Hi all, hope everyone is well. Yes, there is a lot of stuff going on, but also, some unanswered questions from earlier this summer. As some of you might have noticed I vanished for a minute there. Know that when I do, it’s usually for a very good reason…I think eyelashes and hair falling out is a good enough reason, don’t you?

Late April-early May is when it started  and I mentioned  this in one of the blogs from that period. Time for the update: who would think that in 2 1/2 years into being a Celiac; a well-informed, impeccable eater, and someone who tries her best to take care of herself, how I would, yet again, have an unsolved mystery???? When the eyelashes and rashes on my skin started I truly thought it was from too much makeup while filming, Blue Bloods, (the show I do on CBS). When the season ended the eyelashes and rashes continued. I started to have big spaces where eyelashes once sat and now nothing, not even small re-growth. At the same time, I was getting these hot burning rashes and to top it off I was seeing far too much of my scalp on the top of my head than one I would like.

Now I’ve never been a vain person but HELL, how much is one person suppose to give up with this disease? I was not about to let go of my eyelashes and hair now, too. I started to do my research which came up with a thyroid problem, Lupus, and other not so wonderful options. For me though, I’d rather know what I may be dealing with and armed with questions when going to seek a doctor. And go to the doctor I did, 10 of them! 10 of them in a three week period – not to mention having Lymphatic Drainage – going to see an energy healer, and anyone else who would try and help solve this mystery. My blood-work  for many other Autoimmune Diseases came back all negative.

What did come back is a slew of new allergies, What?!?!? I’m already Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Corn, and Refined Sugar – Free. What am I allergic to now? Air? No, it was Almonds, Eggs, Chocolate, Watermelon, Broccoli, Avocado, and Chicken, and so on and so on. The swelling in my face from my eyes had now taken over my entire cheek that brought me to the ER one weekend, of course, they had no answers. My research led me to a naturopath doctor who told me about Leaky Gut Syndrome. It’s something I knew about but didn’t think it pertained to me. Think again! All Celiacs most likely have this condition. Leaky Gut Syndrome, is a gastrointestinal disorder in which the intestinal lining of the digestive tract becomes more permeable, or “leakier,” than normal, due to repeated irritation. The small intestine is designed to allow tiny particles of digested nutrients to pass through its wall and into the bloodstream. These are then distributed for use throughout the body. But due to a variety of causes, the intestinal wall can become more permeable and allow larger, less digested particles and toxins to pass through—causing Leaky Gut Syndrome. The body then recognizes these particles as foreign “invaders,” and the immune system attempts to fight them off—which can set the stage for various autoimmune disorders. So, basically, anything that was getting into my bloodstream, my immune system thought it was a foreign substance therefore making me have an allergic reaction to it.

What to do? Well I’m on a mega-genetic drink for Leaky Gut called L- Glutamine, tons of Acidophilus and Quercetin. Please do your research and talk with your doctor if you believe you are experiencing this. What I also learned was that the food rotation diet is a must for all Celiacs !!! Since 2009 I’ve done countless research on the subject of Celiac and am still shocked when I discover something new. A food rotation diet is a vital part of a Celiac’s diet. Otherwise you easily develop other allergies. The foods that showed up in my blood-work  were everyday things I was eating, on a daily basis. I set up a simple rotation in my frig of mandatory milks to keep in rotation. I also made a simple calendar: what I ate on Monday I couldn’t eat until Friday and so on. I discovered a great site to help understand more about the Food Rotation Diet, please click on the link.

As far as my eyelashes and hair – they are growing back…for now. Still need my gut to heal, but, I, of course, didn’t give up on my treats. I’ve managed to create some completely allergy-free treats! Soon I will be making muffins and cookies out of air. Until then, stay well and look for my new blog post – Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Completely Allergy – Free!!

Ever Onward,

Jennifer Esposito

~ Jennifer

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    Hello Jennifer. I felt compelled to thank you this morning for sharing your personal hardship.

    As much as I’d like to share my story…it seems that I’m not ready yet to do so. I’m still trekking through the rubble and when I come to exceptional conclusions…I will divulge it to my readers.

    Until then, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your genuine explanation and time you’ve put into explaining what is probably going on with many of us as well.

    Grazie mille…and I truly wish you the best going forward.


  2. Shirley

    Hey Jen, Great info. I would love to send you a copy of my cookbook, FInally.. Food I Can Eat. It has recipes free of dairy, corn, sugar, eggs, soy, gluten, etc. It also has a chapter on rotation diets and food families which is really important to know if you are super sensitive. Can you provide me with and address to send my cookbook to you. Would love you feedback on it as well. I am just starting to write a second edition. Glad to hear your hair and eyebrows are coming back. Hey why not feature one of your gluten free treats on Blue Bloods. Your partner could make a joke about what are you eating now???

  3. Susie

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and the processes and all the details of this journey. I have never heard of rotation, so interested in learning about that, just when you think you’re getting it figured out…. Sometimes this can be so overwhelming……I’m also greatful for Shirley’s reply, I ordered her cookbook right after I read all this as I am also dairy, soy, corn, gluten, and refined sugar and chemical – free……it can be a challenge some days…..I feel for you and what you are going thru…my symptons are no where near as bad as what you are going thru. I found you seeing you on dr. oz ~ it would be good if they could work it into the show as well on Blue Bloods. I feel like you are a long lost friend ~ there are so many similarities and parallels in our lives. I wish you the very best and thank you for taking the time to share your experience to help others.

  4. Becky

    I have a 7 year old daughter with celiac diagnosed almost two years ago. About six months after being on a GF diet, she started loosing her hair. I must backtrack here and add that she also suffers from alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the hair follicles. She had bald spots in the past but never hairloss. She was tested for all types of conditions and deficiencies and thankfully all came back normal. At the same time, it was frustrating because there was no reason for the hairloss except alopecia. In the back of my mind though, I have always felt that it could be related to the GF diet. To this day, there are no real answers. Thanks to your blog, I plan to look into allergies, which is something none of her doctors have even suggested.

  5. Despina

    I don’t know if this helps or not,, but I have celiac disease and the gluten free oats still don’t agree with my stomach,, I tried them twice and both times it made me feel sick. Maybe it doesn’t apply to everyone but that could be a possablitly too.

    1. Laura R.

      Many people with celiac cannot tolerate even the certifed gluten free oats due to a protein called avenin. There is much debate as to whether or not oats are safe for celiacs. If you decide to try oats, make sure that they are certified gluten-free and I wouldn’t use more than 1/2 cup per day and then see how you feel.

  6. Donna

    Hi Jennifer,
    You and I seem to be experiencing a similar problem. My naturepath doc out here in LA says to have 2 oz. of pure aloe vera juice every morning on an empty stomach to help heal the leaky gut. I mix it with a couple of oz. of pure cranberry juice since that is good for the kidneys and gives it a little flavor. I have been tested for gluten intolerance and it came back positive but I have to admit I have not been doing good at completely avoiding all gluten. After seeing you on Dr. Oz yesterday and reading your story, I am convinced that I must adhere to a totally gluten free diet.

    I do have an under active thyroid and am on Nature-throid for that but I still have hair loss. It is maddening! It drives ya crazy feeling the hair crawling down your arms and chest through out the day – it must STOP!!!

    My doc feels that following the Eat for your Blood Type would help tremendously. I do not understand the science behind it but I do try to follow it for the most part. It is difficult since one of the items that I should not eat are tomatoes! Being Italian myself, that is no easy task!!! But when it comes to hair loss, I am convinced that I must stick to this diet to win the battle.

    Thanks for your blog, I will be following it and trying some of your recipes!!! Love to cook and bake myself :)

    Have a GREAT day!


  7. Claudia Wolfkind

    Dear Jennifer… I knew it had to have been bad… you mentioned lashes and hair falling out and then you disappeared. We will continue to pray for you. What I want to know is the “why”… why are so many of us suffering this way? Is it the chemicals? Persticides? EMFs? Did people 100 years ago suffer like this and if so, why did we never hear about it? Perhaps it was just always a mysterious illness that was never diagnosed and they just said people had stomach problems or other mysterious maladies. I live with pain every day from back / neck issues (thanks to people who think they don’t need to stop at red lights) and from fibromyalgia, as well as “stomach/intestinal issues”… my cousin, who I take care of, has late stage lyme disease… misdiagnosed for three years, it now “presents” as a combination of lupus and MS. We fight every day for health… life shouldn’t be this hard!

    Like others, I pray that Blue Bloods will at least touch on the topic with your character… we saw Danny take you to the hospital that one time… I’m praying they will follow up with that… it’s an important issue effecting so many people and I don’t know of any other character on TV that has been written with this health issue.

    God Bless you for all you are doing and staying the course in this fight.


  8. JustJen

    Hi Jennifer,
    When I first read this post, silly as it sounds, I started crying. I guess because I was thinking great now what else do I have to watch out for, but also because why didn’t I know about this, why didn’t my doctor mention any of this & why didn’t I do more research on my own.
    I wouldn’t normally be online at this time of day, but am home sick from a gluten reaction. I don’t know if any of you reading this ever vomit when you get gluten, but that’s how I react to gluten. When I was first diagnosed the doctor said “No that never happens, it must be something other than Celiac”. Well it does happen, it’s just not common. Sometimes it feels like it doesn’t matter what I eat, I just always feel crappy. I also have Fibromyalgia, another auto-immune disorder that causes chronic all over body pain. Sometimes I wonder if the Celiac causes Fibromyalgia flare ups.
    I’ve thought for a while that with certain foods & drinks I’m ok if I only have them every once in a while, but if I have them day after day then I’ll start feeling sick . I’m going to look into Leaky Gut Syndrome and also the rotation diet.
    Jennifer, I want to thank you for Jennifer’s Way. It’s so informative &, it lets people know that their not alone in their battle with Celiac.
    Thanks again,

    1. Alyson A

      Jen, I just discovered this website tonight because my dad referred me. I am at work and have to admit that I almost started crying going through the website and Jennifer’s story. I am so happy to have come across this website, but I also can’t help but feel down with all of these things that keep coming up, like this leaky gut. I have been trying so hard to avoid gluten, but it seems no matter what I do I never feel 100% better. I don’t understand why any of us have this disease. It is so frustrating to me, although I am trying to be patient. I have recently started getting numbness and tingling in my arms, legs and side of my head and could not believe when I read the symptoms of neuropathy in one of Jennifer’s posts. But, what do I do about it? I feel like I just can’t eat anything, and definitely can’t go anywhere to eat. I want to educate myself more, but I feel like it’s not getting me anywhere. I, too, have another autoimmune disorder- hashimotos thyroiditis- an underactive thyroid disease and I’m so scared I’m going to get more diseases! Anyway, sorry for the rant, just wanted to express that I am feeling down about this too!

      In case anyone is interested, I recently bought the nutribullet and it’s one of the best purchases I ever made. I have not used it recently, but this article has made me realize that I need to start up again. It’s ten times better than a juicer and comes with an ingredient book that associates each drink with different body systems. I highly recommend it.

      Hope we all figure this out, and finally start to feel better!
      I am definitely glad to know I am not alone- half the time i feel like people think I’m making this up!

      1. Vladimir

        gluten free right on the box. Made me sick, got a migraine and felt eeahustxd for 2 days. I only get migraines if I ingest gluten. Is this really gluten free or did the Disodium Guanylate make me sick as the previous blog commented. I guess we won’t know untilZatarains undergoes Gluten Free Certification, if they ever do. I will not eat this or any of their gf mixes again until it has the GF Cert logo.

  9. Jennifer

    I’ve only discovered that I am Celiac in March, after what I think has been 15 years dealing with this disease. I am comforted to know that my newly discovered “integrative medicine” doctor already has me on the supplements you mentioned, plus about 15 others. It’s a shame that the regular health profession and health insurance has yet to catch up on these things! So many of my vitamin and mineral levels were depleted, not to mention adrenaline, hypothyroid, “good” stomach bacteria and yeast issues. I had to go to a natural and of course non-reimbursable by health insurance doctor to see results. You do have to fight for proper information and help, and I thank you for being such an advocate.

  10. Carl P.

    I have had celiac sprue for 5 years
    I saw you on doctor Oz using brown rice syrup. I have read several books that state not to touch the stuff. Is there a certain kind that you use that is gluten free?

  11. Laura R.

    Hi Jennifer,

    I would like to recommend a book to you that I just read, called Breaking the Vicious Cycle, Intestinal Health through Diet by Elaine Gottschall. It is a specific carbohydrate diet (also known as SCD) and is an extremely popular book. You can check out all of the great reviews on Amazon. It is all about healing your gut and has helped many people with celiac and other digestive issues. It is not a diet you have to do forever, only until your gut heals. It is a very fascinating read. I have learned so much! I’m about 2 1/2 weeks into the diet and have so much more energy.
    The basics of the diet are that you can eat meats, fish, poultry, eggs, certain hard, aged cheeses, properly prepared homemade yogurt, fruits, vegees, nuts and the only sweetener allowed is honey. No gluten, grains, starches, or sugars (other than honey) & very minimal processed foods. You can bake with nut & coconut flours. There’s definitely more to it, but that gives you the basics of it. It might be worth checking into.
    I hope you’re feeling better soon!

    Laura R.

  12. Melanie

    The same thing happened to me at about a year or so after being diagnosed. Hang in there. I had a list of about 16 or more things I couldn’t eat and also had a period of time when I had to cut out dairy, which was the worst! Eventually, I got to add back most of those things including dairy. I have been gluten free for over 5 years now and feel the best I’ve felt in years. Healing is a process that just takes time. Wishing you good health!

  13. Brooke

    Jennifer! So sorry you are going through so much! Darn leaky gut!! I’ve have celiac and also feel I am incredibly (almost insanely) careful about what I eat. I recently found I have gall stones and my gallbladder function test came back lower than normal. I’ve read that this could be due to leaky gut. I am so truly thankful I was diagnosed with Celiac and am gluten free now, but I am afraid some damage has already been done . . .
    Please keep us updated if the food rotation diet helps, I really appreciate you sharing!!!

  14. Susan

    I saw your scone recipe on Dr Oz today and will be making those right away :-)
    Close to a year ago, I was diagnosed with leaky gut due to candida and multiple food sensitivities (gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, yeast, and a few others that I suspect) by my functional medicine doctor. I have Hashimoto’s that is still treated with medication but have resolved high cholesterol, acne, joint pain, no longer need insulin for diabetes, and have lost 20 lbs after eliminating these inflammatory foods. My husband is resolving his IBS, one child is vastly improving her ADHD and another has eliminated massive stomach pains and ear infections since changing our diets. Amazingly, each of the doctors involved definitively stated that food was not the cause of any of these issues.
    This has certainly been a journey that is continually evolving, so I really liked your statement that this is our new reality. As difficult and trying as this all may be, I have no intention of going back to the way things were.

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  16. Jess

    Jennifer, I am a Celiac (diagnosed 2 years ago) and I just found your site. I believe that I am just starting to experience a “leaky gut” as I am now unable to tolerate soy, dairy, and most recently corn. Thank you for posting all of this information. It is invaluable and I am so thankful that you are spreading the word. I hope that you are feeling better and healing. Peace to you.

  17. nina

    Love your site and looking forward to trying your products. My 11 yr old daughter has been gf for 3 years and I have noticed returning and new symptoms which I believe are caused by leaky gut/bacterial overgrowth. I live in NYC and would love to know the name of the naturopathic Dr. you found. I am willing to travel by car or plane. Your plan sounds similar to what I have researched and hoped to follow but our medical Drs. are not on board so need a naturopath…..please email us the info to celiac [email protected].

    Thanks so much!


    1. Jennifer

      Hi Nina

      Leaky Gut stinks, as well as Celiac, but it can be managed. My doc is Patrick Frattelone in NYC. He really “gets it” because he is also a celiac. He generally doesn’t see children but tell him I referred you and hopefully you will get an appointment for your daughter. One thing you can start asap is a rotation diet. Example, what she has on mon she shouldn’t have again until at least fri. This keeps allergies at bay as much as possible. Also research Quercitin it has helped me for sure.

      Please wish your daughter the best from me and please let me know how it goes with the doc

      Take Care


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  19. Gosia

    Aw Jennifer – thank you for sharing! I was diagnosed with Celiac 2 years ago. In the last 2 months the skin on my shins is extremely itchy but there is no rash – it’s not dermographism nor DH. My forehead is also itchy (not as much) and my chin. Non of the gluten free lotions I use really help. I am not losing my hair or eyelashes but they are very weak. I use Revitalash on my lashes and it has really helped. You should try it. I will try Quercetin as you suggested. Can’t even think of rotation diet. I keep eating the same things… just too tired to prepare anything new after work.
    I really love watching you on Blue Bloods, Crash, etc… and I can’t believe you’re so successful with everything that you’ve been through. Good for you!
    Great site. Thanks again.

  20. Linda Germanetti

    Hi Jennifer, I am soooooo glad you have this website. Besides my issue with gluten, I am food sensitive to dairy, corn, soy, yeast and now from eating way too much brown rice and almonds, I must avoid them as well for now. I have learned that our food sensitivities aren’t always “fixed”. When I eat a food too often, I become sensitive to it. I know better but I’m a creature of habit and must pay more attention to food rotation. Thank you for all your research. You are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside!

  21. Stephanie

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you so much for this post – I can so empathize with your struggles. Thanks to everyone who responded on here as well. My heart goes out to all of you. The support & information are invaluable. I was diagnosed with Celiac in August 2003. Leaky gut and multiple food allergies have also been a ongoing battle for me as well. Skin rashes have been a huge problem… by the time I was diagnosed with Celiac, nearly 50% of my body was covered in atopic dermatitis.. Recently had a difficult flare up this summer as well. In July I had a really bad flare up of dermatitis on my hands, neck, and face – severe acid reflux & indigestion, and some mouth sores! (this was new). Was so sick & freaked out that I even wrote a healer in Sedona to pray for me. Drug myself to my old gastroenterologist (and a dermatologist & an internist) – gastro doc knew instantly that I was having some sort of autoimmune reaction, and asked if I also had mouth sores (I was shocked that he had the insight to ask). Last month, had another EGD procedure and a round of biopsies – still trying to heal…

    Hang in there. I hope you are feeling better Jennifer. Big hugs to all of you – you are not alone. Thank you for your recommendations – I’d like to try the Metagenics products (always looking for something new). If anyone is interested – these products have helped me as well: “Primal Defense” from Garden of Life, and a product called “Intestive” from Proper Nutrition. Recently added “Concentrace” mineral drops to my regimen – and “Thyadine” from Trimedica.

    Can anyone recommend a good probiotic? I take them religiously – but am always on the lookout for a new one.

    Lots of love to all of you,


  22. anne

    Jennifer, I have really enjoyed your blog. I am definitely going to read more about the Food Rotation Diet, so interesting. Thank you for referencing that!

    It sounds like we were diagnosed at about the same time, and it continually seems like i am learning something new about this “disease”. I hate to call it that.

    And wow, I thought I was the only one allergic to avocado….so strange. I discovered my allergy when I was feeding my daughter some as one of her first foods, I took a bite, and immediately became all itchy., and was then tested. No wonder I never liked it ;)

  23. Greg Cochran

    Dear Jennifer,
    Where do I begin! I guess I will start by introducing myself, my name is Greg Cochran I am from York PA. I am the husband of the most wonder wife I man could ever ask for. We have a very unique marriage in a few ways with the first and most obvious being the fact that I am 17yrs older then my wife Jenn. I am 43 and she is 26. Second and more importantly we share a love that is effortless and fulfilling on every level. Together we run a business that allows us to be home with our 4 beautiful children. As you might imagine our vision of the future includes be getting old and grumpy and certainly going first. We have even discussed the fact that Jenn could and most likely will have other loves in her life.
    With that quick back ground you can imagine my horror when out of the blue one evening about 4 years ago, while laughing uncontrollably at some of my antics, Jenn suddenly had a terrified look on her face. It was in that instance I leaped towards her and with a major slur she exclaimed “I feel like I am having a stroke!” Had I not reacted in the moment that I did she would have collapsed to the floor. Ironically I had just completed a class on stroke warning signs that day. After safely carrying her to a recliner I followed my training as if she were having a stroke. At the same time I was on the phone with 911 requesting an ambulance. I cannot begin to describe the feelings of helplessness that I am not accustomed too, that came over me while watching this horror unfold.
    At the emergency room we were taken in right away because all the signs pointed to a stroke despite the improbability at Jenn’s age which at that time was of 22. Due to Jenn’s scrambled thought pattern she was experiencing it was up to me to relay her medical history. In an attempt to help the doctors figure out what was going on I first covered the immediate situation that lead up to the stroke like symptoms. After which time I began listing more obscure seemingly unrelated issues. I just wanted to be sure that if any of it were connected, the doctors could help her faster. But around the time I started mentioning things like the fact that my wife has majorly abnormal periods or suffers from extreme bloating from constipation that I wouldn’t believe if I wasn’t married to her. The doctor was clearly dismissive that I had entered into meaningless chatter.
    The days and weeks to follow were met with several more terrifying incidents that ended up in the emergency room. Each time we left with more questions than answers. Once we finally made it in to see the neurologist we were hopeful we would begin to find answers. The doctor ordered the test where you wear the head gear and record your brian activity for a weekend, then later for a week and lastly once while staying in the hospital for 5 days. None of these test resulted in any helpful answers. After several MRI’s and blood test all of which showed nothing wrong the tone of the questions began to turn. Weather it was our perception or reality Jenn began to feel like her sanity was in question. She experienced strong emotional feelings of guilt at home as if she had become a hypochondriac.
    It may be hard to believe or maybe it is true for lots of couples but I truly feel my wife’s aguish when she is stressed. I feel off when she is experiencing her symptoms. There was never a time that I questioned that something was wrong and the doctors were simply not thinking outside the box. I did my best to reassure Jenn that I was not only taking her seriously but I was researching on regular bases in an attempt to find the link between her symptoms.
    By now her list of symptoms began to include nausea, blood in her stool, extreme fatigue, bouts of extreme hunger, unexplained rashes, extreme bloating, depression and on one evening complete loss of movement from the neck down. We later discovered that our feelings of being labeled fruit cakes by the hospital staff were well founded. After receiving a copy of the emergency room transcript following the previous paralyzing episode we found that not only had the nurse surmised that my wife’s symptoms were psychosomatic she claimed my wife moved freely while she thought no one was looking! I was there the whole time and not only had my wife not moved, there was a curtain completely around us and this nurse had only been by twice is several hours! It was as if she needed to ad that fabrication to justify the dismissive attitude they so generously displayed that evening while my wife lie in complete horror that she might never move.
    To make matters worse we are one of the many Americans that cannot find health care because of preexisting conditions and as the owner’s of a small business we are forced to pay out of pocket. The doctors all of whom we feel dismissed us sent us into what has grown to over 20k in medical bills.
    Fast forward to last night 11/24/2012 as I lay in bed watching TV while my wife slept next to me. I had begun channel surfing when my interest was struck by your interview on Fox of all places. I generally consider Fox to be the Antichrist of TV news LOL! I had unfortunately discovered your segment in the last 15 minutes but it was enough for me to start to hear your very familiar story. I almost dismissed it only because I had searched the web so many times before with the list of my wife’s symptoms to no avail. Something told me this might be different so I got out of our warm bed and retrieved my laptop returning to bed to see what this celiac disease was all about. I will admit the fact that my wife shares your name and your website is Jennifer’s Way added to my need to look further.
    When I arrived at the list of symptoms I was overcome with excitement for the possible answers this could hold and anger for fact that we had so acutely described this condition to so many health professionals and were dismissed each and every time!
    Equally as important, after reading about testing children who share a parent with celiac another light bulb went off. Our beautiful ray of sunshine that is our 8 year old son Gavin suffers from a severe dry skin and scalp condition that is equally ignored by his doctor. He shares in the same learning disability that my wife suffered from as a child that affects his short term memory. He has complained about times when he begins to stare at something and feels unable to unlock from it and his list goes on.
    I am writing you today to say thank you for offering hope were there almost was none left. Thank you for using your spot light to bring attention to this condition that is surely being overlooked across our country. When my wife awoke this morning I shared my discovery with her. It is safe to say she is over whelmed with emotions at the moment. She is happy and equally angry at the same time. It has literally been a roller coaster of feelings.
    We are switching to a gluten free existence with a trip to the grocery store tomorrow. Jenn of course started after she read the list of symptoms. There is so much more to our story that would just take too long to convey in a letter but what is most important to me is that I have conveyed how grateful I truly am that I heard your message last night. Not only may this save my wife and son a world of future heart ache it has squashed my feeling of sadness that I have, up till now, been unable to help my wife who deserve only the best things life has to offer. She manages to create inside of me a feeling of appreciation everyday for her love and support and how it makes me feel like the luckiest guy in the world even when I am being grumpy. It is hard to put into words but I believe when two people love one another unconditionally they create a healthy feeling of indebtedness towards each other that drives them both to serve one another unselfishly and without the need to think about it. So when I was met with a situation that I alone could not fix for my wife it created a weight on my shoulders that I believed responded to the words that left your mouth causing me to stop at hells gate or Fox as it is known.
    On behalf of Jenn and me, we thank you. We will send you an update in the weeks and months to come as we transition into a gluten free family. We will participate in your Blog and surely be benefiting from the hard work and effort you have put forth in your website. If there is ever an effort where volunteers could be helpful in getting out the word please let us know.

    Greg Cochran
    York, PA

  24. misty

    thanks for this post! my 6-year old daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease and leaky gut a year ago by a wonderful functional medicine doctor in dallas. our doctor put her on a 4-day rotation diet and took her off gluten/dairy/soy/corn. i have no problems with the food eliminations, but the rotation is the hardest thing i’ve ever done, especially for such a young child. we finally got news last week that her small intestine is now healed and i can slow down on the rotation diet. music to my ears. we will still vary our diet as much as possible, but knowing that we did it brings such satisfaction. my sister sent me your website after seeing you on fox news (i think) and said your story reminds her so much of my daughter’s. i’m just so thankful that we found out so early in her case (though it took 5 years and every kind of doctor under the sun to run a single test). thanks for spreading the word – i look forward to keeping up with you.

  25. Jennifer

    Hi Jennifer. I stumbled across your site from a blog post regarding your interview with Dr Drew. I am so glad I found your site and your story as I have been struggling so much! So many of your symptoms listed in your story align with mine. I am a cancer survivor and have been trying to recuperate from my chemotherapy and radiation treatments which were about 5 years ago. My digestion hasn’t been the same since then and I have tried everything from eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, eggs etc. to supplementing with probiotics but my symptoms still persist. You mentioned that you take a drink with L-Glutamine, probiotics and Quercetin. Is it one specific product that has all these things included? Would you mind telling me the brand? I’m not sure where to look for it. I am feeling discouraged because I have tried so many things but my digestion still isn’t right. I haven’t tried to rotation diet so I am going to look into this and hopefully find relief from rotating my foods. Thanks so much for this website, I am so grateful I found it! God bless!

  26. Mary Ann

    I too have multiple allergies. The dr. appts. started at age 7 and continued until my mid 40′s when my allergiest tested me. It took 6 mo. to clear my system of gluten – but boy was it worth it! Now I can tell what food I ate, by my reaction – peanuts, soy or gluten. I have learned why I react to other foots, birch tree and ragweed allergies. I’m also allergic to propleyne glyco (anitfreeze) but is in loations, shampoos, color, perms, etc. I noticed somewhere on the sight about watching for gluten in shampoo – what do they call it? I’m sure I haven’t read gluten on any label.

  27. Susan

    I just saw your segment on the Today Show and found your website. After watching the show, I was on Facebook and saw a post from the Bulk Herb Store which confused me and I wanted to get your thoughts on it. I know that you’ve done your research so respect your opinion. Thank you.

    It says: “”But the gluten-free diet doesn’t fix leaky gut…

    As it turns out, when Celiac Disease patients follow a strict gluten-free diet, their zonulin levels do fall (which is good). But research shows that they still have elevated levels of zonulin compared to non-Celiacs. And when the zonulin levels are still high… the Tight Junctions can’t restore normal function and the leaky gut remains.”


  28. L fields


    No where in your article did you mention you were eating non-gmo foods. I know you said you cut back on certain foods but are you consuming all certifed organic, non-gmo foods?

  29. Ali

    What many people fail to understand is that Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance causes extreme malnutrition due to the gut damage. It is the malnutrition that creates the ‘allergies’ to different food because the elements needed for their digestion and processing in the body cannot get through. It is also responsible for other ailments like hair loss, weak nails, etc. for the same reason. When nutritional strength is weak, the body concentrates on more important things like keeping the heart and kidneys fiunctioning rather than diverting essential nutrition to less important stuff like hair growth…..

    Unfortunately, many people, when adopting a gluten-free diet, just change one type of crap food (processed gluten products), for other crap food (processed gluten-free products). The problem is that virtually all processed food is devoid of nutrition. Many commercially made gluten-free products contain inordinate amounts of refined sugar , in itself very devoid of nutrition. people also hunt out gluten-free processed foods like potato chips, corn chips, etc., which contain little nutrition.

    By nutrition, I am talking about vitamins, minerals, trace elements, phytonutrients – all the elements found in unprocessed natural fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, and good fats like butter, coconut oil, etc. Many processed foods are rich in calories but devoid of nutrition – a factor that is driving the rise in obesity, diabetes, and a host of othe diseases, including so-called ‘auto-immune’ diseases. They are also reddled with so-called ‘healthy’ polyunsaturated fats, which again are highly processed and turn into something akin to varnish when heated.

    When nutritional output exceeds nutritional input, something’s gotta give. The body cannot function properly when it can’t get all the tools it needs to do so.

  30. Kerrie Knapp

    So thankful for you Jennifer! I had been sick since about 9 yrs. old. 2 years ago this month is when I discovered on my own that I had celiac disease, the specialist confirmed and wanted me to go back to eating gluten for 6 mos. to have the endoscopy done I said there was no way I was going back to that hell..

    I am in no way recovered, I like you have been loosing tons of hair and eye lashes. I have been dairy free for a year but I believe I have other food allergies which is why I am still ill. I am thankful to hear someone else understand this craziness!

    Time to get retested for allergies, I really never wanted to step another foot into a Doctor’s office. I was so very hurt/angry at the answer being “all in my head” or “it’s just stress”. I like you experienced all those very same symptoms, so I completely understand how you feel and am comforted by your openness. So thank you!
    #continuing the battle of being healthy#

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  32. John Yazzie

    I think is the appropriate place to make my comments. Presently 2014.04.16 I believe I am suffering from an undiagnosed sinus infection since 1969, and to day ear, eyes and nose doctors have not pinned this down. In the past I never used to be sensitive to gluten until the early 1990s. Then at that time, in retrospect, I noticed the tissue from the roof of my mouth would peel away after eating a wheat based cold cereal. Soon there after I physically started getting weak, have short of breath symptoms and over the span of a decade I started catching flues, periods of prolong coughing, and of course acid reflux and leaky gut. I figured this was my immune system giving out.

    It took me time to figure out the sinus issue, and still having a hard time convincing a doctor I have a problem, but in the mean time I still have to stay away from wheat gluten because I still get weak in the arms & legs, the shortness of breath will come back, joint pain in my hands and especially my spine will re-appear, the bloated feeling, leaky gut and acid reflux. I have been given a Celiac test, and the lab results are Negative, so I have to classify myself as sensitive. I have had to cook my own food because, I had to insure that I was not getting any type of gluten in my diet.

    Part of those early symptoms muscle cramps in my jaw muscles when I opened my mouth to eat a large sandwich, then later on those instantaneous cramps would happen in my legs while working or sleeping in bed. Eventually I started taking magnesium to address the leg aches, and liquid potassium, V8 Juice, to get rid of the leg cramps. I found magnesium helped me to sleep through the night since I was also insomniac.

    I have had / have memory impairment issues and hair loose, and to address this issue I found Vitamin B complex tablets, plus an additional Biotin (B-7) tablet on top of that and taken at the same time at the B complex tablet has helped me. I don’t take this combination as much as I used to do, and now it is only once a week, because that is when the hair loose symptom would show itself again. I figure the memory part would reoccur again it I continued to not take those two particular supplements.

    The long term effect by my sinus infection appears to have worn down my immune system which also appears to have impacted / stressed my thyroid system, so that I have hypothyroid (low functioning) symptoms, yet lab tests indicated my TSH was low, and I should actually be showing symptoms of hyperthyroidism (high functioning thyroid). The bottom is that an Endocrinologist can not prescribe medication to me, so I have found other alternative, over the counter, ways to increase my thyroid activity. In my case just going gluten free, did not cause all my symptoms to disappear, but it has definitely helped me.

    This is just an overview, but I do take over the counter supplements to address my symptoms, and I have been able to stabilize what ever I have, but I am not back at a 100 percent. I would say 90 percent.

    I write this to indicate that Celiac symptoms could also be a symptom of something else.

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  35. Leah

    Hi Jennifer!

    Thanks for sharing. It is always great to hear more stories of challenges and success with this tough disorder.
    I wanted to share one thing that was an absolute game changer for me in healing my gut(leaky and otherwise from Celiac) as well as many other of my symptoms (inflammation, joint pain, receding gums) and that is, bone broth.
    Not sure if you have tried it yet or read about it but as winter comes, its a good time to play in the kitchen! It is an excellent remedy teeming with amino acids, collagen, gelatin and….many other things!

    I know it is a long and slow process to feeling well again, I wish you all the best! You are not alone.


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  38. Virginia

    Hi and thank you for sharing this! I am going through similar problems and still continuing to find new allergies – seriously, it feels like I can’t eat anything! You made me laugh with your air comment. Thanks for that.

    At times it feels I am being punished but I am trying to see the silver lining! True health and the ability to listen to my body and emotions. Thanks again xoxo

  39. Mimi

    Hi Jennifer. This is a great wealth of knowledge that is appreciated! I do not have Celiacs but do have Leaky gut. If i eat wheat, rice and now, tomatoes i get sores on my head & eyebrows & lose scalp hair, eyebrows, eyelashes. I know this post is old but I’m hoping for a response of your protocol that you used for leaky gut and hair regrowth.

    1. What items and brands did you use to stop your leaky gut? All products are not created equal as we know. :)
    2. What doses of what you used (to heal) worked best for you?
    3. What time duration/how long before you noticed results and some healing?

    Thanks, girlie! ♡

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