Although celiac disease is the only medically recognized problem concerning gluten sensitivity, many people have a sensitivity to gluten. This is a very serious issue in our modern world.
Thousands, perhaps millions, of people suffering from this are being deprived of nutrition and putting up with unnecessary pain because of a lack of awareness.
Gluten sensitivity has been linked to a rather wide amount of health issues and diseases from dementia to skin problems. One of the problems is that doctors currently only have testing for true celiac disease.
This causes them to negate your complaints if you test negative for celiac disease. If you recently took a trip to the doctor and they told you that you must have some other problem, don’t despair. An incompatibility to gluten isn’t the same thing as celiac disease, so a negative test result doesn’t mean that what you are feeling is all in your head.
There are various degrees of sensitivity to gluten, even allergies to gluten. For most mainstream medical persons, however, it’s a black and white thing; for them, either you have celiac disease or you don’t.
Luckily, there is a growing awareness about gluten sensitivity. Most people who find that they are overly sensitive to gluten but test negative for celiac disease call their problem non-celiac gluten sensitivity or NCGS.
Estimates are that about 1 out of every 20 Americans have some level of NCGS. Several research scientists, the ones who place so much emphasis on their double blind, randomized, placebo controlled studies, found that even they were able to validate the condition of gluten sensitivity.
Gluten is a protein that is all around us. You will find it in hair care products, foods containing grain, and even in kids’ toys, such as Playdoh.
If you have a sensitivity to gluten, it can have an adverse effect on every single tissue in the body. Although some people are quick to dismiss gluten sensitivity as a hoax or a scam, tell that to the 90 or so million Americans who suffer from this.
In order to validate your concerns, the first thing you must do is educate yourself.