Dealing with gluten intolerance is a life-long journey, with uphill battles, calm plateus, and a few precipitous downhill slides. Hopefully our lives also include many periods of vibrant good health. The good news is that for each of us, living gluten free gets easier over time. Recently it has also become easier to eat gluten free - gluten-free foods are the fastest growing segment of the new foods market, having surpassed the low-carbohydrate trend of the last decade. That is really good news for us.
Like anything else in life, the gluten-free diet becomes less of a challenge with practice, and we are encouraged by our improving health. Here are some recent success stories from clients I have worked with or met through the gluten-free community. I have had personal contact with all of these individuals and have verified their stories.
On the Downside
Many people sent emails in response to the article I wrote on Gluten Sensitivity and the Bladder, saying that all of their symptoms resolved on a gluten-free diet, despite doctors discounting a link between gluten and the bladder. The respondents included:
Even some pet-owners wrote to me about their pets urinary incontinence problems going away on a gluten-free diet!
I have gotten emails from all over the country and the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.
For urinary tract issues, gluten-free is the way to go. This association is now being closely followed in clinical trials and confirmed by thousands of anecdotal stories patients tell their doctors.
For a large percentage of those affected, avoiding gluten is an important factor in helping to eliminate chronic urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis, and chronic prostatitis. Read the success stories in The Better Bladder Book - A Holistic Approach to Healing Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain (Hunter House Publishing, Nov. 2010)