I’m sure glad that gluten sensitivity is being put to the test. In search of weight loss and/or feeling better, millions of Americans risk becoming sicker and fatter by increasing their intake of gluten-free products. Estimates are as high as 15 to 25 percent of consumers in the US want gluten-free food. Yet, current thought is that less than 1% of the population is gluten intolerant. It’s difficult to be with a group of people and not hear several talk about their gluten intolerance. Restaurant menus reflect this current trend and the food manufactures are working really hard to sell you on their gluten free products.
As a Health Care Support Hypnotherapist, I teach people with celiac disease and other gluten intolerances medical hypnosis so that they can improve their health and wellness. If you have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance or think that you may have a gluten intolerance, give me a call or send me an email now from where ever you are and find out how you to can learn hypnosis at Seattle Hypnosis with Roger Moore to improve your health.
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Gluten Sensitivity Put to the Test
What sort of evidence do we have for the existence of a condition presumed to be so widespread? Not much. The evidence base for such claims has been unfortunately very thin because we haven’t had randomized controlled trials demonstrating that the entity even exists. The gold-standard for confirming non-celiac gluten sensitivity requires a gluten-free diet, followed by a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled food challenge. For example, give people a muffin and don’t tell them if it’s gluten-free or gluten-filled—to control for placebo effects—and see what happens. The reason this is necessary is because when you actually do this, a number of quote-unquote “gluten-sensitive” patients don’t react at all to disguised gluten and instead react to the gluten-free placebo.
We never had that level of evidence until 2011, when a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial was published, which tested to see if patients complaining of irritable bowel symptoms who claimed they felt better on a gluten free diet—despite not having celiac disease—actually could tell if they were given gluten containing bread and muffins or gluten-free bread and muffins.
Subjects started out gluten-free and symptom-free for two weeks and then were challenged with the bread and muffins. In my video, Is Gluten Sensitivity Real?, you can see what happened to the 15 patients who got the placebo, meaning they started out on a gluten-free diet and continued on a gluten-free diet. They got worse. Just the thought that they may be eating something that was bad for them made them feel crampy and bloated. This is what’s called the nocebo effect. The placebo effect is when you give someone something useless and they feel better; the nocebo effect is when you give someone something harmless and they feel worse. On the other hand, the small group that got the actual gluten, felt even worse still. The researchers concluded that non-celiac gluten intolerance may therefore indeed exist.
Gluten itself may not be causing gut symptoms at all. Most people with wheat sensitivity have a variety of other food sensitivities. Two thirds are sensitive to cow’s milk protein, and many are sensitive to eggs. If we put people on a diet low in common triggers of irritable bowel symptoms, and then challenge them with gluten, there’s no effect. We find the same increase in symptoms with high gluten, low gluten, or no gluten diets, calling into question the very existence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
Over the years at Seattle Hypnosis with Roger Moore I have taught medical hypnosis to numerous people suffering with celiac disease and other gluten intolerance. Many of these people reported back that they were now able to eat goods containing gluten and that they were no longer gluten intolerant. I certainly can’t promise that you will be free of gluten intolerance, but I can help you to take the suffering out of your life.
If you have celiac disease or other autoimmune disease or suffer with other forms of gluten intolerance, call or email me now. Put an end to your suffering and life a life of wellness.
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