Sep. 21st, 2011 05:27 pm
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I don't have the time right now to debunk all the bullshit in this to about how everyone suspecting gluten intolerance or Celiac disease needs a blood test, though I'm sure some of you out there can do some of the work for me. That being said, the information about 'gold standard' celiac tests is dated (scroll down this community a bit), there is nothing in gluten grains that can't be found of higher quality elsewhere (& let's not forget those nutrients are most often sprayed on by manufacturers), and even more importantly, not everyone in the US even has health care.

Just speaking from my own personal experience, by the time I suspected I had issues with gluten I was really sick, had too much problems absorbing nutrients, and wasn't in a great mental state to find the right clinic or doctor, I just wanted this to be over. The fact that consuming gluten if you had celiac raised the possibility of cancer down the road also weighed rather heavily on my mind, so why bother waiting?

eating "gluten-free" baked goods frequently can be a nutritional train wreck, since fat and refined substitute grains are typically used to hold together products that would ordinarily rely on — well — gluten!

Oh, god, the anti-fat argument. It's not like fat itself keeps baked items together either, it doesn't, there are other ingredients out there this author is obviously ignorant of for that.

And the main reason not to go gluten-free without a diagnosis is that you might delay treatment for some other condition which produces similar symptoms.

WAT. Seriously? Once you're off the gluten for a certain amount of time and the symptoms are gone, then it means gluten was indeed behind it. No way in hell does it create another mystery.

Date: 2013-09-26 06:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tiferet
In a country with a decent health care system and tax breaks for celiac patients it makes sense to get the test results, get the tax breaks/prescription for GF foods if you test positive, and then, if you test negative but eating GF still helps, keep doing that.

Assuming that everyone in the USA can do this without hardship is a sign of unexamined privilege from hell.

Also, going off gluten produces results for most people so incredibly fast that delaying a diagnosis is no big risk at all. I knew in three days that gluten was causing my problems, then ate it very sparingly until I got my TTG test (b/c I do have insurance). If I hadn't had insurance I'd have just stopped too.


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