Saturday, May 23, 2009

Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity is in my Family


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My Doctor Told Me Not to Worry About Getting Tested

It continues to be a source of frustration that patients who have celiac or gluten sensitivity in their family are often told by health practitioners to not “worry about” getting tested themselves. Let me be clear by stating that I in no way think such practitioners are purposefully being irresponsible.
They are uninformed and stuck in a model that says that unless the patient they’re meeting with is underweight and complaining of severe digestive complaints, it’s unlikely that they would be gluten sensitive or have celiac disease.

And THAT is the problem that prevents literally millions of Americans from regaining their health. The idea on the part of the doctor that he or she “knows” what a patient looks like who is gluten sensitive, literally keeps millions suffering and undiagnosed.

So let’s look at the various symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity:

Underweight
Overweight
Fatigue
Constipation
Diarrhea
Gas
Bloating
IBS
Crohn’s disease
Colitis
PMS
Infertility
Depression
Anxiety
Pain
Fibromyalgia
Migraines
Arthritis
Diabetes
Thyroid disease
Osteoporosis
Autism
ADD
Memory loss
Eczema
Psoriasis
Dermatitis Herpetiformis
MS
Lupus
Liver disease
Lactose intolerance
Short stature

If clinicians knew the above list to be accurate, do you think more people would be getting diagnosed? Absolutely!

So join me in increasing awareness. Our book The Gluten Effect was designed to be read by the layperson and brought to their clinician to increase that person’s awareness. That is why we included over 400 endnotes of scientific references at the back of the book.

It was written for you, your friends and family. Let’s share the truth and stop the suffering.

To your good health,

Dr Vikki Petersen
Author of The Gluten Effect

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