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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

PubMed

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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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Gluten and Your Urinary Health – EP003


In this episode of ‘Gluten Free RN,’ Nadine discusses the urinary system and urinary issues associated with the ingestion of gluten, gluten intolerance and/or celiac disease. If you are experiencing health problems related to the urinary system, it is possible that eliminating gluten and dairy will eliminate the problem.

Nadine utilizes anecdotes from her own experience and those of her friend and colleague Wendy Cohan, author of The Better Bladder Book, to illustrate the connection between diet and urinary health.

This episode explains how your urinary system works and outlines the difficulties you may be experiencing. Click and listen to learn how changing your diet could alleviate your pain!

What’s Discussed:

  • The symptoms of interstitial cystitis (IC)
  • The connection between gluten and IC
  • After adopting a gluten-free diet, colleague Wendy Cohan no longer has IC
  • Other urinary issues that may be caused by the ingestion of gluten
  • Kidney and brain stones
  • Repeat urinary tract infections
  • Bed wetting
  • The health problems specific to men that are caused by inflammation in the urinary system
  • Chronic prostatitis (CP)
  • Prostate cancer
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • When it is appropriate to treat urinary infection with antibiotics
  • Antibiotic stewardship means we use them judiciously
  • Why implementing a gluten-free diet may be better than taking medication for urinary issues
  • 95% of female IC patients and 77% of male CP patients reported food sensitivities
  • The ways in which other body systems are affected by urinary issues
  • It is rare for these difficulties to occur in isolation
  • Large numbers of IC and CP patients report having additional symptoms, i.e.: irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • The importance of addressing the underlying cause of your urinary issues
  • The components of the urinary system
  • What healthy urine looks like
  • The need for additional research to confirm the effects of gluten on urinary health

Resources Mentioned: 

The Better Bladder Book: A Holistic Approach to Healing Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain by Wendy L. Cohan

Connect with Nadine: 

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Books by Nadine:

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