Doctor Oz spoke about Celiac Disease in his show “Hidden Epidemic: When Bloating is a Sign of Something Toxic.” Seliac Disease is an auto-immune disorder that causes a person to have an adverse reaction to gluten, which is found in wheat and certain grains. This gluten allergy wreaks havoc on your body with symptoms that can point to many different problems, which makes it hard to diagnose Celiac Disease. Some of the more common symptoms of Celiac Disease include bloating, fatigue and joint pain… but it can also lead to liver disease, lymphoma, infertility, neurological disorders or cancer. Dr Oz said that 97% of people in America who have Celiac Disease do not even know that they have it.
Dr Oz said that on average, people go 10 years before their doctor makes the correct diagnosis and that 3 million Americans have Celiac Disease, which is more than the number of people who have epilepsy or rheumatoid arthritis. Dr Oz brought Elisabeth Hasselback (from The View) on his show because she has Celiac and wrote a book called the G-Free Diet. Elizabeth Hasselback said that she had constipation, diarrhea and a whole slew of problems for 10 years before her doctors figured out she had Celiac. Hasselback said that she thinks most of the time a diagnosis of IBS is BS! And I agree! On a personal note, I have suffered from problems (mainly related to diarrhea) for years. My doctor did give me the Celiac blood test a couple of years ago, and was convinced that must be my issue, but my blood test came back negative. So my diagnosis is still IBS, which basically just means that my doctor can’t figure out what is wrong with me… comforting, right? But back to the Dr Oz Show… Dr Oz said that the small intestine has a complex surface with lots of little finger-like probes sticking out of the surface, which is where we absorb nutrients into our body. However, if you have Celiac Disease, these little “fingers” get killed off and so your body stops absorbing nutrients, hence why you can become malnourished.
Celiac Disease Symptoms:
- Bone or joint pain
- Mood changes
- Tingling in fingers and feet
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis (a rash)
Dr Peter Greene from the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University is Elisabeth Hasselback’s doctor and said that Celiac Disease can cause all kinds of horrible things like osteoporosis, infertility, and anemia. Greene also said that if you get the blood test for Celiac Disease and it comes back positive, you do not necessarily have Celiac – you could just have gluten sensitivity. If you have Celiac Disease, I would love to hear how you manage it and any advice you have… please leave a comment below!