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Created May 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

i went GF for 5 months and didnt notice any difference except that i had less options to eat and unfortunately for me, lost some weight.

if i have no obvious? allergies is gluten okay.

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on May 18, 2012
at 07:56 AM

If you do choose to start eating gluten again, you should get the test again after a month or so and see if eating gluten has any effect on your results. I would be interested in hearing how it goes.

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on May 17, 2012
at 12:40 PM

around that time i also had very bad fibro. the fibro just will not give up

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on May 17, 2012
at 12:39 PM

yeah i tested crp but i wasnt eating gluten at the time it was .3 which is very low

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on May 16, 2012
at 11:31 PM

200,000 is what I read for the US, which is less than 0.1%, and I could find no reference to gluten being a primary cause. But that's my reading of open literature, intentionally excluding the usual paleo sources. I'm sorry to hear you suffer from it, but please don't assume that everyone does.

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Gluten is theorized to play a role in autoimmune diseases. Gluten itself isn't necessarily the problem, it's a dysfunctional gut that exposes our immune system to gluten.

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:59 PM

I am SURE Hashimoto's affects more than 0.1%, it's incredibly common (and I have it WITHOUT a family history). And the fact that not everyone develops an autoimmune disease does not mean that gluten is not a major cause of them. It causes plenty of other diseases. I find it bizarre indeed that anyone on this board would see health warnings about gluten as "alarmist," given that it's one of the central principles of paleo to avoid it.

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:36 PM

If you have a familial history of thyroid problems by all means be worried about Hashimoto's. But Hashimoto's only affects 0.1% of the US population. Alarmism is not warranted here and is NOT a good way to represent paleo. The sky will not fall if you eat gluten.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on May 16, 2012
at 07:20 PM

I think that's kind of using scare tactics tbh.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on May 16, 2012
at 07:18 PM

Sorry ondroid. At time of testing for hashis I was gf

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on May 16, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I have a connective tissue disorder but technically it is not autoimmune. I also rested negative for hashis but I was also eating gf but a lot of dairy. I guess im not 0aleo anymore but it has taught me to eat lower carbs and red meat...lots if fat

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on May 16, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Oops sorry on droid

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on May 16, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Im on it and im the same I was mostly doing it for fibro and glucose control which are still the same. I bad Siide note i tested negative for hashis fortunately

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on May 16, 2012
at 04:45 PM

Not everyone who eats gluten develops an autoimmune disease.

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on May 16, 2012
at 03:18 PM

My only advice is: be ready to be extremely in tune with your body for an entire week - when you add it back. It's usually the second or third day that symptoms hit me, and by that point it can be easy to miss the correlation.

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:37 PM

Thanks for the addition. I have a bad habit of answering a question in a literal manner. I do the same as you.

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:34 PM

That’s generally my approach to all the so called Neolithic Agents of Disease – stay fairly strict at home and work, but don’t worry about it and enjoy myself when I go out.

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:22 PM

I'm in the same boat. I tried avoiding it because the logic is sound. But, I felt fine before and I feel fine now. In general, I tend to view it as an irritant to be avoided in the normal course of living. As such, I never eat it at home or work. But, if I'm out somewhere, there is no reason to avoid it. Also, it better be good, a bun on a good burger or good pizza. No reason to waste it on sub-par tasting junk.

474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on May 16, 2012
at 01:37 PM

Thanks for the addition. I have a bad habit of answering a question in a literal manner. I do the same as you.

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

(2861)

on May 16, 2012
at 01:34 PM

That’s generally my approach to all the so called Neolithic Agents of Disease – stay fairly strict at home and work, but don’t worry about it and enjoy myself when I go out.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:43 PM

Try adding gluten back, and see what effect it has. If you react, continue to religiously avoid and try again later. If you do not react, congratulations, you're not gluten-sensitive! Enjoy gluten-y foods now and then, but you're probably still better off not making it a staple in your diet.

I think a healthy healed gut should have no issue with gluten. If it's permanently damaged, unhealed or inflamed, then you'll likely have issues with it.

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:48 PM

Your diet is just that, your diet, what works for you. It is not however Paleo, but if thats what you need, go for it!

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:15 PM

I was under the impression that gluten is particularly insidious because it can do damage even if one does not feel symptoms. In order to be sure that gluten is not causing adverse reactions, I think one needs to get a blood test before and after cutting out gluten. I believe Robb Wolf outlines the blood test in either his book or a podcast (looking at c-reactive proteins, perhaps?). Just a thought.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on May 17, 2012
at 12:39 PM

yeah i tested crp but i wasnt eating gluten at the time it was .3 which is very low

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on May 17, 2012
at 12:40 PM

around that time i also had very bad fibro. the fibro just will not give up

6da7ce6a4a250c46a6e78b5b4e22da83

(987)

on May 18, 2012
at 07:56 AM

If you do choose to start eating gluten again, you should get the test again after a month or so and see if eating gluten has any effect on your results. I would be interested in hearing how it goes.

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on May 16, 2012
at 03:22 PM

You may be surprised if you have not had ANY gluten what so ever in the last few months at your bodies negative reaction when you go back on it. That means not even a cheat somewhere along the line. Proceed with caution if you are going to do this, and don't be surprised if you find it makes you feel uncomfortable at least to down right sick. Also being female you are MORE likely to have a reaction now that you've been off, especially if you are over 35. When I went off gluten 3 years ago, I no longer suffered from extreme gas and bloating, especially durning my monthly cycles. I also no longer suffered from heart burn and acid reflux. On the rare ocassion I do cheat now, I have these syptoms come right back and after just that one cheat. Not a price I am willing to pay. Its your choice, but be aware of the fact that you may not like how you feel afterwards.

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:37 PM

I'm not sure from your question whether you've added it back, but the key to a gluten challenge is to go back on it after being off for a few months. You won't necessarily notice the change when you go off (though many people do), but you should notice a difference when you try it after being off it for a while. If it makes you feel bad, then you'll know to go back off. If you don't notice a difference, it may still be causing you damage, or not. I think the jury is still out on whether gluten is bad for all people.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on May 16, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Oops sorry on droid

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on May 16, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Im on it and im the same I was mostly doing it for fibro and glucose control which are still the same. I bad Siide note i tested negative for hashis fortunately

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D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

on May 16, 2012
at 01:38 PM

You can think you're just fine and dandy with gluten ... until the day you develop an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto's. You don't have to feel its effects in a way you're aware of for it to be doing damage to your body. Why risk it? You don't need to eat gluten to gain/maintain weight, for heaven's sake -- there are plenty of "safe starches" if a higher carb intake works better for you. And the "fewer options" just sounds like whining to me. Of course you can't have a sandwich or cereal, but if the rest of us manage so can you. Do some reading about the effects of gluten and you will not want to consume it.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on May 16, 2012
at 07:20 PM

I think that's kind of using scare tactics tbh.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on May 16, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I have a connective tissue disorder but technically it is not autoimmune. I also rested negative for hashis but I was also eating gf but a lot of dairy. I guess im not 0aleo anymore but it has taught me to eat lower carbs and red meat...lots if fat

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 16, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Gluten is theorized to play a role in autoimmune diseases. Gluten itself isn't necessarily the problem, it's a dysfunctional gut that exposes our immune system to gluten.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on May 16, 2012
at 07:18 PM

Sorry ondroid. At time of testing for hashis I was gf

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on May 16, 2012
at 04:45 PM

Not everyone who eats gluten develops an autoimmune disease.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on May 16, 2012
at 08:36 PM

If you have a familial history of thyroid problems by all means be worried about Hashimoto's. But Hashimoto's only affects 0.1% of the US population. Alarmism is not warranted here and is NOT a good way to represent paleo. The sky will not fall if you eat gluten.

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on May 16, 2012
at 09:59 PM

I am SURE Hashimoto's affects more than 0.1%, it's incredibly common (and I have it WITHOUT a family history). And the fact that not everyone develops an autoimmune disease does not mean that gluten is not a major cause of them. It causes plenty of other diseases. I find it bizarre indeed that anyone on this board would see health warnings about gluten as "alarmist," given that it's one of the central principles of paleo to avoid it.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on May 16, 2012
at 11:31 PM

200,000 is what I read for the US, which is less than 0.1%, and I could find no reference to gluten being a primary cause. But that's my reading of open literature, intentionally excluding the usual paleo sources. I'm sorry to hear you suffer from it, but please don't assume that everyone does.

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