This time on ‘Gluten Free RN,’ Nadine continues to cover the basics of celiac disease and gluten intolerance, reviewing the consequences of intestinal damage and gluten in the bloodstream and discussing what you can and cannot eat as part of a gluten-free diet.
A registered nurse certified in emergency care and a celiac patient herself, Nadine is well-versed in the health complications and symptoms you might experience with undiagnosed celiac disease or gluten intolerance, including neurological disorders, dermatologic difficulties and even mental health issues.
Join the Gluten Free RN on this podcast to learn the signs of undiagnosed celiac disease and gluten intolerance so that we can all be healthy and vital for years to come!
The definition of celiac disease and its chronic nature
- Diagnosis requires HLA-DQ2 and/or DQ8 genes and documented villous atrophy
The importance of healthy intestinal tissue
- 70-90% of the immune system is in your intestines
Grains to avoid that contain gluten
- Oats (due to cross-contamination)
Places where gluten may be hiding
Gluten-free, nutrient dense foods
Complications caused by gluten in patients with celiac disease or gluten intolerance
- Chronic inflammation (suffering from an -itus of any kind)
- Autoimmune disorders
- Damaged immune system
The increased risk of cancer in patients with undiagnosed celiac disease
Symptoms doctors look for before testing for celiac disease
- Chronic diarrhea
- Extreme weight loss or malnutrition
Components of the test for celiac disease
- Blood test (celiac panel)
- Biopsy of the small intestines
The amount of time it takes to regenerate damaged villi in the absence of gluten
- Nadine recommends you continue the clinical trial of a gluten-free diet for at least six to 12 months
Additional signs of a possible gluten intolerance or celiac disease
Additional symptoms Nadine has encountered in undiagnosed patients
Indicators of gluten intolerance in children and elders
Gluten: Zero Global by Rodney Ford
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Books by Nadine:
Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism
I just recovered this podcast and it is changing my life. I am 56 and was told I had celiacs when I was 46. I really didn’t take it to serious till now . I have noticed thing are getting worse for me I am always getting something new. I need to take is seriously. but have been so lost. was told I have it but nothing else. So I have been searching. then I found your podcast. I want to start on a Palio diet. but I need some help on where to begin. what I have found out it is very expensive. I don’t have a lot of money but I need to do it to live.
Where do you live? It makes a difference as far as food availability. Also, I am taking my course to different areas of the country next year and I am searching for where it is most needed. A great resource is Paleo magazine. You could subscribe to that online or in print. It truly is a great cheap resource. Also, the book Paleo Principles is a great place to start. Thank you for listening to the podcasts!