On A Gluten-Free Diet, But Symptoms Are Persisting. Perhaps, You Have A Microbiota Imbalance In Your Bowel
On a Gluten-Free Diet, But Symptoms Are Persisting? A microbiota imbalance is one possible cause. Many other possibilities are discussed in my Book “Gluten Toxicity” as well.
Ted Talk Highlighting The Importance Of Our Microbes:
“How Our Microbes Make Us Who We Are” https://www.ted.com/talks/rob_knight_how_our_microbes_make_us_who_we_are
This Sunday (January 13th, 2013), there is a Gluten-Free Expo in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Expo will be a great place to check out new gluten-free products and to meet many vendors that support our lifestyle. There will also be sessions about living gluten-free throughout the day.
You can click on the following link for more information about the Expo and how to buy tickets.
Recently, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Dr. Jean Layton in Bellingham, Washington. Jean is a naturopathic doctor who has a special interest in gluten intolerance and in gluten-free culinary arts. We had a wonderful time discussing our practice, some of the challenges with raising awareness, and how elusive gluten intolerance can be.
We also discussed the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle and how Jean co-authored a book, “Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies” to help people with this adjustment in diet. It is a lovely book and it has some particularly helpful topics to help succeed with baking such as “Understanding The Rules of Baking”, “Unique Issues of Gluten-Free Baking”, “Building Structure and Flavor Without Wheat” and “Understanding Dough”. Also, there is a chapter that discusses “Converting Favorite Recipes To Gluten-Free”.
Once you have learned the basics of Gluten-Free Baking, Jean (and her co-author Linda Larsen) share many recipes (entrees, desserts, breads, biscuits, pizza, gluten-free baking mixes, etc) to help their readers make an easy adjustment to a gluten-free lifestyle. Overall, the layout is simple to read, the ingredients all appear to be easily accessible and the instructions are laid out in an easy step by step approach. I can see this book being a valuable addition for anyone who is making this lifestyle adjustment.
It was a pleasure to meet Jean. I would like to extend a thank you to her for co-authoring this book and making a wonderful contribution to the gluten-free community. I appreciate her genuine personality and sincere compassionate approach to helping others navigate the gluten intolerance maze.
My Book, “Gluten Toxicity”, Is Available In Canada, The United States, The United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, The Netherlands And Flanders
My paperback, “Gluten Toxicity”, is available in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan through the Amazon online bookstores. As well, my book is also available in the dutch language in the Netherlands and Flanders. I’m thrilled to use my book as a resource to increase awareness in all of these geographical areas.
If you are interested in purchasing a paperback copy of “Gluten Toxicity: The Mysterious Symptoms Of Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, And Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance” or “Gevaarlijke Gluten”, then please see the links below.
Dutch version, “Gevaarlijke Gluten”
I wish you the best in health and wellness:)
Shelly Stuart, R.N., B.Sc.N.
People with undiagnosed celiac disease can be overweight or obese. Unfortunately, many doctors are not aware of this fact and may discourage their patients from getting the celiac tests if they are overweight. These doctors believe that people must be thin or emaciated to have this autoimmune disease. This lack of awareness can delay diagnosis and increases the risk of complications.
In an article written by Sonia Kupfer (MD), “Overweight? Obese? Perhaps It’s Celiac Disease” she highlights how people with celiac disease are not always thin. As well, Sonia mentions a study, “High Prevalence of Overweight and Obese Adult Celiac Patients in the Midwestern United States” that gives evidence that people don’t have to be slim or emaciated to have celiac disease.
I’m not surprised. In my practice, I have met so many people who were overweight prior to their diagnosis with celiac disease. Due to the lack of awareness about this, if you are overweight and think you may have celiac disease, you may want to print out this article from the “University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center” and take this evidence to your doctor’s appointment with you.
Fifteen experts acknowledge that a non-celiac type of gluten intolerance exists in an article called “Spectrum Of Gluten-Related Disorders: Consensus On New Nomenclature And Classification”. This is wonderful news and will hopefully help to increase awareness amongst medical professionals.
Sadly, many people have previously been told (incorrectly) by some doctors that they couldn’t possibly have a gluten intolerance if they didn’t have celiac disease. Unfortunately, this lack of awareness left many suffering when all that they needed was a therapeutic gluten-free diet. I hope that many doctors and nurses read this article to broaden their knowledge about gluten intolerance.
As well, the article highlighted in the conclusions that everyone (even people with a low level of risk) can have a risk of a gluten intolerance during their life. Now, this really inspires some thought about prophylactic management. Would it be better for everyone to eat gluten-free? Would this significantly decrease the risk of getting a gluten intolerance or other diseases and conditions associated with a gluten intolerance? I think that it is reasonable to suspect that it could.
In my life, I have applied this belief to my family. Two of my three children tested negative for celiac disease, but they have been raised gluten-free. I believe that this natural diet could help to prevent future health problems so we maintain a gluten-free kitchen for our family. In my book, “Gluten Toxicity”, I discuss how the introduction of gluten is fairly new in our evolutionary history, how studies suggest that it is not really a natural easily digested food for humans and how this might trigger immune responses leading to a gluten intolerance. This information along with the conclusions in this article really give us all something to seriously think about:)
An Endocrinologist and Gastroenterolgist from the Netherlands wrote a lovely and very informative foreword at the beginning of my book. He understands how gluten intolerance can be the underlying cause of illness and recommends the diet to some of his patients along with other interventions as needed.
I am so inspired to use my book as a resource to help increase awareness about gluten intolerance globally. So many are still suffering unaware that their symptoms are caused by immune reactions to gluten. Hopefully, my book will help to increase awareness and help to decrease the suffering.
I just received Tammy Credicott’s new cookbook, “Paleo Indulgences“. It is a wonderful book with many healthy recipes that look delicious and very nutritious as well. The accompanying photographs, all taken by Tammy, are a gorgeous complement to the recipes.
Robb Wolf, author of “The Paleo Solution” wrote a lovely forward for Tammy’s book and when talking about her recipes said that “They are all delicious”!
This is a great book for people who want to eat a gluten-free, grain-free, or a more natural diet, but who also want flavorful meals to enjoy every day. Paleo Indulgences definitely helps to ease the transition to a more natural way of eating.
Thank you Tammy for all of your hard work, dedication, and for contributing this great resource!
Tammy’s other book, The Healthy Gluten-Free Life:
Great news! There will be a Gluten-free Expo in Toronto (Ontario) this weekend. As well, in the new year, there will be an Expo in Vancouver (British Columbia) and Calgary (Alberta). The Expo will be a great place to check out new gluten-free products and to meet the vendors that support our lifestyle. Click on the following links for more information.