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on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 in Culinary Trends

glutenfreeLife seems to place us on the exact path on which we need to be, although we may not always recognize it at the time. I was reflecting on that bit of wisdom recently while working on projects for our NuLife Foods certified gluten-free line of products. I truly believe that NuLife Foods saved my husband’s life!


Three years ago, when Whitsons began its journey into the world of allergen-free foods, I attended a conference where we reviewed in great detail the symptoms of gluten and casein (dairy) sensitivity. I remember thinking, “Wow. That sounds like Karl! I wonder if his symptoms are stemming from food allergies!"


For most of his life, my husband had suffered from asthma, in addition to gastrointestinal and skin symptoms. Nothing he tried seemed to work. In fact, his health was declining; he was seeing a lung specialist and we both secretly harbored the fear that Karl would suffer the same fate as his father. Dad had passed away in his early 60s from an undiagnosed condition that was eerily similar to Karl’s symptoms, which seemed to be progressing at a much earlier age than his father. We didn’t talk about it, but it was the elephant in the room.


After the conference, I convinced him to “try” going gluten free, just for a few months. He reluctantly gave it a go. We also discovered, through trial and error, that Karl is sensitive to dairy products. Much to his surprise, after removing these allergens from his diet, many of Karl’s symptoms slowly disappeared and his health started to improve. He was feeling more energetic, his lungs were clearer and his rosacea was gone. He weaned himself off the inhalers and maintenance drugs for his asthma.


Today, Karl is healthy, inhaler-free and living a gluten-free (and dairy-free) life. We’ll never know how close we came to the most serious side effects of an undiagnosed gluten intolerance: diabetes, bowel disease and cancer, irreversible intestinal damage, anemia, osteoporosis


But I do know this: the possibility of a long and healthy future together, as a family with our three children, has been restored. We BOTH have a new lease on life and we are so fortunate that my work for Whitsons landed me squarely in the right place, at the right time, to get the knowledge I needed to save my husband. I was exactly where I was meant to be, and now the future in front of us is wide open!


For more information on Celiac Disease and gluten intolerances, please go to www.celiac.com, or visit The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network at www.foodallergy.org.

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Jackie Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Holly, what a great blog with a happy ending. The information you provided may even save another person the difficulty your family had to experience. I do not believe in coincidences and this is a perfect example of why.

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