Treatment Guid

Geographic Tongue and Speech Lessons

image-300x225[1]When I was in kindergarten, I had to take speech lessons. Oh, I could talk, and I did nonstop to anyone who would listen. The problem was that nobody could understand a lot of the things I had to say. When I spoke, I heard “s.” Other people heard “sschhshs.” Kids at school would ask my name. I would say, “John.” They would ask, “Sean? Joe?” My friends would tell them my name.

I remember once, my speech therapist, a kindly older woman, remarked that I had geographic tongue. She stuck her tongue out to show me hers. It looked like the photo here. Gross!

This is actually what my tongue looks like from time to time. Actually, this is a photo of my tongue from several years ago. Yes, it is painful.

Doctors told me they didn’t know why it looked that way. For all of my childhood, I thought that was just the way I was.

Well, the cause is riboflavin, or vitamin b2, deficiency. I found out when we were researching our book, Recognizing Celiac Disease.

If you look up Geographic Tongue in the Gluten Free Works Health Guide, you will see the cause is riboflavin. You will discover what riboflavin does for the body, the other symptoms of Geographic Tongue and how to treat it.

I double-checked it tonight, because my tongue is looking a little ragged. I then looked up riboflavin to see which foods I should eat and which to avoid as well as the supplements I need to take. I took a b50 vitamin.

Although I don’t take any medicines, I noticed a number were listed that deplete riboflavin.

This is the power of the Health Guide. You can use it throughout your life to discover what is causing your health issues and how to fix them. It gives you control over your symptoms, so you can get well and stay strong. It empowers you and gives you information you can share with your doctor to make sure you get the best care possible.

It helps you crush celiac disease and be the strongest and healthiest you possible.

I encourage you to review the Gluten Free Works Health Guide. We made it so everyone could be healthy.

When you subscribe, read all about Geographic Tongue, how it relates to gluten and how to fix it.

Oh, you may be interested to know that I do not have a speech impediment. It wasn’t easy to overcome, but I had a great speech therapist.

“Sally is sitting on the stool counting seashells…”

Best of Health,


John Libonati

Gluten Free Dairy Free Cookbook

About John Libonati

John Libonati
Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA Publisher, & The Gluten Free Works Health Guide. Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.

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