By Emily Richmond, ABT
Eating gluten-free isn’t just a fad. An increasing number of people report gastrointestinal or other symptoms when they eat wheat. Only some people have an autoimmune condition Celiac Disease, where they have to strictly avoid gluten. Others of us have an intolerance or sensitivity, now referred to as non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Here’s how you can find out if you suffer from one of these conditions.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including varieties of wheat (such as: semolina, orzo & couscous), barley, rye, kamut, spelt, Eikorn, bulgar, and cross-breeds. Trace amounts could be found in cross-contaminated oats processed in the same facility as grains with gluten.
Gluten is actually composed of two different proteins: gliadin and glutenin. Gluten affects the elasticity and chewiness of baked goods. There are obvious places that we know to look for gluten: breads, cakes, cookies, pies, crackers. There are also less obvious places to look: ice cream, beer, soy sauce, condiments, malt vinegar, processed foods, cream based soups, gravies and even medications.
Sensitivity, Intolerance or Allergy?
The same gluten proteins that nourish the wheat seeds as they germinate are what inhibits our digestive tract from digesting it easily. The sticky doughiness that we crave is what slows down, gums up and coats the intestines. People may notice feeling fatigued, bloated and gassy after eating a big meal with gluten. To discover if gluten is affecting you we suggest doing an elimination reintroduction challenge. At Boise Natural Health Clinic we can walk you through how to do this properly.
Another option to uncover a gluten sensitivity or intolerance is to have lab work done for IgG and IgA antibody responses on a food sensitivity panel. The cost for IgG testing alone is $265. The lab tests a total of 96 common foods including gluten, wheat and other grains. The cost is $390 to run both the IgG and IgA antibody panels. IgA and IgG are delayed antibody reactions (symptoms occur 20 minutes to days after consumption of foods).
Delayed antibody reactions can be snoring, congestion, headaches, chronic rash, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sluggishness, joint pain, inflammation, canker sores, hemorrhoids, dark circles under the eyes, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression or a weakened immune system with frequent colds. There are many more possible symptoms as well.
You can also add on an IgE panel to your labs to see if you have a true allergy to wheat and/or gluten and other foods. All three panels together (IgG, IgA & IgE) cost $450. An IgE allergy is an immune-mediated hypersensitivity reaction and happens immediately (minutes to 2 hours after exposure) such as: rash, hives, lip or face swelling, vomiting, nausea, increased mucus production, severe cramping, itching or tightness in the throat, watery itchy eyes, dry staccato coughing, a drop in blood pressure or anaphylaxis.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune system disorder that affects people with a genetic predisposition. Gluten damages the small intestines because the immune system creates antibodies to the gluten which attack the intestinal lining. People with Celiac Disease often have malnutrition and reduced absorption of calcium, iron, vitamins A, D, E, K and folate. People with Celiac Disease have a significantly increased chance of having another autoimmune system disorder. Strict lifelong avoidance of gluten is required. Many patients with Celiac need to do more than just avoid gluten. They can also have other food sensitivities which are important to uncover. Also improving the health of the intestinal tract maybe warranted. Celiac patients may also want to consider desensitizing themselves to gluten using NAET to reduce the severity of reaction in case of accidental exposure.
If you would like to test to see if you have Celiac Disease, the first step is a blood test for Tissue Transglutaminase Antibodies (tTG-IgA). The tTG-IgA test will be positive in about 98% of patients with Celiac Disease who are on a gluten-containing diet. Read more about the testing. The cost for the test is $48.
How Boise Natural Health Clinic can Help with Food Allergies, Food Intolerance, or Celiac Disease:
- Walk you through a formal elimination reintroduction challenge.
- Order IgG, IgA or IgE lab work.
- Order tTg-IgA lab work.
- Help you with menu planning, recipes, and cooking tips for avoiding gluten and/or other intolerances.
- Help you heal your leaky gut and decrease inflammation.
- Help you to increase absorption and work to prevent future health issues.
- Work with you to desensitize your food sensitivities or intolerances with NAET allergy elimination techniques.
- Help you identify what non-gluten grains may be the best fit through non-invasive NAET muscle sensitivity testing.
- Psychological and emotional reactions or aversions to food can be addressed with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
What Now? I Don’t Want to Avoid These Foods Forever.
NAET goes beyond standard treatments for allergies. It doesn’t require medications or long term avoidance, instead NAET treats the root cause of allergies by desensitizing the body to problematic substances. NAET appears to increase your overall immune system and enhance your body’s ability to absorb needed nutrients. NAET seems to stimulate your body’s ability to detoxify more efficiently. What this means for you is true freedom from symptoms! NAET is suitable for all ages of patients and can offer relief from food, environmental, chemical sensitivities and more.
NAET identifies items that create blockages in your acupressure meridians through muscle testing. Blockages can result in a wide variety of symptoms. The treatments are done through painless acupressure point manipulation and breathwork to bring the body back into homeostasis. After the treatment, the substance is avoid for 25 hours while the body resets itself so it is no longer as overreactive.
The number of treatments and results vary depending on which of the following you suffer from: IgG, IgA, IgE or autoimmune system disorders. Please schedule for your free 10 minute consultation to see if you would be a good candidate.
To learn more about NAET come join us at our monthly open house or one of the upcoming NAET classes.
Success with NAET
Read the testimonials from an 82 year-old man who is now able to enjoy gluten.