A Gluten Free Diet as a Sarcoidosis Treatment

by Laura
(Boise ID)

Do you know if gluten sensitivity causes sarcoidosis and could a gluten free diet be a possible sarcoidosis treatment?

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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Laura,

There is ABSOLUTELY a connection between sarcoidosis and gluten sensitivities. They have found a high degree of 'intestinal autoimmune reactions' in the digestive tracts of those with sarcoidosis and an almost 10 times higher rate of Celiac Disease.

Of course, they can't test for Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and, even worse, don't usually even believe that it exists.

But if you have sarcoidosis or ANY autoimmune disease, I recommend that get on and stay on a gluten free diet- and specifically not 'Just' a gluten free diet, but a HEALTHY gluten free diet that does not include 'gluten free junk food' like gluten free pastas and gluten free breads.

The goal here is not to replace gluten, but to get healthy right? And that is not likely to happen if you continue to go to Starbucks and get a double Caramel Frappucino with a gluten free pastry instead of a regular one.

You didn't get sarcoidosis 'randomly'. No one picked your number out of a big box and 'wham' you got sarcoidosis. You got it because of the effects of your lifestyle on your genetics. So the only way to turn that around is to effect your genetics differently. And the best and healthiest way that I've found to do this is to eat a 'primal' or 'paleolithic' diet. And I recommend The Primal Reset to guide you easily into this way of living.

I spent 20 years figuring out what's in this program. It's amazing and I suggest that you follow this program if you want to maximize your health potential...

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Tested negative for Celiac
by: Laura

I've been diagnosed with sarcoid, but blood tested negative for Celiac disease. Does this mean I could have non-Celiac gluten sensitivity? What does that really mean?

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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Laura,

I explained it in the post when I responded to you and in the Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity page.

On that page, it talks about a group of women with Lupus who tested negative for Celiac, but whose Lupus went into remission on a gluten free diet.

So what that really means to you is that you need to ask yourself if you want to find out now that going on a gluten free diet might improve your condition? Or do you want to suffer for years and find out years from now that you could have avoided years of suffering just by eliminating one food from your diet.

It's that simple...

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Gluten free working?
by: Laura

I've been on a gluten free diet for about 3 weeks now. My coughing attacks have stopped completely and I only have some coughing left. I can even take deeper breagone compleths! I expect it will take a few weeks longer before all of the coughing disappears.

Rather than going on prednisone for sarcoidosis, my doctor and I agreed today to observe my progress on the gluten free diet for three months. This will allow for more time to journal what I am eating and the effects on my health.

Nice. Good going Laura
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Laura,

Good for you for giving it a try. I wish that more people would understand how powerful a gluten free diet is and how gluten is detrimental to health. Just think, if you would not have tried this, you might have suffered with coughing for years without knowing that eliminating ONE food could have almost completely cleared this up! The book Gluten Toxicity: The Mysterious Symptoms of Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, And Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance discusses some of the strange symptoms of gluten sensitivity and how bad this substance is for you.

Yeah for you! And keep going on your path to discovering how foods impact your health. You might try different periods of time eliminating dairy, corn and soy to see how those make you feel as well. All of these are HIGHLY allergic and can contribute to poor health in many many people.

Maybe your experiences will also help your doctor to realize the connection too, and many more people could be helped when doctors begin to realize that this isn't some kooky new age thing, but a very real phenomenon that is very much based in science.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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by: Antoinette

In 1986, I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, after a Biopsy. I was treated on and off with Prednisone for six years. Then, the doctors replaced Prednisone with Methothrexate for two years and I did not see it again. But I suffer a lot with my bones. WIth my doctors advices, I started to take 1200 mg
Calcium+Vit.D, 1000 mg Omega 3.

I also have a lot of Acidity when I eat meat. The day I am going to eat meat, I take one Prilosec one hour before meal. I fell down and broke a lot of bones, had twice on the same knee, Total Knee Replacements. Last April, I fell down again and this time, I broke completely my left wrist and had an operation. I am still working on it.

I used to be on Hydrocodone for several years, but now I am on Aleve and it helps me with my pain.

Thank God I am still on my feet.

Thank you for all the informations about Sarcoidosis. May everybody finds their cure and get rid of this disease

I survived Systemic Sclerosis
by: Shannon Tripp

I write to you in the very same hour I have learned a friend of mine has died of complications due to Sarcoidosis. She was 31 years old and a wife and mother of 6 children. She developed lung disease and died of acute lung failure. I am shocked at the turn this has taken. She has lived out of state for a number of years and I learned of her death on facebook. In my shock I quickly began to search for information related to her disease... but I was looking for certain buzz words.

You see, last year I was diagnosed with Systemic Sclerosis. I was very sick. And to fight back I armed myself with information that led me to drastically change my diet and lifestyle. I improved my sleep and exercise habits and changed my diet to include a dairy and gluten free diet as well as eating mainly plant based organic whole foods and drinking lots of water. I do still eat meat but the quantity has been reduced and the quality has improved. Grass fed. Free range. Organic.

Within 5 months of my original diagnosis I was down graded to Undifferientiated Connective Tissue Disease. And although I still have a few markers I was told I have a less than 10% chance of developing full blown autoimmune disease. My goal is to rid myself of my last few markers... two of which are aggravated if I have gluten. I do believe I will heal myself completely. I wish I could have helped my friend...

Caused by lifestyle?
by: Sheila

I work very hard to have a healthy diet and exercise. I'm very upset about the comment that I didn't get sarcoidosis randomly or that it has anything to so with my lifestyle. It's been a miserable 3 years since I was diagnosed. I've tried everything and yet I can't get off steroids because if I do my eyes swell and I can't breathe. I've gone from walking 20 miles a week on my treadmill to barely getting to my car. I'm pissed because people like you make blanket statements like the one above. It's very discouraging when I'm doing research to better my health and I see statements like these. Makes me want to give up.

Gluten Free?
by: Kerri Knox, The Immune System Queen

I'm betting that you, like virtually every American, has eaten gluten and pasteurized 'store bought' dairy and 'vegetable oils' for most of your life. Eating what you consider 'healthy' and eating gluten and pasteurized dairy and other things are entirely different. If you are not eating a paleolithic or Weston Price diet that includes only grass fed and pasture raised animal products, raw (or no) dairy, have eliminated all so called 'vegetable oils', have eliminated all gluten containing grains, and have minimized or eliminated all other grains- then you are NOT eating 'healthy' regardless of how you 'think' that you are eating.

So, you can choose to believe that it is your lifestyle (AKA: environment) that caused your disease (including factors such as toxins in the air that you breathe and not getting enough of certain nutrients that you may have a higher need for), or you can choose to believe that it's random.

Personally, having it be random would make me want to give up more than if it were my lifestyle because I can't DO anything about randomness. But I CAN change my lifestyle. If you 'really' believed that you got your disease 'randomly', would you be looking for solutions on the internet? Probably not because it would be unlikely you would be able to do anything about it.

Kerri Knox, RN

Sarcoid relief
by: Suzan

I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis seven months ago. I have several other autoimmune diseases, namely thyroid problems, plantar fasciitis and some hair loss and bald spots.

As soon as I was diagnosed, I did some reading and decided to drop gluten, corn, soy and all dairy from my diet. I also started vegetable juicing. Within a few months, my coughing and breathlessness stopped and the pain in my heels disappeared.

I then decided to have naturopathic allergy testing, IgG and IgE. I had to eat a variety of foods for this because to develop antibodies towards a food, you have to be eating it. I started eating all the foods I'd dropped from my diet. By the time I took the tests, all my symptoms had come back. The test results showed I have strong allergic reactions to gluten, dairy, red meat and other foods. I am completely convinced that sarcoidosis is caused by the inflammation that eating foods I am allergic to causes in my body.

I think that everyone should have naturopathic allergy testing and avoid all the foods that show up as problematic. Gluten, dairy and beef are foods that cause inflammation in the body. I avoid the nightshade vegetables too, as they cause problems for a lot of people.

Medical doctors may know how to expose us to large amounts of radiation, put us on toxic drugs that make us sicker, and cut us open. But they won't suggest simple natural remedies that will improve our health.

Sarcoidosis and gluten
by: Faye

Hi. My son was diagnosed about four years ago with sarcoidosis. This after every test performed was negative. Even lung biopsy was negative. So because of this gook in his lungs and coughing they put him on prednisone. Autoimmune drugs.

Well he is still sick and I decided after reading this info that we should go gluten free. It has been five days now and I know this gluten free lifestyle will clear up this autoimmune issue and his lungs. I am so happy because we have renewed hope.

Cough Reduced 90%
by: Patty in Mesa

I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in 2010. It has also led to bronchectisis) I was on prednisone for two years and decided the long term side effects were not worth the rest of my body's overall health.

I have continued being a swimmer at age 65, with the background of a national ranked swimmer in the 60's. I recently swam 13 miles in the San Francisco Bay and placed 12th overall in the Boston Light Swim in 2015. I had a perforated gastric ulcer from taking Advil (I discovered it cleared up my lungs beautifully. It is a "non steroid anti-inflammatory". No warning it could eat a hole in your stomach. I was fortunate that the radiating pain from the ulcer went up my left arm, which caused me concern for heart attack and we called 911. The pain level was maybe a 2 and I had no idea that the NAISAIDS had eaten a hole in my gut. BEWARD Advil, Alleve Iburprofen, or any of name that NAISADS are listed under. I can only take Tyenol now, not even aspirin. Nearly 20,000 people die each year from NAISAIDS and over 100,000 are hospitalized. Had I not gone in when I did, the stomach contents in my pelvis and intestines likely would have become septic.

I have been able to avoid lung infections now for 3 years by a protocol of supplements (averaged 3 cases of bronchitis per year for over 15 years) My ACE levels are still around 80, but I have not gotten sick. I have had a chronic cough UNTIL......

Two days ago, I discovered the Paleo Auto Immune Protocol and my cough has been reduced by 90% I had always eaten primarily this way, since the 60's when Atkins came out. I have been gluten free for 4 years.

For two days, no grains (not even rice) no dairy (I love cheese), no soy, no nightshade vegetables, no vegetable oils, butter, margarine, ghee and any seed oils, no sugar, no alcohol, no legumes, no nuts and seeds, no coffee

Only grass fed beef and wild caught fish, shellfish, wild game such as grass fed bison, chicken and turkey (do not know about their feeding stipulation but choosing no added antibiotics or hormones).

So in another words, lots of vegetables, protein and good healthy fats - olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, fermented veggies, (no soy). I miss cheese but will get over it!

I was a construction manager building homes for 15 years so possibly mold, dust spores, fumes, who knows led to sarcoidosis. I am staying on this spartan died and I am sure within a month of so I will not feel deprived.

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