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Member Since 20 Feb 2011
Offline Last Active Nov 24 2011 10:26 AM

Topics I've Started

Caffeine & Autoimmune

22 November 2011 - 11:08 PM

Right now I am reading a really interesting book called Caffeine Blues.

What has gotten my attention is how frequently the author goes back to auto-immune problems being exacerbated or even CAUSED by excessive caffeine.

It works two ways - caffeine exhausts your adrenal glands so that your body either can't respond to allergens or over-reacts. It also destroys the mucosa lining in your gut ("leaky gut" anyone?) so that food gets through the lining under-digested and your body responds to it as an allergen.

There are other things, but those are the two things that stuck out to me.

More than anything, though, I'm really concerned about my own auto-immune problems and all the various ways caffeine could be making it much, much worse. Not to mention the dependency on it means that I have such terrible problems getting out of bed in the morning, so I don't get up early to exercise, which contributes to feeling even crappier and having more weight issues.

The authors points out study after study that shows there is NO "moderate" amount of caffeine. Different people are affected in different ways, but no one gets off scot-free.

Today I'm going to start working on going caffeine-free. It takes three weeks to rid it from your system, according to this guy (that seems to agree with my previous experiences), so sometime around the New Year I'll try to report back on how it has gone - how it has affected my stomach problems, energy problems, etc.

I'm hoping to draw some attention to this, since EVERY person on this board has an immune problem! And hoping to hear from anyone here who has gone caffeine-free and seen an improvement. Wish me luck! And I'll report back.

In the meantime, the book is Caffeine Blues by Stephen Cherniske. I'm in no way affiliated with the author, etc. I read many nutrition & health books, and find most of them to be total junk. I only pay attention when the facts presented are backed up by heavy research, and this book is full of HUNDREDS of references to research published in respected journals. Otherwise I wouldn't give it a second glance.

Not Celiac Despite Positive Test?

22 November 2011 - 10:53 PM

This is not about me, but rather the "friend of a friend". Unfortunately I don't have much more information than what I give you here.

A young teenaged boy who was formerly very athletic developed severe neurological problems. Now he has to use crutches to walk.

He has been tested for everything under the sun. The only thing that came back positive was ONE marker for Celiac's.

A second doctor told his parents that it didn't matter, not to worry about gluten, that it was something else and they would keep searching. They still have no answers at this time.

What I'm wondering is - I had assumed that any Celiac's markers being positive meant you DID have it. I'm quite worried that one really ignorant doctor could ruin this young man's life. I wish I knew which blood marker had been positive, but unfortunately I don't know that much.

Can some of you more experienced chime in? Is it possible to have a positive marker and not have Celiac's? Or should I pass along how dangerous this is, and that they should seek another opinion?

Forum Doesn't Work With Chrome

22 November 2011 - 10:08 PM

Hi - this is more of a report than a request for help. I had just submitted a note to the site letting them know I haven't been able to log into the forums for weeks now. Right after sending it, I wondered if the problem was my browser.

Lo & behold... I opened up the long-abandoned Internet Explorer & the forums are working FAST and I was able to log in finally.

In Chrome the forums are slow, and login (for me, anyway) was impossible. The operation "timed out" every time. I'm not sure if Chrome had an update, or if the forums did, or what - because Chrome worked fine until recently.

I'm adding the topic for future reference, and for the staff to look into, if they choose to do so. For now I'll just open up IE when I'm visiting this site. Thanks!

Nothing To Eat

10 July 2011 - 09:39 PM

One of the best parts of going gluten free for me was figuring out that dairy wasn't the problem, and that I could have milk in my coffee again! Ice cream! Wooooo!

For the sake of health and feeling my very best I've gone nearly vegan, except for the dairy. But lately I noticed that my acne has gotten worse and worse despite the much improved diet. Some bloating has returned. And I'm thinking perhaps the dairy is the cause of all this. I gorged on my favorite ice cream yesterday in preparation for going dairy free today. Sigh. I'm paying for it, too, and so is everyone within 40 feet of me (oh, pardon me! There I go again!).

I'm past all the initial frustration of gluten free. Positive thinking about it all is a way of life now, darn it.

But occasionally, I think that eventually I'll be living on nothing but carrots and the occasional sprig of parsley. Until I turn orange and develop an unsightly parsley allergy that makes my hair fall out and in the end I'm taking nothing but liquid vitamins which give me a mild rash and drinking double-filtered rain water that can only be collected in a special titanium rain barrel, and that will be as good as it gets, bald and splotchy-itchy.

Well, at least I don't have a nut allergy. Yet.

Testing After Gluten Free?

10 July 2011 - 09:16 PM

I'm sure this has been asked before, but apparently my searching skills aren't very good.

We have to have my daughter tested, because she may have silent celiac's (nearly silent), and I was thinking of also being officially tested. I can't do a challenge because I would get so sick, but it would also be nice to have an official diagnosis after so many years of being accused of hypochondria. Even my husband, who has taken me to the hospital so many times and has seen all my problems go away is only 90 percent convinced it wasn't all mental

I've been gluten free for several months. Would an antibodies test turn up negative for me? Would I have to challenge for an accurate result?

I suppose if my daughter turns up positive after I noticed she has similar problems to what I had when I was very young (digestive problems not started yet), it would be pretty obvious, right?

Just wondering if it would be worth it, or would show a false negative after all this time gluten free....

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