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Member Since 25 Jun 2013
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In Topic: Doctor In Vancouver Bc Or Surrounding Area?

02 October 2013 - 12:20 PM

Has anyone made progress finding a doctor in the Vancouver, BC or surrounding area who specializes in gluten intolerance (both celiac and non-celiac)?


I am looking especially for someone who knows the neurological manifestations.  I'd prefer an MD to a Naturopath Doctor, but suggestions for a naturopath are welcome as well.  Has anyone seen the naturopath mentioned earlier on this thread, Arjuna Veeravagu?


Thank you for your help!!!

In Topic: Doctor In Vancouver Bc Or Surrounding Area?

29 June 2013 - 02:00 PM

kareng: Thanks.  I saw that, but I was hoping she was still active.  I didn't check her user profile and activity, though... next time, I'll do so!

In Topic: Doctor In Vancouver Bc Or Surrounding Area?

27 June 2013 - 06:04 PM

Lynne: did you see Arjuna Veeravagu?  I can't find a review of him online.  If you saw him, could you please comment on your experience?  Thank you!

In Topic: Cleaning What I've Got To Prevent Cross-Contamination

25 June 2013 - 01:58 PM

Re: the counters


I agree with kareng that you shouldn't put anything on the counter.  However, that includes not just food, but your dishes too.  If there are crumbs on the counter, and your dishes pick them up, then you wash your dish in the sink along with all your other nice, clean dishes... small crumbs will end up on the eating-side of your dishes.  I know I react to tiny amounts of gluten stuck in cookware, so I'm really careful that no part of my dish comes into contact with a crumby surface.


How to do this in a shared kitchen?  Well, I'm still figuring that out.  So far, it involves placemats put on the counter before I place any of my dishes down.  You should be able to get them cheaply at a dollar-store.  They wash easily, and can be kept in a separate location to everyone else's dishes and placemats.


The presence of gluten in my dishwater is enough to make me react, so I need to take this precaution.  It might be a good idea for you, since you're not sure if you can fully clean your counters.

FYI, you might want to clean your laptop keys too, if you eat at your computer.  :rolleyes:

In Topic: Does Gluten Affect Your Thinking ?

25 June 2013 - 12:04 PM

Yes.  Memory problems, especially logging short-term to long-term memory.  My thinking slowed down incredibly.  I could hardly think at all after an accidental glutening (and literally couldn't remember what someone said 2 sentences ago in an important conversation).  Two days later, I clocked a math problem which should have taken me 10 to 15 seconds instead taking me 40 minutes... with help.  This was typical at that time.  I had some energy to think faster than that in the course of a day, but it was limited.  I think I'd get about an hour and a half of thinking at 1/50th my normal speed (at a guess), and the rest of the day was much worse than that.


I also felt like I couldn't reach parts of my brain just after being glutened.  Particularly, I felt I couldn't reach the part which controls social interaction.  I would know, from observing people's reactions and my knowledge of what's normal appearance for people, that I was exhibiting the wrong body language in certain situations... but, I couldn't figure out how to fix it.  I barely had the energy to be present and listening to what was going on - and of course I was trying to participate in what was going on, since I'm stubborn - so I think my body just didn't have the energy to provide access to that part of my brain.  Just my personal guess at a reason.  I was choosing, in the morning in the shower, which parts of my brain wouldn't work each day, since I could tell I didn't have the energy to run everything but felt I needed to keep going to keep my career on-track....   Admittedly, that was stupid.  I should have been off on medical leave then, but I was determined and - did I mention? - stubborn.


Difficulty concentrating didn't feel like an issue at the time, but after eliminating every possible trace of gluten and consequently returned to a clear head I noticed that concentrating had been much harder than it needed to be.  I no longer have to exert energy just to be present in a situation, let alone to concentrate on something.  Concentration is just a natural state now, like it should be.  I can also relax now without feeling like my brain might scatter to all ends of the earth: before, I was exerting so much energy just to keep myself together and keep pushing forward that I felt if I stopped, I'd just fall apart and never be able to do anything again.


Depression was a problem, but I learned to turn it around without really knowing that I was, underlyingly, depressed.  I know that sounds odd.  Again, it was only after going completely gluten-free that I realized that I didn't actually need to exert energy to stay happy: I could naturally enjoy things and have fun without putting any effort whatsoever into the task of enjoying what I was doing.

I think what made me dislike making small decisions and doing any mandatory tasks sooner than required was not gluten, but a nutrient deficiency in folate.  I thought these problems were due to cross-contamination or my brain still healing from being glutened.  However, after having some bread enriched with folate and a few other vitamins, these problems completely disappeared.  I did some nutrition analysis using an online nutrition database and discovered my folate intake was borderline, but my intake of the other vitamins in the bread were more than adequate.  Hence, my conclusion of folate deficiency.  Folate is required to make neurotransmitters, FYI.

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