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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Need Help Healing My Intestines!

    No, you can eat meat on the candida diet. I'm kind of new to the whole cooking thing, so I have been starting out slowly with simple dishes. Maybe someday I will prepare fantastic meat dishes, but for now I'll stick to veggies. My nutritionist recommended that if I do eat meat, it must be organic, free range and lean, otherwise it's not worth eating! She also recommended to never eat pork. Pork is like a giant pile of parasites! I am really surprised that not that many people discuss candida on this board. Based on everything I have read, celiacs who have gone undiagnosed for a long time are very susceptible to candida overgrowths and leaky gut syndrome. When the intestines have been compromised, bad bacteria and yeast can take over, wreaking havoc in the intestines, and over time, making them permeable. Once the intestines are permeable, toxins can flow freely throughout the body, causing all kinds of health problems (physical and mental). This is why many people still do not feel well after going gluten free. Though the gliadin antibody production and the villi damage stops, the intestines may still be permeable and bad bacteria and yeast continue to flourish.
  3. Need Help Healing My Intestines!

    Collette: I've definitely been on an emotional rollercoaster since I've changed my diet...I think this is the result of extreme internal detoxing! It's good to see that others experience this too! I also get periods of extreme fatigue. I have been consuming raw garlic as well (two cloves before bed) and this seems to help expedite the whole recovery process. If you ever have candida issues in the future, I definitely recommend Candex and Oil of Oregano supplements!
  4. Need Help Healing My Intestines!

    It does seem like a terribly tedious diet, but you know what? Since it makes me feel so much better, I'm not bitter at all! I love it! This morning I had a delicious onion/garlic cilantro omelet and for lunch I am making sauteed kale brown rice quesadillas...dipped in hummus! I am dreading Thanksgiving a bit. I've decided to come to my family meal stocked with gluten free goodies...I am making yeast-free brown rice bread stuffing, gluten free spinach and artichoke dip, and a huge salad. Good luck with the gluten free cooking and I hope you like the coconut oil!
  5. Need Help Healing My Intestines!

    PS: As for the Candex, this is the second round I have taken, and I have not experienced any feelings of being "glutenated." I am incredibly sensitive to gluten and can usually tell in one hour whether or not I ate one of the evil devil grains. Please anyone correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that things other than barley can be malted and it's okay for us to consume. For example, "maltodextrin" can either be derived from barley or corn, and it's okay for us to consume when it's derived from corn. Perhaps this is the case with the malt ingredient in Candex, Malt diastase. If you look up "diastase" on wikipedia, you will see that it is an enzyme that someone discovered during the malting process. And if you look up the malting process on wikipedia, you will see it is a process you can do with any grain...not just barley. Does anyone else have any other experiences with Candex?
  6. Need Help Healing My Intestines!

    I only eat these things: Kale Spinach leaves Onions Garlic Cilantro Parsley Broccoli Cauliflower Eggs Brown Rice Tortillas Hummus Almond Butter Walnuts Sunflower Seeds Pumpkin Seeds Black/Pinto Beans (sparingly) Water (no juice, no alcohol) Ginger tea (great for digestion( Dandelion tea (great for helping liver) I cook everything with coconut oil and drizzle olive oil on salads. I never cook with olive oil because it becomes rancid when cooked at higher temperatures. Coconut oil can be cooked at any temperature without losing its nutritional properties, and it's awesome for fighting candida (it contains caprylic acid). In addition, it smells wonderful while cooking and adds a tropical flavor to your meals. Everything tastes better when cooked in coconut oil!
  7. This is my first time posting! I wanted to share my story and ask a few questions about how I can get my health back on track most effectively. I am sure everyone has heard stories and questions like this 5,000 million times, but here goes anyway: I have had strange mystery symptoms for the past three years. Headaches, fatigue, constant bouts of the flu and sinus infections, acne, allergies, anxiety, and unexplainable mood changes that have grown increasingly worse. Before these symptoms, I lived a very healthy life; although I have always been plagued with hayfever and chronic constipation. But I thought these things were "normal." When my symptoms grew progressively worse, I began to complain about these new mystery symptoms to my doctors. Over the course of three years I complained to at least four different doctors. Because I am a teacher, each doctor wrote off my symptoms as being stress related or a result of exposure to germy teenagers. Since I was in my mid-twenties and appeared to be in perfect health, they told me to take it easy and to avoid stress. My symptoms grew worse. Finally, after feeling like I was on the verge of death for so long, I took matters into my own hands and did my own research. All signs kept pointing to Celiac Disease. I begged my doctor for a blood test and my doctor reluctantly agreed (but remained skeptical). It came out positive. After my diagnosis I have done everything in my power to educate myself about my disease. I have read multiple books and hired a personal nutritionist to get my health back on track. But it's been quite a struggle. I understand the importance of staying on track: my grandmother was clinically schizophrenic and my mother recently admitted that she has been silently suffering from schizophrenic symptoms her entire life. Based on all of the research I have read, the experiences within my family, and my own health issues, I believe the connection between mental illness and Celiac Disease is very real. It has been documented since the 1960s...since this information would overturn our food and pharmecutical industries as we know it, this information is not readily spread throughout the media, unfortunately. On to my questions: I have been gluten-free for a while now with only moderate improvement. However, once I began the anti-candida diet, I feel like a new person. I have completely eliminated sugar (even natural sugar) from my diet, I take CANDEX, Oil of Oregano, Colloidal Silver supplements, probiotics, and have been eating raw garlic like there's no tomorrow. I finally am beginning to feel like my old self again. This is the best feeling in the world! Here are my questions/concerns: How long should I stay on the anti-candida diet? I know I will be gluten-free for eternity, but when can I start adding fruit, the nightshade family, safe grains like quinoa, and maybe the occasional gluten-free beer back into my diet? In your experience, how long do intestines take to heal? How will I know my system is ready? As of now, I was planning to stick with the no sugar anti-candida diet for a month and a half...is this unrealistic? Will Colloidal Silver turn me blue-grey or is this FDA propaganda? Thanks so much for reading and thanks for your help!!!