Interviewer: If I have gluten sensitivity, and I've not been diagnosed, what am I feeling? What sort of symptoms am I going through and conditions, things like that?
Dr. Tom O'Bryan: That's really a good question. What are you feeling? The answer's really great. I love this answer. It's by Dr. Rodney Ford, who's a pediatric gastroenterologist and was a pioneer. He started talking about this in the mid '90s, and many people thought he was a nut-case. But it's proven out that he was very accurate.
Dr. Ford says, "Well, who should be concerned about gluten? Well, anyone who -- and he is from New Zealand, he's like a Kris Kringle kind of guy -- anyone who is sick. And if you are sick, you should think about gluten." What does that mean? Well, if you have headaches, you're sick. If you have fatigue, you're sick. If you have joint pains, you're sick. If you have skin problems, you're sick. So, what conditions might be associated with gluten sensitivity? Any condition. There are over 19,000 articles in the medical literature on celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
It runs the spectrum. Most of the auto-immune diseases have now been associated with higher anti-body levels to gluten, from MS to rheumatoid arthritis, to lupus, to scleroderma, to vitiligo, which is white patches on the skin. Most of the auto-immune diseases have been associated in some individuals with those diseases. It's a pretty high percentage -- between 4 and 12%. Whether it's psoriasis or rheumatoid, between 4 and 12% will have these antibodies. When you take gluten out of the diet, the antibodies go down, and the symptoms get less.
I can't think of a condition that may not be associated. Now it would be silly to say that all conditions are associated with gluten, but it's rational to say any condition may be associated with gluten sensitivity.
How do you know if you may have a gluten sensitivity? Dr. Tom O'Bryan discusses the potential symptoms and conditions that may be related to gluten. You'll be shocked at the number of conditions that could be related to gluten. Find out how you might know if yours is or not!
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