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Avoiding the Dangers of Gluten

Eating gluten is being scientifically proven as unhealthy to many humans, and we may already feel the effects even if we are not diagnosed as sensitive to it. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder specifically related to gluten, and there’s a strong correlation between all other autoimmune conditions and the use of gluten.

Gluten-sensitive individuals are more prone to developing an autoimmune disease on this partial list from over 100 unique conditions: Addison’s disease, autoimmune chronic active hepatitis, Crohn’s disease, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus type 1, myasthenia gravis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, scleroderma, systemic lupus, thyroid disease and colitis.

Also included are mood disorders involving gluten sensitivities such as ADD, ADHD, autism, depression, bipolar disease and schizophrenia as well as nutritional deficiencies that may be early symptoms of anemia, osteoporosis, osteopenia and osteomalacia.

Neurological conditions affected by gluten include epilepsy, cerebral calcifications, brain and spinal cord defects in newborns born to gluten-sensitive mothers, neurological problems, neuropathy, tingling, seizures and optic myopathy. Other conditions related to gluten sensitivity include organ disorders of the gallbladder, liver, spleen or pancreas; tooth enamel defects; and cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Anne Merkel is an energy psychologist who specializes in autoimmune disorders. Listen to a recording from her Autoimmune Coaching and Energy Therapy Support Group at Learn more at

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