Category for autoimmune

When Things Fall Apart

Posted on July 15, 2014

Photo by www.jeanniejeannie.com

Earlier this year my website traffic reached almost 1 million unique visitors per month, which meant that 50,000 people were coming onto the site each day for healthy gluten-free recipes, lifestyle tips and my musings on the Paleo Diet.

When I started elanaspantry.com, I had not envisioned, or prepared for such large amounts of traffic. In the technology industry, building a website for heavy use is referred to as “scaling for growth.”

The site began to fail repeatedly in early […]

What is Low Dose Naltrexone?

Posted on January 22, 2014

I’m often asked about Low Dose Naltrexone. These days it is used to treat everything from autoimmune disorders and cancer, to fertility and autism. I have been taking 5 mg daily of this off-label, somewhat experimental drug since approximately 2005.

How did I find out about Low Dose Naltrexone or LDN? On one of my regular visits to my mild-mannered functional medicine doctor he thrust a prescription for this drug into my hand. A month later my naturopath recommended LDN to […]

Dr. Drew: What is Leaky Gut?

Posted on December 2, 2012

Recently a reader left a comment for me about an unfortunate interview in which Dr. Drew discusses celiac disease and leaky gut with a famous actress.

As those of us with celiac disease know, we are often questioned (not always in a constructive manner) by family and friends who do not understand the medical challenges we face.

Here is what we are often told about our conditions and the steps we take to remediate them:

just a little bit won’t hurt you (fill […]

7 Types of Stress: Holiday Survival Guide

Posted on November 30, 2012

Photo by Alan Cleaver on Flickr.

While great fun, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. This post is a reminder that we can slow down, take time for ourselves and that we may need to do so more than ever right now. In fact, it is what these contemplative winter celebrations were originally intended for prior to their extreme commercialization.

Still, the modern questions remain. How to cope with stress during the holidays? How do we invite healing into […]

Getting Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on June 20, 2012

Two of my favorite things: children and nature, both key parts of my healing plan.

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006. At that time I knew nothing about MS and thought I was going to die very soon as I imagined the disease was terminal. My children, now in their teens, were in 1st and 2nd grade; I would lie in bed with them at night thinking that I wouldn’t live to see their high school graduation. Forget about […]

Natural Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on March 22, 2012

New Years day 2012 after a 2000 foot vertical climb up Vail Mountain.

I received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2006. Since then, I am often asked, what is your secret? How do you stay healthy?

The below are 5 of my favorite natural remedies. I believe these strategies may be applicable to anyone with an auto-immune disorder. If this protocol is adhered to religiously, some find improvement in as little as 3 months. For others it may take significantly longer.

Dealing with Chronic Disease

Posted on October 21, 2009

Looking for tips for healthy eating? Look no further. Just the other day I received this touching email from one of my readers Nicole, a young woman dealing with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I won’t get started on the health insurance aspect of her words. Sometimes that issue is absolutely heart breaking.

In any event, as you will see below, Nicole has written to me for advice on what to eat. In spite of this site, I […]

On a Personal Note

Posted on June 5, 2009

So now, for something personal.  I don’t usually go into a ton of detail on the overarching factors of my life.  However, today, I do want to share a bit of information.  And I hope you will take it as no more than that.

Just about 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  While I had been experiencing symptoms of this illness for several years, there was no conclusive information as to what this array of symptoms was due.

Oddly […]

Celiac in People Magazine

Posted on June 14, 2007

As a Waldorf mother, I never thought I would confess to reading People magazine. Recently though, I decided to come clean; I am addicted to, and read this weekly rag voraciously, and not just in the dentist’s office.

In my struggle to come out of the closet – mostly to myself, my husband and children are fully aware of the addiction – I pretend that this purchase is in the name of sociological research. I tell myself that as an entrepreneur, […]

A Pill for Celiac?

Posted on May 27, 2007

No. There is no pill for celiac disease. Could this be what makes it one of the most misdiagnosed diseases in our country?

If doctors and drug companies made money from gluten free cookies, perhaps we’d have more thorough screening. However, since there is no profit-making pharmaceutical remedy for this disease, it seems that much of the medical establishment has been remiss in treating people suffering from this fairly common malady –some studies show that 1% of the US population has […]

Diagnosing Celiac Disease

Posted on April 17, 2007

UPDATE: I’ve posted a more current and thorough page with information and resources regarding celiac disease.

“Celiac disease is a an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine, which can lead to malabsorption of nutrients. A genetic intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, triggers this destructive reaction of the immune system”, according to Dr. Peter Green of Columbia University Medical Center, and one of the premier celiac specialists in the world. Like diabetes, it […]

NIH Says Celiac “Greatly Under-diagnosed”

Posted on January 5, 2007

Celiac Disease is “greatly under-diagnosed” according to an independent consensus panel convened by the National Institute of Health (NIH). This NIH panel estimates that 1 percent of Americans (3 million) suffer from the disease, and “that it is much more common than physicians appreciate.” The panel goes on to say that many of those with celiac disease never received a diagnosis and are not being treated.

Symptoms include “diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, fatigue, weight loss, nutrient deficiencies, and, if things get […]