How many gluten sensitive people realize that exposure to gluten dramatically alters the brain, immune and endocrine functions? An immune response triggered by sensitivity to gluten can and may affect other organs besides the gut, with the central and peripheral nervous systems especially venerable. People with gastrointestinal absorption problems, gas, belching, unexplained skin rashes, chronic fatigue, liver disease, and anemia need to be tested and treated for gluten sensitivity.
Celiac disease is the most common lifelong disorder in both, the United States, Canada and Europe. It is a chronic immune inflammatory disorder of the small intestine initiated by the consumption of dietary wheat, barley and rye. Common symptoms are chronic diarrhea, emaciation, inflammation, and histological cellular changes with malabsorption. Many patients do not have the common dramatic symptoms, but instead are presented with mental, emotional, and neurological disorders.
A large study in Sweden has shown 2-6 times the risk of fatal liver disease of people later in life with Celiac disease. However, patients that adhere to a strict gluten-free diet for over a year had normalized when tested. The most important finding in this study is that people who continued with an active Celiac disease had an 8-times increased early death from liver cirrhosis. This may be one of the explanations for non-alcoholic cirrhosis.
Current statistical studies show that there are eight times more patients with Celiac disease that do not display gastrointestinal symptoms compared to patients with full-blown Celiac disease. This makes it easy for someone to have Celiac disease and never have it diagnosed properly. With Celiac disease, the villi, which are essential for nutrient absorption, atrophy resulting in nutritional deficiencies. This explains why for years in our clinic, we have seen patients on excellent diets, taking whole food nutritional supplementation, and in spite of this, they continue to suffer from chronic conditions as if they have severe deficiencies of essential nutrients. Unless the small intestine is treated, healed and recovered; diet, nutrition and life-style changes will not be sufficient for a full recovery.
If you have unexplained conditions and symptoms that are unresponsive, contact our clinic for further information. We also do consultations for healthcare providers needing guidance on how to diagnose and treat their own patients.