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Archive for April, 2011

The 35 Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Back in 2009, Celiac Disease was considered a rare disease.  It was recognized in the United States in fewer than one in 10,000.  But research after 2003 showed 1 in 133 had the disease but only 1% were diagnosis.  Why?  One of the reasons is the classic signs of digestion and chronic diarrhea appear only after there is damage to the intestine.  Other signs and symptoms may be mild and hard to diagnosis.  The 35 symptoms of Celiac Disease are: diarrhea, abdominal pain, pale stool, foul-smelling stools, loose stool, flatulence (excessive gas), pallor, weakness, behavior changes, weight loss, delayed growth, failure to thrive, missed menstrual periods, fatigue, gas, bone pain, seizure, bloating, irritability, depression, anemia, stomach upset, joint pain, muscle cramps, skin rash, mouth sores (known as aphthus ulcers), tingling legs, numbness-legs, skin rash, Dermatitis herpetiformis, tooth enamel loss (during eruption), mimics parasite infections, Osteoporosis, mild symptoms, no symptoms (iceberg effect).  Put that together with the medical profession giving incorrect information prior to the blood tests needed to confirm Celiac Disease*;  it is a wonder that CD ever gets diagnosis at all.

*Prior to any Celiac Disease test, the individual needs to eat the equivalent of 4 pieces of bread per day for 6 weeks.

Celiac Disease and It’s Connection to Autoimmune Disease: Thyroid Disease

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Autoimmune Thyroid disease is a disorder where the white blood cells attack the thyroid gland. There are two types of autoimmune thyroid disease: hyperthyroidism; known as Grave’s disease and hypothyroidism; known as Hashimoto’s disease.
Grave’s disease occurs when the thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormone than the body needs. Symptoms of Grave’s disease includes: Goiter, irritability, increased sweating, hand tremors, brittle hair, weight loss without trying, inability to sleep and others.
Hashimoto’s disease, a disease that tends to occur in families, is an inflammation of the thyroid gland causing this organ to cease functioning. The individual then has little or no thyroid hormone. Some symptoms are: fatigue, always feeling sleepy, weight gain, depression and others.
Research from Italy notes studies finding the prevalence of Celiac disease in thyroid disease groups. Other studies found that thyroid organ antibodies (found in an individual with autoimmune thyroid disease) disappeared after 3 to 6 months on a gluten-free diet. Also the two diseases seemed to be linked with the same genetic trigger. More research is forth-coming on this subject.