Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-02-27
Amy posted this story:
I am writing to let you know that
I owe you my life. I read your book, quit wheat, and
felt a noticeable improvement after just three weeks.
I have suffered from autonomic
dysfunction, POTS [Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia
Syndrome], IBS [Irritable Bowel Syndrome],
migraine, fibromyalgia, obesity, high triglyerides,
PCOS [Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome], and
even ovarian cancer.
I went to an allergist asking for
a wheat blood test, as my primary care doctor’s
suggestion to curing my diarrhea was to “Take more
fiber – here are some Citrucel samples.” I just
got the call back that my IgA results were indicative of
celiac (even three weeks after wheat suspension.)
I have so many mixed emotions
right now . . . Firstly, relief that I finally
know what’s wrong with me. Secondly, overwhelming
gratitude for your work. Thirdly, rage that none of the
6 doctors I have seen over the past 5 years have
EVER suggested celiac even though all the clinical indicators
were there. Fourthly, tremendous sadness at the “what
ifs . . . ” over my father. He died in 2009
of complications of heart disease, autoimmune diseases
(polymyositis, inclusive body myositis), diabetes, lactose
intolerance . . . ) – WHAT IF he knew he
had celiac. WHAT IF we could have saved him??????
Thank you ——— I now want to shift
my life’s work to helping others.
In one respect, Amy is lucky: She
was able to obtain a diagnosis via an appropriate antibody
test (likely a transglutaminase IgA antibody). Most of us
with various forms of wheat intolerance will NOT have a
positive antibody test pointing at wheat, but can still
have life-threatening wheat intolerances, complete health
turnarounds with wheat elimination, no less than the
transformation Amy experienced.
Nonetheless, for every one person
like Amy who is diagnosed with celiac disease, there are
nine more don’t know they have it but
suffer with various misdiagnoses, suffer silently, or end
up with a non-celiac form of the disease, such as cerebellar
ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, type 1 diabetes, or
gastrointestinal cancer in some form.
Note: Amy’s polycystic ovarian
syndrome and ovarian cancer cannot be directly blamed on
wheat consumption, but wheat does make the phenomenon, such
as insulin resistance, surrounding polycystic ovaries worse.