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What are the major symptoms of celiac disease?
Celiac Disease Symptoms
What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic)
Celiac Disease Screening
Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results
Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free?
How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful?
The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free
Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested?
Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing
Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases?
Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders
Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid?
Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)
Is there a list of gluten free foods?
Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients)
Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages
Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?
Where does gluten hide?
Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet
What if my doctor won't listen to me?
An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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Yeah with the chocolate, I can attest that it really helps with ones mood, problem is most cocoa is processed and defatted, your best best are RAW cocoa from BigTree, Cocoa Nibs, or my personal favorite Crio Bru which is ground cocoa nibs that are meant as a coffee replacement >.> I eat them by the hand full with a bit of sweetener or over food/deserts as a sprinkle They have different roast, and origin beans so you can get varied flavors. My life has been really hectic as of late, I manage it by consuming a ton of cocoa, and hemp, I honestly can not get depressed if I tried or sad. I just am OH WELL with everything. https://www.criobru.com/shop/
I don't know for sure but if you have a emotional roller coaster it may be do to food sensitivities. The pattern however may be difficult to figure out. I also removed all grains and milk from my diet. I limit my fruit and fructose consumption (fructose binds with tryptophan in the gut) and don't eat processed food. That might be something you could try. Alcohol can be problematic as well as a diet too high in protein or fat. Vegetables may be your best bet as far as a healthy nutritious diet.
I take glutamine powder as unbound glutamine is the preferred food for the cells that line the intestine. It is known to help with "leaky gut syndrome." I think it really helps!!! Glutamine powder is gluten free and it may help repair damage to the brain blood barrier as well.
I also am experimenting with dark cocoa powder as it is rich in antioxidants and flavinoids which can help with healing and improving mood.
Another option would be to research the AIP diet.
While celiac is primarily a genetic disease, there are cases of it appearing in people that have NO genetic history of it, nor the genes for it and it develops as a complete mutation caused by a trigger normally associated with some kind of shock or trauma to the immune system. There the same theory that that applies to bringing out the dormant gene for the disease applies that when the body and immune system is under shock or stress, and consuming gluten the body is easily confused and slips up identifying the gluten proteins as harmful and developing antibodies for them (more so common if you have another AI issue and the body is already under stress).....and like a kind of messed up vaccine you from then on pretty much have it....NOTE this is based off a article I read a while back and I can not quote sources or confirm my wording. PLEASE if anyone can correct this if I am wrong or messed up on my memory.
Yes you are correct. Interestingly my genes in the US are thought to be more associated with RA. Which is something they thought I had prediagnosis. In the Middle and far East they are more likely to be associated with celiac and they are rare genes in Caucasians which I am according to my parents known heritage. I always caution folks not to take the gene tests as absolute proof they can't have celiac because I had one child who had positive blood and biopsy, did well on the diet, then got genes tested in young adulthood and was told they could never be celiac. Of course that resulted in her abandoning the diet. I worry but hope someday doctors will realise we still have a lot to learn about the genetics of this disease.
PS While I still have some deformity in my hands my joint pain resolved after a few months on the diet.
It seems like you really need a concrete or near concrete answer so I would say maybe you ought to get the gene testing. Then you can decide on the gluten challenge.
Thanks! I am convinced our dogs are there waiting for us. Meanwhile they are playing, running, laughing, barking & chasing. I have another favorite quote dealing with dogs:
"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home & examine your conscience."
~~~ Woodrow Wilson ~~~