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  1. Hey guys so I have had this rash going on for a few months and my doctor just looked at it and said she didn't know what it was and to just use a steroid cream. The cream only works sometimes and generally just stops itching and the blisters from getting bad but never clears it up. I have questioned gluten sensitivity in the past because every time I eat it I immediately get hiccups. Anyhow my rash is on the sides of my ring and middle finger about 2 inches long. It starts as little clear water pockets under the skin and is incredibly itchy. Then it turns to red scaly and peeling and the blisters become raised. Does this sound like something anyone is experienced? Any suggestions for how to get my dr. To look into it more? I'm just nervous because last visit she charged me 800$ to tell me she didn't know what it was and send my home with a prescription that doesn't even work really. Thanks so much in advance!
  2. I have been having on and off stomach aches for about a year. I get frequent gas, bloating, urge to go poop, and my stomach almost always hurts in the lower part, like where my belly button is. I went to the GI last month and he ordered some lab tests and an upper GI. The upper GI came back negative. The lab tests tested for Celiac disease, and three of them came back negative except for the t-Transglutaminase (tTG) IgG. My result was a 6 (weak positive), normal being from 0 - 5. My Immunoglobulin A also came back low (51), with a normal level being from 87 - 352. I read about Immunoglobulin A deficiency and saw that people who are deficient are more likely to have celiac. I also read that people with celiac and IgA deficiency could have skin rashes, and I also have eczema. I'm going to do an endoscopy next month, but I was wondering if it is likely that I would have gotten a false positive since my result was just barely positive?
  3. Dr. Rodney Ford M.D.

    Cutaneous Gluten Sensitivity

    Celiac.com 04/26/2017 - "The universe is made of stories, not atoms" — Muriel Rukeyser Helen, a woman with severe lifelong eczema/dermatitis, wrote to me a few weeks ago, saying "I have taken your advice and been strictly gluten free for five months now. The eczema inflammation is 99% gone and my skin quality has significantly improved. I do still get a bit itchy around my neck area and elbow creases, more so at night when it is warm. I have noticed a significant improvement in my asthma also. I still use antihistamines perhaps once or twice a week for runny nose. Does this mean I will need to be gluten free for life? Which of your books would you say would be the most relevant for someone in my position? Thank you for your assistance, regards, Helen. I recommended eBook: "Dermatitis Eczema: Gluten Wheat – Solving the eczema puzzle." Available at: http://www.GlutenEczema.com This is an excerpt from the chapter: "Children better off gluten/wheat". To help you get a better idea of how gluten can trigger eczema, here are narratives of some children whose eczema got better when their gluten sensitivity was recognised and treated. Most had good remission of their eczema on a gluten-free diet. Their stories told by their parents. To give context to the blood test values, the normal reference ranges were: AGA: 0–15 tTG: 0–20 Celiac disease with bad eczema Lily at five years old was diagnosed by me with celiac disease. Symptoms: eczema. Run down, pot tummy and slow growth. Tests: All of her blood tests were positive for celiac disease (tTG 120) and she had an abnormal intestinal biopsy which confirmed the bowel damage of celiac disease. AGA very high (115). Her mum said: "Lily has now been gluten-free for the last year. She came to see Dr. Ford to investigate her allergies. She had a blocked nose and troublesome eczema. She also had quite a pot tummy and Dr Ford said that her growth was slow (she was thin and short). Dr Ford said that she needed blood tests for gluten and celiac disease: these were both positive. So she had an endoscopy, which was abnormal, showing the villus blunting of celiac disease. Therefore, she had to go on a gluten-free diet." "Since she has been gluten-free over the last year, she has gotten better and better. She no longer has lots of infections, she has more energy, and interestingly, her allergies have nearly gone away. Her skin used to give her a lot of trouble – she had a lot of bad eczema. Her eczema now is very much better and she only has small amounts left in her creases. And if she has any gluten errors it flares up." Recovering from gluten-eczema Isabella, at two years old, was recovering from her eczema. I asked her mother what happens if Isabella has any gluten. Her mum said: "Isabella had eczema all over her body. She was on strong steroid creams. She had the positive blood tests for gluten antibodies (AGA of 66), so it was suggested I take her off the gluten. I did this." "I took her off gluten and it has cleared her eczema up. Now, when she does eat anything with gluten in it she gets little patches of eczema on her legs. I just can't believe it!" Blood all over her sheets Emily was three years old. She had a high anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA 48) but she did not have celiac disease (normal tTG). Her mother told me: "Initially her skin was really sore, dry and scratchy. She would have blood all over her sheets in the morning from scratching while she was asleep. Her poos were really sloppy and nasty." "But after taking gluten out of her diet her skin cleared up within days, and the itchiness of her skin settled. She was just so much happier." Dry skin and worsening eczema Breanna and Alyssa, twins aged 3 years. Symptoms: eczema and poor sleeping. Both had high AGA levels (60 & 68) and normal tTG levels (5 & 3). They did not warrant an endoscopy. Mum writes: "My twins were born at 26 weeks. During our stay in NICU they developed very dry skin, at times you felt like you wanted to peel the dry skin off. The word eczema was mentioned on more than one occasion. There is a history of eczema and asthma in our family, so at the time I tried to deny all knowledge of that word." Dry skin and worsening eczema "Eleven weeks later we took our twins home. Their skin was still dry and we were given a moisturiser to use as required. As time went on their skin didn't improve and eventually at around the age of one year they showed real signs of eczema. We started to use steroid creams: 1% Hydrocortisone to start with, then onto a much stronger steroid cream. Soon, this stronger cream was used all the time to control their eczema as the other creams were of no real help." "At around 2 years old, while at a playgroup session one of the mothers was talking about her daughter's eczema and how she had gone to see Dr Ford and now there were no signs of it there today. Of course my ears pricked up. I was interested to hear how her diet affected her skin and the word gluten was mentioned." At the time it didn't mean a lot to me. Therefore, I made an appointment and I was excited to think that we might be able to change the girls' diet and their skin condition may improve. They had positive gluten blood tests "The day arrived and we had our first visit. He talked to us about this gluten thing and that if we could avoid it then their skin might make a dramatic improvement. I was keen to try anything. Firstly, they had to have some skin prick allergy tests – it showed a reaction to wheat among a few other things. Next, the girls had a blood test confirming that they definitely had an allergy to gluten, and their iron levels were also very low. The final step was to set about changing their diet. I can honestly say that this was daunting to start with but once we got our heads around the issues, it became second nature." Sleeping at last! "One of the biggest changes we have noticed is that they are now sleeping so much better. I was constantly up and down to them all night and was getting so worn out now we can almost guarantee a full nights sleep, Yahoo!! The other major issue was the steroid cream use: we haven't used the strong steroid cream for 12 months. So for me, going gluten-free was a huge step in the right direction." Gluten-free gets easier "There are heaps of products that we can use and the staff in shops were very helpful with information and getting stock in. I have since brought a number of cook books all with sections on gluten-free that have been helpful. When baking or cooking, I now just do it the gluten-free way and everyone in our family eats it with no complaints. We have all adjusted accordingly." "Our thanks goes out to Dr Ford for all his help. I also send good luck to all of you who are about to embark on a gluten-free diet – the rewards will be well worth the sacrifice." Sharon Losing her hair – alopecia Ella, age 6 years. Symptoms: eczema, alopecia, moody, abdominal pain, multiple food allergy. AGA high (49), tTG normal (3), EMA negative, Small bowel biopsy, normal. Mum writes: "Ella is now age 6 years. At age 3 years Ella started to lose her hair. After a year of scalp treatment, by the time she turned 5 years old, all but one small patch had regrown." Losing her hair "About 4 months later a small patch of alopecia reappeared and her hair loss rapidly progressed from there. At this time her eczema, always present in a mild form, worsened and became almost impossible to control. Many forms of treatment were tried and all failed. Within the year Ella had lost all her hair and was constantly itching. Over this time Ella also complained of tummy pains and weight loss." Diagnosed as gluten-sensitive "As her father has celiac disease, we decided to get Ella checked. Her blood test was positive but the biopsy was negative for celiac disease. In discussion with the GP and some unanswered questions we eventually had an appointment with Dr Ford. After this appointment, Ella started on a strict gluten-free diet and has remained on it for the past 4 months." Amazing results "The results are amazing. Ella has stopped most of her scratching and she is far more comfortable. Ella's mood has changed and she is now a very happy little girl. Best news of all is that she has started to have a small amount of hair growth." "At no time, despite the variety of people seen and the fact that they were aware of family history, did anyone suggest getting Ella tested for celiac disease. It was purely parents at the end of their tether, pushing." Sue She was getting worse eczema Tessa, age 2 years. Symptoms: eczema, poor growth, multiple food allergy. Tests: AGA high (51), tTG normal (7), Biopsy not done. Mum writes: "Tessa was our first-born baby. She weighed a healthy 8lb and was breastfed until 6 months. I introduced solids at 5 months. Having given a bottle of expressed milk every night since she was 10 weeks, I found that she preferred this and weaned herself." Eczema at the time of solids "Tessa had eczema from the time she commenced solids, but it was manageable with mild steroid ointments. However, at six months her eczema became more distressing for her. She had her first course of antibiotics at this age." "We felt that we were using more and more topical steroids, oral antibiotics, and even a course of oral prednisone. None of these treatments felt satisfactory to her family. We needed a solution to prevent the problem. Not only was her skin getting worse but also she was quietly losing weight. A friend suggested visiting Dr Rodney Ford." Allergies to egg, dairy and peanuts "Our first visit involved an extensive medical history and allergy testing. Tessa was found to be allergic to egg, dairy, peanut, grass, and cats. We excluded the food allergens from her diet. But, over the next four months Tessa had a dramatic weight loss, going from the 50 percentile to falling off the Child Health nurse growth graph. She required more steroids, and antibiotics." Waking screaming "My angel baby, who had slept through the night from age 6 weeks, was now 16 months and woke every night screaming inconsolably. We were getting desperate, putting in an awful lot of work by eliminating dairy and egg with no rewards. With a new baby due to be born Tessa's exhausted parents needed answers. Back to Dr Ford we went. He suggested running some blood tests to check her gluten markers. It came back that her Anti-Gliadin Antibody was 51, suggesting that she was gluten-sensitive." Gluten-free as well! "We trailed a gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free diet. This was a totally overwhelming prospect for our family, as at that time we were introducing a two-week-old baby to the world! Luckily, Tessa's father, who too is an adult sufferer of eczema, was able to take all this on board and went off grocery shopping, bringing back lots of acceptable goodies. It was also at this time that I learnt of the real benefits of living in a small town." We had a gluten-free buddy "We were very fortunate that another mother of gluten-sensitive children took me by the hand grocery shopping, showing me how easy it is! Also, the church where we regularly attend made a whole week's worth of meals for the freezer which all fitted the requirements for Tessa's diet. All this really just through word of mouth!" At last she is better "We are so excited to see such an improvement. She has just been allergy tested again and we are able to introduce egg and dairy again. I had been giving small amounts of dairy already, hoping that she would have grown out of this. At one point all she would eat was cheese, so to get some calories into her that is what we fed her. Having Tessa on a gluten-free diet requires us to be organized and creative. It is especially difficult when you spontaneously decide to go out for the day: there are no guarantees that we will find appropriate food for Tessa, so usually we pack a lunch." Gluten-free is expensive "The food that is gluten-free is also usually twice the price of other foods. We have had to learn to bake, which is something I still struggle with. We have had some major disasters, especially baking cakes. Whenever it seems too difficult, and we are out of ideas, it is not too hard to find a reason to keep trying." Improved gluten free "Our little girl has significantly improved since becoming gluten-free. She has not required antibiotics or oral steroids for eczema since commencing the diet. We can now apply the topical steroid ointments as prescribed "sparingly". She no longer gets up in the morning, her pyjamas and sheets covered in blood, and forehead weeping. She can play in sandpits without fear that the sand will get into her sores, and once again they will be infected." "We are so lucky that something so simple as changing Tessa's diet has had such a dramatic affect on her life." Mum Think about the gluten-eczema link As you have been told by these families, gluten has been found to be an important trigger for eczema in these children. My research findings show that the majority of people over three years of age, who have ongoing and troublesome eczema, have gluten-sensitivity. When gluten is removed from their diets, they get better. Advice about blood testing for gluten and for information on a gluten-free diet can be found on our webpage: http://www.DrRodneyFord.com and in the previous chapters. This is an excerpt from Dr Rodney Ford's eBook, "Dermatitis Eczema: Gluten Wheat – Solving the eczema puzzle" Available at: http://www.GlutenEczema.com Written in the spirit of cooperation and knowledge sharing.
  4. Before I get into the neurological symptoms, let me give you a synopsis of my background and family history. Both my parents smoke and my dad was always a heavy drinker. My mom had GERD / Acid Reflux pretty much her whole life and it should be noted that she's basically 100% Norwegian (I've read that Northern Europeans have GERD and gastrointestinal issues more than anyone else - same with the Irish). My mom was also recently tested positive for Celiac Disease (our diets growing up was filled with wheat products, so connecting the dots here, I think she was being bombarded with gluten and her body couldn't handle it). She would have severe mood swings, especially towards my dad (who is now passed on). Her acid reflux got so bad that she went in for an endoscopy and they told her that she had Barrett's Esophagus. She's still alive to this day though and seems to be holding up reasonably well. My sister also has severe acid reflux and panic attacks. Now to get to my own history. I was born in 1983. As a baby, I had severe eczema, and would rub certain areas of my body (such as my wrists) raw on the carpet, because I was constantly itchy. I would also constantly spit up breast-milk and even the baby formula. My parents had a hard time figuring out what to feed me! We would also drink tons of cow's milk. That finally hit a brick wall around age 25 (in 2008), when I started noticing that if I drank straight cow's milk I would end up with (and still do end up with if I drink it) sulfur burps which taste and smell like rotten eggs. I even tried drinking raw cow's milk one time and the result was the same, I was burping rotten egg smelling burps and would get diarrhea! This is also around the time when I noticed my acid reflux getting worse and worse. In 2009, I started lifting weights again after taking a long break from high school. When I would do any squatting motion exercises such as dead-lifts or squats, I'd almost pass out because I couldn't catch my breath afterwards. I finally went in for an endoscopy and they told me that my esophagus was raw and red. I also should note that I've read getting anesthesia and all the drugs they give you during that time, can cause long-term psychological issues, especially anxiety, which I never really had until after that year. I realized that I couldn't do those squatting exercises or anything that put pressure on the abdomen area, since it would push acid back up into my esophagus. I decided to start lifting weights on an empty stomach and that did work for awhile but I couldn't figure out why my acid reflux was still so bad. Acid shooting back up into the esophagus, is caused by inflammation. This affects the Vagus Nerve (which is the longest cranial nerve). Some of the main functions of the Vagus Nerve include, 1. Breathing 2. Speech 3. Sweating 4. Helping in keeping the larynx open during breathing 5. Monitoring and regulating the heartbeat 6. Informing the brain of the food that is ingested and food that has been digested 7. The Vagus Nerve performs the major function of emptying the gastric region of food Any damage to the vagus nerve causes Gastroparesis which is losing the muscular function in the stomach and intestines. This results in food being emptied slowly, that leads to other problems such as fermentation of food in the stomach and food getting compressed into hard pellets which can cause severe problems if the pellets get stuck in the intestine. Especially in people with diabetes, when sugar levels get high and are not well controlled, it can result in the vagus nerve damage. This can result in anxiety / panic attacks, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), trouble swallowing, chills, asthma-like symptoms, heart palpitations, tingling / numbness in extremities and limbs, blood in the stool, hard of breathing, anxiety attack-like symptoms, canker sores, nightmares (including hypnogogic and hypnopompic auditory / visual hallucinations, such as hearing a gun shot upon waking up, even though no gun was fired), dry mouth, heart attack-like symptoms, and more (I had all these symptoms too btw). I believe that since our bodies are intolerant to wheat and dairy products, it is causing inflammation in the body, which then causes all these other symptoms. So at that point, I began having hallucinations (including hypnopompic and hypnagogic hallucinations). They were mainly auditory hallucinations and some (but fewer) visual hallucinations. They started around 2013, when I got sick with the flu and also had an in-grown toenail (I had to get it cut out by the doctor and it was the worst pain of my life!). I was extremely religious back then (I left my faith last year at end of 2015) and felt like these were omens or signs for some of the things that were deemed ‘sinful’. I then had a breakup with a gluten-free who lived in Montana and the auditory hallucinations continued. I’ve been having them again starting in 2016 after getting sick with a chest respiratory infection (I’m seeing a trend here with getting sick and having these), which I believe were caused by the Autumn Rhinitis / Hay Fever Allergies. I was at the gym around the start of August 2016, and I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath after each set of lifting. I went home and haven’t been back to the gym since. I was having trouble breathing just walking up a flight of stairs, and it was a daily nightmare until I started looking into ways to help solve my issues (which I’ll get into in a minute). I also don’t have a great sleep schedule from working late night shifts, so I’m typically always sleep deprived. I should also mention that I think I have formed P.T.S.D. (PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from watching a music video where it showed a death. The image of the woman dying kept playing in my head (this also happened around August 2016). Then on top of all that, I was lifting weights 2 times a week (full body workouts), doing H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Training) a couple times a week in the morning, AND working night shifts. On top of all that, my dad died last year (October 3, 2015) and within a week afterwards around October 10th, I ended up with appendicitis so I had to get the appendectomy surgery to get my appendix removed. A few weeks later, I walked away from my faith (not due to emotional reasons, but due to extensive research, which was already in the process starting at the beginning of 2015). So I lost my dad, my faith and my appendix within a month's time period. It put a lot of stress on me I think. I’m 33 years old, so still somewhat young, but I think I was pushing my body to the limit, and it’s been affecting my brain chemistry. Not only that, but recently, I put the other dots to the puzzle and found out that I also have gluten intolerance / Celiac / Coeliac, so I’ve stopped eating gluten (and dairy) products. I also have done a few sessions of AAT (Advanced Allergy Therapy), by a doctor named Dr. Jill Cohn in the San Francisco / Berkeley / Oakland Bay Area. You don’t even have to be there in person for her to treat you, she does it all online through a conference call on a site similar to Skype. You can watch testimonials on YouTube as well, and I’m here to tell you that her system did cure me of Ragweed allergies. I now understand that because I was pushing my body to the limit as well as trying to stay 500 calories below maintenance (to cut fat and get shredded), that my body wasn’t getting the proper nutrients and vitamins due to eating wheat and gluten (as well as dairy). This damages the alveoli and villi in the intestinal tract which are crucial for absorbing the nutrients from your food. I also found out that my body reacts poorly to chocolate as well. Chocolate is a 'stimulant' and has been proven to affect the brain the same way that cannabis / marijuana will. This could be some of the problems you all are facing as well. At that point, your body is so run down, that it will start attacking ‘harmless’ invaders, such as ragweed pollen, pet dander or even just simple dust particles, which this process of your body in attack mode, will cause inflammation, hence the reason I was having trouble breathing (my body developed exercise-induced / allergy-induced asthma). Not only that, but when your body is so run down and not getting the proper nutrition, it can cause psychosis and schizophrenic symptoms as well! I started taking a ton of supplements and they’ve helped tremendously. Here are a few to get you started. Try these and eat a balanced diet for a couple months. I’ll bet you start to feel better and the hallucinations diminish. 1. Vitamin D3 (Jarrow Brand 5,000IU – take two to four per day) – This is especially necessary if you live above the 37 degree parallel (latitude) in the Fall and Winter (typically from September to March). The sun only produces Vitamin D3 in our body when it is 50 degrees (altitude not temperature) above the horizon and even during the Spring and Summer, this only occurs from around 10AM in the morning to 2-3PM in the afternoon. So you have only a 4 to 5 hour window in the morning to afternoon when the sun is producing Vitamin D3, which most people aren't really out during those times, because of work schedule. This is why around 75 to 80% of the world population are D3 deficient! A good source of information on this is Dr. John Cannell. Go research how vital and important D3 is for us! You want your ng/ml (nano-grams per milliliter of blood) to be from 50 to 100 (or even slightly over 100 is fine too!). 2. Magnesium (CALM BRAND) – Magnesium is the driver for Vitamin D3. It’s very important and we don’t get enough of it in our diet on average. 3. Vitamin C (take around 2,000mg per day) – Look up Dr. Thomas Levy and Dr. Linus Pauling for good information on this. The Liposomal type of Vitamin C is the best kind! 4. Vitamin K2 (different from Vitamin K1 – Get the Jarrow Brand called Vitamin K-Right) – Millions of people take calcium supplements to maintain healthy bones. Yet few patients or physicians realize that optimizing bone integrity involves more than taking a single mineral supplement. A critical additional component for bone and cardiovascular health is vitamin K2. Recent research has revealed that, without vitamin K2, calcium regulation is disrupted. In fact, low levels of vitamin K2 are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis. K2 is the gateway that allows calcium to get to your bones. When you take vitamin D3, your body creates more of these vitamin K2-dependent proteins, the proteins that will move the calcium around. They have a lot of potential health benefits. But until the K2 comes in to activate those proteins, those benefits aren't realized. So, really, if you're taking vitamin D, you're creating an increased demand for K2. And vitamin D and K2 work together to strengthen your bones and improve your heart health.For so long, we've been told to take calcium for osteoporosis... and vitamin D3, which we know is helpful. But then, more studies are coming out showing that increased calcium intake is causing more heart attacks and strokes. That created a lot of confusion around whether calcium is safe or not. But that's the wrong question to be asking, because we'll never properly understand the health benefits of calcium or vitamin D3, unless we take into consideration K2. That's what keeps the calcium in its right place. 5. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) Ubiquinol – it’s a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. (Get the Jarrow Brand – no I don’t work for them, but I’ve heard they are the best in all of these, and it’s what I take). 6. Vitamin B-Right (Jarrow) which has all of the B vitamins in it. Niacin (B3) has proven to be very helpful for those with Schizophrenia and Psychosis. Look up Dr. Abram Hoffer and his research on mental illness and Niacin. Careful with Niacin in huge quantities, as it will cause a 'flushing' effect, but you still want enough to get the benefits. 7. Oxylent (which is one of the best tasting and best multi-vitamins out there in my opinion). It’s got most of all you need in there when included with what I mentioned above. (Those are the main ones above, but here are a few other supplements I take. ChlorOxygen, Serrapeptase {SerraGold Brand}, mushroom supplement called 'Breathe' by New Chapter Life-shield, HealthForce Green Alchemy Protein Powder, HealthForce Vitamineral Green, Probiotics, MSM, Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, local honey, and avocados for potassium, along with getting at least a half gallon of water per day - which I drink at least 32 oz. to 50 oz. of water on an empty stomach every morning). Within a month of taking all this (I started on November 2nd, 2016), I’m now feeling about 95% back to my normal self. The other 5% is caused by my poor sleeping habits, as well as stress. I now realize that these psychological issues were all subconscious from the heavy religious indoctrination. If I had never been introduced to these religious ideas, I’m sure I’d not have these particular religious themed hypnopompic and hypnagogic hallucinations. When it first started, I was seeing visuals such as numbers and objects floating in the air upon waking up, which, they’d disappear within a few seconds. I also hear voices, which would say terrible things, and then the voices would continue in my head as if it were having dialogue with me in my own mind. I would feel like God hated me, due to the content of what was being said. I’m pretty sure I have some sort of religious trauma after leaving my faith and also, after my dad dying within the last year (2015). They actually have a name for this type of PTSD and it’s RTS (Religious Trauma Syndrome). You can find some good material through Dr. Marlene Winell online if you suffer from the religious form of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Anyways, I hope all of this helps someone else who may be going through similar! Just know you’re not alone and it’s more than likely happening because of nutrient deficiency and/or a traumatic experience you suffered as well as your diet if you are gluten intolerant / lactose intolerant. These aren’t devils, demons, hobgoblins or ghouls harassing you, this is all natural phenomena and it can be treated with the right diet, the right supplements and proper sleep! I am still getting cross-contaminated (or there is a cross-reactor food that mimics gluten and/or dairy) somewhere in my diet, so my psychological issues persist, including waking up feeling like something is trying to talk to me in my mind. I am trying to figure that out now. But they also have supplements you can take that will break down gluten if you are accidentally 'glutened.' Here is a study I found from WW2, that correlates to mental disease and gluten / wheat below. "One of the first hints that these circumstances could have implications for the psychological sciences was the observation that, in several countries, hospitalization rates for schizophrenia during World War II dropped in direct proportion to wheat shortages. In the United States, where over that same period the consumption of wheat rose rather than diminished, such rates increased instead (Dohan, 1966a,b). In South Pacific islands with a traditionally low consumption of wheat, schizophrenia was only found in 1 person out of 30,000. When Western grain products were introduced into their society, it dramatically rose to 1 person out of 100! (Dohan et al., 1984)."
  5. So over the past few months I've developed these red patches on my arms and legs. I'm not entirely sure what they are and they seem like they could be DH, eczema or a mixture of both. They do seem to be focused around the hair follicles in some pictures so there's that. My main reason for even suspecting DH is because my sister has celiac's. My mum was diagnosed with IBS and has eczema, and it could be that she has been misdiagnosed but that's another story. Another reason is that I've read Celiac's can cause growth problems in teenage years. Although I'm normal height now (though shorter than my older brother and dad), I didn't really start growing until I was 18. I should point out that I've never had any gut symptoms myself. Just want to get your thoughts on whether these pictures even look like DH? http://imgur.com/Lqxt6gz http://imgur.com/HJNiKg8 http://imgur.com/hdu9kqc http://imgur.com/aw9skq5
  6. Nicki Raeleen

    Hiding The Symptoms

    My sister and I joke around a lot about the creative ways we hide our symptoms from the world. From carrying strong ass perfume, or wearing pads in our shirts, we create laughter and ideas that would send any normal person walking away shaking their head. But at what point does hiding your symptoms take every inch of strength from you? I realized just how weak I was when my symptoms showed on a place I couldn’t hide… My lips. I have been diagnosed with eczema for a while now and I have found creative ways of hiding it from the world, and more importantly “those girls” when I was in high school. Just recently, however, the eczema moved to my face and the world began to fall apart. I had been dealing with a long list of internal undiagnosed problems along with symptoms that would make anyone cringe, but I was always able to hold down the fort with one sentence: “If I am beautiful on the outside, no one can tell how broken I am on the inside”. What a terrible though to push through my head every morning at the age of 19, but it worked. I was confident calm and a pretty face to look at, even though 20 min earlier I was throwing up blood. When the eczema could no longer be covered with my tricks of the trade I had a meltdown. My boyfriend held me as I blurted out “now I’m as ugly on the outside as I am on the inside”. He was shocked. He knew what I was going through on an outward level, but failed to realize the extensive damage it had done to my confidence. All he could do was hold me and listen to the sounds of me weep, until I was ready to get up and face myself again in the mirror. I had cracked, all of those years hiding everything came out in one sudden moment and it took everything away from me. About a week has passed from that moment and I am on medication to help my lips heal, but at what cost? When I am done, I will put an X on the bottle and throw it into the box full of empty medications. As I close the lid to that box, I will once again push all of my symptoms back into the depth of my body and out of the eyes of the public. Looking in the mirror, every morning and telling myself, “If I am beautiful on the outside, no one can tell how broken I am on the inside”.
  7. I haven't been officially diagnosed with celiacs, but I don't think I need any kind of test to tell me I have intestinal damage due to foods. I really watch my intake of dairy, gluten, wheat, (and now, soy). After 2 years I'm still uncertain about the gluten, since I rarely mess up on that one and it's usually coupled with an ingredient of soy or dairy, leaving me not knowing for sure. This last episode felt like I had lost a few years of my life. I had been eating some beef jerky that I had made with gluten free soy. I must have been exhausted because I ate a granola bar with dairy and wheat in it, and I NEVER just eat something without thinking. I think it was the soy though, because I've had other episodes of a soy and gluten contamination. Anyways, it happened so fast. Within 2 minutes, I my upper stomach and intestines (just under my sternum) was in so much pain. It was hard and swollen. I started sweating profusely and my back radiates intense pain. I tried sitting up in a bathroom stall but I couldn't control the pain. I was so out of my mind with pain I laid on the floor in the bathroom on a nasty dirty concrete floor at a sports arena and someone found me. I passed out during that time. I came to on my own and dragged myself to the toilet where I made myself throw it all up and started getting some immediate relief. I've never passed out before from the pain. Is there anyone out there that has symptoms like this for soy? I also have eczema across my eyes and in my ears. Not sure if it's related too.
  8. Ok, quick overview of myself and my family... My sister has epilepsy, my brother has down syndrome, my mother has digestive issues, thyroid disease, has had a miscarriage and has mood swings, her mother (my grandmother) has schizophrenia and chronic depression and debilitating arthritis and her brother (my great uncle) has parkinsons. All of these can be linked to celiac/GI correct? Now for my symptoms- I have medication controlled epilepsy, regular pain in my shoulder, hip, knees and wrists and occasionally unexplained upper abdominal pain, heartburn, mild eczema on the back of my arms, constantly battling with cold sores/fever blisters (when I did not just have a cold or fever) and acne, occasional digestive issues(foul odor, inconsistancy), bloating and bad pms symptoms/ irregular cycles and the WORST sugar cravings. The eczema didn't start until this past year, I've had knee pain since I was 17 from volleyball injuries and knee surgury. I also wasn't eating regularly until this year, I was on a medication called topamax which drastically reduced my appitite, I probably wasn't eating enough of anything to have a problem. With this kind of family history how likely is it that my mother's side of the family is a carrier of celiac or GI? I went on the ketogenic diet (high fat mod. protein, low carbs) last week to see if it may be an alternative to dropping off of my last epilepsy medication, within 4 days my joint pain completely disapperared, acne started clearing up, eczema disappeared, I felt normal. Over this past weekend I skimped on my diet and had wheat twice- a bite of danish and a flour tortilla, By Tuesday my eczema was back, acne on my face, knee pain. I initally thought it was because it also follows along the guidelines of an anti-inflammitory diet, but after running across article after article about celiac and gluten intolerance and these same symptoms I started wondering if that could be it. I'm back on the keto diet as I just feel better overall when I'm on it. Thoughts, questions, comments? I'll be perusing the forum for answers but for those knowledgeable and experienced I'd LOVE to hear from you!
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