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Dr Rodney Ford believes that we are all at risk from eating gluten: any person, any symptom, any time! In his Gluten-Related Disorder book, he presents stories of 50 families severely affected by gluten. He asks: “Is eating gluten really worth the risk?

Price of US$20 plus postage

 

Sick? tired? grumpy?

Sick? tired? grumpy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: $20.00

 

I will not remain silent! With over 35 years of experience as a pediatrician, looking after sick children, I have come to the conclusion that much of their sickness stems from their food, and especially from eating gluten. Every day in my Clinic I see babies, children, teenagers and exhausted parents who are suffering from a wide range of illness. Of course, not all of this illness is caused by gluten. But gluten-illness turns out to be a major contributor to chronic ill health. So, this book is devoted to explain all about gluten and the harm it can cause you, your family and your community.

Everyone is at risk from eating gluten: any person, any symptom, any time. Gluten illness is slowly progressive. Symptoms can sneak up on you. You might not be aware of your deteriorating health. Children feel sick, tired and grumpy. Often they are called naughty, or suffer from behavior or learning problems. Dr Ford asked the parents of 50 families affected by gluten to write their stories. He asks: “Is eating gluten worth the risk?

Gluten cannot be digested by any of us, and causes gut inflammation in everyone. It can trigger irreversible autoimmune disease, cause celiac disease, damage nerves, upset the brain, spark skin disease, and much more. But once gluten-damage has become established, it can remain permanently. So… is eating gluten worth the risk?

As Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. It is my belief that gluten-harm matters a lot. Therefore, I continue to speak out about it. I have already written many books about the issues surrounding Gluten Syndrome and eating Zero Gluten. My goal is to increase “global gluten consciousness”.

Dr Rodney Ford has spent his career helping people with food allergy and gluten-sensitivity, gluten intolerance. Author of “The Gluten Syndrome” and “Gluten: ZERO Global”
Contents
1. Why another book?
2. Gluten: worth the risk?
3. My first gluten-illness story
4. Naysayers, Cynics & Critics
5. Who is gluten-sensitive?
6. The Mouth
7. The Esophagus
8. The Tummy
9. The Small Bowel
10. The Colon and Rectum
11. The Brain
12. The Skin
13. Growth – Weight and Height
14. Getting Run-down
15. My Clinic Data
16. Resources

Price: $20.00

This book is also available as an ebook – see  http://www.GlutenRelatedDisorder.com

 

Dr Rodney Ford launched his new book in October 2014 with a series of presentations in the USA

This is the Outline of his keynote presentation

With over 35 years of experience as a pediatrician looking after sick children, I have come to the conclusion that much of their sickness stems from adverse reactions to the food they are eating, and especially to gluten. Every day in my Clinic I see babies, children, and exhausted parents who are suffering from a wide range of illness, which often turns out to be food allergy/ intolerance. Of course, not all illness is caused by gluten. But gluten-illness is a major contributor to chronic long-term ill health.

I call these children “the sick, the tired and the grumpy!” Their families who come to my Clinic do not choose to be ill: they would rather be healthy. However, they come to see me because I am seen as the Clinic-of-last-resort, as most medical practitioners are reluctant to link illness to adverse food reactions.

My goal is to increase “gluten consciousness”, globally. By this I mean that every medical practitioner, every specialist, every chef, every food server, every café owner, every food manufacturer, every supermarket owner, every farmer and everyone in the community needs to have knowledge about gluten. I want them to know which of the grains are safe, I want them all to be aware of gluten cross-contamination, about appropriate food substitution, and about the serious harm that gluten causes to so many of us.

Gluten-illness can present with almost any symptom, in any body, at any time of life. Gluten illness is a progressive condition, which can creep up on you slowly.

These things matter, and this is why I continue to speak out and write about it.

Here are the 10 points that I am speaking about.

1) Gluten causes a wide spectrum of ill health 

The concept that gluten causes so much sickness to so many people has only been recognized over the last decade. To date, the problem of gluten-sensitivity has not been widely documented. However, the concept of a range of “Gluten-related disorders” has now been put forward and this idea is gaining momentum. The prime reason for the lack of awareness of gluten-harm is because the range of symptoms caused by gluten is so wide. It is a condition that most of the medical world has been unaware of. These people are often sick, tired and grumpy! They are tired and lack energy.

2) One in ten of the population is gluten-sensitive 

Up until recently, a gluten-free diet had been medically restricted to people the diagnosis of celiac disease (also previously known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy). However, celiac disease is now recognized to be just a small part of the spectrum of gluten disorders. Celiac disease is estimated to affect about 1-in-100 people. By contrast, accumulating data indicates that gluten-sensitivity affects at least ten times this number: alarmingly, this means that 1-in-10 adults and children are being harmed by gluten. If all of these people can be identified and put on a gluten-free diet, then their wellbeing would be hugely improved.

3) Diagnosis by Anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA) 

The spectrum of illness and disease that gluten causes is so wide that it is hard to believe. I think that this is the main reason for skepticism. Also, gluten is such an integral part of our western diet that few people are willing to give it up to improve their health. Therefore, until reliable blood tests are available, it will be impossible to confirm that all of these symptoms could be a consequence of adverse reactions to gluten.

However, the Anti-Gliadin Antibody (AGA) test, also called the IgG-gliadin antibody test, is a specific test for gluten-sensitivity. But it has a low sensitivity (meaning that if you have a negative test, then it does not rule out a gluten health problem). More accurate tests are currently under development, but it will take many years for widespread adoption and confidence in these new tests.

4) Evidence that going gluten-free helps so many people 

My book “Gluten-related disorder: sick? tired? grumpy?” has been written by the children and parents who have been adversely affected by gluten. They tell about their experiences in their own words. Their stories have not been modified in any way (other than minor editorial changes). This is a book full of hope and amazing life changes. By telling their stories, these children were excited to be given the chance to make a difference to someone else who was also experiencing their problems.

5) Whole families can be affected 

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you irritable and grumpy? There are a number of stories about whole families. Gluten might affect every family member, but in different ways. Any ongoing health problems should be investigated to see if gluten is the culprit. Gluten-sensitivity is a gigantic health problem.

6) You can’t tell unless you test

The idea of testing everyone with chronic symptoms for gluten intolerance/ celiac disease is new. Symptoms from gluten-sensitivity are wide-ranging. From my work, it seems that almost any chronic symptoms can be caused by gluten. This means that it is difficult for you to know if your symptoms are caused by gluten until you get tested for it. So, it is very important to get tested. It is also very important that any previously underlying celiac disease is discovered. A strong recommendation is “do not go gluten-free until you get your blood tests”.

7) Elimination and challenge 

Despite the availability of blood tests for gluten sensitivity, the only real way to find out if gluten is causing you symptoms is to completely eliminate gluten from your diet for three months or more, and see if you get better. And then reintroduce it back into your diet to see if you relapse. The problem with this approach is that it is difficult to be committed to a strict gluten-free diet without the evidence of an abnormal test result.

8) The importance of ZERO gluten 

How strict should your gluten free diet be? I recommend gluten ZERO. Even tiny amounts of gluten can trigger illness. It is also likely that the antibodies that your immune system generates against gluten are harmful, particularly to the brain and nerves. Currently, with FDA ** commercial enterprises are accepting a definition of gluten-free of less than 20 ppm. This is a commercial compromise, which will not serve the community well in the long run.

9) It is not “normal” to be sick 

We are so often told that our symptoms are within “normal” limits. The parents telling about their experiences say they felt fobbed off. They felt that their concerns were not being taken seriously. Unfortunately, many medical practitioners consider grumpy, rundown children, who have tummy pains, to be “normal”. These people had often struggled for years for an answer.   Calling sick children “normal” is not helpful. Categorizing a whole list of common childhood ailments as “normal” denies them any treatment. The labeling of children’s behavior disturbances and their learning problems as “normal behavior” is a disservice to their family.

10) New nomenclature 

The concept of being gluten-sensitive is still a new idea. This is also the view of group who wrote the paper “Spectrum of gluten-related disorders: consensus of new nomenclature and classification” (Fasano et al). Although this nomenclature is new, the disease is old. One of the problems is to find an adequate name to describe gluten sensitivity. To adequately investigate this problem in the medical research arena, a stringent definition is needed. However, in day-to-day medical practice, all that is needed is an awareness that gluten can cause significant harm to your health, and after appropriate testing, a trial of gluten-free can be offered.

Gluten-related disorder: sick? tired? grumpy?

The ebook version can be viewed at this link: http://www.GlutenRelatedDisorder.com

by  Rodney Ford

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Dr Rodney Ford’s biography
MB BS. MD. FRACP.  Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr Rodney Ford’s biography will help you understand why he has written a new book.

Dr Rodney Ford is a specialist medical doctor, a pediatrician with certification in allergy and gastroenterology. (http://www.DrRodneyFord.com).  His philosophy is “diet: not drugs”.  He has seen too many people given medications for symptoms without considering the possibility of food allergy/ intolerance.

He has been investigating adverse reactions to gluten for over 20 years.  This group of problems is now called “Gluten-related disorder”.  Unfortunately, it turns out that gluten appears to be bad for us all.

Dr. Ford’s purpose – global gluten consciousness. Dr. Ford is wants our communities to know a lot more about the potential harm of gluten.  Countless people have gluten-related disorders – but they are completely unaware of it.  Most of the medical community remains skeptical about gluten harm, requiring more peer-reviewed information. Consequently, there is an urgent need to increase the level of “gluten consciousness”.

Qualifications. Doctor Ford graduated with honors from the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 1974 (MB. BS). He achieved his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Paediatrics (FRACP) in 1981; and was awarded his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in 1982.  He has studied food allergy/ intolerance problems in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.  Formerly, Associate Professor of Paediatrics, Otago University, New Zealand, he directed the pediatric allergy and gastroenterology clinic at Christchurch Hospital, for more than 15 years. He now directs the ‘Children’s Clinic and Allergy Centre’, a busy allergy and gastroenterology clinic in Christchurch, New Zealand. (http://www.thechildrensclinic.co.nz)

Gluten expert. Dr. Ford is called a “Gluten Expert” because throughout his medical career, with food allergy and intolerances, he has made a special study of gluten-related disorders.  He was first define the term “Gluten Syndrome”, to gather together the wide-ranging illnesses that are associated with gluten, including celiac disease. These conditions are now categorized as “gluten-related disorders”.

Author and speaker. He is a prolific author and international speaker, and has written over a hundred scientific papers including many books.  His series of books on gluten-related disorders include:

“The Gluten Syndrome”  (http://www.glutensyndrome.com)
“Gluten Brains” (http://www.glutenbrains.com)
“Gluten: ZERO Global” (http://www.glutenZEROglobal.com)

His latest book is “Gluten Related Disorder: Sick? Tired? Grumpy?” – has been written to highlight the vast array of illnesses that can be provoked by gluten.

Sick? tired? grumpy?

Sick? tired? grumpy?

Thought to ponder:  Do you (or your family) have any longstanding health problems? If so, how can you know if you would feel a lot better by avoiding gluten?  It is estimated that at least 1-in-10 (10%) people have a gluten-related disorder.  Consequently, about 1-in-5 (20%) of the ill-population, seeing their doctor, are likely to be gluten-affected.  But, how often has your doctor considered a gluten-related disorder as your possible diagnosis? Perhaps never.

Dr Ford says: “Go gluten-zero before it is too late!” (but please get your blood tests first).

by Rodney Ford

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Gluten-Related Disorder CoverDr Rodney Ford is launching his new book in October 2014 with a series of presentations in the USA

Sick? tired? grumpy?

Sick? tired? grumpy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten-related disorder: sick? tired? grumpy?
ebook available at http://www.glutenrelateddisorder.com

Outline of keynote presentation by Dr Rodney Ford

With over 35 years of experience as a pediatrician looking after sick children, I have come to the conclusion that much of their sickness stems from adverse reactions to the food they are eating, and especially to gluten. Every day in my Clinic I see babies, children, and exhausted parents who are suffering from a wide range of illness, which often turns out to be food allergy/ intolerance. Of course, not all illness is caused by gluten. But gluten-illness is a major contributor to chronic long-term ill health.

I call these children “the sick, the tired and the grumpy!” Their families who come to my Clinic do not choose to be ill: they would rather be healthy. However, they come to see me because I am seen as the Clinic-of-last-resort, as most medical practitioners are reluctant to link illness to adverse food reactions.

My goal is to increase “gluten consciousness”, globally. By this I mean that every medical practitioner, every specialist, every chef, every food server, every café owner, every food manufacturer, every supermarket owner, every farmer and everyone in the community needs to have knowledge about gluten. I want them to know which of the grains are safe, I want them all to be aware of gluten cross-contamination, about appropriate food substitution, and about the serious harm that gluten causes to so many of us.

Gluten-illness can present with almost any symptom, in any body, at any time of life. Gluten illness is a progressive condition, which can creep up on you slowly.

These things matter, and this is why I continue to speak out and write about it.

Here are the 10 points that I am speaking about.

1) Gluten causes a wide spectrum of ill health

The concept that gluten causes so much sickness to so many people has only been recognized over the last decade. To date, the problem of gluten-sensitivity has not been widely documented. However, the concept of a range of “Gluten-related disorders” has now been put forward and this idea is gaining momentum. The prime reason for the lack of awareness of gluten-harm is because the range of symptoms caused by gluten is so wide. It is a condition that most of the medical world has been unaware of. These people are often sick, tired and grumpy! They are tired and lack energy.

2) One in ten of the population is gluten-sensitive

Up until recently, a gluten-free diet had been medically restricted to people the diagnosis of celiac disease (also previously known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy). However, celiac disease is now recognized to be just a small part of the spectrum of gluten disorders. Celiac disease is estimated to affect about 1-in-100 people. By contrast, accumulating data indicates that gluten-sensitivity affects at least ten times this number: alarmingly, this means that 1-in-10 adults and children are being harmed by gluten. If all of these people can be identified and put on a gluten-free diet, then their wellbeing would be hugely improved.

3) Diagnosis by Anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA)

The spectrum of illness and disease that gluten causes is so wide that it is hard to believe. I think that this is the main reason for skepticism. Also, gluten is such an integral part of our western diet that few people are willing to give it up to improve their health. Therefore, until reliable blood tests are available, it will be impossible to confirm that all of these symptoms could be a consequence of adverse reactions to gluten.

However, the Anti-Gliadin Antibody (AGA) test, also called the IgG-gliadin antibody test, is a specific test for gluten-sensitivity. But it has a low sensitivity (meaning that if you have a negative test, then it does not rule out a gluten health problem). More accurate tests are currently under development, but it will take many years for widespread adoption and confidence in these new tests.

4) Evidence that going gluten-free helps so many people

My book “Gluten-related disorder: sick? tired? grumpy?” has been written by the children and parents who have been adversely affected by gluten. They tell about their experiences in their own words. Their stories have not been modified in any way (other than minor editorial changes). This is a book full of hope and amazing life changes. By telling their stories, these children were excited to be given the chance to make a difference to someone else who was also experiencing their problems.

5) Whole families can be affected

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you irritable and grumpy? There are a number of stories about whole families. Gluten might affect every family member, but in different ways. Any ongoing health problems should be investigated to see if gluten is the culprit. Gluten-sensitivity is a gigantic health problem.

6) You can’t tell unless you test

The idea of testing everyone with chronic symptoms for gluten intolerance/ celiac disease is new. Symptoms from gluten-sensitivity are wide-ranging. From my work, it seems that almost any chronic symptoms can be caused by gluten. This means that it is difficult for you to know if your symptoms are caused by gluten until you get tested for it. So, it is very important to get tested. It is also very important that any previously underlying celiac disease is discovered. A strong recommendation is “do not go gluten-free until you get your blood tests”.

7) Elimination and challenge

Despite the availability of blood tests for gluten sensitivity, the only real way to find out if gluten is causing you symptoms is to completely eliminate gluten from your diet for three months or more, and see if you get better. And then reintroduce it back into your diet to see if you relapse. The problem with this approach is that it is difficult to be committed to a strict gluten-free diet without the evidence of an abnormal test result.

8) The importance of ZERO gluten

How strict should your gluten free diet be? I recommend gluten ZERO. Even tiny amounts of gluten can trigger illness. It is also likely that the antibodies that your immune system generates against gluten are harmful, particularly to the brain and nerves. Currently, with FDA ** commercial enterprises are accepting a definition of gluten-free of less than 20 ppm. This is a commercial compromise, which will not serve the community well in the long run.

9) It is not “normal” to be sick

We are so often told that our symptoms are within “normal” limits. The parents telling about their experiences say they felt fobbed off. They felt that their concerns were not being taken seriously. Unfortunately, many medical practitioners consider grumpy, rundown children, who have tummy pains, to be “normal”. These people had often struggled for years for an answer.   Calling sick children “normal” is not helpful. Categorizing a whole list of common childhood ailments as “normal” denies them any treatment. The labeling of children’s behavior disturbances and their learning problems as “normal behavior” is a disservice to their family.

10) New nomenclature

The concept of being gluten-sensitive is still a new idea. This is also the view of group who wrote the paper “Spectrum of gluten-related disorders: consensus of new nomenclature and classification” (Fasano et al). Although this nomenclature is new, the disease is old. One of the problems is to find an adequate name to describe gluten sensitivity. To adequately investigate this problem in the medical research arena, a stringent definition is needed. However, in day-to-day medical practice, all that is needed is an awareness that gluten can cause significant harm to your health, and after appropriate testing, a trial of gluten-free can be offered.

Gluten-related disorder: sick? tired? grumpy?

The ebook version can be viewed at this link: http://www.GlutenRelatedDisorder.com

by  Rodney Ford

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Presentation by Dr Rodney Ford Gluten-related disorder, is an opportunity for launching his new book.

Dr Rodney Ford is giving 6 presentations this year. 2014
He will be launching his newest book.
“Gluten related disorder. Sick? Tired? Grumpy?”
Is gluten worth the risk?

Sick? tired? grumpy?

Sick? tired? grumpy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Marin GIG Group.
“Gluten related disorder. Sick? Tired? Grumpy?”
Tuesday September 30th – 7-9pm
Mill Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941

2) Tri-Valley GIG Group.
The Food Sensitivity Summit
Gluten Intolerance Group of Tri-Valley
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10am – 3pm
Four Points Sheraton – Pleasanton
5115 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588

3) Denver, CO. CSA Meeting:
Wednesday, October 8 @ 7:00pm
First Plymouth Congregational
3501 S Colorado Blvd
Englewood, CO 80113

4)  Portland, OR
Thursday, October 9th, 6pm to 8pm.
Cultured Caveman on N. Denver

5) McMinnville, Oregon
Saturday, October 11th, at 11:00am
First Baptist Church in McMinnville, Oregon

6) Little Rock, GIG meeting
“Gluten related disorder. Sick? Tired? Grumpy?”
Tuesday October 14th – 6.30pm.
St Vincents Hospital.
Little Rock, AK

 

by Rodney Ford

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Increasing numbers of people are adopting a grain-free lifestyle.   The Paleolithic diet (Paleo/ caveman/ stone age) is promoted by many as the diet that has given them the most health benefit. The idea is to replicate the diet eaten by our ancestors, before the dawn of the agriculture era, over 10,000 years ago.  The claim is that after millions of years of evolution on this diet, our bodies are still best adapted to these foods. Consequently, the modern and processed foods of dairy products, grains, legumes, processed oils, refined sugar and too much salt are to be avoided.

 But is this a step too far?

I would first like to say that I know many people who have adopted this lifestyle with great benefit.  I have no argument with them.  But an interesting question is: how come they ended up on this path?  Usually it is from personal experience with chronic illness, after trying many other routes to good health.  Usually, they have experienced the benefits of gluten-free. But were still suffering some symptoms, or subsequently relapsed.  They have found that a no-grains-diet works for them. Or even a ketogenic diet.

There is suspicion that the gluten-like storage proteins from all grains (in addition to wheat, rye and barley) can cause symptoms in some people, indistinguishable from gluten symptoms.  To date, over 600 food allergens have been described, and when our immune systems go awry, we can mount an inflammatory response to nearly everything we eat.  We become more at risk for this the older we are, and the longer that we have exposed our bodies to the inflammatory effects of smoking, highly processed foods, obesity (promotes low level inflammatory signals), food additives and preservatives, pollutants, antimicrobial drugs, chronic stress, repeated infections …

However, I ask you to have a look at the people that I see in my clinic. Children come to get help for a wide range of problems.  Yes, I am sure that most would respond well to a Paleolithic diet.  Yes, processed foods are laden with salt, fat and sugars which will be making them unwell with chronic underlying inflammation. Yes, they need to change what they are eating to get well again.  But what steps should they take.  My answer is “baby steps”.

The first step is gluten-free.

In my opinion, the first dietary step is a gluten-free diet.  But before that it is important to do comprehensive blood tests: looking for non-dietary disease; looking for celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity; and looking for another food allergy and intolerances.

Gluten is an inflammatory protein and at least 10% of us react enough to it to cause us symptoms. Transition to a gluten-free diet is relatively easy with a bit of coaching (that is why we wrote the book: “Going gluten-free – how to get started” .

But takes a mental effort to start reading food labels, allergen warnings and understand ingredients.  Most people eat food by habit, by price and by taste/texture.  We all love fat, sugar and salt!  In my experience, the children and families cope with the change to gluten-free without too much difficulty.  It takes them a month or so to get most foods sorted out.  The rapid change in the children makes it all so worthwhile. The children are compliant because at last they feel well.

Their parents say things like: “I’ve got my old child back again”; “I am amazed how good he is”; “No more sore tummies”; “Her eczema is gone!”; “His behavior is so much better”.

Baby steps work.

Most of these children get better gluten free.  They do not need to have further dietary changes.  Can you imagine if I suggested a paleolithic diet at my initial consultation!  Too hard. Overwhelming.  No buy-in from the family or child.

Gluten-free is well tolerated by these children.  They usually do not feel deprived, and they begin to learn about what foods are made from.  They get to know about ingredients. They find out about cross-contamination.

In the future they may well need to learn about FODMAPs and grain-free.  Joining the gluten-free community is their first step.

I make the argument for gluten-zero in my book “Gluten: ZERO global

by Rodney Ford

 

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Endoscopy costs hugehttp://drrodneyford.com/eclinic-news/endoscopy-costs-huge.html http://drrodneyford.com/eclinic-news/endoscopy-costs-huge.html#respond Wed, 27 Nov 2013 04:44:09 +0000 http://drrodneyford.com/?p=3161 Endoscopy costs too much to be sustained as the diagnostic test for celiac Endoscopy is an expensive medical procedure done to diagnose [or more usually confirm] the presence of the intestinal damage of celiac disease – and celiac disease is in turn defined by endoscopy (the diagnostic procedure). This is inter-dependence on each other is […]

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Endoscopy costs too much to be sustained as the diagnostic test for celiac

Endoscopy is an expensive medical procedure done to diagnose [or more usually confirm] the presence of the intestinal damage of celiac disease – and celiac disease is in turn defined by endoscopy (the diagnostic procedure). This is inter-dependence on each other is what’s known as a tautology. In other words, you cannot officially have celiac disease without endoscopic proof. This drives the business of endoscopy, especially as celiac disease is now recognised as a very common condition.

However, the majority of gluten related illnesses cannot be assessed/confirmed/diagnosed by endoscopy. A negative endoscopy result does not rule out a gluten problem. In fact. most gluten-related diseases have a normal endoscopy result.

Nowadays, the blood tests that pick up intestinal damage are more accurate than endoscopy. These tissue-damage blood tests are: tTG (tissue TransGlutaminase), DGP (Deamidated Gliadin Peptide) and EMA (EndoMesial Antibody). But these tests do not tell you about other gluten-related illnesses.

Finally, endoscopy is very expensive. It costs several thousands of dollars. In the USA that are over 300 million people, of whom 1% have celiac disease. To diagnose them all by endoscopy would cost a lot of money (maybe 30,000,000 x $4,000 = a huge amount of dollars). Why go to such extreme measures? Why spend so much money?

Endoscopy is very useful in many patients, but should not be mandatory for the diagnosis of Celiac disease. In fact, this is now being recognised in the newer guidelines for making a diagnosis of celiac disease ( the “Joint BSPGHAN and Coeliac UK Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Celiac Disease in Children” http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/811355_2?nlid=36263_455). With a statement that if the tTG is very high, then a biopsy iI, as well as the high tTG the EMA+ and patient either DQ2 or DQ8, the diagnosis is confirmed without the need for a duodenal biopsy.

By Rodney Ford

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Gastric reflux and bad behaviourhttp://drrodneyford.com/eclinic-news/gastric-reflux-and-bad-behaviour.html http://drrodneyford.com/eclinic-news/gastric-reflux-and-bad-behaviour.html#respond Wed, 27 Nov 2013 04:22:55 +0000 http://drrodneyford.com/?p=3158 Did you know that gastro-esophageal reflux disease can present as a behaviour disturbance? Misconstrued as naughty. To explain, I’d like to tell you about a boy called Andrew. He first came to see me in my clinic when he was just 3 months old: he was screaming, distressed, regurgitating, vomiting, and waking hourly during the […]

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Did you know that gastro-esophageal reflux disease can present as a behaviour disturbance? Misconstrued as naughty.

To explain, I’d like to tell you about a boy called Andrew. He first came to see me in my clinic when he was just 3 months old: he was screaming, distressed, regurgitating, vomiting, and waking hourly during the night, crying. He had classic gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GORD, or GERD) which was successfully treated with acid suppression medication [omeprazole]. He responded very well to this and was off all medication by a year of age.

But when I next saw him at 2 years old he had a new story. He had been increasingly irritable and cranky during the day, and his mother said that he looked uncomfortable after eating. He had began waking up again at night, quite distressed. So, they sought medical help, and his medical practitioner said that he was “just being naughty” and implied that his parents were mismanaging him. Yes, it is easy to blame the parents, or blame the child.

Poor Andrew! I realised that he had his heartburn (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) back again. So I put him back onto the omeprazole medication (10 mg a day). His mother said “this has made such a big difference, it seems as though he has had a personality change. He is a lot more happy and easy.”

At his last clinic visit, his parents told me that they had tried to take him off the medication again, but with a bad outcome: “He has gone back to his cranky difficult ways. His behaviour has deteriorated terribly. Taking taking him off the medication has not gone at all well.”

So Andrew is now back on acid suppression treatment with excellent results: he is happy bright self again. Yes, gastro-esophageal reflux disease can present with behavior disturbance. It is life changing when this is recognized and treated.

By Rodney Ford

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Gluten Summit deal – amazing valuehttp://drrodneyford.com/eclinic-news/gluten-summit-deal-amazing-value.html http://drrodneyford.com/eclinic-news/gluten-summit-deal-amazing-value.html#respond Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:04:28 +0000 http://drrodneyford.com/?p=3154 As you probably know, I’ve been listening to The Gluten Summit this week just like so many of you. Are you as amazed as I am?!  Over 100,000 people registered! 29 researchers, clinicians, nutritionists and other opinion leaders all gave their time to this unique event—and shared some of the most incredible things I have EVER […]

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As you probably know, I’ve been listening to The Gluten Summit this week just like so many of you. Are you as amazed as I am?! 

Over 100,000 people registered! 29 researchers, clinicians, nutritionists and other opinion leaders all gave their time to this unique event—and shared some of the most incredible things I have EVER heard. 

How does the world not know this stuff yet?

  • Dr. Alessio Fasano said, “The gut is not like Las Vegas, what happens in the gut doesn’t stay in the gut.” And, guess what folks, GLUTEN IS NOT DIGESTIBLE by humans. It causes permeability in all of us!
  • Dr. Mark Hyman told us that he is testing EVERY SINGLE patient he sees for celiac disease and is AMAZED at how many cases he discovers who lacked visible symptoms!
  • Dr. Aristo Vojdani explained why the skin prick test only measures one portion of the immune system and how VITAL it is to measure its other responses!
  • Liz Lipski told us how DIETS CAN HEAL!
  • Melinda Dennis taught us THE EXACT WORDS to use when eating out in order to avoid contamination.
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If you didn’t catch ALL of the interviews, especially if you didn’t watch ANY of the interviews–there are simply TOO MANY things I learned from The Gluten Summit to write them all here–you WILL learn at least one thing from EVERY interview… 

YOU MUST OWN THIS SERIES—it could save your life.

Seriously. 

And, better yet, the digital package of downloads/streaming/PDFs is only $67!  Or, fill up your library with CDs, DVDs and the transcript book for $425!

DO THE MATH! The digital package is $2.31 per interview… where else can you go to see the “Godfather” of Celiac Disease Diagnosis speak for TWO BUCKS?! NOWHERE BUT THE GLUTEN SUMMIT, THAT’S WHERE! 

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Serious flaw in Joint BSPGHAN and Coeliac UK Guidelineshttp://drrodneyford.com/eclinic-news/serious-flaw-in-joint-bspghan-and-coeliac-uk-guidelines.html http://drrodneyford.com/eclinic-news/serious-flaw-in-joint-bspghan-and-coeliac-uk-guidelines.html#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:00:51 +0000 http://drrodneyford.com/?p=3149 It is my opinion that gastroenterology groups who developed diagnostic guidelines for celiac disease have forgotten that they are dealing with very real people who have significant illness.   They seem to have forgotten about the suffering of the children, the anguish of their parents, and the potential serious health implications of late diagnosis.  This […]

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It is my opinion that gastroenterology groups who developed diagnostic guidelines for celiac disease have forgotten that they are dealing with very real people who have significant illness.   They seem to have forgotten about the suffering of the children, the anguish of their parents, and the potential serious health implications of late diagnosis.  This is a serious flaw.  I believe that attention should be focussed on early diagnosis, not end-stage disease.

My outburst has been provoked by the “Joint BSPGHAN and Coeliac UK Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Celiac Disease in Children” http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/811355_2?nlid=36263_455
 
The authors state that “This article is an attempt to simplify and shorten the diagnostic process of celiac disease in selected cases.”   However, I have a number of serious comments to make. My first point is that this guideline not simple!  It is a complex algorithm which needs a lot of thought as to the value of each test. However, my main concern is  about their philosophy  of waiting until there is established gut damage in these children before making a diagnosis of celiac disease, or a  gluten-related disorder.
 
Why wait until they gut tissue is substantially damaged? Why wait for many years with the child having symptoms before permitting adopt a gluten-free diet?  Why wait for growth failure?  Why wait for established autoimmune disease?  Why have such a narrow focus on the gut tissue histology?
 
It is my opinion that children should be treated as early as possible. They need to have the opportunity to grow and feel well. Elevated levels of TTG, EMA, and DGP are very likely to be early celiac disease. Especially, if the child has gluten related symptoms. And especially, if they are positive for the DQ2/DQ8 alleles. It is also likely that early gluten avoidance will lessen the chance of later autoimmune disease.
 
Would you let someone with high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure wait for treatment until they had a heart attack?
 
My plea is to treat children early. I am currently writing a book called “How early can you diagnose celiac disease?”  Surely an ounce prevention is better than a ton of a possible cure.
 
(By the way, this Guideline is not relevant to gluten-related disorders)
 
By Rodney Ford 

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