Yesterday I was asked to discuss a mysterious, yet chronic
condition that affects increasing numbers of people each
Here's the bad news, and some great news.
First the bad. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder
where your body has an inappropriate allergic response to
gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye).
In Celiac sufferers, gluten causes severe inflammation and
eventually damages the mucosal surface of the small
intestine and disrupts the absorption of nutrients. That's
why many celiac sufferers are underweight--they're actually
malnourished, even though they may have a good appetite and
eat healthy foods. It can also lead to anemia and
osteoporosis, as well as growth retardation in children.
Unfortunately, Celiac is one of the most commonly
misdiagnosed digestive disorders.
Its symptoms are similar to other digestive conditions
like IBS, Crohn's or colitis-cramps, bloating, gas, chronic
diarrhea and/or constipation-and because of that, people
can go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. Many celiac
patients suffer in agony for 10 years or more before an
accurate diagnosis is made.
It's estimated that about 3 million people in the US has
Celiac, but that figure could actually be 6 million or more
because of the misdiagnosing.
In addition to the typical digestive symptoms, Celiac can
also cause problems like:
The conventional medical treatment for Celiac has involved
avoiding foods containing gluten and taking medications for
That's a good start.
But for many, it's not enough. Here's why:
Part 1: Stop ALL the irritation
Even though a Celiac sufferer may be avoiding the "primary
offender" (gluten), if they are eating foods that are
inherently difficult for their body to digest, and continue
to irritate their already-inflamed small intestine, guess
what they're still going to have?
You got it--cramps, gas, bloating, constipation and
That's why many Celiac sufferers REALLY feel hopeless --
here they are, doing what they think is right and leading
gluten-free lives, yet are still enduring digestive hell.
But the answer to their prayers is so very simple.
In addition to avoiding gluten, it's crucial for Celiac
sufferers to have a diet that is alkalizing to their bodies
and is easily digested.
That way, their foods are broken down completely as they
should be and move through their sensitive, sore intestines
Efficient, thorough digestion of foods also helps maximize
nutrient absorption, which is a definite known challenge
Following my advice in the Great Taste No Pain health
system will help Celiacs (and ANYONE with a digestive
disorder) accomplish this crucial goal of easy, complete
The Great Taste No Pain manual, "How To End Stomach Pain
Forever, Even If Your MD Says, 'No Way!'" explains the few
simple principles you need to remember and why they're so
effective for everyone. It is so logical and will make
perfect sense to you.
The other GTNP manuals make it simple to plan meals and
show you exactly which foods are more alkalizing to your
body, so there's no guesswork.
And the recipe book contains scrumptious delights, many of
which are inherently gluten-free or are easily modified to
make them gluten-free. Delicious foods.
Part 2: Celiacs have different intestines
Part 2 of the Celiac puzzle involves the makeup of the
Recent studies have shown that the mucosal layers in the
intestines of Celiac people is chemically different from
that of other people--their mucus has a different type of
sugar than everyone else.
This different sugar seems to favor bad bacteria, which
therefore cling tightly to the intestinal walls. The
presence of these bad bacteria may help trigger the
reaction to gluten.
Probiotics can help combat Celiac because they produce
chemicals that prevent bad bacteria from sticking to your
intestinal walls. They also compete for "parking spaces"
along the walls, crowding out the harmful bacteria and
depriving them of their food source.
And since in Celiacs, their immune systems see harmless
substances as dangerous invaders. So since probiotics are
strong stimulators of regulatory immune responses, they can
be beneficial to someone suffering the challenges of Celiac
or other autoimmune disorders.
PS: Kathy is free of Celiac symptoms, acid reflux & more:
I cannot believe how well your EASY plan works.
I was diagnosed a few years ago with Celiac disease and a
hiatal hernia. I suffered from acid reflux, constipation
and being overweight for years!
Although I immediately started eating gluten-free and
dropped all the weight, I still had issues with acid reflux
and the doctor told me my hiatal hernia would never go
away. Thus, they started me on the purple pill Nexium and
later with Boniva.
Nexium worked wonders as a bandaid, but needless to say
both are quite costly. This year we got new insurance and
I was told they would not cover my Nexium.
I got very frustrated and went on line looking up all the
side effects of taking Nexium and Boniva long term and was
astonished to find that the Nexium probably helped the need
for the Boniva, not to mention other long term use nasty
**The FDA has not evaluated all of these statements. The
contents of this email are not to be considered medical
advice and are for educational purposes only. If you are
experiencing health challenges, always consult your doctor
for medical advice and follow it even if it contradicts the
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