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While I was wintering down in the Yucatan, my friend Wes told me about this drug that show good results for healing Crohn's. He thought this drug might also be good for healing Celiac.

He told me that the drug was developed for treating rheumatoid arthritis, and that the drug suppresses the immune system, giving the body a chance to heal itself.

When I went online to find the drug, I found that they are using it to treat IBS. Knowing that IBS is usually a misdiagnoses of celiac disease, I'm wondering if this drug would help heal celiac disease.

P.S. I had to question this statement about diet and IBS, that the drug company made in it's ad: "Also, try to eat a balanced diet. Remember that while diet is not the cause of the condition, certain foods can aggravate your symptoms. You may wish to limit these foods." :blink:

Also I find this statement in another ad interesting: "About IBS: IBS is characterized by abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating, and altered bowel function (constipation and/or diarrhea). IBS affects up to one in five Americans. Second only to the common cold as a leading cause of workplace absenteeism in the U.S., IBS costs the U.S. healthcare system up to an estimated $30 billion annually in direct and indirect costs."

Now if they want to cure IBS, why do they NOT want to cure celiac disease? And look at the numbers they print.

I'm starting to think they do not want to cure celiac disease because it would be bad for the economy.

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Hi Thomas, when visiting my GP for strep throat I mentioned some additional GI problems that I was having even after going gluten-free and the nurse suggested I try Zelnorm. I guess she thought I had IBS too, as if Celiac is not enough ;) !!! The nurse said a lot of patients had found this med very helpful even the ones with diarrhea. When I spoke to my GASTRO doc about it he said patients with diarrhea should NOT take Zelnorm it is for those that have constipation.

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My doctor gave me zelnorm thought I had IBS (before going gluten-free) and it made me feel worse. Hard to say anything though because I wasn't gluten-free. Good thought though.

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Thomas

Good point about the economy connection. I heard that the wheat growers are already upset about the low carb craze. Just imagine what their response would be if a good portion of the population were celiac disease. Ouch! Maybe they can find a way to convert wheat/rye/oats/barley into auto fuel. I know it turns into "gas" when it's in my husband! What a boon for the economy that would be.

Debmidge

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Debmidge,

When talking to my friends who have millions of dollars, they only think about how to get more money, period. I have two rich friends who tried to talk me into doing something illegal, to make money, simply because, as they put it,

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I try not to be a bible thumper as I no longer believe in God, but in it it says that it's easier for a camel to go thru eye of needle than a rich man to get into heaven. It's my understanding that this means that the rich man's only concern was to get and stay rich so therefore, he was overlooking the important things in life: God, family, friends, etc.

When I don't understand why a person is doing something I look for the money angle. Money is usually the motivation.

I have learned that in life to get ahead it's not what you know but who you know, who you are married to, who you are willing to sleep with, who you are related to, etc. I often say I'm going to run away and join the Amish and make chow-chow and quilts. But even they are too way out in their ways. Then I've have to give up my computer.

Deb

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