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One thing I've noticed since my celiac diagnosis is that there seems to be this division between confirmed celiacs and gluten intolerants. I'm new to celiac and I'm only wanting to get well and be well. I've had several conversations with people about the gluten free diet and several of those with gluten intolerance get defensive of their illness. You don't have to prove to me or anyone else that you don't feel well. If the gluten free diet is working for you then by all means continue. We are all in this together and we ned to support each other regardless if the medical community gives you a certain stamp, or not. It took the medical community 34 years to give me any kind of real answer to my issues. Honestly, I've little faith in modern medicine. I don't think we should let someone else confirm If we're ill or not. I don't know if others have experienced or sensed this as well but let's all come together on the war against gluten.

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Thank you for your comments, BZBee.  There is sometimes an "Us vs. them" attitude between the doctor-diagnosed and the self-diagnosed, but really we are all in this gluten mess together, all fighting the same issues the best we can, some with labels on their foreheads and some without.  Those without (and I am one and have sometimes experienced this myself) do sometimes feel that  a diagnosis seems to endow some who have it with a greater sense of right to claim the gluten sensitivity than those who are either NCGI (i.e., tested negative) or who could not get anyone to test them before they stopped eating gluten out of desperation.  But we all have to do what is right for ourselves given our own situations and life sometimes cannot be neatly wrapped up in little packages with labels.  Respect is deserved for each suffering indvidual and as much help as we can give them.

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I agree too.

 

I think the only difference between celiacs and NCGI's is that celiacs have the intestinal damage... and I have no idea why that is such a defining factor when we share every other symptom and inflammatory response. My only guess is that emphasis on celiac disease comes from a focus on autoimmunity (celiacs tend to get more autoimmune diseases) but if you are just looking at how gluten affects our lives, it's about the same. There are a LOT of NCGI's who appear to have much worse and obvious symptoms than I do.

 

Gluten is just bad stuff.  :ph34r:  Too bad it that it tastes good. ;)

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I am one of those celiacs who got the "label" the hard way (years of painful symptoms, complications, etc.)

and even if the docs had not finally confirmed it, I would still have gone gluten-free and never looked back.

 

I do not care much for labels anyway and if gluten makes someone sick, then I believe that person is INTOLERANT of it, period....

and we are all part of one giant spectrum of gluten sensitivity. 

 

Gluten is poison to us. Same boat. Same team---- and the same solution. Don' eat it! 

 

Welcome to the forum, BzBee. :)

Cheers!

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The only reason I know I have an issue with gluten is by accident and how I got my "label" of celiac. I had an accidental biopsy with emergency surgery, otherwise I would still be horribly ill and not know why. I would probably also still be stuffing my face with more and more things like whole grains such as wheat in an attempt to be more more healthy only making myself more sick. Who cares what it is called? If it makes us all sick, it makes us all sick. So what if one of us called celiac because we got a diagnosis and another didn't or couldn't get a diagnosis. Frankly, I don't think it freakin matters. We're all in the same boat together. But I have also noticed that some people on both sides of the fence get super pissy and it seems completely silly to me.

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 But I have also noticed that some people on both sides of the fence get super pissy and it seems completely silly to me.

 

There are a few "celiac elitists" out there  I saw one on another site who made me laugh out loud. (She was like the mean girl in HS who would not let certain people into her special group) It caused the NCGIs to defend themselves and it got ugly. Why should people have to defend their conscious choices to take charge of their own health?

<_< The things people get their panties in a bunch over gives me pause.

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I joined a Facebook group for Celiacs in my area thinking they would be able to provide support, they know the area, the stores etc. the lady running it has been driving my crazy. Someone asked about tax returns as in Canada you can get some of the money back. I mentioned my experiences with the tax people and she kept going on about celiac this and celiac that. Which unfortunately is the way the tax people are, it's either you have celiac disease or no issue with gluten all. She seems to be unaware of the term gluten intolerant, it's all or nothing. When you mention ncgi she goes off about celiac disease.

I got mad and let rip, telling her that not everyone is (un)lucky enough to get a clear cut diagnosis, the testing is not always accurate and in our case when you have young kids seriously ill you can't wait and hope for a diagnosis you sometimes have to say screw it and go with your gut. She does not get that celiac disease and ncgi is not a black and white issue, and belittles the people that are self diagnosed.

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I do think it's silly that these division lines exist. We've all been there when we know there is something wrong with our body and a stranger tells you how you really feel. No one knows your body like you do. I also feel that now I do have a label everything will be contributed to Celiac Disease. Instead of trying to investigate other causes for certain symptoms. Most of the information I've received for living a gluten free lifestyle has come from gluten intolerant's, and I appreciate the help, advice, and support.

Remember the old Dr. Joke.

Patient: "dr. My arm hurts when I move it this way."

Dr.: " Then don't move it that way."

If gluten hurts you, don't eat it!

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I so agree with you!  (And welcome, by the way.)

 

I just read an article this morning that ended with this: "Celiac disease can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. It's possible some people have a mild intolerance to gluten, but most doctors say if you don't have celiac disease, you don't need to avoid gluten."

 

Huh??

 

I am so glad my GI is more enlightened. He is absolutely convinced I have gluten intolerance, even after all my celiac tests were negative. He even warned me about cross contamination the other day, which made me feel great that he isn't doubting the diagnosis.

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That's an enlightened doc , for sure!

 

If Dr. Fasano ( who in my mind is the celiac guru) says gluten sensitivity is a broad spectrum, with celiac at the extreme end--then

why would anyone in the medical community think otherwise? They are the "unenlightened", that's why.

 

There will always be nay-sayers, but to me, anyone who feels remarkably better off gluten, with symptom-resolution--is likely gluten intolerant to some degree.

Why else would it be so apparent?

IMHO

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Had any doctor thought to test me for celiac disease at any time in my first 43 years I would have likely tested negative - when finally diagnosed all of my antibodies were positive - yet weakly in most cases. All of my children and grands tested sero-neg with the exception of oldest that only had one positive DGP.

I don't care what we call it - gluten was destroying our bodies - so four of us now have "official" diagnosis and two remain labeled NGCI - will any of us touch gluten ever again - we would rather eat ground glass and have suggested to one GI that perhaps he should eat just a little bit of glass each day until we can measure the damage it "may" cause in his digestive system.

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we would rather eat ground glass and have suggested to one GI that perhaps he should eat just a little bit of glass each day until we can measure the damage it "may" cause in his digestive system.

 

Perfect analogy (and pretty much what glutening feels like for me, too)!

 

And for the OP — one thing I love about this forum is no one judges the others based on who has an official diagnosis and who doesn't. I think many of those here WITH a diagnosis remember what a long hard road it was to get one!

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 I think many of those here WITH a diagnosis remember what a long hard road it was to get one!

 

That's the truth, Gatita!!. 

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That's the truth, Gatita!!. 

 

Ditto :)

 

PS...Welcome BZBee!!!

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this is a great thread. I agree it does not matter to us if we have a confirmed diagnosis. we know our bodies and that's what counts.

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I got really lucky in finding my diagnoses also. I was getting a full work-up from a back specialist for my extreme muscle spasms. Muscle relaxers and naproxen weren't even touching it. The doc found a softball size bubble in my stomach and just so happen to suggest I might be gluten Intolerant. So I was like "what is that?" and "so what are you gonna do for my back?". I started reading about celiac symptoms and thought I'm not crazy after all about all of my random issues. GI doc confirmed Celiac with endoscopy biopsy, but I couldn't keep consuming gluten before my blood test which was negative because of that. I got all children tested and my oldest child has extreme Gluten Intolerance. Extreme meaning he tested very high for intolerance. We are still fighting his vitamin Deficiencies and Accelerated OCD from the lack iron and vitamin D. He struggles with fatigue and irritability daily. We are both on the right track to wellness now and hope for the best.

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My daughter has two blood tests that will only claim a "sensitivity."  Her doctor let her decide if she wanted the more invasive procedure to determine damage/inflammation.  She declined the biopsy.  He said either way she MUST eliminate all gluten.  We have. :)

 

It's family members that scoff.  Even with the two separate blood tests showing positive results. 

 

Since going gluten-free (I joined her in support -- I am a confirmed IBS sufferer--I did have that awful scope), we are MUCH healthier.  Took a couple of hard long years to get here but --  YAY.  IT WORKS!!

 

Best of health and good vibes your way.  Gluten is a mess.  Don't deal with it :)

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They (them researcher-heads) only confirmed that non-celiac wheat sensitivity is real last year (2012).  They think it is related more to the innate immune system.  Celiac is a response by the adaptive immune system.  They think Crohn's is also a response by the innate immune system.  So it is still an immune response, just not the same immune response.  The long term or short term ramifications of non-celiac wheat sensitivity are unknown right now.  Other than the immediate symptoms that is.  Heck, they didn't even admit it existed until last year.  So, it's not like they have any real idea what it does to people over time.  It might turn them into little green men with antennas for all we know.  Well, probably not.  But we just don't know that it is less serious than celiac disease right now.

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Getting diagnosed on paper isn't at all important other than one reason (you need to, to get help from a doctor). Problem is by the time you get a test you wouldn't have eaten gluten in years anyway.. why? because people tend not to eat things that make them sick in the guts.. maybe a couple times,, maybe ten years like me lol but eventually you will say enough is enough. In that case you can still have the gene test like I had and I had all the right genes, no anti bodies though as I'd been off gluten for 3 years.

 

My doctor refers to gluten as "poison" when talking to me and isn't that the truth. He would never ask me to eat it in order to show up on the anti body test because it's already dam near killing me from previous damage as it is.

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I then started a job in China.  I learned how to say things like "no soy sauce" since it's made from wheat.  I got so much better.  I knew what my reactions were to gluten, especially the one that happened first: I would get a shakiness inside, like my blood system was micro-vibrating. i got the flu and was in bed for three days straight eating only mandarin oranges and water.  After a couple of days, I got that shakiness, suddenly, lying in bed.  I was astounded, cause I had only water and oranges.  Then I remembered that I had taken two Advil, in the gel cap form.  I looked on the Internet, and sure enough, the gel caps contained gluten.  Wow.  Even that small amount in two gel caps set it off. I was very vigilant.  Then one day, back in Canada, I was making hot dogs for a four-year-old and I had fresh bakery buns.  I couldn't resist.  I guess I thought, well, it's been a couple of years gluten free, let's see what happens.  I ate one and a half huge bakery hot dog buns on impulse.  Big mistake. I got so, so sick.  I was sick for 6 weeks with various symptoms.  Spleen pain, liver pain, kidney pain, migraine headaches, stomach issues, constipation, dizziness, brain fog, irritability, etc.  This was 2013. After one week of still being sick, I thought it's probably too late, but I should get that celiac test to see if there are detectable antibodies.  I went to the doctor, who didn't think it was necessary and insisted it was fatty liver disease and not celiac.  He humoured me and gave me the requisition anyway.  It wasn't too late!  One week later. i was shocked to see that my antibody level was 99. ( If you have less than 20 you don't have Celiac. It is called tTg test).  If you have 100, they say you don't really need a biopsy and it's pretty much confirmed celiac.  The doctor was a little bit embarrassed and said, "looks like you've diagnosed yourself". So finally he shut up about fatty liver disease.   I got so much better living in China.  I occasionally slipped. I  then went back to canada for a year.  I developed DH, as I got these lesions starting on my thumb and then on my fingers and palms.  Finally after 6 months I cut out dairy.  I had heard it was also somehow bad for Celiacs from the Internet but I really didn't want to cut out dairy as it was bad enough without gluten.  I finally did and the DH cleared up.   Then back to China.  I would go back to Canada twice a year for the time off from spring and summer holidays.  It was really hard to be around western food temptations and I would get "glutened" even though I tried hard. I began to get a strange pain in my leg and the doctor in canada said it was likely arthritis in my hip.  i went for an xray but it didnt show anything.  it really killed me to get that pain in my leg and then in my hip.  i would cry out and have to sit down.  i started riding my bike to work in china cause it was painful to walk very far.  I had started to reintroduce dairy while in China and found that I could eat yogurt, which I love. I had heard that people blamed their gluten reactions on Roundup, or glyphosate, because they could eat flour products in other countries but not North America.  One day about six months ago I made cookies for my students.  I wore gloves and was very careful.  Before this, I wouldn't even be in the same room with flour.  But nothing happened.  Then I tasted a cookie.  Nothing happened!!  The next day, I ate a whole cookie. Nothing happened!!  I began to think there was something to the theory of North America and roundup.  I still avoided flour in general cause I didn't want to push it, but I started eating soy sauce and relaxed a bit - started going to restaurants in china, etc. instead of micromanaging food in my kitchen, cause I was evidently not reacting to gluten in China.  I then realized that the only episodes of pain I had had were when I was in Canada the previous summer and spring.  Very strange.  So.  I got back to Canada, last spring, had my usual gluten free meal on the airplane, and then visited my mother.  I ate only organic yogurt.  Nothing else, and a few hours later I was attacked by almost every gluten related pain I had ever had.  My hip was suddenly shooting pain and I cried out and limped to the couch.  My mother asked, what did you eat?  I said, nothing!  Only organic yogurt!   Of course after any glutening, it takes weeks for these pains to subside, and I endured pain stabs in my spleen for a while.  Then back to China, where I was able to eat normally.  No pains, nothing.  I ate yogurt, made myself with uht milk imported from Germany or Australia, and I was fine.     Until the day when I ate one of the chocolate bars I had brought from Canada as prizes for my students.  Instant reaction! Spleen pain!  I had heard that sugar cane was as bad as flour for being drenched in roundup.  Now I was convinced. It was definitely stuff from Canada that was the culprit.  Only farm products.  Yes, they say the yogurt is organic, but I'm sure they feed the milk cows hay that has been exposed to roundup.   Now I know exactly what I can eat and where.  I love the food here, and it's safe.  There are exceptions.  They use pesticides on fruit, cause I get a stomach ache when I eat certain fruits, but it's a different reaction that the gluten reaction,  I can eat flour products without a huge reaction, but I still have celiac, because I do get reactions even from Chinese flour, just not as bad as I did before.  A mild sick feeling, like something is off, kind of unbalanced, and of course the inevitable shakiness.  I react much worse to Canadian chocolate.  But there is a huge difference between food here and food there.  A very painful difference.  Hard to figure out, but I think I have. so here's my theory,  roundup actually causes the celiac disease, or whatever disease you might happen to be genetically susceptible to. (My uncle has arthritis in his hip). If you keep ingesting it, you will get gradually sicker and sicker and get some kind of disease.  If you stop eating roundup completely, you will heal with a healthy diet.  If you already have a disease like celiac or DH you can manage it and stay healthy if you are totally roundup free. My dad died of nonHodgkins lymphoma and he insisted it was the roundup the neighbor had been spraying on his farm, right next to my dads organic hobby farm.  Now I believe him. I wish I'd been able to piece this together a bit earlier.  Since 1994, many diseases have hugely increased.  That's when they started with the roundup and there is a one on one correspondence on the graphs with roundup use and  many diseases. sorry for the novel but I just can't keep this all to myself,  I'm like the canary in the mine.  But roundup is everywhere so I don't know if you can really avoid it in North America, sadly. My advice is to move elsewhere and figure it out like I did. i saw a youtube video by an MIT researcher that they are now figuring out that glyphosate actually takes up the place of the essential amino acid glycine in your body.  Because they are molecularly similar, glyphosate gets in there and stops glycine from being able to do it's job in your body.  So it causes all sorts of problems in a gradual way and eventually you will have trouble. i hope this helps!  Stay away from farm products!  I hope it's not true what the conspiracy theorists say (that they are spraying chemicals, chemtrails etc.  I don't know if they are spraying roundup) but if it is, that's the end of the world as we know it.  I don't really want to go there,  I just know what I know and I'm sharing it.   this is just the short version  but I've tried to include important info.  Anyone else have a similar story in any way?
    • First, about 35% of the population carries the genes that could (rare) develop into celiac disease.  The genetic test just simply rules out celiac disease.  I guess your hubby  could develop it....some day or never.   Baby?  Get your daughter to your Ped.  Babies can develop rashes (e.g. eczema)  for so many things.  It could be a wheat allergy and not even celiac disease which is an autoimmune disorder.  Celiac disease in the form of dermatitis herpetiformis (aka celiac rash)  is pretty unheard of in infants.  It is SUPER rare — like one case in 2005 and the researchers dug through case studies going back to 1966.   Just curious.  The old method of grain (cereal) introduction was to give rice cereal.  Is that old outdated advice?   Kudos for you for breastfeeding!    It was my fondest aspect of early motherhood.  So easy and convenient.   Get to the doctor.  Do not try to diagnose an infant!  Trust your good mommy instincts.  Hopefully your baby just is not ready for wheat.  I recall that when introducing new foods you were to give a little and wait a few days for reactions.  Sounds like it might be as simple as too much of a good thing.    
    • hi Bananababy, I had been getting so gradually sick that I don't know when it started, (but I am now assuming 1994).  In 2008, I succumbed to pressure from my insurance rep to get more insurance, and they would even come to my house to test my blood.  I was denied insurance and recommended to see my doctor, who told me I had the liver of a severe alcoholic.  I very rarely drink. I went for tests and the doctor was baffled.  He said I should lose weight.  He said it was likely fatty liver disease. That was 2008.  For the next few years I got tests, tried to eat healthy, and every so often I would see if it was helping my liver numbers. I got stomach aches when I ate toast or a sandwich, but didnt link it to the toast except later, in hindsight.  How could toast give me a stomach ache?  Anyway, on the advice of my doctor, I tried very hard to lose weight, so went lo-carb.  One day, I had had no breakfast and at church 'goodie-time' was unable to resist all the carbs.  Later that afternoon, I felt like someone had literally poisoned me. This was now 2011.  I decided to not eat or drink anything but almonds and organic cold pressed  apple juice in a glass jar, and ate only those things for the next 3-4 days while I looked for symptoms on the Internet. I narrowed it down to celiac disease and went to the doctor.  I refused to eat gluten to get the test.  I decided not to eat gluten and I got better. I then started a job in China.  I learned how to say things like "no soy sauce" since it's made from wheat.  I got so much better.  I knew what my reactions were to gluten, especially the one that happened first: I would get a shakiness inside, like my blood system was micro-vibrating. i got the flu and was in bed for three days straight eating only mandarin oranges and water.  After a couple of days, I got that shakiness, suddenly, lying in bed.  I was astounded, cause I had only water and oranges.  Then I remembered that I had taken two Advil, in the gel cap form.  I looked on the Internet, and sure enough, the gel caps contained gluten.  Wow.  Even that small amount in two gel caps set it off. I was very vigilant.  Then one day, back in Canada, I was making hot dogs for a four-year-old and I had fresh bakery buns.  I couldn't resist.  I guess I thought, well, it's been a couple of years gluten free, let's see what happens.  I ate one and a half huge bakery hot dog buns on impulse.  Big mistake. I got so, so sick.  I was sick for 6 weeks with various symptoms.  Spleen pain, liver pain, kidney pain, migraine headaches, stomach issues, constipation, dizziness, brain fog, irritability, etc.  This was 2013. After one week of still being sick, I thought it's probably too late, but I should get that celiac test to see if there are detectable antibodies.  I went to the doctor, who didn't think it was necessary and insisted it was fatty liver disease and not celiac.  He humoured me and gave me the requisition anyway. i was shocked to see that my antibody level was 99. ( If you have less than 20 you don't have Celiac. It is called tTg test).  If you have 100, they say you don't really need a biopsy and it's pretty much confirmed celiac.  The doctor was a little bit embarrassed and said, "looks like you've diagnosed yourself". So finally he shut up about fatty liver disease.   I got so much better living in China.  I occasionally slipped. I  then went back to canada for a year.  I developed DH, as I got these lesions starting on my thumb and then on my fingers and palms.  Finally after 6 months I cut out dairy.  I had heard it was also somehow bad for Celiacs from the Internet but I really didn't want to cut out dairy as it was bad enough without gluten.  I finally did and the DH cleared up.   Then back to China.  I would go back to Canada twice a year for the time off from spring and summer holidays.  It was really hard to be around western food temptations and I would get "glutened" even though I tried hard. I began to get a strange pain in my leg and the doctor in canada said it was likely arthritis in my hip.  i went for an xray but it didnt show anything.  it really killed me to get that pain in my leg and then in my hip.  i would cry out and have to sit down.  i started riding my bike to work in china cause it was painful to walk very far.  I had started to reintroduce dairy while in China and found that I could eat yogurt, which I love. I had heard that people blamed their gluten reactions on Roundup, or glyphosate, because they could eat flour products in other countries but not North America.  One day about six months ago I made cookies for my students.  I wore gloves and was very careful.  Before this, I wouldn't even be in the same room with flour.  But nothing happened.  Then I tasted a cookie.  Nothing happened!!  The next day, I ate a whole cookie. Nothing happened!!  I began to think there was something to the theory of North America and roundup.  I still avoided flour in general cause I didn't want to push it, but I started eating soy sauce and relaxed a bit - started going to restaurants in china, etc. instead of micromanaging food in my kitchen, cause I was evidently not reacting to gluten in China.  I then realized that the only episodes of pain I had had were when I was in Canada the previous summer and spring.  Very strange. So.  I got back to Canada, last spring, had my usual gluten free meal on the airplane, and then visited my mother.  I ate only organic yogurt.  Nothing else, and a few hours later I was attacked by almost every gluten related pain I had ever had.  My hip was suddenly shooting pain and I cried out and limped to the couch.  My mother asked, what did you eat?  I said, nothing!  Only organic yogurt!   Of course after any glutening, it takes weeks for these pains to subside, and I endured pain stabs in my spleen for a while.  Then back to China, where I was able to eat normally.  No pains, nothing.  I ate yogurt, made myself with uht milk imported from Germany or Australia, and I was fine.     Until the day when I ate one of the chocolate bars I had brought from Canada as prizes for my students.  Instant reaction! Spleen pain!  I had heard that sugar cane was as bad as flour for being drenched in roundup.  Now I was convinced. It was definitely stuff from Canada that was the culprit.  Only farm products.  Yes, they say the yogurt is organic, but I'm sure they feed the milk cows hay that has been exposed to roundup.   Now I know exactly what I can eat and where.  I love the food here, and it's safe.  There are exceptions.  They use pesticides on fruit, cause I get a stomach ache when I eat certain fruits, but it's a different reaction that the gluten reaction,  I can eat flour products without a huge reaction, but I still have celiac, because I do get reactions even from Chinese flour, just not as bad as I did before.  A mild sick feeling, like something is off, kind of unbalanced, and of course the inevitable shakiness.  I react much worse to Canadian chocolate.  But there is a huge difference between food here and food there.  A very painful difference.  Hard to figure out, but I think I have. so here's my theory,  roundup actually causes the celiac disease, or whatever disease you might happen to be genetically susceptible to. (My uncle has arthritis in his hip). If you keep ingesting it, you will get gradually sicker and sicker and get some kind of disease.  If you stop eating roundup completely, you will heal with a healthy diet.  If you already have a disease like celiac or DH you can manage it and stay healthy if you are totally roundup free. My dad died of nonHodgkins lymphoma and he insisted it was the roundup the neighbor had been spraying on his farm, right next to my dads organic hobby farm.  Now I believe him. I wish I'd been able to piece this together a bit earlier.  Since 1994, many diseases have hugely increased.  That's when they started with the roundup and there is a one on one correspondence on the graphs with roundup use and  many diseases. sorry for the novel but I just can't keep this all to myself,  I'm like the canary in the mine.  But roundup is everywhere so I don't know if you can really avoid it in North America, sadly. My advice is to move elsewhere and figure it out like I did. i saw a youtube video by an MIT researcher that they are now figuring out that glyphosate actually takes up the place of the essential amino acid glycine in your body.  Because they are molecularly similar, glyphosate gets in there and stops glycine from being able to do it's job in your body.  So it causes all sorts of problems in a gradual way and eventually you will have trouble. i hope this helps!  Stay away from farm products!  I hope it's not true what the conspiracy theorists say (that they are spraying chemicals, chemtrails etc.  I don't know if they are spraying roundup) but if it is, that's the end of the world as we know it.  I don't really want to go there,  I just know what I know and I'm sharing it.  Be blessed.  
    • Also not that it matters, but have had low iron on and off last 2 years. Just another reason why I’m testing. 
    • Every lab has different ranges.  Post the ranges and we might be able to help.
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