Gluten Summit Speakers Series: What Did They Say?
Up to now in her series reports, Micki Rose has focused on the generalists: the people with the overall view of gluten related disorders. Now, she starts to look at the field specialists: the neurologists, paediatricians, immunologists and gastroenterologists at the clinical sharp end who, hearteningly, agreed in approach much of the time.
Ford was the first gastroenterologist to really talk about non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). He describes gluten illness as a stealth disease that takes a huge toll on the body, has severe effects and could be avoided if we just took gluten out of our diets early enough. He says we can no longer play ‘gluten roulette’ with the knowledge we now have about gluten.
Perlmutter thinks we have ‘vastly underestimated the effect gluten sensitivity is having on the human race’. He feels that gluten is probably one of the most key factors in neurological disease because of the influence it has on zonulin and leaky brain and gut barriers allowing cross-reactivity antibodies which can then cause inflammatory and autoimmune damage.
Lowering Inflammation and Insulin
Dr Perlmutter believes that inflammation is the true cause of much chronic illness and that insulin and blood sugar factors are becoming really key in neurological disorders too – he reminds us that Alzheimer’s is now commonly termed Diabetes Type 3.
Eat a low carb, higher protein, good-fat anti-inflammatory diet to support nerves and membranes, rebuild body barriers and look especially for tTg6 in testing; do not rely on finding normal coeliac markers before you act.
Dr Amen is a classically-trained psychiatrist, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in fact, who ‘got fed up of making people worse’ and switched focus to supporting brain function rather than using toxic drugs to suppress or change it. Still today he is pilloried and criticised for that approach. He uses SPECT (single-photon emission computerized tomography) brain scans to look at blood flow and activity primarily rather than using traditional MRI scans and is up to 80,000 scans on patients from 93 different countries so far, so has a lot of data to call upon.
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