Gluten Free Diet is not enough!!!

Gluten Free Diet is not enough!!!

For so many people who suffer from celiac disease (and really any autoimmune disease) where gluten has become poison to your body, everything changes. The way that you look at food, the way that you shop, the way that you cook, the way that you interact with friends and family, and for some of us who we are.

Who we are because celiac disease robs us of our spontaneity.  In many cases celiac disease changes us and we are always on guard. It’s really hard for a celiac to truly relax and enjoy ourself. Plans becomes a challenge because we never know how we will feel in advance. Which only leads to anxiety and prayer that when the day comes we will be able to follow through and not disappoint others as well as ourself.

Disappoint your friends and family enough leads them to question your relationship. Disappoint yourself enough and you lose faith in you, because when you stop following through on your commitments and promises, even though with everything in your heart you wish you could be there, enjoying the moment, it chips away at who you are.

Celiac disease changes us. Changes us to our very core

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So what is Zonulin all about?

So what is Zonulin all about?

Hey guys, I was watching a medical talk last week and the doctor was discussing how leaky gut is becoming more prevalent in our society. It is leading to many challenges for patients and that this is new to doctors because although scientists have made several breakthroughs in identifying molecules like zonulin there is much to be learned. It was more than half-way through his talk, that the doctor realized he needed to back-track a bit because many of the doctors in the room were unaware of how zonulin works and I thought wow. Sure I’ve heard of zonulin and understand the basics but it is quite complex so that inspired me to locate an older article explaining some of the basics of zonulin and over the next few months we’ll dive in deeper so that we all have a better understanding how to heal our bodies.

Some may ask why leaky gut is important to understand if you have celiac disease or are non-celiac gluten sensitivity and the truth is for celiacs it is a common complication and health issue that comes up when your body is not healing properly.

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Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Triggers Gut Dysbiosis, Neuroinflammation, Gut-Brain Axis Dysfunction, and Vulnerability for Dementia

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Triggers Gut Dysbiosis, Neuroinflammation, Gut-Brain Axis Dysfunction, and Vulnerability for Dementia

Hey guys, interesting that non-celiac gluten sensitivity and the inflammation in our gut microbiota can lead to dysfunction and systemic inflammation in our bodies however these authors believe that there could be therapeutic measures that can be done to prevent our vulnerability to Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive dysfunction.

  • The non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is a chronic functional gastrointestinal disorder which is very common worldwide. The human gut harbors microbiota which has a wide variety of microbial organisms; they are mainly symbiotic and important for well being. 
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The Immunology of Gluten Sensitivity Beyond The Intestinal Tract

The Immunology of Gluten Sensitivity Beyond The Intestinal Tract

Hey guys, found this article and honestly I could have listed everything here as it discusses the many links with so many different diseases from myocarditis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, osteopenia, gluten ataxia, type 1 diabetes, etc so I highly recommend you read this article and I’ve chosen a few points that stood out to me.

  • During the past five years, based on overwhelming evidence of immune pathogenesis involving organs other than gut and skin, many scientists have begun to re-evaluate the notion that gluten sensitivity is solely a disease of the gut. Other organs suspected of involvement include: the joints, the heart, thyroid, bone, the brain cerebellum and the neuronal synapsins.
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Does Gluten-Free Diet Protect Children with Celiac Disease from Low Bone Density?

Does Gluten-Free Diet Protect Children with Celiac Disease from Low Bone Density?

Hey guys, I kinda came across this article by accident, but found it interesting nonetheless as it definitely adds some credence as to why I spend my entire childhood on crutches with broken bones and sprains. Not to mention, that I was told I would need hip-replacement surgery by the time I was thirty-five because I was losing bone and there was nothing I could do about that.

  • Celiac disease (CD), a common cause of malabsorption in childhood, is an abnormal immuno-mediated response to the ingestion of gluten and other peptides from different cereals (wheat, barley, and rye) in genetically susceptible subjects. Life-long withdrawal of gluten from diet is the treatment of CD. 
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Increased Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency in Obese Children with Both Celiac Disease and Type 1 Diabetes

Increased Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency in Obese Children with Both Celiac Disease and Type 1 Diabetes

Hey guys, I think this article certainly brings up an interesting question as to could vitamin D deficiency be a contributing factor in obesity in kids with celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. Additional research will be needed to confirm their findings and here are a few of the key points.

  • There is considerable clinical and pathogenic overlap between type 1 diabetes (T1D) and celiac disease (CD). These two autoimmune diseases have similar genetic background and trigger mechanisms . The common genetic basis for the expression of both diseases derives from the identification of human leucocyte antigen (HLA) class II molecules, DQ8 and DQ2 as key genetic risk factors for T1D and CD the United States .
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Migraine Associated with Gastrointestinal Disorders: Review of the Literature and Clinical Implications

Migraine Associated with Gastrointestinal Disorders: Review of the Literature and Clinical Implications

Hey guys, when I think of migraines, I just think of a tremendous amount of pain. Headaches were always something of an issue for me as a child and then I made the leap to official migraines in my early twenties and talk about debilitating and ouchy. Yes there are tons of medication out there for migraines; however lucky for me I only had four to six monsters a year, my then neurologist suggested I take medication 365 days a year to prevent them and that just wasn’t me, so I had to find alternative means to deal with them. One way was to steer clear of certain foods that would trigger headaches like dairy, processed meats and chocolate… don’t remember wheat, barley or rye ever being on any of those lists. How about you? 

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Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: The New Frontier of Gluten Related Disorders

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: The New Frontier of Gluten Related Disorders

Hey guys, to be honest when I read this article, it certainly put a damper on the landmark article from a few weeks ago that I wrote about that was roughly three years prior that there still continues to be so much debate going on as to the validity of non-celiac gluten sensitivity as an issue.

  • Gluten sensitivity (GS) was originally described in the 1980sand a recently “re-discovered” syndrome entity, characterized by intestinal and extra-intestinal symptoms related to the ingestion of gluten-containing food, in subjects that are not affected with either celiac disease (CD) or wheat allergy (WA).
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Prevalence of celiac disease in at-risk and not-at-risk groups in the United States: a large multi center study.

Prevalence of celiac disease in at-risk and not-at-risk groups in the United States: a large multi center study.

Hey guys, now I realize that this article is not the most recent; however, I thought it was important to note that this research was done in 2003 and I’m not sure why this isn’t more widely known and automatically tested as soon as your doctor looks at your health history information?

  • This study was done to determine if celiac disease which had been previously thought to be rare in the United States was as common as it is is Europe. There were no large studies done on its prevalence prior to this study. They studies both at-risk and non-at-risk groups in the US.
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Celiac Disease and Reproductive Health

Celiac Disease and Reproductive Health

Hey guys, I have listed several more points that usual and in truth I could have listed every point in this article. My suggestion is that you read this article. This article, I thought did a great job at breaking down how celiac affects the body and then specifically as it relates to our reproductive system, that is why I included so many here, for me it was like a 2 for 1.

  • Until 2004, medical schools taught that celiac disease was a rare disease of childhood. However, current estimates state that nearly three million Americans suffer from celiac disease, but 95% of them remain undiagnosed, making celiac disease the most common, and one of the most under diagnosed, hereditary autoimmune diseases in the United States 
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