Information: Gluten Intolerance


Do you react to gluten containing foods (wheat, rye, barley)?

The connection between eating gluten and your symptoms is often not obvious as reactions may be delayed. Gluten intolerance can either present as Celiac disease (an autoimmune disease) or as a non- Celiac gluten intolerances. Neither are considered a true ‘food allergy’ since the response does not require the presence of the IgE antibody. Those with Celiac disease and non- Celiac gluten intolerances may also suffer from other Food Intolerances. This Information Sheet will focus on gluten intolerances excluding fermentable sugar intolerances such as lactose, fructose, fructans, galactans or sorbitol.

Standard Medical (Diagnostic) Approach:

History and examination of the patient. Test to identify: [list unordered] Celiac disease requires investigations by blood, breath testing with a diagnosis being confirmed by gastroscopy.Blood in which the concentration of specific IgE antibodies is measured and evaluated (to exclude food allergies). Non-Celiac gluten intolerance requires the Elimination & Challenge (protocol) which involves removing all gluten containing foods suspected of causing adverse reactions for a period of up to 6 weeks and observing whether the symptoms subside. If significant improvement occurs, reintroduction of the gluten containing foods can occur to see if the symptoms are reproducible (“the Challenge”). [/list]

Standard Management & Treatment Approach:

Celiac disease requires total exclusion of all gluten containing products. Non-Celiac gluten intolerance, depending on the severity of the problem, may require minimal or total exclusion.

Integrative Holistic Medical Approach

The Integrative Holistic Medical approach to gluten intolerances also takes into consideration additional factors such as the person’s other medical conditions, total nutrition, the gut health, the environment and any other possible underlying causes. In the case of Non-Celiac gluten intolerance where the Standard Medical Approach does not assist or is not wanted, the Holistic medical approach for can include, Low Dose Immunotherapy to diagnose and treat the patient’s allergies and intolerances. Low Dose Immunotherapy has a wide variety of applications in relation to foods, inhalants, and various other substances. Professional assessment and management is required at each step in the Low Dose Immunotherapy diagnosis and treatment planning process. Prior to any allergy or intolerance testing or Healthcare Treatment Plan a medical assessment is required.

This type of diagnosis and treatment is available at YourHealth Brighton, Victoria, Australia.