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Dogs Are Gluten-Intolerant!

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This is Delenn being a good sport.

Veterinary science is rapidly catching up with human medical research and studies are revealing pets having similar health issues associated with gluten consumption.

Humans aren’t the only ones in the family that shouldn’t eat gluten.  Dogs (and cats!) evolved as carnivores and should eat a diet consisting of primarily meat with an occasional bite of vegetation.  BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods) is best, but not always feasible.

Luckily, there are both raw and grain-free pet foods on the market.  We feed our girls Wellness Core grain-free kibbles accompanied by Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried raw foods.  I would love to feed raw exclusively, but with a 60 lb. Labrador it’s a bit cost-prohibitive.

Unfortunately, we only learned this information about two years ago when we discovered Paleo and its benefits.  So for most of their lives, our 14-year old dog and 12-year old cats ate SAD pet food. As a result, the dog developed arthritis as well as a heart murmur and one of the cats is hyperthyroid.  However, the change in diet halted the progression of these conditions.  Diet matters just as much for our beloved pets as ourselves!

The Gluten Summit

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The live version of The Gluten Summit hosted by Dr. Tom O’Bryan is now over, but still available via all-access digital subscription for only $67 at www.theglutensummit.com/order.

I learned so much from all the expert presenters – even from those I’d followed before!  Some of my favorites were Dr. Natascha Campbell-McBride, Dr. Alessio Fasano, Dave Asprey  and Dr. Peter Osborne.

Especially if you are celiac or gluten-sensitive, learn as much as you can about true gluten-free living and overall health from this amazing team of experts.  Check it out!  I’m glad I did!

Synthroid WARNING!!

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I recently found out the hard way that Synthroid is NOT gluten-free.

My regular thyroid medication Levoxyl has recently been recalled, and I’m told will be unavailable for months.  My endocrinologist offered a sample pack of this and I assumed it was all good.  Not so much.

Within a couple days I started experiencing a laundry list of symptoms that all pointed to a GLUTEN reaction:

  • headache
  • congestion
  • tinnitus (ears ringing)
  • edema
  • muscle aches
  • back pain
  • joint pain and noises
  • belly distention
  • constipation
  • brain fog, indecision and distractability
  • poor coordination – dropping things
  • nocturnal jaw clenching and teeth grinding
  • irritability
  • fatigue
  • sudden 10 lb weight gain

I carefully reviewed possible exposures and determined that I had not eaten at any restaurants; sampled, purchased and/or eaten any new foods during that 5-day period.  Then, serendipitously,  I received an email newsletter from Dr. Osborne’s Gluten-Free Society reminding us all of hidden sources of gluten – including medications.  The light bulb went on: I had not thought to verify that Synthroid was gluten-free.  It is, after all, the most-prescribed (trusted?!) thyroid medication in the U.S…

For those of you with autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, it is very important that your diet, supplements, lip products and medications be gluten-free!!  Gluten is a primary contributor to Leaky Gut Syndrome – the precursor to all autoimmune disorders.  

In my opinion, it is a crime for a pharmaceutical company to add the very compound responsible for the condition to the remedy!  (In this case, gluten or cross-reactive ingredients like dairy.)  Abbott Pharmaceuticals has not bothered to monitor its ingredients for gluten and actively includes corn and dairy in the formula.  Many celiacs (me!) and gluten-intolerant people experience cross-reaction to corn and dairy.  

Be cautious about selecting Synthroid as your thyroid medication, and discuss options with your doctor if you have side-effects.  My endocrinologist has since prescribed Tirosint for me – an additive-free option.  The downside is that it is not listed in the formulary, so it isn’t covered by my health plan.  There are other gluten-free options available, but I’ve had good results with this one and have peace of mind knowing it is additive-free.