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Is your Hypothyroidism an autoimmune response to minimal wheat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 20, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Healthy Skeptic

I was re-reading this article which really resounds with alot I've been reading lately...

The main thing... I don't believe 90/10 or 80/20 is ok when it comes to gluten...too many things point to even a minimal dose keeps the autoimmune response going

Anyone have strong opinions?

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on December 01, 2010
at 04:42 PM

Have you found that your Addison's has improved from dietary changes? One of my good friends has it...

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on July 20, 2010
at 05:09 PM

Healthy skeptic cited research that antibody response to gliadin in the blood lasts for about 6 months. So not sure if one month would do it or not. It's definitely a good start though.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on July 20, 2010
at 03:41 PM

This is exactly what I think, not as much because of the science I've read, but because of my own experience.

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on July 20, 2010
at 03:34 PM

If you are going paleo to lose weight or optimize athletic performance, you can do your 20% non-paleo with anything. If you are going paleo to deal with autoimmune issues, there is less margin for error. If gluten is causing your illness, no amount of gluten is OK. I was very sad when I realized gluten was the major cause of my problems because it means I will never have beer or sourdough bread again, but if it keeps symptoms at bay- it's worth it. Anyone doing paleo for autoimmune should at least trial a month completely gluten free. Our advantage is that unlike the weight loss/athletic goal people we don't need to worry as much about macronutrients.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on July 20, 2010
at 03:41 PM

This is exactly what I think, not as much because of the science I've read, but because of my own experience.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on July 20, 2010
at 05:09 PM

Healthy skeptic cited research that antibody response to gliadin in the blood lasts for about 6 months. So not sure if one month would do it or not. It's definitely a good start though.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on July 20, 2010
at 05:19 PM

As Melissa said, I suspect it depends on your autoimmune response to wheat. If you don't have a strong immune response and only eat a little wheat, it may not be a big deal. I think right now, we have 2 main problems on this subject. First, many poeple who have immune response to glutin probably don't know it until it may already have progressed to autoimmune problems, which once started are difficult to stop even if glutin is later removed completely. Apparently, there is a point where the illness become self perpetuating even if the initial cause is removed. I am sure down the line, they will figure out ways to better deal with this kind of thing, but that does not help those suffering from thryoid and other problems now. So that is problem one-you may not know about your problem until it's too late.

The second problem is we don't know how much wheat effects other people who do not seem to have much immune response. We don't know if the problem is more of a dose dependent and genetic tendency issue or if there is always harm caused no matter what. The lack of specifics makes it hard to come up with the best game plan. We need more research! Right now, seems logical to at least keep glutin intake to a minimum, even if no symptoms are present.

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on July 20, 2010
at 01:18 PM

I have Addison's Disease and celiac. Addison's, Hashimoto's, and celiac often come as a set. I suspect that my Addison's was caused by gluten consumption, though I can't prove it.

So... my strong opinion is that Hashimoto's, like Addison's and a bunch of other autoimmune disorders, are more often than not caused by chronic gluten consumption in those whose bodies are poorly adapted to gluten.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on December 01, 2010
at 04:42 PM

Have you found that your Addison's has improved from dietary changes? One of my good friends has it...

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on July 20, 2010
at 01:01 PM

i read that post last night, too. I like a lot of what healthy skeptic posts. Except that one where he went off about how the selenium in fish counteracts the mercury content. I actually asked about that one on these boards and a lot of people offered up articles that refuted what skeptic was saying.

at any rate, i have completely come around to the idea that if one is trying to avoid gluten that you have to go 100%. Ive heard Wolf go on about the month's of effects even a bit of gluten can have, then skeptic echoed it. I believe it.

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