Gluten Intolerance : Fact or Fiction? | Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center

  • Posted on: Oct 11 2022
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What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein composite (combination of Prolamines & Glutelins) that is added to certain grains.

Food & Gluten Sensitivities

Why The Rise of Gluten Intolerance?

  • Gluten is used as an additive to foods that otherwise lack nutrition
  • Has been recently introduced as an additive for
  • Texture
  • Elasticity
  • Binding & filling
  • Our bodies are not used to processing high quantities of gluten
  • Testing is much more predominant today to determine sensitivities

Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

More and more patients are complaining of common symptoms related to Gluten sensitivity

GI ISSUES

  • BLOATING
  • GAS
  • ABDOMINAL CRAMPS
  • DIARRHEA
  • ACID REFLUX/HEARTBURN
  • IRREGULAR BOWEL MOVEMENTS

SKIN ISSUES

  • ECZEMA
  • PSORIASIS
  • HIVES
  • RASHES

RESPIRATORY ISSUES

  • COUGHING
  • ASTHMA
  • BRONCHITIS

ACUTE SYMPTOMS OF FOOD INTOLERANCE

  • SNEEZING
  • DIARRHEA
  • VOMITING
  • ITCHING/BURNING/ SWELLING OF THE SKIN

Gluten Intolerance Is not a disease but it creates inflammation, causing diseases

Gluten Intolerance Is not a disease but it can be associated with disease

Gluten Intolerance

Countless patients are taking unnecessary RX due to misdiagnoses.

This creates:

  • More inflammation
  • An environment prone to disease
  • Nutritional status to become compromised
  • A shift in the balance of the body.

3 GROUPINGS OF GLUTEN INTOLERANCE

  • Celiac Disease — Autoimmune disease that typically is aggravated by gluten
  • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity — Unable to tolerate gluten.
  • Wheat Allergies — Food allergy that causes complications in people who are sensitive to gluten

Common Misdiagnoses of Gluten Intolerance

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Colitis
  • Reflux
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Celiac Disease

Gluten VS. Celiac

Recent studies are showing the gluten sensitivity may be much more common than previously thought. It may, in fact, be a separate disease entity that involves different organs and different mechanisms than celiac disease. While there is no doubt that the condition exists, the lack of definite criteria for a diagnosis has resulted in a skeptical attitude on the part of many doctors.” He continues: “The acceptance of gluten sensitivity as a valid condition has evolved.

*source : Dr. Peter Green – Director of The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University

  • 60-70% of those who believe they have celiac disease are actually gluten sensitive – they do not have celiac disease.*

*source : *Dr. Alessio Fasano –University of Maryland Celiac Research Center

  • Gluten sensitivity is still present in the absence of Celiac Disease (when tests may be negative) according to a double blind randomized placebo study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. *

*source : Am J Gastroenterol, Jan 11, 2011

  • Celiac Disease is most commonly suspected instead of gluten sensitivity.
  • Celiac & gluten sensitivity are NOT the same but often symptoms mimic each other
  • Celiac is a disease… gluten sensitivity causes disease. Only way to determine is testing

Gluten Testing Options

HLA-DQ
  • Most accurate available — Buccal Swab
  • Still being perfected
  • Tests for positive genes for gluten sensitivity and Celia Disease
Blood Testing
  • IgE
  • IgG
Stool Testing
  • Fairly accurate
  • Limited to gliadin
Stool Biopsy
  • Only tests for Celiac Disease, not gluten intolerance

Appropriate Gluten — Free Diet

Healthy Eating Program

  • Balanced diet with a customized meal plan
  • Eat 5-6 times per day
  • Eliminate foods containing gluten
  • Medical grade supplements & enzymes

Hidden Sources of Gluten

  • Cereal
  • Candy
  • Cold cuts
  • Canned soups
  • Chocolate
  • Sour cream
  • Dry roasted nuts
  • Frozen products
  • Toothpaste
  • Envelope seal
  • Stamp glue
  • Lip balm
  • Lipstick

AVOID: Processed foods, Malt, Wheat, Gluten, Rye, Oats, Barley

Combining Diet & Enzymes

  1. Diet alone isn’t always the whole answer
  2. Diet removes items from the body, but doesn’t heal the gut
  3. Enzymes help to heal the gut
  4. Enzymes reduce inflammation in the gut

CELLULAR NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT & DIGESTIVE ENZYMES

Role of Supplements & Enzymes

  1. Gluten intolerance can cause poor absorption of nutrients
  2. Test with an Intracellular panel to determine deficiencies
  3. Replace with healthy balanced diet & medical grade supplements
  4. Benefits of supplementing with digestive enzymes
    • Healthy & optimally functioning digestive system
    • Greater bio-availability of nutrients to boost immunity
    • Enhanced removal of harmful toxins
  5. Replace Probiotics
  6. Replace Protease
  7. Replace Digestive Enzymes
  8. Polysaccharides (in case some Gluten gets in)

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