avoid, it can be prevalent in foods that are often not suspected of containing gluten!
Well great, that’s just great!
No one knows this better than the gluten-sensitive consumer! While Glutenizer is focused on gluten digestion, we also made sure to generously fortify it with a full spectrum of proteases for the digestion of other difficult-to-digest proteins, since some people who experience digestive problems often blame gluten when gluten may not be the problem. In fact, Glutenizer can be used as a general digestive aid. I call it “flavor with function”!
How is Daniel doing now after Glutenizer, what can he tolerate that he couldn’t tolerate before?
Daniel still avoids gluten for the most part, but there are times when avoiding gluten is not always possible. When he drinks Glutenizer with his meals he never has a problem! He keeps a canister in his back pack and totes it around with him pretty much wherever he goes. Just goes to show you that necessity is always the mother of invention!
Still, I have to admire you Caralyn; the average person would never consider doing this in a million years–creating a product; instead they’re counting on someone else to do it for them! I consider YOU to be a truly remarkable person, one of a kind!
Thank you Elaine. I appreciate the compliment, especially because it came from you!
Really? Caralyn, you have me confused with someone really important–like Richard Nixon. Or Batman. I am really not that important! Wait, let me check with Shana. Shana! Am I important? She doesn’t know.
No one can compliment you, have you noticed that? Another interesting “Tidbit”, if you will; when the gut is injured from eating gluten, other foods can become problematic to digest as well! Enzymes can heal the gut more effectively than just eliminating offending foods!
Who knew? Thanks for that tip! Can Daniel have what everyone else is having?
In moderation. I would like to make it clear that you’re not going to be able to gorge on gluten just because you’re drinking this drink. Glutenizer lends support for those times when the gluten-sensitive person is not certain if gluten is present in the meal; for example, in restaurants, catered events etc., or when proper gluten free choices are not an option. For Daniel, this added protection keeps him from breaking out in hives, bloating, becoming lethargic and has made him noticeably less susceptible to viruses. However he still needs to be a mindful eater. Being that Glutenizer offers 1200 mg. of vitamin C, he is also getting that extra immune boost throughout the day. We have sourced a 95% pure organic Stevia for sweetness that really brings the strawberry and kiwi flavor to life! It’s so good, we have upgraded to this stevia in Sufficient-C too.
In that case, I’ll be ordering more–not that I wouldn’t be ordering more anyway! P.S. I have a client with severe constipation and bloating, could Glutenizer help her? Does Gluten-sensitivity tend to cause constipation and intestinal gas?
Well, let me see, how shall I put this…YES!!! We know that constipation has a few causes:
- lack of hydration
- lack of enzymes to aid in the digestion process
- a diet lacking in fresh fruits and vegetables thereby lacking enzymes and fiber
- and gluten-sensitivity (the ability to digest gluten adequately)
We also know that a diet that lacks Magnesium can also make one prone to constipation, but if adding magnesium to the diet does not help, it does seem prudent to investigate a digestive inadequacy. Anyway, YES! Additionally, it is important for the diet to contain an adequate daily supply of natural sea salt. The chloride in salt is essential for the production of hydrochloric acid. That is one reason why a lot of elderly people on a low salt diet often suffer from acid issues.
Wow! Such a wealth of information! Well, I said the topic today was wheat, so now you’re going to hear about it! Celiac Disease is on the rise commensurate with the use of this stuff: Roundup! Do you know what Roundup is?
It’s a weed killer made by Monsanto, the infamous bio-tech company responsible for GMO’s in our food!
“Roundup-Ready Crops” are crops, such as corn, that have been genetically engineered to withstand an excessive amount of this herbicide without dying! That means that you’re getting an excessive amount of weed killer when you eat GMO crops–like corn, do you understand that?
There is corn in everything nowadays because every processed food contains either corn syrup or high-fructose corn syrup!!! You might imagine that innumerable diseases are on the rise because of this, and they are! But it doesn’t stop there! Roundup is now being used to KILL WHEAT, as bizarre as that sounds!!!!! Do you want to know why? You’re not going to believe this; so, brace yourself: It’s being used to kill the wheat crop so the new planting season can start earlier, which means more money!
And yes, that means every time you eat your sandwiches, your donuts, hamburgers and spaghetti, you’re actually eating Roundup, because it’s been sprayed on the wheat–not to kill pests, but to kill the crop! Is it any wonder now that Daniel got so much worse in college?
You just can’t make this stuff up!
According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff from M.I.T., the rise in Celiac Disease mirrors the use of Roundup on the commercial wheat crop to make the harvest go faster! You can read more about it here:
So what does this mean? Not only that Glutenizer has arrived right on time, but, it means you MUST buy organic bread and pasta to avoid eating Roundup, and you must start making your own food at home, from scratch, and bringing your lunch to school, to work, etc. because the diseases that Glyphosate (Roundup) is implicated in–including Celiac, autism, alzheimers and lymphoma–are worth whatever extra work or money is involved to avoid them!
I’ll just give you an example, I’m within walking distance of a very large supermarket right in my neighborhood, but I will drive 10 miles to Whole Foods in South Philadelphia to make sure I’m getting organically-grown, locally-grown food and avoiding factory-farmed meat, eggs and dairy!
It also seems odd that chronic diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis are so much more apparent these days. You have to wonder why diseases that were so rare when we were kids are running rampant now. Just as a side note there is evidence that gluten-sensitivity is also linked to MS!
Caralyn, you can always tell the diseases that are running rampant by watching the commercials! For example, I’m sure you’ve noticed the number of ads for Alzheimers disease and cancer as if these are a normal part of life now! All I’m saying is, support your natural food store, support your farmer’s market and organic farmers in general. Know that the commercial food industry, with the help of government agencies, is trying to make it impossible for real farmers to stay in business with impossible-to-comply-with regulations!
Caralyn, how can people get Glutenizer?
Thanks for helping me deliver this very important message about what’s being done to the commercial WHEAT CROP!!! Support your organic farms! Go out of your way to buy organic! I hope everyone has learned something here today.
Can I just say one thing more?
Well, I don’t know, I have to catch a plane…
You do not, Elaine!
As the mother of a college student, I can’t stress enough the value of having Sufficient-C & Glutenizer in the dorm, they are delicious drink mixes that offer Vitamin C, added immune support and digestive support for your college student.
Better than coke and pepsi, I’m guessing.
And Elaine, a word about white flour.
Right! We can’t leave without reminding people that white flour is not a real food! It does not exist in nature; it turns to white sugar in your stomach, causes your insulin levels to spike, causes your blood-sugar to drop, can’t be digested, hardens to a paste in your intestines, contains no fiber and no nutrients. So, remember to buy organically-grown WHOLE grain products and stay away from white bread, anything made with white flour and white rice as well. The real rice is brown rice. I guess you can’t say this enough times.
I have Glutenizer here, and I can vouch for its simplicity and good taste. I’ve taken it twice today already. Thanks, Caralyn!
A brief question/answer session:
Caralyn, if you take Glutenizer between meals, are you just wasting digestive enzymes?
No. When taken between meals, the enzymes are considered proteolytic enzymes and they eat away at toxins and inflammation within the body. However when taken in close proximity to a meal they work on digesting that meal.
Should you save Glutenizer for when you’re about to eat?
Right before, during, or soon after a meal will work best. However it is prudent to drink within 25 minutes from mixing it up. Once the drink mix (enzymes) are activated with water, the clock starts ticking.
Does it make sense to take Glutenizer before a raw meal like salad?
For people without any digestive issues, I would say that it might not be necessary, given a raw meal already comes jam packed with enzymes as you know. However, those that have a lot of gut healing to contend with, may find dosing before every meal beneficial while they are trying to heal their gut. Enzymes are known to be very healing. We see people that struggle with kale given their digestive system is in distress.
Should you take Glutenizer before and after eating?
No. however if after someone has eaten a meal that has caused them gastric distress, drinking Glutenizer will help them over the digestive hump by significantly reducing gastric distress.
Caralyn, I get a lot of complaints about GERD–acid reflux.
Elaine….I now talk a lot about indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia of all sorts since food that is not pre-digested with ample enzymes will ultimately rot and ferment in the gut causing all kinds of gases that will push up uncomfortable stomach acid. Often people associate this with having too much stomach acid. We know that no one has too much stomach acid and it is a proven fact that as we age, stomach acid decreases. Therefore, I focus on the inability to digest. This applies to all difficult-to-digest proteins not just gluten.
Well, this is revelational! So taking antacids, then, really misses the mark! Thanks for the education, Caralyn; come back again soon!
Caralyn Vessal is a student at the British Institute of Homeopathy
email her: [email protected]
visit her website: www.sufficientc.com
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine takes online cases! Write to her at [email protected]
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