Thursday, July 16, 2009
Gluten Attacks the Health of a Family
Below is an email I received from a reader. I post it here as an example and hopefully an inspiration. It can be difficult to do the right thing for your health and the health of your family when those around you are not supportive or in fact downright insulting. That's why we wrote our book and that's why we have this blog - to support and improve the health of Americans by providing the truth about gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
There is plenty of scientific research out there to support the effects gluten has on the health of sensitive individuals. We are way beyond "theory".
Please help to spread the word. There are too many families like the one below - suffering with a multitude of symptoms needlessly.
Thank you for your support.
To your good health,
Dr Vikki Petersen
Founder of HealthNOW Medical Center
Co-author of The Gluten Effect
"Wow! Finally a website/blog and a medical practice that gets it!!! Our entire family of 4 was diagnosed with Celiac/gluten sensitivity in 2005 by Enterolab after our daughter testing positive blood with Prometheus and my husband testing negative blood with Prometheus. We have no health insurance and therefore no primary care doctor. We went about our testing utilizing friends who have health insurance and Celiac and their recommendations. Going Gluten Free initially cured us of pretty much every single symptom. My brother is an MD working at NIH in Maryland. He no longer speaks to my family because we did not do the "gold standard" testing route. He has accused us of feeling better gluten free psychosomatically and does not believe we truly have Celiac. My husband and I are the ONLY family member on both sides of our family who will or have done testing. EVERYONE else thinks we are crazy----doing a "Diet Du Jour" and trying to eat this new 'popular' way. This is absolutely sickening as there is severe osteporosis, aneurysms, arthritis, reflux, obesity, lymphoma, and a whole host of other gluten related illnesses ongoing in pretty much every other family member. Our daughter showed symptoms from the time I started feeding her food: mystery skin rashes, extreme clinginess, crankiness. At about 5 she had headaches, gas, constipation, stomachaches, very low immunity, 'wavy' eyes, joint and bone pain and then started getting horrible bloody noses. Our son started getting bloody noses at about 18 months. My husband and I had horrid reflux, joint pains, mystery joint injuries that took months to heal. anxiety, depression, weight gain, bloating, gas etc. I guess we were all 'asymptomatic'!"