Posts tagged ‘Coeliac disease’

March 2, 2012

The Difference between a Wheat Allergy and Celiac Disease

A wheat allergy is different from Celiac disease. A wheat allergy shows up in ‘scratch tests,’ where the doctor pin pricks your skin and puts drops of suspected allergens in the scratches to see if there is an immune reaction.  If there is swelling and redness it shows an allergy immune response. Celiac disease does not show up in these kinds of tests.

Wheat allergy symptoms are bloating, swelling, digestive conditions, water retention, fatigue, and weight gain. No matter what the person with a wheat allergy does they cannot lose weight until they stop eating wheat.

Celiac disease symptoms are opposite to this. People with Celiac disease are usually underweight and have a hard time putting on weight because the gluten binds the villa in the small intestines and prevents nutrients in food from being absorbed.

People who have absorption issues or are nutrient deficient should try a gluten-free diet, because gluten binds nutrients for everyone just not to the same degree as a person who has Celiac disease.

Both cause fatigue and a feeling of being drained because of the immune response. The immune system is our control panel and networks with the endocrine and nervous system which can be negatively impacted and manifest as other syndromes along with circulatory problems.

Wheat allergy is an allergy to wheat protein that invokes an immune allergy reaction, and Celiac disease is a gluten ‘intolerance’ which binds the small intestine.


February 29, 2012

Celiac Disease and Eating a Gluten-Free Diet

Celiac disease is a
serious auto-immune disorder that
leads to infertility and cancer. Being Celiac means that it
is impossible to digest wheat protein and gluten in grains.
The only cure is eating a gluten-free diet which is not easy in
this white flour society. There are no pharmaceuticals or herbs
that will cure gluten intolerance. Celiac disease is not easy to
diagnose and tests are not always correct, I had to figure it out
for myself.
Celiac disease gets grouped in with
other syndromes such as IBS, Crohn’s, chronic fatigue syndrome,
arthritis, heartburn, acid reflux disorder, fibromyalgia and
digestive disorders and gets misdiagnosed. Symptoms are different
from person to person and may manifest as skin rashes, fatigue,
pain, anemia, heartburn, digestive cramps, but in all cases it
weakens the immune system and makes people vulnerable to getting
infections, colds and leads to infertility and
.  Wheat also causes obesity in some people
and wheat allergies are different than gluten intolerance. Read my
blog the difference between a wheat allergy and celiac here
In people with celiac it is
hard to gain weight because the gluten binds the villa in the small
intestine which makes it impossible to absorb any nutrients from
food. Malnutrition leads to fatigue,
illness and manifests as other syndromes, and can
even lead to cancer and death.
Glutinous grains include wheat,
semolina, kamut, triticale, bulgur, couscous, rye, spelt, oats,
barley and barley malt. Some people may tolerate oats but need to
buy gluten free oats to eliminate the cross contamination because
it is usually grown with wheat. Stay away from modified food
starch, processed meats, beer and desserts that contain barley
drinks that do not have gluten are tequila and rum. Vodka can be
made with potatoes but it is mostly made with gluten grains like
foods to avoid are bouillon, soup broth powders, soy sauce (only
buy tamari gluten-free soy sauce), Worcestershire sauce, MSG and
any gravy thickening sauces.
Stay away from body-care products like
soaps, lotions and creams that contain wheat products.
There is also
cross-contamination to consider. I knew my doctor knew nothing
about my disease when she said I should just go to the bakery
across the street and ask them to make me gluten-free bread. If you
are the one educating your doctor about your illness, switch
doctors like I did. Bread needs to be baked in a gluten-free bakery
to avoid cross-contamination.
In Victorian times the mill where the
wheat was ground started separating out the bulk of the grain, which
is the nutritious part and started using the fine white powder to bake
bread with, and would even bleach it. The people in Victorian times started noticing a
decline in health due to malnutrition. They figured out the
malnutrition and illness were due to the bread change and had
to petition to put nutrients back into the bread. Today flour is
still processed to a fine powder, bleached and ‘fortified’ which
means vitamins and nutrients are put back into the bread. Also the
gluten content has increased 200 times! Gluten makes bread rise
more which makes it look like you are getting more for your money
and it looks more appealing and fills you up more. This could be
the reason that so many people today have wheat intolerances,
allergies and digestive problems.  I don’t call celiac a
disease because wheat has been changed increase
gluten content which binds nutrients.
Not all people who have wheat
intolerance are Celiac, but if you have any digestive symptoms or
an autoimmune disorder try a gluten-free or wheat free diet and see
if that helps. Eating a gluten-free diet will also help with weight
loss as long as you don’t over eat gluten-free junk food. Wheat
allergies cause obesity. Celiac gluten intolerances cause weight
with less gluten content are rice, corn, quinoa, millet and
amaranth. Buckwheat is confusing because it is not a member of the
wheat family and is a gluten free food even though it has the name
wheat it in. Seeds like chia, sesame, hemp and flax are a good
protein and nutrient source without the gluten
a gluten-free diet is challenging especially if you travel and eat
out a lot, but more and more people are eating a gluten-free diet
for health reasons and society is now offering more choices which
are refreshing changes from when I started. It is hard in the
beginning until you read all the labels in the supermarket and
educate yourself on what you can eat.
I believe all illness is due to some
form of malnutrition which is prevalent is our over-processed
synthetic packaged society. Eating what I call a natural diet
filled with high energy plant foods will improve health on all
levels. Improving bowel flora health is of course important with
prebiotics and probiotics, bentonite clay and other herbs will
greatly improve digestion and help autoimuune disorders with leaky
gut syndrome.


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