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Migraines and Celiac Disease

Although my main focus has been on the role that hormones play in migraine headaches, there is one other verifiable cause of migraines - celiac disease.  Of course, the celiac disease is the instigator but the fiinal pathway to getting migraines is still from a hormone deficiency.

What is celiac disease?  A defect in the immune system starts attacking glutens and the result is something that resembles those pictures of starving children in famine affected Africa.  Gluten is a peptide found in wheat products.

Essentially, the lining of your intestine becomes a war zone as the immune system attacks the glutens with resulting collatoral damage to the villi, tiny finger-like projections along with the intestinal cells that have absorbed the glutens. 

Once the villi are killed off from collateral damage, then the body can no longer absorb foods properly.  This is what is called a malabsorption syndrome.  At that point, the body goes into starvation mode and everything begins to break down.

The result is body wide deterioration and destruction.  Look at pictures of prisoners of POW (prisoner of war) camps from WWII and it is not difficult to understand how your hormones can be affected.  With starving hormones, among many other problems, you can get migraines.

How common is celiac disease?  At one time, doctors thought it was quite rare.  Recent data from the Archives of Internal Medicine show that it affects 1 in 133 Americans or about 3 million Americans.  Now project this statistic worldwide.  With 6 billion people we are talking about 40 million people.

So how do you know if you have celiac disease?  First there are the symptoms: abdominal cramps, diarrhea, bloatiang and weight loss.  Then there is a blood test for the antibody to gluten.  Finally, the gold standard is a biopsy from small bowel biopsy for confirmation.

Let me say that the vast majority of people with abdominal bloating, diarrhea and cramps have a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (like 97%).  This is caused by the presence of yeast or an imbalance of bad bacteria in the intestines.  This is not celiac disease and treated very differently.

If you are one of the 1 in 133 people with celiac disease, you have to change your diet to completely eliminate glutens.  Glutens are found in most wheat products.  This is the major step.  If you have migraines, you still have to take hormones that we recommend because the celiac disease caused a hormone deficiency, which leads to migraines.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

Are you ready to live a life without suffering through another one of those terrible migraine headaches - ever again?

If so, I urge you carefully read the information at Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

You’ll see how you too can be totally migraine free - for the rest of your life!


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