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Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN is CEO and co-Founder of Gluten Free Works, Inc. and Glutenfreeworks.com. She is the author and publisher of the highly recommended celiac disease reference guide, Recognizing Celiac Disease.

Increased Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut)

What Is Increased Intestinal Permeability? Increased intestinal permeability is characterized by dysfunctional intestinal permeability (leakiness) allowing for the penetration of harmful entities from the gut into the bloodstream such as undigested proteins and microbes. The popular name is “leaky gut.” ...

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Eye Flashes: definition

phenomena that can originate in the eye when the vitreous gel pulls on or separates from the retina such as during or after a posterior vitreous detachment or from the visual centers of the brain such as what sometimes occurs ...

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Eye Floaters: definition

Small clumps of cells or tissue that “float” in the clear gel of the vitreous body, the large chamber of the eyeball behind the lens and before the retina.  Light travels through the clear lens and vitreous gel to focus ...

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Natural Killer Cells: definition

A unique immune cell type able to kill cancer and virus-infected cells. The nature of the killer receptors expressed on natural killer cells (NK cells), mediating this killing, and their ligands, is only little understood. Four lysis receptors for human ...

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What Is Inflammation? Inflammation is our body’s necessary self-defense response and repair mechanism for these assaults: 1) injuries such as cuts, scrapes, sprains, broken bones, burns, insect bites, toxins; 2) invading organisms such as bacteria; and 3) allergens and food sensitivities such as ...

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Turmeric: definition

An aromatic spice obtained from the plant’s underground rhizomes that contains curcuminoid compounds of which curcumin is the most important. It is especially effective in reducing inflammation because it lowers levels of cytokines causing inflammation. Found to lower anxiety, depression, ...

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Constipation, Chronic

What Is Chronic Constipation? Chronic constipation is an intestinal motility disorder characterized by abnormal stool formation, consistency, and evacuation. Motility disorder means the normal rhythmic movement of intestinal muscles, called peristalsis, that moves food matter through the gut is hampered ...

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 

What Is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus? Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease that is characterized by involvement of multiple organs due to the production of antibodies to components of the cell nucleus.1 SLE has an unpredictable course of acute ...

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Sjögren’s Syndrome 

What Is Sjögren’s Syndrome? Sjögren’s syndrome is a systemic inflammatory autoimmune disease with a chronic, progressive course that primarily attacks the lacrimal glands of the eye and the salivary glands of the mouth, which are exocrine glands. Exocrine glands secrete the substances they ...

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Intrauterine Growth Retardation (Failure to Grow Normally Before Birth)

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What Is Intrauterine Growth Retardation? Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) is a fetal development abnormality characterized by failure to grow normally for gestational period. Specifically, it means the developing baby weighs less than 90% of other babies at the same age. Intrauterine growth ...

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Obstetrical Complications

What Are Obstetrical Complications? Obstetrical complications are reproductive disorders during pregnancy, labor and delivery that endanger the mother and unborn infant. Complications may result from prolonged constipation, malnutriton, hormonal imbalance, infection, systemic disease such as diabetes, obesity, tumors of the uterus, ...

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Candida Albicans Infection

What Is Candida Albicans Infection? Candida albicans infection, called candidosis or candidiasis, is an opportunistic invasion of mucous membrane or skin by candida albicans, an endogenous yeast found in 40 to 80% of normal human beings. A former name for ...

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What Is Dementia? Dementia is the term used to describe a group of symptoms that show significant deterioration of an individual’s intellectual and social abilities. The deterioration in intellectual function is progressive and is characterized by memory and cognitive impairment involving deficits ...

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Toxin: definition

technical term: a poisonous substance of plant or animal origin1 such as poisons produced by microcsopic bacteria, molds, and viruses and venoms from animal bites and stings. non-technical term: environmental pollutants such as synthetic additives to food, heavy metals, drugs, chemicals, and ...

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Glutathione: definition

This small protein that is made up of the 3 amino acids glutamic acid, glycine and cysteine is our master anti-oxidant! Glutathione protects and repairs cell membranes and DNA from damage, removes carcinogens, and restores two other important anti-oxidants, namely ...

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