5 Random Thoughts - Celiac.com
No popular authors found.
Ads by Google:


No categories found.

Get Celiac.com's E-Newsletter

Ads by Google:

Follow / Share

Twitter Facebook Google Plus Pinterest RSS Podcast Email  Get Email Alerts


Popular Articles

No popular articles found.
Celiac.com Sponsors:

Random Thoughts

Ok so I was at Walmart a couple of weeks ago and was looking at the rice cakes, which are like stale cardboard (but since I can eat them I love them) and ran into a lady who's daughter has celiac as well. It was really amazing, I had never met anyone with the disease, other than myself of course, and being new to North Carolina, she gave
Ads by Google:

me some really good advice about where to shop. I know she will probably never run across this, but I just wanted to thank her for all her help and great ideas, she made me realize that it is not a punishment to have to eat different than everyone else, that I too can have the "good stuff", I just have to learn how to make it. So to her, Thank you and GOD BLESS!

As always, Celiac.com welcomes your comments (see below).

Spread The Word

18 Responses:


said this on
18 Nov 2007 7:26:17 AM PDT
Hi... I have celiac disease as well and was just diagnosed about 5 months ago. I read your blog and just wanted to comment on it because I've been reading up on the disease quite a bit. I was told by my doctor that you have it for life and can NEVER go back to a gluten diet so I was just wondering how they came up with that (that it went away)..? I'm just really curious if you'd like to share. Thank you and have a great day!


said this on
20 Nov 2007 9:07:55 PM PDT
My name is Heather and I am 34 years old. I just found out through a GI specialist that I may have a sensitivity to gluten products. The doctor wants me to go on a gluten free diet for 6 weeks, and see if it helps my symptoms. I am scheduled to meet with a nutritionist - but they can not meet with me until the 2nd week of December. I want to try to omit the gluten before then. I have found a lot of helpful sites online, but wonder if anyone has found anything that has been real useful for them. I know changing my eating habits at this age is going to be something I am going to really have to work at.


said this on
20 Nov 2007 3:03:27 PM PDT
My comment is to Leah.The reason you can never eat gluten again is because once your intestines heal if you eat gluten again you will start the reaction and damage all over again. I have been on the gluten free diet for about 6 months now and if I eat gluten on accident (or on purpose) my reaction is 10 times worse than it ever was before!!It sucks, but you are worth it!


said this on
21 Nov 2007 5:52:32 PM PDT
I was diagnosed last week as a side 'benefit' to having Lupus. This is a difficult time of year to change your food intake. I hope to find suggestions for holiday cooking.

Jodi Mills

said this on
24 Nov 2007 6:55:00 AM PDT
It didn't really go away, I just ignored the symptoms, when I hit about age 12 the symptoms weren't as bad as when I was a child. So I started eating the good stuff. The lady I talked to in Walmart said her daughter went through the same thing, its not that it goes away, its just that the person adapts to the symptoms. Now if I eat gluten, I am doubled over in pain. and the other symptoms are 10 times worse. So now I am on a strictly gluten free diet.


I know for you it is going to be hard to switch your diet. It was extremely hard for me, especially with the holiday season being here. pumpkin pie is my favorite, and I love pie crust, So it has been really hard to just eat the pie filling. But I am being strong. There is a lot of stuff out there now, that wasn't out when I was a child. I don't know where you are from but here in North Carolina they have a health food store that sells gluten-free noodles, bread, pizzas, and all sorts of stuff. If you are in a state that has Fred Meyers, They have a lot of stuff too. I hope that helps.


Jessi Anderson

said this on
28 Nov 2007 9:34:17 AM PDT
Jodi, I read your comment on how you miss pie crusts and that it is hard to just eat the pie filling. I can understand that! However, over thanksgiving I found a bit of a different route instead of just eating the pie filling. I bought a bag of gluten free cookies and tossed them into the food processor and I then added melted butter to help moisten it. Once you chop it up to as small as you want you can then shape the mixture into a pie tin or cake pan and form it as a crust. (The melted butter helps to moisten it and shape the mixture.) I then added my pie filling and baked it. It's no pie crust but it sure does taste good, instead of just plane pie filling! I'm going to make chocolate pies over Christmas! Jessi


said this on
28 Nov 2007 10:12:50 AM PDT
I have been gluten-free since May '07 and my daughter has been since Oct. '07. I thought celiac was an allergy so we went to a naturalist back in 2000 when we were both diagnosed, and we ate 'normal' foods-BUT come to find out that celiac is a disease not even close to an allergy. So this year we both strictly went back to the diet and We will NEVER go back to gluten again. It has been healthy and very rewarding to see my daughter gain some weight and grow. I know if it does not say gluten-free, then I will not buy it- it was probably made in a facility. It is a different way of eating but you are still the same person. So just enjoy life and remember that. Hope this helps a bit!! Julie

Laura Corker

said this on
03 Dec 2007 4:18:26 PM PDT
Hi, I'm 52 years old and diagnosed myself as celiac when I was 41 or so. My uncle was diagnosed about 5 years before that, but I couldn't bear the thought of giving up wheat, so I let myself get good and sick before I 'caved' to the diagnosis. I don't like to cook, either, so I thought it was going to be torture. Now I know the real torture is being sick and tired all the time! What has worked best for me is to eat 'ethnic'. Thai, Indian, Mexican... Lots of cultures are way more rice or corn based than American food is and yummy, too. Yeah, sometimes I just want a cookie or a sandwich, but mostly I just want to feel well.... I was always hyper skinny as a kid, too, but now I have what my sister calls a 'menopot'! I'm actually having to watch my weight, a new sensation. Enjoy your new food adventure and become an educator for others who are as yet undiagnosed. Supply will arrive for demand...things have already changed dramatically in the last 11 years.


said this on
03 Dec 2007 11:03:21 AM PDT
Hey everyone! My nephew has celiac and he is 12, he was diagnosed about six years ago. My sister has worked extremely hard to keep him gluten free and done a great job. The problem of ignorance of the public and cross cross-contamination are the hardest, not to mention he is a kid and the gluten free diet is NOT kid friendly and he also cannot eat milk or any kind so that makes many other things very difficult. SO, count your blessings, I know this is hard sometimes, but try to stay positive. keep looking on the web there are many helps here and many support groups- they are one of your keys to success! God Bless.

said this on
03 Dec 2007 7:03:53 PM PDT
Good Luck to everyone out there who has celiac disease, It will be 2 years in April 08 for me, one of my son's just developed it as well, for the newly diagnosed, keep your faith, I promise after time it will get much better, I know from experience, I went through the tears and depression for a while, but, I am so thankful that I don't have cancer, it could be a lot worse. I actually had tumors removed, they happen to be in the same place that causes cancer in celiac, however, it never came back! this is why I never ever cheat on the diet, it is poison to your body, just look at it that way.

Bob Keefe

said this on
01 Dec 2007 10:30:38 AM PDT
For Jodi and others: There are Chinese groceries in most larger cities that carry varieties of rice noodles, rice, potato, and tapioca flours. Excellent rice crackers can be found. Most of these items are considerably cheaper than at a health food store. There is a great store between Garner and Raleigh, NC. As to pie crust, after finagling with all the gluten free recipes, I finally mixed up some more or less standard gluten free flour mix, and added a tsp of Xanthan Gum per cup, and then used it in an old standard cookbook recipe for pie crust made with Crisco. It didn't take to rolling too well, but pressing it into the pie plate made as good a crust as I've ever had, and I'm old! With a bread machine, one can make much better gluten free bread than one can buy. Almost real bread! It does need a particular bread machine.

Good luck. Bob in TN


said this on
01 Dec 2007 12:23:09 PM PDT
Thank you all so much for your personal stories of celiac disease and coping. I just found out I have the disease and have been struggling with my nutrition since. I hope to find good recipes and good food suggestions that taste like 'real food' since my late diagnosis (age 44).


said this on
01 Dec 2007 5:19:49 PM PDT
Jessi, What kind of gluten free cookies did you use? I am going to try it out!

When I was in school I didn't really gain weight till I was in 8th grade, when I was strictly put on the diet, my mom had found out I was sneaking cookies and stuff, anyhow to the point it is great that your daughter is gaining weight, I broke 100 lbs in 8th grade, and was 5'6. so I know how it is to be too skinny. Good luck on your Gluten free diet, I don't like calling it a diet, I call it a lifestyle, because to me that is what it is.


said this on
08 Dec 2007 12:15:10 PM PDT
I was planning on getting a part for my old machine I used to use before I started the Adkins' Diet, and make gluten free bread for my husband, but maybe I should wait if it's not going to work anyway!


said this on
08 Dec 2007 4:41:20 PM PDT
I just want to say thank you everyone for all the feedback!! I am getting gluten free cookbooks for Christmas so hopefully I can find some good stuff and share. Anyhow I did have a setback, see I love the Chalupas at Taco Bell, and i don't know what the breaded part is made of, but my stomach hurt after I ate it...it was soooo good though, I guess i have to work on not giving in to temptation!


said this on
17 Dec 2007 12:58:47 PM PDT
Seasons greetings to celiacs the world over!!! My partner was diagnosed in June 2005 at age 47, and I got my diagnosis six months later in December 2005 (at age 42) when I also learned I have Type 1 diabetes (apparently Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease are on the same gene and co-occur quite frequently). Of course, adjusting to all of this was not easy for either of us, and frankly it did help that we both had celiac disease so we could support each other. Our first book we read, and one I STRONGLY advocate every celiac read, is called The Gluten-Free Bible by Jax Peters Lowell ... it's funny and very educational, and gave us hope. Also, The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast & Healthy by Bette Hagman is a GREAT cookbook. I also agree with many other posts here about the major reactions after being off gluten; it seems the body adjusts to it if you get gluten all the time, but when you are off it and get some, wow!!!

said this on
01 Feb 2008 10:16:03 AM PDT
The two books mentioned by Danny are excellent reads for info. and recipe ideas, and forming a new lifestyle. I'd also suggest Living Gluten Free for Dummies. Great book! I've only been diagnosed recently and am in the beginning stages of this journey. If there are any others in the WV panhandle I'd like to know. I look back on my life and see many instances of illness that were probably attributable to Celiac....wish I had known! and could have avoided so much illness. Good luck to you all!!!

Sarah JS

said this on
18 Feb 2008 8:43:25 AM PDT
Hey I have yet to have tests done to determine if I actually have Celiac, but it's all making sense. I'm 25 now and have had pain when I eat for almost 5 years. It's likely related to having celiac. I've put myself on a completely gluten-free diet and I feel great, but I can really relate to those who are just at the beginning as I'm ok when I eat at home but as soon as I go out with friends, thats when i run into problems. I look to all of the comments for added support and I thank you all for that. God Bless
-Sarah JS

Leave a reply:
Your Name *: Email (private) *:

In Celiac.com's Forum Now:

All Activity
Celiac.com Celiac Disease & Gluten-Free Diet Forum - All Activity

That makes sense...I cried with relief when I got my diagnosis just because there was finally an answer. Please know that you are not weak or crazy. Keep pushing for testing. It could still be celiac, it could be Crohns. Push your Dr's to figure this out. Best wishes.

Thank you all very much. I actually cried when I got the answer. I wanted an explanation that I could "fix." Now I'm back to thinking I'm just weak and possibly crazy. I know I'm not crazy, but you know.

From what I have read online there is about a 1-3% chance of getting a false positive for celiac disease from a blood test. Was it a blood test that you got done? It may be worth your while to get a biopsy or more testing just to confirm it. I know being gluten free is a pain but it is better than getting cancer or other auto immune disorders.

I prefer edible candy. I have glaucoma and celiac so it helps me on a daily basis for all of my medical problems. I wish I could find a strain that has laxative effects so I didn't need linsess. Leafly.com has a lot of strain information and cannabist is a good resource, too. You can use CBD or THC and not get 'stoned'. I function fine on 20 mg of the candy. I refuse to drive if I smoke though. Good luck, hope it helps.

Is it NCGS or Low stomach acid misdiagnosed Low Stomach Acid and Celiac Disease Dear Gluten Intolerant please consider Low Stomach Acid as a possible Differential Diagnosis as a possible way to achieve remission of your GI symptom's. ?Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things? 2 Timothy 2: 7 Low stomach acid has now been linked to a probable cause of damage to the Small Intestine before and/or occurring with a Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) or Celiac diagnosis. See this research as reported on celiac.com that discusses the increased risk of/for someone to develop celiac disease after taking PPI?s. http://www.celiac.com/articles/23432/1/Do-Proton-Pump-Inhibitors-Increase-Risk-of-Celiac-Disease/Page1.html Note how the article starts quoting ?Rates of celiac disease and the use of drugs to inhibit the secretion of stomach acid have both increased in recent decades. A research team recently set out to explore the association between anti-secretory medication exposure and subsequent development of celiac disease.? If these medicine are lowering stomach acid what cause effect relationship does/ could this have on Celaic/NCGS diagnosis is what he is postulating. He goes on to say without being very technical (read the whole article for yourself) that ?The data clearly show that patients who use anti-secretory medications are at much greater risk for developing celiac disease following the use of these medicines. The fact that this connection persisted even after the team excluded prescriptions for anti-secretory medicines in the year preceding the celiac disease diagnosis suggests a causal relationship?. If even after a year OFF these medicines your chances of developing Celiac Disease (celiac disease) not to mention even NCGS which is much more prominent surely the researcher is correct in postulating that there is a cause and effect relationship between low stomach acid and NCGS and/or Celiac disease. Surely there is something we can learn here. I now postulate some homework for the reader of this blog post. Do some research for yourself and see if achlorhydia or hypochlorhydia symptoms don?t at least resemble in some manner all of the GI symptoms you have been having. (I note some of the many symptom?s low stomach acid can present with below as referenced from Dr. Myatt?s online article ?What?s Burning You? for easy reference (It might not be what you think (my words)) It is important to note here that ?some? symptoms does not mean all but many or several. It is called a differential diagnosis. It is an important diagnostic tool in medicine. Think of the tv show ?House? where they spend the whole hour/over a week times going through the ?differential diagnosis? in short any one symptom can/have many different causes. The trick is how to quickly eliminate possible outcomes as symptoms (many) go up. All is usually never meet because that would make the disease in full outbreak and obvious even to the layman a condition described as ?frank? or ?classic? Scurvy or Rickets as an example. Sadly too often after 8 to 10+ years of testing after all the differential diagnosis?s are ruled out you are said by process of elimination to have Celiac Disease if you are lucky or maybe NCGS and not some other acronym GI disease as I like to refer to them as a group. GERD,IBS,UC, Chrons etc because if they turned down that street ? . you are/could be in/at a dead end for they stop looking at the trigger (gluten) as the cause of your gastric upset/digestive disorder(s). So in summary if 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 of these symptoms overlap ?many of? these symptoms could be Low Stomach Acid related. IF that is the cause/case for you then there is hope! For remission! From Dr. Myatts? Online article what?s burning you? From Dr. Myatts? Online article what?s burning you? http://healthbeatnews.com/whats-burning-you/ Diseases Associated with Low Gastric Function Low stomach acid is associated with the following conditions: * Acne rosacea * Addison?s disease * Allergic reactions * Candidiasis (chronic) * Cardiac arrhythmias * Celiac disease * Childhood asthma * Chronic autoimmune hepatitis * Chronic cough * Dermatitis herpeteformis * Diabetes (type I) * Eczema * Gallbladder disease * GERD * Graves disease (hyperthyroid) * Iron deficiency anemia * Laryngitis (chronic) * Lupus erythromatosis * Macular degeneration * Multiple sclerosis * Muscle Cramps * Myasthenia gravis * Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) * Osteoporosis * Pernicious anemia * Polymyalgia rheumatica * Reynaud?s syndrome * Rheumatoid arthritis * Scleroderma * Sjogren?s syndrome * Stomach cancer * Ulcerative colitis * Vitiligo When low in stomach acid we become low in essential nutrients Quoting from Dr. Myatts ?what?s burning you? online article ?Our bodies need 60 or so essential nutrients. ?Essential? means that the body MUST have this nutrient or death will eventually ensue, and the nutrient must be obtained from diet because the body cannot manufacture it. Many of these essential nutrients require stomach acid for their assimilation. When stomach acid production declines, nutrient deficiencies begin. Calcium, for example, requires vigorous stomach acid in order to be assimilated. Interestingly, the rate of hip replacement surgery is much higher in people who routinely use antacids and acid-blocking drugs. We know that people who have ?acid stomach? were already having trouble assimilating calcium from food and nutritional supplements due to lack of normal stomach acid production. When these symptoms are ?band-aided? with drugs which decrease stomach acid even more, calcium assimilation can come to a near-halt. The result? Weak bones, hip fractures and joint complaints resulting in major surgery. Jonathan Wright, M.D., well-known and respected holistic physician, states that ?Although research in this area is entirely inadequate, its been my linical observation that calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, chromium, selenium, manganese, vanadium, molybdenum, cobalt, and many other micro-trace elements are not nearly as well-absorbed in those with poor stomach acid as they are in those whose acid levels are normal. When we test plasma amino acid levels for those with poor stomach function, we frequently find lower than usual levels of one or more of the eight essential amino acids: isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Often there are functional insufficiencies of folic acid and/or vitamin B12.? Remember, these are essential nutrients. Deficiencies of any single one of them can cause serious health problems over time. Weak bones, diminish immune function, failing memory, loss of eyesight and many other ?diseases of aging? are often the result of decreased stomach function.? It is me again reader. So low stomach acid is the triggering agent (often) for low nutrients. Make too much sense! Now don?t take Vitamin?s for this condition where low Vitamins/Minerals are known to be low in patients who have this condition because . . . . (if you do you won?t need to keep coming back to the doctor) I can almost hear the doctor say now. Of course he/she doesn?t say that . . . just that the ?average person? doesn?t need to take Vitamins. Well I hate to break it too you . . . . but if you are having GI problems and reading this blog post on celac.com then you are not the ?average? person. You my friend or a sufferer or a friend of a sufferer still looking for answers. If that is you then consider taking either powdered stomach acid ? Betaine HCL or taking Niacinamide to help you reset your stress clock. A Canadian researcher wrote about this connection 15+ years ago but still most doctors? don?t understand this connection between about how ?Niacin treats digestive Problems? Here is the full link so you can research it more yourself. http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/2001/articles/2001-v16n04-p225.shtml And you might not after a first reading. I didn?t believe it myself for over a year . . . but every time I thought about it ? it (Low Stomach Acid) made/makes the most sense to me. **** Note: research this yourself. Here is a link about how to take Betaine HCL (powdered stomach) for maximum effectiveness. http://20somethingallergies.com/how-much-hcl-do-i-take-learn-to-test-for-your-correct-dose/ Don?t take my blog post as medical advice. It is only what I did . . . it might not work for you but I think it is worth a try especially if you are not now taking an acid reducer. (see notes below about why this might) be more difficult if you are already taking an acid reducer . . . because the rebound wall (see chris kresser link) keeps us locked in . . . sometimes for years. Since I was not taking acid reducers at the time I took Betaine HCL my stomach problems improved and I am sharing this now in the hopes it might help yours too! Now back to (really) LOW stomach acid being diagnosed as HIGH stomach acid these days. How can we know if it truly high or low? You?ve heard the phrase timing is everything well it is here too! Timeline is important in any diagnosis. IF your stomach acid was HIGH as you often hear (everywhere) you hear take a Proton Pump Inhibitor aka acid reducer?s for heartburn/GERD (medical name for heartburn) then eating food (carbs, greasy things) wouldn?t bother you. The acid would cut it up but if it is already low/weak then even a little acid can burn your esophagus which is not coated like the stomach to protect you from high acid. BUT if it is low to start with then food will WEAKEN our/your acid so that you lose the food fight your in and things (carbs/fats) become to ferment, rancidify and cause heart burn. Leading in time to Non-Celiac disease first and with enough injury (and time) to Marsh lesions qualifying you for diagnosis as a Celiac candidate / patient. See above link between/about PPI?s in the year preceding a Celiac diagnosis. If you (can) be that patient and weight the xx number of years for all this damage to occur, there is a better way it is called digestion! A virtuous cycle can replace the vicious cycle you are now in ? it is caused digestion. Digest your food with healthy stomach acid and your body will thank you for it with the God given burp. A healthy child burps (at 6 months of age normally) and a healthy adult should too and you will again after taken Niacinamide 3/day for 6 months or this is not the right diagnosis. *********Note this is not medical advice only my experience with Niacinamide and my many years researching this topic as a fellow sufferer. Let me make these disclaimer(s). If you are a) experiencing heartburn that causing vomiting (with unintended weight loss) you may have a special case of heartburn that feels like heartburn (on steroids) that is really Bile Reflux and taking Stomach is not something you should do without medical advice and supervision. See this NYtimes article that discusses the many complications often seen with Bile Reflux patients and why it is treated as Heartburn often and why Bile Reflux is especially hard to recover from. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/health/30brod.html you are already taking an acid reducer then the chance you will get better (off of acid reducers completely) is only 50/50 on your first try but going low CARB can help your transition. Otherwise most people will get better when taking BetaineHCL for gastric support and Niacinamide to help them/you reset your digestive processes. See this online article about how Jo Lynne Shane got off Nexium for good. http://www.jolynneshane.com/how-i-got-off-nexium-for-good.html and her Epilogue http://www.jolynneshane.com/epilogue.html You will see she still struggles some but is much better when she let her natural digestive juices do their job. I call it the ?Natural Order of Things?. See this article about the digestion process being a North South Affair from the bodywisdom website http://bodywisdomnutrition.com/digestion-a-north-to-south-process/ Taking it (Niacinamide) (or any B-Vitamin) should be taken 2 to 3/day (too keep up serum levels) for 3 to 4 months (the time you can store B-Vitamins) in the liver mostly. Once you have a distinctive BURP that displaces the bloating and sense of ?I am going to explode? if I eat another bite (though you haven?t eaten half your meal) then normal digestion is occurring again. If you stool did not sink before this process (of taking Niacinamide begun) and burping became your ?new normal? then it (your stool) will begin to sink too! Burping without bloating is the ?Natural Order? of good digestion. Don?t stop this process of taking B-Vitamins as Niacimaide or Slo-Niacin 2/day for at least 4 months then you should see most of your GI symptom?s go into remission. (I did not say "cure" but remission from your cross contamination's (flares/symptom's etc.) might be possible. Because our defenses are now strong enough to cut up proteins before they reach our small intestine (where most of the damage is done). Think of a castle with a moat around it (stomach acid is designed to protect us) when it is low (the moat doesn?t protect us) and when the moat is dry the castle becomes a ruin!!! So do proteins (lactose (casein), gluten, soy, seafood etc.) to our small intestines (they become ruined) when our stomach acid (moat) is low or worse dry! I repeat again Timeline is important in any diagnosis. All heartburn is not equal. IF your stomach acid is truly high then it WILL occur between meals when there is no food to tamp down the fire (occurring in your stomach) not your esophagus. The excess pressure from fermented carbs push open the trap door allowing the low acid you have to burn the lining of your uncoated esophagus. See also this online article by Chris Kresser to study this more about why/how this could be a case of medical misdiagnosis in more detail https://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd/ This is part of a 3 part series that I think you will find very informative. This (low stomach acid) is a vicious cycle. STRONG stomach acid makes it a virtuous circle/cycle. Now food benefits you because low acid not only causes heartburn it limits your body?s absorptive ability by limiting its ability to cut up your food into digestible peptides and amino acids which are no longer harmful to your Small Intestine but helpful to your overall health because nutrients can now be absorbed because the food particles are now small enough to not cause harm to your villi. I hope this is helpful and it helps you the way it helped me. Maybe it will help you in a similar manner. I write this only as a guidepost on your way. May you find your way back to digestive peace! The ?Natural Order? of things! Praise bee to God! It is not a long way if you know the way . . . . from someone who has found his way back God being his help! There are more things I could say . . . but this post is getting kind of long but you get the gest. I noticed someone else on the celiac.com noticed the same improvement when they treated their low stomach acid and thought it was time a blog post talked about it. It is so much easier to consume all this information in one setting instead of hunting and peeking through several thread posts. Search for the posterboy on celiac.com and you will find it is my focus (how low stomach acid is misdiagnosed) and how Niacinamide helped me to restore its ?Natural Order? in the digestive process because it helped me! Here is the link to the Prousky?s abstract. 15+ years is a long time for people to continue to suffer but if the research it right then Niacinamide might help you too! http://www.yourhealthbase.com/database/niacin-treats-digestive-problems.htm Let?s hope it is not another 15 years before doctor?s and people realize low stomach acid can explain many of the same symptom?s an IBS, NCGS or even a Celiac patient might experience given a long enough time for these conditions to develop from too low a stomach acid to protect our Small Intestine. See link at start of this blog post posted here again for convenience. http://www.celiac.com/articles/23432/1/Do-Proton-Pump-Inhibitors-Increase-Risk-of-Celiac-Disease/Page1.html And it is worth noting about the time Celiac disease started (began to be more prevalent) / to increase in the population Acid reducer?s became more and more popular. *** Some plot the increase in time to Roundup usage but I am not buying it. PPI?s increase seam more plausible to me based on the relatively new research (less than 5 years old) is pretty current by research standards and the near linear response to increased first H2 stomach acid reducer?s then PPI?s in the population at large. *****Note: after I finished writing this blog post new research that in my mind confirms this connection was reported on celiac.com today that notes the link between gastric pH and impaired nutrient absorption. This very topic as I was getting ready to publish my post about low stomach acid possibly being diagnosed as Celiac disease on my posterboy blog mentions how a Celiac patient?s absorption can be impaired by gastric pH. https://www.celiac.com/articles/24738/1/Can-Celiac-Disease-Impair-Drug-Therapy-in-Patients/Page1.html Where they (researchers) say/ask discussing Celiac Disease and whether it (celiac disease) can impair drug therapy in patients. Note the opening paragraph discussing this topic quoting ?Celiac disease is associated with numerous chronic conditions, such as anemia and malabsorption of some critical vitamins. Changes in the gastrointestinal tract, rates of gastric emptying, and gastric pH are responsible for impaired vitamin and mineral absorption." i.e., low gastric pH can effect absorption. It stands to make reasonable sense to me they are related conditions and one is being diagnosed for the other often or at least one is being confused as the other and treating one (raising your stomach pH) might treat the other since many of the symptoms? are the same. *** this/these opinion(s) are my own and do not reflect an endorsement by celiac.com of these ideas, comments, thoughts or opinions. I hope this helps! You the way it did me! Good luck on your continued journey, Remember **** This is not medical advice and should not be considered such. Results may vary. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your regimen. 2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. Posterboy by the Grace of God,