Can I eat just a little gluten?
What do you think when someone on the plane coughs a few seats behind you? Are you thinking "Well, I am probably going to get whatever that is." Our immune systems can respond to very minute particles in the air. In fact, one little viral exposure can lead to our entire body having flu symptoms of fatigue, joint pain, lethargy, and mucous build up. It appears that this type of reaction to minute particles may happen in some people with gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease as well. A letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine (see link below) highlights two cases of non-reponsive Celiac patients that resolved their symptoms when they wore a dust mask when pouring animal feed in to a trough. The animal feed was 30% barley, which is a gluten containing grain. The dust from that feed was enough to evoke symptoms in both of these patients.
In an interview with Dr. Alessio Fasano, I asked him what he thought about my rule of "100% effort equals 100% results" when being strict with gluten exposure. He whole-heartedly agreed and replied "99% effort equals zero results". So remember, when you're eliminating gluten from your diet, 100% effort = 100% results!
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