Monthly Archives: June 2010

Celiac Disease, on the Couch

stock-photo-3443895-depression-and-sorrow1-216x300[1]Kathleen (not her real name) came to counseling because of anxiety. After an intake, we identified several areas in her life that sounded like they were contributing to her difficulties. We started working with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a system that looks at the thought sequence you use, and where a distorted belief can be corrected and thereby relieve suffering.

After teaching her a series of formulas, she was able to apply the principles herself when not in the office with me. This is a very effective psychotherapy intervention, that is so useful that many insurance companies paying for counseling expect to see it as part of a treatment plan. But, it did not seem to offer Kathleen the relief I was expecting. So, we continued looking elsewhere in her life for the source and solution of her anxiety. If it wasn’t her thinking causing it, perhaps it was situational. Read More »

Understanding Probiotics and Prebiotics in Celiac Disease

Our well-being is uniquely tied to the condition of our colon, which is commonly unhealthy at diagnosis of celiac disease. To keep our colon healthy, we need to understand what happens there on a microscopic level.  Hundreds of varieties of intestinal microbe populations called “flora” live there, numbering in the billions.  To put these numbers into focus, dead bacteria make up about a third of each bowel movement.  Our resident microbes, whether beneficial or harmful, play a decisive role in nourishing or damaging the cells that form the intestinal lining.  Probiotic and prebiotic foods and supplements restore and feed our friendly microbes. Read More »

4th of July gluten-free recipe round-up

Think you can’t stay gluten-free during the holidays?  Truth be told, 4th of July can be particularly challenging, considering some of America’s favorite dishes are full of gluten: pasta salad, hot dogs, bread, cakes and cookies.   But the goods news is, there are a ton of recipes available for those of us who eat allergen-free — both foods that are inherently gluten-free, as well as quick and easy grain substitutions.  Just keep in mind that eating whole foods that are naturally free of gluten are easiest to prepare, usually most affordable, and also healthier than pre-packaged and processed GF foods.  Read More »

Gluten Freedom Day in Arkansas on July 23rd

 

 
 
 
  

Gluten Freedom Day Event Flyer

And the gluten-free events just keep on coming.  The CSA Northwest Arkansas Sprue Group #73 is hosting Gluen Freedom Day on July 23rd in Rogers, Arkansas at the Embassy Suite, John Q Hammond conference center. 

This event includes educational workshops, vendor fair, cooking demonstration and gluten-free food.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event and include lunch(an Italian lunch sponsored by Schar), admission to workshops and the vendor fair.  Festivities start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.  Read More »

Over 300 Symptoms Linked to Gluten and Celiac Disease. How Is This Possible?

 

 In 2007, Gluten Free Works published “Recognizing Celiac Disease,” the first work to present over 300 signs, symptoms, associated disorders and complications gathered from documented medical research from around the world.  The book proved that researchers were finding hundreds of health problems associated with celiac disease and gluten.  This list is now being used by celiac disease centers, national celiac organizations and health organizations to help identify at risk patients and determine whether patient symptoms are consistent with celiac disease.

But how can one disorder cause so many problems?  Here’s a look at one way…nutritional deficiencies. Read More »

Probiotics and altered gut flora – Winning the war on terrorism in your gut

probiotics celiac glutenProteins produced from partial breakdown of microorganisms are often recognized by the body’s immune system as foreign antigens triggering production of antibodies that may be detected in the blood.

Such antibodies include proteins from the cell walls (outer membranes) or flagella of the bacteria Escherichia coli and the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Baker’s or Brewer’s yeast) that are found in Crohn’s disease. Stimulation of the immune system by these proteins can also confuse the body into thinking that it needs to continue fighting an ongoing battle against an invader. Read More »

Skeletal (Bone) System Symptoms

Disorders of bone, joints and teeth in celiac disease.

  • Bone Fracture
  • Bone Pain
  • Enteropathic Arthritis
  • Osteitis Fibrosa
  • Osteomalacia
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Recurrent Monoarthritis

Interview with drummer Andy Robertson and gluten-free life on the road

Recently, I had the chance to speak with British drummer Andy Roberston and talk about how he manages touring and the rock ‘n roll lifestyle being gluten-free. Andy has been in the music business for 20 years and has performed with such acts as Roachford, Jocelyn Brown, Hamish Stewart, Jim Mullen, Siobhan Donaghy, Alexander O’Neil, Morcheeba and Jackdaw4, who is releasing their new album, The Eternal Struggle for Justice, next week.

Andy enjoying a break from touring while catching fish in Normandy, France. Monika Agorelius

When were you first diagnosed with celiac and what was your reaction to the news?

About 10 years ago. I have not been formally diagnosed as celiac but through a process of elimination discovered that I was definitely allergic to gluten. I did research into what gluten allergies were and what I could and couldn’t eat as a result. Read More »

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