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Diaspora* opens sourcecode: — "Will Now Be A Community Project"

Diaspora* opens sourcecode: — "Will Now Be A Community Project" | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"Today, we are giving control of Diaspora to the community."


"As a Free Software social project, we have an obligation to take this project further, for the good of the community that revolves around it. Putting the decisions for the project’s future in the hands of the community is one of the highest benefits of any FOSS project, and we’d like to bring this benefit to our users and developers."

 

"We still will remain as an important part this community as the founders, but we want to make sure we are including all of the people who care about Diaspora and want to see it succeed well into the future..."

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With OpenBazaar, Everyone Can Be a Retailer, Without Permission 

With OpenBazaar, Everyone Can Be a Retailer, Without Permission  | Networked Society | Scoop.it

OpenBazaar is the next brick in place for a globally open commercial infrastructure, scalable to the whole of the human population and functioning outside any existing legal structure of any nation-state.

 

The technology that makes it possible is not a website but rather an application that anyone can download and run. It has just come out of Beta and is already in use by many thousands of people around the world...

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OpenBazaar is an app anyone can use to buy and sell ... payments are in Bitcoin.

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Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism

Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin believes that the creation of a super internet heralds new economic system that could solve society’s sustainability challenges 

 

“This is the first new economic system since the advent of capitalism and socialism in the early 19th century so it’s a remarkable historical event and it’s going to transform our way of life fundamentally over the coming years,” Rifkin says. “It already is; we just haven’t framed it.” 

 

Some sectors, such as music and media, have already been disrupted as a result of the internet’s ability to let individuals and small groups compete with the major established players. Meanwhile, the mainstreaming of 3D printing and tech advances in logistics – such as the installation of billions of intelligent sensors across supply chains – means this phenomenon is now spreading from the virtual to the physical world, Rifkin says.

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New economy on the horizon?

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The Dot Blockchain Music Project — “Growing up in public with your pants down.”

The Dot Blockchain Music Project — “Growing up in public with your pants down.” | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"This has been quite a ride.At my last look “How the Blockchain & VR Can Change the Music Industry” (Parts 1 & 2) has been read by more than 5,500 people according to my Medium Stats. Since November 24, 2015 we have journeyed together from a rather obscure idea about a new music codec containing a Minimum Viable Data Set that would create a globally distributed database of music rights to an open source architecture and user interface, a Github repository, and a working alpha version of the App. It’s second incarnation sits on my desktop as I type this..."

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Music sharing (and publishing) on the blockchain coming soon...

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Community Land Trusts, Mutual Home Ownership, the Garden City Model and the Co-operative Land Bank 

Mike Lewis and Pat Conaty developed this argument in detail in their book The Resilience Imperative – Co-operative Transitions to a Steady-state Economy.

 

To promote the wider arguments in the book, Lewis and Conaty produced a series of very short articles. The following Special Report features their series on Community Land Trusts, Mutual Home Ownership, the Garden City Model and the Co-operative Land Bank.

 

The Garden City Model merits special attention, as Garden Cities that took land out of the market were a full expression of radical socialist and co-operative economy planning. Nowadays, a number of parts of the world are showing an interest in reviving them. 

 

These three short illustrated articles contained in the report provide a crash course in what CLTs and the CLB is, and how practical land reform can be systematically implemented to return land to the Commons.

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Can land ownership and management be arranged to serve the community?

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Open Source Life: How the open movement will change everything

Open Source Life: How the open movement will change everything | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Consider this: in just a few short years, the open-source encyclopedia Wikipedia has made closed-source encyclopedias obsolete — both the hard-bound kind and the CD-ROM or commercial online kind. Goodbye World Book and Brittanica. 

 

The open-source concept was popularized through GNU and the GPL license, and it has spread ever since, in an increasingly rapid manner. The open-source OS, Linux, has been growing in users exponentially over the last few years, and while it still has a ways to go before it can challenge Microsoft or Apple, it has become a viable and even desirable alternative for many. 


Open-source alternatives have been growing in number and breadth: from office software to financial software to web and desktop utilities to games, just about any software you can think of has an open-source alternative. And in many cases, the open-source version is better. 

 

Now consider this: the open-source concept doesn’t have to just apply to software.

 

It can apply to anything in life, any area where information is currently in the hands of few instead of many, any area where a few people control the production and distribution and improvement of a product or service or entity...

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Sharing information instead of hiding it ... that is the big change that will obsolete many of today's centralised services and bring big change in physical production.

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Michel Bauwens: Are We Shifting to a New Post-Capitalist Value Regime?

Michel Bauwens: Are We Shifting to a New Post-Capitalist Value Regime? | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Every 500 years or so, European civilization and now world civilization, has been rocked by fundamental shifts in its value regime, in which the rules of the game for acquiring wealth and livelihoods have dramatically changed. Following Yochai Benkler's seminal Wealth of Networks, which first identifies peer production, the P2P Foundation has collated a vast amount of empirical evidence of newly emerging value practices, which exist in a uneasy relationship with the dominant political economy, and of which some authors claim, like Jeremy Rifkin and Paul Mason, that it augurs a fundamental shift. What would be the conditions for this new regime to become autonomous and even dominant, and what are the signs of it happening?
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A very interesting talk by Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation ...

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Toronto Gets Its Own Free, Encrypted Mesh Network

Toronto Gets Its Own Free, Encrypted Mesh Network | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Free internet for all. 

 

Meshnet networks, or meshnets, are a form of intranet that doesn’t require a central router point. Instead of emitting from a single point, they’re distributed across an entire system of nodes. Accessing one is free—and doesn’t require the services of a telecom. 

 

Lau had spent the previous summer chatting with other meshnet enthusiasts in Europe, trying to figure out the best way to set up routers across the city. He suggested it was time to give it a try in Toronto. What grew out of Lau and Iantorno’s meeting, four months ago now, was a plan to build a meshnet in this city—one where users wouldn’t need to worry about eavesdroppers, because it would be encrypted. 

 

When it’s finished, Toronto’s first free-to-use meshnet should provide an accessible and secure internet community, maintained by locals keen on becoming digitally self-sufficient. Those early adopters could reshape our relationship to internet providers, and cut monthly rates out of the picture.

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"If you're depending on someone else to set up everything for you, then they're in control."

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The P2P Foundation Ecosystem and what we did in 2015

The P2P Foundation infrastructure of production and governance currently consists of three different aspects: 

 

  • A formal foundation registered in the Netherlands with 3 operational hubs dedicated to organizing, advocacy, research and the facilitation of a knowledge commons. 

  • An expanding network of activists and researchers working at different levels of engagement, a small core team handling strategy and sustainability, and countless members engaging with and contributing to our information commons, including our blog, public Wiki and Loomio group. 

  • An ecosystem producing and sharing knowledge on the commons and P2P dynamics emerging throughout society. Our widely viewed and shared research wiki and blog are updated daily by our community. 

As of 2016, the P2P Foundation’s structure has been reorganized around three interdependent operational hubs: the Foundation itself, Commons Transition and the P2P Lab...

Activities in 2015 are summarised in this article on the commonstransition site ...

http://commonstransition.org/what-the-p2p-foundation-did-in-2015/ 


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The P2P foundation is building the knowledge base and the commons that may form the core of a new kind of society further down the road...

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The P2P foundation is building the knowledge base and the commons that may form the core of a new kind of society further down the road...

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Farming preschool would teach kids how to grow their own food

Farming preschool would teach kids how to grow their own food | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Nursery Fields Forever is an innovative design proposal that fuses urban farming with nursery education.

 

In our age of constant digital contact, connecting kids to nature seems more difficult than ever. Fortunately, intrepid thinkers, like aut- -aut, a team of Rome-based designers, are envisioning innovative ways to bring children closer to nature.

 

Aut- -aut, which comprises Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta, Gabriele Capobianco, Davide Troiani, and Jonathan Lazar, recently won the AWR International Ideas Competition with “Nursery Fields Forever,” a proposal that fuses urban farming with nursery education.

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Excellent idea for kids to balance time spent on computers with time growing plants and farm animals...

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Saving Civilization 2.0 -- at $500 per person one time, using Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE)

Saving Civilization 2.0 -- at $500 per person one time, using Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The United Nations (UN) could lead and incentivize the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by and across the five billion poorest in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the cost, if it would embrace the combination of holistic analytics, true cost economics, and Open Source Everything Engineering ...

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In his letter, Robert David Steele Vivas proposes to the UN to embrace the philosophy of open source everything engineering... 

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Mindtime

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If you are in business, any kind of business, not for profit, for profit, community, a team; in other words you are engaged in some kind of creative process, no matter what the goal, you daily benefit from measuring human behavior. This is well known. 


Everything we do begins with a thought, no matter how unconscious or reactive. A mental process, at some level of consciousness, is engaging in your survival. By definition, this mental process is abstract. That is to say it is a scenario of conceptual understanding of what is happening out there in space. It is the model and story, if you will, that you hold in here, inside your head. 


As such, if everything we do begins with a thought, then it makes all the sense in the world that if we want to change human behavior, we need to understand the thinking behind it.

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This is hugely important research for finding the right people for the job, or simply for understanding your audience. Explore the site ... take the test! It's interesting...

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21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People

21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The 21 decentralizing technologies and innovations in this list are all related to food, energy, water, shelter and waste.


They are designed to integrate you deeply with families, communities, societies, and all humans; in a bottom-up process rather than a centralized top-down structure. 


Many of these technologies are open-source, some are high-tech and others are low-tech and low-cost solutions.

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Much of this stuff is about growing our own food and caring for our own comfort while staying in harmony with the environment...

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LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How to Make Everything Ourselves: Open Modular Hardware

LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How to Make Everything Ourselves: Open Modular Hardware | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Reverting to traditional handicrafts is one way to sabotage the throwaway society.


In this article, we discuss another possibility: the design of modular consumer products, whose parts and components could be re-used for the design of other products.


Initiatives like OpenStructures, Grid Beam, and Contraptor combine the modularity of systems like LEGO, Meccano and Erector with the collaborative power of digital success stories like Wikipedia, Linux or WordPress.


An economy based on the concept of re-use would not only bring important advantages in terms of sustainability, but would also save consumers money, speed up innovation, and take manufacturing out of the hands of multinationals. 

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How to localise manufacturing - go modular and build for re-use...

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The captured Media - Vaccines, ISIS, Benghazi, Federal Reserve

The captured Media - Vaccines, ISIS, Benghazi, Federal Reserve | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Every wonder why and how major media can cover up enormous scandals about vaccines, Benghazi, the creation and funding of ISIS, the complicity of the federal government in drug trafficking, the failure of the $2 trillion war on poverty, the private Federal Reserve banking cartel? 

 

33 years ago, 50 companies owned 90% of US media. 

Now, 6 companies own 90% of US media. 

 

They are: Comcast; The Walt Disney Company; 21st Century Fox; Time Warner; Viacom; CBS.

Here are their 2014 revenues...

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We somehow know we can't trust the media. Jon Rappoport lays out why...

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Peerplays Blockchain & Smart Contracts Explained

PeerPlays Is The World’s First Decentralized eSports Tournament & Online Gaming Platform Built Entirely on the Blockchain That You Can Take Part In Today

 

Go to http://www.peerplays.com

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Games on the blockchain - this will do to the gaming industry what the internet did to newspapers...

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Mexican indigenous groups form co-op phone company to serve 356 municipalities

Mexican indigenous groups form co-op phone company to serve 356 municipalities | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias A.C. -- a nonprofit telcoms company operated by and for indigenous groups in Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Veracruz -- has received a license to operate cellular services in at least 356 municipalities. It's the first time the Mexican telcoms regulator has given a operations license to an indigenous social group. 

 

TIC is the sequel to a network created by Rhizomatica, who installed internet-based telephony in remote communities serviced only by expensive payphones, lowering the cost of calls by as much as 98%.

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This piece on boingboing is short, but at the end you will find a link to a longer article with more information...

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Welcome to #OPENandChange Care - An invitation to join us in shared bid for a 100 Million Dollars to fix health and social care

Welcome to #OPENandChange Care - An invitation to join us in shared bid for a 100 Million Dollars to fix health and social care | Networked Society | Scoop.it

An invitation to join us in shared bid for a 100 Million Dollars to fix health and social care 

 

The MacArthur Foundation has decided to deliver a mighty push to fixing the world’s most hairy, entangled, unfixable problems. The idea is to look hard for a promising organisation, one that has the tenacity and creativity to provide a real solution to a problem (almost any problem is eligible). They will provide the resources: a whopping 100 million dollars. 

 

We have been thinking hard about the problem of providing high-quality, affordable health and social care to all. We think we have a candidate solution: provision of care services by communities equipped with open source knowledge and technology. From where we stand, these communities deliver services that are based on modern science (like those provided by the state and the private sector), yet they retain low overhead and human touch (like those provided by traditional communities). 

 

So, here’s what we want to do. We want to apply for the 100 million dollar grant, with this solution. But not alone. We volunteer to coordinate a “decentralized application”, with hundreds of communities, and organizations large and small, a swarm of solution providers working on a cloud of problems related to the provision of health and social care. 

 

We think we will win. Why? Because decentralization is, simply, a superior approach.

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Can health and social care be de-centralised? Here is an interesting initiative to attempt and do so.

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An interesting initiative to change health and social care into a decentralised setting... may be interesting for the natural health community?

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How to Bootstrap a Bossless Organization in 3 Easy Steps | P2P Foundation

Bossless organisations need shared vision, accountability, governance, shared identity, a decision-making protocol... and sustainable business models
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Learning how to do things without the hierarchy...

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Open Source: PittMesh routers are owned by individuals

Open Source: PittMesh routers are owned by individuals | Networked Society | Scoop.it

PittMesh routers are owned by individuals and configured in a way that make them work together to build a larger, decentralized network. 

 

PittMesh is a new community-owned wireless network that runs OpenWrt, a widely supported, well documented, open source firmware for embedded systems like WiFi routers. PittMesh routers are owned by individuals and configured in a way that make them work together to build a larger, decentralized network. The project was started by a wireless networking non-profit called Meta Mesh and has been developed by a world-wide coalition of programmers for well over a decade. 

 

The PittMesh network uses a simple network routing protocol called Optimized Link-State Routing (OLSR). This protocol automatically senses other OLSR-enabled routers wirelessly and publishes routes to non-adjacent subnets on the network, which allows the routers themselves to act as the infrastructure needed to connect neighbors to one another. It also delivers Internet access from bandwidth donors. 

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User owned networks - direct connection between users and internet access through pooling resources...

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Meet the men who have rewritten the internet

Meet the men who have rewritten the internet | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Given Sir Tim Berners-Lee's oft-stated worries about internet privacy you'd have to wonder whether he'd do things differently if he had his time over again. David Irvine, CEO of "the oldest startup in the world", MaidSafe, is sure that he would. 

 

"If you taught a computer engineering graduate all about IP networks and computers then said 'here are a bunch of cables and routers now go away and design a network where we can all store data and communicate securely', the very last thing they'd do is design a server," he said. "The only reason we did it that way because disk drives were invented before the internet."

 

Irvine and his colleagues have spent the last 10 years looking at ways to eliminate the weak link - the server - from the equation. "It should be about securing the data, not the server," he said. 

 

"The only way you can really do that is to create some form of network where humans can't interfere, and where a piece of data is never stored on a single machine. By definition that has to be an autonomous network."

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MaidSafe - Their aim is to make the internet a more secure place and to store data permanently on users' computers...

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The Ultimate Hack – Resilient Villages, Smart Cities, Prosperous Nations at Peace — and Unlimited Clean Water

The Ultimate Hack – Resilient Villages, Smart Cities, Prosperous Nations at Peace — and Unlimited Clean Water | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Robert Steele, an advocate of open source everything, has written up his ideas of an open society and he addresses the presentation to the major developing economies...

 

"This briefing has been prepared for the BRICS + Indonesia and Iran — and other nations such as Brunei, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — as a means of fostering a conversation about the future of Earth and humanity —  there are solutions that are affordable, interoperable, and scalable."Co

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Can we get some 'open' into government, asks Robert Steele ...

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Can we get some 'open' into government, asks Robert Steele ...

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How one woman's app is changing politics in the digital age

How one woman's app is changing politics in the digital age | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Political scientist, Pia Mancini, is using tech to break down the barriers between politicians and the people 


“There’s so much that is out of sync between the state, the government and the younger generation,” she says. “A huge divide exists between how we organise and communicate in our everyday lives, and how these old institutions expect us to interact with them.”


One of Mancini’s central projects, DemocracyOS, provides a platform for citizens to engage with politics away from those outdated structures. When a new piece of legislation is brought to congress in Argentina DemocracyOS is used to immediately translate and explain it in plain language. Citizens are also able to discuss and directly “vote” on these new bills using the site or desktop app. 


Just two years after it was created, the platform is already being used by the federal government in Mexico to gather feedback on policy proposals, and by an NGO called iWatch to give voice to the Tunisian public in political decision-making. 

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People in politics? Pia Mancini is trying this out in Argentina...


Here is a direct link to their website...

http://democracyos.org 

 

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Meet the Robin Hood of Science - Bypass the Paywalls that Prevent Access to Scientific Papers

Meet the Robin Hood of Science - Bypass the Paywalls that Prevent Access to Scientific Papers | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The tale of how one researcher has made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world. 


Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan, created Sci-Hub, a website that bypasses journal paywalls, illegally providing access to nearly every scientific paper ever published immediately to anyone who wants it.


The website works in two stages, firstly by attempting to download a copy from the LibGen database of pirated content, which opened its doors to academic papers in 2012 and now contains over 48 million scientific papers.


The ingenious part of the system is that if LibGen does not already have a copy of the paper, Sci-hub bypasses the journal paywall in real time by using access keys donated by academics lucky enough to study at institutions with an adequate range of subscriptions.


This allows Sci-Hub to route the user straight to the paper through publishers such as JSTOR, Springer, Sage, and Elsevier. After delivering the paper to the user within seconds, Sci-Hub donates a copy of the paper to LibGen for good measure, where it will be stored forever, accessible by everyone and anyone. 

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Access to the results of science needs to be openly available to all who want it - not only to the people at large and well funded universities and corporations. 


Scientific publishing should not be big business. After all, we pay for the research with either our taxes or company research funding. 

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Gluten

 

 

Big Business, Little Molecule

 

 

 

 

Iden Michael Borkin, NMD.

 

 

Genesis Advanced BioScience | a Zoi Company Division www.Gen-Ab.com

 

A Note From the Author..................................... 3

What Is Gluten?.................................................. 5

What is Celiac Disease?.................................................... 6

What is Gluten Intolerance?............................................. 6

Gluten’s Link to Disease..................................... 7

The Implications of Damage by Gluten............................ 8

What is a Safe Amount of Gluten to Consume?............... 10

Is There Gluten in Dairy?................................................ 11

Gluten Addiction............................................... 12

Gluten Containing Foods.................................. 13

Meat and Poultry........................................................... 16

Alcoholic Beverages that Contain Gluten........................ 17

Possible Ways to Reduce the Negative Response to Gluten or Gluten Contamination...................... 17

About Dr. Borkin............................................... 19

Contact Us......................................................... 19

 

 

A Note From the Author

 

Dear reader,

 

There is an ongoing debate regarding Gluten, and rampant rumors swirl about what it is and how it affects our bodies. The purpose of this eBook is to educate you about Gluten, and to provide you with a scientific understanding about what it is, and how it manifests in the body in the form of Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance.

My intention is that when you have finished reading this eBook, you will have gained invaluable information that you need to make informed decisions about your health. The old adage, “knowledge is power” is never more true than in this case, since the information you gain here will enable you to make instantaneous changes in your health habits; not only will you be more informed, but you will be armed with the tools that make you feel better. Healthier. More alive.

The information I’ve provided in this eBook is based on scientific studies. In some places, I’ve communicated my personal opinion, and I’ve highlighted those areas accordingly. My hope is that you will use this eBook as a springboard to move you toward a healthier, happier life. And you’re not alone. My staff is standing by, waiting to answer your questions - and their contact information can be found at the end of this eBook. We’d love to hear your feedback, and answer any questions you may have.

To your health,

 

Dr. Iden Michael Borkin, NMD. December 30, 2015

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What Is Gluten?

 

One of the major obstacles in understanding what Gluten is and how it affects the human body requires first determining what constitutes Gluten. Gluten is a substance present in cereal grains such as wheat, and is responsible for the elastic texture of dough.

Wheat has been the center of debate since the late 1700’s, when the manuscript “The Dangers of Bread” was published in Boston. But it is only in the last 20 years that the scientific community gained an understanding of the far-reaching aspects of Gluten.

In those 20 years, thousands of studies have produced a tremendous body of evidence against Gluten.

But the research is also littered with studies that show little or no detrimental effect of Gluten. These studies, many of which were funded with the bias objective of showing the

benign effects of Gluten, have provided the foundation for those in the Wheat

 

Industry who bash the “Gluten is Poison” concept. The problem is that most studies that support these types of theories were limited to diagnostic parameters that looked at the wrong biomarkers, or studied a limited amount of subjects. For example, one landmark study that showed no correlation between Gluten and digestive discomfort had a total of 47 participants. Hardly exhaustive!

What is Celiac Disease?

 

Gluten is dynamic; it exists in a specific form before it is consumed and changes into other forms (equally toxic) during the digestive process.

Of these dynamic forms, only the most severe form - Celiac Spue Disease - is considered a disease. Official statistics suggest that Celiac disease affects between 0.7% and 1% of the U.S. population. But considering the limited scope of the testing, it’s possible that the actual incidence might be much higher. That means up to 99% of Gluten cases are an allergic reaction to Gluten, and not of the more serious autoimmune disorder variety.

What is Gluten Intolerance?

 

There is no consensus definition of Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS).

 

However, the most common understanding is that it is an allergic reaction to Gluten that is not autoimmune (like Celiac), and resolves when Gluten is removed.

 

Gluten Intolerance can affect nearly every tissue in the body, including the brain, skin, endocrine system (responsible for hormone secretion), stomach, liver, blood vessels, smooth muscles and even the nucleus of cells.

Gluten’s Link to Disease

 

In many cases, the symptoms of NCGS are not intestinal. They can occur in the skin, the respiratory system, the immune system, the mucus membranes and even the brain. But in most cases, if it doesn’t affect the Gut, Gluten is not usually considered a factor. Because the range

of symptoms associated with Gluten Intolerance is so broad and nonspecific (e.g., can be attributed to any number of conditions), many patients and doctors do not suspect Gluten may

be the cause of symptoms. Even so, some estimates suggest NCGS may occur in as many as 1 in 20 Americans.

Several studies have validated NCGS as a distinct clinical condition, including

 

gold-standard, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. Celiac and NCGS are associated with an astonishing variety of diseases, including

Schizophrenia (A brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally)

 

Epilepsy (In which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures)

 

Type 1 Diabetes (A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin)Osteoporosis (Weak and brittle bones)

 

Dermatitis (Inflammation of the skin)

 

Psoriasis (Scaly itchy skin with dry patches)

 

Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism (Affecting the Thyroid Gland)

 

Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve damage)

 

The Implications of Damage by Gluten

 

I first heard credible research about Gluten 20 years ago from a brilliant naturopath, Bill Timmons. He had correlated a specific dynamic in the response of Cortisol to inflammation that showed excessive Cortisol upon arising in the morning, and a severe drop of 40-50 percent by noon. Cortisol, which controls the pro/anti- inflammatory response, was being used at an excessive rate and would establish a high reserve each morning to address inflammation. A primary stress marker was

 

routinely elevated in people withGastro-intestinal inflammation. This awakened an understanding that damage by Gluten had short term and long term implications, and that type of damage that takes place during the digestive process determines the type of symptoms that will manifest.

One of the most important areas of research associated with Gluten is the possible transgenerational implications. Lab testing has demonstrated that the offspring of lab rats five generations after exposure to a diet of Dwarf wheat gluten showed signs of genetic damage.

 

 

The Rapid Growth of “The Industry”

The U.S. experienced a 17% increase in new gluten-free introductions last year

 

The boom of Gluten-free (GF) bakery products into the mainstream market in recent years has been clearlyevident. Now that Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker are in the GF business, everyone else has to measure up.Once dedicated to a mission of providing wholesome GF food to the market, many companies are finding that if they want to maintain their market share, they have to use ingredients they once would have found to be offensive. Food technologists have replaced chefsand the art of preparing food has become the science of creating “Franken Foods”.

 

What is a Safe Amount of Gluten to Consume?

 

When it comes to testing the food, Celiac Disease experts deem that less than 20 parts per million (ppm) is a safe

amount for most people with Celiac Disease.

Gliadins and Glutenins are two major components found in the gluten of wheat that cause severe symptoms. Several other components such as Gliadin (beta, gamma,

omega), Glutenin, Wheat Germ Agglutinin, Deamidated Gliadin and Transglutaminase also cause symptoms.

The big question remains: Are you better off testing the food or measuring the reaction within the person?

In my opinion, if one doesn’t observe both the presence of the molecule and the reaction, then only a partial picture can be developed.

 

Only when you eliminate Gluten from the diet and add it back do the symptoms become recognizable.

This is why the Gluten Elimination Challenge has survived for so many years.

 

The process is simple: Eliminate Gluten from the diet for a minimum of 30 days; then add back a small amount of food containing Gluten, and determine the reaction. If symptoms improve during the elimination period, and subsequently return when Gluten is reintroduced, a diagnosis of NCGS can be considered.

My experience has been that the optimal minimum time for the elimination is four months, which may extend to 1 year or more. This time horizon gives the intestinal tract and body time to repair the damage caused by Gluten by reestablishing normal patterns of the primary stress hormones Cortisol and DHEA.

For many people, a Gluten-free diet isn’t enough. Some grains that don’t contain Gluten in their toxic sequence, but are similar enough in structure to Gluten, may elicit an immune response in people with Celiac or NCGS. These foods include corn, oats and rice. A complete list may be found at the end of this document.

Is There Gluten in Dairy?

 

Research has identified that Gluten from mother’s milk passes to humans. A majority of Gluten-sensitive individuals do not tolerate milk or dairy-based foods. And while the staple diet for commercial dairy cows is grain, whether or not Glutens

 

from feeding cows transfer to humans is still in question and has not been adequately studied.

Additionally, about 50% of patients with Celiac show signs of intolerance to Casein, the protein in milk. This may explain

why up to 30% of Celiac patients continue to have symptoms or clinical signs after adopting a Gluten-free diet. For this reason, it is best to follow a grain and dairy free diet.

 

 

 

Gluten Addiction

 

In most cases, when a patient is asked to think of the first food they would want to consume if they were ravenous, the food they think of first is the food they are most allergic to. This is a sign of an addiction.

To understand how Gluten causes an addiction, we need to look at Gliadins and Glutenins. Once wheat is consumed, enzymes in the digestive tract called Tissue Transglutaminases (tTG) help to break the wheat down. During this phase of digestion, additional proteins are formed, including Deamidated Gliadin and

 

Gliadorphins (aka Gluteomorphins). Glutenomorphine (Gluten + Morphine) is a potent opioid. They are called

“Gluteomorphins” after “gluten” and “morphine”. Once in the brain, they can cause addictive eating behavior and stimulate strong cravings for high carb foods and, of course, more Gluten!

It is obvious that wheat is an addictive appetite stimulant!

This is the reason why Gluten-rich foods are considered “Feel Good Food”.

 

Gluten Containing Foods

 

Wheat, Barley (malt), Rye, Oats, Sorghum, Millet,Teff,Triticale, Spelt, Durum (semolina), Einkorn, Emmer, Corn (maize)Rice (does not include wild rice varieties but does include brown rice)

 

Groat, Graham, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Quinoa

 

Other foods that have possible cross reactivity with Gluten.MSG

 

 

Modified food starch

 

Textured vegetable protein

 

Hydrolyzed plant protein

 

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

 

Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate

 

Hydroxypropylated Starch

 

Pregelatinized starch

 

Vegetable gum

 

Vegetable protein

 

Extenders and binders

 

Maltodextrin (wheat or corn based)

 

Dextrin

 

Maltose

 

Non Dairy Creamer

 

Seasonings (check labels)

 

Natural FlavorsSmoke flavors

 

 

Artificial Flavors

 

Natural Colors

 

Artificial Colors

 

Caramel color and flavoring

 

Soy Sauce

 

Miso

 

Bouillon cubes or stock cubes

 

Candy may be dusted with wheat flour; ask.

 

Canned soups – Most are not acceptable.

 

Cheese spreads & other processed cheese foods.

 

Chocolate – may contain malt flavoring.

 

Cold cuts, Wieners, Sausages – may have gluten due to cereal fillers.

 

Dip mixes

 

Dry sauce mixes

 

Honey Hams – can be based with wheat starch in coating.Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt – check all dairy. Cows are fed grains and many react to dairy for this reason. Grass fed dairy recommended (or avoid dairy altogether).Instant Teas & Coffees – cereal products may be included in the formulation.

 

 

Mayonnaise – check thickener and grain based vinegar ingredients

 

Mustard – Mustard powder may contain gluten

 

Oil, frying – Check for cross contamination or corn based oils.

 

Poultry and meats – Check out the flavorings and basting and inquire about meat glueSour cream – May contain modified food starch of indeterminate source.

 

Dry roasted nuts & honey roasted nuts

 

French fries in restaurants – Same oil may be used for wheat-containing items.

 

Gravies – check out thickening agent and liquid base.

 

Vitamin supplements (different brands contain grain based ingredients – check the labels carefully)Baking powder (commonly contains grain – wheat or corn)

 

 

 

 

Meat and Poultry

 

Meat and poultry are Gluten free. However, the cooking process of the meat often adds Gluten. Be cautious of any meat or poultry that is precooked or prepared, or processed with "natural flavors".

 

 

 

Alcoholic Beverages that Contain Gluten

 

The following alcoholic beverages contain Gluten, and should be avoided in a GF lifestyle.

Beer

 

Malted beverages

 

Grain based spirits (many claim that distillation removes gluten…Gluten Free Society recommends avoidance regardless)

 

 

 

 

 

Possible Ways to Reduce the Negative Response to Gluten or Gluten Contamination

 

Here are some ways to reduce the negative response to Gluten Contamination

 

Read Labels!

Ask at Restaurant’s about their Gluten policy. If they have dedicated ovens

 

Fortizel – a very unique, patented extract of Augmentsodine® Super Colostrum–

 

developed in Europe to help repair the Digestive system, normalize Neurotransmitters and optimize Growth Hormone output. Available from Sabre Sciences.

 

 

 

DigestAll - Digestive enzymes – Dual Phase digestive enzyme. Available from Sabre Sciences.

 

 

 

Probiotics – Human appropriate lactic commensals (HLC). Available from Sabre Sciences.

 

 

 

Quercetin – Natural Antihistamine. Reduces the effect of Gluten contamination.

 

 

 

 

When thinking about what you can do to look and feel better, think about making a New Year’s Resolution to eliminate Gluten from your diet.

 

 

 

 

 

Further references:

 

 

 

http://www.preparedfoods.com/articles/116513-gluten-free-foods-ingredients-continue-to-proliferate https://www.glutenfreesociety.org

 

 

About Dr. Borkin

 

Michael Borkin, N.M.D. has been in professional practice more then 30 years. He is the Director of Research for the National Institute

of Endocrine Research, as well as Director of Research and Co-founder of Sabre Sciences, Inc. Considered the father of Naturopathic Endocrinology, he is responsible for establishing the board specialty, and penning the National Board for the American Naturopathic Medical Certification & Accreditation Board.

 

 

 

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