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Member Since 01 Jul 2011
Offline Last Active Feb 26 2012 09:44 AM

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In Topic: Blood Test Still Positive

07 February 2012 - 10:46 PM

The half life of the antibodies (iga ttg) is 4 to 5 months. As long as gluten is not present, the antibodies are harmlessly floating around. Don't expect dramtic chanes in 5 months.

In Topic: Sleep Apnea

04 February 2012 - 10:15 PM

Indirectly this can happen. Inflamation is a reaction to gluten. Air passages can be affected. This is similar to joint pain. Inflamation is the cause there too.
Sleep apnea is caused when the airway is blocked because of flesh in the neck bears down on the airway. This stops air flow. UARS is upper airway resistance syndrome. This is the restriction of the sinuses and nasal passages. More likely this is indirectly related to celiac in the inflamation response earlier mentioned. Sleep apnea is most likely a condition of being overweight (much of the sleep apnea population is overweight but not all). It is possible to get in a feedback loop. Sleep apnea makes one tired. Lack of sleep results in lack of activity. Lack of activity results in weight gain. Weigh gain results in a worsening sleep apnea condition. This cycle repeats itself.

It can happen the same way with gluten. Gluten triggers a inflamation response. Airways are restricted. Sleep is interrupted. Activity is down, weight increases. Gluten and gliadin can increase appetite. Weight increases and sleeps apnea starts. Cycle repeats. Add in joint pain from inflamation and increased wieght and more activity is lost.

Treatment for both is the use of a cpap machine. It is a device that creates positive air pressure in you airways while you sleep. The positive air pressure splints open airways so breathing is not restricted.

I have the UARS variety. I am pretty lean but my nasal sinuses are restricted. 3 years of use has dramatically changed my life. Going gluten free has helped with my sinuses too, but I will always need to use the cpap device since my sinus anatomy is restricted. Gluten free obviously changed many other aspects of my life besides sleep issues.

Incidentally, an issue that I was having with my cpap lead to the discovery of celiac. I was swallowing air at night. I had a checkup with an endoscopy. Celiac was discovered.

In Topic: Anyone React To Soda?

11 January 2012 - 09:55 PM

I have had issues with sweetened drinks for 20 years. I could never figure it out. I thought it was HFCs acid etc. diet sodas are fine for me. Fruit juice and sweet wine hurts. Mixed drinks with sweet mixers hurt. I do not know what the issue is either. Now that I am gluten free, I still have the same problem. I guess it is better to avoid such drinks, but it sure is frustrating. I thought I was the only one with this issue.

In Topic: Gluten Free Alcohol

28 December 2011 - 04:47 PM

First off, it may be hard finding gluten free beer in a bar. Stick with moderate distiled drinks. I did try a beer called Off Grid Pale Ale. It is excellent. I love IPA beers. After going gluten free, I missed it. This beer is the replacement for an IPA. Good luck in your searches, remember however to drink in moderation.

In Topic: Flavored Coffee

22 December 2011 - 05:36 PM

Thank you. Your information is helpful and to the point. Much better than the information from Milstone. They can say so much with so little information. It is laughable. Again, many thanks.

Just in case, here is the Millstone response:
Thank you for contacting The J.M. Smucker Company regarding our MillstoneŽ coffee products. For over 110 years, consumer safety and product quality have been of paramount importance to our company.

Coffee is not a source of gluten and our MillstoneŽ roast and ground coffee items are produced in a dedicated facility where no other types of agricultural crops are handled or processed. However, due to the use of common equipment within the agricultural community to harvest, store and transport crops, our roast and ground products may contain trace amounts of grain-based ingredients.

Additionally, our flavored coffee products may contain added ingredients that are not gluten free.

Thank you again for your interest. We hope that you will continue to enjoy our products for years to come. If you should have further questions or need additional information, please visit us at www.millstone.com or contact us at 800-522-7894, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

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