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Doctor insights on: Why Does A Gluten Free Diet Help Reduce Narcolepsy And Cataplexy Symptoms For Some Narcoleptics Even If Tests Show They Have No Gluten Sensitivities

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Why does a gluten free diet help reduce narcolepsy and cataplexy symptoms for some narcoleptics even if tests show they have no gluten sensitivities?

Why does a gluten free diet help reduce narcolepsy and cataplexy symptoms for some narcoleptics even if tests show they have no gluten sensitivities?

It probably doesn't.: I don't believe that a gluten-free diet would treat narcolepsy.
A thorough search on pubmed did not reveal any publications demonstrating a connection between narcolepsy or cataplexy and gluten consumption.
It is possible that by adopting a gluten-free diet, one might also consume fewer simple carbohydrates, and that could reduce reactive hypoglycemia (which can make you feel tired). ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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I'm 39 & have atopic dermatitis for years. Blood tests show wheat sensitivity of o.37- class 1. Is it worth trying a gluten free diet?

I'm 39 & have atopic dermatitis for years. Blood tests show wheat sensitivity of o.37- class 1. Is it worth trying a gluten free diet?

GLUTEN FREE DIET: Yes, Gluten causes inflammation in the body and is difficult to breakdown. Als allergies develop over time and exposure, therefore many people develop low grade allergies to gluten. Thre diets I recommend are WHOLEAPPROACH. COM/GUTBLISS. COM/PALEODIET. Often times Eczema, Allergies, Asthma and IBS will improve Gluten Free. Also many generic Meds contain Gluten, when possible get brand medication. ...Read more

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If I am already on a gluten-free diet, is it possible to be tested for gluten sensitivity?

If I am already on a gluten-free diet, is it possible to be tested for gluten sensitivity?

Might not show: Depending on the test that is being run, it might not show. Some tests require there to be gluten in the diet in order to tell that the body can't probably handle the gluten protein. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease and gluten sensitivity the same thing? My friend has been following a gluten-free diet because she says she is sensitive to gluten. Does that mean she has celiac disease?

Is celiac disease and gluten sensitivity the same thing? My friend has been following a gluten-free diet because she says she is sensitive to gluten. Does that mean she has celiac disease?

No: They are not the same thing. Gluten sensitivity is much less severe than celiac. They are both sort of along the same spectrum, but celiac is more severe, and gluten sensitivity is much less severe. People with celiac genes can not have celiac but be gluten sensitive. ...Read more

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I am on a gluten free diet. Once in a dh blisters show up. How much time goes by between eating gluten and showing the symptoms (i.E. Blisters)?

I am on a gluten free diet. Once in a dh blisters show up. How much time goes by between eating gluten and showing the symptoms (i.E. Blisters)?

Variable: Your dh lesions are dependent on your body's production of IgA antibodies to epidermal transglutaminase (etg), which may take several years to resolve, even after strict avoidance of dietary gluten. You may want to discuss initiating Dapsone with your physician for treatment if this continues to be a significant issue. ...Read more

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Good day, I seem to have most symptoms of celiac disease. How can I test for this & what medication can I take-difficult to follow a gluten free diet?

Good day, I seem to have most symptoms of celiac disease. How can I test for this & what medication can I take-difficult to follow a gluten free diet?

Blood/GI tests/none: The screening test for celiac is done with blood & finds antibodies to your gut tissues. This must be done while you are on gluten to be accurate. If blood is positive a sample of intestinal tissue confirms it. There is no "med" for celiac disease. Any time CD patients eat gluten their body makes new destructive antibodies that attack the gut. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease symptoms resolve after following a gluten free diet?

Celiac: They definitely should improve drastically if you are able to stick with a 100% gluten-free diet. ...Read more

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Are there any reliable tests for celiac disease that can be performed while on a gluten free diet?

Are there any reliable tests for celiac disease that can be performed while on a gluten free diet?

Genetic test: The only testing that can be done on a gluten free diet is the genetic test. People with particular hla types are at higher risk for celiac disease. Screening for risk can be done on a gluten free diet, however, with a risk result, celiac cannot be diagnosed without the positive biopsy or positive antibody test. However, then your doctor could decide if further testing with gluten diet indicate. ...Read more

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I didn't have any symptoms of celiac but tested slightly positive. Now after starting a gluten free diet I'm as sick as a dog. What is going on?

I didn't have any symptoms of celiac but tested slightly positive. Now after starting a gluten free diet I'm as sick as a dog. What is going on?

Other factors: The lack of glutn alone would precipitate illness of that sort. What is the content of the new diet which may contain something that you are reacting with. ...Read more

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Test positive for celiacs if you have been on a gluten free diet for 2 months? Is it worth it to go back on gluten to get a positive test result?

Test positive for celiacs if you have been on a gluten free diet for 2 months? Is it worth it to go back on gluten to get a positive test result?

No: Your celiac problem is not going to go away so why would you want to make yourself sick again? Remember that some people may not totally recover until after several months off gluten product. However if your symptoms do not improve after 3 or 4 months, you need to evaluate the diagnosis or consider another diagnosis since the presence of celiac does not preclude other illnesses. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be already on a gluten free diet when you go for blood work to test for celiac disease?

Is it okay to be already on a gluten free diet when you go for blood work to test for celiac disease?

Yes and no: Being on a strict gluten free diet may make serologies for celiac disease falsely negative. If possible, eating gluten for a week or so prior is better. ...Read more

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Am I allergic to gluten? Is going on a gluten free diet a valid test?

Am I allergic to gluten? Is going on a gluten free diet a valid test?

Gluten allergy: What symptoms are you having that makes you feel you are allergic to gluten? Gluten allergy (e.g. Itchy lips/mouth/throat, nausea, hives) requires having allergic antibodies which are demonstrable by skin or blood tests. The other reaction to gluten causes celiac disease (e.g. Bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea) which is demonstrable by blood tests and intestinal biopsy. Avoid diet, consult md. ...Read more

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Are there psychological symptoms of celiac disease that also go away with a gluten-free diet?

Probably: No one has looked at this scientifically, as it's very difficult to measures states of mind. However, it makes sense scientifically, as immune responses going on in the body slow down the mind and make one feel generally ill. Anecdotally, I've seen folks with real celiac disease feel better overall soon after successful gluten elimination, but it won't help those without the real disease. ...Read more

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A 3 years kid can has celiac desease? Blood test first time was positive. After 1 year with a gluten free diet, the test was negative...

Stick with gluten: Free diet. A test may become negative after successful treatment but that does not mean cure. The child in all likelihood has gluten sensitivity. You may wish to try gluten challenge after discussion with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to be on a gluten free diet when you have blood test for celiac?

Is it ok to be on a gluten free diet when you have blood test for celiac?

Prob ok but...: You are trying to show with the blood test that you have the antibodies to gluten. Usually doctors will recommend the opposite; that you still eat foods with gluten. ...Read more

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Is there any follow up tests for celiac just to be sure that I follow the write gluten free diet?

Blood tests -TTG IgA: If you have an abnormal tissue transglutaminase IgA then you can follow that over time (6 months) and it will progressively normalize if you are adherent to the gluten free diet. I recommend seeing a gastroenterologist beforess going on a gluten free diet so you can be certain about your diagnosis before starting a life-long gluten free diet. ...Read more

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Elimination diet to test me for celiac disease and ever since on this gluten free diet my stools are green. Normal?

Elimination diet to test me for celiac disease and ever since on this gluten free diet my stools are green. Normal?

Elim diet: Elimination diet is not the way to test for celiac. As of 2013, the preferred way to test for celiac is an intestinal biopsy. If you suspect celiac, you should have the procedure to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Wheat allergy & mostly (not 100%) gluten free diet. Still has gastro issues. Doc testing for Celiac. W/ mostly gluten-free diet will test b accurate?

? which test?: Testing for celiac varies. There are blood tests, which can show positive with small amounts of gluten intake. (1/10 of a slice of bread)The most dramatic and accepted confirmatory test for celiac disease is a small intestine biopsy. The biopsy test would be most reliable when someone has had a gluten challenge. ...Read more

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I have lupus, painful interstitial cystitis, and lots of GI issues. Is it worth trying gluten free diet for a while though my celiac test was negative?

I have lupus, painful interstitial cystitis, and lots of GI issues. Is it worth trying gluten free diet for a while though my celiac test was negative?

Absolutely: Also consider casein free (avoid cow dairy). Must go gluten free for at least 3-6 months for an adequate trial. Casein can cross react and look like gluten. Celiac testing is not accurate. Consider probiotics such as kombucha and kefir (water or goats milk). Can make both yourself at home. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease. Apart from following a strict gluten free diet, what other precautions and regular tests should I be taking?

I have celiac disease. Apart from following a strict gluten free diet, what other precautions and regular tests should I be taking?

Stop gluten; then...: Celiac patients have a higher chance of getting type 1 diabetes, thyroid diseases, and other autoimmune disorders. People with celiac disease have a higher chance of gastrointestinal conditions such as colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, functional bowel disorders, reduced gut motility, or delayed stomach emptying. A nutritionist / dietician can review one's diet to make sure it's well-balanced. ...Read more

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What other methods is there of diagnosing celiac disease besides the blood test/gluten free diet/endoscopy? I can't afford endoscopy or the blood test

What other methods is there of diagnosing celiac disease besides the blood test/gluten free diet/endoscopy? I can't afford endoscopy or the blood test

Don't eat bread: If you think you have celiac disease and yet you don't want to have a diagnostic workup the answer is quite simple avoid all gluten containing products such as flour bread products there are many gluten-free alternatives in all the markets just do that and don't cheat on it. ...Read more

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I have 4 days on gluten free diet to test if I am gluten intolerant. Stool back to normality but still abdominal tension and pain. Is this normal?

I have 4 days on gluten free diet to test if I am gluten intolerant. Stool back to normality but still abdominal tension and pain. Is this normal?

Abdominal pain: Well, Gluten is not the only type of food elements that one may be intolerant to. You may have intolerance to other foods elements such as lactose intolerance. You need to keep a food diary and try this avoidance and then challenge with different food elements. ...Read more

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I've been on a mostly gluten free diet for 3 years after finding it helped my stomach symptoms. Is it possible to find out if I have celiac disease?

Perhaps: A mostly gluten-free diet may not be helpful for those with gluten intolerance but may be helpful for those with wheat allergy. The blood tests for gluten intolerance is accurate when a person is consuming gluten. Consider seeing an allergist to help you sort this out. ...Read more

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I've heard about a vegan/gluten free diet for endometriosis. Is this diet effective for getting pregnant or just relieving symptoms?

I've heard about a vegan/gluten free diet for endometriosis. Is this diet effective for getting pregnant or just relieving symptoms?

Diet: It tends to be more beneficial for relieving symptoms. But with the regression of symptoms, it does adjust the body into a more normal sate, which makes one conclude that getting pregnant should be easier. ...Read more

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Gluten free diet test, where to get it?

No such thing: The only absolute test for celiac disease is a small bowel biopsy. There are many phony tests and gluten digestion products out there that are not relaible and potentially dangerous. Read from celiac disease foundation at celiac. Org. ...Read more

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Gluten-free diet. You eat gluten. When are antibodies exposed in blood when suspected celiac? How soon can I take blood test? Is 15 minutes too soon?

Need more informati: You need to get more information from your physician. The presence of gluten can cause immediate symptoms. The antibodies take time to appear and depends on the amount of gluten exposure. The antibodes are there over time and the + test does not depend on an immediate meal or exposure. ...Read more

Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Cataplexy (Definition)

The syndrome of narcolepsy, which causes daytime sleep attacks, may be associated with episodes of complete temporary loss of muscular tone, associated with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. The pt may collapse to the ground, but does not go unconscious. This seems to be a ...Read more