I am a wife, mother, and educator. After many years of being misdiagnosed (Over 25 years) my body finally became so toxic that I got very ill, lost 30 pounds in less than 3 weeks. After many tests I found out that I have “Celiac Disease”. It was quite a shock to hear my doctor say “”As of the tomorrow you cannot eat anything with gluten again””. It was over whelming to say the least, being Italian I grew up with pasta and bread and now I have to give it up forever. I cried the first time I went shopping because it was so overwhelming and so costly.
What I didn’t know was in addition to gluten affecting my internal body it was also affecting the outside of my body, I have lost my eyelashes several times over the years and my hair has been falling out because of the gluten in makeup and other beauty products. My skin itched all the time.
I started a company with a friend of mine called No Gluten Natural Girl Products. We offer gluten-free products made by gluten-free companies. I use the products I sell and since using them my hair has stopped falling out, my eye lashes grew back and my skin doesn’t itch anymore. I know there is an issue with a lot of people who say Celiac Disease is an intestinal disease and has nothing else to do with my other issue but I have talked to a lot of people with Celiac Disease and they also have seen symptoms like mine disappear when using gluten- free products. So for myself it is a choice I make and it works for me.
Oh and another thing I didn’t know but know now is that you are more likely to have more than one autoimmune diseases and yes I later found out I have 2 more. I also was diagnosed with Sjögren’s Syndrome which is a chronic autoimmune disease in which people’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. I also have Fibromyalgia which is cause pain and tenderness in muscles and joints. And I thought it was just cause I turned 50 LOL This just in; I recently found out I have Alopecia Areata, I wrote a blog about it called “Anyone know where I can find a good wig”.
UPDATE: My Alopecia Areata turned out isn’t Alopecia Areata. I have a new team of doctors they have now figured out that I have a form of Lupus that effects my skin, so far only on my head and this is why I have bald patches. The good news, the hair is starting to grow back, slowly and a little at a time. The bad news the medication for lupus is too much for my system and I can no longer take it. But the best news is I have gone from taking 15 medications a day to 6 and I haven’t had a migraine in over 2 months. YEAH !!!! So my new team of doctors are all on the same page now and I am feeling much better.