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Joe Hoffman

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if you do try eating 'bland' with the BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, toast?), and don't feel better, consider those things are all relatively high on the glycemic index. Also, fruit is best eaten alone.

Of course they say bananas have some quality that firm up the outflow or soften it, depending on what you need - so you might consider that.

Also, some things can cause diarrhea, like supplements (I had my sister taking Triphala, an Indian herb, w/o realizing it was laxative), and Mate (a south American tea) can cause a bit of the old loosening as well. Also, can't too much magnesium cause it. I'd watch for those things as well.

just some thoughts. good luck.

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I wanted to add that hyper (fast) thyroid, IBS and pancreatic insufficiency are other issues which can give a person diarrhea...


Husband has Celiac Disease and

Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -

The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis

Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,

most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as

being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."

Serious Depressive state ensued

Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003

Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.

Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle

Developed neuropathy in 2005

Now has lymphadema 2006It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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There have been lots of good ideas here. What came to mind for me was 1) you need a longer time to heal 2) high fat content of the cookies 3) high soy content in the cookies unless you made them with butter, as shortening and margarines are usually soy based 4) allergy to gluten free items like cornstarch, xanthan gum, tapicoa, potato

Enterolab uses fat malabsorption to show how much damage is present in the intestine...so I think if you don't handle high fat this would be congruent with celiac and the early healing process. Of course a few other conditions cause this as well (gall bladder problems for example)

It is also possible that you could have something else going on, such as a parasite infection. I think of it this way, that celiac compromises our systems so we are more susceptible to many things. A few people here on the board have discovered lyme disease and heavy metal toxicity to be a major cause of their GI tract problems.


4/2007 Positive IGA, TTG Enterolab results, with severe malabsorption: Two DQ2 celiac genes--highest possible risk.

gluten-free since 4/22/07; SF since 7/07; 3/08 & 7/08 high sugar levels in stool (i.e. cannot break down carbs) digestive enzymes for carbs didn't help; 7/18/08 started SCD as prescribed by my physician (MD).

10/2000 dx LYME disease; 2008 clinical dx CELIAC; Other: hypothyroid, allergies, dupuytrens, high mercury levels

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.... :lol: just had a thought...between all of us we could write a medical paper on this topic!


Husband has Celiac Disease and

Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -

The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis

Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,

most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as

being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."

Serious Depressive state ensued

Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003

Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.

Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle

Developed neuropathy in 2005

Now has lymphadema 2006It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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Hi Joe,

I am new here as of today. I went gluten-free right after Thanksgiving this year. Anyway, I have been lactose intolerant for 10 years or so. I've found that when I had issues with dairy, bloating, the trots, that fun stuff, that if I ate sugary foods it would intensify the problems. it makes sense really. Lactose is a sugar, and when you can't digest it the bacteria in your intestines multiply like rabbits. They like sugar. Love it in fact. That causes the diahrea and gas. So then if you throw in some more sugar, such as candy or anything with lots of sugar, it adds fuel to the fire so to speak. More sugar, just what the legions of rabbity bacteria need to go crazy again.

If you are trying to avoid dairy, watch out for foods that list whey or casein also. There are foods that have casein or whey but don't say they have milk. Some you might not think of are processed meat products, like some sausages. I usually buy lactaid 3 bottles at a time, although I try to avoid dairy for the most part. Brands I like are Solgar and Vitamin Shoppe. I usually take more than the bottle reccomends, and it also helps me to take a few more a couple hours after the first round of pills. Best thing is to just avoid dairy completely, but that isn't always easy.

My symptoms have improved bunches since I went gluten-free. I hope your's do too. I still can't do dairy though, maybe in a few months. Meanwhile I am learning to eat gluten-free and its not so bad. Rice cakes with peanut butter are ok. And I found a recipee for something called Okra Fry Bread that's ok too, just use gluten-free flour with it. Whole Foods has gluten-free foods and bread. For me the improvements make the change in diet very worthwhile.


Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."

Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, celery, strawberries, pistachios, and hard work. Have a good day! 🙂 Paul

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