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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Celiac Disease Part 2

In case you have symptoms for which you want to consult a doctor, it is always good to come prepared and the first thing to do is bring a list of all the medications, vitamins and supplements you are taking.

If you experience multiple symptoms, regardless of what they are, make a list of those as well, that way you won't overlook any. Don't change your diet prior to your doctor's visit; in case tests for Celiac Disease will be done then you want it to show up in the results.

You could be referred to a gastroenterologist, who might want you to have some blood work done, collect a sample of your small intestine for testing, or perform an endoscopy or capsule endoscopy procedure.

In case of the first, a long, flexible tube with a very small camera is inserted down the throat, into the esophagus to examine esophagus, stomach, and beginning of the small intestine.

With capsule endoscopy a tiny camera in a capsule is swallowed and takes a series of pictures of the digestive tract, stores them on a recorder on a belt that needs to be worn, and are examined by the doctor afterwards. The capsule is disposable and leaves the body in the usual and natural way.

When the tests reveal you have Celiac Disease, then a gluten-free diet is the only solution to heal the small intestine. There are no medications for curing Celiac Disease, but sometimes steroids may be prescribed temporarily to easy the pain when the small intestine suffer from severe inflammation.

A dietitian is a great help in planning a healthy gluten-free diet. You will also have to learn how to read labels, identify how and where to spot hidden gluten and avoid any and all food and food products that might contain even the slightest amount of gluten; it will wreak havoc upon you.

As far as all the other aspects in your life are concerned; you will have to learn to identify and spot sin and evil and avoid it at all costs; it will only wreak havoc upon you and others. Don't hesistate to ask for guidance and advice and God is the best help in planning and leading a happy and healthy life!

Proverbs 4:14-16
Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil. 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on.


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