When Wendy Cohan RN wrote the Better Bladder Book, she was the first to suggest a connection between wheat and interstitial cystitis. Given the fact that many IC patients struggle with irritable bowel syndrome as well as other obscure food sensitivities, this study offers insight into what may be going on. Some, but not all, IC patients have reported that eliminating wheat from their diet has dramatically improved their bladder and bowel symptoms. This study suggests that a wheat sensitivity may be present and could be the root of some IBS problems. While they are not studying IC patients, the data is compelling. IC patients may want to try eliminating wheat from their diet for a brief period of time to see if their symptoms improve. – Jill O.
Data Casts New Light on Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity: Is it an Allergy?
About the Author: Jill Osborne
My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.