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Welcome! I'm Jennifer, the owner & founder of Healing Redefined Holistic Wellness Center, holistic practitioner, and head nutrition nerd here at Healing Redefined.

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  1. What blood test did you have that determined celiac? I thought you had to have a biopsy to get that diagnosis. I have been through a lot of testing, too, and wondered if I have missed something?

  2. Jennifer,
    Thank you for sharing your diagnosis. I had thought celiac was genetic and didn’t realize it could be acquired. I’ve had food allergies and health issues since moving into a home with hidden mold 15 years ago and have ebbed and flowed with how strictly I eat. I will definitely need to work harder to avoid the foods that cause reactions.

    Good luck in your journey!
    Sally

    1. Celiac disease is genetic. However, it also has to get turned on which usually happens through stress events (pregnancy, surgery, extreme or prolonged emotional distress, etc). That’s why it can manifest at any age. You can get genetic testing to see if you carry either of the genes, but not having them is not a 100% guarantee of being free and clear for life. Basically if something dramatic has happened and then in the months following, you start to have symptoms of celiac disease, get yourself tested to see if the switch was flipped.

  3. This is where I am at. I have military docs though that roll their eyes at me. Hoping to one day afford better functional medicine. As for now I can’t get tested- they won’t do it. I have developed chronic hives and had IBS. I also have ADHD and fibromyalgia so they pieces are stacking up and starting to make a clear pic in my opinion. I teetered on cutting out gluten “being good for a week or two” and taking a treat as reward. That showed me that gluten was definitely a big problem. so sad because I think gluten was my favorite thing ever basically. I’ve been gluten free for about 3.5 months and the difference is amazing. Enough that I am not constantly furious about giving it up anymore. I think you’ll get there, especially sooner if you see great results. I thought giving up gluten would be the worst thing ever… But I think it was worse living the way I was. I was just used to it enough that it was my normal. My biggest annoyance with it now is that I can’t get my family gluten free. A test confirming it would help, if I could get a doc to order it! Although I have imagined having to go back on gluten for it and I honestly don’t even want to- it’s a frustrating thought!

  4. I have Hashimoto’s and recent blood work revealed low cortisol below the range…4.7. Tests will be done but already had saliva tests which read normal. Also have no symptoms of any Addison’s disease but I do have extreme fatigue. Seeing a naturopath but that cortisol level was also reported to my endocrinologist. Now for the tests. Any thoughts?

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