posts tagged "disease"

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, ... read more →

Fed Fights Mad Cow Testing

Posted on June 7, 2007

Creekstone Farms wants to protect your health. The USDA, however, is against this.

This premium producer of high quality beef sued the USDA for denying it permission to test their cattle for mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (bse). Creekstone Farms has their own slaughterhouse and processing facility. They do not use hormones or antibiotics and feed their herds pesticide free grains. They want to take their high standards one step further and test their herds for ... read more →

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 ... read more →

FDA: Spelt is Wheat

Posted on May 21, 2007

It seems like just about every week someone offers me bread or crackers and says, “don’t worry it’s spelt.”

These well meaning friends of mine know that I’m gluten intolerant and don’t eat wheat, yet have been lead to believe that spelt is ok for people with celiac disease and gluten allergies.

Each time this occurs, I explain to my friends that spelt contains gluten and that this grain is a very close cousin of wheat.

In fact, the two grains share such ... read more →

Book Review: Paleo Diet

Posted on May 3, 2007

One of the most sane, common sense approaches to eating that I have seen in all my years of researching food and holistic living, The Paleo Diet is a favorite.

The knowledgeable Loren Cordain, Ph.D., takes us back to the pre-agrarian diets of our ancestors. Yes, that’s the Stone Age, a time before the Agricultural Revolution, which occurred a mere 10,000 years ago (a short time ago given man’s 2 million year history).

The diet featured in this book is one ... read more →

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 ... read more →

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 ... read more →