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Juicing, mmmm mmmm Good

Here is a link to the blog where I received the list.


Just thought I would share this information, I also found articles with statements on each spice and its regard to fighting cancer.

Garlic: The American Cancer Society explains that certain properties in garlic, specifically allyl sulfur, may fight cancer.

Ginger: Ginger causes the cancer cells to “commit suicide” by destroying themselves while leaving the surrounding healthy cells untouched.

Cinnamon: “Only about half as many cinnamon-treated cells as control cells were
counted, not bad for a common kitchen spice!”

Turmeric: Has been shown to eliminate cancer cells from the body.

Cayenne Pepper: Kills androgen-independent prostate cancer cells within the male body.

Good Food Combinations

I got this from a friends page on Facebook and thought it was interesting so I am sharing it with you.

Also thought I would post this one again as well

Vitamin D Deficiencies and Celaic Disease

So this is what I have gathered so far from my doctors and what I have read. Because I have Celiacs Disease I do not absorb nutrients, so I do not absorb vitamins. They are too hard on my system and a little know fact but most vitamins also have gluten in them which I cannot have. There are vitamins out there that are gluten-free but you have to look for them and really check and do your homework.

Calcium and Vitamin D deficiency due to malabsorption increase the risk of osteoporosis in those with celiac disease. Now I never show any vitamin D in my system ever, so I usually have to go on 50,000 units once a week for 1 month to bring my vitamin D level to normal. What happens is 6 to 8 month later when I go back in to have it checked its back to either being extremely low or not showing up at all in my blood work. So now I try to eat more food that is higher in vitamin D.

Foods High in Vitamin D

  • Fish, Sardines, Salmon and Tuna (Love fish so I”m good)
  • Soy (If I have to)
  • Eggs (Love them)
  • Shiitake & Button Mushroom (Love them)
  • Dairy (Cant have)

The other best way to get vitamin D is sunshine, which I love to get and when its warm out I do a lot of swimming in our pool but I do not lay out in the sun any more (for obvious reason) but I do use a great Gluten Free Sunscreen

There are conditions that develop when vitamin D deficiency is ongoing. Muscle weakness, pain and lack of energy. Hyperparathyroidism, Rickets can occur in children, Osteoarthritis and bone fractures can also occur.

I had to have a bone scan done because of my lack of vitamin D and because I am no longer 5 ft 8 I am now 5 ft 7 (I argued with the nurse when she measured me) so they thought I was having bone issues but were surprised to see that my bones are in really good shape considering I don’t keep vitamin D in my system. I still want to know where that inch went, I’ve been 5ft 8 since kindergarten.

Life, gotta just laugh at it sometimes

Could you have a leaky gut?, sounds gross but it can happen.

So it’s called Leaky Gut, sounds gross but it is the name of this condition. So what is it ?

It is when your intestines become  damaged the lining can no longer protect the internal environment.  Some bacteria”s and toxins,  incompletely digested proteins and fats along with waste are not normally absorbed and may “leak” out of the intestines into the blood stream.  When this happens it trigger’s the body to have an autoimmune reaction. Autoimmune, I mention that a lot and will be writing about that soon. So the autoimmune reaction causes an aray of issues which I have also mentioned in previous posts. It can cause bloating, gas and cramps, fatigue and joint pain. If you have been reading my blogs these are also the symptoms of Celiac Disease, Sojrens Syndrome and many other autoimmune diseases.

Leaky gut can also cause or from what I understand trigger Crohns Disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Now you all know I have Celiac Disease and I have heard of several people with Celiac’s who later find they also had leaky gut and that is the reason why they don’t get better as quickly as others do. It can also be the cause of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, pancreatic dysfunction, giardia, irritable bowel syndrome, and lupus. That’s a lot ! So I read that experts think  leaky gut can happen when a person ingests a food they are allergic to.  So as you know I cannot eat wheat and I have recently had to give up dairy because I was getting ill again. All these issues I write about have a lot of the same symptoms, no wonder why it can take so long to figure it all out.

So can it be fixed?

Digestive enzymes and probiotic’s can help this condition and some say even fix this issue. Digestive enzymes break down the food particles so they become smaller by doing this  the lining of the intestine doesn’t get irritated.  Breaking the food down also let the vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients enter the body in a healthier way so the body can absorb it better as it would normally. Enzymes also proactively support intestinal health.

So as always, if you feel you have these issues or any intestinal issues talk to your doctor about it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, that’s what they are there for.  Also if you feel that they are not listening to you by all means find someone who will.  Because I have several autoimmune diseases I bring my list of questions with me and I don’t leave until I have an answer that I can understand or a reason why this or that is going on . Being sick for over 25 years was way to long.


By George I Think They Got It :)

This holiday weekend our house was the house. we had guests everyday. Saturday we had my husbands manager and his family over. We have had them over before and they are great people to hang out with, this time they insisted in bringing the main course. They were so concerned about what they were making because they know I have Celiac Disease. They didn’t even season any of the items until they got to my home to make sure the ingredients were ok for me. Now this guy make the best Ceaser Salad ever and he made sure that the dressing was ok and that croutons were not added and put on the side. It was wonderful, one day down and nothing but fun and swimming in the sun. No stomach ache, nothing YEAH.

Day two Sunday, my turn to cook, two of our children came home, the one that didn’t was here the night before . So burgers and hotdogs, chips and dips your basic things. YEAH another day and nothing but fun and swimming in the sun. Could I do it for a third day ? Yes I can.  Monday came and my in-laws and friends and number 2 son (who spent the night) and his girlfriend and her cute little girl came by. My father in law brought the food (Filets his favorite), my friends called a head of time and asked what they could bring that I could eat. It was another day of fun and swimming in the sun.

So finally after a year and a half most of my friends and family have figured out what I can eat and can’t eat, but alas my dear husband sat after everyone was gone Monday and as he is eating a doughnut he turned to me and said “Want a bi…. shit, I’m sorry baby. Yikes, really, you have got to be kidding me. LOL

Is Celiac Disease the causes of other health issues?

There is a lot of personnel information in here and a lot of medical information that I have collected while trying to figure out things that happened health wise to me in the past and linking it to my diagnoses of Celiac Disease in February of 2010. I am not a medical doctor and I don’t pretend to play one. The information I am sharing is only to try to help someone else sitting there going through issues and thinking they are alone. I also don’t want to scare people who are newly diagnosed, again this is information I have collected and what I personally went through

Let me also start by saying that I don’t want anyone to feel bad for me. Things happen for a reason and I do truly believe that. I am exactly where I am supposed to be at this time in my life. Oh one more thing, throughout this blog you will see and read my little sarcastic remarks because well that’s just me.

Most people can just have Celiac Disease or are gluten sensitive and that’s it, some don’t even have symptoms. People who have Celiac Disease do tend to have other autoimmune diseases (Of course we do, why not!)  In which the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells and tissues. They feel the connection to this may be genetic (Don’t tell my mother, she is still mad because I told her Celiac Disease is genetic. LOL) 14% of the celiac patients had thyroid disease, 6.4% of adults with type 1 diabetes can have celiac disease.

Some of the other autoimmune diseases are (Let me get this one out-of-the-way because YES I have it) is Sjögren’s syndrome, a condition in which the glands that produce tears and saliva are destroyed. Now I have been suffering from dry eyes and dry mouth forever but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease did they pay attention to all my other symptoms.  The other diseases they feel are connected to Celiac Disease are Type 1 diabetes, Autoimmune Thyroid Disease, (which I mentioned earlier) Autoimmune Liver Disease (My doctor is on the fence with this one, I must have liver scans every 6 months) Rheumatoid Arthritis and Addison’s disease, a condition in which the glands that produce critical hormones are damaged.

Gluten is also linked to many psychiatric and neurological diseases (OK ready, here we go) such as anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, dementia (My friends tell me I have the start of this), migraines (I have had them my whole life, not fun at all), epilepsy, and neuropathy (nerve damage). Now I do have Fibromyalgia which causes pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Is this related to Celiac Disease some say yes others say no.

There are many other health issues that some say are caused by Celiac Disease especially if untreated.  Cancer, miscarriages, infertility and early menopause are also linked to Celiac Disease. I had my first child at 21, a beautiful, healthy boy and delivered in several hours. No biggy, I can do this again. When he was 4 I got pregnant and lost that pregnancy around 4 months.  Over the next 2 1/2 years I lost 2 sons’ that were born premature. Now I wonder did it have anything to do with my undiagnosed celiac? Not sure, I don’t know or really want to know now because you can’t change the past you can only look to the future.  Finally after getting pregnant yet again, I had a surgery called a Cerclage (they suture the cervix shut) and it is usually performed between weeks 14-16 of pregnancy.  These sutures are removed between 36-38 weeks to prevent any problems when you go into labor and for extra care my doctors confined to bed rest after my surgery (That was not fun).  Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep anything down and had to drink Ensure shakes (The smell of them still makes me gag) to get some kind of nutrient in me. I gained 20 lbs and lost 18 of it before the delivery. By the heavens above my youngest and last child was born, a healthy baby boy.

So I can only imagine how overwhelming all this information is, I know it was for me at first. Again I don’t want to scare anyone. I was just giving information from my research over the last year and a half.

Now I was always or at least I thought I was very proactive when it came to my health and I would ask the doctors questions and question their test or medications that they gave me. I had never heard about Celiac Disease and it was never brought up in any conversation with any doctor over the years (25 at least). Since being diagnosed I find that I am not the only one who suffered for most of their lives. Most of us in are 50’s (Yes I will admit to my age) are finding out we were misdiagnosed.

I wrote this blog because I am getting articles from so many people about the diseases and issues it can cause. I have shared this information with the hope that maybe one person will read this and go to a doctor with a little more information than I did or ask one more question than I did or at least won’t feel all alone like I did.