Gluten Sensitivity: Treatment, Avoidance or Both?

– By, Dr. Craig Burns, D.C., A BioVeda Health and Wellness Center in East Centennial In my professional opinion,  Gluten Hypersensitivity, is severely misunderstood, misdiagnosed and often times mistreated. What follows is a brief explanation of another way of understanding and therefore addressing the health concerns associated with gluten. Important information: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, buckwheat and oats. Gluten hypersensitivity is made worse by the increasing consumption rate of grains, breads, cereals, pastas, corn, rice and potatoes. The inability to properly metabolize this protein, which often leads to a vast array of symptoms, is called celiac disease. This condition is commonly misdiagnosed as (IBS) irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance. Common symptoms of gluten sensitivity include but are not limited to diarrhea, gas, bloating, reflux and constipation. Misdiagnosis and mistreatment is so common, it has been reported that gluten insensitivity can go for an average of 11 years before properly diagnosed. Ten years ago it was estimated that this problem affected 1 in 10,000. A 2004 report estimates that number to be a staggering 1 in 133. Atypical symptoms can include problems with skin, brain function, energy levels, fertility, depression, weight loss or gain, osteoporosis, and various organs and glands. (Most physicians don’t know this!) Gluten can be hidden in many foods including soups, soy sauce, candies, cold cuts, and various low- and no-fat products so you will need to be sure to check the labels before you eat it. Also watch out for malt, starches, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), texturized vegetable protein (TVP) and natural flavoring. Some pharmaceuticals, vinegars and alcohol can also...

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