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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. The guy who wrote this book won a Nobel prize in science, it's called "The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine" by Michael Gershon. It explains how the gut has nerve synapses just like the brain. It actually has more than the brain. The GI tract operates independently of the brain which is why people with spinal cord injuries still have digestion operating. It explains why when you take a medication for brain disorders the gut show a similar response. An example would be the way most people become constipated after taking codeine. It stops pain and stops or slows digestion in the same way. It's a fascinating book but it gets into some very technical explanations that many would find boring.
  2. Gluten Withdrawal Symptoms?

    I have been really sick for a long time but I didn't expect to feel this bad going off gluten. Maybe the longer you've been sick the worse it is going off it. For the first week I felt great because the diarrhea stopped within two days of quitting gluten. Then I became constipated. Then I started to feel horrible. Finally it dawned on me! I looked it up on the web and here and sure enough those are my symptoms. I have an appreciation now for people who quit drugs cold turkey. The pains in my head were like lightening bolts and when one hit I thought I could feel my head move. I've had migraines my whole life and never had pains like this. Then I had trouble with double vision and brain fog. I've been nauseous and teary eyed about everything. Sugar cravings, dizziness, my joints hurt...and on and on. Sounds about right doesn't it? I think if I had to do this over I would do it slowly. ...but, there's no turning back. I'm still eating dairy but I can only do so many things at once. I went to the market today and bought a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies for my juicer. Can't get glutened like that. I'm better today than yesterday.
  3. Has anyone here read the book called "The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine" by Dr Michael Gershon. It's not an easy read. It's about the enteric nervous system in the gut. Here is some info about the concepts. I believe he won an award for his work. http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/gsas/anatomy/Faculty/Gershon/ I study genealogy. It is my passion so I had my mitochondrial DNA tested. MtDNA is from the maternal line. I am in Haplogroup T which is about 6% of the population. This group is believed to have been the first farmers and when they came on the scene the population began to rise due to better food supplies. People became farmers instead of mainly hunter/gatherers. I am about half Irish and a quarter English. Genetically those two groups are the same people. I read somewhere that there is a high incidence of celiac disease in the Irish population. There is also a high rate of alcoholism, in my family, along with many auto-immune diseases and early death. Age 47 is the magic death number in my family. I don't say this to pick on the Irish, by the way, so I hope no one is offended but this is just one group who might be good to study. I also read somewhere that there are opioid receptors in the gut and in simple terms, you can become addicted to the very substance your allergic to. This would make much sense in terms of celiac disease and addiction. Any thoughts?
  4. Sleep Apnea

    This is my first post on this forum. I have not been diagnosed with celiac disease but I've been gluten free for 10 days and have had no toilet troubles for a over a week which is amazing! I'm 53 and my symptoms have been lifelong. I have sleep apnea and a c-pap machine. I stopped breathing 26 times per hour during the sleep study. I am overweight. I also stop breathing during the day. Sometimes I do what I call 'grabbing air'. Out of nowhere I will gasp almost like a sob, sucking in air. It totally catches me off guard. Sometimes I realize I wasn't breathing like others who have posted in this thread. Before I figured out I had all of the symptoms of celiac disease I was sure I had some type of Dysautonomia. I am not sure if it's a separate illness or not. I get dizzy when I stand up and my heart pounds, vertigo, ears ringing, and many other annoying life-limiting symptoms. All of that has to do with the autonomic nervous system not doing it's job which is to take care of the things you shouldn't have to think about. Things like breathing, and heart rate, body temp, to name a few. As you stand up the blood vessels in your legs are supposed to constrict to fight the force of gravity on your blood flow and keep the blood flowing to your brain. My blood pressure drops when I stand up making me come very close to passing out. This has been happening since I was a child and I have adapted to this problem by not doing anything that causes it. For example, if I want to look for a pan in the lower kitchen cupboards I have to sit on the floor and not bend over making me dizzy. It's sometimes called postural hypo-tension. I say all of this to make the point that I think sleep apnea is a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system and I think gluten has all to do with it in my case. They have told me I have Fibromyalgia. Vitamin D is helping with the pain of that. I bruise terribly. My bruises are looking different-I'm lacking vitimin K. They are a different color than usual and going away faster now. I noticed this today. I am sleeping better. I'm still using the C-pap which helped right away when I started using it last March, but I feel much better since no gluten. Now that I've been gluten free for 10 days those symptoms have almost disappeared. I was mentioning that to my husband today at the grocery store. I just realized I hadn't been dizzy for days. I think I have been showing symptoms of vitamin deficiencies my whole life due to what they called IBS which is likely celiac disease. I don't have health insurance so I won't be getting tested anytime soon. It's totally worth it to get a C-Pap machine. It has helped, but if I can eliminate what causes my sleep apnea that would be amazing. I have something they call Alpha Delta sleep. I have awake brain waves during REM sleep. It wakes me up about every 2 minutes. I don't come fully awake but I never get fully rested. Even though my weight is an issue with apnea, I have had the Alpha Delta sleep at least since my 20's when I had a sleep study done about the same time I was diagnosed with FMS. It's all too strange to not be connected. Just saying... I know what the placebo effect is. If I continue to feel even better as the months go by I'll know this is it. I'm so glad this forum is available.