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Is Hepatopulmonary Syndrome (HPS) Linked to Gluten? Do you have shortness of breath or a low level of oxygen? What shape is your liver in?

While looking for something else I ran across a website on hepatopulmonary syndrome. Hepato has to do with your liver, and pulmonary has to do with your lungs. When your liver is compromised your lungs may also become damaged and not function up to capacity causing shortness of breath and lower oxygen levels in your blood, among other issues.

It appears the only “cure” for HPS is a liver transplant.

In steps gluten. A number of lung and liver diseases are linked to celiac disease and gluten toxicity. Many of them will reverse or resolve when gluten is removed from the diet. Neither of the sites I peeked at mentioned a word about gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

“At a gluten-related conference I heard the story of a man who needed a liver transplant who was diagnosed with CD. When his doctors put him on a GFD his liver began to mend; ultimately, he no longer needed the transplant. This story was undocumented, but there is a formal study proclaiming that patients with critical liver dysfunction who adopt a strict GFD may preclude liver failure, even when a liver transplant is being contemplated. Of the four patients in this study who had acute liver disease, ‘hepatic dysfunction reversed in all cases when a gluten-free diet was adopted.’ (1) Seems to me this should be headline news, but I wonder how many folks with severe or even mild liver ailments have ever heard the words gluten or celiac disease uttered by their doctors.” (2)

“Some of the liver diseases associated with CD are autoimmune hepatitis, nonspecific reactive hepatitis (‘the most common’), primary biliary cirrhosis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis.(3) Liver disease can occur in people of any age, including children. A 2009 Swedish study of children with CD concluded that ‘severe hepatic damage or failure’ could evolve and that children with CD should be assessed for ‘liver function and vice versa, children with severe liver damage should be investigated for untreated celiac disease.’(4) The link is obvious! Nearly 40 percent of children and adults with ‘fatty liver transaminitis or hepatitis’ who have barely any symptoms have liver issues that improve or resolve themselves on a GFD.”(5)(6)

Many lung diseases and ailments are linked to gluten. The research is sparse, but there is some linked to various ailmets that cleared up with my storytellers in Toxic Staple. A woman was told she had lung cancer with a short time to live. It turned out to be sarcoidosis which cleared up with a gluten-free lifestyle…even the pain from the scar tissue disappeared; asthma and reactive-airway disappeared on the GFD; a chronic dry cough vanished on the GFD; lung function crashed and returned (see Holly’s story on page 135).

Research exists on idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis and fibrosing lung disease as linked to gluten. Some patients with dermatomyosistis (DM) may have lung cancer among other cancers and it is recommended that those with DM be screened for celiac disease.

If you should have unrecognized and therefore untreated celiac disease or gluten intolerance and your body is not absorbing vital nutrients needed for optimal health how can you expect to have healthy lungs, liver, blood or even a healthy brain?

If you have most any serious disease, especially autoimmune, or any chronic symptom, I urge you to get educated and get tested. I spell it out in Toxic Staple as only an irritated grandmother could. You can make a copy of the testing, both blood and stool to discuss with your doctor. It is life-enhancing information.

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 Your future health may depend on addressing gluten. To order your personalized copy now visit: http://toxicstaple.com/buy-the-book/ or visit https://www.amazon.com/Toxic-Staple-Gluten-Wrecking-Health/dp/0989239217 or check in at your favorite book store.

http://hpscare.com/for-patients/ This site provoked my interest in writing this blog.

  1. Kaukinen, K. et al., “Celiac Disease in Patients with Severe Liver Disease: Gluten-free Diet May Reverse Hepatic Failure.” Gastroenterology 122, no. 4 (2002): 881–88.
  2. Quote from Toxic Staple
  3. Barbero Villares, A. et al.,. [Hepatic Involvement in Celiac Disease.] [In Spanish.] Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 31, no. 1 (2008): 25–28.
  4. Casswall, T. H., et al., “Severe Liver Damage Associated with Celiac Disease: Findings in Six Toddler-aged Girls.” European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 21, no. 4 (2009): 452–59.
  5. Duggan, J. M. “Coeliac Disease: The Great Imitator.” Medical Journal of Australia 180, no. 10 (2004): 524–26.
  6. Quote from Toxic Staple

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Imagine you have a sickly elder or maybe even a child with chronic ill health, or perhaps you may reach for this product yourself as a quick booster.

Please read this url and share with family and friends: http://www.fakefoodwatch.com/2012/08/ensure-drink-sugary-fake-food-pseudo.html

Very scary stuff!

It is time to put your thinking caps on. You can make such nutritious drinks in your blender with spinach, kale, bananas, apple slices, avocado, coconut milk, nuts, seeds, ground flax seed, or whatever you want to experiment with.

It’s so easy. If not sweet enough just add a little more banana. I like to freeze ripe bananas in chunks so my shakes will be thick and frosty. Or add a bit of real maple syrup or honey.

As long as you use fresh, whole, gluten-free ingredients your drink will be fine for those dealing with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. And if you have not discovered the root cause of your ailments/symptoms you might consider getting tested for gluten issues. Gluten, after all, is linked to over 300 symptoms, diseases, and associated conditions by thousands of studies from a round the world.

 

Poem – Don’t Be Blasé: Get Your Child Tested Today

My jingles about gluten are light, but intended to get a much needed message across.

Don’t Be Blasé: Get Your Child Tested Today

If your darling child has a milestone delay
Be leary of what the doctor might say

If crawling and walking poorly display
Gluten could be the link so don’t be blasé

If your infant doesn’t put weight on her feet
Don’t be shocked, it could be related to wheat   (osteomalacia, osteopenia)

If for her age she appears petite   (stature or failure to thrive)
This too could be linked to wheat

If his language skills seem incomplete
Another warning, it could be the wheat

If fussy… can’t sleep through the night
It’s wheat again you might indict

If her skin is pebbly, rough, and dry
The gluten-free lifestyle might apply

If diagnosed with autoimmune disease
Could be from the glutinous sleaze

If respiratory issues appear everyday
Are you getting the message I’m trying to convey?

Gluten is the root of much sickness and delay
“Get your child tested!” is all I can say

© 2014 Anne Sarkisian

But you can’t just ask for gluten/celiac testing or it’s likely you won’t get enough to really track down celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Parents must advocate for themselves by getting educated. Testing information, to discuss with your doctor, in Toxic Staple (Chapter 16 and 17) will very likely help you and your doctor detect sensitivity to gluten if it exists.

The one blood test generally offered is too often not enough testing unless you have full-blown celiac disease or are close to the end of the road. It seems few doctors are aware of adequate blood testing or the cutting-edge sensitive stool test that saved my family. It’s not their fault as very little is being offered to educate our doctors. And sickness prevails!

My book spells out the ins and outs of testing to share with your doctor and it addresses many of the 300+ symptoms and diseases/disorders linked to gluten by major world research.

Please do not ignore chronic symptoms in your child or yourself! If negative on blood testing please pursue the very sensitive stool testing.

 

Pilaf: A Christmas Holiday Must

Grannie Annie’s Gluten-free Pilaf

Being half Greek and married to an Armenian, pilaf is a huge holiday and everyday part of our meals. The grandkids love it, so I at least double the recipe and sometimes quadruple it. It quickly disappears and freezes well if there is any leftover.

The first time I tried making GF pilaf I never gave any thought to the fact that rice noodles cook a lot faster than the wheat based orzo or vermicelli that  I would normally add along with the broth. Unfortunately the noodles turned to mush, but we still demolished what was in the pot. Since then I add the rice noodles the last few minutes of cooking.

Recipe serves 8.

1 stick butter

2 cups rice (the kids like Uncle Ben’s long grain, but sometimes I use brown rice which needs more cooking time

4 cups chicken broth or a bit less if you like it more firm (it’s best with homemade broth)

1 cup fine rice noodles broken in small pieces (noodles that look like spaghetti…long and straight are easier to break)

salt and pepper to taste

1/3 – 1/2 cup of currants and 3 – 4 shakes of allspice (optional)

Bring broth to a boil.

Brown rice noodles in ½ stick of butter, being careful not to burn.

Brown rice slightly in the other ½ stick of butter.

Add broth to rice and butter mixture.

Add salt and pepper, and optional currants and allspice…kids love it with currants.

Simmer covered for 20 minutes in all (if using Uncle Ben’s or adjust cooking time if using brown rice or some other; if using fine rice noodles add during last 3 minutes…or if using heavier rice noodles add during the last 5 minutes.

When done, fork up pilaf and enjoy!.

 

 

 

Thanks at Thanksgiving…and All Year

As we approach this Thanksgiving Day and holiday season many of us think a little more about giving thanks for all that we cherish: our family and friends, our freedom, and our good health, among many others. I especially am thankful everyday for the excellent health my family and I enjoy. Had we not discovered we were all quite intolerant to gluten we would not have been such happy campers these last 12 years.

Knowing what I know about the devastating and degenerative hazards of gluten from having poured a decade into research and writing my award-winning book, “Toxic Staple” I can’t imagine what shape my family and I would be in if we hadn’t figured this monster out. I am fortunate to only be on one med for a hypothyroid that was very likely damaged due to gluten (autoimmune diseases are highly linked to gluten) before I even knew what gluten was, and I never get sick, and have great energy.

Many of you, however, do not bask in the sunlight of good health and great energy and may not realize that much of your poor state of health lies in your own hands. Most of you really can do something about your allergies, asthma, fatigue, autoimmune diseases, skin issues, neurological maladies, and on and on, if you want to. Naturally everything is not linked to gluten, but truly, it is incredible what gets better when you address this “toxic staple” that pervades our everyday lives and destroys your gut and other parts of the body.

Going downhill at the rate I was traveling prior to “the gluten-free lifestyle” in my early sixties, I can only assume that my longevity has been extended vastly, along with greater health, and rejuvenated energy and vitality.

I encourage you to look at your health and that of your children and other family members and friends. Many of you think it is normal to have intestinal issues, fatigue, allergies, asthma, arthritis, organ issues, migraines, depression, and on and on for more than over 300 maladies linked to gluten, but it is not. Older age does not necessarily have to mean degenerative, failing health. Your health and life can become so much more enhanced and transformed that you would not believe it. I am in better shape in my seventies than when I was in my forties. No kidding! All I did was remove the “monster” gluten (dairy also bothers many who are gluten intolerant). By the end of the first year I was only going for health checkups instead of sick calls.

But let me warn you that the vast majority of our traditionally trained doctors are not giving enough testing to track down celiac disease or gluten intolerance, nor are they aware of the numerous symptoms and illnesses linked to gluten. It’s not really their fault. Little is being done to educate every health care professional in every facet of medicine, since gluten can affect any part of the body, and many think celiac and gluten issues are rare. They are epidemic!

If you are plagued with chronic symptoms and illness please…do your body and brain a favor… you must become your own advocate in conjunction with your doctor. Get educated, get tested (you will need to request certain tests), and if positive follow a 100% gluten-free lifestyle. No cheating!

 And give mega thanks you have discovered the root of your health problems.

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Please get back to me with your success story at anne(@sign)toxicstaple.com and kindly share this info with all your sick and tired friends who may be misdiagnosed, undiagnosed, or overdosed! Even some of those who have rare and incurable diseases may find life can improve without gluten.

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Scenario 1: Amazing Variety of Illness and Disease

Please keep your “sick and tired” friends and their children in mind as you read this.

On a recent trip to Denver I ran into several scenarios that you or a friend might relate to. I am trying to open your eyes as to how pervasive gluten intolerance is. We drove a lot and if I had occasion to talk to someone along the way about my book and the hazards of gluten, I did. Now I didn’t talk to that many people and I was shocked at the numbers already doing the GF diet and those who had no idea that gluten could be linked to their ailments/symptoms.

  • I spotted a rib-thin child with circles under his eyes and a narrow chin (these can be typical signs of classic celiac disease); he was traveling with his parents and two siblings. We were on the concourse train at the airport so time was limited. I immediately introduced myself, and the subject matter of Toxic Staple to the mom and said, “I’m pleading with you to read the information in my book,” as the train drew near the last stop and I handed her my card. She didn’t say the child had been tested and we didn’t have time to get into any other issues he might have been experiencing (fatigue, achy muscles and bones, irritability, hungry all the time, belly ache, intestinal issues, etc.). This parent will need to be armed with testing info I spell out in the book, since the child’s doctor obviously hadn’t offered testing, or if s/he did, it wasn’t enough. I realized later I had one book with me and I was kicking myself that I hadn’t given it to her.
  • This same mom, as we were heading to the escalator, told me of a family of 4 children who were all having issues. Two were hallucinating and on psychotropic drugs; I didn’t have time to find out about the other children. Yes, psychoses and many other neurological/cerebral issues are linked to gluten. The children are off gluten and off the drugs and doing fine. I am hoping to hear back about them. (Never stop taking prescribed meds without consulting your doctors. Please see disclaimer above at http://www.toxicstaple.com). My neurological chapter is the longest in the book and links many neuro problems to gluten with great research from around the world. The All American Diet is doing terrible things to our kids and their families.
  • I met another mom whose daughter had mouth sores and was very anxious. She was pale and unwell from about the age of 8 (a teen now I think) and was diagnosed with Behcet’s disease. There is little research linking Behcet’s to gluten however it is listed on page 146 in Toxic Staple as one of many manifestations of celiac disease (Abenavoli et al, 2006). I am praying she follows through with the cutting-edge testing in my book; it is a terrible disease. This kid’s life might drastically change for the better if celiac disease or gluten intolerance was uncovered and a strict GF lifestyle was followed. Behcet’s is one of about 20 eight-syllable skin diseases you never heard of that are linked to gluten—along with eczema and psoriasis.
  • One woman whose husband was a chiropractor said her family was gluten, dairy, and bean-free because of the negative affects of these proteins on many people. If she gets a little gluten a rash develops on her hands.
  • Another woman at the airport was in a wheelchair (late 60’s early 70’s). The doctors told her she would never walk again after falling and smashing leg bones, and maybe the hip. She gets around fine, but needs help when traveling. She is on a GF diet. Osteoporosis can be a sign of celiac disease. The problem is you don’t know it until you break your hip or some other bone.
  • Another woman on GF/DF/yeast-free diet needed 14 hrs. sleep and a nap and didn’t wake up feeling rested and about 6 hrs. after dinner the heat would come on like she was on fire. She gets an itchy rash under her breasts if hit with gluten.
  • Another woman told me she had swollen ankles like she might have had congestive heart failure, she couldn’t lose weight, and had hypothyroid. She was doing great on a GF lifestyle except for the dystonia, muscular spasms affecting speech. She didn’t think dystonia was linked to gluten, but I expect it is. Numerous neuro/muscular issues are linked to gluten and much more research is needed. You will find some “brain talk” communities and enough neuromuscular research to make you wonder.
  • On one flight I heard two women talking. One was into infertility research. Wished I’d been sitting beside her because there is huge research linking celiac disease to infertility, sterility, miscarriages, lousy PMS, and numerous other women’s and pregnancy issues. But is anyone educating our doctors? The young mother next to her was talking about ADD and one youngster in the hospital. The neuro chapter has stories on ADD/ADHD, autism (an incredible story) and Asperger’s. Our poor kids don’t have much of a chance with the tainted, overly processed, high gluten/dairy diet they are being feed along with the plastics and chemicals that permeate our food.
  • One retired nurse told me her whole office follows a GF lifestyle and everyone feels better. Her husband chimed in and said his sister’s life has been totally transformed by going GF.
  • Another woman told me her very good friend is having a terrible time even though she follows a GF/DF and I think a couple other proteins are out too. It is important to detect gluten issues early and address them with an absolute diet. Some people who have a difficult time responding to the GF diet probably have a gut that is very out of whack with a destroyed gut biome. They may have other issues they need to clear up before the gut will heal.
  • One woman said she and her family ate little gluten. “Why,” I asked? “Everyone feels better,” she answered. She mentioned that she was having a problem with mold. She was still getting some gluten in her diet. Since she has been doing low gluten the blood tests won’t work so I suggested she get tested with the specialized stool test (Chapter 17). These stool tests are very sensitive and saved my family, as we were all negative on the blood tests. If positive she needs a 100% GF diet. I expect her mold problem will clear up. Mine did, along with a bunch of other allergies.

Gluten is hugely affecting our population and those around the world. You must empower yourself by getting educated on the hazards of gluten. Request the panel of blood tests if you are having health issues. If negative on the blood tests then do the stool testing. (Chapters 16 & 17)

 

Poem: A Degenerative Conduit

Over the last several years I’ve written many poems on the hazards of gluten with hopes the reader will become motivated and empowered to really look at their symptoms and diseases and face up to the fact that they may well be linked to gluten. Ignoring them may make matters worse over time.

My book, Toxic Staple, goes above and beyond testing information, both blood and stool, to help you, along with your doctor, track down the insidious gluten intolerance or celiac disease…even if you already tested negative for celiac.

A Degenerative Conduit

Been feeling a health deficit?
Energy level is quite unfit?
Any part of the body it can hit
It is a degenerative conduit
For illness

Been living in “discomfit”
You think it’s a passing skit
But the symptoms never quit
You’re on an endless circuit
Of unwellness

Before your final exit
Your life may need an edit
You must come to admit it
If you relish a healthy benefit
From decrepit decline

Adopt a new lifestyle spirit
To which you fully commit
The GF diet is legit
You’re in the cockpit
To recapture health

Your body needs lifetime respite
From gluten you must omit
Let me be most explicit
On the GFD you must git
To renew your health

Keep a focused wit
Your strength has no limit
Allow yourself to commit
With a GFD good health is implicit
Believe in yourself

© 2013 Anne Sarkisian

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Type 1 Diabetes and Gluten: Exciting Research!

This most compelling study, “Remission without insulin therapy on gluten-free diet in a 6-year old boy with type 1 diabetes mellitus” was published in the British Medical Journal in 2012*. The boy did not have celiac disease, but nevertheless was put on a gluten-free diet after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He was able to survive nicely without insulin for 20 months while in the study.

Although he was negative for celiac disease I wonder what his test scores were, as too often the bar is set too high and the patient may not test positive for CD, but may be gluten intolerant and on the road to CD. According to some experts it is important to pay attention to the lower numbers on test results, as this could be a sign of things to come. Perhaps the pancreatic islet cells can be damaged the same way the villi can— without having celiac disease, but being intolerant to gluten.

It’s most interesting that the child responded to the GF diet. Numerous autoimmune diseases, as discussed in my book, Toxic Staple are linked to gluten, and patients sometimes manage their disease by removing this noxious protein with some amazing results.

The wife of one of my storytellers who had type 2 diabetes adhered to the GF diet along with her husband. Her diabetes normalized and she was able to get off her meds with the approval of her doctor (never stop taking your meds without consulting your doctor).

Do you suppose that detecting gluten sensitivity and adhering to the GF diet would be preventative medicine from developing T1D or any other autoimmune disease? I expect it would!

Don’t you think this info is headline news? I do, but it will take decades to be featured as such. Did you know it is recommended that those with type 1 diabetes be tested for celiac disease? Maybe they should be tested for gluten intolerance too.

The bottom line of this study suggests that more research is needed on the effectiveness of a gluten-free diet in aiding remission of T1D.

If you know someone with type 1 diabetes, especially if they are newly diagnosed, please introduce them to my book, Toxic Staple, and my web site http://www.toxicstaple.com and blog.

Refer to chapters 16 and 17 on traditional and cutting-edge testing to detect whether or not you are gluten sensitive. If positive pay strong attention to the GF lifestyle.

*Sildorf et al., BMJ Case Rep. 2012; 2012: bcr0220125878 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3387460/

 

Depression and Gluten

What sad news about the talented and respected actor and comedian, Robin Williams, who has brought so much entertainment and so many laughs to the American public.

Not a day goes by that I don’t hear some awful news on TV, radio, or among friends and acquaintances that could be the result of gluten ingestion. Having read over two thousand abstracts and studies on the hazards of gluten consumption, I wonder if he and many others with debilitating illness might have been tested for gluten sensitivity.

Did you know that depression is a common symptom in those diagnosed with celiac disease. Many other neuro/cerebral symptoms/diseases and associated conditions, some of them very degenerative, are linked to gluten through numerous studies from around the world.

Celiac disease slowly destroys the ability of the intestinal wall to absorb the nutrients vital for good health. It stands to reason that if one is mal-absorbing due to damaged villi it could affect your brain and neurons. After all, in order to be healthy the brain and neurons need certain vitamins and minerals.

The longest chapter in my new book, TOXIC STAPLE: How GLUTEN may be wrecking your health – and what you can do about it! is entitled Neurological Dilemmas: The Mind-blowing Hazards of Gluten. If you or your child are suffering from ANY neurological health issues (or any other chronic health issues) please checkout more info above on this website for the lowdown on my book. It offers health and life-transforming information.

Neurological maladies are nothing to play with and often get worse over time. PLEASE get tested for gluten sensitivity, and if positive take the gluten-free lifestyle very seriously. You will need to request certain tests or it’s very likely you won’t get adequate testing to detect an intolerance.

 

Knowledge Is Power!

 

TOXIC STAPLE is a collection of over 60 stunning stories of renewed health supported with nearly 700 easy-to-read citations from significant research from around the world and my own slant from going to conferences and talking to patients, practitioners, and the general public.

Read TOXIC STAPLE and you will –

  • Learn to recognize how gluten could be affecting your health
  • Discover the revolutionary health benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle if gluten sensitive (it is rampant)
  • Get the scoop on cutting-edge and more adequate traditional tests
  • Find hope in the inspirational stories of real people whose lives have done a 180 turnaround in health
  • Recognize the preventative aspects of a gluten-free lifestyle
  • Become empowered to enhance your health and transform your life with vital information to discuss with your doctor

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