Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gluten Implicated In Neuropathy-Dizziness-Ataxia!

 Having Trouble Walking Around Because Of Your Balance?

There are many Americans that are having difficulties with walking, balance, vertigo and dizziness that think that they are just clumsy or have been told that they will just have to learn to live with their Balance Disorder.....

Well, according to a study out of  Center for Peripheral Neuropathy, neurological damage of unknown origin or Idiopathic Dizziness, Vertigo, Peripheral Neuropathy or a whole host of other nerve related diseases may just be the work of Gluten Reactive Immune Response! 

Gluten is a "potential neurotoxin"  in those that are susceptible to the insidious onslaught against their bodies systems. Gluten damage may cause everything from unexplained dizziness to numbness in the hands and feet.

Gluten Ataxia

Approximately 10 percent of people with Celiac disease develop neurological symptoms, according to the Center for Peripheral Neuropathy. Ataxia describes a neurological condition characterized by jerky movements and an awkward gait. Gluten ataxia specifically describes a neurological condition caused by a gluten sensitivity that leads to a wide range of symptoms, including:
     • Difficultly concentrating
     • Loss of balance
     • Frequent falls
     • Visual disturbances
     • Trouble walking
     • Tremors
     • Trouble judging distances

In people with a gluten sensitivity, eating foods with the gluten protein triggers an autoimmune reaction. The body attacks the gluten with antibodies in the same way that antibodies attack viruses. This damages the intestines. Intestinal damage inhibits absorption of nutrients, often leading to nutrient deficiencies.

Vitamin deficiencies could be to blame for gluten ataxia, according to an article in the Feb/Mar 2011 issue of Living Without magazine. Another explanation is that something in the brain is similar enough to gluten that the antibodies released to attack gluten also attack the brain.

This process is known as Molecular Mimicry and is a major theory as to why gluten can cause our immune system to attack self tissue, such as brain, nerve, connective tissue, thyroid, pancreas, insulin and any number of other tissues within our bodies...

The exact cause for gluten ataxia is unknown, but what is clear is that eating gluten makes it worse. A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry in September 2003 found that participants with ataxia who followed a gluten-free diet demonstrated improvement in ataxia symptoms compared to the control group, and had significantly fewer anti-gliadin antibodies, or "anti-gluten" antibodies, after one year.

There are many instances in which people that get the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and other neurological conditions, are misdiagnosed and really suffer with Gluten related neurological conditions.

Gluten Neuropathy

Neuropathy, or Peripheral Neuropathy, describes a range of disorders characterized by nerve damage to one or more nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. Often the cause of the neuropathy is unknown, in these cases, many times, the culprit is Gluten or one of the food proteins that is cross-reactive to gluten.... 
Gluten neuropathy is when the autoimmune response is the root cause of the nerve damage.

A study published in Muscle & Nerve journal in December 2006 found that participants with neuropathy who followed a gluten-free diet showed significant improvement in symptoms after one year. The control group reported worsening of symptoms.


People who have a gluten intolerance do not respond to simple allergy tests like someone with a milk or nut allergy might. The gentlest way to figure out if someone is sensitive to gluten is dietary therapy. Avoid gluten for several weeks, then reintroduce it and observe any reactions.

Once it is known that a person has a problem with gluten there is only one form of treatment: abstinence. People with any degree of gluten sensitivity or intolerance must completely give it up. This means not only avoiding obvious foods like bread and pasta, but also foods like soy sauce and licorice that contain small amounts of wheat.

It may seem like an impossible thing to do but it is easily managed if you have someone that knows, form personal experience, what is involved it this lifestyle change.

To know for sure what your problem is you need to find a someone that specializes in this type of Immune System Inflammatory Response to Food Proteins.

Contact Dr. Walter K. Crooks

by: Sarka-Jonae Miller
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