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Gluten Free Vs Gluten Light


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#1 bincongo

 
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 04:38 PM

I am not sure what to tell my sister. I am a new Celiac so she agreed to have the gene testing done and turned up positive for the gene. She already has two autoimmune diseases, one of them being Hashimotos. Now she says she doesn't want to take any blood tests to determine if she is Celiac, she just wants to go light on the gluten. I have told her with Celiac you can't just go half way. She may have a few Celiac symptoms but nothing that really bothers her. I had few symptoms also. If she feels better not taking in as much gluten does that even do any good as far as healing the intestines. She says with her other autoimmune disease (Sjogren's) she has a chance of cancer anyway so what difference does it make. I am just not sure what to say next.
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 07:00 PM

I am not sure what to tell my sister. I am a new Celiac so she agreed to have the gene testing done and turned up positive for the gene. She already has two autoimmune diseases, one of them being Hashimotos. Now she says she doesn't want to take any blood tests to determine if she is Celiac, she just wants to go light on the gluten. I have told her with Celiac you can't just go half way. She may have a few Celiac symptoms but nothing that really bothers her. I had few symptoms also. If she feels better not taking in as much gluten does that even do any good as far as healing the intestines. She says with her other autoimmune disease (Sjogren's) she has a chance of cancer anyway so what difference does it make. I am just not sure what to say next.



Tell your sis that Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Sjogren's are highly correlated (and possibly caused by) gluten intolerance. Gluten antibodies can attack any part of the body. In celiac disease gluten antibodies attack the intestines. However, many experts suspect that gluten antibodies attack the thyroid gland, nerves, joints, pancreas, etc. for Hashimoto's, MS, RA, Type 1 Diabetes, etc. I know several people from my local celiac support group whose RA and Hashimoto's symptoms were decreased and damage was controlled by abstaining from gluten.

Even if your sis does not have celiac disease (the intestinal manifestation of gluten intolerance), she can prevent further damage from her other 2 autoimmune disorders (Hashi and Sjogren's). I also have hypothyroiditis and mild Sjogren's symptoms. However, abstaining from gluten almost eliminated my Sjogren's symptoms. My hypothyroiditis is controlled by a low dose thyroid supplement. Without constant gluten antibody damage, I won't need to continually increase my thyroid supplement to counteract Hashimoto's autoimmune damage, because I stopped consuming gluten over 5 years ago.
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Gluten, dairy, soy, egg, cane sugar, vanilla and nutmeg free. Enterolab diagnosed gluten/casein intolerant 7/04; soy intolerant 8/07. ELISA test diagnosed egg/cane sugar IgG allergies 8/06; vanilla/nutmeg 8/06. 2006-10 diagnosed by DNA Microbial stool tests and successfully treated: Klebsiella, Enterobacter Cloaecae, Cryptosporidia, Candida, C-diff, Achromobacter, H. Pylori and Dientamoeba Fragilis. 6/10 Heidelberg capsule test diagnosed hypochloridia. Vitamin D deficiency, hypothyroiditis, hypochloridia and low white blood cells caused vulnerability to infections. I now take Betaine HCl, probiotics, Vitamin D and T3 thyroid supplement to maintain immunity.


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Posted 19 October 2010 - 07:53 PM

Hmm, tell her to search on "celiac associated condition" or "celiac related condition", and read the links. Mild symptoms can turn into severe symptoms over time. And sometimes that happens suddenly. She is playing with fire if she ignores the symptoms her body is presenting. Her other auto-immune conditions could get worse or better depending on her diet. A little bit does matter because it is an auto-immune condition. People with no auto-immune systems live in bubbles because they can't naturally fight off germs. The least little exposure to a microscopic, invisible germ can kill them. For people with normal immune systems the least little exposure kicks off an automatic attack by the immune system to kill the invading germs. The same little microscopic germ kills one person while another goes off ignoring it. But that is because the immune system doesn't care if it is a small little germ or not, it attacks aggressively to defend the body. If it didn't we would all be in a world of hurt. Gluten light is not going to convince the immune system to ignore a threat to the body. The immune system is there for a reason, and it's not to ignore threats. That's like saying a small amount of plague won't hurt someone.
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Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."
Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 08:06 PM

I was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome and told that I need to be "scanned" for lymphoma every six months...a bunch a crap in my opionion. It scared the daylights out of me, put me into a deep depression, and I had a midlife crises at 28! Fast forward a few years later: I don't believe in "diseases." I believe in imbalances. My imbalances were caused by my immune system's reaction to gluten, so I stopped consuming it. Sjogren's Syndrome has never progressed and neither has my thyroid issues. In fact, I feel better today than ever in my life. Please see if she'll consider reading "Dangerous Grains." The book put it all in perspective for me.
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2010- Gluten, Soy, Corn, Dairy, Eggs, Nut free. Sugar, non-gluten grains lite(Yes, still plenty to eat!)
2010-Doctor diagnosed me as Celiac then took diagnoses back, then said avoid gluten for life
2009 Low T3 thyroid hormone, muscle twitching and adrenal fatigue
2006- Elevated Speckled ANA. GI suggested Celiac. Started gluten-free diet, but sloppily
2005 - Thought I had wheat "allergy." Stopped eating bread, oats problem too
College years - Still vegan -sickest point in life. Every classic celiac symptom
Teenage years - Stomach pain prompted veganism -> BIG mistake!
Child - Awful gas, D, C. Chronic infections, appendix and tonsils removed




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