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Emergency Preparedness with Nutrient Dense Foods EP015

It’s not a matter of if, but rather when you will encounter an emergency situation. And if you suffer from celiac disease or gluten intolerance, it is incredibly important that you are prepared with the appropriate supplies you will need to endure a hurricane, earthquake, blizzard, or other disaster.

 Nadine teaches you how to stock your cupboards with nutrient dense foods should you need to shelter in place for an extended period of time. She also outlines other essentials you will need to stay alive and assist others who may need help!

 What’s Discussed: 

Nadine’s experience responding to Hurricane Katrina

  • People were unprepared
  • FEMA provided only cheap filler foods

 Why it’s important to stock nutrient dense foods in case of emergency

  • Alleviates stress
  • Allows you to feed yourself for a period of time

 Nadine’s list of nutrient dense foods to stock

  • Protein bars
  • Gelatin
  • Jerky (without soy, teriyaki sauce)
  • Canned tuna, sardines
  • Canned chicken, turkey
  • Protein powder
  • Seaweed
  • Nuts
  • Pumpkin seed butter
  • Chocolate bars (80-100% cocoa, no milk)
  • Many more! Listen for the full list!

How to cope with a loss of electricity

  • Consume foods stored in freezer first
  • Prioritize eating perishables

 The importance of being self-reliant during a time of emergency

  • Helps you avoid overburdened hospitals and clinics

 Other essentials to have on hand in case of emergency

  • Multi-vitamins
  • Prescription medications (keep list in wallet/purse)
  • Can opener
  • Heat source (paper, wood)
  • Sleeping bags, pillows and blankets
  • Flashlights w/ working batteries
  • Extra batteries
  • Socks and shoes
  • First aid kit
  • Waterproof containers
  • Gluten free shampoos, lotions
  • Extra contact lenses and solution/glasses
  • Cash
  • Pet food

 How to obtain water if forced to shelter in place

  • Utilize water heater

 Resources Mentioned:

 Country Life Vitamins

 Road ID

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

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Getting Started on a Gluten-Free Diet EP013

On this episode of the ‘Gluten Free RN,’ Nadine helps you get on the road to recovery with a gluten-free, casein-free diet. She walks you through what to expect and offers tactics that will support your success.

Nadine breaks down the steps you should take to make your home a gluten-free space and ensure your comfort and health when you are on the go. She also talks you through how to carefully select food that is not just gluten-free, but also nutrient dense.

Nadine explains the significance building a support system that includes a knowledgeable healthcare team and peers who’ve adopted a gluten-free lifestyle. Listen and learn how to get better, faster as you get started on a gluten-free diet!

 What’s Discussed:

Why it is necessary to eliminate both gluten and casein

  • Microvilli that break down sucrose and lactase are first destroyed, last to grow back
  • The gluten and casein proteins are molecularly very similar
  • The body reads casein as a threat and triggers the immune system

The particulars of taking a daily liquid multivitamin

  • Consider twice a day, morning and night (when your body heals)
  • Take with food and high-quality fat
  • Make sure it doesn’t contain wheat grass or barley grass

How to clean your home thoroughly to remove all gluten

  • Meticulously clean out kitchens and cupboards
  • Give away wooden utensils, cutting boards, pastry cloths, rolling pins and colanders
  • Eliminate personal care products and pet supplies containing gluten
  • Wash your hands before you eat
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating

Why it’s important to carry snacks with you

The challenges of eating out on a gluten-free, casein-free diet

  • Staff may not have a clear understanding of a gluten-free diet
  • Cross-contamination risk can be very high

How to rebuild your microbiome

  • Eat things that are alive, i.e.: sauerkraut, fermented food, kombucha
  • Especially important if you’ve ever taken antibiotics

What to expect in the first days of going gluten-free

  • The feeling you can’t get enough to eat
  • Cravings for gluten and dairy products
  • Symptoms of illness as your body detoxes (headaches, fatigue, diarrhea)

How to read labels to ensure gluten-free food is high-quality

  • Look for certified gluten-free labels
  • Make sure it’s also nutrient-dense
  • Nadine suggests only buying products with a maximum of five ingredients
  • Only buy products if you can picture each of the ingredients listed

The importance of joining a support group

  • Share experiences, resources
  • People to shop and eat with

The necessity of building healthcare team to assist with your lifestyle transition

  • Understand the baseline and follow-up labs needed
  • Might include Nurse Practitioner, MD, DO, Naturopath, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor and Massage Therapist

The benefits of keeping a diary or food log

  • Allows practitioners to offer feedback
  • Could include pictures of any painful areas
  • Track your progress with new photos every three months

Resources Mentioned: 

Nadine’s Getting Started One-Pager

EZ Gluten Food Testing

Nima Sensor Test Kit

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Books by Nadine:

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

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Neurological Disorders Associated with Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity EP012

Nadine covers the neurological symptoms associated with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease is primarily a neurological disorder, but the neurological symptoms are often misdiagnosed.

Nadine shares her own story as well as client anecdotes regarding the neurological issues faced by celiac patients and those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. She outlines the common symptoms and discusses how to either slow their progression or eliminate them entirely.

Nadine explains the way gluten affects your neurological system and how a Paleo lifestyle can help you heal. Listen and understand how to get your brain back!

What’s Discussed:

How an immobile patient misdiagnosed with MS was able to walk again

  • Inspired by Dr. Terry Wahls book, The Wahls Protocol, she adopted a Paleo diet
  • Food can be medicine or poison

Misdiagnoses given to people who actually suffered from gluten ataxia

  • Parkinson’s
  • ALS
  • MS
  • Psychosomatic disorder

Why experts advocate for including an AGA in celiac testing

  • It provides a biomarker for non-celiac gluten sensitivity

Why the neurological component of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity is so significant

  • The entire enteric nervous system is located in the bowels
  • Constipation and diarrhea occur when peristalsis is paralyzed due to gluten

The neurological symptoms of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity

Why patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia could be restored by a Paleo diet

  • An autopsy is the only way to definitively diagnose Alzheimer’s
  • Many patients have improved significantly after removing gluten from their diets

The components of a Paleo diet

  • Meats and fish
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fruits and vegetables

How a Paleo lifestyle cleared Nadine’s neurological issues

  • Her balance issues went away
  • She no longer suffered frequent falls

The standard nutritional panels for a celiac patient

How glyphosates can cause leaky gut even in the absence of celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity

The health benefits Nadine has witnessed in patients who adopt a Paleo diet

  • No longer take prescription medication
  • Normal blood pressure
  • Desirable cholesterol level
  • Absorb nutrients appropriately
  • Body heals

 Resources Mentioned: 

 The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls

Discovery Health: Celiac Disease

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

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Celiac Disease and How Gluten Affects Your Skin EP011

On this episode of the ‘Gluten Free RN,’ Nadine explains how gluten affects your skin. If you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, you may also suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis, a painful rash that is often misdiagnosed.

Nadine shares her struggle with DH and offers advice about eliminating gluten from both your diet and personal care regime in order to heal your skin. The only treatment for this issue is a 100% gluten-free diet.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so listen and learn how to keep it looking and feeling good!

What’s Discussed: 

The definition of Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH)

  • Blistering, vesicular rash that is typically round
  • Itchy, very painful and distracting
  • Caused by IgA deposits under the skin
  • May appear on hands, legs, back, armpits, buttocks, elbows, knees, scalp, torso and even eyes
  • Not contagious
  • The only treatment is a 100% gluten-free diet

 Nadine’s struggle with DH

  • Blisters, itchy and painful hands as a child
  • Irritated by latex gloves as a nurse, hands developed rash
  • Misdiagnosed by several dermatologists
  • DH finally identified by Dr. Abigail Haberman
  • Rash had exploded all over Nadine’s body and she was near death
  • Most of the rash resolved quickly after adopting a gluten-free diet

 Why steroid creams, long-term antibiotics and dapsone aren’t the answer

  • DH is an external expression of what’s happening internally
  • Topical creams don’t treat the underlying cause
  • Long-term antibiotics disrupt the microbiome and put you at risk for developing other infections
  • Dapsone is associated with serious side effects for the blood and liver
  • Removing gluten from your diet and personal care products is the only cure

 The importance of eliminating gluten from personal care products

  • Anything you put on your skin can travel through to your bloodstream
  • Discontinue the use of products that contain wheat, barley, rye or oats
  • Nadine also recommends eliminating products that contain chemicals such as lauryl sulfates and paraffins

 Resources Mentioned: 

YouTube: Your Skin on Gluten

Primal Pit Paste

ZuZu Luxe Cosmetics

Red Apple Lipstick

Desert Essence Organics

Gluten-Free Danube Cruise

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Books by Nadine:

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

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Regain and Maintain Your Health with a Paleo Diet EP009

This episode of the ‘Gluten Free RN’ podcast outlines the benefits of adopting a Paleo diet in order to regain and then maintain your health. Patients with celiac disease or gluten intolerance can get better, faster by choosing the Paleo option.

Nadine shares how changing her eating habits had an incredibly positive impact on her health as she went from feeling better on a gluten-free diet to feeling fantastic on her own variation of a Paleo diet.

Nadine gets specific about the foods you can and cannot eat and the incredible health benefits of going Paleo. Listen in and learn how to get back the health you deserve by focusing on good food!

 What’s Discussed:

The foods to avoid on a Paleo diet

The foods you can eat on a Paleo diet

Nadine’s story

The concept of food as medicine

  • All disease starts in the gut

Where to locate organic fruits and vegetables and meat with no antibiotics/no hormones

The health benefits of a Paleo diet

  • Clears up lingering gluten issues
  • Helps achieve sustainable weight loss
  • Affords clearer, smoother skin
  • Improves the immune system
  • Allows for better sleep

The importance of sleep hygiene

  • Your body heals while you sleep
  • Eight to ten hours is optimal

Why fat is essential in absorbing nutrients

  • Vitamins A, D, E & K are fat soluble

The best sources of fat for nutrient absorption

  • Avocados
  • Grass fed meats
  • Olive oil or coconut oil
  • Nuts
  • Nut butters
  • Fish oil
  • Eggs

 Resources Mentioned: 

Paleo Magazine

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body by Sarah Ballantyne

Midway Farms

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Intestinal Health and Antibiotic Resistant Threats EP008

This time on the ‘Gluten Free RN’ podcast, Nadine explores the connection between gluten intolerance and antibiotic-resistant threats. Because damaged intestines compromise the immune system, undiagnosed celiac patients are more likely to develop infections that necessitate antibiotics.

Nadine summarizes the 2013 CDC report, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, explaining the three microorganisms identified in the report with a Threat Level of Urgent. Listen and learn how to protect yourself and your family from the public health threat posed by these bacteria!

 What’s Discussed:

The prevalence of undiagnosed celiac disease and gluten intolerance

  • 30-50% of the population carry the HLA-DQ2 and/or DQ8 genes

The importance of healthy intestinal tissue

  • 70-90% of the immune system is in your intestines

The soldier analogy

  • Healthy villi are like rested soldiers with loaded weapons on a clear day who can easily take out antigens that don’t belong
  • Damaged villi are like soldiers on a bender with inadequate weaponry, operating in smoke and fire – they either don’t work at all or fire randomly at antigens

The need for a more judicious approach to prescribing antibiotics

  • Overuse of antibiotics wipes out good microbiome along with bad

How to rebuild microbiome

  • Kombucha
  • High-quality probiotics
  • Fermented foods
  • Apple cider vinegar

The need for IgA and IgG testing to complement a celiac panel

The public health threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria

  • The 2013 CDC report details 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths yearly

The connection between damaged intestines and a higher risk of bacterial infection requiring antibiotics

The three microorganisms with a Threat Level of Urgent

  • Clostridium difficile (causes profuse diarrhea, 14,000 deaths/year)
  • Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (50% fatal, 600 deaths/year)
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae

The causes of inflammation in your intestines

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Sugar

Why Nadine has concerns about the potential pandemic and huge loss of life presented by large numbers of undiagnosed celiac patients who are susceptible to bacterial infections

Resources Mentioned: 

CDC Report: Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013

Enterolab Website

Cyrex Laboratories Website


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The Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet for Pets – EP002

This week on ‘Gluten Free RN,’ Nadine explores gluten intolerance in pets. She looks at the health problems pets have experienced in increasing numbers in the last several decades and contends that a Paleo Diet is more appropriate for your furry friends than a diet that includes grains.

Nadine also explains the risk of cross-contamination and the importance of removing all products containing gluten (including pet food) from your home if you have a sensitivity to it.

Listen and learn the ways in which a gluten-free diet is more appropriate to your pet’s biology and get pet food brand recommendations from Nadine!

What’s Discussed:

  • How Nadine discovered the benefits of a gluten-free diet for pet health
  • As her gastrointestinal issues improved, so did Slugs’
  • Why grains are not appropriate for dogs and cats
  • Historically, dogs and cats are omnivores by instinct
  • A Paleo Diet including meat and plant matter will improve your pet’s health
  • The diseases pets have developed over the last several decades
  • Many of these conditions are similar to the health problems humans have developed
  • Why it’s difficult to test pets for gluten intolerance and celiac disease
  • A clinical trial is often the only way to determine if gluten is causing your pet’s health issues
  • The symptoms your pet might exhibit that could point to a gluten intolerance
  • The risks of cross-contamination for people who are exposed to the grain in their pet’s food
  • For a celiac patient, exposure to a bread crumb can trigger the same auto-immune reaction as an entire piece of cake
  • The foods you should never give your pets
  • The pet food brands with zero or very low (less than 10 ppm) gluten content
  • Animal Crackers has a huge selection of grain-free, high-quality pet food
  • How to test food for the presence of gluten

Resources Mentioned: 

 Gluten-sensitive enteropathy in a family of Irish setters” by Sylvie C. Daminet

 EZ Gluten Test Kit

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photo by Daria Shevtsova

Food is Medicine – EP001

In the premier episode of ‘Gluten Free RN’ Nadine tells us a bit about her journey in regaining her health and why it’s so important to understand that food is medicine to our bodies. If we think about food as medicine, we will make better food choices which will lead to much better health in both the short and long term.

Nadine also discusses the increasing rate of Celiac disease diagnosis and some factors that may be influencing this.

Listen in to learn why it’s so important to make good food choices and how making the right ones will help you maintain or even regain your health!

What’s Discussed:

  • Nadine’s background
  • Nurse for 25 years, 10 years as the Gluten Free RN
  • At the time, Nadine didn’t know that gluten intolerance and Celiac disease were often big factors in her patients’ health problems
  • Why Nadine considers herself to be a “Connectologist”
  • Nadine connects some dots that may not have been previously connected
  • Why Gluten sensitivity and/or Celiac disease is often common denominator in health problems
  • Why food is medicine and how that affects our health
  • Nadine’s journey back from bad health
  • Learned she had Celiac disease at the age of 40
  • Your GI Tract and immune system
  • 70-90 % of your immune system is in your GI tract
  • As humans, we do not have do not have enzymes to break down gluten proteins
  • Why you may be predisposed to Celiac disease
  • 30-50% of our population carries the genes that predispose us to Celiac disease
  • The increasing rate of Celiac disease diagnosis
  • The importance of having a plan for remaining or getting healthy into your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s
  • It’s easier to maintain your health than to regain it
  • Nadine’s diet recommendations
  • Common problems of a bad diet
  • Topics that will be discussed in future episodes!

Resources Mentioned: 

Seeds of Deception” by Jeffery Smith

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