Also known as gluten intolerance, celiac disease it thought to be a genetic disorder. Symptoms of gluten intolerance can range from diarrhea, weight loss, malnutrition to nutrient deficiencies that have no gastrointestinal symptoms.
"Coeliac disease... also spelled celiac disease, is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy. Symptoms include chronic diarrhoea, failure to thrive (in children), and fatigue, but these may be absent and symptoms in all other organ systems have been described. It is estimated to affect about 1% of Indo-European populations, but is thought to be significantly underdiagnosed. A growing portion of diagnoses are being made in asymptomatic persons as a result of increasing screening.
Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction to gliadin, a gluten protein found in wheat (and similar proteins of the tribe Triticeae which includes other cultivars such as barley and rye). Upon exposure to gliadin, the enzyme tissue transglutaminase modifies the protein, and the immune system cross-reacts with the bowel tissue, causing an inflammatory reaction. That leads to flattening of the lining of the small intestine, which interferes with the absorption of nutrients. The only effective treatment is a lifelong gluten-free diet. While the disease is caused by a reaction to wheat proteins, it is not the same as wheat allergy." (Wikipedia)
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Acid Reflux and Celiac Disease Link
[YEA] 03/28/2008: Robin from Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA: "If you have reflux, get tested for celiac disease."
[YEA] 11/16/2007: Eileen from Monroe, NY: "Aloe vera been using for 3 weeks now to heal from celiac disease - helped soothe and along with diet I'm seeing improvement"Replies
01/09/2009: Amita from Ashburn, VA, USA replies: "Please tell in detail, how you took Aloe for Celiac Disease."
02/18/2010: Catalyst Yogi from Naramata, Bc Canada replies: "Greetings, It's been 5 days after eating the dreaded commercial pizza and I am still feeling bloated etc. I have discovered the best remedy for me to helps soothe my inflamed intestines has been Aloa Vera. I feel I am well on my way to healing....
peace to ALL"
02/14/2013: Somi from Doha, Qatar replies: "I have celiac disease, I heard ALOE VERA is best to treat this disease.. I want to know how to use it, should I take juice of ALOE or aloe gel? and how long I should take it to recover?"
[YEA] 09/02/2008: Kerry from Perth, Australia: "Butter, cream, ayurvedic remedy of a mix of ghee + ginger powder + some brown sugar. The fat off free range lamb chops cooked in coconut oil. (Avoid any nuts for a while while the intestines heal as they are scratchy). Vitamin E. Raw wheatgerm (oats and raw wheatgerm provide natural vitamin E). Note: Gluten is not the "Route" cause. Ask the question why can my intestines not tolerate specific foods. Is the answer a deficiency in the diet reducing the health of the intestines?"Replies
12/09/2008: Marjorie from Payneville, KY replies: "Under Dietary Suggestions # 1 from Autralia 9/2/08, the remedy that talks about butter, cream,ayurvedic remedy of a mix of ghee + ginger powder + some brown sugar & fat of grass feed sheep, etc. I would love the detailed remedy for gluten intolerence-- Marjorie"
09/30/2012: Luis from Miami, Ok, US replies: "Thank you for sharing your information. my girlfriend has really bad break outs on her elbows, knees, and even her rear. we have been trying to avoid gluten but it is really hard sometimes."
[YEA] 12/03/2007: Aliza from Bloomington, IN: "I've a read a lot of people comments so far about how they're dealing with acid reflux. I just graduated college and just found out that I have celiac disease, gluten intolerance, after all these years of frustration and embarrassment in college. You can get a simple blood test to see if gluten intolerance is your problem or try cutting out these items and see the reaction you have. Some statistics I've read claim that as many as 1 in 134 people are intolerant to gluten but only 1 in 4,000 know that they are. Most people are wrongly diagnosed with GERD, acid reflux disease, IBS, Lactose intolerance or as my grandma called "sour stomach". I've been diagnosed at some point or another with all of these. I've tried everything from over the counter recipes, friend's home remedies and ACV. While I do believe the ACV helps me to lose weight, it's done very little for my tummy. Cutting out all wheat, barley and rye along with any of their derivatives has been my only form of relief. Trust me too that when I do eat anything with those ingredients in them I get a little pain in my stomach and actually no longer feel hungry after only a eating a little. If I ignore this pain than it is certain that acid reflux will set in and ruin any good times that I thought I was going to have. It is really hard to cut all of these things out of your diet especially living in America where fast food is almost always something with bread, but it can be done. I know salads get old after having them every day but for me switching between salads and rice based meals, Mexican, Asian, etc., is how I live now. They do make some great all purpose flour that is Gluten-free, that I buy at Kroger in the organic section. Also most organic stores carry bagels, English muffins, pizza crusts, waffles, cereal and many more items that are Gluten-free. My favorite is tapioca flour; it's not as brittle and doesn't dry as much as potato or rice flour, the other two popular flours. If you're not near any place that would sell these items they can be found online when you search "gluten-free food". Since I've stopped eating gluten I've been told it will take 3 weeks for my small intestine to heal and up to 6 months for my large intestine to heal. Once I stopped for consecutive days I immediately noticed a difference. It's not that I don't have enough stomach acid but that the small hair in my intestine no longer except nutrients and instead slow the process of digestion and absorb more fat than normal. The more gluten I eat the more weight I gain the more water I store and the worse I feel. So it might be worth a try. If you feel as bad as I did anything is worth trying. Good luck!"Replies
07/29/2009: gluten intollerance from Denver, CO replies: "I found with gluten intolerance that by taking probiotics with the meal I can get by enjoying that meal without the side effects of fingernails raking across the inside of my intestines. I will do this for just the or two meals. I won't eat two gluten meals in 2 consecutive days. I normally eat the raw foods and some steam or convection baked and the body loves it. "
[YEA] 10/21/2007: Tracy from Lafayette, CO: "Many months ago I posted a comment about the ACV remedy for Acid Reflux. I suddenly got Acid Reflux last winter after taking a lot of Ibuprophen. The ACV remedy worked great, but after almost a year I was not cured. I felt that the ACV was helping me to manage the situaton but not really curing me. I was still having bouts once in a while and then I had reflux pretty severe for more than a week in early September, and the ACV wasn't really touching it. In order to feel better I really started eating very simply, mostly vegetables and some meat. After a few days of this I felt a lot better. But I continued my new simple diet for another couple weeks. Then I decided to add back in some cereals and immediately got Acid Reflux again. I new that I had a low level of gluten intolerance but after this I have come to the conclusion that I've have Celiacs, full blown. Who knows, maybe the ibuprophen weakend my stomach just enough to have the new level of Celiac symptoms. I have eliminated all grains except rice, corn and millet and I feel GREAT! I haven't even bothered with taking ACV for several weeks now. Symptoms of Celiacs or gluten intolerance range widely, so I'd recommend anyone with chronic acid reflux, mental fogginess, depression, anxiety, stomach upset, or skin rash, try eliminating gluten containting grains for a week and see what happens. Don't be afraid that you might be alergic to bread there are A LOT of great resources for Celiacs and gluten intolerant people now adays."
Enzymes, Cat's Claw (Herb), Probiotics
[YEA] 12/03/2006: Chris from Denver, CO: "I've had celiac disease since I was 2, but at the time the doctors thought I would grow out of it once I'm 7. I ate"normally" for about 12 years and a host of problems began. My intestinal biopsy showed scarring. My chiropractor (this is 20 years later) suggested to take extremely strong enzymes to handle the scarring and improve my nutrient intake, a cat's claw supplement and pro-biotics. (There are several really strong "systemic enzymes" to be found on the Internet). Note: I'm also sticking to the gluten-free diet. On the enzymes, I'm following one website that said to increase the amount by a capsule until I feel they are working. I've been taking anywhere between 5 and 15 enzyme capsules a day for about 3 months now and feel great! Also my nails look better and my hair has started to grow back (alopecia)."Replies
11/27/2009: Christina from Bergen, Ny replies: "Where did you purchase the "systemic enzymes" that helped the growth of your hair. My husband has alopecia and would be interested in trying these enzymes. thanks.
08/28/2011: Patty from Jackson, Ms replies: "PLEASE GIVE THE WEBSITE FOR THE ENZYMES"
01/21/2012: Kathy from Waukesha, Wi replies: "The best systemic enzymes on the market are sold at www.docsprefer.com by Dr. William Wong. I can't live without them."
04/11/2013: Eri :) from O. C. New York , NY: "Hello all, I've been an avid follower of EC for a long time and have used many remedies. In my quest to cure my edema , I had tried so many remedies a d none would work. So this bring me to my cure. After spending years being exhausted and sick with what I thought was IBS, I was hospitalized for anemia. In the end I have celiac disease. I was malnourished , anemic and very ill. Now 4 months later, I am very well. And finally able to exercise. Please look into this if you have these symptoms. Good luck!!"
11/23/2011: Kristal from Redondo Beach, California, Usa: "I have recently learned that I have a gluten sensitivity and my husband has celiac disease (cd). I don't know if I have cd yet, but I plan on getting tested. I have recently read that gluten intolerance has been linked to over 200 diseases. I have GERD and get sick very easily. My husband is anemic and has chronic fatigue and ringing in his ears. It can cause many other issues like weight gain or loss, migraines, infertility, irritiable bowel syndrome. If ACV is not helping all your issues, I recommend getting tested for gluten sensitivity/intolerance. Your regular doctor can do a blood test, a holistic chiropractor can do a resistence test, or you can send a stool sample to enterolab.com (the most expensive option). Enterolab can also test for the gene for celiac disease."Replies
11/27/2011: Popa Tom from Arlington, Texas, USA replies: "kristil & hubby,
virgin coconut oil, [3.5tblspns daily, min. ] for cd,
coconut flour is gluten free.
good health & God bless"
01/21/2012: Kathy from Waukesha, Wi replies: "It sounds like your husband (and maybe you) have candida which is a fungal overgrowth. I had a very severe case of candida for years and found 2 things that got me back to normal. One is Syclovir which is sold at www.worldhealthmall.com, which is a marine plankton that kills yeast and fungus. However, I did not get well on Syclovir alone. I also had to restrict my carb intake quite a lot and take MMS, which is Miracle Mineral Supplement. You can buy this all over the internet. I began to improve when I was on 7 drops 4 times per day. I don't think I would ever have improved without MMS."
[QUESTION] 01/19/2009: Dawn from Santa Ana, California: "I have a friend with 'wheat gluten intolerance" or Celiac Disease. He is getting married and would like to take his bride-to-be to a tropical paradise but is having a problem finding somewhere that can accommodate his dietary needs. Any suggestions?"Replies
03/05/2009: Debbie from Saskatoon, SK Canada replies: "My brother has celiacs and we went to Dreams Resort and Spa in the Dominican Republic. The guest services manager was very helpful! She said that they would cook whatever was needed for any allergy. If you have any problems, contact the hotel guest services manager: Kerry Consentino
Gte de Servicios al Cliente/Guest Services Manager
Dreams La Romana Resorts & Spa
Tel.: (809) 221-8880, Ext. 3001
Fax: (809) 221-8881
I hope this helps!! There is a great website as well with helpful information on traveling with celiacs: http://www.celiactravel.com/restaurant-cards.html"
08/10/2012: Mahim from Delhi, India: "I was tested for Celiac and Gluten. My blood test came out ok but whenever I eat any Gluten products I have some physical problems. Please give me your feedback what to use for gluten sensitivity. This is a wonderful website I found. Thanks to all wonderful people who is posting here and helping each other."Replies
08/10/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Mahim, Although your blood came out "okay", the fact that you have a reaction to gluten products should be evidence enough that they are not good for you. Many people, more than realize it, are gluten sensitive. It can cause chronic inflammation in those who have this sensitivity. I have had several friends who had chronic problems that plagued them and then upon going gluten- free, all problems cleared up! Some immediately began to lose unwanted weight, others, their skin cleared up, stomach pain disappeared. It can be at the root of many issues. The best thing for this is to steer clear of gluten. Hope this helps, Lisa"
08/12/2010: Anonymous from USA: "Somewhere I read that the small intestine or stomache is responsible for digesting proteins, and that proteins can create problems if they pass through undigested. Suppose an individual drinks a lot of coffee on an empty-ish stomache, maybe takes a few aspirin at the same time. This would probably be very acidic and erode the stomache and intestines. Now the person's body tries to counter the acidity, but over time is less able due to a diminished ability to digest and absorb food. The body begins stealing what it needs to stay alive from it's members, perhaps the intestines, joints, bones, etc. It might look similar to an auto-imune disease. Add in improperly digested protein, it sneaks through the holes in the intestine and accumulates or is used in the brain? Just a supposition..... Celiac may be inherited, but so is diet to some degree. Also alcoholism, etc. Also, taking coffee and aspirin together causes an extreme increase in energy, but appears to be very destructive to the system, don't do it."
[QUESTION] 10/14/2009: Gean from Salina, Ks: "I have a question about gluten sensitivity. I have read and heard first-hand some horror stories about people going very strict off gluten, and then either purposely or accidentally having some gluten, and then developing very severe, irreversable illness (fibromyalgia in one case). I am wondering if it is wise to go very, very strict off gluten, like not a drop, and become so sensitized to it that an accidental ingestion at some point would put you into some auto-immune disorder. For those that are not life-threateningly sensitive to gluten, but still very sensitive, I wonder if minute amounts on a daily or weekly basis would be wiser, to keep yourself somewhat desensitized (like some form of vaccine). If anyone has any light on this subject, I would much appreciate it, as I recently realized my daughter is gluten sensitive, but I don't want her to have the same experience as others I've heard about. Thank you very much."Replies
10/21/2009: Lisa from Coto De Caza, Ca replies: "I'm gluten sensitive also and have noticed that since I've been very strict off gluten, I am now more sensitive to accidental ingestion. HOWEVER, it didn't give me a autoimmune disease or anything else (probably since I already have Chronic Fatigue syndrome, mercury toxicity and other problems). Ingesting gluten on a regular basis may actually lower your immune since gluten can degrade the villi in your intestine. This causes nutrients from your food to NOT be absorbed.
I have heard that some people have gluten problems that affect the brain. I can't remember the name, but they have serious problems. For some, gluten cannot be broken down and will cause an opiod (sp) effect like those with autism. For some, it is in the gut.
Going gluten free has made my overall/ everyday health a lot better. Ingesting gluten gives me a stomach ache and fatigue the next day. Ingesting small amounts just makes me a little sick everyday instead of sick every once in a while."
03/12/2010: Erica from Pdx, Oregon replies: "I hope I can answer your question. I am most likely Celiac, but have not been diagnosed. When I first began my g-free diet it was hard because I didn't know what I was looking for ALL of the time or was misinformed of ingredients. During that healing period, if I got "glutened" it would come back terribly, like you have read about. I think this response is due to the fact that you are beginning to heal and therefore you body is reacting how it is supposed to react. Many times people go un(or)misdiagnosed because they have been experiencing symptoms for so long that some of the major reactions have dampened down over time. That is the body's way of trying to thrive as it always wants to maintain balance no matter the cost. Another reason people are not diagnosed is because they think that their symptoms are just "how they are". The fact is, gluten is damaging your daughters villi and even a small amount will harm her internally, even if symptoms do not manifest themselves externally. That goes for everyone. Also, if your child has a problem with it, you probably do too (unless she was adopted). She got her genes from somewhere, right? I say this because my mother has suffered from migraines and other terrible symptoms for years and still will not accept the fact that I got my genes from someone... Like I said, after the intestines heal the reaction will be much less severe, although you are still doing damage--but during the healing PROCESS it will often manifest itself greater than before. It is also wise to cut out dairy during healing and maybe look into casein intolerance as well if she is not 100% (because the casein and gluten molecules are so similar in structure, they act the same in the brain and body, although they may produce different reactions) I did not truly begin to heal, nor did I feel 100% until I cut out casein and only eating soy, sugar and corn in moderate amounts. My naturopathic roommate says the "five fingers of death" in the naturopathic world are 1. wheat 2. dairy 3. soy 4. corn 5. sugar"
09/16/2012: Jeanette from New York replies: "For people avoiding gluten we should also take Larch tree Arabinogalactan. When we completely avoid gluten we are missing something our stomach needs (sorry I don't know all the details) but arabinogalactan is recommended to supply that missing thing for our stomachs. I take a tiny scoop (1.5 grms) daily in my morning brown rice protein shake."
[YEA] 02/02/2013: Liaura from Jerusalem, Israel: "I know someone who has successfully treated a celliac patient with a method called IPEC which has been developped in Israel and the US. I think you can be treated from distance as well (skype). I have used the method for various ailments and for me it has worked wonderfully. I believe it is not only a matter of method but of practitioner. Best wishes for a better health."
09/13/2012: Anon from Anon: "When I eat wheat I get a stomach ache, and gradually a headache. Drinking half a carton of heavy whipping cream makes the pain go away.
So does psyllium fiber supplement mixed in water (1 or 2 teaspoons in a large glass of water). Psyllium also works if I feel fatigued and foggy headed after I eat something.
Sometimes eating fresh ginger, maybe an inch cube, makes the headache go away."
[YEA] 03/11/2009: Marisa from Adelaide, South Australia: "aid in coeliacs disease, change of life style.
I had reflux, bloating, bowel discomfort, loose bowl movement, mouth ulsers, constipation, gum cysts, itchy skin, pain in joints, nervousness, fategue, depressioon, low energy, malnutrition, were all the side affects,
Aid in repairing the colon, Aloe juice on an empty stomach, herb teas no coffee, no sugar, honey instead, damiana, coltsfoot, dandilion, milk thistle, nettle, grate fresh ginger in with any 2 herbs of your choice in a tea mix, growing your own vegi's and herbs replacing minerals in your body, eating fresh fruit veg, repairing the intestine and colon as it has folate as well, garlic, to replace vitamin C: capsicums, manderins. D&K calcium & magnesium, B12: spiralina, ginger. E:fish oil & omega 3's, Folate: E&A tomatoes, mellons, cauliflour, cabbage, brussels, spinach Iron.
Stay off processed foods and wheat products, read all labels before you eat.
I feel wonderful now, stay on the diet for life.you will learn to love it, as the benifit and wellbeing is so worth it. best wishes."Replies
08/04/2012: Susan from Hamilton, Ontario Canada replies: "Good advice, the only thing that I would add as a celiac whose mother and daughter are also celiac, is the addition of L Glutamine 1 tsp three times a day to heal the lining of the gut. Take L Glutamine on an empty stomach for healing, and on a full stomach if you want to build muscle. Obviously, we opt for the former. Three months on this protocol has rebuilt our gut to the point where we are starting to produce our own enzymes! Yay!"
05/18/2013: Allan from San Fernando., Trinidad replies: "Hi Susan, I have lost a whole lot of weight from some GI problem. I am now doing some tests to determine what it is. I need to to put back on the weight. What is the brand of L-Glutamine that you were using?"