What is Gluten Sensitivity? An Easy Explanation To Avoid All the Confusion…
What is the Difference Between Gluten Sensitivity, Intolerance, and Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease is not the same thing as Gluten sensitivity
Contrary to popular belief, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are not the same thing. Unfortunately, most doctors aren’t up to speed on this very important topic. Standard procedure in a medical office is to test for serum antibodies to gliadin (the gluten found in wheat), and a substance called anti-tissue transglutaminase. These tests have a tendency to yield incorrect results. Additionally, a small bowel biopsy is often recommended. This test has also been shown to be very flawed and leads to incorrect diagnosis. The use of these tests as a standard leads to confusion and can delay a proper diagnosis for years.
To add to an already flawed approach, most people with gluten sensitivity don’t have celiac disease, they have other diseases or symptoms. Therefore, running tests to look for celiac disease also leads to a misdiagnosis. Below is a list of some of the common symptoms and diseases associated with gluten:
- Thyroid disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions that cause joint pain
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Migraine Headache
- Constipation, gas, bloating, and stomach pain
- Hormone imbalance
- unexplained weight loss
- weight gain and obesity
Insist that your Doctor Investigate For Gluten Sensitivity
Because gluten sensitivity is different from celiac disease, you must insist that your doctor investigate more than what has been typical (i.e. celiac serum testing and biopsy). Ask him/her to perform HLA-DQ genotyping of both HLA-DQ a1 and b1 genes. Ask that he look for all of the markers linked to gluten not just the HLA-DQ2 and DQ8 markers linked to celiac disease. It is important that your doctor knows the difference. Please share this resource with him or her in hopes that we can educate the world on this very important topic.
Know the Difference Between Traditional Gluten Free and TRUE Gluten Free
Once you have confirmed your diagnosis correctly, it is equally imperative to get educated properly. Research studies show that a large percentage of patients following a traditional gluten free diet don’t heal. The average celiac patient on a traditional gluten free diet will go on to develop 7 autoimmune diseases. My point is, following the traditional gluten free diet is not effective for re-establishing good health, where as a TRUE gluten free diet is. The video above explains in depth the differences.