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I'm not much on closeups of bloody surgery scenes like those on TV series like"Grey's Anatomy" or "Nip/Tuck." The closest I've came to seeing my own interior was watching my dreaded and dreadful second colonoscopy on closed circuit video, commercial free while it was in progress...and while I was semi comatose!

Our insides exist largely as an invisible world until something goes wrong, something like Celiac Disease. Electron microscopes  provide two million degrees of magnification making close observation of the digestive tract possible. The intestinal lining with its microvilli, goblet cells, plasma membrane and other components can all be explored with intense scrutiny.

The microvilli play an important role in absorption and secretion.  When the delicate microvilli are diseased, their tiny filaments are no longer able to generate the waving motion that plays such an important role in the digestive process.  Just picture a tractor running over a beautiful lawn and how it flattens out the area.

We can change worn down brush attachments on a vacuum cleaner but when several thousand of the microvilli that are present on the surface of a single cell in human small intestinal cells get mowed down, the digestive process is in trouble.

The exact cause of celiac disease is not known, but inheriting or developing certain genes increases susceptibility. Celiac disease can occur at any age and although as yet has no known cure, it can be treated and controlled.

The smallest amount of gluten aggravates symptoms.  Excluding gluten from the diet is estimated to be about 70% effective in reducing symptoms. However, for some people, the removal of gluten is not enough. They frequently are able to benefit further by also eliminating sugar and starch. This
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means no corn, potatoes, rice and soy.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet fills this requirement. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet excludes carbohydrates not easily absorbed directly into the bloodstream and relies instead on monosaccharide carbohydrates that do no further harm to the system. The diet is also effective against yeast overgrowth and fungus. Research indicates starches and certain sugars feed microbes, such as bacteria, yeast and fungi. These harmful microbes in the intestinal tract can cause gastrointestinal problems, autism and other illnesses. Specific Carbohydrate Diet eliminates these microbes by starving them while continuing to nourish the body.  As the body heals the gut/brain connection is repaired.

The person currently on a standard Gluten Free diet, who migrates  to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet will encounter some additional restrictions.

Despite the fact that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet diet has not received major publicity or media exposure it is well worth exploring. I blog almost daily about the diet because I have followed it for eight years and seen a substantial number of reports from people having  success with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet after disappointments on other diets.

Learn more about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet diet by reading "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall

You can view her website at:
www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info.


Editor's Note: Celiac.com supports the idea that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is gluten-free and can be very helpful for many people, depending on their situation. We disagree, however, with the assertion that Elaine Gottschall makes in her book Breaking the Vicious Cycle that people with celiac disease can be cured by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet after being on it for a certain time period.

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You would think that there is enough people out there, people with celiac disease, that we'd be able to push for a better standard than 20ppm. The problem is the FDA. Too much lobbying involved. It's no different than the fight people are having with Monsanto. I hear that there are several medications that are showing promise in Canada who I think also has a better standard than us.(not positive about that though)

Make sure that you ask the doctor how long she has to stop the supplements before you have her levels tested and be sure to take them all with you when you have the appointment so the doctor knows what she is taking.

Talk to your doctor. With your family history and symptoms he/she may be able to diagnose based on resolution of your symptoms and family history. Also check with your local hospital if it has it's own lab. Mine covered any labs at a greatly reduced cost based on a sliding fee scale. Did you have an MRI before they did the spinal? Celiacs with neuro impact will have white spots on an MRI that resemble the lesions found with MS. Many neuro doctors don't know this. I went through what you did and they did a spinal on me also based on the MRI results. If my doctor had know what the UBOs (unidentified bright objects) were I would have been diagnosed a couple years sooner than I was. Make sure if you supplement that you ask your doctor which ones you need to stop taking and for how long before they do a blood test to check levels. Sublingual B12 is a good idea when we have nervous system issues, but needs to be stopped for at least a week for an accurate blood level on testing. I hope you get some answers and feel better soon.

Thanks for that. Will get her tested for deficiencies. I did take her to a naturopath and get her on a bunch of vitamins, but she never was tested via bloods, so will get on to that, thanks

Hi Could a mod please move this post: and my reply below to a new thread when they get a chance? Thanks! Matt