Gluten-Reactivity is a systemic (whole body) autoimmune condition with many different manifestations. What is an autoimmune condition? It is a condition in which your own body is attacking itself with its own Immune (defense) system. Celiac disease or gluten sensitive enteropathy (gastrointestinal disease) is only one, of a range of possible manifestations of reactivity to gluten. Celiac’s disease, because it is the most commonly known manifestations of Gluten-Reactivity, receives the most attention to the point of ignoring all the other manifestations that can arise. What are other manifestations that can arise from a gluten reactivity, you ask? Well, here is a short list in the very, very long list of manifestations; Depression, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, joint pain, memory loss, brain fog, brain degeneration, headaches and so on. Autoimmune disease is the third leading cause of death in the industrialized world, which includes diseases such as; Crohn’s, Diabetes, Hypo/Hyper Thyroidism and SLE to name a few. Autoimmune disease is 10 times more common in a person with Gluten-Reacivity compared to the general population. So we can see that the burden on our society from Gluten-Reactivity cannot be overlooked. Early identification of this plaguing condition can result in earlier treatment, better quality of life and an improved prognosis. Some will say “but I feel fine eating what I eat now”, to those people I would say so did everyone else who has a disease now, but didn’t back then. Let’s help prevent illness and disease by becoming aware now.
Yours In Health, Dr. Cornejo
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