• Is It In Your Head?

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Mar 4th, 2015

Finally, there is a scientific study to answer the question of whether gluten sensitivity is “in your head.”

There is so much in the media about gluten and celiac disease. It almost seems like the latest fad, but it’s not. Celiac disease is the farthest extreme of intestinal damage from gluten which is the protein that makes wheat elastic. This elasticity allows bread to rise.

Celiac disease affects 1% of the population but 80% is undiagnosed.  Many more people, however, have Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS).  This means that the tests that are used to diagnose celiac disease are clear, but the person still has symptoms after eating gluten. The symptoms studied in this report were abdominal bloating and pain as well as depression and brain fog.

Researchers at university medical centers in Italy did a study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25701700

They tested over 60 adults who believed they have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This means that the adults being studied did not have celiac disease by testing. However, they did feel that they have medical problems due to gluten.

Half the group was given capsules of gluten for a week. The other half was given placebo, a capsule that had nothing in it but white powder. After a week, they switched. The gluten group was give placebo and the placebo group was given gluten.

During the week on gluten, there was significant increase in intestinal symptoms like bloating and abdominal pain. There was also a very significant increase in non-intestinal symptoms like brain fog and depression.

So, the next time your doctor or someone else says “it’s in your head”  you will know that there is hard scientific evidence of what you are feeling.

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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