232014Dec
Gluten Intolerance and the Link to Autoimmune Disease

Gluten Intolerance and the Link to Autoimmune Disease

Diagnosing Gluten Intolerance and its Link to Autoimmune Diseases Food and microbial products are the main stimulants of the immune system and the main external regulator of various metabolic pathways.  Accordingly, composition of the consumed food can influence immune responses and inflammatory processes leading to the development of distinct forms of autoimmune diseases. Gluten (a…

182014Aug
Celiac Disease Treatment in 4 Steps

Celiac Disease Treatment in 4 Steps

Gluten intolerance and celiac disease cause inflammatory and immunologic reactions that may affect numerous body systems. Any or all of the digestive, musculoskeletal, endocrine, reproductive, nervous, and cardiovascular systems may be involved in these disease processes. Effective celiac disease treatment involves a comprehensive approach. Step 1: Follow a gluten-free diet for life Step 2: Restoring…

152013Jul
Hair and Skin Issues Associated with Gluten Intolerance

Hair and Skin Issues Associated with Gluten Intolerance

Hair and skin issues associated with gluten intolerance is a common problem. These problems can be segregated into several categories. 1. Problems related with gluten-driven autoimmune responses/chronic inflammatory reactions. Under this category are: Dermatitis herpetiformis Sjogren’s syndrome Psoriasis Typical treatment is based on gluten elimination and treatment of the underlying immune/autoimmune problem. 2. Problems related…

242013Jun

How Gluten Can Cause a Weight Gain or Loss

By its obvious nature, gluten intolerance has a profound effect on absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract and production of hormones and enzymes regulating metabolism of fat, carbohydrates and proteins. Based on our experience, 60-70% of patients with gluten intolerance suffer from inability to gain weight. Typically, this represents a consequence of: – Pancreatic…

172013Jun

Why infections are common with gluten intolerance

I’ll start by posting a little background about why infections are common. Gluten intolerance, even in its minimal/subclinical forms, has a profound effect on our immune system and interferes with our body’s ability to fight infections thus frequently contributing to the chronic course of various infectious diseases. The most common examples of this interference include…

32013Jun

Why gluten contributes to fatigue and low energy

Fatigue and low energy are common symptoms of various chronic illnesses, including gluten intolerance. In general, here is some information as to why these symptoms occur. The mechanisms of these symptoms are quite broad an may include:– Malabsorption, for example iron deficiency– Pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency– Deficiency of certain ‘mitochondrial nutrients’, such as…

252013Feb

Gluten Intolerance Self Assessment

If you are interested to know if you are likely to have a gluten intolerance, take our self assessment quiz. The 30 question quiz is based on common indicators of gluten intolerance and your results rate your likelihood of having a gluten intolerance. Results are scaled from low – very high and As always, I…

62012Nov

Is it yeast overgrowth or gluten intolerance?

Due to the profound changes in intestinal microflora, the symptoms of yeast overgrowth can often mimic celiac disease and gluten intolerance. The symptoms of yeast overgrowth include: Bloating Headaches after meals (predominantly over forehead) Craving for sugar/carbs Frequent hives Eczema Brain fog and fatigue Loose stools So how do you know which you have? The…