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The Presentation of Celiac Disease is Changing and a Dead Tree Photo!

The Presentation of Celiac Disease is Changing and a Dead Tree Photo!

I have no idea why dead trees catch my eye, but they do. I almost always take photos of them and never like the photos I take… I really don’t even like this image, which is why I had fun in Perfect Photo Suite 9, utilizing both Perfect Effects 9 and Perfect Effects B/W 9.

It’s a dead tree! I have seen some images of dead trees that are appealing! Those images have textures, the trees often appear lonely,  surrounded an amazing sky or background. There is more to the image than the dead tree! Maybe I’m trying to find that fantastic image! I guess I’ll keep photographing dead trees to find one that I like.


New Celiac Disease research

Recently  an article on Celiac Disease made the rounds on the various news sites, even made the DrudgeReport. The essence of the article was that celiac disease is occurring in patients that have non-classical symptoms.

Here’s the actual published paper: The changing clinical profile of celiac disease: a 15-year experience (1998-2012) in an Italian referral center

Classical symptoms are malabsorption-related issues, i.e. Diarrhea

Few bullets from the paper

  • 80% of the patients had symptoms(classical or non-classical), 20% had no symptoms at all, positive serology only
  • Of those with symptoms 66% had non-classical symptoms vs 34% with classical symptoms
  • Diarrhea as a symptom was only present in 27% of the patients
  • Aphthous Stomatitis(Chronic Canker Sores) occurred in 18% of the patients!
  • 1/2(52%) of the patients in the study had Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
  • 34% had Anemia
  • a large proportion of the diagnosed patients had other autoimmune disorders

A majority of patients that are diagnosed with Celiac Disease report no classical gastrointestinal symptoms. If we continue to look for classical symptoms we are missing  2/3rd of the potential patients that could benefit from a diagnosis.

There is still a stigma with a Celiac diagnosis. It’s often easier to get other diagnosis’ where there is a defined treatment. Have diabetes, take insulin; have arthritis, take medication, etc. Have Celiac Disease, clean out the kitchen, stop eating out with friends and eliminate all the foods that are fun to eat! Also, as someone that doesn’t have gastrointestinal issues related to gluten, we hear loud and clear from those that do!

As a clinician that looks for signs and symptoms related to Celiac Disease I run into the stigma of Celiac Disease. If I see a patient with Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis(Canker Sores) I’ll mention the data and often ask a few more questions and most of the time I will recommend that they talk to their physician about a possible Celiac Serology test. I often hear, “Doc, but I don’t have any stomach issues and I could never give up bread!” These patients on rare occasion get tested, because they don’t have the classical signs and symptoms.

I have talked with Physicians that write lab slips for Celiac tests that do not(less that 10%) get filled, the only ones that get filled are those that have classical symptoms. The patients read up on Celiac disease and think they could never give up cupcakes!

I don’t know how to change this stigma, but I do know we need clinicians to discover this research and start talking about the benefits of this diagnosis. Sadly, many cases the non-classical symptoms are there waiting for a clinician to recommend testing, but are missed. We in the Celiac community need to start talking about the benefits of our diagnosis and stop talking about leaky, bloated guts.  Nobody wants to hear about the last time we were glutened! We have a diagnosis that is treatable by what we eat and in many, the Gastrointestinal issues that were not issues before are better now and the non-classical symptoms improve as well! That is a good thing and should be embraced by clinicians and patients! Serology tests for Celiac Disease should be encouraged for those with both classical and non-classical symptoms.

As I keep photographing the elusive dead tree, we need to challenge the status quo of Celiac Disease!

Love to hear some feedback

Holly! and a few personal notes below

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Gluten Summit Day-1 Recap

The Gluten Summit kicked off on November 11, 2013. Dr. Tom O’Bryan did an amazing job putting the program together. On Day 1 Dr. O’Bryan released four interviews: 1: Before Marsh III: Why the Early Stages of Celiac Disease Must be Taken Seriously Michael Marsh, MD, DSC, FRCP 2: How Sensitivity to Gluten Can Impact Your… Continue Reading

Getting Rid of GMO’s at the Cash Register

Dr. Mercola has an interesting article about the Tipping Point Against Genetically Modified Foods(or Organisms)- How Genetically Modifed Foods Will Be Eradicated. It has nothing to do with politics or the Government but how each one of us chooses to eat. This statistic from Whole Foods is interesting: The tipping point of consumer rejection of genetically… Continue Reading

Sunset at Preacher’s Point-Abraham Lake

Sunset at Preacher’s Point-Abraham Lake

Sunset on Abraham Lake at Preacher’s Point Preacher’s Point is the beginning of Abraham Lake. It’s where the river enters the lake, which means this area is quite a bit shallower than other parts of the lake. There are cracks and ice breaks and even a few spots where you can step in the river…

Interesting Ice Bubbles on Abraham Lake

Interesting Ice Bubbles on Abraham Lake

Who doesn’t love the Ice Bubbles on Abraham Lake in Alberta Canada? I don’t remember the first time I saw a photo of the methane bubbles on Abraham Lake, but I remember finding them so interesting that I had to make a plan to go visit them one day! Abraham Lake is in the Canadian…

Iceland Glacier Lagoon Reflections

Iceland Glacier Lagoon Reflections

More Reflections at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon As I wrote recently here about the calm water at the lagoon on my summer visit, this is another image that captures the glassy water and iceberg reflections! I like the blue hues and tones and imagine floating through the ‘bergs on a paddleboard! I have been to the…

Floating Ice

Floating Ice

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Something soothing about these large chunks of glacier ice that are floating through the lagoon out to the ocean. This was one of the few times I’ve been to the lagoon with almost no wind. Long exposures are difficult here as the ice chunks flow. Long exposures are a great way to…

Sublime Decay

Sublime Decay

Beautiful Antelope Canyon Buy this print here – View Full Screen Size HERE – View Arizona/Utah2016 Gallery HERE I keep going back to my Antelope Canyon images and keep discovering images that are interesting to me! This is one that I stumbled on recently. The texture, the light, the colors are pretty neat here! The Society6 15%…

Sandstone Fins

Sandstone Fins

Delicate Fins at Little Finland In a previous post, I posted some night photography images from Little Finland. In this post, I’ll share some images of delicate fins in the daylight! It’s a location I hope to return so I can capture more of the delicate fins! Here’s a link to the full gallery: Photos…

Starry Night at Little Finland

Starry Night at Little Finland

Astrophotography at Little Finland, NV Had the opportunity to spend some time in this remote section of Southern Nevada. I’m not sure I’ve seen such delicate fins of sandstone anywhere. We were there on a cloudless night which allowed for experimentation in astrophotography. I’ve created a Little Finland Photo Gallery where you can find larger…

Fun Watching the Sunset at Canyonlands NP

Big Vista- Canyonlands National Park I have started a new Arizona/Utah Gallery on SandquistPhotography.com, and this image resides there as well! This is the view from the Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park, near Moab, UT. The vista is incredible, and the drop off seems like a few hundred feet! An interesting study of…

Sparkling Ice!

Never Tire of Ice on Ice Beach   On a gray and rainy morning, we ventured out to find some Glacier Ice on Black Sand Beach of Jokulsarlon! And my partner at On1 Software is having a sweepstakes, til the end of the month

Stormy Greenland

Stormy Greenland

Or a storm clearing It was fun watching the storm clear in the Fjords of Scoresby Sound, Greenland! In this area of the Fjord, many of these mountain peaks are 1000-2000m or roughly 3000-6000ft tall! I had seen images from Greenland and this area, but I never found any that accurately displayed the size and scope…

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