Weight loss, fad, miracle cure...there is an enormous amount of misinformation concerning the gluten-free diet in the news, on the internet and even in the medical community.
One of the worst ideas being perpetuated is that following a gluten-free diet can somehow be bad for you.
Dr. Stefano Guandalini, Founder and Medical Director of Columbia University's Celiac Disease Center, answers the important question - Could following a gluten-free diet lead to other diseases?
As Dr. Guandalini says, the gluten-free diet does not cause disease.
Not mentioned in the video is that the gluten-free diet works for people with celiac disease because removing gluten takes away the trigger that causes the immune system to attack. This attack leads to inflammation and results in serious health problems, otherwise known as a diseased state, i.e. celiac disease. Now, if the body's immune system, which has been permanently put into overdrive by gluten, begins to search out other protein structures and attack them, then the person will develop other health problems.
Could another theory explain how health issues may develop after starting a gluten-free diet? Well, it is known that gluten can form granulomas throughout the body. A granuloma is a bit of gluten that the body encases in a covering in order to insulate it from the body, much like an oyster creates a pearl to protect itself from grains of irritating sand. Hundreds of these granulomas can form. Based on the research we have reviewed, I would theorize that should the granulomas begin to dissolve and release their gluten - the body would logically attack it to remove it from the body. Thus, it might seem as if other health issues are developing after gluten was removed, when actually it is the body cleansing itself of gluten over time. If true, this theorized reaction due to cleansing may not be the only explanation for the developing health problems, but could be a contributing factor.
What do you think? Have you seen improvements since you went gluten-free? Have other problems started? Please leave your comment below. Thank you!