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Are any of these symptoms familiar?

  1. Recurring headaches or migraines
  2. Fatigue and body weakness
  3. Skin disorders, rashes, or allergies
  4. Moodiness, depression, anxiety, and fluctuating mental-emotional states
  5. Recurring infections
  6. Digestive discomfort

These are the most common symptoms of celiac disease.

The more damaged intestinal tissue is, the more you will need to limit your diet.

When You See Signs of Celiac Disease, Pay Attention

Celiac disease is more common than you think.

The last four decades have seen a drastic increase in the number of celiac cases per year. In recent years, it is not uncommon to find markets and even restaurants advertising gluten-free options.


Even something as small as constant headaches or fatigue could be a common symptom of celiac disease. You can protect your body from the damage caused by celiac disease by calming the inflammatory response — heal the gut and regulate the immune system with a daily probiotic like InnergyBiotic.

Studies point out that:

  • Five times as many Americans have celiac disease today than in the 1950s.1
  • Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder; those with a first-degree relative with celiac disease, like a parent, sibling, or child, have a one in 10 risk of developing the condition.
  • An estimated two-and-a-half million Americans remain undiagnosed and at risk for long-term health problems.
  • 83 percent of Americans who have celiac disease are believed to have other undiagnosed or misdiagnosed medical issues.

There is no medical cure for celiac disease — a gluten-free diet is the only "prescribed" treatment available.

With stats like these, it is important to ask questions! Celiac disease is a gateway disease. In other words, the chronic inflammation and gut permeability pave the way for other serious conditions to arise.

These are health issues like:

  • Dementia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Other autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, which can literally wipe out the endocrine system

What exactly is celiac disease?

It is possible that, at first, symptoms of celiac disease may not be apparent:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Spasms and pain migrating around the abdominal area
  • Alternating diarrhea and constipation

While this uncomfortable feeling can persist for hours, you may just chalk it up to "something you ate." Because these digestive issues happen frequently, you also may think that you have "weak digestion" and forget about it. Over time, the systemic effects of celiac may prompt you to seek a doctor.

Taking the Right Steps Before Diagnosis

Because poor digestion can seem like a minor thing, it may take a while to get a diagnosis. After symptoms present, the average celiac diagnosis in the U.S. takes roughly four years. Sometimes, it can take as long as ten years. With each undiagnosed year that passes, the risk of developing other autoimmune disorders, osteoporosis, neurological issues, and cancer increases.2

This diagnosis frustration is nothing new to anyone who has experienced symptoms of celiac disease. CBS Denver reports that even for children showing signs of extreme digestive distress after eating gluten, a celiac diagnosis is hard to come by. It's normal to see doctor after doctor before a celiac diagnosis is confirmed.3 Because symptoms vary so greatly from one person to the next, a patient in distress may be bounced around to different specialists, undergoing dozens of tests, before receiving any concrete answers. Writing for Today's Dietitian, registered dietitian Judith C. Thalheimer calls the condition "silent celiac disease" for this reason, emphasizing how difficult it is to get a diagnosis when subtle symptoms appear.4

Additionally, a diagnosis is made at the far end of the disease spectrum. In other words — when it's too late:

  • Celiac disease is degenerative; meaning, the destruction of intestinal tissue takes time.
  • Once doctors can spot intestinal microvilli that are worn down completely, you can be diagnosed.
  • This is unfortunate since much can be done to heal the gut wall during the beginning stages of celiac disease.

Most tests aren't comprehensive.

Wheat gluten, which is a protein, is most attributed to wheat sensitivity. However, the body can react to any molecule in wheat:

  • Most food sensitivity tests will only test for alpha gliadin, which is one part of gluten.
  • There are other elements in wheat gluten that a person can develop an immune response to, such as beta, omega, and gamma gliadin.
  • Only testing for alpha gliadin can give a false negative.

A simple rule of thumb: If your body shows any reaction to a food or drink, in the digestive tract or elsewhere, do not consume it. Many antibody tests that screen for autoimmunity and allergies are still in the process of being developed!5 Keeping a food diary can help you determine which foods your body reacts to.

The Big “WHY?”

Why are rates of celiac disease rising so dramatically? Doctors and researchers cannot yet tell us why.

What we do know is that modern food processing has changed the nature of wheat and other grains, making them far more toxic than they ever have been. For example, deamination is a modern food processing technique that alters the structure of wheat and makes it far more troublesome to our immune system. Theoretical and Applied Genetics researchers believe that modern wheat breeding has contributed to our noticeably higher rates of celiac disease.6

Some suggest that modern society is far "too clean."

We are exposed to fewer diseases, and our immune systems are weaker for it. This is called the hygiene hypothesis:

  • Remember, microbes in the body outnumber our own cells 10 to one.7
  • In fact, communities of microbes living in our body are so vast that science even refers to them as the "forgotten organ."8
  • These communities have a collective metabolic force equal to that of an organ.

While we would like to think that living in an industrialized, modern society has given us some control over the microbial population living in our bodies, it is safe to say that "too clean" only supports the genesis of new, smarter bugs, rather than fewer bugs.

Industrialized microbes and modern birth methods, such as Caesarean section (C-section) can drastically affect what types of microbes populate the gut. This is because in a C-section, the infant does not pass through the vaginal tract and misses out on all of mom's native bacteria. Instead, whatever bacteria happen to be floating around in the environment and on peoples' skin will populate the newborn's gut. A number of immune-related disorders have been associated with C-section birth.9,10,11

Getting the Right Bacteria into the Gut

Inoculating the gut with beneficial bacteria can heal the lining of the gut and support a healthy immune response.

Studies show that good microflora:

  • Protect the gut lining.
  • Are an important team player in the immune system.
  • Repair damaged or inflamed areas within the gut.12  

Eating for health actually feels good. The more damaged intestinal tissue is, the more you will need to limit your diet. In fact, this is why millions of people without celiac disease choose to go gluten-free — to avoid this common irritant known to compromise health. Many people without celiac disease associate eating gluten with fatigue and poor health. The Body Ecology Diet recommends completely avoiding pro-inflammatory gluten proteins that can damage the lining of the gut.

By turning down the inflammatory response in your body, healing the gut, and regulating the immune system, you can actually halt the progressive degeneration associated with celiac disease:

  • The Body Ecology Core Program is equipped with helpful tools to create a thriving microbial community in your gut.
  • Tools like InnergyBiotic repopulate the gut with good bacteria. Drinking 2 ounces every night gently changes the ecology in the digestive tract.
  • Vitality SuperGreen is formulated with a potent form of glutamine that has been shown to rebuild intestinal microvilli.

What To Remember Most About This Article:

Celiac disease is more common than many people realize, and rates have risen dramatically in the past four decades. Roughly one in 100 Americans is affected by celiac disease, which can lead to dementia, osteoporosis, and other serious autoimmune disorders if left untreated.

Here are six signs that you could be suffering from celiac disease:

  1. Recurring headaches or migraines
  2. Weakness or fatigue
  3. Skin rashes or allergies
  4. Depression, anxiety, or moodiness
  5. Chronic infection
  6. Digestive discomfort

Celiac disease can be devastating to the body, but there is something you can do about it. The Body Ecology Diet recommends completely avoiding gluten-rich grains that can trigger an immune response.

It's also critical to heal the gut and regulate the immune system to turn down the inflammatory response associated with degenerative celiac disease:

  • The Body Ecology Core Program is designed to cultivate a diverse community of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
  • A daily probiotic like InnergyBiotic can support this friendly community by colonizing the gut with more good bacteria.
  • Vitality SuperGreen is a powerful superfood drink that can be enjoyed daily, chock-full of potent glutamine to help rebuild a wounded gut wall.
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  1. Alberto Rubio–Tapia, et al. Increased Prevalence and Mortality in Undiagnosed Celiac Disease. Gastroenterology. 1 July 2009. Volume 137; 1, 88-93. DOI: 10.1053/j.gastro.2009.03.059.
  2. Characteristics of adult celiac disease in the USA: results of a national survey. Green, P.H. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2001, 2006.
  3. "People With Celiac Disease Can See Doctor Upon Doctor Before Diagnosis." CBS Denver.
  4. Thalheimer, Judith C. RD, LDN. "Silent Celiac Disease." Today’s Dietitian. 16 No. 5 P. 22.
  6. Theor Appl Genet. 2010 Nov;121(8):1527-39. doi: 10.1007/s00122-010-1408-4. Epub 2010 Jul 28.
  7. Zimmer, Carl. “How Microbes Defend and Define Us.” New York Times: 2010 July 12.
  8. O’Hara, Ann M. and Fergus Shanahan. “The Gut Flora as a Forgotten Organ.” EMBO Rep. 2006 July; 7(7): 688–693.
  9. C. Rousseau, F. Levenez, C. Fouqueray, J. Dore, A. Collignon, and P. Lepage, 2011. Clostridium difficile colonization in early infancy is accompanied by changes in intestinal microbiota composition.  J. Clin. Microbiol. 49:858-865. doi:10.1128/JCM.01507-10.
  10. “Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection Among Healthy Newborns—Chicago and Los Angeles County, 2004.” JAMA. 2006;296(1):36-38.
  11. G. Biasucci, et al. “Cesarean delivery may affect the early biodiversity of intestinal bacteria.” J Nutr. 2008 Sep;138(9):1796S-1800S.
  12. P. A. Swanson, A. Kumar, S. Samarin, M. Vijay-Kumar, K. Kundu, N. Murthy, J. Hansen, A. Nusrat, A. S. Neish. Enteric commensal bacteria potentiate epithelial restitution via reactive oxygen species-mediated inactivation of focal adhesion kinase phosphatases. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1010042108.

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  • Krofter

    The article refers to the dramatic increase in ceiiac disease over that past 40 years and then goes on to state that no one seems to know why. If we look back at what happened 40 years ago we get a big clue. The new wheat varieties created by Norman Borlaug (father of the "Green Revolution") with grants from the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1950's began to be planted by farmers in the late 1960's and were widely available on supermarket shelves by the early 1970's. To create these new wheat varieties Borlaug used toxic chemicals to induce genetic mutations in known wheat varieties. He then crossbred those with non-edible strains of wild wheat to create the strains that most of us are eating today. Some of those new strains have well over twice as much gluten as the strains our grandparents ate, along with an increase of phytates. These Green Revolution (GR) practices were employed well before genetic manipulation came into being, but were about as dangerous. GR techniques have been used on corn, rice and soy and other crops. So even if your eating non-gmo corn, rice and soy, you might still be eating crops that were created using GR techniques. For more information go to or

  • Barbara

    Do the cilia in the ear and lungs react to gluten or just the cillia in the gut?

  • Cathy Crawford

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  • L

    Is it true that in today's society, we consume more wheat than we used to? If so, this could be at least one reason for the rise in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity - either we've become more sensitive due to over consumption, or more wheat sensitive people eat wheat and more often now than used to. Also, I often wonder if our being so sedentary compared to our parents, grandparents, and even before them could be another reason for a lot of our problems which could lead to gluten sensitivity problems. Doesn't exercise alkalize the body?

  • Nutrimom

    An important factor overlooked in the steep rise in the incidence of gluten grain related gut dysbiosis and nutrient malabsorption is chronic fluoride poisoning. There was NO genetic hint of celiac disease in my older relatives yet many of us born in fluoridated cities have it now.
    The artificial fluoridation of municipal drinking water reaching two thirds of North Americans and affecting the grocery food supply manufactured with fluoridated water is fluoride overdose to the whole population. Increased fluoride from water and food - 10-50 times higher than nature would usually provide - in the blood supply to the gastric and digestive lining damages it. Bottle fed infants are at high risk. There is loss of mucus glands, destruction of enzymes and flattening of the ciliated areas. Increased fluoride intake results in relative deficiencies of iodine and fat soluble A, D, E and K as well as macro and trace mins. We can't deal successfully with celiac disease and its related thyroid effects unless fluoride intake is reduced. The damage from fluoride is synergistic. It may be causative, in the sense that baby's gut is first damaged by fluoride so that grain starches and proteins become allergens that act as developmental toxins when they are first introduced as weaning foods.
    Join Moms Against Fluoridation! If a million of us join forces, we can correct this sixty five year old mistake that has harmed too many adults like me and children like mine.

  • tim durham

    how do I get body ecology products to australia?

  • Nancy Griffith

    What I continue to notice when reading the information about Celiacs is the absence of factors that are critical to getting the medical community and those people and families who have this condition, to embrace it.
    First-- medical diagnosis of Celiacs has become easier to come by because of the research tools that have become available. Consequently,more people will get tested and more will be diagnosed. "More" people don't have Celiacs-- we are just recognizing people who have had it all along.
    2. The medical community is starting to give some credance to Celiacs as a true condition, and are willing to explore it as a diagnosis for those who have been "un-diagnosable" or simply labeled as hypochondriacs for most of their lives-- thus resulting in a dramatic increase in those who will be diagnosed.
    What we must be careful of, is not allowing Celiacs to become the new "catch diagnosis" within that medical community.
    As one who has been living GF for 18 years-- due solely to having someone hand me the 2nd edition of Body Ecology Diet, I can now spot a Celiacs from 20-paces. Interestingly enough, those who have mocked and scorned the loudest, are now coming to me for information to consider the possibility this may be the answer to all issues they have suffered from in silence their entire lives.

    For those who are newly diagnosed-- my advice is to jump in with both feet. This is not an easy journey. The pitfalls are many, but the reward is great if you chose to make no excuses or compromises.

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