Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks its own tissue. The majority of Americans actually have a genetic predisposition for gluten intolerance, which can trigger and/or exacerbate many other conditions, especially related to autoimmunity.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks its own tissue. Shockingly, the majority of symptoms tend to be neurologic (in the brain), not gastrointestinal (in the gut). In fact, for every single celiac suffering from gut symptoms, 7 others may have only brain-based symptoms (headaches, fatigue, numbness/tingling, depression, etc).

The majority of Americans actually have a genetic predisposition for gluten intolerance, which can trigger and/or exacerbate many other conditions, especially related to autoimmunity. Let us help you find out if your health conditions are related to gluten intolerance.

Celiac Disease Symptoms

Do you suspect or know that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant? Symptoms may include :

  • Abdominal cramping, pain and bloating
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (can present as chronic iron deficiency)
  • Bone/joint pain
  • Itchy skin/rashes (dermatitis herpetiformis)
  • Struggles with weight gain or inability to lose weight
  • Balance troubles (ataxia)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • “Failure to thrive”
  • Miscarriage
  • Osteoporosis

Triggers for Celiac Disease

What can trigger celiac disease?

  • Lack of breastfeeding
  • Chronic stress
  • Fungal/Candida overgrowth
  • Timing of gluten introduction
  • Hormones
  • Chronic low vitamin D levels

How Can Dr. Autoimmune Help?

“Why don’t I feel better now that I’m off gluten?” Sadly, 60% of patients studied one year post gluten removal still had no significant gut healing.  Meaning, you can remove the main trigger (gluten), but you can still suffer from symptoms. This is most likely from continued autoimmune inflammation, infections, hormonal changes and nutrient deficiencies.  You heard that right: The majority of those diagnosed with celiac disease do not recover after gluten withdrawal!

It can be frustrating trying to find help with chronic and complex conditions, which is why we have chosen to dedicate our practice to exactly that. Instead of treating the symptoms, our functional medicine approach focuses on finding the causes.

All autoimmune diseases start in the gut.  We design custom plans of dietary intervention, supplements and lifestyle recommendations to help heal the gut and support the immune system.  In supporting these fundamental functions of the digestive tract we can reduce inflammation and see dramatic changes in symptoms.

Finding the Root Cause

We know that autoimmunity requires 3 things to develop:

  1. Genetic predisposition
  2. Leaky gut (a.k.a intestinal permeability)
  3. An environmental trigger

It All Starts in the Gut!

Our small intestine consists of 25 feet of tubing, the inside surface area being equivalent to that of a doubles tennis court! 

Proteins called “tight junctions” prevent a flood of material into the gut. Low vitamin D levels coupled with inflammation in the gut starts to widen the space between cells, allowing materials (bacteria and food) to start seeping through.  This triggers inflammation and antibodies are formed against your own tissue.

I initially started seeing Dr Ian for intense tiredness, digestive problems, low thyroid and a slew of other symptoms. He has been so amazing in supporting me to continuously make improvements and the results have been incredible. I highly recommend him, he is intuitive, wise and a high integrity person that I respect and value!

- Susie

Ian really knows A LOT about thyroid problems! His knowledge and confidence convinced me to make the lifestyle changes -including no gluten, no sugar, and more exercise-that are essential to healing hormonal imbalances and to staying well. Several months later, I feel stronger, more energetic, and am happier than I have felt in a long time. Many thanks for all your help!

- Anonymous

Using adjustments, blood analysis, supplements, suggested diet and exercise, Dr. Hollaman has been able to recreate the proper function of my endocrine system and I feel like a new person! I’ve lost weight and feel good about myself again. I know that my health is better than it has been for many years and I am no longer taking thyroid supplementation.

- Joetta

Dr Ian helped me overcome many health problems. When I initially went to see him, I was suffering from hypo-thyroidism. With his help, I am no longer hypo-thyroid. Amazing Results! He is highly recommended!

- Mary

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We’ve set up a comprehensive new patient special that includes everything necessary to determine the root cause of your condition and start you on the journey to getting your life back.

✓ 1-Hour Comprehensive Physical and Neurologic Exam
✓ Advanced Brain Mapping
✓ Complete Blood Panel – Examining Over 80 Unique Markers (Includes lab fees)
✓ Follow Up Session to Review Findings and Develop Customized Care Plan

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