Is Going Gluten Free Right for You?
Advice from a Holistic Doctor
by Dr. Eydi Bauer, DC
Eydi Bauer suffered from undiagnosed chronic health problems for over 20 years. She experienced joint pain, fatigue, bloating and intestinal problems, menstrual irregularities, depression, and anxiety. It took a serious health crisis before she got to the cause of her problems. At the age of 34, after years of working with all types of doctors with no success, she was finally diagnosed correctly with celiac disease (caused by a reaction to gluten).
As soon as she went gluten free, her health was restored.
Gluten is the protein commonly found in wheat flour and it is in most popular foods in the all-American diet. One person in every hundred has celiac disease. One out of three will show antibodies against gluten, indicating their immune system is reacting to wheat and flour products. Gluten intolerance can cause serious damage to the human body.
More and more people are waking up to the fact that some of the most common foods we eat can be hazardous to our health. Even Oprah went on a gluten-free diet this past year.
But is it the right thing for you to do?
Dr. Eydi Bauer, now a holistic doctor and chiropractor for 14 years in Mendocino, California, is author of the new book Life After Bread. She says, “Gluten intolerance is a serious and widespread nutritional problem that is causing an incredible array of health problems in America. It is also largely unrecognized by the Western medical establishment.”
Dr. Bauer says that people with gluten sensitivity can experience a wide range of symptoms of pain and inflammation. Gluten intolerance can cause back and joint pain, stiffness, headache, fatigue, digestive distress, arthritis, skin disorders and itchiness, anxiety, depression, and other psychological problems.
But simply going on a gluten-free diet may not be the right course of action.
“The critical step,” she recommends, “is to order a stool sample, deliver it to Enterolab (Enterolab.com), and find out if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.” (Note: this information refers to the US, so it is recommended to check with your medical professional as to how this is handled in Canada.)
If you do have celiac disease, then going gluten free is now easier than it has ever been before. Over 1,300 gluten free products are now available on supermarket shelves in the United States, and many also in Canada. There are alternatives to most common favourite foods including breads, bagels, beer, pasta, cereals, and even cakes, and other mainstay foods to which you are accustomed.
You do need to make sure that you maintain proper nutrition but you will quickly find that becoming gluten free may give you relief from pain and discomfort, increase your strength and restore your vitality.
Dr. Eydi Bauer is a doctor of chiropractic and an applied kinesiologist specializing in nutrition and food allergy testing. She has been in practice for fourteen years and currently runs the Caspar Healing Gardens and Chiropractic Wellness Center in Caspar, California. After a many-year battle with undiagnosed celiac disease, a form of gluten intolerance, Dr. Bauer has regained her life and her health by becoming gluten-free. In her new book, Life After Bread: Get off Gluten and Reclaim Your Health she shares her story and the truths and consequences of a gluten-based diet. This book will speak to thousands of people who are suffering with a variety of symptoms, both mental to physical, to get them back to a state of balance and regain their health and well-being.
Published by Cypress House, Life After Bread is a paperback book, 128 pages, ISBN-13: 9781879384774. It is available at most regular and online bookstores. For more information about Dr. Eydi Bauer and her new book visit www.lifeafterbread.com or call (707) 964-1855.