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Resolution of Geographic Tongue with Paleo diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Hi there. Newly-registered reformed lurker here. ;)

I've suffered from Geographic Tongue, or benign migratory glossitis if you prefer fancier sounding terms for yucky but ultimately harmless conditions (according to conventional wisdom) for as long as I can remember.

After approximately 2-3 months eating Paleo, the condition has completely resolved itself.

Huh.

Now, while I'm not entirely surprised by this, I wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience, or can shed any light on the whys and wherefores?

:)

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on August 26, 2013
at 10:05 AM

That article is super interesting and intuitively correct, many thanks! Makes a valid point that Celiac is a 'young' disease and consequently not widely understood.

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

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on October 17, 2012
at 08:55 AM

Perhaps I should add that I only noticed the resolution since following the Autoimmune Protocol.

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

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on September 30, 2012
at 09:01 PM

Do you mind me asking what the syndrome is?

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

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on September 29, 2012
at 01:00 AM

Thanks for replying - that figures; I've known I'm gluten intolerant for several years & have consequently been gluten free since 2008, but it's only since going Paleo and ditching all the other grains etc that this condition has finally bitten the dust. Interesting stuff!

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on September 28, 2012
at 11:26 PM

I had to google it too, but 2 word of the Wikipedia summed it all up: 'inflammatory condition.'

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on September 28, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Well, check out the "cause" section on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographic_tongue

They even link it to a correlation with celiac disease. This shows up time and time again in the paleo literature: many seemingly unrelated diseases (Type I diabetes, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, and so on) show up more in people with celiac than without.

My interpretation of this is that there's a third thing (gluten) that's the core cause of all of this. In some people gluten may cause only one of those things (T1 diabetes, for example) or it may cause many of them.

So it makes complete sense to me that paleo has cured this for you.

Side note: if anyone has anything wrong with them that often shows up correlated with anything that paleo is known to cure, I bet that paleo could cure that other thing two because it's probably fixing the underlying cause not the symptoms.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 28, 2012
at 11:26 PM

I had to google it too, but 2 word of the Wikipedia summed it all up: 'inflammatory condition.'

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

(165)

on September 29, 2012
at 01:00 AM

Thanks for replying - that figures; I've known I'm gluten intolerant for several years & have consequently been gluten free since 2008, but it's only since going Paleo and ditching all the other grains etc that this condition has finally bitten the dust. Interesting stuff!

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on March 06, 2014
at 01:46 AM

For anyone struggling with Geographic Tongue I'd suggest the following:

1. Fix your gut. 'Nuff said.

2. Consider a low-fodmap diet as an intervention. I've correlated my case of geographic tongue with gut flora disruptions every time I reintroduce specific high fodmap foods (most notably onions). On a low fodmap diet GT does not appear for me.

3. It may be related to oral (and systemic) microflora disruptions, specifically overgrowth of Candida Albicans. Oil pulling may help provide temporary relief or oral antifungal mouthwashes (such as tea tree oil washes, nystatin oral suspension, etc.).

4. GT is likened to Psoriasis, and I consider GT an autoimmune atopic condition. Consider the Paleo AIP approach in the way of Sarah Ballantyne.

5. Check your B6 status, B9 status, B12 status, and your methylation pathway functionality.

6. Reduce Stress.

A Low fodmap, AIP Paleo diet has spared me from GT flares altogether.

Lastly, as was previously mentioned, although it's considered "benign", the manifestation may seem benign, but there is likely an underlying pathogenesis concomitant immune dis-regulation causing the symptoms. I'm almost certain mine is caused by punctuated Candida Albicans Overgrowth (and resultant autoimmune flares). For Me, A broad paleo diet alone was not enough, I had to get much more specific; With that said, I'm very happy for anyone who can manage this with a Paleo diet alone!

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on August 25, 2013
at 01:35 PM

After 18 months of living a Paleo lifestyle, I'm doing a 6-week gluten challenge in prep for my endoscopy to check for Celiac. I've definitely had more geographic tongue flare-ups since reintroducing gluten. Came across this articlelink text

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

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on August 26, 2013
at 10:05 AM

That article is super interesting and intuitively correct, many thanks! Makes a valid point that Celiac is a 'young' disease and consequently not widely understood.

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on February 06, 2013
at 02:50 PM

When I strictly follow a grain free diet, my geographic tongue (which I've suffered from since childhood) clears up completely. When I go back to grains, It comes back again like a house afire. Must be a connection.

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on September 30, 2012
at 04:49 AM

Mine hasn't gone away after 1 year paleo. It my case it's hereditary, my mom had it, I have it, and one of my daughters. All three of us have a genetic syndrome, and it seems to be very common in people with this syndrome, as well.

It doesn't bother us until we've eaten a certain amount of acidic food, and then all of the sudden it becomes painful.

That and when my daughter's preschool had an outbreak of hand, foot mouth disease (which she had as an infant) they wanted to send her home because they thought she had "lesions" on her tongue.

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

(165)

on September 30, 2012
at 09:01 PM

Do you mind me asking what the syndrome is?

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on September 29, 2012
at 01:07 AM

Oh, shoot, I have this. And I've been paleo for 6 months...

It's probably connected to my rheumatoid arthritis and my vast array of food sensitivities. It hurts!

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