Maybe gluten intolerance is causing your ITP? It’s highly possible. If you have ITP and a low platelet count, have you considered the fact that you might have a gluten intolerance and that is what is wreaking havoc with your immune system?
Most of the medical community equate gluten intolerance with Celiac disease, an intestinal disorder in which the body reacts to gluten by producing the following symptoms; diarrhea, abdominal pains, weight loss, and a host of other problems. But more recent medical studies are confirming that gluten sensitivity can affect many different parts of the body besides the abdominal area and intestines. A lot of people who eventually become ill from ingesting gluten do not develop Celiac disease and the tests for Celiac disease come out negative although the person may be completely intolerant to gluten.
Many individual whose bodies cannot tolerate gluten show other auto immune disorders instead, such as Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura and arthritis. Some doctors suggest that a blood test for antigliadin antibodies should be used to identify gluten intolerance. Other Naturopathic physicians use testing equipment such as the Avatar or Biotracker for definitive results. Some of them believe that even the antigliadin test is not always conclusive. And even with the Naturopathic physicians some of them do not perform comprehensive enough tests to come to the conclusion of gluten sensitivity or other food intolerances for that matter.
I know this to be a fact, because I experienced first hand with my own daughter’s experience with ITP, how by using the same type of Biotracker testing equipment with two completely different practitioners, came up with two different results. One showed no current intolerance whereas the other showed a complete intolerance to any product containing gluten (which is about almost all grains except for a few), and also an extreme intolerance to dairy and yeast. Boy, that sure put a damper on my teenager’s diet. It just took care of every single thing that she liked to eat from yogurt, smoothies, burgers and breads, plus some! It is truly amazing how many food products on the market have at least one of these items in it. Talk about having to have a restricted diet. But you know, it eventually paid off. By eliminating those items her low platelet count gradually rose to an acceptable level.
Wheat gluten seems to be the main culprit in many food sensitivities and when caught early enough the damage is treatable and reversible. It is now considered the cause of the rapidly rising epidemic of auto-immune disorders. Many mainstream medical practitioners have a hard time coming to grips with this concept. That is why it is most important for one to take personal responsibility for their own or their loved ones health. No one cares like you do!
Author: Maggi Pier