Fact Or Fiction?: Celiac Patients Tolerate Hydrolyzed Wheat

January 26, 2011 · Filed Under Hydrolyzed Wheat · 7 Comments 

Researchers are attempting to modify grains with the hope that it will eliminate immune reactions to the gluten within it. The belief is that a new modified product, such as hydrolyzed wheat, might give people who are diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, another option for food. A switch to a hydrolyzed wheat diet for others might also help to decrease the risk of developing a gluten intolerance. This research sounds promising and the end product may be beneficial.

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Lactose Intolerance Can Be A Symptom Of Gluten Intolerance

January 22, 2011 · Filed Under Lactose Intolerance · 16 Comments 

Many people are told that they have a lactose intolerance and are never investigated further to find the cause. Usually, only a lactose-free diet is recommended. I think we (doctors, nurses) need to dig a little deeper. Gluten could be the trigger and a gluten-free diet could be the real solution. For many, a lactose intolerance may actually disappear once an individual is consuming a gluten-free diet.

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Have You Been Diagnosed With Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Heartburn, Or Indigestion? You Could Be Having Immune Mediated Reactions To Foods!

January 17, 2011 · Filed Under Indigestion · 8 Comments 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, and indigestion can be a symptom of gluten intolerance and other food allergies. Many doctors are not aware of this connection, unless they are specialists in the field of gluten intolerance and allergies. The lack of awareness around this issue is the reason why most patients are put on medication for their symptoms and they are never informed that their symptoms could be related to immune reactions to food.

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Thank you, “The Now Newspaper (South Surrey-White Rock Source)”, For Helping To Increase Awareness About Gluten Intolerance

January 12, 2011 · Filed Under Increasing Awareness · Comment 

Yesterday, I was able to increase awareness about gluten intolerance with an article that was published in our local newspaper, “The South Surrey-White Rock Source”. The title, “Nurse Turns Own Battle With Celiac Disease Into Education And Book To Help Others” sums up my experience and mission well. The article describes my undiagnosed story, my mission to increase awareness, and my new book, “Gluten Toxicity”. I would like to thank “The Now Newspaper” for publishing this lovely article and helping to increase awareness about this public health problem. The reporter, Kelley Scarsbrook, did a wonderful job of highlighting the issues around gluten intolerance.
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Part 3 Of 5 Part Series: How Could A Gluten Intolerance Cause Scoliosis In Various Age Groups?

January 8, 2011 · Filed Under Scoliosis · 1 Comment 

This is the third part in a 5 part series that discusses how gluten could be one of the underlying triggers for scoliosis. In the first post, I discussed whether an association between gluten and scoliosis could exist, described scoliosis, and I provided an outline for the series. In the second post, I discussed how gluten may trigger antibodies against transglutaminases (involved in bone health), antibodies against bone cells, nutrient deficiencies, low melatonin levels, arthritis and how this may lead to scoliosis. Today, I would like to discuss how a gluten intolerance may cause scoliosis in various age groups.

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Part 2 Of 5 Part Series: How Could A Gluten Intolerance Cause Scoliosis?

January 4, 2011 · Filed Under Scoliosis · 2 Comments 

This is the second part in a 5 part series that discusses how gluten could be one of the underlying triggers for scoliosis. In the first post, I discussed whether an association between gluten and scoliosis could exist, described scoliosis, and I provided an outline for the series. In this post, I will discuss how gluten may trigger antibodies against transglutaminases (involved in bone health), antibodies against bone cells, nutrient deficiencies, low melatonin levels, arthritis and how this may lead to scoliosis.

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Part 1 Of 5 Part Series: Is There An Association Between Scoliosis And A Gluten Intolerance?

January 3, 2011 · Filed Under Scoliosis · 16 Comments 

Over the past six years, I have talked to many people with celiac disease and scoliosis. This peaked my curiosity. Could the ingestion of gluten trigger a cascade of immune reactions, eventually leading to the development of scoliosis? This is an intriguing question and I believe the connection is likely. With all forms of gluten intolerance, it seems very plausible that autoimmune factors (anti-bone antibodies), inflammation, and malabsorption of nutrients could lead to a soft, bendable bone structure and the development of scoliosis.

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Could Tissue Transglutaminase Be The Autoantigen In Most Diseases And How Could This Be Related To A Gluten Intolerance?

December 28, 2010 · Filed Under Tissue Transglutaminase · 12 Comments 

Transglutaminases are very important enzymes. These enzymes are involved in many functions, such as tissue repair, signalling processes, cellular differentiation (cells become more specialized), matrix stabilization (tissue that provides support to cells), and apoptosis (biochemical change that causes death in cells that are not needed). Without it, tissue repair is hindered, unfavourable cellular changes can occur, abnormal cells could grow uncontrollably leading to cancer and signalling between cells could be affected. These changes could occur in any area of the body where the enzyme is not available.

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