Nearly every day I am asked about gluten sensitivity and
celiac disease, and how Great Taste No Pain can help.
A while back I wrote an article about gluten which I think
deserves to be reprinted for the benefit of all the people
asking about it, or who have loved ones with a gluten
Here it is:
Without going into a medical school definition, a gluten
sensitivity is when your body has a negative reaction to
gluten, kind of like an allergy. Celiac disease, on the
other hand, is a specific genetic intolerance to gluten
that can develop at any age.
The symptoms of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are
usually similar and can include:
* Digestive problems like pain, bloating, acid reflux,
constipation, diarrhea, gas, nausea, vomiting, and wei.ght
loss or gain
* Fatigue and weakness
* Vitamin and mineral deficiency
* Joint pains
* Irritability, mood swings, depression
* Inability to concentrate
* Skin problems
* Low blood sugar
* Hair loss
* ADD/ADHD or autistic-type behaviors
* Respiratory problems
* Nerve damage
* Easy bruising
* Abnormal menstrual cycles or infertility
With such a wide range of symptoms, celiac disease is
With the prevailing attitude most doctors have, if someone
came into their office with mood swings, depression,
fatigue and an inability to concentrate, they'd be sent on
their way in only a few moments with a prescription for an
anti-depressant, with no thought whatsoever to gluten.
Sad but true.
With all the possible life-altering and often permanent
side-effects, they're still handed out like candy.
It's worse than sad.
If you suspect you may have a gluten sensitivity or celiac
disease, insist on being tested for it. If your doctor
won't or can't do it, find one that will.
And to clarify what gluten actually is: Gluten is a
protein found in wheat, rye and barley and all products
derived from them. Sounds easy, but it gets tricky when
you don't see the words wheat, rye or barley spelled right
For example, "wheat" includes: wheat starch, hydrolized
wheat protein, wheat germ, flour, cake flour, bulgur,
semolina, spelt, durum, kamut, graham, farina, couscous,
seitan and matzoh.
Barley also includes malt, malt flavoring and malt
Here is a list of foods that usually contain gluten
(unless they specify that they are gluten-free):
* All forms of wheat
* Barley and all its derivatives
* Breads, bread crumbs, rolls, biscuits
* Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, donuts, muffins, pastries, pie
crusts, brownies and other baked goods
* Gravies and thickened sauces
* Imitation seafood
* Pizza crust
* Soy sauce
Celiac disease is commonly associated with other
conditions like Crohn's disease, diabetes, thyroid disease,
ulcerative colitis and lupus.
So, it's extremely important for someone with celiac
disease or a gluten sensitivity to combine their foods
properly. Eating for easy digestion and to keep acid and
toxins low is essential to help minimize the chances of
developing another chronic condition.
Great Taste No Pain makes it all a breeze. http://www.greattastenopain.com/great.asp
With the exception of a few breads and desserts, all of
the dishes in the recipe book are either naturally gluten-
free or are very easily modified to make them gluten-free
(for example, substituting brown rice pasta for regular
So if you have a gluten challenge, you can stay gluten-
free, correctly combine your foods, and enjoy every
delicious bite. Let Great Taste No Pain be your guide.
To your health,
PS: Raquel says goodbye to acid reflux and asthma symptoms:
I have been sick for the last eight months. I began with
bronchitis, chronic cough, congestion and shortness of
The doctors, an allergist, a pulmonary doctor, and an ENT
diagnosed me with asthma. I was put on inhalers Advair,
Combivent Nasanex, and Singulaire, but the congestion and
I could not breath and one ENT said I was beyond
medication and needed surgery. I had sinus surgery in May
and thought it will be ok but I still had congestion. So,
I saw another ENT that took me off the inhalers and gave me
Nexium because he thought it may be more acid reflux than
I went into the Internet to find out the cause of acid
reflux and found your website. I was so tired of all the
medications and the guessing that I decided to order your
I have been in the program for three weeks and it has made
a big difference. I decided the stop the Nexium and I have
not needed it since then.
The program has helped me so much that I am even thinking
of stopping the Singulaire for the asthma symptoms, which
have also gotten better avoiding miscombinations and
following the program.
The bloating has also stopped and I have lost ten pounds
without even trying.
Thank you for your support and thank you Sherry for your