April 28, 2011

~Celiac Disease~

Celiac Disease A Hidden Epidemic by Peter Green is a must have for understanding wheat gluten intolerance. Dr. Green gives a check list of symptoms that amazed me.
-Bloating. Gas, and/or stomach cramping
-Diarrhea or runny stools
-Joint pain of numbness or tingling in your extremities
-Itchy skin
-Constant fatigue
-Frequent headaches or migraines
Does your ADHD child have any of these? I was so surprised when I read this check list because Johnny had almost all of them!
Johnny’s stomach always hurt him (no bloating though) gas and cramping. He had been constipated from the moment he was born. He’d complain every now and again (about once a month or so) about his hands tingling. His skin has always been a problem…bumps, rashes, hives, etc (remember we were at the dermatologists office when he told us that my son’s body was having a hard time. He could see this just by looking at his skin!). We used to call him lazy but I really think he was experiencing fatigue. He had headaches that boarded on migraines (he’s was sent to several specialists for CAT scans and MRI’s) weekly. He couldn’t even handle the light. I’d have to put him in a dark room. Johnny hasn’t had one headache since being wheat, dairy, and soy free! NOT ONE!
This book only has about a paragraph regarding ADHD and Autism and celiac disease. It says a wheat free diet is very common for these conditions. It also states that more studies and research need to be done.
About the Auhtor:
Peter H.R. Green, M.D., is the director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. He is a professor of clinical medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and attending physician at the Columbia University Medical Center (New York–Presbyterian Hospital). Celiac disease has been his focus for almost twenty years, with equal concentration on patient care and research. He is one of the few physicians in the United States with an intense clinical and academic interest and expertise in celiac disease

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