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Hello, Wayne! I live in Fresno's Tower District and have been doing my best to eat gluten-free since mid-January 2007. About one month ago, the Community Regional Medical Center performed a blood test by which I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Beginning nine months and until my recent visit to that hospital, I had a number of symptoms, including anemia and an enormous abdominal edema (bloating)--the water retained in my interstitial tissues increasing my belly size from 45 to 75 inches! Even as a man who is 6 foot 4 inches tall, this was gigantic!

As my doctor explained, such edema is due to anemia, which results in low protein; without adequate protein, my body failed to create the albumen necessary to produce; and without urine, the body simply retains the water. Since my hospital visit, my belly has been back to its original size and, with daily exercise (swimming) and a water pill, is gradually reducing.

I avoid--in addition to wheat, barley, and rye and their derivatives--dairy, soy, and eggs. My decision to avoid the three latter foods is based on a food panel test of a saliva sample I gave to a Fresno chiropractor who specializes in nutrition. In the last three or so months, in which I've avoided those three foods, particularly large amounts of soy, I've felt much better. Eggs produce symptoms of indigestion in me; dairy, lactose intolerance symptoms; soy or gluten, an awful heaving cough and fatigue; and gluten, a host of additional symptoms, gastrointestinal, cardiological, and/or neurological. Whew! What a life-altering, eye-opening experience this has been!

Would you be interested in forming a group to support celiacs in Fresno, California?


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Oops! I mistook holdthegluten, a fellow celiac Fresnan, for Wayne Dyer--that motivational speaker I used to see on Channel 18.

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Hi, holdthegluten!

I would like to invite you to join Gluten Free Fresno, a Yahoo! group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/glutenfreefresno/ . If for some reason you choose not to join, please feel free to visit any time. :)


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