Celiac Disease - Save Our Bones

Q: I am a celiac. I am allergic to wheat and cannot eat oats or barley and that they say is why I have severe osteoporosis. I know how to use the right flours to make up for your reg flour and I love carrot cake. I am 5'5″ and weigh 104 lbs and trying to gain about 20 lbs and find it impossible. Any suggestions?

A: Indeed, celiac is a bit challenging, but you seem to have found the answers to manage it. If you want to discover the truth about osteoporosis and how to have strong and healthy bones without taking dangerous drugs and (this is very important in your case) without relying on extra supplements, I strongly recommend that you read the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.

In it, I tackle bone loss from its root cause: excess calcium leakage to correct a biochemical imbalance that's related to the pH in our tissues. And it can all be managed by properly combining foods. You'll be glad to know that wheat and oats are not good for our bone health because they create an acid residue. In The Bone Health Action Plan no foods are forbidden, however, and there are many choices available to suit everyone's needs and palate as well.

In reference to your weight gain, I think that as long as you feel good and healthy, you're on the right track. It's hard to gage weight and height because there are so many variations in frame and other things. For example, I'm 5'8″ and weigh a little over 130 lbs., without considering myself too skinny… You might want to concentrate on eating calorie dense foods for a while and see what happens.

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  1. Shirley

    Good Morning Vivian,
    I also have Celiac and would like to purchase True Osteo but I haven’t read where it is gluten free. I have also tried calling the 1-800 # but can never get an answer.

    Thanks for your help,

  2. Wilma Olive

    Hello Vivian,

    I purchased your book “The Bone Health Revolution” a few years ago and was very excited to start working to strengthen my bones as my Bone Density test showed The T-score for my lumbar spine as -4.1 (very high risk for fracture) and the left femoral neck as -2.9. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis when I was 68 and was told I would be in a wheelchair by the time I reached 72 if I did not begin immediately taking biphosonates such as Fosamax. I took this drug for a very short period of time as I did research on this drug and found out the danger of taking it. Since that time I have only taken calcium and magnesium. I have been involved in helping a relative who lives in another city which requires a drive of 2 hrs. and also two of my senior friends who need help. As a result, I have put my health on the back burner for some time. I am now 78 and I know I have lost ground as a 15 minute walk tires my back and also standing in the kitchen making my healthy recipes tires my back in a very short time. Do you think it is too late for me to get back on track and follow your Bone Health Action Plan? I realize that I must look after myself first as I won’t be helpful to anyone including myself. I love your book and am so grateful to you for your great advice and dedication to all of us diagnosed with osteoporosis. Have I put off looking after myself too long and is it too late for me to get the good results I had so hoped for a few years ago?

    Thank you, Vivian, for your concern for us all.


  3. Clyde

    I’ve heard that drinking a mild solution of organic apple cider vinegar in water is a good way to combat acid reflux problems. How would this acid relate to bone density as I read that you think having too much acid in your system increases bone loss?

  4. Beryl

    I have been put on Etidrocal by my Dr. It is a medication not mentioned in your book do you know anything about it’s side affects? I have only taken two prescriptions to date. It comes with two weeks of Etidrocal tablets and then 72 days of Calcium tablets. Your program is great and I look forward to learning more.

  5. Marsha

    I am 58 years “young” but physically feel 158!
    I have severe osteoporosis, scoliosis,degenerative joint disease, hypothyroidism with nodules.
    For the past 2 years I have been injecting myself with Forteo. My bone density has increased “some” and my endocrinologist has informed me that I must now have the once a year Reclast injection.
    I did not want to do the 2 year Forteo in the first place but felt that I had no other option because of my bone loss. I do not want to do this Reclast infusion either because of the possible problems that can result.
    I was for many years a very hard worker in Administration with many responsibilities. I did not take very good care of my health during those years. Unfortunately I am physically suffering today as a result. I know that knowledge is power and I am more than willing to make healthy choices for myself today. It took me a while to get to this point but I have arrived!
    I would much rather go the natural route if at all possible. I know that I am not an easy fix and I have realistic expectations. My attitude is positive and I truly believe that ignorance is NOT bliss! I would like your help and guidance and expertise in suggestions regarding my options.
    I was on Synthroid for years and I switched to a natural d/hormone “Armour”. Unfortunately they have made some changes to it and it no longer does what it used to. I have found a replacement which is fine. That is a whole other story for another time.
    I am interested in your input regarding the immediate concern regarding “Reclast”
    I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you again for your help for all of us. It is nice to know that there IS HELP out there.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Marsha,

      Reclast is a bisphosphonate, just like Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva. You can read what I have to say about Reclast in my free Natural Bone Building Guide.

  6. Alice leigh

    I am 60 , still working. I am also on GF diet since 1979 when diagnosed with Dermatitis Heppetiformis. I have ordered your guide because I believe in natural way of healing .

  7. Vivian Goldschmidt

    Jenny, your positive attitude is contagious…Keep it up!


  8. Jenny Wood

    I am Coeliac too! I was diagnosed 25 years agon! My Osteoporosis was I believe, a direct link with mal-absorption of Calcium along with working too hard for too long, no holidays and no sunshine and bad/irregular eating habits. The funny thing was that we owned at the time a superb restaurant with great food, which was highly acclaimed. However, the last thing we got to do was eat regularly and rest!

    We sold the restaurant and then I discovered that I had a 20% loss in my lumbar spine and osteopenia in my right hip. I had the necessary MRI scans (upright MRI) etc and my specialist prescribed bisphosphonates – which I refused to take. (This was 5 months ago)I have changed my diet and re-introduced weight bearing exercise (I used to be a PE teacher in my youth) and found some gold standard, wonderful supplements. These include Calcium and Vit D, along with other essential vits and Omega 3. I now feel great, my back does not ache nearly as much and I have hope. I am a young 60 yr old and I don’t want to give up yet. I have too much to do and a living to earn. We won’t be able to retire yet so I need to be fit. Keep eating GF food, take some well respected supplements (I could recommend), exercise in the right way, reduce alcohol and get some sunshine. Enjoy life! It is there for the taking:)

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