Contrary to popular belief, then, CD is not the be-all-and-end-all of gluten sensitivity, but it may be that gluten intolerance comes first and causes major problems, one of which could be damage to the villi, as in CD, but equally it may cause damage anywhere else.
As GS expert Dr Peter Osborne says in his new book Glutenology: “Currently, there are about 300 known illnesses, diseases and conditions connected to gluten allergy, intolerance and sensitivity.”
That’s a lot of illness. In his literature, he cites the most common diseases he says “have been directly associated with gluten sensitivity”. These are: “Asthma, thyroid disease, eczema, psoriasis, autism, ADD/ADHD, colic, acid reflux, migraine, chronic joint pain, schizophrenia, bipolar, IBS, infertility, chronic constipation, restless legs, iron-deficiency anaemia, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, non alcoholic fatty liver disease (and other gallbladder and liver problems), fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.”
One thing’s for certain: GS isn’t just about digestive issues and lots of people have no digestive symptoms at all. Many people with GS are missed and in a kind of ‘no-man’s land’ because they don’t have the traditional gluten symptoms of weight loss, gut signs or failure to thrive as a child. GS may not even involve an immune response of any kind and people can have totally opposite symptoms from those normally associated with gluten illness.
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