Unfortunately, many doctors and patients diagnosed with celiac disease still cling to these archaic notions.
Fortunately, the efforts to raise awareness and education on this matter are paying off.
The following excerpt was taken from a recent ABC News story on gluten sensitivity based on interviews with Dr. Fasano and Dr. Peter Green (both of these doctors are leading celiac researchers):
...recognize gluten as an invader and unleash attacks on the small intestine, producing diarrhea, abdominal pain, along with fatigue, headaches and joint inflammation. Over time, celiac disease can lead to malnourishment, osteoporosis, neurological conditions, and in rarer cases, infertility or cancer.
An estimated 3 million Americans, or 1 in 133, have celiac disease (the source of the website name for Shepard's campaign, 1in133.org). However, most of them aren't aware of it, in part because it can strike at any time. Only 200,000 to 220,000 Americans have been diagnosed, said Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, also a summit sponsor.
Gluten disruption of the nervous system can lead to nerve damage, neurological diseases, mental disorders and more.