Although food-related allergic reactions can cause malnutrition, growth failure in children, osteoporosis and many autoimmune diseases (including colitis, diabetes, arthritis, and many others), most of the affected individuals are unaware of their condition because there have been no sensitive and accurate tests capable of delivering a full and complete diagnosis. Pre-detection may prevent irreversible damage to the intestine and to other organs.
Who should be screened for gluten sensitivity?
Because research has shown that as many as 30% of all Americans may be gluten sensitive, and that 1 in 225 have a severe form of this sensitivity causing the intestinal disease called celiac sprue, a case can be made that everyone in America should be screened for gluten sensitivity. However, there are people with various risk factors or diseases that are at greater risk of developing gluten sensitivity who should undoubtedly be tested. These include:
- Microscopic colitis
- Relatives of gluten-sensitive individuals
- Gluten-sensitive individuals 1 year after treatment
- Chronic diarrhea of unknown origin
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Hepatitis C
- Autoimmune liver disease
- Other causes of chronic liver disease
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
- Diabetes mellitus, type 1
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Autoimmune thyroid disease
- Any autoimmune syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue
- Iron deficiency
- Short stature in children
- Down’s syndrome
- Mothers of kids with neural tube defects
- Female infertility
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Cerebellar ataxia
- Seizure disorders
- Psychiatric disorders
What about sensitivity to other antigenic foods like milk, egg, soy, other grains, meats, nuts, and nightshades?
Since the 1960’s, research has shown that people who are immunologically sensitive to gluten have a higher than average chance of being sensitive to other dietary proteins, especially to those in other immune-stimulating (antigenic) foods such as milk, eggs, soy, other grains, meats, nuts, and nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant). Furthermore, with the irresponsibly common corporate agricultural practice of over-hybridizing and genetically modifying our plant foods (mainly wheat, corn, and soy), combined with overuse of stomach acid-inhibiting drugs that reduce digestion of proteins in the gut, food sensitivity is now commonplace and on the epidemic rise. Immunological sensitivity to non-gluten food antigens can be detected by the same procedure of detecting in stool antibodies to these dietary proteins, and our patented stool antibody tests can reveal these to be present before they can be detected in blood. Sensitivity of the immune system to milk, egg, soy, and rice proteins has been reported to cause intestinal syndromes and damage mimicking that caused by gluten and celiac sprue. The other food antigens can cause symptoms, and possibly syndromes as well, contributing to irritable bowel syndrome, and probably aggravating rheumatoid arthritis and other arthritides, for example. Furthermore, recent research has linked antibodies to milk proteins to the development of eczema, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, autism, and other immunologic syndromes.
To encourage people to get the maximum benefit from their testing and their dietary elimination treatment, EnteroLab is now offering testing for the main food antigens (gluten, milk, egg, and soy) in economical panels that accompany gluten sensitivity testing, or as an economical testing panel for an array of foods beyond the main four food antigens.