I am all “geeked up” about the upcoming summer movie season. Have you seen the movies coming out? This summer Xmen, Captain America, Thor, and Green Lantern will be exploding onto movie screens everywhere! This season looks as if it will be way better than Summer 2010 because big time is sucked! I thought Ironman 2 was cool but it seemed to be missing something, do not ya think? In my opinion, the summer 2011 movie season kicks off May 6th when Thor finally arrives in theaters. I saw the trailers for it last last year and had it “penciled” in on my calendar since then! I get a little excited about these movies because I was a comic book fan when I was younger so if you see more exclusances marks than normal you now know why !!!!!;) I am so glad they're making these movies when they have the right technology and special effects. At least it's believable now, and it does not look like those old Godzilla movies where you know there's a man in a monster suit walking over cardboard buildings on a movie set. TG for technology is all I can say!

Since we are going to be talking about superheroes, let me ask a question? If these heroes are so super why is it always seem to have a weakness? For Thor, he's preoccupied with his hammer and tends to lose sight of his other powers. Everyone knows Superman's achille's heel is Kryptonite. Even super villains have their weakness. Do not believe me? Well … Mxyzptlk can be banished to the 5th dimension if he's tricked into saying his name backwards. You may have to “google” that to find it but if you are an ol 'Superfriends head like me, you will not need to! I am almost inclined to believe having weaknesses make these characters human so mere mortals like you and I can relate to them. But … I've seen many people get thought up into thinking they are indestructible superheroes until a health issue pops up to remind them of their own personal kryptonite. Matter of fact, it happened to me not long ago.

Wheat Allergy Symptoms

Back when I was in the corporate world, I had my share of company meetings. You know the ones where they say the same thing 50 gazillion times but they try to disguise it like it's new information? Well, part of those meetings and the only good thing about them was lunch was provided free and clear! Who does not like a free lunch every now and then? That lunch would usually be pizza or sandwiches. Now, I have a weakness for pizza and even though I'm lactose intolerant a “brotha” will take a chance every now and then and eat it. Most of time when the lunch was over, the meeting would continue and I would drift into what I called “Wile E Coyoteism.” If you do not know who that is, it's the character who always chased the Road Runner but was too slow to catch him. This is exactly how I felt after eating pizza as everything seemed to slow down and sleepiness set in. It was hell fighting sleep in those meetings, let me tell you! It was not until this year I found out I had a gluten sensitive issue primarily through following Sean Croxton's Underground Wellness blog. Big ups to Sean for bringing this to my attention! I took my suspicion to an alternative doctor and sure enough she confirmed it. Here are some symptoms I experienced:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleepiness
  • Flatulence (farting … I is not scared to say it)

Other effects of wheat allergy or gluten sensitivity may include:

  • Skin rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloated Stomach
  • Headache

Food allergies can affect different people in different ways. I sat down with a friend of mine and she told me her son would always cry and get emotional and it was not until he was tested and confirmed as having a food allergy that they eliminated the food and then the symptoms. See how deep this can be!

Celiac Symptoms

Celiac disease which is another way of saying you have an intolerance to gluten can affect the body in different ways depending on the individual. The symptoms can be mild to sever and consist of the malabsorption of minerals and vitamins which can be detrimental to the body's overall health. Here are several symptoms of Celiac:

  • Infertility
  • Weight Loss
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Obesity

Oddly enough, I have read many times where fitness trainers who train women tell them to eliminate gluten from their diet if they struggle with losing weight. The biggest danger associated with Celiac in my humble opinion is the way it affects the small intestine by damaging the villi (lining of the small intestine) which leads me to believe it may contribute to the breakdown of the immune system since it's located partially in the digestive system. As a secondary concern, Celiac can lead to malnourishment which is already happening as our foods are not as nutrient dense as they once were. So if you have Celiac Disease or suspect you do this is a double whammy!

Celiac Test

Is there a test for Celiac? There sure is and an at home kit can be bought to do it. I would advise against this without you do not have a naturopath or alternative health practitioner located in your area. Most conventionally trained doctors do not test for Celiac and even if you are referred to an Allergist chances are it might involve shots when all you need to do is a simple change of diet and gluten free products to alleviate the symptoms. In any event, seek medical attention before your superhero Thor persona starts looking and feeling like Ol Yeller. Just remember this … allergies are not just a result of sneezing from pollen but can also be attributed to reactions from the food you've been eating for years. Be a conscious eater ya'll! Over and out!