Gluten sensitivity masquerading as systemic lupus erythematosus
Here we have yet another GI condition that has an effect on the entire body. Allergy to gluten (a protein found primarily in wheat) in these three case studies led to a systemic response that was mistaken for lupus. How’s that for a dramatic manifestation of gluten sensitivity? Two intersting tidbits.
First, gluten is a nitrogenous storage proteins in grains. Give the growing grain nitrogenous fertilizer and it has no choice but to take in the nitrogen and then has to store it as excess gluten. More gluten = higher exposure and likelihood of allergy. Second, yeast overgrowth with candida shows a cross reactivity between a protein segment in candida and a protein segment in gluten. So, antibiotic use again has potential ramifications that most clinicians are totally unaware of.
Gluten sensitivity masquerading as systemic lupus erythematosus — Hadjivassiliou et al. 63 (11): 1501 — Annals of the Rheum –