Are You Gluten-Free But Still Having Symptoms?
Discovering that you have celiac disease, or gluten sensitivity, is often a decade long process (or longer!) that entails many doctors, many drugs to treat symptoms actually being caused by gluten, and a lot of treatments that don’t work.
When you finally find out the ‘real’ answer – gluten – you think all your problems will be solved. And initially, it often seems that they are. But, due to a continued leaky gut, undiagnosed infections, a compromised immune system, cross-reactive foods (those that mimic gluten), poor digestive enzyme levels, probiotic imbalances and/or hormone imbalance, symptoms often return (or they never went away entirely in the first place).
It can be quite frustrating to diligently follow a gluten-free diet, only to feel 'somewhat' better, but not great. I’ve known many people whom became so discouraged that they began cheating occasionally. They figured that they weren’t feeling great anyway, why try so hard?
As the problems persist, one is easily left with the idea that this mediocre health status is as good as it gets. And too often, doctors concur.
There Is a Reason for Your Continued Problems
Is it asking too much to handle those lingering symptoms? I don’t think so. We have coined the term “Secondary Effects of Gluten” to address the exact scenario I’ve been discussing. And if you find that this describes you, believe me you are in very good company.
If you’ve heard me speak of the secondary effects of gluten before, believe me it bears repeating. Why? Because this problem of lingering, or returning symptoms, is truly the most common complaint I hear from individuals who have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance. And here at HealthNOW Medical Center we have people visit us from around the world to handle that exact problem.
What Can You Do?
1 1. Don’t give up. There’s always a reason for underlying symptoms and you just need to find out what is causing it.
2 2. Find a clinician who understands the secondary effects of gluten and has the diagnostic tools to discover what specifically is affecting you.
3 If you need help with either of the above, feel free to contact us. We will help you to try to find a clinician local to you or we can help you here. We are a destination clinic and treat patients from across the country and internationally - you don't need to live local to us to receive help.
The facts are that gluten can be quite devastating to several systems of the body, chief amongst them the digestive tract, nervous system and immune system. Removing gluten from the diet is often insufficient to truly heal these systems. But that doesn't mean they cannot be normalized - far from it.
We Are Here to Help!
If you are interested in a free health analysis, consider calling us at 408-733-0400 – we are here to help!
Please share this information with others you know. Whether a friend or family member has been diagnosed with gluten intolerance and continues to suffer symptoms, or their health issues fall within the over 300 symptoms and conditions that could be associated with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, let them know about gluten and let them know that better health is possible.
While it may seem sometimes that ‘everyone’ now knows about gluten, nothing could be farther from the truth. Those of us who live with gluten intolerance are so well versed in it that it may seem unlikely that ‘everyone’ isn’t aware of the problem. But I promise you that awareness has a long way to go before the millions who continue to suffer needlessly get properly diagnosed.
I look forward to hearing from you!
To your good health,
Dr Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN
Founder of HealthNOW Medical Center
Co-author of “The Gluten Effect”
Gluten Free Doctor of the Year 2013