Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease are both inflammatory bowel diseases that bring both misery and torment to the people diagnosed with them. These diseases drastically shorten both their quality and quantity of life. With proper diagnosis, information, and treatment, patients with these diseases can overcome their disorders.
Crohn’s disease is Ulcerative Colitis’s cousin and is an inflammatory disease of the entire digestive system, unlike Ulcerative Colitis which is generally only found in the colon. A person with Crohn’s disease has a lot of different symptoms which can make diagnosis of the disease difficult. This can make it a long time before a patient with Crohn’s is discovered and treated. The average age of disease onset in a patient who has Crohn’s disease is between the ages of 15 and 30.
Patients with Crohn’s disease have differing exaggerations and symptoms of their disease. Some digestive symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea usually without blood, increased risk of gallstones, frequent bowel movements (even more than twenty per day sometimes), bloating, and weight loss. Systemic symptoms include arthritis, inflammation of the eyes (uveitis, episcleritis), skin inflammation or infection, depression, oral disorders, and nutritional difficulties. (more…)
Mood and Behavior May Be the Only Indicators of Gluten Intolerance
Many patients diagnosed with celiac disease also deal with behavioral and neurological disorders.
Patients with schizophrenia and children with autism show a marked improvement when placed on a gluten-free diet.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that is marked by an immune response to the body’s own intestinal cells.
Autoimmunity is an inside job, and disease comes from a confused immune system, rather than an infectious bug. During a flare-up, the immune system will tag cells lining the small intestine and begin destroying them. (more…)
Among thoughtful and informed medical providers and public alike, there is an ongoing transition toward recognizing adverse health effects from grains as being common and normal rather than rare and abnormal. Not all medical providers, of course, support this change in perspective and some are downright hostile toward it. Likewise, a segment of the public seems to be irritated by the gluten free trend and consider it just a silly fad.
Yet, if medicine is to be science based, no credible medical provider can dismiss the possibility that a large proportion of the U.S. (and possibly world) population may be sensitive to certain molecules present in most grains. Similarly, those that belittle the gluten free movement as a fad might, in fact, be an unknowing victim of grain sensitivity.
Celiac disease may have been described by the ancient physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia in the first century CE. It was not until the 1940′s, however, that the Dutch physician Willem Karel Dicke connected the disease to wheat as a result of the Dutch famine of 1944, in which wheat was scarce and those suffering from the disease seemed to dramatically improve. Since that time, modern medicine has narrowly defined the disease as an autoimmune disease resulting from the ingestion of gliadin, a component of wheat gluten. (more…)
Gluten Sensitivity, Autoimmune and Neurological Disease
by Jeffrey Dach MD
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Two Very Mysterious and Complicated Cases caused by Gluten Sensitivity
What is wheat gluten?
Gluten is a protein in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt, triticale, kamut,and possibly oats.
In susceptible individuals, about one per cent of the population, Wheat Gluten stimulates an immune response which may damage the inner lining of the gastrointestinal tract, or cross-react with other tissues in the body producing auto-immune, neurological and psychiatric illness.
Upper left image: A variety of foods made from wheat, all containing gluten. Courtesy of the USDA and Wikimedia Commons.
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You have countless immune cells in every corner of your body that are constantly working to keep you healthy by identifying, packaging, and eliminating harmful substances that have made their way into your blood.
If your immune system falters and begins to identify some of your own tissues as being harmful or unnecessary, it will work to attack and eliminate these tissues through an inflammatory response that can cause pain and discomfort in many forms – this is how autoimmune illness develops. (more…)
Bloating, cramping, and gas. Do you ever wonder why some foods wreak havoc on your digestive system, while other foods pass through unnoticed?
As it turns out, many foods that we commonly enjoy are high-residue foods. This means that they leave a lot behind for bacteria to feed on. When bacteria feed and proliferate, this is what is known as fermentation.
When food ferments or rots in the gut, our inner ecosystem gets thrown out of balance.
Some foods have the tendency to ferment faster than others. (more…)
In the April/May 2012 issue of Green American, which focuses primarily on GMOs and the harm they are causing, they interview IRT’s executive director Jeffrey M. Smith. Here are some excerpts:
Jeffrey Smith: ”When I speak to doctors around the country, they report seeing an increase in the incidence and severity of certain diseases, which they believe are GMO-related. Moreover, when these doctors take people off of GMO diets, they report that the symptoms – of migraines, gastro-intestinal disorders, weight problems, and more – start to disappear. (more…)
Is it possible that the massive rise in diagnoses of gluten insensitivity and Celiac disease is in some way linked to the medications people are taking? A new study published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings seems to suggest so, having found that the popular blood pressure drug Benicar (olmesartan) often causes patients to develop symptoms of Celiac disease that later subside when the medication is ceased.
Dr. Joseph A. Murray, M.D., and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., first made the observation after noting that 22 of the patients admitted to the center over a three-year period had symptoms of Celiac disease, but did not test positive for the condition in blood tests. Upon further investigation, the team determined that olmesartan was the likely culprit. (more…)
New research finds that almost one in four adolescents in the United States have diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to The New York Times. These are not children with juvenile diabetes but full-on type 2 diabetes. More than 25 million adults already have diabetes and 79 million may have prediabetes, yet few people consider a diabetes diet. There is a definite correlation between diet and diabetes symptoms. Studies suggest that eating a gluten-free diet without dairy could be good for diabetes and celiac disease, a condition characterized by an allergy to gluten.