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    • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Hi Johnny, I know this is an old post and don't know if you're active on the forum, but I wanted to ask you whether your prostate problems have cleared up on the gluten-free diet/diagnosis with celiac disease. The reason is that I'm writing a book on urinary symptoms and possible relation to gluten intolerance, and looking for "success stories" of men with prostate, urinary, or erectile dysfunction issues that responded positively to a g.f. diet. I have lots of stories from women, but the book also has a section on men's health, and I'd like to include some personal accounts, names changed and privacy protected, of course. My private email is I'm a registered nurse and health writer, and take this subject very seriously and confidentially. Wendy Cohan, RN
  2. Hi, I know this post is quite old, but wanted to mention the article I wrote a few months ago for called "For Persistent Fatigue on a Gluten Free Diet, Consider Adrenal Fatigue". Also, you should know that guar gum is a good bulk forming laxative, although it's not a bowel stimulant. There's a difference. It definitely will promote regular bowel patterns. You can use guar gum in replacement of xanthan gum in all your baked goods. Guar gum is also cheaper. I also wrote an article that talks more about this, called "Xanthan Sensitivity May be Complicating Your Recovery" last year on I'm not writing to promote myself, but I honestly think these two articles have important information that may aid in your recovery. I've suffered from malabsorption, adrenal fatigue, and constipation, although for some reason I'm rarely anemic. It sounds like you're doing much better now. I hope you're able to keep up the running... Wendy Cohan, RN
  3. Hi, I wrote an article on xanthan gum sensitivity for last year. It's fairly common, and unfortnately mimics many of the gastrointestinal symptoms of celiac disease - i.e. gas, diarrhea, and bloating. I have a mild form of it, but some of my cooking class students have severe symptoms from even very minor amounts. It sounds like xanthan gum could be the culprit. Unfortunately, it is very common in gluten free products, and even non g.f. products like ice cream and creamy salad dressings. Guar gum is a very good and also less expensive substitute. Also be aware that whole foods recently recalled some of their gluten free products because they were tested and found to not be gluten free. I just saw this notice on a bulletin board in Boise Idaho, but it was a copy of a newspaper article, so you might be able to track it down. Good luck. Wendy Cohan, RN
  4. Chronic Prostatitis

    Thanks for your reply, Kyle. I'm sorry for all you've been through. My mother had colon cancer after years of having diverticulitis. Hopefully you've avoided any cancer, which does unfortunately occur at a higher rate in celiacs. I'm glad your wife is a doctor, too. Wendy
  5. Hi Danielle, I've heard of it - had a patient with it in the hospital (I'm a nurse). It took my persistence and multiple doctors and multiple imaging tests to find out what was wrong. The doctor demanded a psych. consult, as they often do when they don't know what's really wrong. I am so glad you were able to get a correct diagnosis. Wendy
  6. Hi, I'm a nurse writing a book on the bladder and other uninary health areas. In my research I ran across a link between chronic prostatitis and gluten intolerance or celiac disease. I've also written extensively in the past on a link between gluten intolerance/celiac disease and bladder symptoms, and am including this informaiton in my book. Adding in some anecdotal evidence on another link, to chronic prostatitis, would strengthen this correlation. I've seen a post or two on the forum about chronic prostatitis, but what I'm really looking for is a first hand story or two or a hundred telling me that going gluten free helped your chronic prostatitis or other urinary problem, in men. I have lots of stories for the book regarding women. Can you let me know what your experience has been? All confidentiality would be protected. I may not even "tell" your story, but just include it in the category of "anecdotal evidence" of a link. Thanks a bunch in advance for anyone willing to tell me their story. It will have the potential to help a lot of other men. Wendy Cohan, RN
  7. Hi, I'm an RN and have been writing a book that contains a chapter on adrenal fatigue, and has a section on the link between gluten intolerance and adrenal fatiuge, but I would love to have more references to really make a strong arugment. When you said, "I've been reading that one of the stressors that can lead to adrenal fatigue is gluten intolerance..." can you tell me what your sources are? Did they come from books, articles, scientific journals, on-line etc.? THis subject is really important, and I am going to see that it gets the publicity it deserves. So far, I've linked adrenal fatigue to chronic inflammation, and adrenal hypofunction to an autoimmune condition that occurs with Celiac Disease, called, "autoimmune adrenal hypofunction". I'd love to learn more, and hope to hear from you. Wendy Cohan, RN Portland, OR
  8. For those having trouble with legumes, be especially wary of the dark red beans like kidney beans, which are higher in lectins. For some reason, many people seems to be able to better tolerate pulses (lentils and pea relatives), like the tiny orange indian lentils or yellow dal beans, especially when well cooked, and taken in smaller amounts. They are easy to cook, delicous, and nutritious. My specific food allergies are: dairy, gluten, sugar, mold (not really a food, but in aged foods and accidentally eaten on some small berries), chocolate/coffee, corn, and oats. I do OK with rice, sorghum, amaranth, quinoa, teff, starches, white potatoes, all nuts except peanuts and cashews, and all vegetables (thank God). I also do well with melons, cherries, stone fruits like nectarines and peaches etc. I have to be careful with grapes, even green ones, and all red-skinned fruits like dark Italian plums. These foods contain vaso-active amines that trigger migraines. Does anyone know of a good list of gluten-free cosmetics, skin-care products, etc.? I counsel people on following a gluten-free diet, but have a hard time keeping up with all of the personal care products out there. I'm OK with toothpastes for now, except wondering if anyone knows if Nature's Gate "Creme de Peppermint" Natural Toothpaste is gluten free? Wendy Cohan R.N.