10 Signs You’re Gluten Intolerant

February 3rd, 2013

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More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed. It is also estimated that as many as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them?


If you have any of the following symptoms it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance:

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and even constipation (I see the constipation particularly in children) after eating gluten.

2. Keratosis Pilaris, also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms. This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.

3. Fatigue, brain fog, or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten

4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma, or Multiple sclerosis

5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance

6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS, or unexplained infertility

7. Migraine headaches

8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia–the diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.

9. Inflammation, swelling,or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.

10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.


How to test for gluten intolerance

I have found the single best ways to determine if you have an issue with gluten is to go through an elimination diet and take it out of your diet for at least 2 -3 weeks and then reintroduce it. Please note that gluten is a very large protein and it can take months and even years to clear from your system so the longer you can eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing it, the better. The best advice that I share with my patients is that if they feel significantly better off of gluten or feel worse when they reintroduce it, then gluten is likely a problem for them. In order to get accurate results from this testing method you must eliminate 100% of the gluten from your diet.


How to treat gluten intolerance

Eliminating gluten 100% from your diet means 100%. Even trace amounts of gluten from cross contamination or medications or supplements can be enough to cause an immune reaction in your body. The 80/20 rule or “we don’t eat it in our house, just when we eat out” is a complete misconception. An article published in 2001 states that for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity eating gluten just once a month increased the relative risk of death by 600%.


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    Dr. Myers, what are your thoughts on pH imbalances relative to the rest of your medical philosophy? There are many medical issues where raising the pH must take precedent over some of your advice. Do you recommend balancing a low pH before attempting your program, or do you recommend allowing your program to do its work first, and then addressing the pH issue, or do you feel the pH issue will resolve itself after following your treatment and diet advice for other underlying issues?

    Without a properly balanced pH level, even addressing the other issues is often futile, as that imbalance will interfere with any attempts to permanently solve the underlying issues. You simply can’t make something clean in the middle of a cesspool. Kidney stones, for instance, or microforms such as yeast, fungus, and mold, will simply keep returning until the patient’s low pH has been neutralized. You can temporarily get rid of them with your program, but you can’t promise the patient they won’t return until a low pH has been brought to an acceptable level. Similarly, while much of your diet advice seems sound, some of it ignores the ill-effect of too much acid-producing food, and actually puts your patients at risk for a host of secondary issues arising from ongoing low pH.

    From where I sit, there’s room for considering pH at the same time as following your program, but I find it striking that as someone integrating traditional medicine with holistic and nutritional approaches, you make no mention of pH. Since pH imbalance is probably the single most unifying predictor of ill health in Western nations, it seems to be an issue worthy of a blog post. Thank you for all you do.

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  • Betts Kleinhans-Stevens

    Don’t really understand #8. There are tender points to diagnose Fibro and blood tests for Chronic Fatigue

    • maryH

      But those are only subjective signs…not diagnostic. There’s internal issues causing this…no pill ie “bandaide” will help long term..it only handles symptoms.. It does not cure in the end!

    • Wendy Bolt

      There are no blood tests for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Per a WebMD article, it is usually caused by an infection (usually viral) but there are no effective conventional treatments. Tender points may diagnose fibromyalgia (which I have) but it does not indicate a cause or treatment.

    • Chronic Fatigue is a diagnosis of exclusion–meaning you are diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue when you’ve eliminated other explanations. There is not a reliable blood test for it.

  • moose

    Cite your sources, otherwise this is FUD

  • moose

    Cite your sources, otherwise we are just taking your “word” on it. Seems you deleted a similar comment…