Have You Been Diagnosed With Irritable Bowel Syndrome? You Could Be Having Immune Reactions To Food!
I was misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome for 5 years prior to my diagnosis with celiac disease. Unfortunately, I have talked to many other people who have been misdiagnosed with this syndrome as well. Some individuals really had a gluten intolerance (celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, or non-celiac gluten intolerance), some had food allergies (IgA, IgG, and IgE antibody mediated), and others appeared to find relief on a paleolithic diet.
Many people are told that they have a lactose intolerance and are never investigated further to find the cause. Usually, only a lactose-free diet is recommended. I think we (doctors, nurses) need to dig a little deeper. Gluten could be the trigger and a gluten-free diet could be the real solution. For many, a lactose intolerance may actually disappear once an individual is consuming a gluten-free diet.
Let me explain further………
I have a close relative with Crohn’s disease. This is another autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and damage in the bowel. Upon diagnosis, he was offered a drug to suppress his immune system and help decrease the inflammation. When he asked about diet, the gastroenterologist told him that diet modification would not help him because Crohn’s disease didn’t appear to be related to diet. I was quite surprised by this guidance because, for me, it seemed logical to suspect that Crohn’s disease could be associated with something in the diet. After all, what is the bowel most exposed to? Food!
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.