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      This FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store. For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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  1. Hi,   I didn't start to feel better until I went on a totally grain free, dairy free and (processed) sugar free healing paleo diet. Just cutting out gluten and dairy did nothing for me, which is what you might be experiencing. Also, your absorbtion of nutrients is going to be compromised until you heal your gut. I'd advise considering going 100% paleo, eating lots of anti-inflammatory foods like bone broth, camomile tea, ginger, etc. Then if you add in various food groups again, do so one at a time and give it a 3 day wait period.   This is a good book on the subject:   Best of luck to you, hope you find healing soon!
  2. Here are Dr. Kharrazian's credentials: (No there isn't an MD in there... however, that does not mean that he is not a highly educated expert in nutrition, brain function, and health. He is way more learned in nutrition and neurology than any regular doctor I've ever been to.) "Dr. Kharrazian earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York with honors and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree graduating with honors from Southern California University of Health Sciences, where he was distinguished with the Mindlin Honors at Entrance Award, the Dean’s List, and the Delta Sigma Award for Academic Excellence. He has earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, a Master of Neurological Sciences from the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies, and a Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in health sciences with doctoral research in immunology at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Kharrazian has completed many postgraduate specialty programs and has been board certified in numerous specialties that include Diplomate of the Board of Nutrition Specialists, Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Nutrition, Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition, Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology, and Diplomate of the International Board of Applied Kinesiology. His contributions and devotions to clinical practice and educations have earned him several fellowships including Fellow of the American Board of Vestibular Rehabilitation, Fellow of the American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians, Fellow of the International Academy of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, and Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology." Source: http://www.thyroidbo...kharrazian.html And just a gentle reminder that the original poster was asking for information specifically on this doctor and his methods. She wasn't asking for feedback about your personal opinion on Chiropractors or alternative healing practitioners.
  3. I have adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, all that fun stuff too. Interesting, my back pain and adrenal issues have also been the thing that has taken the longest to heal itself. I am making progress though, so I hope I can help! This supplement, and the diet that goes with it (it's basically a Paleo diet) is what really helped me begin to heal. Expensive stuff, but worth it! This doctor also has a wonderful guide here on his website for healing your gut: My adrenals have been helped most by sticking to the diet, not drinking coffee, and also lately I've been taking licorice root extract, and that has helped a ton. Also, are you eating foods high in magnesium and B5 as well? I know that personally I do way better when I eat the real food versions of nutrients, sometimes in addition to the supplements if I'm really deficient. Liver is very high in B vitamins, and I've been a lot healthier since I added some liver into my diet a couple times a week. I've also been making huge batches of bone broth, which is a powerhouse of nutrients and makes you feel great. I hope that was helpful! All the best to you!
  4. I had these issues too. Joint pain, stiff, achy, easily got tendinitis, even had muscle spasms and other issues. All other autoimmune disorders tested negative, and no swelling at the sites of the pain. They told me I had "fibromyalgia" and just tried to give me pain pills. I declined! What healed me was going on a totally grain free Paleo diet, and cutting out nightshade plants as well. The pain is due to inflammation from leaky gut, which won't heal on a regular gluten-free diet, and also from nutrient deficiencies due to the gut damage. I also take sub-lingual B12 supplements and fermented cod liver oil (a great source of vitamin D, low levels of this nutrient are linked to pain. This is the best brand: Make sure you're eating foods with cholesterol in them as well, as it is actually essential to proper vitamin D absorption. This condition is super common, I actually saw a doctor in Berkeley who knew exactly what it was and how to treat it, he was the one who got me on this diet in the first place. The diet is really limiting, but totally worth it, I promise. If you need more info feel free to message me. If you have a Kindle or reader, this book is helpful too: I hope you feel better soon!
  5. Grass Fed Vs. Grain Fed Meat?

    FYI it's not just the antibiotics and hormones that make grass fed and industrialized beef different. Cows that are fed grain are really sick for their entire lives, because they aren't supposed to eat grain. So you're eating a sick animal. In addition, the food changes the nutrients in their flesh. Normally beef has wonderful omega 3s, which are amazing for you. However, the fat of these grain fed cows is mostly made of omega 6s, which in large amounts cause inflammation in humans (we already have a massive over-abundance of omega 6s in our modern diets) So grain fed beef may not have gluten in it, but it's unhealthy to eat, it's inhumane, and those feedlots are negatively impacting our environment too. If you can't find affordable grass fed beef in the grocery stores in your area, this website has a nation wide listing of local farmers where you can buy beef directly (and in bulk, so much cheaper than what you get it for in the store!)
  6. Corn Sensitivity

    I'm sensitive to all grains. When I eat corn I have the same reaction to eating wheat gluten. There are medical practitioners and researchers out there who actually say that people with gluten intolerance need to avoid ALL grain. They claim it's essential for healing. I know that for me, I had to cut out all grain before I began to get my health back. I'm on a paleo-esque diet. ("esque" because I do eat some goat dairy and a bit of sugar containing foods sometimes) I was put on the diet by my doctor, who'd had incredible success with putting his other patients on the diet as well. It's very nutritious, makes you feel amazing, and has the science to back up it's healthfulness. This book is a great starter book for the diet if you want to look into it more:
  7. Casein Intolerance

    I'm casin intolerant. For me, my symptoms are kinda like a mild version of getting glutened, a little GI upset, a lot of brain fog and that lovely "been hit by a bus" feeling. Personally, I am only sensitive to cow's milk. I can eat goat and sheep (as long as it is grassfed.) You might want to try a nice goat cheese and see if you can handle it.
  8. This is just a claim by vegans, it's not actually grounded in scientific truth. There is B12 generated in your gut, and some in things like nutritional yeast contain it, but it is not bioavailable, meaning your body doesn't absorb it. The vast majority of vegans are B12 deficient, even if they take supplements. This is a serious health issue. Here's a great article on B12 deficiency: And like I said before, this isn't the only thing the diet is lacking. Omega 3s come in long chain and short chain forms. Long chains are the one that is so vital for your brain. They are only found in large enough quantities in animal products. For years I took flax oil thinking I was getting my omega 3s... Not so! Plant foods have short chain omega 3s, and they aren't at all the same. I also ate spinach for iron, but it turns out that spinach has an anti-nutrient in it that blocks your body's absorption of iron. And soy for protein .. same problem, not only is soy terrible for other reasons, but the protein in it actually isn't bioavailable. I could go on with more examples, but I don't want to bore you all! According to the extensive nutritional research I've done for the last two years since getting really sick, I have come to conclusion that humans do, in fact, need to eat animal products to be healthy. For example, cholesterol is actually an essential nutrient for the body. It's a hormone precursor, maintains cell membranes, is essential for neurological function, and helps synthesize vitamin D and bile. I was an ethical vegan. But, I was highly misinformed about nutrition and human physiology by the vegan community. I know their hearts are in the right place, but the fanatical adherence to this crusade has clouded their minds. This is why I encourage anyone who is vegan or thinking of becoming vegan to please read other contrasting opinions about veganism before making a decision. Nutrient deficiencies are no joke, for anyone,
  9. Stomach Bloating?

    Ahhh, sneaky corn! A lot of folks around here have corn sensitivities too, myself included. That's totally one that worth doing an elimination diet to see if you're sensitive to. You know, I didn't used to like too many veggies either. My mom always complained about it! lol. But once I changed my diet, my palate changed some too. Now I even crave kale and cauliflower sometimes, it's weird. All of those processed foods are just addictive I think. But even minus the processed foods, you can still eat really yummy things. Right now I'm making some chicken drumettes with a honey, mustard, and goat butter glaze.... They're killer! And thank you! My fibromyalgia is way, way better than it used to be. It doesn't bother me unless I eat something weird.
  10. Oh honey, I totally understand your pain! I was vegan when I went gluten free. I was also really thin and could never get full! I tried a gluten free vegan diet for a few months, but was still very sick. The unfortunate reality is that meats are very nutrient dense foods that are easily absorbed by the body. Some of these nutrients are not available (in a bioavailable form) in plant foods, like B12 and long chain omega 3s. If you have gut damage and are already having trouble absorbing nutrients, vegetarianism and veganism will just make it worse. (I know I'm gonna offend some folks by saying that, but it's true!) I was also taking all my supplements back then and still deficient. You have to get your nutrients from the best source and eat lots of it right now. It will help your body heal. My health didn't start to improve until I went on a paleo diet. I now eat bone broth, liver, all sorts of things I never thought I would, and it's saved my health! I also grained a little weight, have a lot more energy, and I'm not hungry all the time anymore. If you're interested, book on nutrition that is wonderful is this one: I hope you feel better soon! And don't worry, this diet can be a pain in the rear, but it's SO worth it! I also have a pintrest page with really yummy recipes if you're interested (they won't let me post the link here, but you can PM me for it if you like.)
  11. Oh, I feel your pain! My reactions can be pretty severe and I am SO paranoid now. Last month I accidentally ate a kernel of corn (I have gluten reactions to all grains) and I was terribly sick for a week. When I do is usually recuperate by eating lots of nutrient rich anti-inflammatory foods like coconut water, nettle infusion, chamomile tea, bone broth, and ginger. Also, have you done a full elimination diet to weed out any other possible food sensitivities? Other things could be causing damage to your gut. All the best to you!
  12. Stomach Bloating?

    Was there rice flour in the potato chips? Rice always makes me bloat. I avoid all grains now, my tummy is so much happier! Also, if they were fried in industrial seed oils, like sunflower and canola, those all cause inflammation in the GI tract (because of the high omega 6 content and of course canola is almost always GMO.) Eating as close to a whole foods diet as you can is the best thing you can do. This book, if you haven't read it, is really really awesome and the diet is GREAT for healing leaky gut: Hope you feel better!
  13. Nightshades?

    I also don't eat nightshades, they give me arthritic pain. Also, be wary of spice blends in things, a lot of them also contain paprika. It's really best to eat a whole foods, home cooked foods. Ditch processed foods. And according to my own experience with my health, my docs recommendations and the extensive nutritional research I've done, avoiding ALL grains is best. But don't despair! There is still a lot of yummy food you can eat. Here is a pasta recipe that's wonderful, and this website has really good grain-free baked good recipes too.
  14. That movie is vegan propaganda, pure and simple. And this is coming from someone who was vegan for years. PLEASE convince your husband to do more research before jumping into such an extreme diet. Don't just believe what a movie tells you! I wish I had done so. I have permanent health problems from nutrient deficiencies. (I'm actually convalescing right now because I have the spine of a 70 year old... at the age of 33. Not actually uncommon for long-term vegans.) So for a balanced perspective, you could show your hubby this very intelligent review of the movie, and a video clip I included by another ex-vegan named Lierre Kieth who wrote a book called The Vegetarian Myth. Review that debunks the "science" in Forks Over Knives: The Vegetarian Myth:
  15. YES! He is fantastic. My friend Sara gave me his book, and I have to say that was the huge turning point in my health. Prior to that I'd been gluten free but still really sick. I'd seen multiple doctors, who all just wanted to give me drugs for my pain. He's not a quack, he is an incredibly intelligent medical practitioner who knows what works. Over the last 10 years I went to so many Western doctors who NEVER understood my condition, and never helped me feel better. I found a Chiropractor though the physician look-up on his website, and he saved my health. My chiro (his name is Patrick Tribble in Berkeley, CA) is the only health practitioner who has ever understood my condition, and helped me feel 10 times better (in addition to celiac, I have degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hyperthyroidism, etc..) He was highly educated in nutrition and was also getting his degree in neurology at the time. So chiros don't just crack people's backs and such. I also sent several friends to this guy, and we all improved dramatically. I highly suggest going to see him personally or someone listed on his website.