It seems that I can’t go a full day without reading a media attack against gluten-free diets, Paleo diets or traditional native diets.
Poorly researched articles written by writers who clearly have no medical, nutritional or clinical background, quoting experts out of context are saying that gluten-free diets only help those with Celiac disease and that the only people who should be on a gluten-free diet are those who have had a biopsy positive for Celiac.
~ Your Thyroid Pharmacist, Dr. Izabella Wentz
How about if you feel better off gluten, then you should stay off. What ever happened to good old common sense and trusting your gut? I don’t need a biopsy to tell me that I feel lethargic, bloated and get stomach aches after I eat gluten containing products.
Besides, new research shows that gluten intolerance is a spectrum and that Celiac is not the only culprit of gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance may be mediated by a variety of different mechanisms!
Additionally, if you read Dr. Fasano’s research articles (go to Pub Med), you will find that gluten increases intestinal permeability in everyone, and intestinal permeability is associated with autoimmunity. Perhaps the abundance of gluten in our modern day processed food diet is to blame?
According to American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (www.aarda.org) Today, 50 Million Americans have an autoimmune disease. The rates of autoimmunity have increased in areas with Western diets. Perhaps gluten is to blame. Traditional diets used a fermentation process (sourdough preparation) to make bread; this process eliminated gluten from bread. Just my two cents! Bottom line…if you have an autoimmune condition, it won’t hurt to go off gluten for a few weeks, and it may just save your life!
Some people with Hashimoto’s have been able to eliminate thyroid antibodies within three months of going gluten free!
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- Fasano A. Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Diseases. Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology. 2011;42(1):71-78. doi:10.1007/s12016-011-8291-x.
- Fasano A. Zonulin and Its Regulation of Intestinal Barrier Function: The Biological Door to Inflammation, Autoimmunity, and Cancer. Physiological Reviews. 2011;91(1):151-175. doi:10.1152/physrev.00003.2008.
- Biesiekierski J, Newnham E, Irving P et al. Gluten Causes Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Subjects Without Celiac Disease: A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2011;106(3):508-514. doi:10.1038/ajg.2010.487.
- Sapone A, Bai J, Ciacci C et al. Spectrum of gluten-related disorders: consensus on new nomenclature and classification. BMC Medicine. 2012;10(1). doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-13.