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Too Many Going Gluten-Free?

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Unlike Celiac Disease - a known condition in which damage to the stomach lining by gluten prevents patients from absorbing food's nutrients - gluten intolerance does not have one common medical explanation. When eating less gluten alleviates a person's ...

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"We must prevent a possible health problem from becoming a social health problem," says the report. "Self-prescription of gluten withdrawal by a growing number of patients inevitable leads to a series of problems: subsequent inability to diagnose or exclude celiac disease, deleterious health effects from the probably suboptimal adherence to a gluten-free diet in the case of patients with undiscovered celiac disease, and the high economic burden related to an unjustified gluten-free diet," the authors note, according to Food Navigator USA.

Good heavens, yes, we most certainly most stop these patients from thinking for themselves because we all know that without the wisdom of a DOCTOR advisisng them they are totally incapable of following a strict gluten-free diet, and they just enjoy spending money in an unjustified manner (and depriving doctors from their rightful income) :P

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When eating less gluten alleviates a person's gastrointestinal problems, he or she is diagnosed with gluten intolerance. A sensitivity to gluten, notes the commentary, is likely the sign of another underlying disorder - such as Celiac Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome - rather than a disease in and of itself.

Eliminating gluten could even be detrimental to pinpointing the root cause of a patient's digestive issues, say the authors, as it could mask the symptoms of Celiac disease, leading to a misdiagnosis.

If some of these people were to wait to get a "proper" diagnosis of celiac, they may be so sick or worse, by the time tests pick it up. Then again there are some people who will never test positive.

My 11 year old son has never tested positive on yearly testing since he was 7 years old and had a negative biopsy also. I finaly gave in and decided to trial him gluten free without any "positive" testing. It has made a big difference in him and he decided for himself to stay gluten free!

And lets not forget about IBS. We wouldn't want to miss out on that diagnosis...(little hint of sarcasm <_< )

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