“No sex, age, tissue or organs are spared from effects of Celiac Disease”

This is the #1 thing you should listen to if you or someone you love has Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity. If you have people in your life or even one of your doctors who doubt the serious nature of it, have them listen too! (link at bottom)

2/27/17: Dr Allessio Fasano from the Center for Celiac Research is interviewed by Dr Theresa Nacassio on her radio show.

He talks about Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, the Microbiome, Leaky Gut, neurological complications in the brain and Autism, ADHD, Dimentia, Depression, Skin (Dermatitis Herpeteformis), Probiotics, Fecal Transplants and more!  He even talks about the Non-hybridized wheat myth, GMO’s, pesticides and more.

“No sex, age, tissue or organs are spared from the effects of Celiac Disease….”

The interview starts at  4min and 55 seconds on the timer in the link. You can fast forward through commercials too.  Dr Nacassio also has lots of other links to Dr Fasano’s interviews and talks on Celiac Disease up on her site.

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Neurological/Pshyciatric Manifestations of Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity

What do Depression, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Gluten Ataxia, Autism, Neurological Issues, Migraine Headaches, Epilepsy, Seizures, White Matter on Brain and Schizophrenia; have in common? According to NIH (National Institute of Health), all of the above are also symptoms of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity which can affect adults and children!

I get asked about this so often by customers, at least once or twice a week, that I thought I would write about this in depth. Some are having multiple neurological complications from their Celiac or Gluten Sensitivity or their child is exhibiting ADHD Symptoms and stomach aches but has not been tested for Celiac Disease. (I am Celiac and also have Ataxia (Neurological symptoms; loss of balance & coordination, fumbled speech and I exhibit signs of ADHD-can’t concentrate when exposed to gluten). The shocking thing is that many in the medical community are not investigating the gluten connection by testing for Celiac Disease first! Often a child or adult are just put on ADHD medications or anti depressants and just sent on their way. Often the medicines are just addressing some of the symptoms; not the actual cause! The result is ongoing pain and suffering because the true condition is NEVER addressed. The good news is that NIH (National Institute of Health) has put solid information out there for our physicians and us to see!

First we need to understand the difference between Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity. Then we will learn that psychological and neurological issues can be preset in either condition. NIH has some great information about this and will clear up any question that you or your medical provider have about the validity of these symptoms. Finally, I give you a link to these neurological and psychological symptoms; which are sometimes the only symptoms that an adult or child actually presents with. (Yes, many don’t even have any gastrointestinal symptoms or stomach aches!)

First, read this, all of it. Second, if any of this applies to you or you child, get yourself or your child tested for Celiac Disease (while still eating gluten) by a gastroenterologist who is well versed in Celiac Disease.

Celiac Disease (CD) affects about 1% of the population (about 1 in 130) and gluten sensitivity affects about 6% of the population. Even with all of the knowledge that we have now, it is believed that as many as 85% of cases of CD go undiagnosed. CD is dependent on an autoimmune reaction to gluten (the protein found in wheat, rye and barley) and is usually characterized by intestinal symptoms. Those with gluten sensitivity (GS) don’t have intestinal damage (villous atrophy) or antibodies for CD but can test positive for antibodies to gliadin. Those with CD and GS can present with many neurological and psychiatric symptoms. However, gluten sensitivity remains under-treated and under-recognized as a contributing factor to psychiatric and neurological manifestations.

In CD, the classic symptoms typically include abdominal bloating, steatorrhea (excretion of abnormal quantities of fat due to malabsorption) and weight loss. Some just present with a rash that looks like eczema, but is really the skin manifestation of Celiac Disease known as Dermatitis Herpeterormis (DH). However, there are too many symptoms to list here; so a link will follow. Diagnosis is confirmed by testing for a number of different antibodies including anti-endomysial antibodies (EMA), anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTG), and anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA).  We understand what causes the intestinal damage and the genetics related to CD.  Those genes are HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8 and their other versions.

There are more than 300 signs and symptoms of CD. Click Here for List. This list is great because it describes symptoms as they affect different body systems and there is also a list of how children may present with Celiac Disease (that list is at the bottom of the link). Not everyone presents with the same symptoms..some just have bloating and constipation and stomach aches. Some just are fatigued, irritable and are moody or present with Autism or ADHD like symptoms. The intestinal biopsy used to be the gold standard.  Now there are 5 criteria for a Celiac diagnosis. Those with GS often have the same symptoms as those with CD.

Five Criteria for Diagnosing Celiac Disease and someone only has to have 4 of the 5!

  1. The presence of signs and symptoms compatible with celiac disease.
  2. Positive serology screening (high serum levels of anti-TTG and/or EMA).
  3. Presence of the predisposing genes HLA-DQ2 and/or –DQ8.
  4. Histological evidence of auto-insult of jejunal mucosa typical of celiac disease.
  5. Resolution of the symptoms and normalization of serology test following the implementation of a gluten-free diet.

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People with GS would not fit into less than 4 of the 5 categories. GS is a diagnosis of exclusion; this diagnosis is given once CD and wheat, rye or barley allergies are ruled out. This means all of the above testing was done while the patient is still consuming gluten and did not meet 4 of the 5 criteria for CD. Then the patient is put on a Gluten-Free diet.  If symptoms resolve; you are given a diagnosis of gluten sensitivity!  (There is some evidence that GS is just an early form of CD.)

Neurological/Psychiatric complications of CD have been known to the medical community for over 40 years. Meanwhile, GS sensitive patients also have many neurological and psychiatric complications. However, based on the lack of intestinal involvement, the neurological and psychiatric complications may be the prime presentation in patients suffering from GS! Therefore gluten sensitivity may easily go unrecognized and untreated.

Studies have shown that about 22% of  patients with CD develop neurological or psychiatric dysfunction and as many as 57% of people with neurological dysfunction of unknown origin test positive for anti-gliadin antibodies. Neurological and psychiatric complications observed with gluten-mediated immune responses include a variety of disorders.

From 1953 to 2011 a PubMed literature search located 162 original articles associating psychiatric and neurologic complications to celiac disease or gluten sensitivity!  36 articles for seizure disorders, 20 for ataxia and cerebellar degeneration, 26 for neuropathy, 20 for schizophrenia, 14 for depression, 12 for migraine. There were up to 10 articles each for anxiety disorders, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, myopathy, and white matter lesions.

However, the  vast majority of research to date has not looked at CD and GS independently, so the true prevalence of the neurological/psychiatric complications with each is hard to pin down. It does call attention to the fact that GS and CD are different gluten-mediated immune responses that may be the cause of patients presenting with a host of psychiatric and neurological complications.

For more information on the symptoms listed at the top of the article (NIH) please use this link. It goes into detail about each neurological and psychological manifestation, just click on link and scroll down, good stuff in here..! Click Here for NIH Info

 

 

Celiac Awareness Month: 300 Symptoms

The average time it takes to be diagnosed with Celiac Disease is 6-10 years!  Why is this so?  I believe it is because people (and many doctors) don’t know the 300 signs and symptoms. Another reason is that people are going on a GF Diet before getting a diagnosis and many just refuse to be tested. If you  have a family member or mother, father, brother, sister, grandparent, cousin, etc with Celiac Disease, you should be tested. Not everyone has the same symptoms.

Below are the 300 signs and symptoms of Celiac Disease. A celiac must be strict with their diet.  Just a crumb or a trace sets the immune system into havoc, which can lead to serious long term complications. Those who go on a GF Diet without Celiac Testing often assume that they are just gluten intolerant. They are at risk because they are not strict like a diagnosed Celiac would be. Therefore; they continually expose themselves to gluten via cross contamination and cheating. This leaves their immune system in attack mode and opens the person up to serious autoimmune complications!

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder

The 300 Signs and Symptoms are courtesy of : “Recognizing Celiac Disease” by Cleo J. Libonati. (Gluten Free Works) way back in January of 2007. We have a copy of this book here in our library at our cafe, deli and bakery. (Link at bottom of list)

Blood System Symptoms

Abnormal levels of blood components and quality of blood cells and plasma, detected by blood studies ordered by a doctor.

  • Anemia, Folic acid
  • Anemia, Iron
  • Anemia, Vitamin B12
  • Anti-Endomysium Antibodies (EMA)
  • Anti-Gliadin Antibodies (AGA)
  • Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase Antibodies (tTG)
  • Associated Autoimmune Antibodies
  • Bone Alkaline Phosphatase Enzyme, Elevated
  • Calcium, Low
  • Cholesterol, Low (below 156)
  • Coagulation Factors, Low
  • Copper, Low
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Glucose, Low or elevated
  • Homocysteine, Elevated
  • Hyperprolactinemia (elevated prolactin hormone)
  • Hypoprothrombinemia
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Liver Enzymes, Elevated
  • Macroamylasemia
  • Macrocytosis
  • Macrolipasemia
  • Magnesium, Low
  • Neutropenia
  • Phosphorus, Low
  • Plasma Proteins, Low
  • Potassium, Low
  • Prolonged Prothrombin Time
  • Transient Erythroblastopenia
  • Zinc, Low

Body Composition Symptoms

Disorders of the body as a whole.

  • Anorexia (Poor appetite)
  • Appetite, Increased
  • Cachexia (Wasting of the body)
  • Loss of Vitality
  • Obesity
  • Weight Gain, Unexplained
  • Weight Loss, Unexplained

Cardiovascular System Symptoms

Disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

  • Angina Pectoris
  • Aortic Vasculitis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Easy Bruising (Ecchymosis)
  • Hypertension
  • Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Nosebleeds, Unexplained

Digestive System Symptoms

The following symptoms in this section may be present alone or in any combination in celiac disease.  They result from inflammation, damage,and interference with normal function caused by gluten exposure in the digestive tract itself and/or nutritional deficiencies.  As you see, problems can develop not only in the small intestine where inflammation can be intense, but also in other areas such as mucosal tissues of the mouth, esophagus, stomach and colon.

  • Abdominal Distention (Bloating)
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adenocarcinoma of the Small Intestine
  • Aphthous Ulcers (Canker sores in mouth)
  • Autoimmune Cholangitis
  • Beta Casein Enteropathy (Cow’s dairy intolerance similar to celiac disease)
  • Bleeding, Unexplained
  • Cancer of the Esophagus
  • Cancer of the Pharynx
  • Candida Infections
  • Carbohydrate Malabsorption
  • Cheilosis (Red lips, cracking/ oozing at corners of mouth)
  • Colitis, Collagenous
  • Colitis, Lymphocytic
  • Colitis, Ulcerative
  • Colonic Volvulus (Loop of intestine twists causing strangulation of intestine)
  • Constipation
  • Constipation Alternating with Diarrhea
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Defective Tooth Enamel (Yellow, white spots, missing enamel)
  • Delayed Gastric Emptying (Early fullness after eating)
  • Diarrhea, acute (Also called celiac crisis)
  • Diarrhea, chronic
  • Duodenal Erosions in the Second Part of Duodenum (Small ulcers)
  • Dysphagia (Difficulty swallowing)
  • Edema of Small Intestinal Lining
  • Esophageal Small Cell Cancer
  • Esophageal Motor Abnormalities (Poor muscle activity/coordination)
  • Gas
  • Gastric Ulcer (Stomach ulcers)
  • Gastric Ulcerations
  • Gastritis, Collagenous
  • Gastritis, Lymphocytic
  • Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastro-Intestinal Occult Bleeding (Blood in stool that is not visible to naked eye)
  • Gluten Sensitive Enteritis
  • Gums bleeding/ swollen (Purplish in adults/ red in children)
  • Heartburn
  • H. Pylori Bacter (Infection of the stomach)
  • Impaired Gall Bladder Motility
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Jejunitis, chronic
  • Lactose Intolerance (Gas, bloating, loose stools from milk)
  • Laryngospasm
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Lymphoma
  • Malabsorption of Nutrients
  • Maltose Intolerance (Gas, bloating, loose stools from maltose, a simple carbohydrate)
  • Nausea
  • Oral Mucosal Lesions (Mouth lesions)
  • Plummer-Vinson Syndrome
  • Post-cricoid Cancer
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (Bile backs up in liver)
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (Scarring of bile ducts in liver)
  • Small Bowel Intussusception (One loop of intestine slips into another)
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Steatorrhea (Pale, smelly, floating stool hard to flush or sticks to toilet)
  • Sucrose Intolerance (Gas, bloating, mucous in stool from sugar)
  • Tongue (Beefy, red, smooth, burning)
  • Tongue (Fiery red, smooth, swollen, sore)
  • Tongue (Magenta, swollen)
  • Tongue (Pale, smooth, burning)
  • Vomiting

Glandular System Symptoms

Disorders of the glands.

  • Addison’s Disease (Adrenal gland failure)
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism)
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type I
  • Diabetic Instability
  • Gastro-Intestinal Complications of Type 1 Diabetes
  • Grave’s Disease (Hyperthyroidism)
  • Hepatic Granulomatous Disease
  • Idiopathic Hypoparathyroidism
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Parathyroid Carcinoma
  • Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Secondary Hypoparathyroidism

Immune System Symptoms

Disorders of antibody production.

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune Disorders in Celiac Disease
  • Autoimmune Disorders in Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndromes
  • Common Variable Immunodeficiency
  • Food Allergies, IgE and non-IgE Immune Responses
  • IgA Deficiency
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sjögrens Syndrome
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Urticaria, chronic (Hives)

Integumentary System Symptoms

Disorders of skin, hair, and nails.

  • Alopecia Areata (Patches of hair loss)
  • Alopecia, Diffuse (Balding)
  • Cutaneous Vasculitis
  • Cutis Laxa
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Eczema
  • Edema (Swelling)
  • Eythema Elevatum Diutinum
  • Erythema Nodosum
  • Follicular Hyperkeratosis (Dry rough skin/ plugged hair follicles on body)
  • Ichthyosis, Acquired
  • Itchy Skin Rash
  • Hangnail
  • Koilonychia (Thin nails that flatten, ends progressively turning up instead of down)
  • Melanoma
  • Nails, Dry and brittle that chip, peel, crack or break easily
  • Nails with Horizontal and Vertical Ridges/Fragile
  • Nail with Rounded and Curved Down Ends, Dark, Dry
  • Nails with White Spots
  • Nails with Splinter Hemorrhages
  • Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris
  • Prurigo Nodularis (Hyde’s Prurigo)
  • Psoriasis
  • Scleroderma
  • Seborrhea
  • Thin hair
  • Vitiligo

Lymphatic System Symptoms

Disorders of the lymphocytes (white blood cells), lymph nodes and spleen.

  • B-cell non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Cryptic Intestinal T-cell Lymphoma (Refractory Sprue)
  • Enteropathy Associated T-cell Lymphoma (EATL)
  • Extraintestinal Lymphomas
  • Intraepithelial Lymphocytosis in Small Bowel Samples
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Mesenteric Lymph Node Cavitation
  • Hyposplenism (Atrophy of spleen)

Muscular System Symptoms

Disorders of muscle structure and function.

  • Hypokalemic Rhabdomyolysis (Acute, severe potassium deficiency)
  • Muscle Pain and Tenderness
  • Muscle Spasm and Cramps
  • Muscle Wasting
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Osteomalacic Myopathy
  • Polymyositis
  • Tetany

Nervous System Symptoms

Disorders of nerves, brain and spinal cord structure and function.

  • Anxiety
  • Apathy
  • Ataxia, Gait Disturbance
  • Ataxia, Gluten
  • Ataxia, Progressive Myoclonic
  • Brain Atrophy
  • Cerebral Perfusion Abnormalities (Poor blood flow)
  • Chonic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chorea
  • Cortical Calcifying Angiomatosis
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Fatigue/ Lassitude
  • Headache
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nervous System Disorders
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy
  • Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders
  • Tremors
  • Vasculitis of the Central Nervous System

Pulmonary System Symptoms

Disorders of lung tissue and broncheal tree structure and function.

  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchial Pneumonia
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis
  • Increased Pulmonary Permeability
  • Increased Susceptibility to Tuberculosis
  • Lung Cavities or Abcess
  • Non-Response to Tuberculosis Treatment
  • Pneumococcal Septicemia

Sensory System Symptoms

Disorders of sense organ structure and function.

  • Bitot’s Spots (Foamy patches on whites of eye)
  • Blepharitis
  • Bloodshot Eyes
  • Blurred Vision
  • Cataracts
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Keratomalacia
  • Nightblindness
  • Ocular Myopathy
  • Smell, Loss of
  • Taste, Loss of
  • Uveitis, Bilateral
  • Xerophthalmia

Skeletal System Symptoms

Disorders of bone, joints and teeth.

  • Bone Fracture
  • Bone Pain
  • Enteropathic Arthritis
  • Osteitis Fibrosa
  • Osteomalacia
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Recurrent Monoarthritis

Urinary System Symptoms

Disorders of kidneys and urinaty tract structure and function.

  • Hypocalciuria
  • IgA Nephropathy
  • Kidney Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection

Reproductive System Symptoms in Females

Disorders of organ structure and function.

  • Amenorrhea (Absence of menstrual period)
  • Early Menopause
  • Infertility
  • Late Menarche (Late start of menstrual periods)
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Dysmenorrhea (Painful menstrual periods)
  • Dyspareunia (Painful intercourse)
  • Vaginitis

Reproductive System Symptoms in Males

Disorders of organ structure and function.

  • Hypogonadism
  • Impotence
  • Infertility
  • Sperm Abnormalities

Reproduction: Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery and Puerperium Symptoms

Disorders of childbearing.

  • Severe Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnancy
  • Short Duration of Breast Feeding
  • Miscarriage
  • Complications During Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery
  • Complications After Childbirth

Zygote Development Symptoms

Disorders of chromosomes.

  • Down Syndrome
  • Turner’s Syndrome

Fetus Development Symptoms

Disorders of that occur before birth of the child.

  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Intrauterine Growth Retardation
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Spina Bifida

Child Development Symptoms

Disorders of children that occur after birth.

  • Autism and Learning Disorders
  • Attention Deficit  Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Cancer Predisposition in Children
  • Chronic Bullous Dermatosis
  • Delayed Puberty in Boys
  • Delayed Puberty in Girls
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Developmental Delay
  • Failure to Thrive and Growth Retardation
  • Fecal Occult Blood (Blood found in stool that is not visible to the naked eye)
  • Glycogenic Acanthosis
  • Hypotonia
  • Juvenile Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
  • Juvenile Diabetes Type 1
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Abnormal Blood Studies
  • Latent Anemia in Enzymopathies of Small Intestine (Lack of enzymes produced by villi)
  • Penicilllin V Impaired Absorption
  • Refractory Anemia (Unresponsive to iron therapy)
  • Osteopenia
  • Rickets
  • Short Staure
  • Stroke in Childhood

Here are some other ways to look at various symptoms :

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Aloofness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability (Common in children with celiac disease)
  • Impatience
  • Lack of Desire to Get Things Done
  • Lack of Feeling
  • Restlessness
  • Timid Behavior
  • Violent Behavior

Neurological Issues

  • Anxiety
  • Apathy
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Difficulty Making Friendships
  • Easy Frustration and Anger
  • Nervousness
  • Panic Attacks
  • Sense of Worthlessness
  • Overly Self-critical
  • Hysteria
  • Hypochondria

Cognitive (Thinking) Symptoms

  • Confused/ Faulty Thinking
  • Confabulation
  • Delusions
  • Dementia
  • Disorientation
  • Faulty Learning
  • Hallucination
  • Inattentiveness
  • Loss of Memory
  • Loss of Immediate Memory
  • Poor Memory
  • Reduced Learning
  • Slow Thinking
  • Scattered Thinking

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My Thoughts on “Grain Brain”; by David Perlmutter, MD

Many customers, while dining in my cafe, have asked me what I thought of Grain Brain, written by renowned neurologist, David Perlmutter, MD.

First, I will say that the book is excellent and a must read for everyone, especially if you or your family are touched by Celiac, gluten sensitivity, autism, dementia, alzheimer’s, stroke or heart disease! Dr Perlmutter goes into great detail about the care and feeding of your brain.  Showing, through research, studies and clinical experience exactly how healthy carbohydrates; such as whole grains and sugar can cause dementia, ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety, headaches, depression and more.

I made some some notes while reading the book that you might find of interest. First and foremost, Dr Perlmutter believes that Gluten Sensitivity is the real issue at hand and that Celiac Disease is an extreme manifestation of Gluten Sensitivity.

Gluten Sensitivity:

-Celiac Disease is an extreme manifestation of gluten sensitivity; the most severe reaction to gluten.

-1 in 30 people have Celiac Disease as estimated by Dr Perlmutter, although experts say 1 in 200 or 1 in 131; many are not diagnosed.

-1 in 4 people are vulnerable to Celiac Disease due to genetics alone and those of northern European descent are more susceptible.

-A person’s genes determine gluten sensitivity or severity, meaning there is a very wide spectrum to it.

-Gluten does not just harm the gut, once the genes are triggered, sensitivity to gluten is lifelong condition that can affect the skin, mucous membranes and the mouth.  Gluten reactions can involve any organ in the body including the brain, even if the gut is fine.

-The brain is at great risk if a person is gluten sensitive.

-Food Sensitivities are usually a response from the immune system.  The presence of gluten basically disables the body’s immune system and it can’t fully support the body’s natural defenses.

-About 45% of people with ASD (autism spectrum disorders) have gastrointestinal problems. There is an increased prevalence of celiac in pediatric cases of autism, compared to the general population.

-People with Celiac Disease may be at increased risk for developmental delays, tic disorders, learning disorders and ADHD.

-Depression and anxiety are often severe in those with gluten sensitivity.

-He dispels the myth that all fat is bad for you. Low cholesterol can affect mood and put your brain at risk. Your brain needs fat and is made of fat.

-“Routine lab tests for Celiac Disease are not sensitive enough to uncover gluten sensitivity, so don’t bother with them”. (I take issue with this, you need to know if you have Celiac first, then if negative, look for gluten sensitivity. No wonder 83% of those with Celiac are said to be undiagnosed!)

-Inflammation is the cornerstone to brain disease. He goes into great detail about dementia and alzheimer’s disease and the role gluten plays along with sugar, statin drugs, strokes, diabetes and so much more. Much time is devoted to talking about how all carbohydrates; grains and sugar are causing us problems (inflammation) and has lots of studies and clinical experience referenced in the book. There is also great information in the book about vitamin deficiencies, leaky gut and more.

I think this book is a must read; or buy it on CD and listen to it on a long car ride. I think it is eye opening and saw so many of my health issues highlighted in this book;Grain Brain it has convinced me to tweak my GF diet a bit. (I can attest that gluten does affect the brain! Read my blog post about when I was “glutened” on vacation.)

Celiac Disease in Kids Detected by Growth Screenings

From March 2015 Newsletter:  A new study from Finland followed children between 1994 and 2009 was published 3/2/15 in the journal; JAMA Pediatrics. They found that 57 percent of the girls and 48 percent of the boys with Celiac Disease had abnormal growth two years before their diagnosis and researchers feel that 58% of those children who are “short for non-hormonal reasons” have Celiac Disease. “Consequently, we recommend systematic growth screening as a primary method for the early detection of chronic disorders that affect growth, such as celiac disease”, the researchers said. If your child is not growing, take this information to your pediatrician.

Gluten and Behavioral Changes in Children

From March 2015 Newsletter:
Simply Gluten Free Magazine wrote the best article that I have seen on this subject. It is easy to read, please check it out for physical symptoms and behavioral symptoms…a must read for everyone; you will have a few ah-ha moments.

Given the previous article (only 29% of doctors are trained in Celiac Disease/gluten sensitivity);  I sincerely hope everyone with kids or grand kids takes the time to click on this link and read it. We need to be aware and truly advocate for our kids.

https://simplygluten-free.com/glutenfreemagazine/learn/the-brain-gluten/

Celiac Disease in Kids Detected by Growth Screenings

A new study from Finland that followed children between 1994 and 2009 was published 3/2/15 in the journal; JAMA Pediatrics. They found that 57 percent of the girls and 48 percent of the boys with Celiac Disease had abnormal growth two years before their diagnosis and researchers feel that 58% of those who are short for non-hormonal reasons have Celiac Disease. “Consequently, we recommend systematic growth screening as a primary method for the early detection of chronic disorders that affect growth, such as celiac disease”, the researchers said.