3 Shocking Barriers to Resolving Celiac Disease

Evidence is mounting of the prevalence of Celiac Disease and it's implication in the development of other autoimmune disorders. But where is the response from the medical community? It seems there are more than a few barriers preventing traditional medical practitioners from grasping the gravity of the situation.

Here are a few:

1. Physicians believe that Celiac Disease is rare. Since only 1 out of 4,700 people are diagnosed in the United States, it seems that few cases exist. However, according to a study completed by Dr. Alessio Fassano, Director of the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland, at least 1 in 133 people in the United States suffers from Celiac Disease. That means 97% of sufferers remain undiagnosed.

2. Denial of nutrition's role in autoimmune disorders. This is true both for the general public and medical practitioners. If we “are what we eat,” why do many gastroenterologists throw medication at a problem when simply changing our diet could resolve the issue entirely?

3. Insurance and Pharmaceutical Companies lose money. Insurance companies denied payment for an intestinal biopsy (to confirm a diagnosis of celiac disease) for 21% of patients with a positive blood test in a study published on February 10, 2003 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Insurance companies deny these tests so they don't lose money. Pharmaceutical companies also profit from selling medications that mitigate Celiac Disease symptoms, without resolving the core illness. Currently, medications such as AT-1001 and CCX-281 are being developed which allow Celiac Disease sufferers to continue to eat gluten. These drug sales could reach $8 billion by 2019.

Don't let insurance companies, pharmaceutical businesses, or misinformed medical practitioners stand in the way of your health. If you or a loved one suffers from symptoms of gluten intolerance, get tested as soon as possible.

Cheeseburger Child Blues: How Diet Affects Mood in Children

During the early 1990s in the USA and Canada, children were prescribed an ever-growing barrage of antidepressants without sufficient evidence of results or safety. In 2003 paroxetine (Paxil) and venlafaxine (Serotax) were put to the test. In three different trials, two groups of children took either pharmaceuticals or placebos. The results indicated no benefit in taking the pharmaceuticals. In fact, according to unfavorable tests hidden by Paxil's maker, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts actually increased among children who took these drugs. When these trials surfaced, the U.S. public was outraged. How could a treatment for depression actually worsen this disease, and why would the maker of this treatment lie about its negative side effects?

Unfortunately, antidepressants are often mindlessly tossed at an already complicated problem. These psychotropic drugs are swirled into an already dysfunctional chemical stew. Food allergies, food additives, airborne neurotoxins and other environmental factors are rarely addressed. It seems these antidepressants perplex the problem at best, and exacerbate it at worst.

GlaxoSmithKline PLC was sued in 2004 for allegedly concealing negative side effects of Paxil on children. While they have followed through on their subsequent promise to post all trial results online,  GlaxoSmithKline PLC is one of many pharmaceutical corporations peddling antidepressants for children. Not all follow these guidelines, nor is it certain that all trials are honestly represented. If these corporations were willing to hide the truth and risk the health of our nation's children once, what is stopping them from doing it again?

If your child suffers from depression, the best course of action is to remove the cause. By assessing food allergies, food additives, airborne neurotoxins and environmental factors, optimal health can be attained without the use of potentially dangerous drugs. 

Fibromyalgia: 3 Things You Must Know

Susan feels exhausted all the time. She experiences musculoskeletal pain, non-restorative sleep, stiffness, and multiple tender points throughout her entire body. A woman who loves swimming and playing with her children, Susan struggles to get out of bed every morning. A doctor's visit reveals nothing out of the ordinary. She is prescribed a pain reliever for comfort and instructed to return in a few weeks. Susan returns to her doctor after those few weeks pass, feeling the same. The medication is almost out, so the doctor prescribes something stronger- antibiotics. The doctor hopes that Susan has something like a virus or the flu. Susan visits other doctors who prescribe anti-depressants such as Prozac, which give her insomnia. Some doctors give her stronger pain medications like Ultram and Celebrex, which leave her head cloudy. Months pass and Susan is still in pain. What is causing her undiagnosed pain?

1. Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common rheumatic conditions. The pain tends to occur in the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the body. Pain often radiates from places on the body where the sufferer is touched. Imagine feeling pain at the touch of a loved one! Other symptoms are unrestful sleep and general stiffness.

2. Food Allergies, Trauma and Fibromyalgia

Food allergies and food intolerances are often implicated in cases of fibromyalgia either as direct causes or factors that “turn up” the pain volume. Other factors include physical, mental or emotional traumas. If you are experiencing the above symptoms, the best course of action is an ELISA (Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay) panel and blood test.

3. Susan Improves her Health- And So Can You!

After reading about the correlation between food allergies and fibromyalgia, Susan completes the ELISA food allergy panel and blood test. She discovers extreme food allergies to gluten, and also speaks to her new health practitioner about the untimely death of her father in a car accident. Susan removes gluten from her diet, and begins regular visits with a grief counselor. In a matter of weeks, Susan's pain disappears. She is back to swimming daily and can finally enjoy her children's hugs again.