12/31/2010 03:52 PM
Hashimotos Thyroiditis

Hashimotos Thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition affecting the thyroid.  The immune system attacks the thyroid and eventually leads to the gland no longer functioning.  Treatment of Hashimotos is for the patient to take thyroid replacement, since the thyroid is no longer able to produce the hormones by itself.   Not everyone who has poor thyroid function has Hashimotos - and if you do have this condition, the only way to find out is to have a blood test to determine the presence of antibodies.  There are 2 antibodies tests which should be carried out as part of a full thyroid panel, these are called Tpo and Tgab.  

Finding a great thyroid doctor is a big step toward achieving the correct diagnosis.  It's a fact that the thyroid can be not functioning correctly but your blood panel can show a "normal" result.  This can be for 2 reasons; firstly because the lab test ranges are out of date and even though it shows that you are within the range, you are actually either hyper (over-active) or hypo (under-active) thyroid.  The second reason is that in many cases you will experience many poor thyroid function symptoms but they don't show up in a blood test until the thyroid is more than 60% non-functional.  Therefore, if you think you might have Hashimotos or poor thyroid function it's very important to find a doctor who will treat you according to your symptoms, rather than your blood test results.

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12/31/2010 03:24 PM
Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten sensitivity (GS) encompasses a collection of medical conditions, ranging from mild to severe, in which gluten has an adverse effect.  For people with gluten sensitiv enteropathy, remove of gluten in their diet and lifestyle (gluten can be present in shampoo/body wash/make up) results in the restoration of villus architecture or lower lymphocyte densities in the intestine.  Some sensitivities can be on parts of the body such as the skin, and others can be neurological or as a result of an autoimmune disease.  Clinical findings are not absolute but improvements have been seen in many of these conditions by the removal of gluten in the patient's diet and lifestyle.

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12/31/2010 02:14 PM
Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is a genetic disorder that we know affects at least 1 in 133 Americans - although most experts believe that the figure is very much higher than this.  Additionally, it's estimated that up to 15% of the world's population has a gluten intolerance/allergy. That's over a billion people on the planet  who can't tolerate gluten (wheat, rye, barley).  Those affected suffer damage to the villi (shortening and villous flattening) in the lamina propria and crypt regions of their intestines when they eat specific food-grain antigens (toxic amino acid sequences) that are found in wheat, rye, and barley.        

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12/31/2010 12:46 PM
Gluten Free Recipes

We invite you to share your favorite gluten free and/or dairy/casein free recipes here with everyone in gluten free online community.  We're starting you off with a delicious, easy to make, one bowl gluten free/dairy free chocolate cake:

One Bowl Gluten Free/Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

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12/31/2010 12:10 AM
Autoimmune Diseases

There are many autoimmune diseases.  An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system has an overreaction to cells and tissues which naturally occur in the body.  In other words, it attacks itself.  Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease and is probably one of the best known but there are many others.  Many experts now believe that there's a connection between Celiac Disease and other autoimmune diseases such as Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's Disease, Type 1 Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis, to name a few.   And because, in many cases, you can have either no symptoms of Celiac Disease or other symptoms which are diagnosed as a different autoimmune disease, it's most likely that patients would not realise they have Celiac Disease and, as such, would continue to damage their bodies by consuming gluten on a daily basis. Here's a list of many autoimmune diseases:

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12/30/2010 10:22 PM

It's very hard for any parent to be faced with the diagnosis of their child with autism.  Parenting is a big challenge for any parent, but when your child has a special circumstance it can be all the more daunting.  It's comforting to know, however, that there are many resources that are available either at a local level in your city through organisations and support groups, and at a national level through many great organisations.  The web is also a great tool with many very helpful sites.  Here are some useful websites as posted by healthworldnet.com and if you know of any other good resources, either in your area or on the web please feel free to post your comments.



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