Monday, August 16, 2010

Allergy vs Illness

In resent research the number of cases of allergies in America has increased dramatically over the last few years.

The problem is that food sensitivities, which is less noticeable, has also been on the rise.

Research suggest that 1 in 133 or more have Celiac disease and an even higher number of individuals have gluten sensitivity are not aware.



Because of this awareness of allergies and Celiac disease there was little help for me when my son who was suffering from something, but came back negative to both the wheat allergy test and the Celiac test. In my opinion studies on Celiac disease are slow and only focusing on the common symptoms of those with Celiac, the destruction of their small intestine villi.
The Doctors acknowledge a standard gluten free diet created by the needs of Celiac patients whose small intestines are destroyed by wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts, as well as the use of gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-free_diet) But we have to keep in mind these studies have only been done to see what affects the small intestine which is the biggest concern of those with Celiac.

Since Noah was negative to the tests I could not figure what was continuing to make him sick. Putting Noah on a standard gluten free diet had been my idea, and the Dr. supported this decision. The problem was when I took Noah back a year and a half later with sever symptoms the Dr's had no support for me. They had no more suggestions because he was already eating a standard gluten free diet. There was no one to turn to and no one to suggest that the corn and rice could be causing the continuation of the illness because so little research has been done in this area.

The Dr's told me it was not possible he could have an allergy because an allergy is of definition;
characterized by excessive activation of certain white blood cells called mast cells and basophils by a type of antibody known as IgE, resulting in an extreme inflammatory response. Most commonly seen as eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma attacks. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allergy)

So I started to call his Gluten Sensitivity an illness because I realized, with the help of Dr. Peter Osborne, that all gluten in all grains was causing an altercation to his normal body functioning.

The definition of an illness is "impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism ".

What was affected by ingesting even the smallest amount of gluten? Everything, all of his organs as stated in the definition.

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