Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity – Is It Really Just “All in Your Head?”

In recent years, there has been a backlash against the gluten-free “fad,” as mainstream reporting has dubbed it. For example, the results from a series of (very short-term) studies conducted at Monash University during 2011 suggested that much of what we see as gluten sensitivity is “psychosomatic.”

Other medical professionals, the wheat industry and even some friendly to advocating for natural, evidence-based alternatives like Dr. Greger, think the case against eating wheat is overblown, if not downright fraudulent.

The gluten-free proponents, by contrast, say that research suggests that everyone, not just people diagnosed with coeliac disease, may benefit from a gluten-free diet. More details please

For example, a 2007 article in the journal GUT points to evidence that a common (perhaps universal) inflammatory response to gluten leads to increased intestinal permeability (so-called “leaky gut”) which then allows a person with susceptible genes to develop the antibody and autoimmune response we call coeliac disease. In essence, they argue that everyone may experience inflammation upon the ingestion of gluten, and this inflammation may lead to a wide range of other health problems.

Some of the symptoms associated with gluten intake include: Constipation and bloating, diarrhea, gastroesophageal reflux, fatigue, depression, skin rashes, muscle aches and muscle damage, neuropathy (nerve dysfunction, especially motor and sensory dysfunction), migraine headaches, seizures, kidney disease (IgA nephropathy), type I diabetes, infertility, and mouth sores but doctors may fail to link these conditions with gluten intake.

In addition – unless you’re buying organic bread – wheat, for example, is drenched with Monsanto’s carcinogenic glyphosate Round-up just days before harvest, because wheat crops increase their seed output just before dying off after having been sprayed with glyphosate 7-10 days before harvest, according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT.

Not only has glyphosate been found to be a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization, but has been linked to a variety of other health issues including depression, diabetes and – you guessed it – coeliac disease and gluten intolerance.

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