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Aug 28 2013

This is a very interesting read about one of the many flaws in our current health care system.   We know there is no simple fix, and everyone is to blame (yes, even the health care CONSUMER).  But, do you ever wonder why in the world insurance companies would be so willing to pay for expensive surgeries or new Brand Name drugs that don’t work any better than the old generic ones?  I have always found that frustrating, since many of the therapies we offer in our clinic are safe, natural, and effective, yet some are not covered by insurance…Prolozone is a great example.  Read this post in the Wall Street Journal, and take note of this important line –  “And because insurers generally earn a profit by charging a premium on claims they pay, they don’t necessarily have an incentive to crack down on excess spending.”

Read the Wall Street Journal on Health Care costs here.

 

Mar 15 2013

There remains a lot of miscommunication and misinformation about gluten sensitivity, even among health care professionals.  I still see quite a few patients coming in and telling me they have had every test known to man for their IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and all of them are negative.  They tell me that among those tests was one for celiac disease, and it was negative as well.  I then step off onto a tangent about how gluten sensitivity is much more than celiac disease.   You see, celiac disease is a very specific condition that results in destruction to the walls of your small intestine.  In fact, one of the best ways to diagnose it is to go in and take a biopsy of the intestinal wall to check for villi destruction (geez…doesn’t seem like a good idea for an area that is already inflamed).   The main causative agent in this destruction is gluten/gliadin proteins, which are present in grains like wheat, rye, and barley.

Doesn’t it seem reasonable that some people might still be sensitive to gluten/gliadin, but that the destruction (more appropriately the immune system reaction) may be taking place in other locations?   We in fact do see that.  This is one of the reasons I rarely order a celiac panel, hardly ever order a biopsy, but often DO order a food sensitivity panel.  I care less about the site of destruction than I do about whether or not the person is reacting to the food.  To provide further evidence for this theory, there was a recent article in PubMed about this topic –  READ GLUTEN SENSITIVITY STUDY HERE.   The findings were that gluten sensitivity is a real and separate condition from Celiac disease.   There are many ways to determine if you are sensitive.  You can do an elimination diet, or get food sensitivity testing done.  Please contact our office if you have any further questions.

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