Part 5 Of 5 Part Series: Some Final Thoughts About Gluten And Scoliosis

January 11, 2011 · Filed Under Scoliosis 

This is the fifth part in a 5 part series that discusses how gluten could be one of the underlying triggers for scoliosis. In the first post, I discussed whether an association between gluten and scoliosis could exist, described scoliosis, and I provided an outline for the series. In the second post, I discussed how gluten may trigger antibodies against transglutaminases (involved in bone health), antibodies against bone cells, nutrient deficiencies, low melatonin levels, arthritis and how this may lead to scoliosis. In the third post, I discussed how a gluten intolerance may cause scoliosis in various age groups and the fourth post described how lectins may contribute to scoliosis. Today, I would like to share some final thoughts about the possible link between gluten and scoliosis.

Scoliosis can be disabling and can lead to many complications. Some have to undergo corrective surgery which may have associated risks as well. This can negatively impact self esteem (especially with older children and teenagers), mobility, choice of sports, daily activities, and can affect their overall quality of life, especially in severe cases. If the underlying culprit is gluten or lectins, then a gluten-free or paleolithic diet may be the perfect primary prevention. Many years of suffering could be avoided.

Hopefully, future tests will offer blood tests for IgA and IgG antibodies against tissue transglutaminase 2 and factor XIIIA for all patients with scoliosis. As well, tests for antibodies against various forms of lectins may become widely available at some point and can help to clarify whether a lectin intolerance is present. For now, people who have scoliosis may want to consider testing for celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis (with skin symptoms), non-celiac gluten intolerance and also ask if testing for antibody reactions against lectin are available in your area. A paleolithic diet could be considered.

I hope this series helps to increase awareness about this association. Over the last six years, many people have asked me whether I think there could be a connection. I believe that a gluten and lectin intolerance could possibly lead to the development of scoliosis. Increased awareness, early diagnosis, and the implementation of a nutrient rich gluten-free or paleolithic diet could be the perfect primary prevention. Unfortunately, it may not correct the damage that has already occurred, but it may offer a drug-free and surgery-free approach to prevent further damage or as a primary prevention technique.


5 Responses to “Part 5 Of 5 Part Series: Some Final Thoughts About Gluten And Scoliosis”

  1. Meg Barretto, Ph.D on January 11th, 2011 6:53 pm

    By the time I was in my mid twenties, gluten was slowly poisoning my body, creating over a dozen illnesses. I was recently asked how I got scoliosis – how did it form? Your posts have shed light on this situation that I was not aware of. Thank you for brining this information forward. I now coach clients on dealing with their food allergies – largely gluten and dairy products. The information you provide is so useful that I am excited to pass it on to my lists! Thank you so much!

  2. Shelly on January 12th, 2011 10:44 am


    Thank you for your comment and story. By the time I was finally diagnosed, I was very ill as well.

    The symptoms associated with gluten and lectin intolerance can be very elusive. Many patients suffer for decades before diagnosis occurs. I am hoping that my blog and my new book, “Gluten Toxicity” will help to increase awareness. I see that you are actively working toward the same goal. Impressive Bio at Keep up the great work Meg and thank you for sharing my information with others.


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  5. Dr George Sooley on January 8th, 2015 10:25 am

    Well written series, and the correlations are quite convincing. A close friend suffers with gluten sensitivity and developed eosinophilic esophagitis. She was told by her gastroenterologist to specifically look for food sensitivities stating that wheat was most common. As a result, she finally got gluten under control and benefited in much less joint pain. She had juvenile idiopathic scoliosis that cleared up by the time she was an adult due to her family’s use of regular chiropractic care to balance the spine and also good nutritional supplements. Both her mother and daughter have discovered gluten problems as well.

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