The misinformation about gluten intolerance|Be educated when shouting from your soapbox please

Posted on November 1, 2009

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One of the most American things you can do is exercise your right to be able to shout your opinion from your soapbox on the corner of Madison & State, heck!, its why I can write this blog without fear of persecution or retribution! However, part of being able to shout your opinion means you should have to first research what you’re talking about before you go spewing mis-information & confusing everybody.

I was reviewing articles from this year written about gluten intolerance & Celiacs’ disease. One that caught my eye because of how in one paragraph it so succinctly explained why gluten should be avoided or limited by everyone, not just Celiac sufferers, & in the next paragraph, it can so totally trash & invalidate those of us in this world who have tested positive for a gluten intolerance/Celiacs’ disease. Thank you Slate.com for giving me the opportunity to show you why your article is totally off-course & misinformed!

Why is gluten harmful to anyone, not just Celiacs’ & non-Celiac/Gluten Intolerants’ (the latter of which I have been diagnosed as having)?

The human gut can’t fully process gluten. At best, it’s converted into a set of indigestible protein fragments that pass uneventfully through the gastrointestinal tract. If you’ve got celiac disease, these fragments set off a damaging immune response.) [Slate.com, July 28. 2009)

At best. That’s right, the whole grain bread that is so highly touted actually cannot be digested well in the body. No matter who you are, no matter what your condition. You cannot fully digest gluten which is found in all breads & is added to most grocery store foods today. So the least that will happen is that your body will have to waste energy working to process something that will never be able to be processed in your body & then will be passed out after doing slight to severe damage in your intestines (which is one of the biggest providers of immunity for the body- damage it, damage your immune response). Trying to digest gluten raises inflammation in any person’s body. Inflammation = break down & distress in the body.

What kind of damage to the body are we talking about here?

That depends on whether you are Celiac, non-celiac/gluten intolerant, or neither. At the least, your body will increase inflammation as it processes gluten which can make you bloated, make you retain bodyfat, make you more tired, and possibly more achy in your muscles & joints. If you have gluten intolerance to some degree, we’re talking everything from malnourishment despite eating enough calories, greater risks of cancer, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, autoimmune diseases, exhaustion…the list is more extensive than can be listed here, but one common denominator is that the symptoms are a reflection of the body going off-kilter.

Is it true that you can’t really diagnose gluten intolerance & that there really aren’t that many people who have this disease?

Slate.com says this about non-celiac/gluten intolerant folks: These patients are described as having “gluten intolerance,” a nebulous condition that amounts to something like celiac-lite. There’s no way to “prove” a case of gluten-intolerance in the lab, so the diagnostic criteria is rather lax. To qualify for the condition, you need only discover (with or without medical supervision) that going “G-free” makes you feel better—in body or mind or spirit.

This writer is so misinformed it’s ridiculous. There is, in fact, a test you can have done to determine if you have raised antibodies in your saliva or blood stream that indicate you are having a reaction to gluten. It’s a reliable test that naturopaths, integrative physicians & chiropractors all use to help their patients to finally find a diagnosis for symptoms that have been misdiagnosed for years by traditional medicine as things like IBS, “allergies”, GERD, a “sensitive stomach”, all with little treatment to actually affect the root of the problem. Does the patient feeling better in body, mind, or spirit after removing gluten from their diet give reinforcement that they, indeed, have an intolerance to gluten? Absolutely! And even if you don’t know if you are intolerant to gluten or if you know that you are not, yet you feel better after removing gluten from your diet, isn’t that reason enough to show you that gluten was negatively affecting your life & to then make a practice of removing gluten from your diet a life-long practice? Absolutely.

The truth is that there are a vast number of people affected by gluten intolerance & Celiac’s Disease in this country. It is not successfully diagnosed by very many western medicine physicians because it is not part of their training in medical school. “If you’re only trained with a  pre=”a “>hamer, you see everything as a nail”, says Dean Ornish about med school students. Usually, it takes an integrative physician, chiropractor, or naturopath who is trained to look at the whole body, not just the symptoms, to figure out what’s going on inside the body. As I step off my gluten-free soap box, I hope you’ll consider how unnecessary gluten is in your diet, and how you can live, eat & grow without having it be a part of your diet.

*See other posts in gluten intolerance & info for more helpful gluten-free posts*

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