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Actress Fran Drescher Goes Gluten-free

Celiac.com 12/14/2012 - In the latest celebrity gluten-free news, actress and comedian Fran Drescher has joined stars like Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, and athletes like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, in adopting a gluten-free diet.

Photo: Wikipedia -- Manfred WernerMoreover, Drescher is going one step further and making her gluten-free diet a vegan one. However, it's not a desire to shed pounds that led Drescher to join the nearly 3 million people with celiac disease, and numerous others, in making her diet gluten-free. Rather, she was looking for a way to deal with exhaustion. When a doctor suggested prescription medications, Drescher decided that overhauling her diet sounded like a better place to start. So, she resolved to cut gluten, alcohol and animal products from her life. She has since lost 15 pounds, and her results have included more energy, and, she claims, better looking skin.

Talking with host Wendy Williams on Thursday, Drescher said that changes were not easy to make.

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"I wasn’t able to knock off that kind of weight in years. I just decided that I wasn’t feeling well… and I went to a bunch of doctors, and everybody had different prescriptions for all my symptoms" said Drescher, "and I just decided, ‘No more, I’m gonna do alternative. I’m gonna to switch up my act, eat differently, clean up my act.’ And so I cut out alcohol… so that went, and I became gluten-free and vegan."

Stay tuned to see how this and other celebrity gluten-free diets turn out…

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Lesley
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18 Dec 2012 5:27:58 AM PDT
Really more of the sensationalization?

Shame Celiac.com.

 
Laura
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18 Dec 2012 6:02:00 AM PDT
Why does this help us? So? Some other idiot without celiac disease goes gluten-free. This is not a fad to me. This is because I'm really sick. If they get 'glutened' so what? If we get glutened it's weeks of HELL. It desensitizes people to our problem and makes us whiners and over-reacting. Thanks for nothing.

 
bob
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26 Dec 2012 9:44:57 AM PDT
Lighten up - you must be a real joy to live with.

 
Krista
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18 Dec 2012 12:54:43 PM PDT
Laura and Lesley, perhaps instead of being judgmental, if you were to look into her history she has HASHIMOTO'S THYROIDITIS. An AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE which any doctor worth his salt in treating it properly will tell you GO GLUTEN-FREE. She is not doing this for sensationalist reasons. I am honestly disappointed in the tone of your messages. Do your research before you assume she's just another celebrity taking advantage and making us celiacs look like morons on a fad diet. She's NOT.




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So, here goes...my visit with the GI specialist is on Monday. I had tested positive for the IGG antibody and all other bloodwork was negative. I had numerous trips to emerg with stomach pain, lower back pain, tingly tummy, and diarrhea with alternating "c" (I had the word constipation). One diagnosis of diverticulitis, another of IBS, and symptoms continued to get worse....Low B12 for 7 years and abnormal liver (something like hepatocellular disease with cirrhosis). I only have a glass of wine on the weekends...I had been diagnosed in my early 30s with IBS and imodium helped. I also had a rash on my elbows and back and that is when my new GP said maybe it is celiac and she sent me for bloodwork and 3 months later finally get to see the GI specialist. I went gluten free and at first it was hard. It is much easier now...I think at time I give myself contamination because I get some bouts of pain on occasion and I take buscopan and immodium and then I am fine....I am 100% convinced I have celiac but I guess I really do not understand how the rest of the panel would be negative... The rash, the GI symptoms, the B12, and the liver issue all paint a compelling picture...I never thought I would say this but I hope it is truly diagnosed because then I can move forward with a plan. I am down 22 pounds and back at the gym very hard and feeling almost normal for the first time in many years....I also find is so strange that my "gluten" attack usuallys starts with a pins and needs tingly sensation in my back and tummy...I have written a full history and have copies of all my test results so the GI specialist takes me seriously...I read his reviews and they are not good....I understand I will have to do gluten before the endoscopy but that fine...just looking forward to this being partly over...Have a great day!

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/faqs/ You can also find lots of information on celiac at the University of Chicago celiac site. One test they suggest is the anti EMA antibodies. I don't see that one listed in her results. Probably because it is more expensive to do. So they may have skipped it. The other test they usually do is the total serum IGA levels, which is used to prove that the person's immune system actually makes IgA antibodies. Some people don't make IgA antibodies, so the IgA tests are useless in them. It looks to me like she makes IgA though, if this is the serum IgA result. IgA 133 mg/dl Reference range 33-200 There are also gene tests they can do. The genes indicate the possibility of developing celiac disease, not the automatic presence of celiac disease. About 30% of people in the USA have one of the genes for celiac disease, but only about 1% develop celiac disease. Some of the celiac genes are associated with other autoimmune conditions besides celiac disease. So there are lists of AI associated conditions with celiac disease. Sometimes called related conditions. http://www.drschaer-institute.com/us/celiac-disease/associated-conditions-1051.html

Blood was drawn this afternoon... they said I could get results tomorrow or even the next day! I also have a GI appt scheduled for June 9th. I am so glad I will have at least some kind of answer pretty soon. I'll let you all know. Thanks again for being so helpful!

Thank you so much for those links, I will check into it. Her pediatrician told me this afternoon she is wanting to repeat the bloodwork since that one test was elevated. I'm relieved that her pediatrician didn't dismiss it like the other dr in the practice did.

http://www.houstonceliacs.org/ https://www.csaceliacs.org/csa_chapter_25.jsp You can check with these groups to see if they recommend any doctors in Houston.