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The Discovery Of My Gluten Allergy

Posted by cru423, 27 May 2014 · 3,188 views

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The Gluten Synapse

When I discovered my allergy to gluten, I initially felt very dumb. How could anyone be expected to understand that the pain and anxiety I felt inside were really related to an allergic reaction, when the reaction was not clearly related to the intake of gluten? The symptoms I felt: esophageal reflux, "ulcerative colitis", anxiety attacks, hypertension, were all inconsistent with the idea that I was reacting to a specific dietary substance, to my mind. Yet, if I look back at the illness during its worst, I see that it was no more a chronic response than it was my habit to eat gluten with every meal. Part of my inability to perceive the proverbial "elephant in the room" was my unwillingness to see the constants of genetic existence. In other words, I could not altogether recognize my partner at the other end of the rope of nutritive disability. My partner was someone whose problem was mutually exclusive and bound to my own. In so far as that was true, our relationship was and still is paradoxical.

The continuum of nutritive disability is defined by the presence or absence of immunity. The lack of immunity exists on the side opposite my own, while my side is constituted by an excess of immunity, or dis-allocated immunity. Another way to say this is that the continuum’s boundaries are immunodeficiency and auto-immunity. What do I mean by a "continuum of disability"? This is akin to saying, "The spirit is a bone". Most people do not have to worry with it, they subsist somewhere in the middle, pleasantly oblivious to these extremes. Let me elaborate on the continuum of these extremes before I go on in more depth about gluten-allergies:

(calcium-deficient osteomalacia, hyperthyroidism)

immunodeficiency..............()..............auto-immunity

(magnesium-deficient osteomalacia, hypothyroidism)

We take for our point of departure immunodeficiency. What do we mean by this? A deficiency of immunity, if caused by hereditary factors, is further called "innate" immunodeficiency. The hereditary elements altered in such a condition are the anti-bodies in the blood serum. If there is a lack of these antibodies in persons so constituted, their bodies are not able to adequately protect themselves from illness. Such a disease as irritable bowel syndrome, which is sometimes a component of immunodeficiency, is a further result of chronic attacks of a nebulous disorder. It is so poorly defined because we are not sure what causes the deficiency. Some hereditary factor. Let me venture to explain what that factor is, since I can adequately recognize my partner. This person suffers from "hereditary alcoholism". Their internal nervous system is hypersensitive. They do not evacuate magnesium very easily from their bloodstream because of hyperthyroidism, so they remain hypermagnesiac. Their bodily constitution retains too much iodine, hence the hyperthyroidism, hence the hypermagnesia. To cope with this chronic inflammation which appears to come from nowhere, but which is really firmly rooted in their corporeality, they become alcoholic or else they take the second option of altering their diet. The dietary strategy would be to increase calcium and to remove magnesium from the body, in an effort to create an artificial excess of immunity. For them, eating a lot of gluten is a stepping stone in this direction, since wheat, barley, and oat grains remove magnesium from the intestine. Addiction to alcohol can be compared to the problem on the other side: allergic reaction to gluten. Since the latter does not involve the will of the individual, this comparison can only be granted if the dietary strategy of both types is consciously included.

Auto-immunity is a point by point contrast to immunodeficiency. In this condition, anti-bodies abound with nothing to occupy their "attention". Their main resort, if I could so personify their mood, is to attack specific organs in the name of programmed immunity. A good example of a normal auto-immune response, is when a surface wound is healing. When the wound is scabbing over, it begins to itch. This is a response to a sudden heady flow of immunity. Immune response is redirected to organs that do not require it, and the organism’s response under the unreasonable pressure, is to self-destruct. In auto-immune destruction of the small intestine, the first appendages to go are the fibrous villi lining the wall of the intestine. In persons with this disorder, magnesium along with other important vitamins and minerals (calcium, B12) is evacuated without being absorbed by the body. Minerals such as magnesium are also called to aid the movement of the bowel muscles in the absence villis' aid in digestion, thus evacuating magnesium from bone reserves. This leads to various other disorders like esophageal reflux, anemia, constipation, osteomalacia, hypertension. Now, stepping back and looking at the differences in the continuum, we see that it is mediated by a chemical self-consciousness. This self-consciousness is permeated through and through by an empathetic perception of the other side, and by a self-consciousness of chemical competition or balance in the diet (calcium/magnesium, sodium/potassium). The picture can never be developed entirely, unless "we" are confirmed.

Gluten Allergies

Let me talk from my side while I look towards the other. I think the facts run something like this: There are allergic conditions speculated about that fall under the rubric, “Non-celiac gluten allergies”, but which are not given much credit in medical records, because they fail the gold standard tests for determining celiac disease (antibodies in the blood and duodenal villious atrophy). On the other hand, there are semi-professional doctors who claim with some authority to determine wheat sensitivity by the amount of antibodies in the stool rather than the bloodstream (Enterolab). The medical community denies at large credibility of these tests. There is some reasoning here as well.

For instance, someone with gluten allergy might feel like gluten is not “healthy” in their diet, and feel drowsy or have a headache or stomach upset on occasion, which may be more or less motivated by feelings of anxiety (originating in the mind). Then there is the more serious condition, originating in the genetic constitution of the body, which is capable of generating pathological anxiety at every turn if the allergen is not grasped in its full significance. Let me sketch an outline of my ailments after I had denied the allergy for most of my young life:

By the time I was 22, my long-standing symptoms were: esophageal reflux, "ulcerative colitis", epididymitis, and constipation. The momentary relief I sought for these problems was profoundly damaging: I resolved the reflux through coprophagia and pepper-eating, the colitis through alcohol enemas and band-aids, the epididymitis and prostate inflammation through masochistic onanism (although this was in part a neurotic symptom of the hypertension).

This entire sketch was derived in some way or another by whatever genetic trait engaged the anti-gluten antibodies to attack my intestine. After considering all of these factors which independently motivated my ill health, I concluded that my condition was different from what is commonly referred to as “wheat sensitivity”. The only way I could discover this was through disciplining my diet.


Further Thoughts on Disease

It leaves one to wonder: What are the common generational adaptations of these diseases? When I first started analyzing these allergic symptoms I tried to psychoanalyze myself: was that the correct approach to use in what is arguably an ‘actual neurosis’ and not a ‘psychoneurosis’? People kept telling me all these years to see a doctor, when I had already been discouraged numerous times by seeing a physician. When I was younger it was simply a matter of guessing at random what it could be. The first time I complained to a doctor about this symptom, the response was, “It could be just about anything, though you really should be concerned, if this symptom continues as you grow older, your stomach could collapse (followed by a chortle)”. What kind of terrible joke was this?

As I grew to the teen years, I would complain and get the incredulous question from my doctor, "Are you sure you are not drinking a lot of alcohol?" I would answer truthfully in the negative. In such a question, there was assumed to be a lot of stereotypical teen drug-abuse, and the tacit assumption that the problem was really an erosion of the stomach lining or "ulcer-ification". There was never any worry about atrophy of the intestinal villi and muscles. At some point I visited the hospital emergency clinic for an ultra-sound of my stomach lining, after I felt some gut-leakage. The ultrasound picked up nothing of the gut atrophy. I also had some blood-work done, but I never heard anything back about the high level of antibodies in the bloodstream (typical blood-work does not account for these anomalies). I have since heard frustrating stories from people who have sought out a physician to diagnosis their gluten-allergies, and they report having trouble convincing a physician for the need to order such a test. The incredulous reluctance to diagnose such a disease where it does really exist, is the direct result of the popular demand for this disease, and the fear that certifications of disability will fall into the hands of the fictional “welfare mob”.

Theoretically, celiac disease finds its origins in the exploitation of the gluten-proletariat. It only takes one family member in an extended line to have worked in a bread factory, for there to be a mutation of genes. Just as genetic mutations have been passed down through generations where one family member has worked in bituminous coal or nuclear chemicals, so the same situation holds with family members who have worked in the bread business.

When someone reads about the symptoms of this disease, the onset of the disease is more prominently portrayed than the duration. The main symptom of the disease, if we let it progress uncontrollably, is the atrophy of the stomach muscles, and the inability to absorb minerals.

Bio-political considerations

The reticence of a physician to deal seriously with complaints of gluten-allergies, may be due to the high demand for celiac diagnoses, and it may also be due to fears of the bio-political stance of a growing population of certified celiacs. Granted that the substrate for most over-the-counter medicines (and many prescription medicines) is gluten, and granted that gluten has always been deemed the most ideal substrate for the release of complex vitamins and antibiotics, the medical establishment fears a blow-back stance against medication. In reality, this fear is well-founded. If the entire population of celiacs grew to a unified voice in the matter, I’m pretty sure they would reject gluten’s elevated status in the medical field, and the need to replace this substrate with something more tolerable.

To win a correct diagnosis in the first place, the medical establishment asks the gluten intolerant patient to voluntarily damage their intestinal lining and muscles with an increased intake of gluten (the “gluten challenge”), so that an adequate biopsy can be taken of the damage and the evidence of damage assessed. Considering the large population of the descendants of the gluten-proletariat who have the disease, but suffer unknowingly with it their entirely lifetimes, the medical establishment also fears that if the entire population of these individuals, which may number up to 25% of American society (1% is the current statistic), is fully accounted for, there will be an economic downturn in the medical industry. They apprehend wrongly, and that is evidence of a pandemic ideology in the medical field at present. Other countries have a better way of assessing the total gluten population, mostly European countries who offer disability checks for those with celiacs. These countries have many other social disadvantages that Americans do not face, however, the relative freedoms we do have are set off-kilter by this trespass against celiacs.

Accumulative Timeline of Symptoms

As I begin to reflect on the course of this sickness, I notice general patterns in duration between symptom migrations:

In 7 year intervals:

1st symptom: 1985-1992 (nausea)
2nd symptom: 1992-1999 (diarrhea)
3rd symptom: 1999-2006 (esophageal reflux/constipation)
4th symptom: 2006-2013 ("ulcerative colitis")

I do not remember the first 7 years, but I have a feeling that during this stage, the nausea was not present most of the time, and the non-accumulation of other symptoms left this stage worry-free. The 2nd stage, which informs most diagnostic criteria for having this disease (as if it were contagious), would also be the stage at which the "normal" sensitive child complains to the parents about the symptoms. What about the children who have mental health professionals for parents? I did complain about this problem to my mom and she said 1) it was a side-effect of lac-toast intolerance 2) it was caused by anxiety, since the stomach trouble usually happened before school or during the rush to get to school on time. Parents with mental health backgrounds are more likely to interpret their child's behavior as caused by stress/anxiety problems because those are the subjects they are most familiar with. As I grew older and these problems got worse, and accumulated, the attempt to interpret these symptoms as anxiety led me to many dead-end vistas i.e. the symptoms involve the main outlets for nervous excitation, leading any reasoning person to believe they were mental phenomena.

If I would have brought the accumulative anal symptoms to a doctor, after paying (through the anus) for many procedures to deduce what the problem was, there would have been a correct diagnosis of an allergic condition. The reasons I did not do this was because I had been discouraged from going to check-ups by doctors' misled assumptions, and my fear of being plunged into worse fears and anxieties than the ones plaguing me at the time. My fears at the time were economic: unemployment, debt, no job prospects, no future prospects, osteomalacia or cancer from these symptoms (or from my method of treating them), etc. Homophobic fears of possible homosexual interaction between myself and a health care professional did not contribute to my anxiety, nor weighed upon my hesitancy to expose myself to examination. The persistence of these symptoms did more to provoke unconscious bi-sexuality, then to deny it. This again brings up the dispute surrounding these symptoms: Although aggravating in the extreme, were they, in some way, cancerous symbols?


Course of Treatment

I feel empowered by the correct identification of this problem, and by the great number of people the world over who share this problem and are struggling against it, to give an outline of the method I am using to fully recover. The first you begin to understand, after having had this for your entire life, that simply going on a gluten-free diet will not completely help you. You will feel immediate benefits in some areas of health, so that in the long run you know how to succeed altogether, with discouragement in the short term for long-standing deficiencies. Like I illustrated above, a chemical/mineral awareness needs to emerge from the continuum of disability in the mind of the individual in order to actualize any dietary regimen. The goal here is to make the bowels fluid once more, or to re-educate the bowels in fluidity. To follow a restrictive diet requires great singleness of mind, and any degree of meditation relies upon some control of daily dietary intake.

The first task at hand is to remove gluten from the diet, and the second task is to use traditional means of making the bowels fluid. The three most traditional means of doing this are through taking oils (flax, fish, vegetable), bitters (coffee, tartar), and fiber (prunes, nuts, pulp). It's important to have a consciousness of mineral intake when you do this, because you will be excreting a lot more minerals. This is what I called, in a different context, the "back ends of anemia", but it could just as well be called here, "the back ends of vitamin deficiency".

No gluten, of course. That is the cause of the atrophy of the duodenal villi. If the villi are ever going to return, autotomously, they need a level playing field. Take a bit more than the DV of basic minerals and keep on the regimen of fluidity. What has happened at this point, if you have reached this level of the illness, is that your atrophied stomach muscles have begun to effect your ability to excrete bile, and your stomach has become achlorhydrious, effecting the balance of bacteria in the gut. The original state of appropriate acid production and digestion has to be "re-activated" for the cure to take effect. This, even though the underlying condition is allergic reaction to gluten.

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