Foreword: I’m a married stay-at-home mother of three who started feeling exhausted in the year of 2001 just after baby number 3 was born. It’s very hard for someone like me to deal with this because I don’t want to just sit down and do nothing until it passes…so I just pushed through causing myself to become even more exhausted. Everyone kept telling me that it’s normal at my age (31 then, 41 now), but I couldn’t accept that and I’m glad that I didn’t.
I started keeping this journal in December 2010. My goal was to accomplish this by eating and drinking raw foods. This was (and truly turned out to be) my quest for feeling healthy, great and “alive”. So I set off to accomplish this by eating and drinking raw foods. I expected there to be a time of “detoxing” such that I might not feel my best, but eventually I hope to come out of “this” for good. I was just about fed up with feeling exhausted.
Why did I believe that it was a toxic issue?…well, most all diseases are a result of toxicity. But more personally, I found out in the year of 2004 that I had toxic levels of lead and after detoxing through Chelation I felt better. The doctor explained that “the lead hides itself in a person’s bones and is released during times of stress and in my case the stress was having three babies within 4 1/2 years”.
So, OK – I’d decided to just start eating raw, natural foods and then I won’t have to keep dealing with this “detox” thing, I’ll just live in a state of “detoxing” so that I can feel better. I pondered about how much lead could sill be in my body giving me trouble and I wondered if my dental amalgams were leaking mercury to my brain. I had a full list of items, but no where on my list was what I discovered. Gluten intolerance was my real problem. (Read more below to find out how I discovered this.)
I urge everyone to read this…even if you know (or think) gluten is not your problem. Why, because the food that we eat is the most important thing we can do for our body. Our body cannot heal if we do not give it the proper food. Proper food is fresh fruits and veggies and you must eat more if this than the “other stuff”. The “other stuff” is what we eat that do not nourish our bodies and it just so happened for me that gluten was the “other stuff” because I gave up eating sweets, fast foods, pre-packaged foods and sodas a long time ago. This journey that my body is on is amazing. I can see and feel the transformations happening and it’s an exciting journey. I’ve never felt better in my life. I invite you to look around this website and view some of the documentaries and books I’ve read. Also, please note: it is possibly that you could have a gluten intolerance, but have totally different symptoms that I did. Why, because our genetics differ. Your genetic weak spots are the first to surface.
I now realize how I had gotten by almost half of my entire life until this point. When I was a kid I would come home from school and take a nap EVERY DAY! When I was a college student I would schedule my classes around lunch and I would come home and nap. Then in the evenings, before beginning my studies I would nap. When I got married and had a job, I would come home cook dinner and nap until my husband arrived home. By the end of each day I was tired and one thing I could count on was that I would never have any problems falling asleep. My life was full of napping.
But, my napping days came to a complete halt when I started having kids and I began to notice a decline in my overall well-being.
My quest for better health all started soon after giving birth to my third child in 2001. I was 31 years old when major symptoms showed that made it difficult to deal with day to day life. During my 2001 pregnancy my joints ached all over. I remember coming up the stairs one day and informing my husband that this would have to be our last child…that my body could no longer take it. I had been anemic both previous pregnancies and this one was no different. I was TIRED! Also I had a persistent backache that lasted even after I had given birth.
My husband had started chiropractic treatments in 2001 for his back pain and found that it alleviated all of his troubles, so in 2002 I decided to go. AND, to my surprise…it worked!…I was so amazed that this natural therapy could solve my mystery back pain that I started reading about alternative medicine therapies which I translate to be “natural therapies”.
Now that my back pain was gone, I started to notice my drastic decline in energy. I felt that something was wrong, but I could not put a finger on it. It was now around the year of 2004. I read the book “Toxic Relief” by Dr. Don Colbert and I started to recognize my biggest symptom as brain fog. I suspected metallic toxicity and decided to get tested for mercury toxicity because I have many dental amalgams and I’d had them since I was eight years old. Yet, to my surprise it was not mercury but lead that was discovered. I had a lead ug/g creatine of over 30 and less than 5 was the acceptable level.
So, I figured, great…this is going to cure me from brain fog. I endured 10 weeks of chelation which consisted of DMSA plus Vitamin B intravenously. And boy was that an experience! After a day a chelation I could hardly get out of bed. I was so dizzy and “brain foggy” that all I could do was lie down. During this time, my kids were little and I would just tell them…mommy needs to sleep and I’d taught them how to dial ‘911’ – it was THAT BAD! But, thank God, although I felt as if I would, I never passed out.
But, after chelation was over I did feel better. I’m not sure of what my diet was during this time, but I do know that I was taking NAC and calcium and magnesium vitamin supplements as prescribed by the doctor. Also, this was the first time I started learning about probiotics and how they support the immune system, so I started taking them also.
But as time went by, the old symptoms would resurface. I would occasionally embark on DETOX diets during which you avoid most meats, dairy, processed foods and wheat. I would get better and then after then DETOX was over, the brain fog would take over again and each time I felt like it was getting stronger and stronger and I was getting weaker and weaker. So I spent 7 years DETOXING in order to feel better and I think with each time…I would begin to eliminate something from my diet that was on the DETOX “Beware List”…first I stopped eating lunch meat. I didn’t need it anyway for lunch time because by this time I was no longer eating lunch. I just didn’t get the urge to eat and I was busy anyway. If I would stop to eat, I wouldn’t have any energy left to do what I needed to do. Also, I was totally avoiding all sweets. I thought that I had a glucose/insulin problem (which is still likely that I did – notice I said “did”).
By the year of 2010…I had an aversion to almost all foods except for fresh salad. I had stopped eating packaged cereal which was probably the only packaged food I ate on a regular basis. Then, I stopped drinking milk – after all I didn’t need it anymore since I wasn’t eating cereal or sweets. People would often notice that I wasn’t eating sweets and they would say, “I wish I had the control you have” and each time I would say, “sweets really make me feel bad, so I avoid them”. And this was really an understatement. Sweets and breads would cause so much brain fog that I felt unattached to my surroundings. I was unable to think and almost unable to deal with the normal stresses of life. It’s as if I was living in a cloud that I couldn’t break free from. I was just existing most of the time. But eventually, by this time, it wasn’t just sweets and breads that were making me sick. It seemed that no matter what I ate, I felt bad. I didn’t get any energy from my food – food had the opposite effect on me. I saw food as my enemy because immediately after eating I would have brain fog – it felt like all of my energy had been zapped.
In October 2010, I started juicing AGAIN, but this time it was every day. I truly believe now that his was the only way that my body survived the next eight months. At this time my kids were ages 13, 12 and 9…and they needed my help and I wanted to have more energy for them. Everyone around me…doctors included would just say “it’s normal to feel tired because you are getting older and you have three kids” and “you just need more sleep”. But thank God I persevered and I did not listen.
I was still reading about how Jay Kordich (formerly known and “The Juiceman”) had healed himself of cancer with juice and how he confessed to having so much energy. My husband found some documentaries on food and we totally immersed ourselves into watching them. A few documentaries we watched documentaries led me to the book “The Gerson Therapy: The Proven Nutritional Program For Cancel and Other Illnesses”. (You should watch these, see information listed below.) I learned so much more about food choices. I was already doing many organics and keeping hormones and antibiotics out of our diet, but the documentaries opened my eyes to how much the food is genetically modified. They confirmed my belief that the only thing that mattered to theU.S.pharmaceutical companies and their investors and most medical doctors was prescribing a pill to get rid of symptoms. I hadn’t gone to a doctor and complained of my symptoms since 2004. I didn’t want a pill – what I wanted was a cure!
I started reading more books about the raw food diet and how much energy “those” people got from their food and I wanted that…I wanted that a great deal…so I kept on after my quest.
So for the three weeks just before Thanksgiving I started a raw food diet. I DID not eat anything cooked. I ate raw nuts (nuts that are not roasted and no seasonings), seeds, fruits and veggies. I was surprised that the nuts were not making me sick like they always had before, so I became suspicious about what the food industry was doing to the packaged foods on the shelf because they always made me sick. I didn’t want to eat anything packaged again as I seemed to be lifting out of the foggy cloud in which I’d been submerged. My experience was that of a feeling of “peace” (or at the least I thought, but I had not yet reached “true peace” – that came later). I guess what I experienced was a “peace” for my body, but my mind had not yet achieved it because I was still puzzled. What in the world could there be in this food that made me so sick and how could I continue to feed it to my family? But of course no one wanted to join me on my raw food diet.
So I continued on my quest, and I’d lost some weight, so I decided I needed to eat some grains. I started with cooked beans and rice and my body tolerated these pretty well. By Christmas I was still pretty much on the same diet with just a few cooked items. Yet, on Christmas day we visited my husband’s family for Christmas dinner and they had prepared many vegetarian meals because many of them do not eat meat. My husband and son at some of the vegetarian meats and liked them and I tried a few. So, sometime in January I started bringing more vegetarian meats home from the grocery store in an attempt to stop feeding the family so much meat. But I was still torn between the idea of “fake” meat food products – most of it had so many additives that I wondered how could it be healthy? So I looked for brands on which at least I could read all of the ingredients on the package.
So, here I was in January and I’m still having symptoms and nothing is making sense. I was about to give up. I was almost convinced that I was just sick and that was the way it was going to be and that it didn’t matter what I ate – all food made me sick. I was about to give up.
But in retrospect, my puzzle was on it’s way to being solved. The following events are what truly helped me figure out that I have gluten intolerance.
1) It was also sometime in January also that I had the most unusual experience when I decided to have a salad and soup using the recipes in my raw food book. It was a simple salad, all homemade, even the dressing. I got so sick after eating this meal, that I was convinced that I was just sick and that was the way it was going to be and that it didn’t matter what I ate – all food made me sick. I was about to give up.
NOW I KNOW THIS: The salad dressing and soup both contained Kikkoman soy sauce and wheat is the 2nd ingredient listed on the bottle.
2) By February I was still losing weight. So I decided to add chicken back to my diet. But I don’t really recall it doing much to improve my condition. Therefore, around March or April I tried breads, but I noticed that I was really tired after these and I would often comment about it saying, “I guess I can’t eat breads, they make me tired”. And I was still losing weight. By May I was down to 120 (about 6 – 8 pounds less than I’d been for the last 14 years).
NOW I KNOW THIS: My body was malnourished. As a result of my gluten intolerance, it’s highly likely that I had developed celiac disease. When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging or destroying villi—the tiny, fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine. Villi normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food one eats.
3) By the third week of May, my ears had been hurting for a while and my submandibular gland on the left side REALLY started giving me trouble. (The submandibular glands are salivary glands located beneath the floor of the mouth.) So, I had doctor take a look at them. The doctor said that my ears were fine and that the salivary glands just swell up some times and he added that I was probably just suffering from allergies. But by the next weekend my submandibular gland was so swollen that I could not eat for two days. I didn’t need this…I was already way underweight. These glands had gotten blocked before (on and off for about 2 years) but the were never blocked for this length of time. Mostly, they would block whenever I would eat out. I had previously thought that it was that the salad wasn’t clean or that I was reacting to the pesticides in my salads when I ate out. (Yes, I was confused.) So, the next week I went to an ENT and he put me on antibiotics and ordered a CAT Scan.
NOW I KNOW THIS: That weekend we had dinner with family and I had eaten some bread. This probably caused a huge reaction in my immune system and caused my submandibular gland to swell and become inflamed. Sjögren’s syndrome, a condition in which the glands that produce tears and saliva are destroyed, is a common health problem for people who have celiac disease. I really feel that I was on my way to suffer from similar symptoms. My left eye was also itchy and filled with mucous in the mornings
4) I was almost finished with my dose of antibiotics only two days to go. I hadn’t had any antibiotics since my last child was born. The doctor put me on Amox-Clav 875 mg. (AMOXICILLIN and CLAVULANATE mix). I had a huge reaction. I was terribly itchy and in hives for a week even after I stopped taking it.
NOW I KNOW THIS: I’ve read where it’s possible that gluten is used as a binder in many forms of pharmaceutical medicines. Also, that many forms of penicillin are started using bread mold. (Amoxicillin is a derivative of penicillin.) But this is only my guess as to why I had the reaction that I did. Not sure how to confirm this one, but I’m comfortable with knowing these possible causes.
5) In June I checked out a book titled, “Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind” by Jeffrey A. Morrison, M.D. I read the following:
NOW I KNOW THIS: I’d read about celiac disease and gluten intolerance before in all of my books. But I just skipped over it. I couldn’t believe that it could be true and I certainly didn’t suspect that I had a problem eating bread. I had reasoned that Jesus ate bread and fish and I was trying to adopt his diet. I even have the cookbook, “What would Jesus Eat” – yes, I was this desperate. BUT, what finally caught my eye was the fact the wheat is a hybridized grain! What? Yes, it’s true. I had just heard a few weeks before reading this that “the wheat we eat now is not the original grain”. What? For some reason, I just thought wheat was wheat. Page 269 in the book titled, “Celia Disease, A Hidden Epidemic” also states that wheat is a genetically modified grain and more specifically it says, “Recent studies showed that the most ancient forms of wheat lacked the toxic gliadin fragment.” Apparently, “ There are two main groups of proteins in gluten, called the gliadins and the glutenins.” (http://www.celiac.com/articles/8/1/What-is-gluten-What-is-gliadin/Page1.html) Why did it never occur to me that it could be a GMO? Most corn is and I was aware of that. WOW, did this chapter in the book change my mind.
6) I had been telling my husband about how horrible I felt. His response was “What could be wrong” or perhaps he asked, “what are you missing?” His thoughts were that I was eating the best diet possible with the majority of it being organic. I was supplementing with fresh juices. From his point of view, he thought I had the best diet any “almost” normal person could have. I took this into consideration.
And items 1 – 6 (above) are what convinced me. So, on June 17th, I decided to go on a gluten free diet and it has solved all of my brain fog. It’s now 1 month later and not only am I not tired after eating a meal, instead I feel ENERGIZED! I’m no longer worn out at the end of my day. Thank God, that he designed our bodies to heal I just watch another documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and the producers point of view was that if the body can heal on the outside, it should also be able to heal on the inside. I’m so happy to know this as TRUTH.
But wait, there is more to “My Story”. Within 3 days of diagnosing myself I realized that at least two other family members had been dealing with this disease.
- My Son’s Story -
My son was the most energetic little kid around. When he played soccer up through age 7 he was like “lightening” – fast and swift. But if you were to look at that same child only a month ago, he was sluggish. I noticed it first in 2008 when he was on the swim team. He would be in the middle of a race and just run out of energy in the middle of the pool. What? This cannot be and I thought, “is there something wrong with my son’s heart” and I had it checked. The doctors did the EKG and an Echo and they were fine. The only thing I recall them noting was that he seemed to have a viral infection with anemia and they guessed he had had mononucleosis at some time within the year. OK, so I accepted that. The doctors said that sometimes that infection can take up to a year to fully recover from. I still thought it strange because he hadn’t couldn’t have been that sick. I recall my sister had mono and couldn’t go to school for a couple of weeks, but my son hadn’t missed one day of school the previous year.
So we just accepted the fact that our son had slowed down. From 2008 to 2011 he had grown pretty normally on the outside, but I still thought he looked puffy quite often. He had started to complain of joint pain and my husband attributed it to his flat feet. But this year during football, he was exhausted and I mean really exhausted. Often he would ponder not going to school because of how tired he was. In the previous years, he would go to summer camps and have to take naps while the other kids participated in camp activities. This year he turned 14 and people would ask me, “Is he eating you out of house and home yet?” “Nope” was my response. In fact, he would go a couple of days without eating dinner and I had to force him to eat breakfast. He would tell me that his stomach was still full from the food he had eaten the day before. I didn’t believe him and I was assuming that he was eating food at school and other kids’ lunches because his lunch often came back home. He would say that he just wasn’t hungry. On Fridays, he would eat at school (this was his treat) and on Saturday he hardly ate anything. All along, we were just accepting this as “who he was”. (I’m so thankful this has been discovered.)
NOW I KNOW THIS: The night before swim team meets (competitions) we were encouraged to feed the swimmers pasta. Pasta was supposed to give them the energy they needed for the next day. Well, pasta of course was having the exact opposite effect. His immune system was trying to fight the gluten he had digested the night before. His body was busy fighting off something that it didn’t want in his system, therefore he had no energy for a swim competition. I’m still waiting to see the test results and actual diagnosis from the doctor in 2008 (I’ve ordered them and I will update later).
Unfortunately, I had passed this genetic disease on to my son. So, yes, my son was correct in saying that his food had not digested and that’s why he wasn’t hungry. A person with celiac disease has flatten villi (see notes below) and thus their stomach gets bloated and is unable to digest food. I have since apologized to my son. I apologized for not believing him when he told me that he wasn’t hungry and not believing that he wasn’t eating elsewhere.
The good news is that now he is hungry. I’m feeling that pressure of not being able to feed him enough food. He had also commented just a few days after I told him about gluten intolerance and celiac disease, saying “Yes, I will try it, I’m tired of feeling bad all the time.” It’s obvious that he is feeling better too. He says that he isn’t tired at the end of his day either.
- My Mother’s Story -
I started documenting this in a file that I titled “My Journey to Fresh Foods”. It’s still on my computer, but the details that it contain are so emotional that I put a password on it until I was ready to share it. (I still cannot recall the password. Perhaps it was just an outlet that I needed during that time.) The last time I opened it was May 18, 2011. I recall only writing to this file twice, but the majority of it was about my mother. She was the reason I was on this food journey. You see when I was a child, like most children, I sought after my mother’s attention, but she could not give it to me. Instead she slept most of the time. Growing up I experienced my mother’s true life – one that many did not know. She tried to “keep up appearances in public”, but at home she was exhausted, very irritable and frustrated, but as I had written in my journal – I never knew why. But, also as I wrote in that journal, I felt a very close connection to my mother. I had asked God to reveal “things” to me, because I didn’t want to become who she was. I knew my mother loved me, but something was always in her way. To this point, I only knew that she was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) at the age of 28 or so. It was so severe at one time, that it required a hospital visit. So, along the way in life, she would just guess that her tiredness was due to MS and dismiss it and just deal with that diagnosis. But, in August 1997, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She had dismissed going to the doctor sooner, again attributing the way she felt to MS. She passed away on February 8, 1998. During my pregnancy with my third child in 2001, I started to notice that I was “becoming my mother”. As you might have already read about me, I was always tired. I just wanted to sleep and I couldn’t give my children the attention I felt they needed. And this is where my food journey began. I didn’t know if what I was experiencing, so similar to my mother, was something physical or spiritual. So I had decided to seek help in both of these areas. I had analyzed her diet and determined that she didn’t eat fresh veggies, like the book “Toxic Relief” told me that I should be doing. She also often took medications to deal with her pains, so I was determined to never start taking any. And I didn’t drink caffeine or smoke – unfortunately mother did all these “things” that cause us to become toxic. It just got to a point where her body could no longer detox these “things” and thus she ended up with pancreatic cancer.
During these last nine years, I cannot say that I focused too much on the early death my mother experienced at age 46. Certainly it was always in the back of my mind because of how sick I was feeling. It was in the back of my mind when I would have low grade fevers with no idea why that would just disappear as fast as they would come on. It crossed my mind when I was in my third pregnancy and could hardly walk up the stairs or when my lips would tingle after eating food. Yes, I did think of her MS diagnosis.
NOW (I THINK) I KNOW THIS: Just about the same time I figured that my son also had the same problem I had, I figured that my mother must have had a gluten intolerance (probably celiac disease) too and because of it’s highly genetic tendency, she had passed this on to me. After all these years of searching for what could have been ailing the both of us and just knowing in my heart that I shared a similar life experience with her I now had peace. God had giving me peace concerning my mother’s death, but in the back of my mind I still had questions. And I’m thankful that I’ve come to the knowledge I now have.
I now have the true FULL peace that I’d been searching for. The fact is that no one can experience the life I was living no matter how much I tried to explain it…no one could understand. So, I became silent about it and had just accepted it as a part of my life. But still fearful from time to time about what my future diagnosis would be.
I didn’t get my diagnosis from a doctor. So I felt it most important that I document “My Story”. I need especially for my children to understand that this disease is something that they must continue to be aware of. That if my other two children do not have problems with the disease, it’s still possible that their children might. In fact, because I’m no longer eating gluten, none of the tests will confirm that I have celiac disease. But I know it to be true, because of my findings (described in my notes above). Yet, there are blood tests that test for gluten intolerance, such as the one offered by Entero Lab.
But, in my eyes it’s not a disease at all. Or from my point of view, if I had to be diagnosed with a disease – this is the best disease that I could be diagnosed with. Why? Because this is one disease that even doctors admit that the only solution and the only cure is FOOD. Food avoidance in particular! AND that just justifies that it does matter what we eat. This is a fact that many people are not yet aware of. Paying attention to what we put inside of our bodies is the most important thing we can do for ourselves.
Another reason I don’t agree with labeling this as a disease is that it’s highly likely that this disease would not exist if there hadn’t been any genetic modifications made to wheat. My body is designed for food in the original state, not the modified state (NOT GMOs). And wheat is not the only GMO around along with the other processed foods that we take into our bodies…which is why I started this journey over 9 years ago. My hope was that I would be able to cure myself with food and to prove that food does make a difference. I think I’m living proof of that now. NOTE: Celiac disease is one that is reversible, yet I probably will have to live with gluten intolerance for the remainder of my life, but that’s OK.
-A New Beginning -
It’s now July 21st and I’ve been on my gluten free diet for over a month. There were a few days that I didn’t feel right and I discovered that my favorite dressing at Jason’s Deli was not on their gluten free list. (I thought for sure I’d seen it on the list. I’m sad.) So, now when I’m feeling tired, I just go eat something and I feel the energy from my foods right away. I cannot express how much more better I feel with each passing day. I feel best when I eat fresh raw foods. I try to eat a huge salad for at least one of my meals per day and I eat 3 fruits first thing in the morning.
I still have not had that CAT Scan yet that the ENT doctor suggested. There is still a knot there on top of that gland, but I’m hoping in time it will diminish. I will wait longer.
Before now, I had thought that perhaps I would have the silver fillings removed as my one last attempt to find an answer. I’m glad I didn’t go through that trouble.
So here I am today (July 23, 2011) trying desperately to complete this part of “my story”. I’m still underweight and I hope to gain at least 10 pounds. I will try to update this as I go.
One final thing to note. Many people have celiac disease and do not know it. One in 133 Americans are diagnosed and the cases have increased dramatically and continues to rise. This is due to the Genetically Modification and Hybridization of wheat in theUS. Why did they change it? Because people like “soft” bread. The bread today contains 30% more gluten than the original grain. AND surely, there are probably more people with gluten intolerance – it’s just that they have not yet developed celiac disease.
- My Testimony -
This is my testimony. I would always pray for healing, but I was also accepting the fact that this might be something that I had to deal with for the remainder of my life. The bible verse that I have posted on my wall is Psalm 103. These are the verses that I would hold to on my hardest days.
Psalm 103 (verses 1-5)
1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
“Everything in my life had guided me to this point.” – Shauna James Ahern (The Gluten Free Girl) I understood this statement from her book the moment I read it. All of the time I’d devoted to learning about food and how it affects our bodies. All of the time that I had spent learning how to better prepare home-made foods for my family in an attempt to feed them the best I possibly could. All the struggle I’d had experienced with some resistance (by my kids) in an effort to offer us better food choices. All of this determination had guided me to this point also. I was now prepared to take on this “disease” so it didn’t feel like I was defeated. Instead I now had answers to what had been ailing me for so long. It opened my eyes, even further, to all of the possibilities of food choices that exists in this world. I’m no longer confined to just eating food that’s full of wheat. Let’s face it…wheat is in everything, even in things you had would never think of. Like gum, sauces, marinades, seasonings, imitation meats, lunch meat “fillers’ , soups, medicines, etc – I could go on and on because it’s in just about everything you buy off the shelves in the grocery stores and at every fast food restaurant. This is why we are seeing more products being labeled “Gluten Free”. And guess what, I never took notice of this until I decided to become gluten free. It was in my face all this time.
So, I feel so blessed and thankful that I’ve finally uncovered this “thing” that was causing such as health issue for me. This is another reason why I decided to document “my story”. Perhaps someone else will discover what’s really ailing them. It may not be gluten, it could be something else. If you feel that something is wrong and you are doing truly your best health wise, but you still cannot put your finger on it, please don’t give up.
Some might think, but God didn’t heal you from the disease. My answer is, “You are right, I still have the disease, but he gave me the answer to how I can overcome it.” Just like God didn’t remove sin from our world, but he sent his son Jesus to overcome it and save us from the penalty of it. (referencing John 3:16)
My first suggestion would be to pray and seek God for your healing. I know first hand that this is not a simple thing to do. It took me over 9 years to receive the answers I was searching for. But I didn’t give up and I never stopped praying.