Not everyone that is sensitive to wheat is sensitive to gluten. Not everyone gets the intestinal damage related to a celiac disease diagnosis. A recent Italian study showed that of the people that were sensitive but non-celiac, 56.4% were sensitive to gliadin. And 43.6% were sensitive to something else in wheat.
In my own practice, intestinal problems were not the only problems. Neurological damage such as multiple sclerosis (my patient), peripheral neuropathy, and movement disorders can be results. There was a study that showed that 57% of people with unexplained neurologic impairment were positive for antibodies to gliadin versus only 5% with neurologic impairment of known origin. Not causal proof but certainly raises suspicions.
I can also say from experience with my patients and from the scientific literature, many skin conditions can be caused or at least exacerbated by wheat consumption. Itchy, ugly, inflamed skin from eating toast?? I also am very disturbed by the correlation of wheat consumption and diabetes type II and the fact that children with type I diabetes are ten to twenty times more likely to develop celiac disease.
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