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  1. Hello, I don't know if my topic fits better here, but I didn't know where to categorize it. In 2011 I've been diagnosed with celiac disease and since then I've been on a very strict diet, finally starting to feel better in 2014. In the meanwhile, I also had a laparoscopic surgery for 3rd stage endometriosis, and last year I was diagnosed with IBS, lactose intolerance, as well as insulin resistance and systemic candidiasis. Since last month I'm also on therapy for IBD (the doctors are suspecting microscopic colitis, but colonoscopies confirmed atypical inflammation only). Therapy for Candida (Diflucan) didn't help, and I've been recommended to adapt my diet. I was wondering if anyone has experience in dealing with other diets, in particular for Candida? Most of the gluten-free products are starchy, so what do you actually eat? Foods usually recommended for this, like leafy vegetables as well as spices, are impossible for me to eat - actually, I feel sometimes like most of the foods make me feel even worse and I keep losing weight. I hope someone can share their experience, thank you!
  2. I have been a celiac for almost 13 years now, over the years of doing the treatment I started to feel that I became more sensitive to other foods. It is really frustrating, I don't really know where to begin to finally heal myself :/ All the best,
  3. Wanted to thank you all here at the forum for your messages, in the course of past two years it has been of much help and encouragement for me to read it and to know that I'm not alone in what I have been going through. I'd like to share my story in case somebody would get any benefit from reading it and in case there is anybody who can suggest something... I got first problems in 2009 when my fingertips started cracking all the time - deep cracks, bleeding, painful, etc. a continuous vicious circle. I just lived with it, it was manageable. I saw a few doctors, they said it was dishydrosis and that was it. In 2012 or so I got first eczema on my right hand little finger that then went on to grow and spread steadily during the following years and ended up to cover my entire right hand palm and moved on to my left hand little finger. At the end of 2015 I experienced first major problems that forced me to go on a strict diet (I saw an article in the internet that explained such eczemas by candida overgrowth). I stayed on that candida diet for something like two months and got a complete relief from all symptoms. The symptoms were overall fatigue, skin peeling off on my forehead, further growth of eczema on my hand, terrible itch and pain becuse of the eczema (I remember dropping on the floor in tears because of the agonising pain), and the last drop was hair loss... That diet helped and I now knew that my problem could be managed. I started reading stuff online trying to figure the connection and what was actually wrong with me. I did some lab tests, I did not have candida, I actually did not have any problems, all lab tests came back clear. I spent 2016 staying on diet on and off, balancing between flareups. I gradually started getting bloating episodes that lasted up to a week with certain discomfort breathing, walking, etc. Through experiments I figured that certain products made me feel worse and made the eczema worse. First was gluten. Avoiding gluten really helped. I could eat gluten one-two times but after several times I had a full flare up (no noticeable stomach problems though), so I started cutting down on gluten. Then soya joined the blacklisted gluten. And then came the spring of 2017 that I will never forget. I am attaching three photos to show what my hand was like. I could hardly use my hand, it would swell, burn, itch, pain. I started getting spots of eczema all over the my hand, spreading on to my left hand and it got really out of control spreading too fast. I tried going to doctors again, tried taking their medicines, all to no avail. Returning to diet and finally cutting out lactose removed the agony within two weeks. So, here I am now - intolerant to gluten, soya, nuts, any forms of sugar (including fruits), lactose. On top of that I am vegetarian (well, now a forced vegan). The reason why I am writing here is although I am strict with gluten I still get some (milder) flareups that are caused by even smallest amount of anything that's off the "diet" things. I can get a some flareup by cleaning some dusty drawers, by sleeping on a bed with dusty floor undernearth, by using spice mix that obviously has something wrong mixed in it, well and of course by eating something wrong when I get weak (and stupid).... Just to give you an idea, when I go to a store I cannot buy any snack at all that would be safe for me. All food that I take has to come from my kitchen and my pots... I have stuck to absolute diet for 3 months but within a week after I started adding some food like fruits or nuts to see if I was still intolerant to it, but I again get back to having problems... I have tried getting tested for allergy (nothing), for stomach problems (nothing), ultrasounds (nothing), blood test for clieac (nothing). Doctors here do not know the cause and do not get concerned also (the doctors just say oh if you feel you cannot take certain foods, then don't take them - duh, but when the list of those tihngs is that long?). Stomach biopsy is not done in my country (unless the patient is dying I guess). The only medicine that I take that helps me is an absorbent that is supposed to take out allergens out of the guts and is taken during poisoning (someting similar to activated charcoal). I took antihistamines almost every day in spring 2017 and I ended up always getting too drowsy for one-two days (even from the non-drowsy ones), so I have stopped taking them. The reason why I am writing all this and why I'm happy you have read till the end is that I feel disheartened and it is very hard for me to actually come to terms with this kind of diet especially because all lab tests come out clear and objectively there is no proof that I do have any allergies or intolerances or stomach problems. I'd appreciate to hear you take to it and perhaps some advice...
  4. Hello, Around the end of October I was diagnosed with Celiac after the GI doc did an endoscopy and found evidence of flattened villi. So I have been gluten-free since then. However just before Christmas, I had a follow up with the GI dr and he said my biopsies came back negative for Celiac? He said if I haven't felt better I could stop the gluten-free diet. But since signs of improvement don't really show up until about 6 months (is that true?) I've decided to stay gluten-free until April or May just to see. However, a week ago I started feeling really ill whenever I ate. 95% of my meals were not in danger of gluten or CC as I prepared them at home. But then I think I finally realized the common theme with my meals - dairy. The first meal that made me sick had a greek yogurt sauce, a slimfast shake had milk in it, ranch dressing with some buffalo wings, and a corn tortilla quesadilla. Nausea, getting really warm, nearly immediate gastric dumping, etc. I thought I had gotten the The reason I say "I think I finally realized" is because it would be an awful intensely sensitive lactose intolerance - I'm getting a similar yet weaker reaction to < tsp of butter and possibly milk in baked goods. Which might also explain why my probiotics haven't helped ("may contain traces of dairy"). I also can't eat a lot of rice at the moment because it causes diarrhea. Can lactose intolerance really be that severe? Could it be caused by my possible Celiac dx or something else? I had also been dx'd with severe gastritis. The acid reducers have helped with some of those symptoms (abdominal tenderness/cramping). This whole diet change has caused a whole lot of stress and sadness. Rice and cheese were my big staples once gluten was cut out. And now I can't even eat them without distress!
  5. 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)."
  6. Lactose intolerance is frequently a side effect of celiac disease. Celiacs who eat gluten become lactose intolerant after the villi and microvilli in their small intestine become damaged, and are no longer capable of catching and breaking down the lactose molecule. The problem usually disappears when celiacs remove gluten from their diet, which allows the damaged villi and microvilli to grow back. Lactose intolerance symptoms can continue for a long time after a celiac has gone on a 100% gluten-free diet. In some cases the villi and microvilli damage can take up to two years to heal completely, but in most cases it takes between six months and a year. Most people who are lactose intolerant can usually eat goat and sheep (feta) cheeses without any problems.
  7. Hello! I want to start by saying that this is a great group of people (based on posts i read) and I am very grateful for any help and insight from you all. I am a mother of a 1.5 year old girl. I myself am a Type 1 diabetic and I have brother who is Type 1. Type 1 and Celiac are known to coincide so I have been tested before but was negative. My daughter has had tummy problems from nearly the start and I am wondering if she could also have an autoimmune disease--Celiac.... She was diagnosed with reflux at 3 months old (screaming, spitting up, arching her back). She was put on 2 reflux meds which did not help much. She went from breastfed, to formula (screaming got worse) and finally we put her on Soy Formula and that seemed to help at first. She was still having terrible bouts of gas and constipation. After she turned 1, we tried milk again-as the doctor suggested- and after a month she began to vomit every day and have painful gas. We took away all milk products and she is not throwing up, but she has 1-2 diarrhea stools EVERY day. It smells HORRIBLE!! And she has painful gas a few times a week. She tends to run a low grade fever and will have unexplained high fevers a couple times a month (102-104 degrees) with no symptoms. Her CBC is perfect, she is still chubby, and her stool tested negative for bacteria (although blood was present in the stool). I feel like her pediatrician thinks I'm just a little dramatic at this point but I feel like i should have her tested for Celiac. I have no known family history--just the Type 1 diabetes (and I don't know if that puts my child more at risk). Any advice? Does this sound similar to any one else's experience?
  8. I wondering if anyone knows if the supplement "Celiact" - celiac with a t on the end - contains trace amounts of milk (casein and/or lactose) in it? I am having trouble finding the answer by going to stores that sell the product. Some reviews by customers reference that it does have trace amounts of milk in it. The supplement works miracles for me but I am casein intolerant. I can handle trace amounts of casein in butter. However, my mother may not, and I don't want her taking this supplement if it has milk bi-products in it.
  9. I am 10 months in gluten free, still not well. Stomach issues improved, but I´m still dealing with fatigue. I read that it´s recommended to quit dairy products. But what about lactose free dairy products?
  10. I've been gluten free for bout a month now and I am eating dairy. Ive seen that lots of people starting out on the gluten-free diet also cut dairy from their diet as well as gluten because the villi can't absorb the dairy in the damaged state they are in. So if I continue to eat dairy does it hurt my villi or what other harmful effects could it cause? The only thing I think I have from it is a little gas.
  11. For those newish celiacs with secondary lactose intolerance, like me, I wanted to give a shout-out of encouragement. When I was first diagnosed in October 2012, one of the hardest pills to swallow was my secondary lactose intolerance. I couldn't imagine living without dairy. I read on this forum and many others that secondary lactose intolerance often went away in 6 months to 2 years. I banked on it. I prayed for it. Every once in a while I'd try to a small milk chocolate candy or a small piece of cheese, but I always felt nauseous a short time later. Until 5 and 1/2 months passed. Then I had a small amount of cheddar cheese on my eggs. No problem. I tried shredded cheddar on my potato fine. I've not yet experimented with REAL milk yet, or ice cream, but being able to add cheese to my daily bowl of rice has made me happy. I feared, after the first couple of months, that I had lost dairy forever. Now I'm hopeful one day to glug a big glass of REAL milk again, and dive into some ice cream. Hang in there, I guess, is the message. I've received so much support from these forums, I wanted to share this encouragement with others.
  12. Digestion. 2005 Mar 16;71(2):106-110 Celiac.com 03/30/2005 – According to Italian researchers, those with lactose intolerance have a much higher incidence of celiac disease. In an effort to determine how many cases could be caused by undiagnosed celiac disease, the researchers screened 54 lactose intolerant patients (15 males and 39 females - positive H2-lactose breath test and a negative H2-glucose breath test) for celiac disease. All patients were screened using serum IgA antibodies to endomysium, anti-transglutaminase and total IgA, and anyone with positive results for any one of these markers was give an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The researchers found that a full 24% of those with lactose intolerance had biopsy-confirmed celiac disease. These results were compared to a control group of 50 blood donors from the same region, out of which only 2% were positive--but a follow up biopsy eliminated celiac disease. The researchers conclude that a full 24% of patients with a positive H(2)-lactose breath test have celiac disease which is the likely cause of their lactose intolerance, and that anyone with a positive H(2)-lactose breath test should first be screened for celiac disease before excluding milk from their diets.
  13. The following is a summary of lactose intolerance which was written by Ellen Eagan eagan@pangloss.ucsf.edu. Ellen is a blood specialist at UC San Francisco Medical Center. Ellen Eagan on Lactose Intolerance: The area in the intestines where lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose, is produced is called the brush border. It is at the ends of the microvilli. It is only one cell deep. As most people age, their ability to produce lactase decreases. Sometimes it decreases to the point where you are unable to deal with all of the lactose that you ingest. If you have decreased production of lactase and then something else happens to compromise the integrity of the brush border, it cases further reduction of lactase production. If you continue to take in lactose, that causes more irritation and loss of lactase production. It becomes a vicious negative feedback cycle. When you are suffering from celiac sprue, there is damage to your intestinal villi. This can make one temporarily lactase deficient to the point where lactose becomes a problem also. This happened in my case. Once I started on the gluten-free diet and my intestines had healed, lactose was no longer a problem for me. I can eat any diary product now with no problems. Not everyone will be so lucky. A lot of people will remain lactase deficient. Yogurt and aged cheeses are more easily tolerated because some of the lactose has been converted to lactic acid. One rule of thumb is that the higher the fat content of the dairy product, the lower the lactose level. People who are still producing some lactase would then be able to eat a very rich ice cream but would be bothered by skim milk or ice milk. I highly recommend the book No Milk Today: How to Live With Lactose Intolerance (Steve Carper, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1986 ISBN0-671-60301-0). I found it at my local library. Its an excellent book for explaining the process, describing hidden sources of lactose (like whey), and tips on eating out. In regards to the fat content and lactose level I quote from page 119 of the book: Foods with high milk fat tend to be lower in lactose than other milk products. Heavy cream is lower in lactose than light cream, which in turn is lower than whole milk. Butter is higher in fat than any of these, and in turn is the lowest in lactose. It was mentioned that aged cheeses are lower in lactose than non-aged cheeses because the lactose had been broken down during the aging process. So, even though lactase deficiency and gluten intolerance can give the same symptoms, they are not caused by the same processes. Lactase is composed of two sugars. The problems arise when you are unable to break it into its two parts and absorb them. Gluten is a protein. It seems to cause a problem due to an immunological response, and as far as I know, symptoms are the only similarities between the two.