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The Gluten Syndrome: A Neurological Disease

Posted Jan 24 2010 11:31am

The Gluten Syndrome: A Neurological Disease

by   Gluten Free Society   on   January 22, 2010

Below is a recent abstract taken from a paper written by Dr. Rodney Ford.  He has had extensive experience treating the neurological manifestations of gluten sensitivity and coined the new medical term – “Gluten Syndrome” to describe the non-intestinal reactions of those with gluten sensitivities.  He is a true pioneer…

“Gluten causes symptoms, in both celiac disease and non-celiac gluten-sensitivity, by its adverse actions on the nervous system. Many celiac patients experience neurological symptoms, frequently associated with malfunction of the autonomic nervous system. These neurological symptoms can present in celiac patients who are well nourished. The crucial point, however, is that gluten-sensitivity can also be associated with neurological symptoms in patients who do not have any mucosal gut damage (that is, without celiac disease). Gluten can cause neurological harm through a combination of cross reacting antibodies, immune complex disease and direct toxicity. These nervous system affects include: dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system, cerebella ataxia, hypotonia, developmental delay, learning disorders, depression, migraine, and headache. If gluten is the putative harmful agent, then there is no requirement to invoke gut damage and nutritional deficiency to explain the myriad of the symptoms experienced by sufferers of celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity. This is called “The Gluten Syndrome”.”

Med Hypotheses. 2009 Sep;73(3):438-40. Epub 2009 Apr 29.

Dr. Ford’s book can be obtained through the following link:

The gluten syndrome: is wheat causing you harm?

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