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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My celiac blood test results came back negative ( ). Not surprising Ė I didnít have all of the characteristic symptoms and celiac disease only affects 1% of the population:


I was thinking it couldnít hurt to check, though Ė a positive diagnosis would have provided me with additional fuel to keep my Wheat Free fire going Ė and might have given me something else to think about if I was feeling the urge to binge on bread. It actually would have been a relief, I think, to have a positive diagnosis in that I would finally know whatís really going on with me. I didnít think about how negative results would make me feel.

SoÖ Now what?

Possible next steps:

1. Additional Blood Testing: I checked out this article about the accuracy of testing and learned thereís a few different types of antibodies that could indicate celiac disease:

The only blood test ordered for me was the anti-gliadin antibodies test, not a full celiac panel. I could request additional testing, but honestly, my gut (hah! get it?) tells me itís unnecessary.

2. Gluten Elimination: Does this really change my mind about putting wheat on trial? Not in the least. Itís not like all of my problems disappeared because the test results came back negative, and I know how great I felt back in May when I had a two week streak going ( ). Just give me 30 days wheat free and Iíll let you know if I fall into the additional 10% that can be characterized as gluten sensitive.

3. Medication: I still have a prescription for an anti-depressant available to me. But letís say I do feel an improvement at the end of the next month Ė I wouldnít know if it was the change in diet or the addition of the medication.

Itís clear to me that the only thing left to do is get one month free of wheat before making any other decisions, which is what I set out to do six months ago.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHRISTASP 8/22/2013 1:16PM

    I read Wheat Belly about one and a half year ago. I tried to follow the eating guidelines but to be honest they don't make a lot of sense to me (I'm a vegetarian, for one, and also I find it odd that Davis writes about wheat then offers a low carb diet). I did however get concerned about eating wheat and I noticed that some complaints I have get worse if I eat it (and diminish if I don't, like plantar fascitis and small spots of psoriasis). I ALSO noticed that I have a lot more urges to binge / overeat if I eat wheat.
At some point a dietician suggested to eat spelt bread instead of wheat bread. I've tried that and I can say that the complaints stay away, or low, when I eat spelt bread. My guess is that spelt is better for me because it hasn't been so manipulated.
Just offering you this information in case it might be of use for you .

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EXOTEC 8/22/2013 11:30AM

    Ditto the previous comments.

You might also consider that for many, a sensitivity to gluten and wheat in general can be cross-reactive with ANY other grains - rice (grasses) included.

I'm sure this isn't a thing you really want to hear, but if you haven't already tried it, the first thing many nutritionists (good ones) will suggest is an elimination diet. Just get rid of ANYthing which might be aggravating your condition, and then begin to slowly reintroduce items.

I didn't actually have to go so far as a true elimination diet... but then, I've always been "picky" (applied to me, not my definition!) about certain foods. Turns out, those foods were simply ones my body was telling me it can't process. When I stopped trying to be "good" in my eating, and instead ate what I knew I could tolerate, things improved markedly. The things giving me problems are FODMAPs and most nightshades. Roughage, unfortunately, can make things worse for me too - and I just love salad! boo

My trouble is leaky gut. I'm very slowly improving it, thankfully. I also take a lot of supplements to support my efforts in this. It takes a long time to repair dietarily-induced damage of this nature. It's getting better, I just have to learn some patience (luck in that! lol).

Good luck to you in finding something to help your distress. I hope you can find the right path to start on soon!

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LILLITH32 8/22/2013 3:15AM

    a lot of people have wheat sensitivity versus a full blown allergy. Sensitivities are harder to diagnose, and have much milder symptoms. If you feel better with no wheat/milk/soy in your diet, stick to it. Eat what makes you feel good, not what people are telling you you should eat. emoticon

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WOUBBIE 8/21/2013 10:00PM

    Betty speaks wise words. *nods in total agreement*

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KICK-SS 8/21/2013 9:37PM

    How about just making a choice to eat wheat free? - the same as you might make a choice not to drink alcohol, not to smoke - or any other vises that people have. We do choose most of our behaviors.

I don't think there has to be a medical reason or even a health reason(although there are plenty of health reasons as I see it). And even tho I have no wheat allergies, I do feel better when I leave it alone. Do I always leave it along? No, I do indulge now and then, but the times are getting fewer and farther between and it's getting much easier to say "no thanks" - and just let it go at that..

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