I have known for many years that wheat is the most common allergen in adults, followed by milk. DANGEROUS GRAINS, by James Braly, M.D. and Ron Hoggan, M.A., Avery/Penguin, N.Y., 2002, raises awareness of a much more serious complication of wheat and many grains. Gluten is found in wheat, seminola, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, triticale, oats and many wheat starch products, such as binders in prescription drugs as well as supplements. Even some baking powder has wheat starch!
Gluten sensitivity has long been known as the cause of celiac disease. Frank celiac disease is relatively uncommon but the DANGEROUS GRAINS book emphasizes the remarkable association of gluten with virtually every known disease!
A partial listing includes:
- All autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, pemphigus, myasthenia gravis, Graves and other thyroid diseases, ulcerative colitis, etc!
- Diabetes mellitus, type 2 and perhaps type 1
- GERD!!!!! All aspects of heartburn, esophagitis, etc
- Thrombocytopenic purpura
- Chronic itching
- Food cravings
- Gall stones
- Diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome
- Every known endocrine disorder
- Increased infections of many kinds
- ADD and ADHD
- A vast array of cancers, including malignant brain tumors
- Pernicious anemia and many vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Indeed, the book has 16 pages listing all the diseases which appear to be strongly related to our intake of gluten! If you have ANY significant disease or symptom, especially those ignored by physicians, but including the serious ones, the good news is that you need to have the following tests ASAP: Gluten Sensitivity Stool Test.. This test is offered by www.Enterolab.com for $99. If it is positive, you know you need to avoid gluten. If it is negative then you need the following blood tests:
Tissue transglutaminase, tTG
Endomysial antibodies, EMA
Antigliadin antibodies, AGA
If any of these tests are positive, you must consider a gluten-free diet. It will not be easy but it could save your life! On a gluten-free diet you should also avoid dairy products, as they are often synergistic with the gluten sensitivity. And peanuts are not uncommonly associated as aggravators. The only grains that may be safe are rice, chia, and amaranth. You should be able to use sorghum flour, potato flour, tapioca, arrowroot flour, and probably cornstarch or corn flour. See also:
Gluten-Free 101: Easy Basic Dishes Without Wheat by Carol Fenster, Ph.D. Copyright ? 2003 by Carol Fenster, Ph.D and Savory Palate, Inc.