Celiac disease (pronounced see-liac) is an autoimmune disease. Gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye triggers an immune reaction in people with celiac disease, which means that eating gluten damages the lining of the small intestine. Other parts of the body may be affected.
The symptoms of celiac disease vary from person to person and can range from very mild to severe.
Possible symptoms may include:
- Diarrhoea, excessive wind, and/or constipation
- Persistent or unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting
- Recurrent stomach pain, cramping or bloating
- Any combination of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
- Tiredness and/or headaches
- Weight loss (but not in all cases)
- Mouth ulcers
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis (DH))
- Tooth enamel problems
- Repeated miscarriages
- Joint and/or bone pain
- Neurological (nerve) problems such as ataxia (poor muscle co-ordination) and neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet).
It’s important to note that some symptoms may be mistaken as Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or wheat intolerance. Stress or getting older can also be a cause of confusion.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be underweight or have lost weight to have celiac disease. Most people are of normal weight or even overweight at diagnosis.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition caused by an abnormal immune reaction to the protein gluten, while some people find eating oats can also trigger symptoms.
Autoimmune conditions cause your immune system to mistake healthy cells and substances for harmful ones and produce antibodies against them. Usually, antibodies fight off bacteria and viruses.
In the case of celiac disease, your immune system mistakes one of the substances that makes up gluten, called gliadin, as a threat to the body.
The antibodies cause the surface of your intestine to become inflamed (redden and swollen).
The surface of the intestine is usually covered with millions of tiny tube-shaped growths called villi. Villi increase the surface area of your gut and help it to digest food more effectively. However, in celiac disease, the damage and inflammation to the lining of your gut flattens the villi, which reduces their ability to help with digestion.
As a result, your intestine is no longer able to digest nutrients from your food, leading to the symptoms of coeliac disease, such as diarrhea and weight loss.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
Detox diets are intended to cleanse the body of toxins and waste products accumulated from poor dietary habits and our environments. A gluten-free detox diet specifically eliminates all gluten from the diet to give the body time to rest, repair and heal from inflammation and damage to the stomach wall.
People with celiac disease and severe gluten intolerances may be at risk for malnutrition due to malabsorption of nutrients. Abstaining from gluten for seven to 14 days will allow you to determine if gluten is the source of your symptoms.
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- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
The gluten-free diet is made up of:
- Naturally gluten-free foods, such as meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, rice, potatoes and lentils.
- Processed foods which don’t contain gluten, such as ready meals and soups. Gluten-free substitute foods such as specially made gluten-free bread, flour, pasta, crackers and biscuits.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
If your nutritional deficiencies are severe, you may need to take vitamin and mineral supplements recommended by your health practitioner to help correct these deficiencies. Your practitioner may suggest supplements to increase your levels of the following:
- Vitamin B-12
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis – Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a local practitioner here (link)
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a local practitioner here
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioner here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Most sufferers with celiac illness improve with a gluten-free food regimen, nonetheless a couple of sufferers should have refractory symptoms. The ayurvedic treatment of celiac illness is aimed at bettering the symptoms and treating the fundamental reason behind the illness by repairing the inside lining of the small intestine.
Medicines like Shankh-Vati, Chitrakadi-Vati, Laghu-Sutshekhar-Ras, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Sunthi (Zinziber officinalis), Marich (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Chavya (Piper retrofractum), Samudradi-Lavan, Lavan-Bhaskar-Churna, Hingashtak-Churna and Lashunadi-Vati can be used to deal with signs of flatulence and bloating. Medicines like Sunthi, Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Kutaj (Holarrhina antidysentrica), Kutaj-Ghan-Vati and Kutaj-Parpati can be utilized to deal with diarrhea.
Fluid retention is handled utilizing medicines like Punarnavadi-Qadha, Saarivadi-Churna, and Gokshuradi-Guggulu.
Anemia and osteoporosis could be treated utilizing medicines like Tapyadi-Loh, Punarnavadi-Mandur, Shankh-Bhasma, Shrung-Bhasma and Praval-Panchamrut-Bhasma.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
For those suffering from celiac disease, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) would first eliminate gluten from one’s diet. Doing this would allow the lining of the intestine to heal. This would be followed up by some traditional Chinese herbs. While many herbs contain gluten, some are gluten free.
TCM herbs that have been used to treat celiac disease include trifoliate orange, which would address bloating and digestive upsets. Fennel seeds are also recommended, as they can help regulate digestive tract functions. And nutmeg, which can easily be added to beverages, can be beneficial as well, for it tones the small intestine. Regardless of which TCM herb you choose, you should consult a Chinese herbal practitioner to advise you on the proper dosage.
Another condition often linked to gluten intolerance is dermatitis herpetiformis, an extremely itchy rash of bumps and blisters. These usually appear on the elbows, knees, back, and buttocks. In addition to antibiotics prescribed by your medical doctor, TCM would recommend a strict gluten-free diet to help control the disease. Such a diet may even remove the need for some medications and can prevent later complications.
For those with a gluten intolerance, adopting a gluten-free diet isn’t easy. It means giving up many tasty, processed, shelf-stable foods. These include fattening wheat treats like soft chocolate chip cookies, take-out pizza, and donuts. On the other hand, it also means eating more fruits and vegetables to help your body fight off many common diseases.
Those who enjoy Chinese food but still want to stay on a gluten free diet can enjoy Lo-Mein. Made with rice-stick noodles, Lo-Mein (a Chinese dish with noodles, vegetables and beef, chicken, pork, shrimp or wontons) is gluten free. That’s because Lo-Mein’s rice-stick noodles are made using only rice flour and water. So you get the taste without the gluten.
The abdominal pain that may accompany this stage responds very well to acupuncture. Acupuncture can ease the associated cramping as well as work as an analgesic for straight pain relief.
Massage can be useful in the management of celiac disease, particularly in conjunction with aromatherapy.
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To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Herbal remedies can help soothe intestinal irritation and inflammation and heal damaged mucous membranes.
- Take 4 drops of agrimony tincture in water, three times daily.
- Sufficient silica in the intestines will reduce inflammation, and strengthen and rebuild connective tissue. Take 3 cups of silica-rich horsetail tea or 15 drops of tincture in liquid three times daily.
- A combination of burdock, slippery elm, sheep sorrel and Turkish rhubarb tea helps different types of inflammations in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Use dandelion, saffron and yellow dock herbal teas to that purify and nourish the blood.
- Pickled ginger can be eaten for anti-inflammation properties.
Balanced lifestyles are especially important for older adults with celiac disease because, as anyone diagnosed with a disease knows, they must maintain their physical wellbeing in order to heal. Older adults with celiac disease are also at risk of gaining weight after starting a gluten free diet because their bodies absorb nutrients so much more efficiently than before, and because many gluten-free breads and desert substitutes may be higher in calories than their gluten-containing counterparts.
Celiac disease may negatively affect the attitudes of people with celiac disease toward physical exercise and activity in two different ways. First, celiac disease symptoms inhibit exercise. Chronic and acute pain, fatigue, bruising and other symptoms associated with nutrient deficiency and celiac disease recovery could easily affect the motivation that people with celiac disease have to exercise. Second, the exercise may exacerbate symptoms of celiac disease.
Yoga – Regular exercise in general can help the body function properly therefor helping to treat celiac disease. Yoga specifically can help as it is more than merely stretching and burning calories; yoga has breathing and meditation components inherent in the practice as well. Aligning the body and mind through breath, stretching, and quieting of the mind can help all of its systems function more properly.
The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Home remedy for diarrhoea: www.homeveda.com/digestive-disorders/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-diarrhoea.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Ayurveda for celiac disease: www.evaidyaji.com/Ayurvedic/Ayurvedic%20Treatments/Celiac_Disease
Gluten detox: www.livestrong.com/article/468203-gluten-detox-diet/
by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
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