Archive | February 2013

Celiac Gluten Allergy vs. Gluten Intolerance!

As Promised… 11/13/2012 –

Going gluten-free seems to be the newest dietary trend that many people are following, even if it is not mandatory for one’s health. This trend was brought on by an increased number of cases of celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity, also referred to as gluten intolerance. Both diagnoses come with the recommendation of avoiding gluten-containing foods (wheat, rye, barley), however both are different in the way the body is affected.

Photo: CC--Andy GCeliac disease, also known as gluten sensitive enteropathy, is an autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine causing it to become inflamed when gluten is digested. The immune system then generates an abnormal response to gluten and attacks its own intestinaltissue.  This leads to the wasting away of thevilli that line the small intestine, malabsorptionof nutrients and thus malnutrition. Symptoms may include Anemia,osteopenia, lactase deficiency, diarrhea, constipation, delayed growth, and weight loss due to malabsorption of nutrients. Other symptoms that may present are arthritis, dermatitis, infertility, muscle weakness, and constant fatigue. A series of tests and evaluations are performed including an examination of one’s family history as genetic predisposition is common, blood tests, and the final confirmation of an intestinal biopsy. Once confirmed a strict adherence to a gluten free diet is necessary.

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is often interchanged with gluten intolerance. There are cases where symptoms are less severe, which may be considered gluten sensitivity, whereas severe cases would be labeled as gluten intolerance due to the intensity and length of time symptoms last. Gluten sensitivity differs from celiac disease in that the body views gluten as an invader causing a direct response in the form of inflammation inside and outside of the digestive tract, and with this disorder one’s own tissue (lining of small intestine) is not attacked, as we see with celiac disease. Once gluten is removed from the body, the inflammation goes away unlike the symptoms associated with celiac disease. Symptoms include bloating, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea due to the inflammation of the digestive tract. Headaches, lethargy, attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity, muscle weakness/disturbances and joint pain may present as well. Tests performed for a diagnosis of celiac disease are usually done with the findings not showing the indicators necessary, leading to a trial gluten-free diet. With the diet, symptoms will disappear, and a diagnosis of gluten sensitivity will be given.

Unfortunately celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are becoming increasingly prevalent. Thus it is important to know how each diagnosis affects the body, and the reasons for being put on a gluten free diet. With more research being done, there may soon be more answers as to why more cases continue to emerge.

10 Signs You’re Gluten Intolerant…

So, you Love Bread but it makes you feel Bloated, Heavy and causes digestive upset…

Well, you might  be Gluten Intolerant. Dr. Myers outlines some key signs that gluten might be a problem in your diet.

*One important note I’d like to make is that there is a BIG difference between Gluten Intolerance and Gluten Allergy as in Celiac Disease.

1. Gluten intolerance often results in the aforementioned symptoms after eating foods with gluten because your body’s digestive system is not properly equipped to breakdown gluten. It sees gluten as a foreign body and creates a localized inflammatory response that resolves when the gluten is removed from the gut.

2. A Gluten Allergy or Celiac disease is an Autoimmune response to gluten and much more severe.

Please read my next post by to get a deeper understanding of the two.

10 Signs You’re Gluten Intolerant..

By Dr. Amy Myers

More then 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.
It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed.
It is also estimated that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them?
If you have any of the following symptoms it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance:
1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.
2. Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.
3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.
6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.
9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
How to test for gluten intolerance?
I have found the single best ways to determine if you have an issue with gluten is to do an elimination diet and take it out of your diet for at least 2 to 3 weeks and then reintroduce it. Please note that gluten is a very large protein and it can take months and even years to clear from your system so the longer you can eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing it, the better.
The best advice that I share with my patients is that if they feel significantly better off of gluten or feel worse when they reintroduce it, then gluten is likely a problem for them.  In order to get accurate results from this testing method you must elimination 100% of the gluten from your diet.
How to treat gluten intolerance?
Eliminating gluten 100% from your diet means 100%. Even trace amounts of gluten from cross contamination or medications or supplements can be enough to cause an immune reaction in your body.
The 80/20 rule or “we don’t eat it in our house, just when we eat out” is a complete misconception. An article published in 2001 states that for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity eating gluten just once a month increased the relative risk of death by 600%.
Still unsure?
Seek out an integrative practitioner or functional medicine physician to help to guide you.
Published January 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM
About Dr. Amy MyersAmy Myers, MD is the Founder and Medical Director of Austin UltraHealth, a functional medicine practice in Austin, Texas. Dr. Myers seeks to find the root cause of illness rather than treating only the symptoms with medications. Nutrition is a large part of her practice and she believes that food is medicine! Dr. Myers has published an eBook The Myers Way: Your Guide to UltraHealth and holds monthly nutritionist-led 21- Day Challenges  based on her eBook.Connect with Dr. Amy Myers:
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Kickin’ Kale Chips!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE KALE CHIPS! 

First encountered at California Farmer’s Markets, the Kale Chip craze has spread nationwide. And they are great – but Expensive.

I was just gifted a brand spankin new Dehydrator and am so psyched to make my own Kale Chips on a regular basis. 

Here’s a great, energetic video about how to make some yummy, nutritional, Dairy-Free Kale Chips by Vegan Akilah.


2 New Holistic Hours in February!

Thanks to our overwhelming requests for more Holistic Hour, we will be hosting 2 sessions in February! Both sessions will cover Spring Cleanses. Register for the session that best meets your scheduling needs! Call 215-968-9750 to Register. I look forward to seeing you all then!



Holistic Health Hour Feb 2013 Photo

7 Wellness Trends To Watch In 2013!

Click HERE to see the Text for Each of these Projected Trends for 2013!

Published December 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM
About Jason WachobAs CEO and one of the founders of MindBodyGreen, Jason’s goal is to inspire wellness globally. After being told that he required back surgery, Jason opted for yoga and is now completely healed. Jason has been featured in The New York Timesand has a BA in History from Columbia University, where he played Varsity Basketball for four years. You can watch his video telling the story of how MindBodyGreen came to life here.Connect with Jason Wachob:
@jasonwachob on Twitter