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Celiac Disease and its Associated Autoimmune Disorders EP010

This time on the ‘Gluten Free RN’ podcast, Nadine examines the many autoimmune disorders that are associated with celiac disease. Once you have acquired one autoimmune disease, your chances of developing another increase exponentially – Nadine had seven!

Nadine shares how she was able to heal the inflammation in her intestines that caused those autoimmune disorders and go from a positive ANA panel to a negative one in just a year on a Paleo diet.

Listen and understand which autoimmune diseases are linked to gluten intolerance and how to dodge those bullets by going gluten-free!

What’s Discussed: 

The chances of developing additional autoimmune disorders

  • Once you have one autoimmune disease, your chances of developing another are 30% -50% greater

Nadine’s ‘collection’ of autoimmune disorders

  • Raynaud’s phenomenon is a circulation issue that gave her purple/white hands and feet
  • Sjogren’s syndrome dried out her mucus membranes
  • She suffered from arthritis and joint pain
  • Alopecia caused her hair to thin and fall out

Why celiac disease is sometimes misdiagnosed as MS, ALS or Parkinson’s

How Dr. Terry Wahls went from a wheelchair to riding a bike by eliminating gluten

How it is possible for your body to heal the inflammation causing autoimmune disorders, regardless of what the medical establishment says

  • Remove the things that cause damage
  • Replace the nutrients your body needs

Additional autoimmune disorders associated with celiac disease

  • Liver disease (primary biliary cirrhosis, autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis)
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Addison’s disease
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Alopecia
  • Vitiligo
  • Neurological issues (gluten ataxia, peripheral neuropathies)
  • Connective tissue diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis)
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Autoimmune pericarditis
  • Psoriasis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Pancreatitis
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease/nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Wilson’s disease

The importance of checking magnesium RBC levels in cardiac patients

The genetic overlap between Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease

  • A study in Scotland found that 94% of Type 1 diabetics carry the HLA-DQ2/-DQ8 genes

Resources Mentioned: 

The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles by Terry Wahls MD and Eve Adamson

Terry Wahls MD Research Study Update

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Books by Nadine:

Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism