Dallas Chiropractic Neurologist Comments:
I've helped hundreds of kids in the last 6 years with our Autism, Asperger's & PDD Recovery Program and ADHD and Attention Deficits Treatment Program. One of the main things we do is get most, if not all, these kids off gluten. And every single family has groaned when the huge-ness of that task begins to dawn on them.
I'll admit I always thought it would be hard...but not that hard. It would just take some discipline. Well now I really get to find out for myself.
My family has officially gone gluten-free. That's a big step. I mean gluten is everywhere: anything made with wheat, anything made with barley. It's darn near impossible to escape. Oh, so I guess you're wondering "why on earth would you do that?"
Here's the answer...a family member has a genetic sensitivity to gluten, and she is having an active immune system inflammatory reaction to it. Sort of a mouthful. so let me explain.
Translation: when she eats anything containing gluten, her immune system tries to destroy it and causes inflammation. This is very bad because over time, this attack on gluten becomes an attack on body tissue. Over days and months, the repetitive stimulation of the immune system can cause it to become unbalanced.This can lead to immune system attacks on nerve tissue, brain tissue, muscle tissue.
In short, gluten sensitivity can lead to an autoimmune problem. What kind? You name it--thyroid problems, Multiple Sclerosis (a garbage can diagosis), Peripheral Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, and Vertigo/Dizziness.
The most severe form of gluten sensitivity is celiac disease. This is a genetic condition and doesn't go away. Luckily, my family member does not have the celiac genes but still has one copy of two different gluten sensitive genes. (see my note at the bottom).
Basically, a person can have a inflammatory-immune system problem with gluten and/or an opiate problem--just what you're thinking--with gluten (and casein in milk and soy, by the way). More on this in future posts.
Since we're mainly fish-vegetarians (eat fish and seafood but not red meat or poultry) this has been especially difficult--we used to eat whole grains with pretty much every meal. Not anymore. I've been collecting recipes, ingredient lists etc--I'll be posting them on my main website.
Oh, and here's the best part...she has absolutely no symptoms. None. No gastrointestinal symptoms, nothing. But she's still gluten sensitive and is still have an abnormal immune system inflammatory reaction--that can still lead to all those inflammatory, autoimmune problems.
In fact, over 80% of people with full-blown celiac disease DO NOT HAVE ANY G.I. SYMPTOMS--this is a very misunderstood fact. Plus, the standard testing for celiac/gluten sensitivity is almost worthless--it misses about 70% of cases.
I could write for days on this ( and, in fact, have done so), so if you want to get more information on how to find out if gluten sensitivity is a hidden player in your health problem, the absolute best way to test for gluten sensitivity, and what do about it if you have it--just email me and I'll send you some great information.