Following the Gluten Free Bandwagon: Is the Fad Idea Preventing You From Optimum Wellbeing?

3 Jan

 

It’s official, Gluten Free has been announced by new trend of 2013. While many reporters are announcing that Gluten Free is the new Low-Carb diet, academic researchers have been predicting that gluten intolerance is an epidemic. On Saturday, May 22, 2010 researchers at the Stanford Celiac Conference at Stanford University announced that the google search engine can be used to (1) predict an epidemic before the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and (2) predict fads like the low-carb diet. Additionally, google search engines in 2010 showed that gluten intolerance & Celiac Disease is an epidemic not a fad.

 

Even when it was difficult to eat gluten free, individuals and families with gluten related symptoms went out of their way to adhere to a strict gluten free diet. The most common reasons for going gluten free and staying gluten free in the early days included individuals using the diet to prevent: skin rashes, diarrhea, urinary incontinence (loss of urine control), learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, failure to thrive, uncureable disease, immune disorders, migraine headaches, chronic pain and Celiac Disease.

 

In the last 5 years, it has become easier than ever to try out a gluten free diet. Gluten free options are available at local grocers, farmer’s markets, restaurants, local cooperatives and specialty stores.  If you are looking for something specific, in many large cities you can even shop at a gluten free grocery market like Gluten Free Specialty Grocery in Sacramento, California.  While not all gluten free options available are currently safe for individuals with Celiac Disease, the plethora of gluten free options is making it easier to survive and thrive on a gluten free diet.

 

If you’re interested in starting a gluten free diet, many resources are available including:

www.IsItGF.com. If you think you might have Celiac Disease, get tested before starting a gluten free diet. If you cut gluten out of your diet, you must eat a slice of bread and a cookie every day for 6 months before you can get accurately tested.  Not doing this will almost always result in a false negative and is therefore a waste of money, time and medical resources. For more information on getting tested go to either: http://www.celiacdisease.net or http://www.celiaccenter.org

 

Why Go Gluten Free?

 

If you are new to a gluten free diet, you are in luck. 2013 has brought an explosion of options. Whether you’re interested in making a sandwich, english muffin, bagel or a fresh baked cookie there are delicious options not too far from your finger tips. You don’t even have to bake them yourself.

 

Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley & often in oats, has become more & more prevalent in our food supply over the past 50 years. You can find gluten in most bread, cookies and pastries, but also in spices, soy sauce, barbecue sauce and many soups. Adding gluten to a product helps extend the shelf life of the product and allows for more elasticity in breads and baked goods. While this is helpful for simple baking and food production, it may not necessarily be the best option for many of our bodies.

 

Many of us function much better without gluten. A percentage of the population has gluten sensitivity, gluten allergies, gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease.  Over 20 years ago, a group called the Celiac Sprue Association, began advocating in Sacramento for awareness regarding both Celiac Disease and for the gluten free diet. For individuals with Celiac Disease, even a microscopic amount of gluten can trigger an auto-immune response and interrupt daily functions for as long as 6 months.  Over the past few years, new research is noting that Celiac Disease is not the only problem. 

 

In Febuary 2012, a group of researchers, including Dr. Alessio Fasano, met in New York regarding the prescription of a gluten free diet. At the time, it was concluded that there are 4 types of gluten allergies, 3 types of gluten intolerance, Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity. Celiac Disease is known to be a camellion disease, meaning it manifest with a plethora of different symptoms.  In  2007, over 310 symptoms were listed as associated with Celiac Disease*.

 

If you are thinking about starting a gluten free diet be sure to consult with a dietitian, doctor or medical provider to determine whether the gluten free diet is right for you.  Additionally, many books, websites and gluten free support groups are available and may be helpful resources for knowledge and more information.

 

 

*Symptoms Listed in Recognizing Celiac Disease: Signs, Symptoms, Associated Disorders and Complications. Libonati, Cleo J. (2007)

Symptom Type:

Example:

Skin

Dermatitis, Eczema, psorasis, rosacea, acne, welts, hives, skin dryness, Pruritic Skin Rash

Gastric Symptoms

Abdominal pain, abdominal distention, colitis, crohn’s disease, diarrhea, flatulence, constipation, excessive gas, heartburn, ulcers, delayed gastric emptying,  or IBS, lack of Satiation (feeling of fullness)

Pain

Headaches, Body Aches, Arthritis, Bone Pain, Weakness & Fatigue, Multiple Sclerosis,

Neurological

Migraines, Seizures, Epilepsy, Ataxia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Learning Disabilities, Dementia, Schizophrenia, Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders

Fertility

Miscarriage, Inability to Conceive, Heavy Bleeding, Dysmenorrhea, Short Duration of Breast Feeding, Impotence, Early Menopause, Pre-menstral Syndrome, Vaginitis, Sperm Abnormalities

Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies

Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Fatty Acids, Protein or Carbohydrate Malabsorption

Immune System Deficiencies

Sjorgen’s Syndrome, Raynauds Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Infections, Chronic Illness, Lupus

Cancer

4 times higher rate for all cancers while eating gluten

Heart

Coronary Heart Disease,

Teeth, Gums & Tongue

Dental Enamel Defects, Excessive Cavities, Bone Abnormalities, Gum Inflammation, Bleeding Gums, Duodenal Erosions, Canker Sores, Cold Sore Outbreaks, Mucosal Lesions, Tongue Abnormalities (beefy red, fiery red, magenta, smooth pale

Growth

Failure to Thrive in Childhood, Growth Retardation Anorexia, Inability to Gain Weight

Thyroid

Graves Disease

Hair

Loss, Thining, Receding Hair Line, Lack of Luster & Shine

Inflammation

Skin, Joints, Tissue, Gums, Organs,

Blood Sugar

Diabietes, Low Blood Sugar, Hypoglycemia,

Sleeping Problems

Insomnia, Inability to Stay Awake, Inability to Stay Asleep

Organs

Impaired Gall Bladder Mobility, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Pancreatic Insufficency, Muscle & Tissue Wasting

Nails

Hang Nails, Dry Brittle (chip & crack easily), horizontal & vertical ridges,  rounded with curved ends

Nervous System

Vasculitis, Depression, Anxiety, Behavioral Disorders, Mood Changes, Bipolarity

Misc

Obesity, Osteoporosis, Slow Healing (often observed in athletes), Turner’s Syndrome, Tuberculosis, Urinary Tract Infections, Vomiting, Unexplained Weight Gain or Weight Loss, Xerophthalmia, Zincemia, Vitiligo

 

 

 

 

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