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Blood Testing for Gluten
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Gary,

That's a really tough question. And if you haven't already, you can read my page on Diagnosing Gluten Allergy to see my take on it.

So, in my practice, I don't do ANY testing at all (unless it's in children) because of the fact that tests SO FREQUENTLY come back negative even in people who are obviously gluten intolerant. I feel that these negative tests give people a false sense of security that they don't have it, and then end up either NOT understanding why they should give a gluten free diet a try or they are just more confused than ever when they KNOW that they are gluten intolerant and the tests come back negative.

And THEN there is the VERY REAL, but completely ignored issue of Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance. There is a GREAT study on that page that shows a group of women who were SPECIFICALLY excluded from the diagnosis of celiac disease, but there Lupus RESOLVED on a gluten free diet!!

So, I discourage testing, but in people who REALLY REALLY want it, I tell them to ONLY pay attention to any positive results, and to ignore any negative results.

I do the same thing with:

Magnesium Levels


Vitamin B12 Levels

which testing is so completely far removed from the patient's clinical condition that it is ridiculous. And I also feel REALLY good about ignoring these levels because there is really good research saying that ignoring these levels and going by symptoms for these 3 problems is really a good, if not better, standard of care than relying on testing for these problems.

Hope this helps.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

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