Today we want to share something with you from Peter Osborne, who is often times referred to as “The Gluten Free Warrior” because of work that's centered around helping people with painful chronic degenerative and autoimmune diseases, with a primary focus on gluten sensitivity and food allergies. Because of this work, he is one of the most sought after funtional medicine doctors in the world.
Dr. Osborne wrote a book called No Grain, No Pain, which is the culmination of his years of practive and research, after seeing patient after patient struggling with everything from rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, migraine headaches, hypothyroid disease, to fibromyalgia. His book gives you a 30-day diet to eliminate the root cause of chronic pain.
He gave us permission to post this article he wrote about gluten in makeup and skin care products. The original article was posted here.
How to Avoid Gluten in Makeup and Skin Care
For those with gluten intolerance, sensitivity, or allergy, hidden forms of gluten in cosmetics and hygiene products can cause major health issues. After being diagnosed, most people look toward removing the toxic protein from their foods. In essence, removing obvious sources like bread, pasta, cereal, pizza, bagels, etc. For many, the diet change can seem overwhelming, and looking at hidden glutens in cosmetics or hygiene products is not even a thought yet.
A recent research report published by the National Institute for Health Sciences in Japan accumulated data from 2009 to 2013 and found 1900 patients who reported allergic reaction after using a soap containing hydrolyzed wheat protein. The diagnosis for these individuals was – Wheat Dependent Exercise Induced Asthma (WDEIA).
This is not the first research report on the topic. Other studies have identified asthma in hairdressers exposed to hydrolyzed wheat protein as well.
- Teshima R. Food allergen in cosmetics. Yakugaku Zasshi. 2014;134(1):33-8.
- Airaksinen L, Pallasaho P, Voutilainen R, Pesonen M. Occupational rhinitis, asthma, and contact urticaria caused by hydrolyzed wheat protein in hairdressers. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2013 Dec;111(6):577-9. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2013.09.025.
Check Your Makeup and Hair Care Products
Asthma and inflammatory skin conditions (dermatitis) are common in those who have been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity. If you react to gluten, it is strongly advised that you look at the ingredients on cosmetics, soaps, and hair products. The following are some of the most common items that people tend to overlook:
- Facial Cleansers
- Shaving gels
- Hair spray
These products can contain grain and gluten based ingredients that you should be aware of so that if necessary, you can switch to a new product line. But it's not always obvious which ingredients in your products contain gluten.
5 Sneaky Terms You Shouldn’t Overlook
- Wheat germhat
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- Avena sativa (oats found commonly in lotions)
- Triticum aestivum (another name for wheat)
You can also check out our more comprehensive list of terms that contain gluten here.
I have see patients have reactions because of inhaled gluten from hairsprays and from kissing a significant other wearing lipstick with gluten as an ingredient. If you are looking for a substitute skin moisturizer, try coconut oil or jojoba oil. If you are looking for cosmetics without hidden gluten, listen to this interview first. Remember, that no matter what product you are using, the manufacturer retains the right to change the ingredients without informing you, so the most important walk away is simply this – READ THE LABELS before you buy!
Dr. Peter Osborne is a doctor of chiropractic, doctor of pastoral science, an expert in functional nutrition, and is Board Certified with The American Clinical Board of Nutrition.
Often times referred to as “The Gluten Free Warrior”, he is one of the most sought after alternative and nutritional experts in the world. He has had the honor and privilege or sharing the stage with some of the world’s most well known and internationally recognized experts to include Alessio Fasano, MD, Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, Steven Gundry, MD, Joe Mercola, DO, Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD, and Dr. Josh Axe.
He is one of the world’s leading authorities on gluten sensitivity, and lectures nationally to both the public as well as doctors on this and many other nutritionally related topics. He is the founder Gluten Free Society, the author of The Gluten Free Health Solution and The Glutenology Health Matrix, a series of digital videos and ebooks designed to help educate the world about gluten. In addition, he is the author of the international best selling book, No Grain No Pain, published by Touchstone (Simon & Schuster), which was also printed in 5 languages and turned into a PBS special that aired nationwide.
Because of his work with gluten, Dr. Osborne was invited to speak at the Harvard Faculty Club with functional medicine advocate, New York Times best selling author and TV icon, Suzanne Somers. Because of his passion to educate the world about the relationship between gluten and autoimmune disease, he founded, financed, and hosted, The Autoimmune Revolution I & II– a free online educational series featuring more than 40 of the world’s leading experts on autoimmune disease and nutrition.
Dr. Osborne has been a featured expert in a number of documentaries including, Betrayal, Autoimmune Secrets Revealed, and the Netflix series, Afflicted.
Dr. Osborne has served as the executive director and the vice president for the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. He was an adjunct professor at HCC and Texas Women’s University teaching nutrition and neurophysiology to nursing and occupational therapy students. He currently serves on the advisory board for Functional Medicine University.
He has been featured in or on Netflix, Fox News, CBS, PBS, The New York Post, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Celiac.com, The Gluten Summit, Radio MD, The People’s Pharmacy Radio, The Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and many other nationally recognized publications.
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