Delayed responses when consuming gluten

By Angela Petrie

I was speaking with an individual today who is gluten intolerant. She was telling me that it is really hard to eat exclusively gluten-free when she doesn’t pay for those indulgences for days afterward. She especially finds it hard to say ‘no thanks’ to homemade goodies brought in by co-workers.

It got me thinking about how “lucky” people are when they actually have that definitive diagnosis. You know that when you cheat, regardless of when you experience the consequences, you are damaging your body and exposing yourself to brittle bones, malnutrition, cancer etc.

But what about those who are just intolerant? When a celiac consumes gluten the body views it as a foreign body and attacks itself (aka autoimmune disorder) but what does being intolerant do to a person’s body? Is there a negative consequence to your health aside from feeling horrible for a couple of days?

I refer you to the following link: http://www.castanet.net/news/Natural-Health-News/54615/Celiac-disease. It is an article written by Dr. Brent Barlow, ND, whom I also work with, which spells out the differences between celiac disease and gluten intolerance. It sets out the differences and talks about inaccurate test results. I guess it is up to each individual to decide the degree of risk.

It is one of the few times that I am glad to say we have a definitive diagnosis. There will be no grey area for her to argue with us when she is a teenager. It takes away that choice of ignoring it this one time and then stressing about it afterwards. Parents have enough tough decisions to make every day, and for once, the decision has been made for us.

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