Gluten Sensitivity: More Common than Once Thought

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Last Reviewed: Food Leave a Comment

Doctors have long suspected gluten to be a trigger, if not the cause of some of the symptoms their patients report.

Many patients experiencing a range of symptoms from IBS to migraine headaches have experienced relief  from their issues by removing gluten from their diet.

A recent article entitled, “Clues to Gluten Sensitivity“, provides information that explains why a gluten free diet has been beneficial to many patients. It also includes opinions from experts regarding how gluten interacts with the body and how this may contribute to the overall inflammation experienced by those with a gluten sensitivity. 

Take Home Message:

  • Gluten protein triggers the innate immune system (a primitive immune response), which causes inflammation in the body. This is different from celiac disease, which is an antibody response.
  • Not all people are not born with a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease- it is likely triggered by our food.
  • Celiac disease is on the rise. It is being diagnosed in people who are middle aged and older.
  • Agricultural changes to our food (eg genetically modified organisms or GMO) has led to increased amount of protein in our grains, which may be contributing to the rise in both celiac and gluten sensitivity.
  • There is no definitive laboratory test for gluten sensitivity at this time.
  • More research is needed to know the exact mechanism of the sensitivity and understand its role in disease.

Gluten Free Portland is a great resource for those living gluten free in the Portland area.

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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, is a women’s hormone expert and prominent leader in women’s medicine. As a licensed naturopathic physician who is board certified in naturopathic endocrinology, she takes an integrative approach in her clinical practice. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. She is the best selling author of Beyond the Pill and Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth. Dr. Brighten is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor within the tech community, and considered a leading authority on women’s health. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and a faculty member for the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine. Her work has been featured in the New York Post, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Bustle, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, Elle, and ABC News. Read more about me here.