In this video, Dr. Michael Greger tells how to diagnose gluten intolerance. After a formal evaluation to rule out celiac disease, those who suspect they might have gluten sensitivity should first try improving their diet and then have other causes excluded before going on a gluten-free diet, since as many as 1 in 3 people who avoid gluten for symptom control end up having a different disease altogether. For the past 10 years I have been teaching people self hypnosis for celiac disease. If you suffer with celiac disease, Medical Hypnosis can help can help you to reduce stress, anxiety and pain; help you make the healthy lifestyle choices that support you in health and wellness and hypnosis can improve the function of specific parts of the immune system. Resistance to disease can go up, reaction to allergens can go down, and autoimmune attack can be stopped using relaxation and specific imagery designed to reprogram your immune system.
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How to Diagnose Gluten Intolerance
Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include irritable bowel type symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel habits, as well as systemic manifestations such as brain fog, headache, fatigue, depression, joint and muscle aches, numbness in the extremities, a skin rash or anemia. If those that suspect they might be gluten sensitive should not go on a gluten-free diet, what should they do?
The first thing is a formal evaluation for celiac disease, which currently involves blood tests and a small intestinal biopsy. If that’s positive then one goes on a gluten-free diet, but if it’s negative we should try a healthier diet, more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and beans while avoiding processed junk.
In the past, a gluten-free diet had many benefits over the traditional American diet because it required increasing fruit and vegetable intake, so no wonder people felt better eating gluten free—no more deep-fried twinkies, couldn’t eat in fast food restaurants. Now, though, there is just as much gluten-free junk out there.
It’s like the vegan doughnut phenomenon. A few decades ago vegans were forced to eat healthy, eat actual vegetables. Now they can eat their cheesy puffs, while waiting for their candy-coated chocolate marshmallows to deep-fry in vegan bacon grease.
Unlike celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is begun not to prevent serious complications from an autoimmune reaction, but just to resolve gluten sensitivity symptoms to try to improve patients’ quality of life. However, a gluten-free diet itself can reduce quality of life, so it’s a matter of trying to continually strike the balance. For example, gluten-free foods can be expensive, averaging about triple the cost and so most people would benefit from instead buying an extra bunch of kale or blueberries instead.
No current data suggest that the general population should maintain a gluten-free lifestyle, but for those with a celiac disease, wheat allergy, or sensitivity diagnosis, gluten-free diets can be a life-saver.
Research tell us that your immune system does interact with the central nervous system with mutual influence. Hypnosis and imagery are being used to therapeutically influence the immune system in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
Do you live with celiac disease or other autoimmune disease? Medical Hypnosis can help can help you to reduce stress, anxiety and pain and help you make the healthy lifestyle choices that support you in health and wellness. Hypnosis is not a replacement for medical care, it is a powerful care that can improve the function of specific parts of the immune system.
Are you living with celiac disease or other autoimmune disease? Do you suffer with cancer or other illnesses? Discover the powerful benefits of hypnosis by giving me a call or sending me an email. If you live too far from Puget Sound, we can meet online with the Hypnosis Health Info Internet Office.
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