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Yes, you can be sensitive to gluten and NOT have celiac decease.

Finally the medical community is agreeing with a fact that many of us have known for a long time. According to a new study in the journal BMC Medicine, gluten can cause a distinct reaction in the intestines and the immune system even in people who do NOT test positive for celiac disease.

Patients with gluten sensitivity or intolerance have known this for years, but finally there is scientific evidence that “gluten sensitivity not only exists, but is very different from celiac disease.” says lead author Alessio Fasano, medical director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research.

Patients have suspected that a broad range of aliments such as IBS-like stomach problems, headaches, fatigue, numbness and depression, may be linked to their gluten intake, but have failed to find doctors who agree. “Patients have been told if it didn’t test as celiac disease, it wasn’t anything. It was all in their heads,” says Cynthia Kupper, executive director of the nonprofit Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.

Could the findings of Dr. Fasano help explain why some parents of autistic children say their symptoms have improved—sometimes dramatically—when gluten was eliminated from their diets? To date, no scientific studies have emerged to back up such reports.

True celiac disease is a much more serious decease, which causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the body’s own tissue. The intestines are unable to absorb the nutrients from food. Celiac disease can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. See an article in the Wall Street Journal about the health effects of Gluten Sensitivity at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704893604576200393522456636.html
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