We first define gluten intolerance and list the symptoms and the laboratory tests.
We then provides a list of URLs for further information and diet correction.
Medicine links gluten intolerance to Celiac disease exclusively and ignores all other consequences of gluten sensitivity. However celiac disease is the tip of the gluten sensitivity iceberg only.
Gluten is a sticky protein found in wheat, rye, and barley (also in kamut, spelt, teff and couscous). Gluten is essential for breads and the baking process. Gluten is hard to digest and undigested gluten molecules may enter the circulation and create havock in all organs, particularly when the cells forming the intestinal barrier are destroyed by the severe stress of radiation, chemotherapy, antibiotics and major surgery.
The inability of many people to digest gluten stems from our (very partial) adaptation to the products of agriculture (in particular to wheat, rye, and barley). After all agriculture is only 10,000 to 12,000 years old and human adaptation takes longer.
Aside from the more frequent abdominal symptoms like abdominal camps, bloating, diarrhea or constipation gluten sensitivity and intolerance can also produce and can produce almost without abdominal symptoms a laundry list of health deterioration resulting from the chronic inflammation of the intestine and the mal-absorption of nutrients it entails. Among them fatigue, insomnia, overweight, allergies, psoriasis, dermatitis herpetiformis, excessive mucus secretion, auto-immunity, Crohn disease, arthritis, hypertension, osteoporosis, behavioral changes and nervous system alterations.
Testing for gluten sensitivity involves the IgG antigliadin antibodies test, IgA antigliadin antibodies, anti-endomysium antibodies, anti-reticulum antibodies, and immunoelectrophoresis.
Note from the Longevity Institute:
BEWARE! Those test are not always truthful. People with negative tests may still have the condition.
There is, however an inexpensive and very accurate way to find out if your problems are gluten related:
Try a gluten-free diet for a few weeks to see if it helps alleviate the symptoms.
- GLUTEN/ (2) INFORMATION Celiac Disease and Gluten-free Diet Information Since 1995 NOTE The best source of general information.
- GLUTEN BLOGS. http://www.celiac.com
- GLUTEN INFORMATION Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Forum. N O T E: Another good source of information http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free
- GLUTEN INFORMATION List of gluten-free products and source http://www.celiac.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=47
- GLUTEN SENSITIVITY TEST food intolerance matrix a practical system to discriminate between food allergy, gluten and dairy intolerance, fructose malabsorption and yeast sensitivity http://www.foodintol.com
- GLUTEN INFORMATION Eon obesity Perhaps the most neglected group is that large portion of untreated celiac patients who are obese.. http://www.celiac.com/articles/1034/1/Food-Cravings-Obesity-and-Gluten-Consumption-by-Dr-Ron-Hoggan-EdD/Page1.html
- GLUTEN/ INFORMATION Eof WITHDRAWAL testimonies from the gluten-free forum http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/index.php?showtopic=8197
- GLUTEN FREE VIDEOS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OURfyIy4wWg&feature=player_embedded
- GLUTEN FREE NETWORK Best such website with tons of references and links http://www.glutenfreefaces.com/
- GLUTEN-FREE RECIPES are available at http://www.glutenfree.com
- See an extensive alphabetical list intended to be an aid in choosing and enjoying gluten-free foods. http://www.csaceliacs.org
You may want to document yourself further concerning gluten and your health. The Longevity Institute invites you to take advantage of a web exploration by an expert both in web search and in gluten related health questions. To obtain an extensive list of URLs selected by the Longevity institute, please visit http://www.longvinst.org and click on “Downloads” in the navigation strip.