Many patients are placing themselves on a gluten free diet even though there is no evidence of gluten intolerance. This group has been called “non-celiac gluten sensitivity” but many gastroenterologists doubt its existence. Most of their symptoms are not replicated on double-blind food challenge, suggesting a placebo effect. One study suggests there may be a small minority of patients that might have a true non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This was suggested by a study in a group of children for whom the symptoms were reproduced after a partially-blinded gluten challenge, in which the child but not the parents were blinded to the gluten. ADH recommends that you not place yourself on a gluten free diet until evaluated by your phsyicians.
Posted on 09/11/2014