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Do I have the answer for you!

I have been on the quest for “the answer” to my health challenge since the onset of symptoms in early 2005. The past 5 1/2 years have been devoted to reading, investigating, talking, exploring, deep introspection, and more reading. Add to that a plethora of visits with natural “healers.” The amount of information I have …

Gluten Syndrome

It’s not just a celiac issue. “The Gluten Syndrome refers to the cluster of symptoms that you experience if you react to gluten…It applies to any reaction that is caused by gluten.  It includes celiac disease, along with the myriad symptoms that can be experienced throughout your gastro-intestinal tract in response to gluten.” Read this …

Learning from frustration

I know people who can make a decision then act on it immediately. No second-guessing, no hemming and hawing. They just do what they say they’re going to do. I have a lot of admiration for that kind of person. It sometimes takes me quite a while to reach a decision. I’m too much of …

The Stages of Change

I decided to remind myself of the so-called stages of change, as I re-focus on making changes as prescribed by the naturopath. This process of eliminating sugar and refined grains from the diet has been a process that strongly reminds me of smoking cessation. I cannot remember how many times I “quit” before that event …

An ode to Julie

I never met Julie, yet I wrote to her nearly every week for almost two years. Interspersed among our communiques were the occasional e-mail and telephone conversation. We were pen pals, you could say, of the old-fashioned sort. My husband was mystified as to why I would commit myself to someone I’d never met. At …

Is Candida albicans a trigger in the onset of Celiac?

A study cited in a 2003 issue of the medical journal The Lancet would suggest so. The article compares a specific amino acid sequence found in Candida cell wall protein to a gliadin amino acid sequence that triggers the immune response in celiac disease. Researchers found that the sequences are “identical or highly homologous to …

Russian Roulette

I met a woman who knows she has celiac yet continues to eat wheat. She has a lot of excuses, from a fixed income to a boyfriend “making” her eat this way. She recently contacted me and told me she was afraid because she heard of someone dying from complications from celiac. I wondered if …

Learning curve

I have spent the last month immersing myself in all-things-celiac to understand as much as I can about the condition. Someone said to me early on that there’s a six-month learning curve after diagnosis. At this point I can certainly attest to that statement. Gluten, it would seem, is everywhere. In a few days I’ll …

The celiac connection

As results would indicate, I have tested positive for celiac. Now, does this mean birdsht caused this or vice versa? As I look back on my history, I suspect celiac was the culprit all along and was what triggered the birdshot. The naturopath I’m working with seems to agree. A very disheartening experience with my …

If you have a chronic illness, should you inform your workplace?

Here’s an excellent article from the New York Times on facing chronic illness and balancing it with the workplace. Do your co-workers need to know? The answer is subjective. Life’s Work: I’m Ill, but Who Really Needs to Know? By LISA BELKIN Many Americans struggle to decide whether or not they should inform their boss …