Did you know that you could test for gluten sensitivity? This appears to be relatively unknown, but when your body begins to fight the gluten, it releases an antibody. This gluten antibody, called gliadin, can be detected with a simple blood test, and, you can also have the test done at a private lab for as little as $99.
Dr. Rodney Ford, a doctor from New Zealand, whom I listened to on the Gluten Summit last year, discussed this briefly, however, he outlines the tests on his website. He explains that the more anitbodies IgG and IgA you have in your bloodstream, the more gluten intolerant you are. A gluten antibody test can provide this information. He also can help you get a diagnosis with online consultation, for an inexpensive price.
I wish I had known this when my now teenager was little.
When he was elementary school age, he was sick constantly. The idea of a gluten sensitivity was foreign to me, and apparently to many of the doctors I took him to as well. Every time a pediatrician diagnosed him with an infection, he was given an antibiotic. Of course, every time he took that, his gut health only cycled more into disrepair. At one point he was on a new antibiotic every 2-4 weeks. As you may know, this is destructive to anyone’s digestive system.
I took him to specialists and had him tested for allergies 3 times. But, with few answers, we resolved to stay on medications. I knew there had to be an answer, but the typical physician did not seem to have the wisdom to diagnose a gluten sensitivity, and certainly, no mention of a gluten antibody test.
Yet, when my special needs son was born with even more food intolerances, I researched it on my own. It was then that I realized that gluten and milk intolerances were a problem for both of my sons. Now, of course, the gastroenterologists recommend the elimination diet (removing foods to watch for changes in your child), as a better determiner of food allergies and intolerances. Yet, I also know that some doctors still recommend allergy testing. Which, of course leads to the question of gluten antibody.
If I had only known then what I know now.
Do you wonder if your child may need a gluten antibody test? According to Dr. Ford, children in his clinic who exhibit elevated anitbodies exhibit some or all of the following symptoms.
lethargy and fatigue
growth concerns (gluten can disrupt growth hormone)
always getting sick
Do you recognize your child in this description?
The more antibodies you have in your body, the more of a gluten intolerance you are experiencing.
Not all physicians recognize these symptoms as a food intolerance of any sort. Yet, if you or your child has any of these symptoms, it is truly wise to trust your mommy intuition. From personal experience, I would say sooner more than later.
Our family’s experience with gluten accurately reflects this list.
Remember, everyone is different; every family is different. If you suspect gluten sensitivity, you can go to Dr. Ford’s website and learn more about getting the test, then run to the nearest clinic and get some help. If you suspect any other food intolerances or allergies, you can go look for a good local naturopathic doctor, or ask your child’s pediatrician for more assistance.