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Food Allergies: Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is an immunologic reaction that can occur anywhere in the intestinal tract due to inflammation from wheat. It is also known as Celiac Disease and it is often considered an autoimmune disease. There are numerous health conditions linked with gluten intolerance such as cancer, diabetes, autoimmune thyroiditis, systemic lupus erythematosis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's Syndrome, ligament weakness, and obesity.

The classic symptoms of gluten intolerance include:
  • Weight Loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Weight gain
  • Flatulence
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Anemia
  • Cravings
Atypical symptoms of gluten intolerance are very diverse and include:
  • Back/Joint Pain
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Muscle Cramping
  • Schizophrenia
  • Lethargy/Apathy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dermatitis
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia

These listings are not intended to include all the of symptoms associated with gluten intolerance. Biochemical testing for gluten intolerance is now available at a reasonable cost and any positive result is confirmed with food challenge testing.

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