Why You May Be Gluten Intolerant

Good news from Dr. Peter “The Gluten-Free Warrior” Osborne. A new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology has confirmed the presence of gluten sensitivity in those who do not have celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which sufferers experience severe intestinal pain and often damage whenever they eat gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains.

For years, many doctors and researchers have assumed the only way a gluten sensitivity would manifest itself in our bodies was through celiac. In other words, if you’re not showing digestive symptoms like intestinal damage, severe weight loss, abdominal cramping, dehydration or diarrhea, your doctor would never suggest you may have an issue with gluten (and you’d absolutely never be told to alter your diet in any way).

Yet holistic practitioners and a handful of forward-thinking doctors have known gluten sensitivity can affect many, many more people than just those with celiac disease. Dr. Peter Osborne has identified hundreds of different diseases and disorders linked to gluten intolerance (this video he put together is quite enlightening; he starts listing off the many diseases linked to gluten intolerance around the 25-minute mark).

People suffering from ailments like migraines, psoriasis and arthritis have found relief from a gluten-free diet. As Dr. Osborne says, “People who have tested negative for celiac disease via biopsy and blood tests have been going gluten-free and restoring their health in spite of their doctor’s advice. The entire gluten-free explosion over the past few years has been fueled by those who suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity.”

Which is why this latest study is so important — gluten sensitivity can indeed exist in someone who does not have celiac disease. This is the first double-blind, placebo-controlled trial confirming that fact.

So, with this new news, why not try to figure out if gluten is an issue for you? Go gluten-free for one month. If the diet improves how you feel and any symptoms — as listed throughout this article — you may be experiencing, you may very well be gluten intolerant. Then talk to your doctor.

The Healthy Foodie is Doug DiPasquale, a Holistic Nutritionist and trained chef living in Toronto.