I’m not a doctor, but I’m convinced we’re in the midst of an epidemic. Our subscribers are selecting Gluten free diet on their profile more than any other dietary description. When subscribers approach me, I ask about the symptoms that led to diagnosis. The symptoms are varied from little sleep, to stomach pains, thyroid irregularity, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, but the one consistent symptom is exhaustion. This has made me reach out to friends who told me they were diagnosed with Epstein’s Barr Virus, which is known to frequently deliver false positive results, or Candida, and press them to seek another opinion. Such diagnoses seem to be a physician’s catch all for a persistent complaint or symptom he/she cannot diagnose, believes is imagined, or can’t find a treatment for.
Often these patients wind up at an un-licensed/questionable professional, touting questionable dietary product lines, for which they receive a sales commission-no question there. Much of their recommended products consist of laxatives, ‘colon-cleansers’, stuff you see on infomercials, with spokesperson’s in outdated wardrobes and hairstyles; merely their appearance should raise the suspiscions on their validity and that of their advertised products. These products are not covered by any health plan so they are costly to boot.
With increasing frequency, these patients seek assistance from chiropractors, holisitic/homeopathic medicine practicioners, acupuncturists. Often such providers are a consortium of partners. Such partnerships among disciplines have flourished lately since pooling insurer-covered practices can be necessary in the survival of the business, and once-covered costs are no longer allowable. Any remaining gap in coverage is born by the consumer. In practice, what was previously a chain of referrals to treat a patient, has morphed into a chain of revenue.
That’s why it is so important if you, or someone you know, are exhausted, particularly after meals, insist on blood work and digestive tests to determine, not only Celiac disease, but a host of other digestive failings/allergies, as per an earlier post on Jonathan Papernick’s illness , http://blog.scanavert.com/2010/07/21/the-fine-line-between-illness-and-allergy
You may also find it worthwhile to check out a NYC Celiac Disease, and their upcoming meetup on 8/28 in LI,