When Gluten Is an Issue

When Gluten Is an Issue
Christine Tender Points For as long as I can remember I’ve felt my emotions in my gut. Intense anxiety frequently sent me running to the bathroom. But it wasn’t until irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) began affecting my quality of life that I considered food allergies. My primary care physician referred me to an allergist. Following many skin pricks, he determined that I was lactose intolerant and allergic to pineapple. Luckily, I’d never liked pineapple. Giving up cow's milk wasn’t a big problem for me; I was happy to substitute it with coconut or almond milk in my breakfast cereal. Avoiding cheese was more challenging, but I realized that I could tolerate small amounts of hard cheeses. My favorites, Pecorino Romano and manchego, are made from sheep's milk anyway. And I discovered that goat's milk yogurt was healthier than the cow's milk version I'd previously enjoyed. Unfortunately, IBS-D continued to be problematic for me. I sought help from an acupuncturist who suggested further food testing. She conducted saliva tests whi
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