Living Gluten-Free

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Did you know that Gluten Intolerance…

  • IS THE MOST UNDIAGNOSED DISORDER IN THE U.S.
  • CAN LEAD TO MALNUTRITION
  • SYMPTOMS VARY FROM HEADACHES TO INFERTILITY
  • FOR EVERY 1 PERSON DIAGNOSED WITH GLUTEN INTOLERANCE, 80 PEOPLE ARE UNDIAGNOSED

One of the most trusted resources for information about gluten intolerance is the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG), a non-profit group that is dedicated to providing accurate, up-to-date information.  They have great resources on how to get started, restaurant guides, product recommendations, recipes, etc.  Please be aware that a lot of the information you find on the internet is inaccurate and even many physicians are not up-to-date on the latest information, so having resources you can trust is important.   Fortunately because this is such a growing concern, there are many wonderful options available today for those who cannot eat gluten.  Here is a new guide that may be helpful.

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When I was having so many health issues, my digestive health turned out to be a big part of it.  Since about 70% of our immune systems are created in our gut, it’s essential that we create a healthy gut environment.  I had been taking antibiotics for years and we know now that this is one of the most powerful sources of destroying a healthy intestinal flora. Part of my recovery included repopulating my intestinal flora with good bacteria, so I started taking a probiotic called Optiflora.  This did wonders for me and eventually became a major part of rebuilding my immune system and healing my gut.  A pediatric ENT mentioned that this one product dramatically changed her practice resulting in less tubes in kids ears and a significant reduction in the use of antibiotics.

One of the top gastroenterologists leading the way in this area happens to be in my home town, Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Cynthia Rudert, MD. recommended that I do some genetic testing through Prometheus Labs.  While I did not test positive for Celiac Disease, I have found that I am gluten intolerant and have seen tremendous health improvement by following a gluten-free diet.  One of the best ways to determine if you are sensitive to gluten is to follow an elimination diet where you remove gluten from your diet for a period of time, then slowly add it back (and any other potential food allergens you’d like to test for at the same time), and note the way you feel with each food added.  It’s amazing how well this works to identify gluten sensitivity as well as other food allergens.  This is the protocol recommended by Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD at the Omega Institute based on his extensive experience in identifying food sensitivities.  He says that he prefers this over blood testing for food allergies except in extreme cases.  If you would like my help with this, please feel free to contact me.

gigSeveral of my friends actually have Celiac Disease and when blood tests are positive for this genetic disorder, then you absolutely MUST avoid ALL gluten since it destroys your intestinal villi which will lead to serious diseases due to malabsorption.  There are many people who are sensitive to gluten but may not have Celiac Disease.  The symptoms can be just as debilitating for many people and there is still a lot to be learned through ongoing research to help us determine more about the long term implications.  You can read more about the differences on one of the best websites I’ve found for accurate information created by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG).  

There is much confusion about gluten intolerance among doctors today.  I’ve worked with one of the top doctors in this field who has told me that the medical profession has been a major challenge since they have not kept up with the latest research in this area and are often using old diagnostic recommendations.  Here’s a great article from one of the leading researchers in the world that I found extremely helpful:

 The Future of Celiac Disease: Dr. Fasano, MD

Latest News:

New Rules set by the FDA for Gluten-Free labeling


FAVORITE GF WEBSITES

Gluten Free Girl and the Chef

Gluten-Free Goddess (Karina’s Kitchen)

Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG)

Celiac at Columbia University

Celiac Awareness from the NIH

Chicago Celiac Disease Program

Center for Celiac Research & Treatment MassGeneral Hosp for Children (Dr. Fasano’s new home)

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