Gluten sensitivity is real

Gluten sensitivity is real

Gluten sensitivity is real

Gluten sensitivity is real – so this is my response to The Gazette Montreal.

“Dear Sir, Gluten-sensitivity: a medically proven entity.

I was disturbed to read the piece by Brian Dunning – Is gluten really something that most people should avoid? I am also a “skeptoid”. However, my reading recent medical research has convinced me that gluten-sensitivity is indeed a common and serious entity.

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, has confirmed the presence of gluten-sensitivity in the absence of coeliac disease. They set out to determine whether gluten ingestion could induce symptoms in non-celiac individuals. It did. (Biesiekierski JR et al, Am J Gastroenterol. 2011 Jan 11. Gluten Causes Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Subjects Without Celiac Disease: A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial).

Six years ago, Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou, Consultant Neurologist, wrote in the British Medical Journal: published literature supports the contention that gluten sensitivity represents a diverse spectrum of which coeliac disease is just one part. (Gluten ataxia: science versus conviction).

The entity of gluten-sensitivity has been validated by many others, including Prof A Fassano, celiac expert at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA. Last year he said: “A category of people appear to be sensitive to gluten without having full-blown celiac disease. For them, symptoms may be less typical, involving depression, mental fogginess, mood swings and behavior changes.” Gluten-sensitivity is recognised to be ten times more common than coeliac disease. Fassano goes on to say: “Previously, gluten sensitivity was diagnosed mainly by ruling out celiac disease and wheat allergy in people with symptoms. But researchers are evaluating antibodies to gliadin, a gluten component, as a possible biomarker. About 7% of the population has these anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA); intriguingly, so do 18% of people with autism, and 20% of people with schizophrenia.?

Yes, gluten-sensitivity is a common and important medical condition that requires treatment with a strict gluten-free diet.”

Gluten sensitivity is real

In 2015 this paper again is confirmation: “Small Amounts of Gluten in Subjects with Suspected Nonceliac Gluten Sensitivity: a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Cross-Over Trial.” They concluded: “In a cross-over trial of subjects with suspected NCGS, the severity of overall symptoms increased significantly during 1 week of intake of small amounts of gluten, compared with placebo.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25701700

Gut skin and brain

Often I am asked: “What symptoms does gluten cause?” The answer is a lot!

The Gluten Syndrome can affect your gut, your skin and your brain. The Gluten Syndrome refers to the cluster of symptoms that you experience if you react to gluten.? It applies to any reaction that is caused by gluten.

Lots of symptoms: It includes celiac disease, and also the myriad symptoms that can be experienced throughout your gastro-intestinal tract. It also includes many other symptoms that do not stem from your gut. These include brain and behavior disorders, irritability and tiredness, skin problems, muscular aches and pains and joint problems.

Called Gluten Syndrome: The affects of gluten are wide ranging and are now brought together under the term The Gluten Syndrome. In most instances, a simple blood test (the IgG-gliadin antibody test) can identify the people who are affected.

Gluten ataxia

A Gluten Ataxia sufferer, who has lots of nerve & brain symptoms and wobbles when she walks, wrote  “We have more than just our small intestines at risk.”

Yes, indeed! It is surprising (perhaps un-nerving to use a pun) how much ill health is caused by gluten. My recommendation is that anyone with unexplained chronic symptoms should get tested for celiac/gluten problems.