celiac disease

  1. Celiac disease test could hurt millions

    What your doc doesn't understand about gluten

    There's a new test for celiac disease that promises a simpler, safer, faster, and more accurate diagnosis.

    And it's bound to be a total nightmare!

    Here's the problem: The mainstream has an absolutely rigid view of what gluten can do to people.

    As far as it's concerned, you either have celiac disease and need to avoid gluten to stop your immune system from attacking itself... or you don't have the disease and have no issues with gluten at all.

    There's nothing in the middle.

    Now, the new test will allow the mainstream to continue to insist that it's one or the other. It has a 96 percent accuracy rate for celiac, which is positively astounding when you consider that the current tests fail at an alarming rate.

    If you have celiac and haven't been eating gluten, the tests used now will miss the disease close to 93 percent of the time.

    That's why many patients have to endure biopsies to get a proper diagnosis -- and even then, the results aren't always accurate.

    The new test could change all that.

    And unfortunately, it's guaranteed to hurt patients.

    When this highly accurate test comes back negative, doctors will tell their patients -- with an air of complete confidence -- that they don't have celiac disease and can eat as much gluten as they want.

    Patients will, of course, trust them, so they won't make any dietary changes and will continue to suffer lingering problems.

    They won't suspect the gluten. Why would they? The doctor said so -- and the doctor also insisted that there's no such thing as a non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

    But there IS, and a groundbreaking study from a couple of years back proved it.

    People with suspected non-celiac gluten sensitivity were given capsules with either low levels of gluten or a placebo, and within a week, there was nothing "suspected" about the sensitivity anymore.

    The folks who got the real gluten were suffering, and they're hardly alone.

    By some estimates, up to 100 million Americans have some form of sensitivity to gluten, making it almost as common as problems with dairy. They suffer from digestive problems including gas, cramps, and bloating, as well as issues in other parts of the body, including "brain fog" and mood disorders.

    If you've had some "mystery" health problems that your doc can't quite figure out, try giving up gluten for a month or two and see how you feel, even if he's insisted gluten isn't the issue.

    For even better results, drop dairy while you're at it.

    Many folks find that they feel clearer, sharper, better, and healthier, and those "mystery" problems vanish.

    Mystery solved!

  2. Celiac disease boosts heart risk

    Protect your heart with a gluten-free diet

    The damage of celiac disease doesn't end when the misery from eating something contaminated with gluten passes. No, over the long run, the inflammation caused by endless reactions to gluten can hurt you in other ways, putting you at risk for chronic disease.

    As a result, celiac disease patients have double the risk of heart attack and a higher risk of stroke, according to a new study.

    The bad news, of course, is that there is no cure for celiac. When you have it, you have it for life.

    But the good news is that life with celiac doesn't have to mean a life of misery and inflammation -- and it certainly doesn't have to end with chronic disease or a heart attack.

    Get the disease under control, and you can eliminate those risks.

    Start by committing to a healthy gluten-free diet. It's easier than ever. Even many restaurants now serve gluten-free meals.

    Don't just do it to avoid the misery and humiliation of hiding in the bathroom for hours after your dinner. Do it for your heart, because when you limit the attacks, you can limit the inflammation.

    And while you're at it, you can further reduce your inflammation with natural supplements such as turmeric and fish oil (and you don't have to be suffering from celiac to benefit from those).

    The bigger problem is that millions of people are quietly suffering from celiac and other forms of gluten sensitivity but haven't been diagnosed -- in part because mainstream tests recognize only "celiac" and "not celiac."

    But many people who don't have celiac do have a gluten sensitivity -- and because they're never properly diagnosed, they never know what's wrong or how to make themselves feel better.

    If you're feeling lousy too often -- if you spend too much time in the bathroom -- go gluten-free for a few weeks and see if it helps. Even if your own doctor has told you that you don't have celiac, give it a try.

    You might be surprised by the difference it makes.

    Be sure to work closely with a holistic medical doctor. And if you're in the Southern California area and want answers, I can provide them. I run the most comprehensive food sensitivity testing program around in my clinic outside San Diego. Contact my office to make an appointment.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for telephone consultations. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule yours.

  3. New numbers show gluten allergies are badly under-diagnosed

    Close to 2 million Americans have celiac disease, but most don't know it -- and tens of millions more have undiagnosed gluten sensitivities. Are you one of them?
  4. Hidden dangers of Celiac disease

    If you're suffering from celiac disease, check your vitamins--because a new study shows that you could be missing more than the ability to enjoy gluten.

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