It is very exciting to see the incredible increase in scientific research being released that relates gut issues to various health problems elsewhere in the body. The research that explores this relationship in terms of autoimmune conditions is particularly interesting, not just because it links gut-related problems to changes in immune balance, but in terms of how this new understanding might open the door for new treatments for these challenging conditions.
My wife Kate had long been suffering with, what I referred to as, an irritable bowel condition for quite some time. Her gastroenterologist after a colon exam, told her to eat a lot of “Bran Buds” every day and consume a daily fiber drink, along with a laxative. Upon following this advice, her condition deteriorated. She entered into phases of severe pain and sleeplessness, leading to extreme fatigue.
We knew this wasn’t working and needed to try something different.
After a few days on gluten-free, low-carb diet, her symptoms disappeared completely! Not only that, but her GP has previously put her on Crestor, and she is now off that too! She also has solved the restless sleep condition entirely.
Colon cancer will afflict about 5% Americans – with close to 97,000 new cases diagnosed each year in this country. It is anticipated that there will be approximately 50,000 deaths attributed to colon cancer this year alone. These statistics clearly point to the significance of understanding risk factors that can be modified with hopes of decreasing a person’s chance of developing this disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, significant risk factors for colon cancer include inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In addition, a family history of colon cancer increases risk as does a history of having colonic polyps.
I have Celiac, and I was diagnosed with IBS about 3 years ago. I had digestive problems for years. The medicine my doctors gave me did nothing to help.
Having come across an article on the subject, I one day asked my doctor about gluten sensitivity. We decided to take me off gluten, and I would say that within a week I was experiencing no more digestive problems. It took a few weeks to see improvement with my memory. I work 8 hours/day with customers and my memory was so bad I had to write down things customer told me so I could put it in the computer, in just seconds I was forgetting everything. I can now remember what they say without writing it down ahead of time. I am 69 and was afraid I was getting Alzheimer’s. I wish more doctors would think about the gluten problem when we go to them with health concerns.