The Immunology of Gluten Sensitivity Beyond The Intestinal Tract

Vojdani, A, O’Bryan T, Kellerman G.H.

European Journal of Inflammation ,  Jan 16, 2008, Volume 6, no 2

Hey guys, found this article and honestly I could have listed everything here as it discusses the many links with so many different diseases from myocarditis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, osteopenia, gluten ataxia, type 1 diabetes, etc so I highly recommend you read this article and I’ve chosen a few points that stood out to me.

  • During the past five years, based on overwhelming evidence of immune pathogenesis involving organs other than gut and skin, many scientists have begun to re-evaluate the notion that gluten sensitivity is solely a disease of the gut. Other organs suspected of involvement include: the joints, the heart, thyroid, bone, the brain cerebellum and the neuronal synapsins.
  • Although it is believed that the prevalence of CD is one in one hundred, for every symptomatic patient with CD there are eight patients with CD with no GI symptom.
  • During the past two decades, gluten sensitivity and CD has been recognized as a multi-system autoimmune disorder. A growing body of distinct neurologic conditions such as cerebellar ataxia, epilepsy, myoclonic ataxia, chronic neuropathies, and dementia have been reported. However, recent studies suggest that the variability of neurologic disorders that occur in gluten sensitivity is broader than previously reported and includes “softer” and more common neurologic disorders, such as chronic headache, developmental delay (autism), hypotonia and learning disorders or ADHD
  • CD and autoimmune thyroid disorders share a common genetic predisposition, namely, the DQ2 allele. This common predisposing genetic background would explain the higher incidence of thyroid autoimmune disorders in CD than in the general population.

This study clearly shows what most doctors don’t truly understand and that is the importance for those people who have not tested positively for celiac disease who “only” are gluten sensitive just how many additional complications can arise when your boy is responding negatively to gluten and we ignore it. We choose to continue to consume gluten in high quantities and it could affect your joints, your bones, your heart function, your thyroid and your brain in various ways.

At some point you have to choose for yourself and you have to open your eyes and think, is what I/we are eating is that contributing to your health issues? 

Regardless of the fact that way to many doctors will tell you that you do not have to make any dietary changes that you are just fine. Keep doing what your doing and take these pills for your bones, your memory, your heart, etc. 

Stop putting more and more band-aids on an issue and lets get to some of the root causes or at least the contributing factors as to why your body is not functioning properly and you need the additional assistance in the forms of a medication.

It’s important to remember most doctors are not trained in nutrition and put no value in it, despite what the research is telling us.

Just something to think about and to consider when making food choices for not only you but also your entire family.

* Here’s my little disclaimer, I’m not a doctor, researcher, immunologist, just someone deeply concerned and trying to help as many peeps as I can make conscious, good, healthy choices for their health and their bodies when living life with gluten challenges. I have not been compensated or obligated to write this article, and as always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own!