Ever Heard of the FODMAP Elim. Diet?


The FODMAP elimination diet seems like it goes hand-in-hand with Specific Carbohydrate Diet protocol. It’s probably very obvious because of my last two posts that I am seeking relief from my IBS symptoms that are not fully under control even on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet.

The FODMAP theory holds that consuming foods high in FODMAPs results in increased volume of liquid and gas in the small and large intestine, resulting in distention and symptoms such as abdominal pain and gas and bloating. The theory proposes that following a low FODMAP diet should result in a decrease in digestive symptoms. The theory further holds that there is a cumulative effect of these foods on symptoms. In other words, eating foods with varying FODMAP values at the same time will add up, resulting in symptoms that you might not experience if you ate the food in isolation. This might explain the mixed results of studies that have evaluated the effects of fructose and lactose, two types of carbohydrates, on IBS. Ongoing research is being conducted as to the accuracy of the FODMAP theory and the effectiveness of the diet for IBS. Read More

If you are interested in following a low FODMAP diet, it is essential to work individually with a licensed nutritionist (See: Finding a FODMAP Dietician)

WebMD weighs in with their article on Finding the Right Diet for IBS
The goal is to find the most liberal and varied diet possible that still keeps symptoms under control. Most people find they can still include their favorite foods if they exercise care. For example, a person who discovers that fructans (found in wheat) cause a lot of distress might find they can’t tolerate wheat at every meal, but may be able to tolerate one portion of wheat without a problem.

Is FODMAP the right diet? Specific Carbohydrate Diet? Paleo Diet? Gluten-Free Diet? I just don’t know. I do know I’m reading a lot. Making the move to organic products, juicing, eating gluten free and attempting to move away from eating a lot of grains. I do know that stress plays a big role in digestive upsets and I’ve had enough stress this summer to last a lifetime and it’s not over. I am desperately looking for ways to not be so gassy that no one wants to be around me. I am so embarrassed by passing gas when I’m out in public, especially talking to an acquaintance or at the chiropractor’s office getting adjusted. I’m always apologizing. I’ve had enough. Looking for relief, constantly assessing if I should eat this or that and searching books and the internet for answers is causing it’s own stress. Hopefully in my quest to find answers, I can help those who reads my blog posts.

Several web sites I came across while researching the FODMAP diet. They seem VERY informative:
IBS Group
IBS Free
ibs at About.com
IBS Group/todaysdietitian – this article is not about FODMAPs but IBS in general. Good article:  Still a misunderstood disease and often treated as a psychological condition, IBS is a real condition that can be debilitating to a person’s life. IBS statistics are sobering: An estimated 35 million Americans have the disease. It ranks second only to the common cold as a cause of lost work time and accounts for approximately 3 million physician visits in the United States every year.1 The path to an accurate diagnosis of IBS is often a confusing, complex, and emotional process. However, family members, physicians, dietitians, and support groups can provide IBS sufferers instant information and relief. Read More…

I pray this information helps anyone suffering with IBS. I believe newly diagnosed IBSers and “old hats” can benefit from these articles and web sites.

Healthier without Wheat


The Book, Healthier without Wheat is written by Dr. Stephen Wangen. Dr. Stephen Wangen is one of the world’s leading experts on IBS, food allergies/intolerances, and the ecosystem of the digestive tract.

I read this book in the 5 hours it took to go visit my grandson, so you know it isn’t a difficult or laborious book to read.

Dr. Wangen discusses wheat in our diet & doesn’t believe it belongs there — just like Dr. Davis in “Wheat Belly”.
He discusses celiac disease, non-celiac forms of gluten intolerance, testing for all forms of gluten intolerance and for wheat and gluten allergies and then treatment of gluten intolerance. Oh I wish he was my doctor, but he’s on the other side of the great big wide US of A 😦

Dr. Wangen bellieves that wheat has been bred to have three major beneficial traits that were absent in its wild ancestors: (1) larger grain, (2) grain easier to remove from stalk and (3) extra large seeds cannot disperse on their own–dependent entirely on people to reproduce. Hmmm, sounds healthy to me! My husband was reading a book the other day, “The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews and came across the name of the man who started the whole wheat manipulation. I’d so love to go back to the 1940s and stop him. But then, someone else would have picked up the torch 😦

Alright, why’d you let me get off topic–gheez. Wheat isn’t grown because it’s the best fuel for our body. It’s grown because it provides us with an amazing amount of food per acre and is very economical to produce. Hmmm, guess money really is the ROOT of all evil–get the joke, ROOT. Oh, forgetaboutit!

Dr. Wangen states that Americans eat more wheat per person than any other country.
Also, the United States is the most affluent country in the world with an incredibly hi-tech healthcare system. According to the World Health Organization’s evaluation, the USA ranks 37th in health 😦

Also, 60 million Americans (20%) have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or chronic digestive problems.
40% get heartburn
10-20% have severe fatigue
and the list goes on and on and on.

Wheat is not necessarily bad for everyone, and it isn’t necessarily the cause of all the health problems known. However, says Dr. Wangen, it is a threat to the good health of millions of people whose bodies are not able to process it–yeah, mine. Full of It

Gluten intolerance can dramatically affect the skin, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, immune system, energy levels, joints, teeth and even behavior and mood and, of course, the digestive system. I have not read the following book that Dr. Wangen recommends by Dr. Rodney Ford yet, so I cannot comment on it, but will provide the link here if you wish to investigate it. It’s called “Full of It“.

Back to Healthier without Wheat. Non-celiac gluten intolerance can be diagnosed. When your immune system attacks food in a person with a food intolerance, it creates antibodies. The antibody is called gliadin antibody.

To have a correct diagnosis, the proper tests must be run. The patient must be eating offending foods to have antibodies present at the time of the test. The lab must be high quality and the physician has to keep in mind all the symptoms that can be triggered by the food (as does the patient, and the food must be eliminated for a long period of time for healing to take place).

Gliadin antibodies are made when your system encounters GLUTEN. I won’t get into the technical stuff, but there are three different gliadin antibodies of interest to Dr. Wangen, IgA, IgG and IgE. There are labs that can run these tests, along with the ELISA profile (stands for Enzyme Immunoassay). Unfortunately, this test is expensive, insurance companies tend to NOT pay for it because it involves 96 different tests. I do know this because I’ve asked. The doctors around here either don’t know about it, or they don’t ever deal with it 😦

I think there needs to be a scholarship for people with gluten/wheat intolerance to go to Seattle and be treated by Dr. Wangen. I bet he could just about wipe out digestive disorders and all the other nasty stuff that goes along with it. Wouldn’t that be wonderful 🙂

That’s the end of my notes. Rats, I want more and I read the book! I think he probably gets very technical about the tests and also about testing for bacteria, parasites and yeast with a stool sample test. My doctor here won’t do that test unless you have diarrhea. Rats, double Rats!

I hope this book review helped you. Have a great day, go and make some GF Rice Krispie treats from the YELLOW box, not the blue and put a smile on your face.

Simply Gluten Free Magazine Article Review

This article is from the May/June 2013 issue.

DrWangenPressCould It Be Gluten? Your Body’s Many Reactions
                                        by Dr. Stephen Wangen

Dr. Wengen’s article woke me up to how far-reaching gluten sensitivity is. I’ve been eating wheat-free but am going to start making sure the products I purchase are gluten-free.

Gluten sensitivity comes in all shapes and sizes. Dr. Wangen makes it clear that gluten sensitivity isn’t a one-size-fits-all set of symptoms. He states, “with or without celiac disease, it’s clear that gluten sensitivity is associated with all kinds of health problems. Got fatigue? Brain fog? Insomnia? Poor recovery from exercise? Poor endurance? All can be due to gluten sensitivity.”

Behavioral and psychological problems can also be related to gluten sensitivity. If you’ve read Wheat Belly you learned that doctors had amazing results when they fed a wheat free diet to schizophrenics. Many people report that depression or anxiety fall away once they stop eating gluten. I have to interrupt here to say that “I” have had an amazing reduction of anxiety since going wheat free. It’s sooooo wonderful. My mind is clearer. Still have foggy days, but it is wonderful to feel I have my mind back!

Okay, back to the review….People have noticed dramatic changes in their children who once had ADD, irritability, poor grades, poor social skills, and even autism!

Now, Dr. Wangen talks about digestive issues? Hmmmmm! IBS, anyone heard of it. If you have, if you have it, you are definitely familiar with it’s symptoms and issues: abdominal pain, gas, reflux, heartburn, nausea, etc. He even goes so far as to include autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Lupus, Sjogren’s, and Scleroderma. He wrote, “[a]nyone with any autoimmune condition should strongly consider the possibility that gluten is a trigger.

Dr. Wangen isn’t saying that every little headache, migraine, asthma, irregular menstrual cycle is caused by a gluten sensitivity; BUT, it sure couldn’t hurt to find out. “What if you don’t have any symptoms at all? Still think you can’t be gluten sensitive? Remember, even many celiacs don’t experience any obvious reaction to gluten…[but] gluten is still causing harm.

The bottom line? Gluten sensitivity can literally be connected to nearly all health problems. Whether or not your doctor agrees does not change this. In fact, even if all of your lab work is negative, you should still consider the possibility. The results may be truly remarkable.”

Going off gluten isn’t a piece of cake. It does require commitment even when you’re just “trying it out”. I have a family member who “tried” going gluten free for a few days and didn’t feel any different and gave it up. It took my husband’s blood glucose numbers to get down into the low 100s three weeks. You cannot go gluten free half way. You might as well not do it at all if you sneak in a burger at McDonalds (I’m hungry. I didn’t feel any different after I ate the burger.) My husband’s said this but he is totally aware what wheat does to his glucose levels. My recommendation, and I’m no expert, is to go wheat free for at least a month. It will cost you time and money to do this; but isn’t the end result if you have seen amazing results, worth it?

My gas and bloating was so really bad when a doctor suggested I go wheat free. I was wearing non-fitted dresses and almost ready to buy size 14 pants because my stomach was so distended and I didn’t like anything tight around my stomach. After going wheat-free I had to go out and buy a new wardrobe! I was wearing size 8 pants and could tuck in shirts and wear a belt! I was amazed. Also, I was no longer passing gas that could make your eyes water.

I’d love to hear some of your stories about what happened when you stopped eating wheat. 🙂


Dr. Stephen Wangen is the award winning author of “Healthier Without Wheat: A New Understanding of Wheat Allergies, Celiac Disease, and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance.” He is co-founder and Medical Director of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment Center (www.IBSTreatmentCenter.com), the first clinic of its kind in the nation, and he is an internationally recognized speaker and writer. Gluten intolerant himself, he hasn’t touched gluten for 18 years and has lived dairy-free for 12.

RATS: Dr. Wangen’s Treatment Center is in SEATTLE, Washington

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I personally attest to Heather’s experience on trigger foods and how to control IBS. If yours is severe like mine, you may still have to take supplements to help, but following Heather’s guidance has made a huge difference in my life 🙂

NOTE: I do not take her supplements.


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