Elimination Diet: Right For You?

The word “diet” is intimidating enough without adding the word “elimination” to it. Talk about adding insult to injury, salting the wound, kicking a man while he’s down, or whatever other metaphor you find to be the most appropriate. But have no fear (or at least, less fear), because the elimination diet is not about Read more…

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Nettle Tea: Remedy for the Gluten-Free?

They say one man’s pain is another man’s pleasure. So suppose you had two men, and one walked into a patch of stinging nettles, and the other simply got to watch this unfold from a safe distance while sipping on a cup of freshly brewed nettle tea. Which would you rather be? Hard to decide, Read more…

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Celiac Disease Q&A

What is celiac disease? You may have never heard of celiac disease, but it is actually a fairly common problem. In fact, 1 out of every 133 people has it. That is over 2 million people in this country. It is really more of an allergy than a disease, although it is typically called an Read more…

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Review: Celiac Disease and Other Forms of Gluten Intolerance

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, and is responsible for the springiness and stretchiness of bread. Allergies and intolerances to gluten have been the subject of intensive research over the past decade. Much of this research has focused on celiac disease, which is a special form of gluten intolerance. It is Read more…

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The Immune System and Food Allergies

The immune system functions like a sentinel standing guard against foreign invaders. In the case of an allergy, the invaders are called allergens. The primary weapon that it uses against invaders is the production of antibodies. The antibodies cause reactions that result in the offending allergens being removed from the body. In many people, foods Read more…

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MCT’s: A Weapon Against Malabsorption

Malabsorption. It’s one of the hallmark symptoms of most gastrointestinal disorders, including Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I.B.S.), and gluten intolerance. Malabsorption has many consequences and is the main component behind many of the symptoms associated with the aforementioned disorders. Essentially, when any nutrient other than fiber goes through your gut and doesn’t get absorbed, Read more…

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Encopresis: An Intimidating Word and a Solvable Problem

If you have never heard of Encopresis then consider yourself fortunate. Those who are familiar with it wish they had never heard of it. It’s a big, fancy word used to define the symptoms of constipation followed by urgent and unpredictable bowel movements or explosive diarrhea. Needless to say, it is a very disruptive and Read more…

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Abdominal Pain and the Emergency Room

If you have gone to the doctor or the emergency room for severe abdominal pain and have subsequently left the doctors office or ER without any answer for why you are in pain, you will be shocked to learn that you are in very good company. A very large, 10 year survey of U.S. hospitals Read more…

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Causes of IBS: Stress Reduction

So you think that you carry your stress in your abdomen. It’s a common belief. If you have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), it is likely that you have been advised to reduce your stress level. You may have been told to get regular exercise and adequate sleep, and to practice stress reduction Read more…

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Understanding and Treating Abdominal Pain

People often think that Irritable Bowel Syndrome has to involve diarrhea or constipation, but often it does not. For many people the only obvious symptom is abdominal pain. And the pain can vary from a mild discomfort to incredibly debilitating. Chronic abdominal pain is one of the top 5 reasons that people to go to Read more…

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5 Reasons Why It's Hard to Detect Your Own Food Allergy

Reason #1 One major obstacle to figuring out which foods are problematic is that, even on an elimination diet, you may not have truly eliminated all of your allergenic foods. Assumptions are often made about which foods are allergenic and which foods are not. These assumptions are often wrong. Even on an elimination diet you Read more…

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