The Gluten Bible – Why You Need to be Saved

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A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at almost 30,000 patients from 1969 to 2008 and examined deaths in three groups: Those with full-blown celiac disease, those with inflammation of their intestine but not full-blown celiac disease, and those with latent celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (elevated gluten antibodies but negative intestinal biopsy).

The findings were dramatic. There was a 39 percent increased risk of death in those with celiac disease, 72 percent increased risk in those with gut inflammation related to gluten, and 35 percent increased risk in those with gluten sensitivity but no celiac disease.

Granted I have a skewed population in front of me because people hire me because they are sick and tired…and tired of being sick and tired.  But I see it all the time.  1 in 133 have Celiac but most haven’t been diagnosed yet.  And, milder forms of gluten sensitivity are even more common and may affect up to one-third of the American population. Think about you and your family and friends.  One third affected by gluten!

This collection of diseases and intolerances can masquerade as a plethora of diseases.  It’s critical that you understand that we now know that only a minority of people will have the classic Celiac signs (diarrhea, malnutrition, osteoporosis, anemia, weight loss).  In millions more, the disease manifests as heart disease, cancers, auto immune diseases, psychiatric disorders, neurological diseases, autism and more.  That’s because inflammation (to the gluten) drives inflammatory processes throughout the whole body.  For those who are sensitive, mediators are released and enter the blood stream.  They can and do cross the blood brain barrier.  They affect everything.

The simple answer is life long removal of gluten.  BUT WAIT.  Before you do that, get educated and see your doctor.  Or hire me to guide you through the process because not all doctors are up on this yet.  Our tests aren’t that great (see my E Learning courses for even more information!)

Seriously…the things I hear!  What you need to know is that if you go off gluten and you feel better and let months go by before testing,  your test will be negative.  It should be.  You removed the offender.  But now we won’t know if you are a Celiac or “just” gluten sensitive.  Most are likely to cheat and thus be a statistic like I opened this article with.  Inflammation DRIVES disease.  All chronic disease we have is driven by inflammation.

Don’t be a statistic.

Personally, I recommend the Cyrex Array 3 panel as the best test on the market.  No matter what you do, know the facts before you just give up gluten without adequate testing.  You wouldn’t forego a mammogram or thermogram and just assume an answer would you?

 

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2 Responses to "The Gluten Bible – Why You Need to be Saved"
  1. make an appointment with a dcootr for an intestinal biopsy. I left of course, in a rage and did not make the appointment. But, eventually aftera different ER gave the same advice, for jaw pain, I tried the gf diet with coersion from a co-worker. The plan was, if gf diet worked, I go for the test. In two weeks time I had no more brain fog, stuffiness,insomnia, or IBS. I woke up and felt alert in the morning. My jaw got better so I decided that was dental and my garlic treatment worked. But, I also decided there was no way I was going to go back to eating wheat so a dcootr could test me. I felt like my brain had been released from a plastic bag. In months to follow I noticed no more bone pain, asthma, colds, or severe depressive states through a whole winter! When sensation to heat in my hands returned partially in 9 months, after 20+ year absense, I couldn’t help but suspect a gf diet connection; sure enough. I didn’t always have Raynaud’s anymore, either. With so many improvements I still haven’t gone to a dcootr. My GI issues and severe depression did come back twice; both times were with new brands of GF cereals; one got me bad after a couple months in my diet eventually I figured out the coincidence. I still have mild depression .maybe it’s part of healing or it could be the economy, situational or reaction to the effects gluten had on my life. Before going gf, I had depression diagnosis three times after bad life situations; and I tried anti-depressents. But, the anxiety, shaking and an inability to talk made care of my child, my job and myself impossible. I’m wondering What experiences others with Celiac Disease and depression have had with anti-depressants before and after going gluten free?

    • Since my gluten-free riegmen began after diagnosis for intolerance ; I’ve sought nutritional direction and assistance with finding a new path for cooking. However, baking has never been high on my list of favorites, mostly because my own consumption of wheat flour-based desserts was never enjoyable and their creation just as unsatisfying. In this book, the ingredients, steps, methods and results are all TOP NOTCH. Great attention and just-enough explanation has helped me create very delectable cakes and pies that I would have never bothered attempting before. As with most recipe books, the paperback version is void of helpful photos. However, it has given my family and friends another glance into the challenges of eating gluten-free; it’s great for sharing recipes with those who’d cook for those with intolerances/allergies.



 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyFor the past 20 years, Tracy has served as a dietitian/nutritionist and educator to hundreds of patients throughout the US on their journeys to restoring health, and optimizing well being. 

Tracy has a passion for helping others heal, fueled by her own recovery from Chronic Neurological Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, SIBO, and anxiety. 

Tracy says "I have the deepest respect and passion for the healing abilities of the human body.  Each day, I witness miracles when the body is provided optimal fuel:  a nutrient dense, whole, plant foods diet combined with any necessary lifestyle changes.  A talented teacher, known for explaining complex medical topics in plain English, Tracy will assist you in restoring your health and your freedom.  

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