Dr Dennis Godby

Condition is 100% curable

The celiac disease (CD)/gluten intolerance (GI) good news is that this condition is 100% curable – if one is willing to avoid all gluten, permanently – 100% of the time!ย 
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Gluten is found in wheat, spelt, rye, barley and possibly oat and other grains and can be present in many commercially-prepared foods, including some sausages, beer, cereals, lunch meats, vegetable gums, malt flavorings or soy sauce.ย 
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The bad news is that most patients and physicians are not fully aware of the magnitude of gluten-related problems.ย  So, despite our nation’s advanced medical technology, adequate testing is not being performed, resulting in years to decades of delay, sometimes resulting in irreversible damage, and premature death – merely from eating a food that is highly recommended by most nutritional/governmental bodies.ย 
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“It is a historical misconception,” says Dr Tom O’Bryan that “gluten sensitivity is regarded as a disease of the small intestine.”ย  It is not widely known that gluten-related symptoms and conditions can affect any organ system.ย 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a consensus statement that Celiac disease is significantly under-diagnosed and may affect 3 million Americans (1 percent of the population); however, another estimated 5 percent have gluten intolerance.

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The NIH panel called for greater physician and public awareness and earlier testing.

The following is only a partial list of symptoms and conditions associated with CD/GI that warrant celiac testing:

  • Autoimmune (AI) and thyroid disorders: Autoimmune conditions are 10 times more likely in CD – the likelihood of acquiring an AI condition is directly proportional to the duration of gluten exposure.  CD is more likely in Type 1 diabetes and AI thyroiditis, also AI hepatitis and Sjogren’s.  CD increases risk of thyroid papillary carcinoma three-fold.
  • Neurological and behavioral conditions: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, peripheral neuropathy and childhood developmental conditions, such as autism and ADHD – also show strong sensitivities to wheat.  About 70% of children with untreated CD and ADD show exactly the same abnormal brain wave patterns; untreated CD in children/adolescents increases prevalence of disruptive and depressive behaviors.
  • Musculoskeletal condiitions: Osteoporosis, diffuse musculoskeletal pain, muscle pain
  • Schizophrenia: common in CD patients, and rare in cultures where gluten grains are rarely eaten.  Antibodies sometimes enter the brain, potentially causing irreversible damage, epilepsy, and progressive neurological disorders.
  • Liver and gall bladder: Individuals with CD have a 2-6 fold increased risk of developing liver disease.  Reversible, gluten-related liver damage has been called Celiac Hepatitis and can reduce gall bladder emptying after meals.
  • Young children: Slow to develop, failure to thrive, chronic diarrhea, projectile vomiting and abdominal bloating.
  • Older children: May be cranky, have difficulty concentrating, irritable, personality changes, and poor memory

ย There is a Celiac Disease monthly support group in Sacramento.ย  Please contact Diane at 916-483-8546 for more details.

Dr Dennis Godby

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As a naturopathic doctor for the last 18 years, I have witnessed the power of a preventative lifestyle and naturopathic medicine to transform the health and lives of thousands of patients.

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