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Marlene

Member Since 22 Aug 2006
Offline Last Active Dec 18 2007 08:32 AM
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You Need To Read This

15 November 2007 - 09:51 AM

This especially applies to non-celiac gluten intolerance but I think it would be helpful for everyone to know.

I am gluten/casein intolerant but not celiac. One of the many doctors I have seen over the last few years told me that either people are gluten intolerant because of Celiac or else there is another underlying cause. So I kept searching for answers. Also, even though the diet has been helping me, I am definitely not better which made me think that something else must be going on.

I am currently being tested for Hemochromatosis. My doctor is pretty sure that I have it and I wonder how many of you have it as well. This is a genetic disease in which the body absorbs more iron than necessary. Over time the organs which begin to store the excess iron are the liver, pancreas, heart, joints, skin, adrenal glands and thyroid. As these organs begin to suffer damage the result is extreme fatigue, digestive disorders, joint pain, etc. etc. It can lead to diabetes, liver failure, and heart problems. It can be fatal if not treated.

Personally, I have a dysfunctional liver which is what is causing my food intolerances, chemical intolerances etc, and digestive problems. I also have joint pain and fatigue.

This made me think of so many of you (Ursula, for example) who suffer from fatigue, joint pain, and numerous food intolerances. This disease especially affects people from North European descent (I am Dutch). They figure that 1 in 200 people have it but it is severly underdiagnosed. My brother was recently diagnosed with this and that's when I decided to pursue it with my own doctor. Testing is simple - a blood test to find out iron levels in your blood. Treatment is usually phlebotomy which is where they take a pint of blood from you on a regular basis, depending on how much iron overload you have.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know this and hopefully it's the answer some of you are looking for.

Take care,
Marlene

Gluten/ Autism Connection

28 September 2007 - 06:11 AM

There is a very interesting article on www.CBC.ca under the Health section regarding Autism and the gluten free/ dairy free diet. It's so encouraging to see how scientists/ health communities are finally understanding and researching the connection between diet and health problems. My Mother went on a special diet years ago because of breast cancer and was told by the Cancer Society that she was crazy and they would not monitor her. They are now promoting a similar diet along with conventional treatments for breast cancer. Too bad it takes them so long but lets look on the bright side, at least they are now researching and acknowledging the connection.

Marlene

Liver Dysfunction

14 June 2007 - 08:18 AM

Hey,

Does anyone know about liver dysfunction and how it can cause intolerances, sensitivies etc? Or does gluten intolerance cause liver dysfunction? Anyone have any experience or done any research in this area?

Thanks,
Marlene

Can't Find My Post

12 June 2007 - 06:30 AM

I posted yesterday under other intolerances etc. My post was regarding liver dysfunction and multiple intolerances. I can't find the post anywhere. Can someone let me know where it's been moved to and or it wasn't posted for some reason -- computers can do weird things and maybe it's floating around in cyber space somewhere.

Thanks!!
Marlene

Dysfunctional Liver

11 June 2007 - 09:20 AM

I have been doing a lot of research into dysfunctional liver and have found out some rather interesting information. Personally, I wonder if this explains why some people take longer to heal on the gluten free diet and why some people never really seem to heal completely.

Dysfunctional liver can cause a number of symptoms including: gall bladder disease, food intolerances, chemical sensitivities, fatigue, brain fog, etc. etc. Many of us have had our gall bladders out, started the gluten free diet, and then found we had other intolerances. Could it all be traced back to dysfunctional liver?

There are articles on the internet (one of them on celiac.com) which state that undiagnosed celiac can cause liver dysfunction. I wonder if in non-celiac gluten intolerant people it is actually a dysfunctional liver which contributes to gluten intolerance??

Dysfunctional liver is one of those things which can be subclinical and common liver tests won't show anything. (That sounds familiar!)

I would love to hear any feedback you might have on this. Has anyone had testing for dysfunctional liver? Does anyone know about liver dysfunction and food intolerances?

Thanks alot,
Marlene