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Hi folks:

Sharing material below because of homocysteine connection with PA. In earlier material I submitted about tests suggested for PA, homocysteine levels test is one in their list. Read

more below.

Because I have had symptoms that approximated even "leaky gut" description, requesting homocysteine levels be checked. Knocking at GP's walk-in clinic door on Monday with request for three blood serum tests.

Wish me luck. As a patient (mostly impatient after thirty years of medical incompetency/ misdiagnoses) I have the right to request the route I consider best to determine what is my medical condition. They I will do what I can to handle for the rest of my life! 'Tis my body and my destiny. Who knows best how their body feels? Us, the patients. I need to know in order to accept. Acceptance simplifies our lives so that we can adjust and handle condition.

Recall that I shared earlier this is my sixth month without any grains of any sort in my diet.

My digestive system finally calmed down from inflammation I have had since childhood. I would not touch even favorite such as a granola bar, corn cereal, or porridge bowl for all the money in the world! I joined PA on January 13, from the info obtained zeroed in on B12 and demanded on Jan.17 shot and prescription. Have since taken 1,000 mcg, sublingually, then on Jan.15 raised to 3,000 and 5,000 mcgs for noted substantial improvement. What a blassing indeed!


Celiac Patients Can B Healthy by healthetimes in In the News

A recent study finds that B vitamin supplements reduce the risk of developing very high levels of homocysteine in people with celiac disease and, according to researchers, “should be considered in disease management.”

A lifelong digestive disorder, celiac disease (CD) affects both children and adults. When someone with CD ingests foods that contain gluten, a protein found in wheat and several other grains, it creates an

=== immune-mediated reaction that causes damage to the small intestine. This damage doesn’t allow basic nutrients from food—including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals—to be properly absorbed. ===

Since the body can’t properly absorb nutrients, CD increases the risk of folate and B12 deficiency, which can contribute to the development of excess levels of homocysteine. Elevated blood levels of homocysteine increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. In this study, researchers looked at the effect of daily vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin B12 supplements combined with a gluten-free diet in individuals with CD. Those who took the B vitamins had significantly higher blood levels of these vitamins and also had lower total homocysteine levels compared to celiac patients not taking the supplements and the healthy control group.

Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide by Shelly Case ($24.95, Case Nutrition Consulting, 2006)

Wheat-Free, Worry-Free: The Art of Happy, Healthy, Gluten-Free Living by Danna Korn ($14.95, Hay House, 2002)

In good health from Canada,


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