Gluten Sensitivity

Living a gluten free lifestyle is perhaps one of the fastest growing health trends today, and for good reason.  The fact is that the gluten containing foods we consume today are not what they were even fifty years ago.  Genetically modified crops along with highly processed foods can change the chemical form of components in our food like gluten for example.  The bottom line here is that for a great many people, the gluten molecule creates an immune reaction within our bodies.  And by this I mean that when we eat gluten our immune systems may launch an attack against it which in turn creates massive inflammation particularly in our gastrointestinal systems as well as our brain, joints, and all other parts of our body.  Too many well respected medical journals today have made the undisputable link between gluten sensitivity and many serious medical disorders.  To not listen and understand these findings would be negligent.

Celiac Disease

Probably the most common link between gluten sensitivity and poor health can be seen in Celiac Disease.  This is a condition where the gluten sensitivity reaction degrades the lining of the digestive tract leading to inflammation, poor digestive function, pain and even bleeding.  The problem here is that currently as the standard of practice for diagnosing Celiac Disease there are only 2 – 3 markers used for a positive diagnosis of the condition.  But in reality there are more like twelve markers that can be easily screened for.  The mainstream approach leaves a lot of markers untested.  But one thing we do know is that in the last 50 years the incidence of Celiac Disease has risen from 1 in 700 to 1 in100. And when you consider that the markers used to make these diagnosis’ are only looking at less than 25% of the gluten sub fractions, it is safe to say that we are well under the 1 in 100 marker!

Sensitivity vs. Allergy

It is very important to distinguish the difference between a food sensitivity and a food allergy.  A food allergy creates a severe reaction in the person which may involve swelling of the face, body rashes, airway obstruction and even death.  Think of a peanut or shellfish allergy.  These people are in an emergency state when they eat these foods.  A food sensitivity on the other hand is something that produces low grade and late onset symptoms that often times will not be associated with the symptoms they produce.  A gluten sensitivity for example may produce headaches, joint pain or fatigue days later.  This is almost worse since the person will generally continue to eat the offending foods and possibly induce larger more serious health problems.

Call today and get set up for a very thorough gluten sensitivity screen.  Finding a food sensitivity like this may just be the thing you have been looking for.  You could be poisoning yourself every time you eat and not know it.