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Gf Spouse W/o Cd Now Reacting To Gluten?


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#1 healthy1

 
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Posted 04 January 2004 - 06:09 PM

I have a very strange question and was wondering if any of you have heard of this ever happening before. My husband (no celiac disease) has been gluten-free at home just because it is easier and he doesn't mind.He was eating regular foods outside the home but has recently stopped and now when he has anything with gluten, is having reactions as if he does have celiac disease! It took us awhile to figure it out but that is the only thing we could think it is. could he have developed an allergy but omitting it? he never had these kind of complaints before, and I dont want to tell/ask anyone, they will think we are all hypocondriacs now! HA HA
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Posted 04 January 2004 - 08:53 PM

Hi Healthy1, what you are reporting about your spouse is actually not uncommon. I've seen quite a few people on this board report the same thing. I have a paper of a talk given by Dr. Fine that states in it that about 29% of Americans show an intestinal immunologic reaction to gluten in their diets. That is a lot of people and not all of them have celiac disease, they just react to gluten and should probably be gluten free anyhow. I would take it as a sign that his body prefers no gluten, and he should listen to his body.
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Posted 05 January 2004 - 02:38 AM

In my expirences, I have also met a few people who were gluten-free but not celiacs, maybe because they had a loved one with celiac disease or because they were a meat and potatoes kind of person and just never really had breads or cereals. Quite a few of them mentioned having reactions when re-introducing gluten into their diets. I guess the easiest way to think about it is to realize that your body gets used to a certain way of life, it knows the things you eat and when something new enters your system for the first time, the natural reaction for some may be rejection.

Also, quite often people have an intolerance and never even know it until they exclude the offending substance for a while. They get to feeling better, never realizing they had been sick before and then by re-introducing the substance can have very severe reactions. It's a theory anyway.

I don't think that you are a hypocondriac, but you may be right about his reactions. It may be as simple as an intolerance. If you are truly concerned you should have your husband speak with his doctor.

Good Luck,
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Posted 05 January 2004 - 07:55 AM

:o My gluten free, non-celiac husband also now has a reaction to gluten. Usually the only time he eats gluten is in a burger bun. I had tried recently buying him a Kaiser bun for his burger and he or my daughter would fix it for him. But recently he has had several bouts of diarrhea---rare for him to ever have diarrhea--after eating his burger. He was having the same cramping, bloating I had had when I had gotten in to gluten. My daughter had the same experience at work when she ate some cookies at Christmas. She also has been gluten free for about a year. I really don't understand their reaction. But they certainly began to understand how I felt. :blink: Shirley
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Posted 05 January 2004 - 01:09 PM

We noticed that happening in our family, too!
I'm starting to think that gluten isn't good for anyone!! :rolleyes:

Have a look at the stats on this site:
http://coeliac.info/...topic.php?t=399


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Posted 05 January 2004 - 05:48 PM

connie,
I think you are right, I posted about a site (mercola.com) by a Dr. and in one of his articles, it states that some clinicians believe that no one can digest gliaden. It is a very informative site, I think he is way ahead of his time, so much so that other drs. would probably think he is a nut, but from what I've learned on this and other sites, all he says proves correct. I can't imagine how many people there are that dont have any idea what is causing their ailments. I know it took me 34 years! oh, and speaking of stats, I was shocked to read that he thinks 1 in 10 have a reaction to gluten. (not to say they have celiac disease, but a reaction)
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Posted 22 January 2004 - 06:59 AM

ok, I posted about my husband who is reacting to gluten and he was NOT celiac, well, he went to the dr. last week and just mentioned to the dr. that he thinks he is having a problem with gluten, so the dr. ran the tests and guess what? HE tested positive! I was so shocked because I have a list of symptoms a mile long and tested neg. but am 100% better on the diet. and he was gluten-free at home for the past 2 months haaving very little gluten outside the home only, and his only complaint was neck pain! He called me from work to say HE has to learn how to cook gluten-free now and will start cooking! Wow, this really is a blessing!
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Posted 22 January 2004 - 08:02 AM

Wow is right! This is great! It's SOOO much easier (and inherently safer) to keep the whole house gluten-free, and now you don't have to feel guilty about it! Good luck to you both as you settle in to a totally new routine!
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Posted 29 March 2004 - 04:08 AM

My girlfriend has severe celiacs disease and started on the gluten free diet about 8 months ago (she had been sick since the age of about three and went undiagnosed). She now (as of about 3 months ago) also does not eat dairy or soy. I myself stopped eating gluten soley to support her (I still eat soy and dairy as long as its gluten-free - because from a contamination standpoint soy and dairy arent a problem for her). I had not had gluten in quite sometime, and when she went out of town one weekend I went out to eat with her sister (ruby tuesdays). I have been a low-carb eater for about three years so I didnt have bread or anything like that but sure enough later that day I was having bowel symptoms but didnt think anything of it.

To make a long story short, it has happened three times now, when I eat gluten I have had bowel symptoms, NOT painful ones like she experiences when ingesting gluten but nonetheless. It's quite interesting. I figure its all the more reason to stay gluten free--and hey it's healthier anyway! B)

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Posted 04 May 2004 - 05:58 PM

Well, one thing that comes my mind is that we fast from meat and animal products (eggs, dairy, etc.) for religious reasons during lent and before christmas. We always have diarrhea for a day or two after breaking the fast. I think it's just our bodies adjusting to food that it has not had a long time. Normally we do not react to eating meat or animal products.

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