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What is Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is a condition that is still evolving in the eyes of mainstream medicine. NCGS will present with many of the same symptoms of celiac disease (CD), however it does not present with intestinal damage.

Because testing is focused on intestinal damage, the results in those with NCGS generally come back negative or inconclusive. This makes diagnosing NCGS even harder than CD. This means patients can often suffer longer because the condition is generally overlooked once celiac disease testing comes back negative.

Neurological involvement is often seen in NCGS as well as CD, but often times, the two are not connected.

Gluten sensitivity is best defined as a state of heightened immunological responsiveness in genetically susceptible people. This definition does not imply bowel involvement. That gluten sensitivity is regarded as principally a disease of the small bowel is a historical misconception. Gluten sensitivity can be primarily and at times exclusively a neurological disease. The absence of an enteropathy should not preclude patients from treatment with a gluten-free diet.

~ Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou
Gluten Sensitivity as a Neurological Illness (2002)

Dr. Alessio Fasano [medical director of Univ. of Maryland's School of Medicine – Center for Celiac Research], reports seeing 60-70% of his patients fitting his criteria for gluten sensitivity. This means they test negative for CD and wheat allergy, but experience resolution of symptoms on a gluten-free diet. There's a growing number of doctors that say NCGS effects 10 – 30% of the population.


Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News - Vol. 61, Number 10, Oct. 2010
Gluten Sensitivity Baffles Celiac Disease Specialists PDF

The Gluten File's Celiac Disease vs NCGS

Gluten Intolerance Group - Gluten Sensitivity

Dr. Rodney Ford – The Gluten Syndrome Video

Dr. Rodney Ford – Who Needs a Gluten Test Video

Dr. Scot Lewey - Gluten Sensitivity Confirmed

Dr. Stephen Wangen
Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance Can Be a Severe Problem

The Gluten Doctors

Dr. Thomas O'Bryan - Gluten Sensitivity & Celiac Disease

Dr. Kenneth Fine
Early Diagnosis Of Gluten Sensitivity: Before the Villi are Gone -

Tricia Thompson - Celiac Disease vs Gluten Sensitivity

Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou - Gluten Sensitivity as a neurological illness

Gluten Intolerance: A paradigm of an epidemic;col1