Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Reactions to Gluten

Well, this gluten issue just seems to be exploding, doesn't it?    

Did you know there are four types of reactions to this protein?
The four reactions include celiac disease, allergy, gluten intolerance, and gluten sensitivity.     
One can be sensitive to gluten and still not even realize that this sensitivity could be the source of many health issues including headache, digestive issues, mouth sores, skin rashes, and fatigue (to name a few).

And, what's more, the diagnosis for gluten sensitivity is a clinical one because even testing for an immune response through antibody lab tests will not reveal sensitivity to gluten.  A person could experience months or more likely, years, of health concerns and a general feeling of being unwell, or be diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease).  Additionally, a patient might even be told the feeling of unwellness is just "in his or her head."

One must be willing to pursue that gluten could be the cause of any illness or health problem. 

Sometimes, an elimination diet is the only method for a person to determine if gluten causes a reaction.  Most people who completely eliminate gluten for a minimum of two months attest to an improvement in general well-being.

There is so much to be said about this tiny protein.  More exploration coming soon!


Joy said...

I'm so glad you are posting on this. I am so frustrated confused and overwhelmed. I emailed you last week and haven't had time to respond to yours. I took my daughter yesterday to the allergist for the first time, I wanted some testing done food and environmental. My little one has exzema(not severe just moderate), she has had reflux since birth, was put on nutramagen for milk allergy as an infant, and has asthma during seasonal allergies. The allergist I took her too said she would not test her for one single food allergy becaue abdominal pain and reflux were not IgE related. However I know by doing an elimanation diet and removing gluten and dairy my little one doesn't have abdominal pain or reflux like she did. We did find out yesterday she is allergic to cats,dogs,horses,grass,dust mites and lots of trees. I opted no to allergy shots and meds. I will do avoidance, and other measures. I'm so frustrated because I feel like there are other things my little one is sensitive too but yet I can't find any answers. I'm praying about it, and I will just keep on doing a food journal. My little one will complain at least once a week that her food won't go down, or something is stuck there, and has bellyaches, and other things. I know some ppl have told me I am crazy for removing gluten when I don't know for sure she is allergic, however I have proof she is much better without it her health is so much better. These things are so frustrating and overwhelming I just don't know what to do next, but just keep praying The Lord will show me.

Cristi said...

I'm one of the people that saw vast improvement when I went gluten-free. It didn't even take two months -- it was really just a couple of weeks when I accidentally removed gluten and felt better. My only regret is that my doctor refused to run any of the celiac labs beforehand.

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