I was ready to give up hope…

Years of diarrhea…

Chronic Fatigue…




I was slowly dying…

And things just kept getting worse.

The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me.

Until one appointment, when I finally convinced my Gastroenterologist to order an endoscopy. A few weeks after the procedure, I got a pamphlet in the mail from her called, “Living Gluten-Free,” with a hand-written note that said:

Jordan, Tests showed you have Celiac disease. Follow a Gluten-Free Diet and you’ll be just fine.”

Ummm, what? What’s Celiac disease and what’s gluten?!? How could gluten be causing all these problems in my life? I’ll really be just fine if I change my diet?

I can’t help but wonder how many people around the world get the same prescription I did.

Some call it Gluten Free…

But I have a different nickname for it: The Celiac Disease Diet. Why? Because of a very important reason – a reason that almost killed me.

The Celiac Disease Diet Isn’t Working (and Is Making Celiacs Sicker)

It’s widely accepted that the first step in treating Celiac disease is removing gluten from the diet with 100% strictness. In fact, this is the treatment plan copied right from the National Library of Medicine and typical of most doctor-patient conversations after a diagnosis: [1]

Celiac disease cannot be cured. However, your symptoms will go away and the villi in the lining of the intestines will heal if you follow a lifelong gluten-free diet. Do not eat foods, beverages, and medications that contain wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.

You must read food and medication labels carefully to look for hidden sources of these grains and ingredients related to them. Because wheat and barley grains are common in the American diet, sticking with this diet is challenging. With education and planning, you will heal.

While removing gluten exposure is critical to the treatment of the disease… it isn’t THE only treatment. It’s just part of it. The danger lies in the promise that people with Celiac disease, who follow a strict gluten-free diet for life, will fully heal.

When I followed a strict Gluten-Free diet for 2 years, believing I would be “just fine” and STILL had diarrhea 5-10 times a day, I came face-to-face with insanity.

In fact, things got a little scary when I was absolutely convinced I was getting “gluten contamination” from everything (like the dishwasher, cooking pans, silverware, water, air, kissing, breathing, whatever). It reached the lowest point when I thought I couldn’t eat anywhere but my own kitchen without getting “glutened.” But the reality is: it wasn’t gluten contamination at all.

The Celiac Disease Diet wasn’t working for me…

It turns out I wasn’t alone.

The latest Celiac disease research is painting a scary picture…

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Recently, we talked about how important polyphenols are for health.  

We forgot to talk about one of the biggest sources almost everyone with a gut issue can eat and should eat — Olive oil.

Olive oil seems to have been forgotten.  

Why use it when there are all these other fats: coconut oil, avocado oil, animal fats? (Experts on the internet coo.)  

There are lots of reasons, including that it tastes way better on certain dishes and many of the blue zones (areas where people live over 100 regularly) consume a ton of it.

There’s people who don’t use olive oil anymore because they don’t think it’s heat stable to cook with, or because they think it contains the wrong kind of fat. Both of those are just theories and there’s plenty of ideas on how both are FALSE.  

I think olive oil is delicious, healthy and a great addition to anyone’s diet. I enjoy it regularly, cook with it 20% of the time and honestly think it tastes WAY better than coconut oil.  

Of course, that assumes you’re buying high-quality, non-rancid oil, which I’ve found to be extremely confusing and hard. In fact, if you think olive oil tastes kind of like canola oil or other manmade toxic oils (rapeseed, vegetable oil, soy, etc) — then it’s highly likely you’ve never actually tasted real olive oil.

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Still unsure how the gut-brain axis relates to real-world issues?  

After reading this courageous account of perseverance, I think you’ll understand much deeper how other people experience gut-brain symptoms. Also, there’s an unexpected benefit of reading a true account of health struggle and success.

As you read and relate to Eric, you’ll learn to do so more with your own body. The deep caring and curiosity you have for another will unlock things in your own journey. That’s why sharing stories and listening to them is so powerful.

Eric is removing the mask today.  

And it’s going to feel so good.

Many of his closest people to him have no idea what he’s been through. And now hopefully, through this detailed and amazing revelation, they’ll connect with him better, understand him better and even be motivated to change their health.

Whether you have anxiety, histamine intolerance, hypoglycemia or have seen less than stellar results on a FODMAPs diet, low-histamine diet or others…

This piece might give you a new insight about the downward spiral of disease… as well as the upward spiral of health.

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It’s rare for me to meet practitioners who “Get it” – who have gone as deep as I have in the rabbit holes of food, gut health and overall body health.

It’s even more rare for these people to be educators…

Which is why I’m really excited to introduce you to a friend of mine, Andrea Nakayama. We’ve grown closer over the last year and it’s time for you to learn from her wisdom.

This post is for patients and practitioners alike and speaks to a problem that I’m seeing very frequently these days.

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If, as you likely know by now, you are 90% bacteria and 10% human, just who (or what) are you feeding when you sit down to your morning meal?

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Have you seen the show American Ninja Warrior?

These women and men are doing things that are mind blowing! Watch this short clip or this one.

As humans, we are fascinated by athletes, celebrities and others who do the seemingly impossible.

But this phenomenon extends beyond events, into our everyday lives.


Because most of us are just waiting for someone to show us what’s possible.

That’s what shows like American Ninja Warrior do. They stir something deep inside of us that proves to us what’s possible.

I know you know someone who…

… has lost 20 or 30 plus pounds.

… got that high-ranking job that should have been impossible.

… got out of massive debt.

Or like our guest poster, Stacey, who resolve their complex and painful health issues, which is just as amazing as any of the feats on American Ninja Warrior.

It takes dedication, courage, and determination to figure out your health issues and get rid of them. There’s no easy button. It’s one of two choices (1) hard work or (2) a lifetime of worsening symptoms, pills and doctor bills.

I so appreciate you Stacey for opening your heart and life for all of us to be inspired by. And I hope that you the reader are inspired to be next — next to tell your story, next to start the hard work and next to learn what it’s like to get your energy and health back.

Will you be next (free NEW webinar here)?

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