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Celiac (gluten intolerance)

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


See more very helpful information under the general category of auto-immune diseases.

Intestinal tractCeliac disease is an autoimmune disease wherein the body mistakenly attacks the gluten found in grains that are in the digestive tract.  Celiac disease is genetic and can develop at any age in life from infancy to adulthood.  What occurs is as foods with gluten are eaten the body produces antibodies to attack the gluten but these antibodies then mistakenly attack the lining of the small intestines.  This damage to the intestinal lining includes the villi that are responsible to absorb nutrients and begin their delivery to other body systems.  The nutrients particularly affected are fats, calcium, iron, and folate (folic acid or vitamin B9). 

With deficiency in these nutrients a number of symptoms emerge that vary from individual to individual with the disease.  These symptoms include:

·  Abdominal pain and bloating

·  Indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting

·  Fatty stools (pale, large, bad odor, floating)

·  Decreased (or increased) appetite

·  Lactose intolerance

·  Weight loss, growth problems in children

Some symptoms are not associated with the digestive system:

·  Dermatitis herpetiformis (a skin rash)

·  Anemia (iron deficiency), fatigue

·  Missed menstrual periods

·  Muscle cramps, joint and bone pain

·  Sores in mouth

·  Seizures

·  Easily bruising, nose bleeds

·  Dental discoloration, hair loss

·  Nutrient deficiencies, malnutrition

Beyond physical symptoms depression, irritability, and behavioral changes can accompany the difficulties in diagnosing and dealing with this disease.

3 Problems with similar symptoms

IBS (irritated bowel syndrome), IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), and celiac disease.  What is the difference?

All three conditions can have similar symptoms hence sometimes leading to confusion.  Further complicating this is the fact that IBS is very common, occurring in as many as twenty percent of Americans while IBD and Celiac are less frequent.  Therefore, since the symptoms may be similar, there is often a quick diagnostic conclusion of the more common IBS.  Here is a summary of differences:

IBS – Irritable bowel syndrome

    Technically this is a disorder rather than a disease because the bowels are not damaged.  Some believe that nerves that control the contractions of the bowels that move food through the intestinal tract send incorrect signals to the colon or rectum.  These contractions, that are normally regular, may then increase in frequency or become spasmodic leading to the symptoms often experienced.

     Symptoms may include chronic constipation, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort or pain.  It can be triggered by stress, insufficient fluids, inadequate nutrition, allergic reaction to certain foods, or just not eating properly (gulping a meal down, eating on the run, etc.).

IBD – Inflammatory bowel disease

    This term refers to a number of different diseases of the bowels.  They are typically chronic conditions with inflammation of different areas of the intestine and may cause eventual damage.  Often they are associated with or are themselves autoimmune in nature.  The two most common forms are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. 

    Symptoms may include diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, bloody stools, and/or a fullness and pain in the lower right abdomen.  Blood tests will show unique markers that are not present in IBD.

Celiac disease

    Celiac disease is genetic and an autoimmune disease wherein the body mistakenly attacks the gluten protein found in grains.  As with IBD and unlike IBS, this is a disease that causes damage to the intestinal system.  With celiac the damage is done to the lining of the small intestines but IBD can be anywhere in the intestinal tract.

    Some of the symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence with a bad odor, fatty stools (pale, large, bad odor, floating), weight loss and others.  Celiac has been reported to be triggered by trauma after surgery, childbirth, stress, and even viral infection.


[search helps: celiac sprue, ciliac, gluten intolerance, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, GSE]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: Essential Oil Cellular Complex , Digestive Blend, CinnamonC, GrapefruitC, GingerC, LemonC, Peppermint, TerraZymeC

Essential oils based products: GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula, Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider: Frankincense, MelaleucaC, OreganoC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

see also general suggestions for autoimmune disorders.

The following fundamentals seem common to many success experiences:

·  Absolutely avoid gluten

·  Cleanse and re-establish healthful bacteria using GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula and support better digestive function with TerraZyme

·  Supplement nutrients by consistently taking the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

·  Drink sufficient pure water (divide body weight in pounds by two, drink the resulting number in ounces of water).  Avoid sodas/caffeine.

Use an essential oil protocol for ongoing support.  The following was suggested by Dr. David Hill:

·  2 drops Lemon - tonic for the liver

·  2 drops Grapefruit - helps dissolve toxins stored inside fat cells, so they can be eliminated from the body

·  2 drops Ginger - digestive support

·  1 drop Cinnamon  - helps to regulate and lower blood sugar levels

Enhance nutritional supplements with "Green Smoothies" to add more iron (for example Monica suggests the following):

·  1/4 fresh pineapple

·  3+ cups of fresh baby spinach  - for those not tolerant of spinach kale, collards, chard, or baby lettuce have also been suggested.

·  1 drop Peppermint essential oil (also really good with Wild Orange essential oil)

·  2-3 cups water

·  Pour over ice or put in blender with ice and drink.

·  Pour any leftovers into ice trays and freeze for later.  Later add 4 ice cubes to a glass of water and stir.


Experiences and Testimonials of others

Marti - Any suggestions on celiac disease?  All I know is you cannot have gluten.

Pat - This is a hard one, Celiac Disease is caused by a disorder of the Pancreas, it does not produce enough enzymes and so cannot digest their food. So Celiac causes a gut disorder that is painful and annoying. Staying away from grains is a must. If this person can go on the Wellness Pack, get him going on it asap. I would try the Frankincense and Digestive Blend in a capsule twice a day for two weeks and then re-evaluate the situation and if its working keep going.


April - Does anyone know anything that would help someone with ciliac disease? I was thinking Digestive Blend in capsule form, but I'm not really sure. 

Kathy - Yes, April, I would try Digest Zen and don't forget Peppermint or Ginger singularly. Sometimes single oils are more effective on certain individuals.  In capsules is ok, you can also try applying to the abdomen, in a clockwise motion.  Or consider direct application to areas that you might be suffering direct pain from.  I'm sure you know to avoid glutton.  I would recommend also that you read Bruce Fife's books about coconut oil. I remember that he addressed Celiac disease directly.  I believe he recommended coconut flour and coconut oil in your cooking. You would be able to reafFirm his theories with a little research.  I an a huge advocate of coconut oil, and have seen it helpful in many health concerns.


Ramona  - I have been anemic most of my life and until February they could not find a cause.  During the last trimester of pregnancy my iron level got down to 13.  I went on supplements, but they make me sick and I don't know how effective they are for me.  I was tested for Celiac Disease which came back positive.  I have 2 children with it as well.   So, I have been eating a Gluten Free diet since then, but I can still tell that my iron is low.  The biggest thing is that I have very little energy and a lot of dizziness.  This past Friday, while trying to work out, I got so dizzy and light headed, I almost passed out.  I am taking the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) Pack supplements, not perfectly, but I have been taking them for several months.  I know they are not super high in iron, but I was hoping it would be enough.

Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas of ways nutritionally I could increase my iron?  I just feel like the supplements sufficient.  I can't eat spinach, but other than that, I am open to anything else.  Would other leafy green vegetables be high in iron

Monica - first of all - I suggest ensuring that you're drinking enough pure water.  Anytime I get lightheaded, dehydration is often a culprit.  So, whatever your bodyweight is, divide that in half, and whatever the result is, drink that many ounces of water each day.  Example: 100 lbs / 2 = 50 lbs, so drink 50 ounces of water each day.  To your water, Dr. Hill suggests adding the following (...) essential oils to each 10 ounces of water:

·  2 drops Lemon - Tonic for the liver

·  2 drops Grapefruit - Helps dissolve toxins stored inside fat cells, so they can be eliminated from the body

·  2 drops Ginger - Digestive support

·  1 drop Cinnamon bark - Helps to regulate and lower blood sugar levels

Next, try having green smoothies for breakfast:

·  1/4 fresh pineapple

·  3+ cups of fresh baby spinach  - This is where you will get that iron your body is craving  (remember Popeye the Sailor-Man?)

·  1 drop Peppermint essential oil (also really good with Wild Orange essential oil)

·  2-3 cups water

Pour over ice, and drink.  If you want to, you can use ice in the blender, which makes for a thicker drink.  Personally I prefer mine liquefied rather than like a shake.

Chances are, you'll not be able to drink the entire pitcher's worth, and perhaps your family member may not wish to imbibe in this delicious drink, so pour any leftovers into ice trays and freeze for later.  When using the cubes, I find about 4 is sufficient, then I fill the glass with water and stir.  The cubes melt fairly quickly, and voila' - green smoothie with no cleanup!

Ramona – Thanks you so much.  I can't use spinach though, because as crazy as it sounds, it does not agree with me at all.  Would kale have the same iron levels or at least be a close substitute?

Monica - I believe that any dark leafy green would work.

Chelsea - These are great questions as I experience similar things and it's stinking frustrating! One of my favorite greens in smoothies because I think it's milder than kale or collards is chard. I read recently that it contains 25% iron when cooked so perhaps more when raw? Here is a list of foods generally high in iron besides spinach, which may help too. Asparagus, broccoli, collard greens, mustard greens, kale, turnip greens, parsley, and cabbage. Cabbage isn't too bad in smoothies either as long as I have a cucumber or 2 in mine it is usually okay. Monica's list of oils actually sounds fantastic too!

Lisa - I have Celiac also and have found if you add a liquid Vitamin B 12 to your regimen it helps with the tiredness and anemia.  I also have a rough time with spinach and use the baby lettuce that you find in the organic section of stores, which works really well in the smoothies.  I also suggest you read the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle, and they also have a website you can connect with other with Celiac and get tons of information plus recipes etc.  If you stay gluten free your life totally changes in sooo many ways.  Remember also, give yourself time for the gut to heal.

Julie Ann - One simple thing and good too, for low iron levels, is to buy a box of organic raisins and organic Black Strap Molasses and mix them together in a pint mason jar.   You take a tablespoon a day.  Really gives you a boost and works very quickly.  


Marc - I am looking for ideas on addressing anemia. Is this a disorder that the oils will address? Anyone have experience here?

Ramona - I'm certainly no expert, but as someone who suffered from anemia my whole life, without knowing why until a year ago, I will gladly share my experience.  I was finally diagnosed with celiac disease last February when I learned that 8 months into my pregnancy my iron was so low they were worried I might need a transfusion.  Fortunately, I didn't, but it still has been a tough battle to regain my strength.  I think that taking the gluten out of my diet was a good first step, but it wasn't the only thing. I really didn't begin to notice a difference until I went on the LLW last summer.  At the time I started on the LLW I was desperate.  Between the low iron levels and the hormones after having a baby, I had lost so much hair and nothing was growing back in.  I was embarrassed to leave the house.  I was dealing with a lot of depression, joint pain and just over all tired all the time.  I felt a lot older than my 37 years, and I really wanted  something that would give me my life back.  I literally only made it through the day by consuming 100+ ounces of caffeinated soda every single day.  That is a staggering amount, when I look back!

I was introduced to (...) in July and immediately joined.  I was mostly interested in it for helping my kids, but gradually I began to see how the products could help me.  I started on the LLW in August and even though I'm not perfectly consistent, I do take them pretty often.  In September, I completely, cold turkey went off caffeine and it was about 4 miserable days, but so worth it!  I have continued to use the oils and to change my diet.  I am almost completely on a whole foods diet, eating everything fresh and when possible-raw.  I am a whole new person.  My hair came back in thicker than ever, my nails are long and strong (which I haven't experienced in years)  I have energy and look forward to each day.  My depression, for the most part is gone and a month after starting on the LLW, I was able to go completely off the anti-deppressant my OBGYN put me on after the birth of my son.

Sorry for the novel, but I guess, I could sum it up to first, try to find out what might be causing the anemia.  And second, use the LLW and modify the diet.  I haven't had my levels retested, but I feel 110% better!  So, something must be going right!  Good luck!


Maree - Tell me about your celiac disease? I have a really good friend that has celiac and had a reaction after an essential oils meeting.  She consumed some Lemon in water but she thinks the smells of the oils in the room might have affected her even though she didn't touch them.  She said she was sick for 3 days after the party! I am sure her body is highly toxic and she is sensitive to many things!!! Anything you can tell me would be great!

Ramona - I'll gladly share whatever I can.  I don't know why Lemon water would have flared up her celiac because celiac is only connected to gluten consumption.  I do know that before my 10-year-old son was diagnosed with Celiac he began to be allergic to everything (fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, etc.)  It got to the point that I could not feed him hardly anything without him swelling up and itching from head to toe.  Once we discovered the celiac and put him on a 100% gluten free diet, his allergies went away, including the nuts and he can eat anything now (except gluten).

I'm still dealing with some of the effects personally because I can't do any type of cleanse since I am still breastfeeding.  I plan on doing a complete cleanse and doing the GI Cleansing Formula when I stop breastfeeding.  I even found that doing the GI Cleansing Formula while breastfeeding caused a horrible diaper rash in my baby, so I had to stop it.  So for now, I'm just eating the best I can (trying to eat mostly whole foods that I prepare myself, so I know they haven't been contaminated).  But celiac can be tough, and if your friend is extremely sensitive, even the smallest contamination can cause a flare up.

Chelsea - I have had experience with 2 people now who have celiac who have had bad reactions to the oils. One had burns on her skin from either the Peppermint or the Cinnamon in Protective Blend.  The other had lightheadedness and breathing issues. Both appeared to be an allergic reaction of some sort.  But at a recent Dr. Hill class he mentioned that the oils have no allergenic capabilities, they contain on allergens, and they cannot cause allergic reactions. I took one of my friends in to see Dr. Hill and he asked if she had any chronic infection. She claimed she had yeast infections and he concluded that it was a candida problem that needed to be addressed. In the meantime, he suggested she use other oils for health issues.

My personal opinion is the same. I have had fertility issues/miscarriages, anemia, hypothyroidism, seasonal allergies, IBS, depression/anxiety, and over the past couple of years I have been cleansing chronic candida and I suspect celiac. As I cleared up the candida, the symptoms for ALL of my issues were totally gone! I am totally on board with the idea that candida is likely the underlying cause of just about everything and I agree with Ramona that the LLW is one of the best ways to get a lot of that inflammation under control as well, just my 2 cents.

Kathy - Thanks for sharing that and, as I said before, as I got more into using the essential oils I saw that EVERYONE should start with the candida cleanse and drink Lemon water.  Doing 1 month on and 1 month off then doing it again and if need be doing it a 3rd time and THEN see what issues have cleared up.  I think everyone will be amazed!


Editor's comment - Another success.

April - My sister-in-law has Celiac disease so she can't eat wheat products, among other things. She came and had some crackers and a Peppermint brownie which of course she knew she was being naughty and she knew she would later pay the price with a terrible stomach ache. When she started to feel it, I gave her some Digestive Blend in a little water for her to drink. She was grabbing at her stomach still and in quite a bit of pain, so I gave her some more (a little stronger this time). Within about 10 minutes she didn't even have a stomach ache anymore! Now I told her that does not excuse her from eating like she's supposed to, but isn't it great that she has something that will make the pain subside if she accidentally eats something she's not supposed to eat? Nothing she had ever taken before had helped her stomachaches, so I know Digestive Blend is a miracle in itself!


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What Science & Research are saying

Candida, Inflammation & Auto-Immune Illnesses

Kathy - This summary is based on Dr. Bruce Semon's book An Extraordinary Power to Heal (2003). This summary gives general explanations about how yeast can cause so-called autoimmune illnesses and chronic disease. For detailed explanations, including an extensive chapter on how the immune system is supposed to work--and how yeast prevent it from working correctly--we recommend that you read An Extraordinary Power to Heal.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Numbness in the hands, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Ulcerative colitis:  What do these have in common?  They all respond to dietary intervention and anti-yeast treatment.

Why might chronic diseases ranging from psoriasis to ulcerative colitis to arthritis respond to dietary intervention and anti-yeast treatment? These diseases are all marked by the body appearing to attack itself. They are called "auto-immune" diseases.

I have always considered the idea of the body attacking itself as a strange idea. Why should the body do that? In 40 years of research, the biomedical research community has been unable to come up with any answer. Maybe the concept is wrong.

Maybe the body is not attacking itself primarily. Maybe the primary target is not the body but the yeast Candida albicans. To understand how such terrible diseases can occur, we need to look at the interactions of Candida albicans and the immune system.

Yeast are normal residents of the intestinal tract. After antibiotics, yeast grow to fill in the space left by dead bacteria and the yeast continue to grow at this higher level. The body still must contain the yeast so that the yeast does not invade the rest of the body. If Candida invades the body, the result is often death.

The best way to look at the immune system is to understand that the immune system has both defensive and offensive weapons. The main defensive weapon is inflammation. Inflammation is like putting up a wall, a hot wall, which makes it difficult for invading foreign microorganisms to get through. Inflammation will occur anytime the immune system contacts a foreign invader. But as you know the inflammation is painful. Along with the inflammation, should come the offensive weapons which kill the foreign invader. The problem is that Candida has many tricks to evade the offensive weapons of the body's immune system.

Candida is a very difficult organism for the body's immune system to clear.   Why?

Yeast have a capsule on the outside which prevents the first line (phagocytic) white blood cells of the body from engulfing the yeast and killing it. So the body must rely on the other parts of the immune system.

Candida has other tricks to evade the body's immune system. One of these tricks is to change its outside. The immune system recognizes the outside receptors of the invading organism and then sends out signals to start an immune response. Some of the immune responders then look for cells with those receptors. Candida albicans can change the receptors which it is displaying, making it difficult for the body's immune cells to react appropriately. In essence, Candida albicans is a moving target, which changes its form.

The most important thing to know about Candida is that Candida albicans can make factors which suppress the immune response to itself. These factors can be found in the circulation of people with significant Candida infections. When these factors are purified and placed in cultures of immune cells, these immune cells do not develop the responses to Candida which they are supposed to develop. In other words, Candida can make factors, which prevent the body from reacting to and killing the Candida. These factors prevent the total eradication of Candida from the body.

The Candida can suppress the offensive weapons of the body's immune system. But the inflammation will still be generated because when the immune system detects a foreign invader, there will always be inflammation. The problem is that the foreign invader, the Candida, is not going away, because the immune system's offensive weapons are suppressed. The inflammation will remain and inflammation is painful.

In the intestinal tract, there is Candida, which tries to invade the intestinal wall, and the immune system responds with inflammation. The problem is that the Candida suppresses the immune system's offensive weapons, so the Candida stays and the inflammation is prolonged. This prolonged inflammation is called ulcerative colitis if it occurs in the large intestine and it is called Crohn's disease if it occurs in the small intestine. These disorders are prolonged inflammation resulting from the immune system's inability to clear Candida.

In ulcerative colitis, there is painful inflammation of the intestine rather than regulated containment. As the body fights the yeast in the intestine, some of the cells fighting the yeast circulate and come into contact with yeast on the skin and start an inflammation there, leading to eczema and psoriasis .

Candida causes autoimmune problems such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis in this way. Candida puts out receptors on its cell surface which are actually human receptors for connective tissue and the immune system. If the body attacks the Candida in the intestinal tract, the body's immune system will attack anything which looks like the Candida. Because of the connective tissue receptors on Candida, the body's immune system may attack other cells in the body which have these receptors.

Many tissues such as the joints have connective tissue and as the body attacks the Candida, the body will also attack these cells. The result is painful joints or other inflamed tissues.

Candida also has receptors which are similar to those in the brain. When these cells are attacked, the result is multiple sclerosis.

In other words, Candida acts as a long term vaccination displaying the body's own cellular receptors to the body's immune system. When the immune system sees such receptors for a long enough time, it will attack cells which display such receptors, which includes the cells of the body. There is research which shows that such immune system reactions occur. The yeast Candida is the primary target. If the Candida is removed the body stops attacking itself.


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