I read this whole thread last night, and then my laptop battery died before I could reply.
I'm in. I was planning on going grain- and sugar-free in the new year anyway.
I don't want to go back and quote, but I was really intrigued by a few things that were mentioned so far. One is the mitral valve prolapse thing. My stepdaughter (14) has this. She also has Down syndrome, which puts her at a much greater risk of having celiac disease. She has lots of other symptoms (cravings, distended belly, snoring, congestion every morning, occasional hand tremors that doctors have no diagnosis for, etc.) and I really want her to get tested. I'm trying to find a doctor who knows what he's doing so when her mother takes her in this gets taken seriously. Anyway, I had no idea there could be a link between the heart condition and celiac. One more thing to add to the list!
My story is that I've had poor health almost my whole life, but nothing chronic enough to be debilitating -- just personally annoying. I got sick a lot as a kid, had acne into adulthood, always felt weak, had chest pains (that doctors said were stress) and back pain. I also only got my period maybe once as an adolescent and then nothing. I went on the pill at 21 and stayed on it for ten years, until my DH and I decided to have a baby. Nothing happened with my cycles (there were
no cycles) so we went the infertility route. My son was conceived through IVF.
My reproductive endocrinologist said it was a "PCOS-variant" and had no interest whatsoever in figuring out WHY I didn't ovulate/menstruate, just in getting me pregnant. Of course, at the time I was in a hurry to have a baby, but now I'm rather angry about it. Especially since after switching to a TF diet (I'd been vegan/vegetarian prior to that) and supplementing with high-vitamin CLO for about six months I finally got a period on my own a year ago, then fifteen weeks later, then eight weeks later, and when I mentioned this to her in a follow-up visit (we tried using a frozen embryo last fall and it failed) as a victory on my body's part, she totally dismissed it. I'd read a study that showed that some women with PCOS who were deficient with vitamin D and supplemented with it started having normal cycles and some actually got pregnant, and I would have shared this with her so she could share it with her patients, but she just scoffed at me.
Oh, and BTW, I was put on Metformin, too, but it did nothing for me (though no noticeable side effects either).
I started researching gluten intolerance, Weston Price, CLO, etc. because of my son. He was diagnosed with gluten intolerance through EnteroLab last spring, and we have both been off gluten ever since. That led to me reading up on grains in general (Dangerous Grains was a good read) and now I'm convinced that grains are things to be avoided. Funny, a few years ago I thought grains were super important -- I ate a ton of them and would have defended Dr. McDougall and the like to the death.
My family has a history of health problems, too. My dad: gout, glaucoma, low blood pressure, light-headedness, snoring, hearing problems, rage issues, blood clots, post-nasal drip, stroke and now dementia. My mom: blood clots, allergy to sulpha drugs, phlebitis, hypo-thyroid, arthritis, chronic diarrhea, over-weight issues, and some "female" problems that I don't know the details of. I'm problem even forgetting some, and these are mostly all things they've dealt with for as long as I can remember, not just things that struck them in old age.
The interesting thing is that my mom was always a big fan of Adele Davis and she supplemented both of them (and us kids) with tons of vitamins. But I think now that the issues have to do with gluten and grains in general, and more than that to insulin resistance/blood sugar issues. My mom got tested through EnteroLab recently and found that she is also gluten intolerant. She doesn't think my dad could have that issue though since she's stuck on the GI aspect of it. I wonder if my dad's diet had been radically changed when he was first diagnosed with dementia if things would be different. He now has no idea who any of us are, so he's pretty far gone.
I'm here because I want to be totally healthy and hopefully get pregnant again. I'm starting acupuncture next week and seeing another doctor to check for yeast/metal issues (for me and my son). I always thought, growing up, that my parent's problems were things that "just happened" and a part of life. I don't want my son thinking that or living that!