The Gluten Syndrome: is wheat causing you harm?

Overview

At last! Gluten-sufferers have a name for their problem: The Gluten Syndrome.
'The Gluten Syndrome' by Dr. Rodney Ford is a must-read book for patients and medical professionals alike. Why? He explains in detail how and why gluten adversely affects the human body; also why tests for celiac disease have often missed those that are in ill due to gluten.
Using medical studies and clinical data, 'The Gluten Syndrome' goes "outside the gut" and demonstrates that every system in the body can be affected by gluten.
Gluten - it's not just for celiac disease anymore.
Are you or your children suffering from?
♦ Chronic illness?
♦ Gut problems?
♦ Allergies?
♦ Are you feeling sick, tired and grumpy?
You could be one of the millions of people who are sick from eating gluten...

Overview

At last! Gluten-sufferers have a name for their problem: The Gluten Syndrome.
'The Gluten Syndrome' by Dr. Rodney Ford is a must-read book for patients and medical professionals alike. Why? He explains in detail how and why gluten adversely affects the human body; also why tests for celiac disease have often missed those that are in ill due to gluten.
Using medical studies and clinical data, 'The Gluten Syndrome' goes "outside the gut" and demonstrates that every system in the body can be affected by gluten.
Gluten - it's not just for celiac disease anymore.
Are you or your children suffering from?
♦ Chronic illness?
♦ Gut problems?
♦ Allergies?
♦ Are you feeling sick, tired and grumpy?
You could be one of the millions of people who are sick from eating gluten...

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Summary

At last! All the pieces of the gluten puzzle have now been put together. The completed picture is The Gluten Syndrome. It has taken over fifty years for the whole picture to be seen.
Many gluten suffers will rejoice that they now have their own syndrome. They will feel relieved that their condition now has an official medical label. But others will be infuriated. A storm of controversy will rage. The defenders of celiac disease will not like their disease being consigned to “The Gluten Syndrome.” The Gluten Syndrome has many supporters. Dr. Ron Hoggan had commented about the nerve and brain theory of gluten when he reviewed Dr. Rodney Ford’s book “Full of It! The shocking Truth about Gluten”. He wrote:
“A compelling new idea has dawned on the medical/scientific horizon. Dr. Rodney Ford, a pediatric gastroenterologist in New Zealand, who some call “doctor gluten” on the Internet, has come up with a startling hypothesis that synthesizes and makes sense out of a wide range of otherwise confounding findings in the celiac and gluten sensitivity literature. For instance, why have Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou and his group found that some people with neurological disease, neuro link with anti-gliadin antibodies but without celiac disease, recover on a gluten-free diet?”
“And why do other neurology patients sometimes recover from their neurological problems after treatment of their coexisting celiac disease? (Sadly, as Dr. Ford points out, by the time neurological disease develops, the prognosis is often very poor.) Further, why do so many celiac patients present with such a wide range of symptoms, most of which are not obviously or usually associated with gut disease? And why are so many individuals who suffer from psychiatric, autoimmune, and even some infectious diseases, helped by a gluten-free diet?”
“The answer to all these questions, according to Dr. Ford’s hypothesis [Gluten Syndrome: brains and nerves], the gluten-driven disease is primarily an affliction of the brain. Gluten proteins and/or derivative peptides reach the brain and cause neurological damage along with hormonal and neurotransmitter abnormalities. The nerves in the gut, about as voluminous as the brain, are also damaged by these proteins and peptides.”
“The net result is a cacophony of signs, symptoms, and manifestations across a broad range of organs and body systems. From epilepsy to abdominal distress to schizophrenia, gluten-induced damage to the brain and connected nerve fibers can and does disrupt virtually any and every part of the body.”
Ron Hogan concludes, “Dr. Ford credits a number of research heroes of gluten-related medical research, including Dr. Curtis Dohan, Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou, Dr. Michael N. Marsh, Dr. Alessio Fasano, Dr. W.T. Cooke, Dr. A De Sanctis, Dr. Kenneth Fine, Dr. G.K.T. Holmes, Dr. A-M Knivsberg, Dr. Kalle Reichelt, and a host of others too numerous to list.”
“Without doubt, Dr. Ford has ‘seen further because he was standing on the shoulders of these giants,’ (to paraphrase Sir Isacc Newton’s famous statement). Nonetheless, Dr. Ford’s novel view of this mass of research findings has led to his well-supported hypothesis - one that threatens to overturn the current conception of gluten mediated disease.”
“The symmetry and beauty of Ford’s insight come, in part, from its simplicity. It explains why there are so many and such varied manifestations of gluten sensitivity while making a minimal number of assumptions. And that, according to the long-standing principle of science called Occam’s Razor, is the best possible explanation for a particular phenomenon.”
It was in 1950 that Prof W. K. Dicke published his thesis “Celiac disease: the investigation of the harmful effects of certain types of cereal on patients suffering from celiac disease.”
In this, he asks, “If one acknowledges the existence of the wheat element (gluten), then one can investigate the sensitivity of various groups with regard to wheat.”
“In the clinic, one finds many sub-acute forms of enteritis and dyspepsia which respond poorly to normal therapy but well to wheat deprivation. Do these fall into the same category as the forme frustrates of celiac disease?”
Dicke’s inquiry into the wide range of symptoms, which he had observed from gluten-sensitivity, were not answered. This was because the focus has been on small bowel biopsy over the last 40 years. However, the argument has now turned full circle. The publication of “The Gluten Syndrome” has, at last, recognized the work of Dicke and also incorporated both celiac disease and more common reactions to gluten. Prof Ron Harper, Professor of Neurobiology, has this to say on the subject of gluten and the symptoms that it can cause, “This newly discovered link between gluten and the brain explains a number of recent phenomena associated with the syndrome. Both ADHD and autism have increased over the last few decades, paralleling the increase in the fast-food industry, which mass-produces foods that are loaded with gluten. Gluten may be a major contributor to these rising numbers of neurological difficulties.”
“Epidemiology studies show that more than ten percent of the population show elevated IgG antibodies to gluten. This means that more than one in ten people are sensitized to gluten. Many of these people are likely to suffer from some degree of brain dysfunction caused by their reaction to gluten. The particular body symptoms expressed depends on the site of injury to the brain induced by gluten.”
“The very high incidence of neurological disorders that are related to blood vessel regulation issues, including headaches, or directly related to cerebella issues, such as attention deficit aspects, or disorders of movement or gait suggests that injury processes should be an object of attention. Any inflammatory process, such as found in response to sensitivity to gluten, should be suspect.”
“It seems to me that gluten is a strong candidate for causing widespread neurological damage.”
Ron Hoggan
Ed.D. Author, teacher and a diagnosed celiac who lives in Canada.
Author of the book “Dangerous Grains.”

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