The Mystery Cause Of Thyroid Disease
One cause of thyroid disease-both hypo and hyper-is celiac (seal ee ak) disease. If you've ever heard of it, you get to go to the head of the class. It's a health issue that's gaining ground, but doctors almost never test for it. But, then, the test doesn't tell the whole story anyway.
So let's talk about it, then I'll tell you how you can test yourself.
Celiac disease comes from a gluten intolerance. Gluten arrives in your body via wheat, rye or barley-either as food or a cosmetic. Lots of shampoos, for instance, contain wheat.
If you eat, say, bread, and your body has a thing against gluten, you're in trouble, though you may not realize it. If you read about celiac disease, you'll get the idea it's all about bloating, diarrhea and cramping. Well, about 20% of celiac sufferers have these symptoms, but most do not.
Symptoms of Thyroid Disease
The list of symptoms and outcomes is long and varied, and thyroid problems are high on the list, especially Hashimoto's thyroiditis, the auto-immune form of thyroid disease. And if you have celiac disease, even taking all the thyroid medicine you can get down your gullet won't make you feel good.
So, on that happy note, lets talk about how you can test yourself for celiac disease-which won't make you happy, either. It's a bear, but just man up and do it.
Here's why. Besides thyroid problems, celiac disease is a major cause of inflammation, and inflammation is a leading cause of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and all the other major diseases.
So, here's the simple, but not easy, thing you do: For two weeks, you don't let a morsel of gluten-containing food, i.e., anything with wheat, rye or barley, near your mouth. Or use any cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, etc., containing wheat, rye or barley.
If it makes a difference, stay off wheat, rye and barley for the rest of your life. That's the "cure." It sounds tough, but you can get all kinds of substitutes that don't make you sick.
Eating out becomes a perpetual problem, but restaurants are starting to take notice. For instance, PF Chang uses potato flour instead of wheat for breading in their dishes.
Besides, it beats migraines, peripheral neuropathy, infertility, seizures and on and on.
And feeling good is priceless.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.