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10 Signs You're Gluten Intolerant By Dr. Amy Myers

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10 Signs You're Gluten Intolerant

More then 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed.

It is also estimated that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them?

If you have any of the following symptoms it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance:

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.
 
2. Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.
 
3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
 
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.

5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.
 
6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
 
 
8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.
 
9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
 
10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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lga1965
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM
That is amazing ! Good news ! Wouldn't it be wonderful if science and medicine discovered that diet is actually responsible for a whole lot of diseases . How easy it would be to be healthy then !

Quoting katy_kay08:

My mother has been doing GF for a little over 16 years.  She started soon after being diagnosed with MS.  She is asymptomatic as long as she avoids all gluten.  When she slips it only takes a few days before she starts having a MS flare up.  

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lga1965
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Google Celiac disease....gluten intolerance is also described. It is NOT a fad. It won't go away.

Quoting nb34:

I agree with you. I am so sick and tired of hearing Gluten is the cause of every problem. I am especially sick of it because my sister in laws try to push it on us every chance they get. It is like a new religion. They try to convert you at every chance. If my kid sneezes they say it is because of Gluten. I say bullshit. This is just a new trend, it will die down eventually.

Quoting IntactivistMama:

Horsefeathers. My anxiety and PTSD were caused by:



A violent and traumatic event.

The fact my mother also has Anxiety and PTSD.



I think the gluten thing is basically the fad of today and not based on hard data.



Of course, people with Celiac disease truly have a problem with gluten.





Quoting eema.gray:

If you're depressed because your brain is not properly producing neurotransmitters, because of inflamation from a food you eat, do you have a problem with your neurtransmitters, something that must be corrected with medication, or do you have a food problem?




Quoting IntactivistMama:

Dumb/absurd.





Keratosis Pilaris is an extremely common, inherited skin condition that is NOT caused by diet!





Anxiety is a brain chemical imbalance - also not caused by diet.








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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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Actually gluten intolerances have been around for a long time but were mis-diagnosed... Thanks to medical advances we can now treat gluten intolerances and Celiacs correctly.

It's not a "fad" or a "trend"...


Quoting nb34:

I agree with you. I am so sick and tired of hearing Gluten is the cause of every problem. I am especially sick of it because my sister in laws try to push it on us every chance they get. It is like a new religion. They try to convert you at every chance. If my kid sneezes they say it is because of Gluten. I say bullshit. This is just a new trend, it will die down eventually.

Quoting IntactivistMama:

Horsefeathers. My anxiety and PTSD were caused by:



A violent and traumatic event.

The fact my mother also has Anxiety and PTSD.



I think the gluten thing is basically the fad of today and not based on hard data.



Of course, people with Celiac disease truly have a problem with gluten.





Quoting eema.gray:

If you're depressed because your brain is not properly producing neurotransmitters, because of inflamation from a food you eat, do you have a problem with your neurtransmitters, something that must be corrected with medication, or do you have a food problem?




Quoting IntactivistMama:

Dumb/absurd.





Keratosis Pilaris is an extremely common, inherited skin condition that is NOT caused by diet!





Anxiety is a brain chemical imbalance - also not caused by diet.








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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM
I developed a gluten intolerance while pregnant with my 3rd child. I have hypothyroidism and chronic fatigue & migraines... Getting rid of gluten helped soooo much.
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katy_kay08
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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the theory behind the MS and Gluten intolerance connection is pretty interesting.  

I'm sure I won't explain this quite as well as I would like.  But essentially the theory is that genetic make up of gluten is very close to the genetic make up of the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves, because of how close they are a body with an gluten intolerance will produce extra white blood cells to attack the gluten but ultimately end up destroying the myelin surrounding the nerves. 

By eliminating the "reaction" it limits damage to the nerves.  

Studies are showing that people with MS have an increased rate of celiac disease as well.  

Quoting lga1965:

That is amazing ! Good news ! Wouldn't it be wonderful if science and medicine discovered that diet is actually responsible for a whole lot of diseases . How easy it would be to be healthy then !

Quoting katy_kay08:

My mother has been doing GF for a little over 16 years.  She started soon after being diagnosed with MS.  She is asymptomatic as long as she avoids all gluten.  When she slips it only takes a few days before she starts having a MS flare up.  


eema.gray
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

About six months after my third baby was born, for me.  But I was expecting to show up sometime.  Both of my parents have documented, diagnosed problems with gluten and my mother's father possibly did as well.  Mom says she remembers him having the textbook itchy joint rash that wouldn't go away for anything.  With that much family history, I figured I was bound to develop it eventually.


Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I developed a gluten intolerance while pregnant with my 3rd child. I have hypothyroidism and chronic fatigue & migraines... Getting rid of gluten helped soooo much.



"I am only one, but I am still one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." ~~ Edward Everett Hale 1822-1909
lga1965
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Thanks ! That is fascinating information! I will read more and tell a friend of my DIL who has MS.
But, yes, its pretty obvious that gluten intolerance snd Celiac disease is real. Jt has been studied and discussed for at least a century but hard to diagnose.


Quoting katy_kay08:

the theory behind the MS and Gluten intolerance connection is pretty interesting.  

I'm sure I won't explain this quite as well as I would like.  But essentially the theory is that genetic make up of gluten is very close to the genetic make up of the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves, because of how close they are a body with an gluten intolerance will produce extra white blood cells to attack the gluten but ultimately end up destroying the myelin surrounding the nerves. 

By eliminating the "reaction" it limits damage to the nerves.  

Studies are showing that people with MS have an increased rate of celiac disease as well.  

Quoting lga1965:

That is amazing ! Good news ! Wouldn't it be wonderful if science and medicine discovered that diet is actually responsible for a whole lot of diseases . How easy it would be to be healthy then !



Quoting katy_kay08:

My mother has been doing GF for a little over 16 years.  She started soon after being diagnosed with MS.  She is asymptomatic as long as she avoids all gluten.  When she slips it only takes a few days before she starts having a MS flare up.  


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nb34
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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If you know you are intolerant then that's one thing, but to say that most people are and try tovpush it on people who are not, then it becomes a trend and a fad. I am not intolerant, my kids are not either. We don't have wny of those health issues thank goodness, but somehow every other day I hear how I should go gluten free, on the news, facebook, here on CM. it is everywhere, hence it is also a cultural trend and not just a health issue. If it was a health concern only I would be hearing it in my doctor's office not all over the place all the time. We don't hear about any other health condition quite as often as we hear about gluten intolerance these days.

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Actually gluten intolerances have been around for a long time but were mis-diagnosed... Thanks to medical advances we can now treat gluten intolerances and Celiacs correctly.

It's not a "fad" or a "trend"...


Quoting nb34:

I agree with you. I am so sick and tired of hearing Gluten is the cause of every problem. I am especially sick of it because my sister in laws try to push it on us every chance they get. It is like a new religion. They try to convert you at every chance. If my kid sneezes they say it is because of Gluten. I say bullshit. This is just a new trend, it will die down eventually.

Quoting IntactivistMama:

Horsefeathers. My anxiety and PTSD were caused by:



A violent and traumatic event.

The fact my mother also has Anxiety and PTSD.



I think the gluten thing is basically the fad of today and not based on hard data.



Of course, people with Celiac disease truly have a problem with gluten.





Quoting eema.gray:

If you're depressed because your brain is not properly producing neurotransmitters, because of inflamation from a food you eat, do you have a problem with your neurtransmitters, something that must be corrected with medication, or do you have a food problem?




Quoting IntactivistMama:

Dumb/absurd.





Keratosis Pilaris is an extremely common, inherited skin condition that is NOT caused by diet!





Anxiety is a brain chemical imbalance - also not caused by diet.









nb34
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

If you know you are intolerant then that's fine, but please people should stop pushing it on those who are not. This is not every one's concern. That's the difference. I also think it is over diagnosed. I am just fine eating Gluten but somehow it is made to be the healthier choice for everyone, it is not.

Quoting lga1965:

Google Celiac disease....gluten intolerance is also described. It is NOT a fad. It won't go away.

Quoting nb34:

I agree with you. I am so sick and tired of hearing Gluten is the cause of every problem. I am especially sick of it because my sister in laws try to push it on us every chance they get. It is like a new religion. They try to convert you at every chance. If my kid sneezes they say it is because of Gluten. I say bullshit. This is just a new trend, it will die down eventually.

Quoting IntactivistMama:

Horsefeathers. My anxiety and PTSD were caused by:



A violent and traumatic event.

The fact my mother also has Anxiety and PTSD.



I think the gluten thing is basically the fad of today and not based on hard data.



Of course, people with Celiac disease truly have a problem with gluten.





Quoting eema.gray:

If you're depressed because your brain is not properly producing neurotransmitters, because of inflamation from a food you eat, do you have a problem with your neurtransmitters, something that must be corrected with medication, or do you have a food problem?




Quoting IntactivistMama:

Dumb/absurd.





Keratosis Pilaris is an extremely common, inherited skin condition that is NOT caused by diet!





Anxiety is a brain chemical imbalance - also not caused by diet.









nb34
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Don't they also say there is a link between gluten intolerance and Autism? As I said, it seems now a days everything is related to Gluten for some reason. I say a lot of it is totall bullshit.

Quoting katy_kay08:

the theory behind the MS and Gluten intolerance connection is pretty interesting.  

I'm sure I won't explain this quite as well as I would like.  But essentially the theory is that genetic make up of gluten is very close to the genetic make up of the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves, because of how close they are a body with an gluten intolerance will produce extra white blood cells to attack the gluten but ultimately end up destroying the myelin surrounding the nerves. 

By eliminating the "reaction" it limits damage to the nerves.  

Studies are showing that people with MS have an increased rate of celiac disease as well.  

Quoting lga1965:

That is amazing ! Good news ! Wouldn't it be wonderful if science and medicine discovered that diet is actually responsible for a whole lot of diseases . How easy it would be to be healthy then !

Quoting katy_kay08:

My mother has been doing GF for a little over 16 years.  She started soon after being diagnosed with MS.  She is asymptomatic as long as she avoids all gluten.  When she slips it only takes a few days before she starts having a MS flare up.  



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