Most of us who have Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivities are aware that one of the many complications we can suffer is Adrenal Fatigue. So much has been written on the subject that it is mind boggling! In my last post I mentioned that the D-Man was suffering from Adrenal Fatigue, just not the common form. Most Adrenal Fatigue patients suffer lethargy, but not the D-Man, he’s like the Energizer Bunny and keeps going, and going, and going.
I had been searching for months for an Endocrinologist who would see the D-Man, but to no avail. We knew his adrenal function was getting worse, even after removing gluten from his diet. By chance, or maybe it was divine intervention, I met someone at a conference I was attending in early December. She recommended an Endocrinologist and suggested that I schedule a phone consultation with him. I had a good feeling about this Doctor and when I returned home I scheduled the appointment. The Doctor was incredibly thorough; he had reviewed the D-Man’s history, and was well versed in Celiac Disease and it’s side effects. He had the utmost compassion for the D-Man’s situation, and assured me that we would find a way to get the Adrenals functioning again. Several times during our conversation he stopped to ask if I had any questions….not a very common practice among Medical Professionals these days. When I did have questions he thoughtfully answered each one in detail.
The first thing this wonderful Doctor said was “Your son has Celiac Disease so you removed Wheat, Barley, Rye and Oats from his Diet, and you replaced them with Amaranth, Buckwheat, Millet, and Quinoa.” Wow I thought, he’s a mind reader too! I told him that was exactly what I had done. He then went on to tell me that even these gluten free grains were probably only 98% gluten free. That’s when I started to peak out the front window to see if Child Protective Services was coming to my front door. When I realized the coast was clear I had one of those “what have I done” moments. The Doctor explained that in cases like the D-Man’s any gluten is too much gluten. He told me that we needed to remove all grains (except rice, potato, and tapioca) from the D-Man’s diet for the next two months. At the end of the two months we will run tests to see if the D-Man’s adrenal function improved.
When we first started the gluten free diet I used rice, potato and tapioca starch. Realizing that these flours had no real health benefits, I began to refine my recipes to make them more wholesome. Slowly but surely I incorporated the ancient gluten free grains; teff, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and amaranth into my baked goods. I thought that adding wholesome gluten free grains to the D-Man’s diet was a good thing….only to find out that it probably wasn’t. I still believe that these grains are much healthier for the average person, unfortunately just not for the D-Man.
The next two months will be telling as we eliminate all grains from our diet. Our new diet will consist of Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, and Clean Protein (what the D-Man refers to as food from the farm). I imagine I will break down and make the occasional loaf of rice bread, for the D-Man. To turn a negative into a positive I will also continue to work with Coconut and Nut Flours which are free of grains so that the D-Man can have baked treats every now and then.