Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Study confirms increase in wheat gluten disorder

When we discovered that Shea was allergic to wheat/gluten and a whole host of other things, I was quite literally floored.

But, as this study confirms, it is pretty common these days. Although Shea is not a celiac, we can certainly benefit from all the amazing products out there these days due to just how common it is.

And, by the way, Shea - off wheat - is like a different kid; cognitively, behaviorally and, of course, verbally.

From the

A Minnesota study using frozen blood samples taken from Air Force recruits 50 years ago has found that intolerance of wheat gluten, a debilitating digestive condition, is four times more common today than it was in the 1950s.

The findings contradict the prevailing belief that a sharp increase in diagnoses of wheat gluten intolerance has come about because of greater awareness and detection, and raises questions about whether dramatic changes in the American diet have played a role.

"It's become much more common," said Dr. Joseph Murray, the Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist who led the study. No one knows why, he said, but one reason might be rapid changes in eating habits and food processing over the last half century.

"Fifty years is way too fast for human genetics to have changed," Murray said. "Which tells us it has to be a pervasive environmental influence."

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