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Member Since 15 Jun 2004
Offline Last Active Feb 23 2007 09:12 AM

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In Topic: Woman Troubles

23 February 2007 - 09:12 AM

I also have had recent history of menstrual irregularities but only since going gluten free! I am a normal body weight actually always been bigger than average. Had normal periods until I started detoxing heavily and reduced calories and protein trying to "heal my intestines" I stopped menstruating for over 7 months and as soon as I began eating more calories, and gaining weight my periods returned. I recently accidentally poisoned myself with a substance used to wash vegetables, potassium permanganate. I had not washed it off well enough and suffered extreme gastrointestinal damage, vomiting diarea etc. The chemical is said to cause intestinal burning or stripping. I had what felt like a celiac remission with all of the same symptoms I haven't had in a long time: three weeks of nausea, diarrea, undigested food, light colored stools, intestinal cramps and gas etc .
It comes as no surprise that my period is now not arriving on the "schedule" it has been keeping lately, which coincidentally is very short 21 days, whereas before it was almost 35...
It is my theory that when my intestines are damaged and I subsequently have malabsorption my menstruation stops, perhaps in an effort to conserve vitamins and minersl. I'm not sure.
But I do know that there are honestly no other reasons for me to have menstrual difficulties. I spent a long time trying to figure out why my menstruation was so wacky. Finally I found a lot of research linking celiac with abnormal menstruation and missed periods. I think everything IS linked and part of the whole problem of celiac disease, it really affects everything.
Caryanne, you should at least tries to avoid gluten in your diet even without a positive blood test. It can be really hard to diagnose celiac with doctors tests. Many GIs are really uniformed about celiac. Enterolabs is a great company that does testing not just for celiac but other gastrointestinal complaints as well. They have a reduced rate for family members that test together!
(what does pcos stand for?)

In Topic: Want To Cut Down Your Healing Time In Half Without Dr.'s And Drugs?

28 December 2006 - 08:54 AM

I have taken L-Glutamine for a few years now and it really does help ( when you remember to take it regularly :P ) I have a powdered form with aloe and licorice root added made by Metagenics. It was expensive but I like to take it in powdered form. I bought it at my doctor's office, she recommened it and she told me to take it mixed with a half cup of warm water. this part is really soothing. I take it about 30 min before meals.

I also recommend Pioneer Nutritionals -they are an all gluten free vitamin company that is great! One of their biggest goals is to make gluten free vitamins with as many bioavailable forms of a vitamin or supplement as possible to help absorption! They even have chewable vitamins for a adults ( I personally can't digest vitamins without eliciting some wrath of the intestines... )
Pioneer makes digestive enzymes without Betaine HCL which also spurs the wrath, so I really like them.

Here also is a helpful website on digestive enzymes which taught me alot!

Has anyone ever taken a product called glutenzyme? its a new digestive enzyme specifically to help those of us who accidentally ingest the evil and want to help prevent the results. just wondering :huh:

In Topic: Soy Intolerance?

24 November 2006 - 09:12 AM

I am starting to wonder whether I have a soy intolerance also. I've been vegetarian my whole life so it has always been a big part of my diet. I have been gluten free for four years and finally broke down and admitted casein problem and eliminated it completely two years ago. I have been wondering about soy....
I live in India where the diet is very starch based. I tend to have blood sugar disturbances as it seems many of us do.... So I always try to find protein sources. I may have gone overboard on the soy in the past week but I've had some major gastro disturbances. I have had soy nuts, soymilk, I made soy yogurt from kefir starter, and ate some gluten-free cookies with soy lecithin.
I thought maybe the yogurt was bothering me since perhaps the kefir starter was grown on dairy even though its dried and sterilized...
When i've had soy I get headaches, feel kind of "clogged" in my head and lethargic, and I tend to fall asleep right after eating it. Also heartburn, bloating, gas etc
It would be dissapointing not to be able to use soy as a protein source but important to know for sure.
Has anyone found a protein powder that is gluten free, casein free, and soy free? I"ve used hemp seed protein before but it was sort of unpleasant tasting.
Does anyone know if whey protein can be casein free?

In Topic: "the Trigger"

21 November 2006 - 07:57 AM

I got sick right after spending a semester in France where I ate all the bread, esspreso, refined sweets and goodies you could imagine. I got a really bad flu and took an overthe counter french medecine called "DOLI-RHUME" which I checked later contains gluten!!!!!

Anyway following my return from France I was sick for 6 months until I started an elimination diet (which at first consisted of only pretzels and bread and then i got informed :P ) Thankfully I have almost immediate reactions to gluten and can tell sometimes within 15 minutes that I've had it. It was clear the problem was gluten and I stopped listening to my GI doctor and started informing myself.
Finally after almost a year gluten free I had a positive result from Enterolabs and now my father is diagnosed as well. He has neuropathy, lymphatic leukemia. Celiac disease seems to be the missing link, in my opinion.

I had DH for years without knowing it was anything but exzema! I was addicted to hydrocortisone. The DH literally evaporated when I went gluten-free and I then I learned that that was just another one of the many symptoms of this great disease.

I did have bladder problems for years in my teens and suspect it may be related. I was diagnosed iterstial cystitis which is like celiac in that there is no cure (except for vague drugs which I"m not interested in taking) and the only effective treatment I found was avoiding "trigger foods". This was I guess the beginning of my special sensitive body skills.....But interstial cystitis I have discovered is also classified as an autoimmune disorder and is a result of the cells in the lining of the bladder becoming irritated for unknown reasons.

So anyway I'm only 25 and feel fortunate that I caught this disease early. Its been four years gluten-free and many things are getting better but its not overnight recovery! I certainly think that its triggered by something in your life: when your immunity is low or overloaded. But then again I have always had a very weak immune system... Or maybe there is a plateau one reaches where the effects are incapaciting and you can't continue status quo?

In Topic: Gross Bowel Stuff

21 November 2006 - 05:39 AM

Once I asked my mom if I could look at her poo becuase I wanted to know what "normal" meant. My father who is also celiac when going gluten free said "wow, I guess I've never had normal solid stools my whole life!"
Even after being gluten-free for 4 years I still have a spectrum of poo....
I wish it were normalized but when its a good one, yes I'm so proud.
I think I agree about fiber. I think its the most difficult for me to digest, and when I havent been careful and eaten dairy, caffeine, or lots of soy the fiber is the first thing that is hanging out undigested.
By the way, does it seem like to others that sometimes things come out the same way they went in?
And yes they are very skinny sometimes.
Why is that? :ph34r: :unsure: :P

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