Posts Tagged ‘Celiac disease’

 

Christie Bessinger

Mental Health and Celiac Disease

January 27th, 2015 by Christie Bessinger


If you've ever lived with undiagnosed Celiac Disease - chances are you've been to a psychologist at one time or another.  Perhaps your doctor told you that you had severe depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, or simply that it was "all in your head." Believe me - I've been there, done that. I had even convinced myself as an undergrad in psychology, that with all the knowledge I was gaining, I would not only be able to fix my own problems, but that I'd some day be able to help everyone else fix their problems too. I would become so mentally tough that nothing could conquer me. The problem was -something was wrong ... and it wasn't really in my head. No amount of "positive thinking" could get me out of what I was going through. I didn't want to be depressed - and yet I had depression. I didn't want to feel anxiety, didn't have any reason to be anxious - and yet, I had anxiety all the time. I knew who I was - but when I looked in the mirror, I wasn't that person. Something else was going on- and it was beyond my control.

During my time as a psych student, I had begun to realize that what I was putting into my body had a direct effect on my mood, energy level, and overall happiness. I started paying close attention to what I was eating and how I would feel afterwards - which eventually led me to walk into my doctors office and ask for a blood test for Celiac Disease. When I finally got some answers - I thought, "Wow, no wonder I felt horrible at school all the time" because I would eat a Gordita or Mexican Pizza just about every day on the way to class at our campus Taco Bell. (Just for the record, Gluten + addicting Taco Bell cheese opiates = not a good combo ;) I began to truly understand that what I was putting into my body had a direct effect on my mind. (The GUT-BRAIN connection).  (more…)


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The Truth About Soy for a Gluten-Free Diet

September 18th, 2013 by Jennifer Fugo

Is soyglutenfreesafesoy safe and healthy if you're gluten-free? Do you consider soy milk to be healthier than regular milk? Do you worry about GMO soy? Or perhaps you're concerned about rumors of soy being dangerous and disruptive to your hormones?

These are all great questions I find myself answering often. Though I don't believe the story on soy is quite as cut and dry as some out there (like those in the Paleo world), I firmly feel that those of us who are gluten-free for whatever the reason —be it celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance, thyroid issues or autoimmune problems— have tremendous reason to be wary and skeptical of the notion that soy is a safe alternative to (more…)

John Libonati

Today is National Celiac Awareness Day!

September 13th, 2013 by John Libonati

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Celiac awareness month is observed in either October or May in the United States, depending on which celiac disease organization you talk with, but there is only one National Celiac Awareness Day! (more…)

DearAbby

The below Dear Abby letter is my take on someone who has just been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and doesn’t understand that the gluten-free diet is not a death sentence. I personally think that the gluten-free diet is a blessing of sorts…

Dear Abby,

I have spent the last few months visiting several doctors trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I’ve experienced everything from extreme irritability (causing several fights with my husband), to running to the bathroom over ten times a day! The state of my health was really starting to affect other aspects of my life. (more…)

JenniferAnistonWhether people are eating gluten free for medical reasons or non-medical reasons, the plain fact is more and more people are following the examples set by celebrities and athletes who attribute eating gluten free to losing weight and for its ability to increase athletic performance. Whatever the reason, celebrities, athletes, reporters, etc. continue to follow a gluten-free diet, so it is time to update the lists I started back in 2010.

I think it is important to separate out those who are eating gluten free for medical from those who eat gluten free for or non-medical reasons, so there are five lists below: Celebrities with Celiac Disease, Celebrities with non-celiac gluten sensitivity/wheat intolerance, Celebrities who eat gluten free by choice, Athletes with Celiac Disease, and Athletes who eat gluten free by choice. These lists were compiled using multiple sources. (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Dean McDermott Eats Gluten on Food Network Appearance

June 5th, 2013 by Jennifer Harris

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McDermott chows down on gluten when he has celiac disease and should be avoiding it. Photo Credit: GlutenDude.com

I was enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon with my daughter who was grounded and couldn't watch her normal shows. We sat down together to watch Food Network to find Dean McDermott on an episode of Guy's Big Bite. Dean McDermott has celiac disease, so I was shocked to see him sample dishes that contained gluten. (more…)

How To Make the Most of Celiac Awareness Month!

May 13th, 2013 by CC Bonaduce

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This year I am taking Celiac Awareness Month a little more personally than years past! In March, I went to the Digestive Disease National Coalition and met with Senators to discuss Resolution 550 that officially makes May  National Celiac Awareness Month.

When talking with the Senate staff I explained that making May Celiac Awareness Month gives members of the gluten free community a great jumping off point for awareness campaigns and projects. For example, the (more…)

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BioLineRx Therapy BL - 7010 Treats Celiac Disease & Gluten Sensitivity

BioLineRx Ltd, a biopharmaceutical development company, was invited to deliver an oral presentation at the recent 2013 National Education Conference & Gluten-Free Expo, the Celiac Disease Foundation's annual conference, in Pasadena, California.

Leah Klapper, Ph.D., General Manager, BioLine Innovations Jerusalem, presented BioLineRx's therapy, BL-7010, for the treatment of celiac, as part of a session entitled Breaking Therapies Beyond the Gluten-Free Diet.

BL-7010 will be presented at (more…)

John Libonati

Good Nutrition: It’s What You Eat AND Absorb

May 3rd, 2013 by John Libonati

"You are what you eat."

We teach children this common thinking almost from the time they can speak. It makes sense. The food that you put in your mouth, chew and swallow becomes the person you are.

Most people believe it. So do most doctors.

Well, it may sound logical but it is only partially correct and based on a very iffy assumption.

The assumption is that your body absorbs what you eat.

Glutenfreeworks.com has pressed the truth, namely that you are actually what you eat and absorb. If something like celiac disease is stopping you from absorbing properly, then you are NOT what you eat.

In this important three minute video, Neil Raff, MD concisely explains how what you absorb is just as important as what you put in your mouth. Dr Raff covers the various ways nutrient absorption can be affected and limited. He also touches on a related topic - foods today do not contain the nutrients they provided in the past.

Kudos to Dr. Raff for covering this important topic in this quick and easy-to-understand must-see presentation.

Over 3 million people in the United States have undiagnosed (more…)

celiac disease awarenessCeliac disease awareness is desperately needed - now more than ever. 

While the gluten-free diet has exploded in popularity, celiac disease remains massively under-diagnosed.

Why? Two Reasons: 

1. The public has shifted its focus to the gluten-free diet and away from celiac disease due to the media. The media likes diets. Diets sell. Oddly named diseases that are difficult to describe in catchy sound bites don’t sell.

2. Doctors do not have the information they need to recognize, diagnose and treat this common disorder. The information exists but there is no authority that actively ensures (more…)