Celiac vs. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

One of the most common mistakes I see in my practice is individuals believing they have Celiac when they do not, or individuals believing they have no issues with gluten because they tested negative for Celiac. Here is the scoop. You can have an issue with gluten in the following ways: 1. An allergy which is typically registered as an elevated IgE antibody, or 2. A sensitivity with an elevated IgG or IgA antibodies or 3. Your digestive system may have difficulty with breaking down carbohydrates. Digestive issues can be determined in a comprehensive digestive stool analysis, but may cause an allergy or sensitivity test to be normal and fool you into thinking there is no issue with gluten, or 5. You can have Chronic yeast issues which causes problems digesting gluten, and finally 4. You can carry the gene for celiac.

Celiac is an autoimmune disease where the fibers of the small intestine are attacked by the ingestion of gluten. Even the smallest molecule of gluten can cause a reaction. The important thing to realize if you test negative for celiac this does NOT mean you have no issue with gluten, it just means you do not have an autoimmune disease.  Also, if you test positive for celiac and you have been advised to watch or limit the gluten, this is WRONG. If you have Celiac you need to avoid all forms of gluten, period.

The majority of people with digestive issues have some issue with gluten. Every person that has tested positive for some kind of autoimmune disease has some issue with gluten.

For more information on your personal issues with gluten, make an appointment to see me!