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Member Since 12 Jun 2013
Offline Last Active Jul 29 2014 04:38 AM

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In Topic: Celiac Night Vision

04 July 2014 - 12:12 PM

Colleen: see posting 5 July 2013. The ophthalmologist wrote ' to be honest I could not find any pathology to account for this scotoma . . . '

NatureChick: sun exposure and optometrist see posting 1 Aug 2013

The only reason I am posting all this is because this symptom so far appears to be unique. In case it has a celiac basis this seems to be one place to look for answers..  

In Topic: Celiac Night Vision

03 July 2014 - 11:52 PM

Hello anyone still interested in this subject!  The scotomas disappeared on the 24th September last year and did not reappear until the 26th March this year. Since then there have been 5 episodes with clear gaps. The latest has been going on since the 1st June. The scotomas peak each year in June and July and the present peak has varied considerably. The food diary kept for the last 3 months clearly shows that they cannot be due to tomatoes alone. They are either due to multiple foods or something else. I have just done 5 days excluding all nightshade foods and the scotomas first increased and then decreased slightly. I thought originally that they might be due to nightshade alkaloids which affect nerve conduction. These vary in concentration, are excreted slowly and are fairly heat stable. Lisa (GottaSki) mentioned lectins, another group of compounds found in grains used by celiacs, nightshades, legumes and dairy products which can bind to various tissues including gut wall, blood cells or various organs including the brain. Cooking is said to lower the toxicity. I recently read about profilins, proteins involved in cell structure in animals but also found in some fruits and vegetables including tomato. They are also present in pollens and can act as an allergen. The grass pollen season here extends from April to September and I am feeling slightly hay fevered at the moment. Perhaps I should be paying attention to the weather record rather than the food diary! More ideas for experiments please. My wife is marvellous at making simple gourmet meals excluding things!  

In Topic: Celiac With No Perceptible Symptoms

17 October 2013 - 11:36 PM

Suzanne  - Rachelle is right!  It is worth looking at family history for autoimmune clues, particularly if like me and people posting here you have no obvious celiac symptoms. My brother died of lymphoma due to celiac which was diagnosed after 14 years of symptoms - anemia + abdominal. Our mother suffered from rickets as a child and thyrotoxicosis. She always had cold hands and feet sometimes progressing to chilblains, and several years of dementia. Her mother died aged 52 of diabetes and her maternal grandmother had two sibs who died in childhood. If it is unexplained it may well be autoimmune, and if it is autoimmune it may be related to celiac!


In Topic: Celiac Night Vision

29 September 2013 - 05:49 AM

We are just coming to the end of our greenhouse tomatoes. Large portions of them (baked) have not produced any more scotomas. Loren Cordain Ph.D (Paleo Diet) suggests that a glycoalkaloid present particularly in small green tomatoes can make the gut leaky. Cooked green tomatoes, or ripe tomatoes contain much less of it. He thinks that similar chemicals in potatoes are less potent and notes that they are concentrated mainly in the peel. The leaky gut allows antigens from food to get into the bloodstream, so nightshade foods may have something to do with maintaining autoimmune illnesses like celiac disease. I have two more variable neurological symptoms - tinnitus (without deafness) and poor memory - which do NOT seem to be affected by tomatoes or potatoes. If my food diary suggests any other food could be responsible I will post it on another thread.

In Topic: Celiac Night Vision

04 September 2013 - 05:51 AM

No further scotomas despite excess baked tomatoes. No cataracts. I am still hoping to read a more convincing explanation of why plants of the tomato family are called nightshades. It will be interesting to hear some more from contributors who have had poor night vision when driving what they think has caused improvement.