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#7 - IS GLUTEN CAUSING YOU HARM?

  • This is the protein compound found in many grains, including wheat, rye, barley, spelt etc.
  • Digestive symptoms may include: bloating, wind, heartburn, diarrhoea or constipation.
  • Nervous system issues such as: moodiness, difficulty thinking clearly, poor energy, hyperactivity.
  • Skin symptoms including: eczema, dermatitis, mouth ulcers.
  • Other symptoms: weakness, run down, chronic iron deficiency, poor sleep, autism/ADHD.
  • If you suspect you may be gluten intolerant, please do NOT go on a gluten free diet until you have had your blood tests done. Speak to your GP about the following tests:
    -   tTG antibody
    -   IgG-gliadin
    -   IgA-gliadin
    -   Ferritin
    -   Haemoglobin
    -   CRP
  • Coelics disease (gluten allergy) sufferers have a positive tTG blood test result, and the diagnosis is confirmed by endoscopy. Gluten intolerance or sensitivity may also show a positive blood test result but the endoscopy will be clear.
  • The majority of patients we see in clinic do NOT have Coelics disease, but may experience all or many of the symptoms. We begin a gluten free trial, and if their symptoms improve, then it is very likely they are gluten sensitive and would benefit from following a gluten free diet.
  • For those interested in reading more, I recommend the book "The Gluten Syndrome" by Dr Rodney Ford (2008).
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