Traditional Gluten Free Diets Fail
Researchers give the traditional gluten free diet an F…
In this study only 8% of the patients recovered from intestinal damage while following a traditional gluten free diet.
After a median 16 months GFD, 38 (8%) patients had histological ‘normalization’, 300 (65%) had ‘remission’ with persistent intraepithelial lymphocytosis, 121(26%) had ‘no change’ and 6 (1%) had ‘deterioration’.
Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2009 Jun 15;29(12):1299-308. Epub 2009 Mar 3.
Most gastroenterologists use the biopsy to diagnose celiac disease. Typically a repeat biopsy is taken to monitor how well a patient is healing while on a gluten free diet. This and many other research studies have shown that even when adhering to a traditional gluten free diet, patients don’t heal. As in the case above, only 8% of the patients had normal follow up biopsies after 16 months on a gluten free diet.
The big question is why? The intestines are one of the fastest healing tissues in the body. Cell turnover is typically only about 7 days. That means that about once a week, the gut lining is replaced by new cells. That’s 52 new linings per year.
This study shows persistent white blood cell infiltration into the gut lining for the majority of patients following the classical gluten free diet (wheat, barley, and rye free) for over a year. So what is it that is causing this persistent inflammation?
Some would argue that it is gluten cross contamination. Some would say that the patients being studied were cheating on the diet (although the researchers ruled this component out).
This failure to heal can contribute to disease even in the absence of outward symptoms as chronic inflammation is a precursor to the disease process (one of the reasons for the term “silent celiac”). So the ultimate question becomes – Is my “traditional” gluten free diet enough to restore my health? Research resoundingly says no! That being said, I recommend a TRUE gluten free diet over a “traditional” one.
Replacing traditional bread, pasta, cereal, etc. with alternative grains is an exercise in futility because the alternative grains contain gluten proteins.
For example, numerous studies have shown that corn gluten causes inflammatory damage in patients with gluten sensitivity…
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