That is significant. The mainstream medical community is going to have to wake up and start recognizing gluten as a potential cause for their patients' problems. There are now more accurate tests that more completely assess gluten sensitivity. Doctors need to be made aware of this too.
"For the first time, we have scientific evidence that indeed, gluten sensitivity not only exists, but is very different from celiac disease," says lead author Alessio Fasano, medical director of the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research.
The news will be welcome to people who have suspected a broad range of ailments may be linked to their gluten intake, but have failed to find doctors who agree.
"Patients have been told if it wasn't celiac disease, it wasn't anything. It was all in their heads," says Cynthia Kupper, executive director of the nonprofit Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.
Below is a few more interesting lines from the WSJ story that hit on something I wrote about a while ago.
People can eliminate gluten on their own and see how they react. You don't need a doctor to do this. You know your body best. If your health improves, then stay away from gluten. Here is a synopsis from a survey of people who voluntarily chose to not consume gluten in January of this year.
Those with gluten sensitivity didn't have the flattened villi, or the "leaky" intestinal walls seen in the subjects with celiac disease. Their immune reactions were different, too. In the gluten-sensitive group, the response came from innate immunity, a primitive system with which the body sets up barriers to repel invaders.
I find these results striking. Participants overwhelmingly improved in every health category we measured. Although the data may have been somewhat biased due to the 53% response rate, it's indisputable that a large number of participants, probably the majority, benefited from avoiding gluten for a month.I know plenty of people whose health would benefit by eliminating gluten from their diet. I am going to pass this on to them. I would strongly encourage you to also consider whether you should experiment with eliminating gluten. If you do it and don't see any health changes, oh well. At least you don't have to worry about gluten being a cause of your ailments.