Gluten Sensitivity

Know about gluten grains…

Gluten sensitivity can be the cause of many health problems and even diseases. We have known for years about celiac disease, a genetic disease caused by gluten grains which damage the lining of the small intestine sometimes resulting in chronic malnutrition. Research has found that gluten grains (wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, triticale, oats) can cause a host of other problems that affect the whole body besides the intestinal tract. This is called gluten sensitivity – allergic reactions to grains which can cause many health problems. With gluten sensitivity, an immune reaction occurs in individuals who have certain genes that recognize gluten as a toxic foreign protein. These same genes can lead to severe immune responses to foods (such as dairy) and to the environment and also to the body itself causing autoimmune disease. Researchers say that 30% of all Americans may be gluten sensitive, and 1 in 225 may have a severe form of sensitivity causing the intestinal disease celiac sprue.

Here are some symptoms of gluten sensitivity – abdominal bloating, pain, diarrhea, constipation, gas, nausea, acid reflux, heartburn, fatigue, joint pains, mouth ulcers, bone pain, abnormal menses, infertility. Many autoimmune diseases can be linked to gluten: Addison’s, Graves’, Lupus, myasthenia gravis, polymyalgia rheumatica, scleroderma, vitiligo, ulcerative colitis… Other diseases and symptoms: alopecia, autoimmune thyroiditis, rheumatioid arthritis, schizophrenia, depression, chronic fatigue, recurrent urinary tract infection, failure to thrive in children… Grains and starches that are tolerated by gluten sensitive people: buckwheat, rice, corn, potato, tapioca, beans, soy, arrowroot, amaranth, quinoa, millet, tef, nut flours. A stool test or a saliva test from a specialty lab is a good way to detect gluten sensitivity and celiac sprue.


I want to thank you very much for seeing me on such short notice and for the excellent care that you have given me. I came to you complaining of lots of aliments, including constipation, hair dry, dull, lifeless and falling out, always coughing, depressed, tired, lower back ache, having a hard time making it through the day.
You listened carefully to all that I had to say, eliminated a lot of the vitamins that I was taking, that were not needed, and told me what I should be taking. Next you ordered blood tests, and then continued to reconstruct my diet, no caffeine, (you were pretty sure that I was gluten sensitive, even before the blood test), you started me on a gluten free diet, lots of water, and getting to bed by 10:00 pm (very difficult at first) etc. etc..

When the blood tests came back you were absolutely right, I am gluten sensitive. Have been following Dr Cole's instructions for about a month now, and feel so so much better, can't thank him enough.

Thanking you again,
Dianne M.