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i think i have sibo/dysbiosis

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 04:36 AM

Celiac researchers  hate that, for whatever reason,  people decide to go gluten free before testing.  Because, currently there is no way to test for Celiac in a gluten free person.  Good Doctor's aren't supposed to "guess" and give you a diagnosis.  They are working on a couple of different tests for Celiac that involve a smaller gluten challenge (3 days) or no gluten challenge.  They do not just decide to hurt you for fun or profit as some seem to be implying here.


I heard some of them say that Celiac is about the only serious disease that people & alternative health practitioners think its OK to self-diagnose.  They used the example of Type 1 diabetes - you wouldn't just start giving yourself insulin without a diagnosis.


I understand that a gluten challenge may not be right for you,  but don't bash the doctors who only have that means to get a definitive diagnosis of Celiac.  You chose to self-diagnose, for whatever reason, and that will have to be the diagnosis you live with for now.  Perhaps, in  a few years, the new testing methods will be viable and you can decide if that is right for you.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:47 AM

To be fair to Dr. Harmon, I never met him. It was a nutritionist who works with him that told me what was required. If I hadn't have been so sick, I would have kept the appointment but because of the malpractice that I I incured over the years by other doctors, (this is truth), my husband did not want me to hurt myself in order to get a diagnosis for something he could see quite clearly was hurting me. Not to mention, we were told about the human error in the testing process and Dr. Harmon was recommended as a doctor who knows how to decrease the potential for human error on his end. It wasn't Dr. Harmon who did harm but a whole lot of other doctors before him without which, I wouldn't have gotten as sick as I did and have so far to go to recover.
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Healing little by little. Functional Medicine is helping.
2015: Celiac dx, sleep apnea, chronic dehydration/malabsorption. Receiving Vit D treatment +iron, IV nutrient therapy, CPAP
Year 2: Mental clarity improving (and year 3 still improving!)
October 2013-14: low heart rate, low BP, arrhythmia = better! '15
September 2013: 55+ food intolerances, mercury poisoning, sIgA 50, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, hormone disruption, ferritin 7, low Vit D, low Vit B6
November 2012: Gluten-Free
Year 1: Migraines resolved, OCD diminished, Change in skin texture, EyeBrows lifting & eyes bigger, Better memory, Better cognitive function, Better problem-solving capabilities, Lower anxiety level, Better outlook, Arrhythmia reduced, hope
2006-2012: Multiple unexplained illnesses; 2009: anemic; iron infusions
2005: undx celiac crisis, 2 months of hell & never to return to normal



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 08:35 AM

Just to clarify, I’m not a fan of the “gluten challenge” after reading about the suffering it has caused others, but I haven’t been through it personally. I don’t believe the potential damage it can do makes it good way to seek a diagnosis. That’s just my opinion.


Any comments I made were not in reference to any specific doctor. I’ve heard only positive things about Dr. Harmon and the UCLA Celiac Center. I have no experience with the center or anyone who works there.


My use of the term “guinea pig” was meant to be a playful way to describe what it can sometimes “feel like to be a patient” enduring tests to get to the root of a problem. I think good, caring doctors take their jobs seriously and try their best to make us as comfortable as they can. It never occurred to me that doctors might be cruel enough to cause a patient discomfort for their own entertainment, and I agree to suggest that is unfair.

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N C Gluten Intolerant dx Feb 2012  Also Intolerant to Rice, Eggs, Nightshades.
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