http://glutenintoleranceschool.com/gluten-intolerance-symptoms/ “…defining a gluten allergy has been a surprisingly tricky matter for me. When I first began this website, I avoided using the term at all. Why? Because it is technically incorrect and even misleading. Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are not allergies. An allergy is a Type 1 Hypersensitivity and involves IgE antibodies (Immunoglobulin E) and a histamine response. While a wheat allergy is an allergy, celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, gluten ataxia and a non-celiac gluten sensitivity are not allergies.”
Coeliac disease (//; celiac disease in the United States and often celiac sprue) is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy onward. Symptoms include pain and discomfort in the digestive tract, chronic constipation and diarrhoea, failure to thrive (in children), anaemia and fatigue, but these may be absent, and symptoms in other organ systems have been described. Vitamin deficiencies are often noted in people with coeliac disease owing to the reduced ability of the small intestine to properly absorb nutrients from food.
The risks of developing complications from dermatitis herpetiformis decrease significantly if the patients follow a gluten-free diet. The disease has been associated with auto-immune thyroid disease, insulin-dependent diabetes, lupus erythematosus, Sjögren’s syndrome, sarcoidosis, and vitiligo or alopecia areata Reunala, T; Collin, P. “Diseases associated with dermatitis herpetiformis”. The British journal of dermatology 136 (3): 315–8. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2133.1997.tb14935.x. PMID 9115907. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_object_identifier Since the long middle link directly above does not immediately show results but does link to what appears to be an online medical research library, I searched the online library which appears and found these references: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/advanced/search/results http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PubMed_Identifier#PubMed_identifier
We have studied the occurrence of associated diseases in a cohort of 305 patients with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) followed up for a mean of 10 years. The results were compared with those from 383 patients with coeliac disease (CD). Twenty-nine (9.5%) patients with DH and 73 (19.1%) with CD had concomitant endocrine or connective tissue disorders. The following associations were found: auto-immune thyroid disease (4.3% of DH patients and 6.0% of CD patients), insulin dependent diabetes (1.0% DH and 5.5% CD), lupus erythematosus (1.3% DH and 0.3% CD), Sjögren’s syndrome (1.0% DH and 2.9% CD), sarcoidosis (1.3% DH and 1.8% CD), and vitiligo or alopecia areata (1.6% DH and 0% CD). We have shown that patients with DH are similar to those with CD in that many have associated endocrine or connective tissue disorders. Most of these diseases began before DH had been diagnosed suggesting that those on a gluten-free diet are not at special risk of contracting them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatitis_herpetiformis There was no Wikipedia article on the next disease on the short list which appears at the end of the first quoted paragraph in this blog, which comes the online article at the first link at the top of this blog, but I did see this personal testimony by Brett Blakeway at the following link: http://www.glutenataxia.com/ I did not find a Wikipedia article for non celiac gluten sensitivity either but I did see a list of articles on related autoimmune diseases. I sure hope this information is useful to someone and even assists in leading some more diligent person to finding more answers to some of these health problems we all have been suffering with.