Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac (Coeliac) Disease

Definition, Prevalence, Symptoms, Testing and Treatment

Gluten sensitivity is suffered by up to 1 in 7 people or 15%

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity


What is the difference between Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity?

Definitions and Differences

Celiac Disease is defined as a positive result to a biopsy of the small intestine - damaged villi (structures which assist absorption).

Gluten sensitivity is defined as any sensitivity to Gluten - and includes Celiac Disease. Gluten sensitivity is a broad term which includes all kinds of sensitivity to Gluten. A very small proportion of Gluten intolerant people will test positive for Celiac Disease, and so are called Celiacs (less than 0.5% of the population).

But most Gluten sensitive people return negative or inconclusive results upon Celiac testing. The correct term for these people is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive (NCGS) and may be as many as ~15% of all people or 1 in 7.

The most accurate and effective way to identify NCGS is to use a Journal - an Elimination Diet.


Celiac Disease (CD) was the first type of Gluten sensitivity ever recognised. A special test was designed in the 1940s to observe whether the small intestine was damaged. it is called a biopsy and uses a tiny section of intestinal tissue.

Although Celiac testing is still used in many clinics as a first test for Gluten sensitivity, it only picks up the small percentage of Gluten-sensitive people who are Celiac. It misses the NCGS patients. Consequently this latter group is poorly diagnosed and misses out on discovering the simple and drug-free cure of a Gluten-free Diet for a dramatic recovery.

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What is Gluten and which foods have it?

The Gluten Protein

Gluten is a highly complex protein that occurs in four main grains: Wheat, rye, barley and oats.

Gluten is present in all types of Wheat grain like whole grain wheat, wheat bran, spelt, triticale and others.

This means Gluten is also present in all baked foods that are made from these grains: bread, pies, cake, breakfast cereals, porridge, cookies, pizza and pasta. There are thousands of processed foods which contain Gluten.

Gluten is one of the most complex proteins consumed by man. It is a very large molecule relative to other food molecules and for that reason is difficult for the human digestive system to break down. Problems begin when it reaches the small intestine. In sensitive individuals Gluten actually tears holes in the lining of the gut, creating Leaky Gut Syndrome.

This allows foreign particles (and whatever else is in the gut, including bacteria) into the bloodstream. Of course that sets the body's immune system on 'high alert' - resulting in your symptoms.

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How common are Celiac disease and Gluten Sensitivity?

Prevalence of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Around 0.5% of the world's population is Celiac. This means ~1 in 200 people.

However new evidence shows Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is around 30 times more prevalent. Up to 15% of people or 1 in 7 are Gluten Sensitive and suffer the same symptoms. These are people who test negative or inconclusive for Coeliac Disease. The most accurate and clinically effective way to identify NCGS is the Elimination Diet – or Journal Method..

All Gluten sensitive people improve dramatically on a Gluten-Free diet. Diagnosis of Gluten sensitivity in elderly patients is disproportionately high - because it is misdiagnosed and under-diagnosed by doctors. The symptoms of both Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) and Coeliac Disease (CD) become worse with age if left undiagnosed.

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What are the Symptoms of Celiac disease and Gluten Sensitivity?

Symptoms of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

The symptoms for Gluten sensitivity are varied and usually have a delayed onset - up to 2 or 3 days later. This is why they are traditionally difficult for doctors to diagnose. They can be any combination of these:

  • Gastro-intestinal: stomach bloating & pain, diarrhea, flatulence, constipation etc.
  • Neurological: headache, memory loss, behavioural difficulties, depression
  • Immune: poor resistance to infection, mouth ulcers
  • Inflammatory disease: arthritis, colitis, thyroiditis etc.
  • Skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, itching flaky skin
  • General: food cravings, tiredness, chronic fatigue, unwell feeling
  • Infertility, miscarriage or difficulty conceiving
  • 'Failure to thrive' in children - from poor absorption of nutrients

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Because the symptoms overlap with many other ailments and other food intolerances, Gluten sensitivity can be missed or misdiagnosed. The medical profession readily acknowledges that Gluten sensitivity is poorly diagnosed.

How do you Test For Gluten Sensitivity?

Temporary treatment: Some people choose to treat the symptoms of Gluten sensitivity with medications like anti-histamines, pain relief or supplements. But this gives only a few hours relief - and it means you have to keep buying and taking medications your whole life - plus keep getting their side effects.

Permanent treatment: Choose the natural no-drug solution. We believe it's much better to go to the source of the problem - and simply remove it. That is - identify your food intolerance and then substitute that food for another delicious food.

Testing with a Journal

Wheat and Gluten Sensitivity

A journal puts system into your exploration. It's easy. All you do is track your symptoms as you switch a few foods - using the Healing Program >


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What are all the types of Clinical Testing for Celiac Disease?

Types of Testing for Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

All Gluten sensitivity is easily and accurately identified by an Elimination Diet (Journal Method).

However many people turn to blood tests as a first resort, expecting it will be quicker and more accurate. Unfortunately most testing for Gluten sensitivity is not reliable. DNA (stool) testing brings accurate results. Most of these tests are looking for markers of Celiac disease (blood tests and intestinal biopsy).

The prevalence of Celiac Disease is just a tiny fraction of Gluten sensitivity. Celiac Disease (CD) was the first type of Gluten sensitivity for which a diagnostic testing procedure was devised - way back in the 1940s. Although that same type of Celiac testing is still used in many clinics as a first test for Gluten sensitivity, it only picks up the small percentage of Gluten-sensitive people who are Celiac.

This old-fashioned test misses the Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive patients. Therefore this latter group is poorly diagnosed and never gets to take advantage of the brilliant and free-of-drugs remedy - the Gluten-Free diet. Once on the right diet these people would begin getting well within days.

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How did I get Celiac disease or Gluten Sensitivity?

Why are some people Gluten Sensitive?

Gluten sensitivity - both NCGS and Coeliac Disease is 'in the family', or genetically inherited. Indicators are European or Anglo-Celtic ancestry. If you are Gluten intolerant, then up to 10% of the immediate family will also be affected, even if they don't yet have any symptoms. Could this be you?

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Comments: Some Gluten sensitivity is identified in children. But for others, it is not until much later in life that Gluten sensitivity is actually suspected. Frequently it is triggered by some 'life event' - like divorce, a death in the family, job loss or serious illness. One indicator can be persistently low iron levels or anaemia.

How are Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity treated?

Treatments for Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

No drugs or therapies are needed to treat Gluten sensitivity. The best treatment is to substitute all Gluten bearing foods in your diet for life . . . a Gluten-free diet.

However it is not wise to jump to conclusions about your food intolerance. The best way to investigate your symptoms and get the right answer is by using a Journal - like the Detection Diet Journal included in the Healing Program.

While a Gluten-free Diet does mean avoiding things which contain Gluten - fortunately thousands of new and delicious Gluten-free products become available with every passing month. To eat Gluten-free with confidence - read all food labels and understand the traps and pitfalls.

Gluten-free Complete Guide included with the Healing Program.

When will I be cured from Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity?

What is the Cure for Gluten Sensitivity?

We don’t view Celiac - or Gluten sensitivity as a ‘disease’. It is when people eat foods they cannot fully digest - foods which are inappropriate for them. So you don't need a cure, just a different diet. Gluten sensitivity is genetic – it’s the way we are. Like having blue eyes, brown skin or freckles.

For your freckles you stay out of the sun. For your Gluten sensitivity, you avoid Gluten. After just a few weeks on a gluten-free diet symptoms diminish or disappear completely. Many Gluten sensitive people report feeling better than they have for years - once on the right diet. There is also a great deal of research evidence that they will be avoiding chronic disease later in life. References.


I think I might be Gluten sensitive: What should I do?

Beginning with our free e-book, we can help you establish If you are suffering from gluten sensitivity or if your symptoms indicate an sensitivity to wheat,  dairy, fructose or yeast. You may even be suffering from more than one food sensitivity.

The research indicates that doing nothing can be a risk. Undiagnosed food sensitivity can cause serious long-term health problems like osteoporosis, anaemia and many others.

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