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8/29/09 9:58 A

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PARTY06: The mood swings were the worst!
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8/28/09 2:23 P

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This is a good article. The time frame makes you also wonder if the change in American diet starting in the 40 with the advent of plan white nutrition-less Wonder Bread and the change of the way people ate along with starting to eat highly processed foods contributes a lot to how many people are being diagnosed with Celiac Disease today. Before people ate whole foods, that were natural and not highly processed. They ate healthier and what they ate was not hard on the body. Today most people eat a diet filled with processed foods, junk foods and very little foods with a good natural balance. Our bodies are weaker and more susceptible to having problems. We are the Wonder Bread Nation.

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8/27/09 5:09 P

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Great article!

I also believe they will find a link between this and autism. The rates that both exist in this country are roughly the same.

I have cut most if not all of the gluten out of my diet based on doing what I needed to feel better. I have not been tested, but you know what? I lost 20 pounds! My clothes fit better. I am not running to the toilet in a frantic rush. My mood swings are gone. I feel amazing. When I 'gluten' myself...I can tell within an hour. I am hurting and the next day...stuck at home near a toilet.
Not worth it.
Now, I just need to further educate myself. I am trying to eat right now out of a regular grocery store...it is getting BORING. LOL. I need to go hit Whole Foods on monday and stock up!

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USE2BAGODDESS's Photo USE2BAGODDESS Posts: 2,703
7/27/09 2:49 P

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Didn't know about the taxes! Of course, that may change??? Seems like everything is changing.

I read on a celiac site that gluten intolerance can cause hypothyroidism (which I have) and someone on one of the boards posted that research is indicating that low levels of progesterone can cause gluten sensitivities. I have not been able to find that research, but in my case may make sense. Until this past year when I became sick w/Adrenal Fatigue I was absolutely healthy and could eat anything.

Since developing AF, all of my hormones are extremely low including my progesterone. I now have hypothroidism, gluten sensitivity, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. I really hope that I can get my hormones balanced and my adrenal glands healed.

Then, maybe....I can be normal again?? OK, not that I was ever Really normal!!!

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JENCORINNE's Photo JENCORINNE Posts: 1,933
7/27/09 12:35 A

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With a proper diagnosis you can get a Dr's note to file with your taxes and claim the difference between regular food and GF food.

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TEDDYBEARDONNA's Photo TEDDYBEARDONNA Posts: 11,960
7/24/09 8:53 A

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To me the benefit of having the test is to know for sure if I did or didn't have Celiac for my family health history sake. My DH resently was tested I thought there was a good chance he might have it and he doesn't.



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ELENASAN's Photo ELENASAN Posts: 1,368
7/24/09 7:07 A

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I had the tests last year. I'd been avoiding breads and pastas, but certainly not cutting out all gluten (considering all the places it hides). But they told me to go back to eating breads etc, before the endoscopy. Of course, the state of healthcare in America being what it is, I had to wait 2 months for the procedure. Last summer was not only extremely painful between gut problems and neuropathy, I gained 20 pounds. Then I tested negative anyway.

Thing is, the endoscopy only confirms celiac, but now they know the gluten peptides can leech into your bloodstream before going through your digestive system and can cause all sorts of nerve damage, skin breakdown, vein wall weakening, and now it's being linked to thyroid and pancreas problems.

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7/23/09 5:31 P

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A family relative in Ala. after years of suffering finally figured out that she can't eat wheat. Her doctor asked if she wanted to be tested and she asked if she tested positive what would he have her do?? He answered, stop eating wheat products, exactly what you are doing now. She decided there was no reason to spend the money for the test.

My question would be what is the true benefit to having the test? If you go back on gluten and take the test you test positive (maybe or maybe not). Let's say you test positive, what will the doctor do or recommend that is different from what you are doing now eating GF??? What is the point if there is no way to treat it other than avoid it???

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7/20/09 10:12 P

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Illiniteacher52 I agree that you should not start eating gluten just to be tested. It is not fun to have all that pain. I too stopped eating gluten and then was tested and it came back neg because I was not eating any type of wheat or gluten. So I told my doctor that I was not going to get the other test (the one where they do a biopsy on your stomach) then I read that for that one you still needed to be on gluten so I am glad that I did not get it.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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7/18/09 5:10 P

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I have read that another possibility is the increasing use of GMO's. That alone is worth a read and kind of scarry stuff in some situations.

Scientists actually go in and modify the genetic structure of an organism changing it forever. The theory is that the enzymes our bodies produce to digest and absorb nutrients from the foods no longer match to the 'new' organism thus causing the body to treat it as an invader. Eventually this leads to an allergy.

It is still a theory someone is working on, but sounds plausible to me. Especially when I read about the genetic modifications they are making!

Thank you for the information. I am a 'why' person and always love learning more.

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7/18/09 2:23 P

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Very good info!

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7/18/09 12:01 P

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I wish I had known enough to get tested but I am not going to start eating gluten again now. I think gluten problems may have been the cause of my infertility problems (too late to check that out now)
I also think that once the answer is found to people's increasing sensitivity to gluten, they will find a link to autism (just my humble opinion).

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7/18/09 11:30 A

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Dorothy, thanks for sharing this.



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7/18/09 10:52 A

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the United States, celiac disease is four times more common now than it was in the 1950's, according to a study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Mayo Clinic study also found that people who didn't know they had celiac disease were nearly four times more likely than people without celiac disease to have died during the 45 years of follow-up.

"Some studies have suggested that for every person who has been diagnosed with celiac disease, there are likely 30 more who have it but are not diagnosed," senior author Dr. Joseph Murray noted in a statement from the Mayo Clinic.

"And given the nearly quadrupled mortality risk for silent celiac disease we have shown in our study, getting more patients and health professionals to consider the possibility of celiac disease is important," Murray added.

Celiac disease, which is the intolerance of wheat protein (gluten), resulting in symptoms such as frequent diarrhea and extreme weight loss, "is emerging as a substantial public health concern in the United States," Murray and colleagues warn in the latest issue of the journal Gastroenterology.

In an interview with Reuters Health, Dr. Alberto Rubio-Tapia, who was involved in the research, said, "The reasons for the increasing prevalence of celiac disease over time will need further study. The most likely explanation may be environmental."

One possible explanation is the hygiene hypothesis - the theory that the increasingly germ-free surroundings of modern life are actually contributing to an increase in allergies and asthma and abnormal immune system reactions.

"Recent data from Europe support this theory in celiac disease," Rubio-Tapia pointed out.

"However," he continued, "I think that the 'hygiene hypothesis' is likely only a partial explanation because celiac disease is a global health problem that affects both developed and developing countries." Also, there is evidence that certain infections may increase the risk of celiac disease in genetically predisposed individuals.

Additionally, because celiac disease is triggered by gluten, changes in gluten such as patterns of consumption, processing or preparation of gluten-containing foods might be involved.

Ultimately, Rubio-Tapia concluded, "the increasing prevalence of celiac disease over time may be the result of several of (these) factors acting together to cause damage of the intestine in genetically susceptible persons."

For their study, the Mayo Clinic team tested blood samples gathered at Warren Air Force Base (AFB) in Wyoming between 1948 and 1954 for the antibody that people with celiac disease produce in reaction to gluten. They compared those blood test results with those from two recently collected sets from Olmsted County, Minnesota. One matched the ages of those from the 1948 testing at the time of the blood draw, and the other matched their birth years.

Researchers found that young people today are 4.5 times apt to have celiac disease than young people were in the 1950s, while those whose birth years matched the Warren AFB participants were four times more likely to have the disease.

Similar increases in cases of celiac disease have been reported in Europe.

Dorothy

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