This "all-or-nothing" view has led to some doctors telling patients that suspect they're sensitive to gluten but test negative for celiac disease that they're simply imagining an affliction that doesn't exist. It turns out those doctors are wrong.
People with medical conditions such as celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or food allergies should know that they may not be sensitive or allergic to the medicine to which they reacted. Rather, their reactions may have been from the food contents in the drugs.
Celiac disease is on the rise, quadrupling in the United States over the last 50 years. Breastfeeding, too, is on the rise, tripling here during this same time period. Interestingly, new reports boast that breast milk may prevent celiac disease. So how could this be true?
The lack of understanding around "gluten-free" is baffling and sometimes disheartening, to say the least. As a member of this gluten-free community, I am privileged to live in the moment we occupy today, a time that is changing the very fabric of this issue.
Because gluten-sensitive people cannot properly digest gluten, these large molecules enter the bloodstream, and the immune system recognizes them as invaders, activating an immune response that increases inflammation, which in turn can result in acne.
Singer/guitarist Allie Moss, who is best known for her single "Corner" (which became a hit in Great Britain and which was featured on an episode of Pretty Little Liars), has been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity.
In my practice I have seen that people generally make lifestyle changes in one of two ways. Neither is right or better. However, it is valuable to know what group you fall into so that you can plot the best course for making changes.
Sometimes when you've been sick for so long you begin to think that your exhaustion, irritability and stomachaches are your normal state. I didn't realize until this past year that my body had an aversion to gluten.
Hardly a day goes by without a headline trumpeting what we should or shouldn't eat. But often these snippets about diet and nutrition are only half true: They're partly supported by science, but overall they're misleading because they come with big caveats.
No doubt, a severe food allergy is scary. But it's also relatively rare. A much more common scenario is an adult with a low-grade food allergy to say, gluten, who never pinpoints the cause of his misery.
So many people in recent years have been completely eliminating gluten, which is found in wheat and grains, from their diet. And while for some people this is important to good health, most of us can be more moderate. My advice: Instead of wheating yourself out, vary your carbohydrates.