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Disease, Allergy, Intolerance – All Different

Posted by terrepruitt on November 10, 2011

Celiac disease is a chronic, hereditary, autoimmune digestive disorder characterized by a toxic reaction to gluten.  It is not a food allergy.  From Page 21 of the G Free Diet, by Elisabeth Hasselbeck.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and contaminated oats.

According to PubMedHealth:  “A food allergy is an exaggerated immune response triggered by eggs, peanuts, milk, or some other specific food. Symptoms usually begin immediately, within 2 hours after eating.”

Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten.  (per PubMedHealth)

People that have celiac disease run the risk of being malnourished because their immune system could have damaged the villi in the intestines.  The villi absorb nutrients from our food.   This compromised digestive system can result in symptoms of stomach aches, bloating, gas, cramps, diarrhea, to name a few.

In addition to this disease and food allergies, there are food intolerances and different degrees of them.  An allergy will cause an immediate and severe reaction even if just a small amount is introduced to a person that is allergic.  The severity could be as much as life threatening.  An intolerance is more of a nuisance that will cause discomfort, but is–in general–less severe than an allergic reaction.

I have said it before, I love bread.  Have I said that before?  Anyway . . . sometimes my body is in such an icky state that I am to the point that I will give up bread if I have too.  But gluten is in so many things even if I give up bread I could end up in that state.  It is very tricky.  I am trying to figure out if it is just an intolerance.  It is so interesting.  It is so very difficult to distinguish.  It doesn’t help that I do have hay fever and the weather could be affecting me.

I have come to the conclusion that when we have a sunny day after a rainy day I am pretty much toast.  I am a sneezy-sniffling-congested-so-exhausted-I-might-as-well-stay-in-bed-because-I-am-so-miserable mess.  So it rains and I think, “Oh how nice the rain washing the world.”  Then the next sunny day even though I enjoy the beauty of the day I am wiped out.  Next time I will pay attention . . . thinking beforehand about what I eat and I will see if I don’t eat the foods that might cause “icky body” if that helps.

I do not think I have Celiac disease.  I don’t think I have a food allergy.  I do think that with all of the food combinations of GMOs and highly processed foods that I have developed some intolerances.  Some think (I agree with them) that wheat has been so hybridized that it is something our bodies cannot digest.  It is not the same wheat that out great-great-great-great grandparents ate.  Not even getting into GMO stuff, just the breeding of wheat makes it different from what it was.  That in combination with all the other stuff in our Western Diets.  I think the combination makes it difficult for the body to process.

There are many people who are “gluten-free” so there has to be something to it.  I just wanted to mention here the three different categories (if that is what they are called).  There is disease, allergies, and intolerance.  All different.  Sometimes with the same symptoms, but with different levels of severity and different levels of effects on one’s health.  Just interesting.  What do you think?

8 Responses to “Disease, Allergy, Intolerance – All Different”

  1. niachick said

    I have chosen to eat gluten free for about 5 years now. My husband was having some intestinal issues but not celiac. We decided together to give up gluten — it is in EVERYTHING. We now sell in our coffee bar gluten free breads, bagels, some of our locally homemade breakfast bars are gluten free. We eat gluten free brownies, cookies, gluten free pasta — all of these are delicious items (or we wouldn’t be eating them!). The world has adapted to the need for gluten free food. I sometimes think it’s a conspiracy. The more wheat and gluten people eat, the more diseases they are likely to encounter due to the effect gluten has on the immune system. The sicker we are, the more we need doctors and pharmaceuticals. I haven’t been to a doctor in 4 years — other than a chiropractor and a naturopath — but no AMA folks. Once you’re in their system, you become subject to the lies and trickery — perhaps not conscious of course — but lies and trickery nonetheless. Do I sound heretical? Probably to some. But I’m living a disease free life at the moment and I think it really has to do with giving up gluten, wheat, dairy for the most part. I follow the Weston A Price Foundation’s nutritional guidelines. I eat lots of red meat, bacon, butter and eggs. All the things we’re told not to eat. I’m healthier now than when I was 30 and eating fast food and not caring about what I put into this living vessel that I’ve been gifted with for expressing life. Hallelujah that I woke up!!!

    Thanks for your blog. I think you touched a nerve, eh?

    Love,

    Jill

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    • Yeah, I almost mentioned you in the post because I knew that you would share your gluten-free info with us. YES, it is in EVERYTHING. Often times people I know who are eating a gluten-free diet get sick because they ate something that had gluten “snuck” in. I mean if you are eating meat you somewhat expect it to be gluten-free, but it could have been made with sauch that has gluten in it. I am not a fan of eating out often because I just don’t know what is in the food. Here in California people think it is so great that places have to have calories disclosed . . . . who cares . . . . that is not what we need to know, we need INGREDIENTS. I want to know if there is HFCS, transfat, or Canola Oil in my food. I can figure out the calories myself.

      I somewhat agree with the idea that the sicker we are the more we need doctors and pharmaceuticals. The sicker we are the easier we are to be controlled. The sicker we are the more dependant we are on the doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and the government. I won’t say that it is all lies and trickery because some people do believe that drugs, medicine, GMO, and the things we don’t like ARE good and they believe they are ok.

      Everytime you mention the Weston A Price Foundation I look it up. I won’t this time because I still kind of remember. I HAVE been using my microwave a lot less.

      Thank you for commenting. It is nice to be reminded that a gluten-free diet is not as difficult as I think it is.

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  2. if pretty was a disease, you’d be terminal.

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  3. I am lactose intolerant. And certain foods affect me right away. Unfortunately, it’s usually the foods I love so I “forget”.,,, until later that is. 🙂 Very interesting observations about the differences.

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    • Oh bummer. Cheese and milk. 😦 Do you like the lactose free milk? And there are cheeses that have less right? Well, I know some people that are lactose intolerant and they just suffer with the consequences when they want to have some lactose. I hope it has caused you too much trauma.

      XOXO

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