30% of the Population Should be Gluten Free?

I guess I am not the only one who has learned something new from the 2013 Gluten Summit.  Dr. Vikki Petersen from Health Now also posted an article based on the Gluten Summit interview with Dr Michael Marsh, who is the founder of the Marsh Classification System of intestinal biopsy.

Here is what Dr. Petersen says:

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Father of Intestinal Biopsy Classification System Speaks Out

Father of Intestinal Biopsy Classification System Speaks Out – See more at: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/12/04/celiac-disease-villous-atrophy-isnt-required-for-diagnosis/#sthash.p9mRrMsw.dpuf

A recent interview with Dr Michael Marsh … revealed that Dr Marsh himself is in total disagreement with the standard utilized by gastroenterologists to determine whether a patient should be diagnosed with celiac disease and begin a gluten-free diet.

In a fascinating discussion led by Dr Thom O’Bryan from the Gluten eSummit, Dr Marsh revealed that he created his classification system in 1982 and in 1992 formally spoke out at an international conference, making it quite clear that to not recommend a gluten-free diet for a patient with positive blood work but a negative biopsy was a medico-legal situation in the making. Meaning that doctor who refused to recommend a gluten-free diet could be held accountable should that patient later develop severe nutritional deficiencies, osteoporosis or cancer, to name a few of the many possible negative scenarios.

According to the article, and Dr. Marsh feels that nearly 30% of the population should be gluten free!  THIRTY PERCENT!!  Not the 1% that most article quote.

When asked what percentage of the population fell into the ‘at risk’ stages of Marsh 1, 2 or 3, Dr Marsh stated a full 30%! 1% have Marsh 3, full villous atrophy, but 29%, in his opinion, fall within Marsh 1 or 2 meaning partial atrophy and therefore needful of a gluten-free diet.

When asked what percentage of the population fell into the ‘at risk’ stages of Marsh 1, 2 or 3, Dr Marsh stated a full 30%! 1% have Marsh 3, full villous atrophy, but 29%, in his opinion, fall within Marsh 1 or 2 meaning partial atrophy and therefore needful of a gluten-free diet. – See more at: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/12/04/celiac-disease-villous-atrophy-isnt-required-for-diagnosis/#sthash.p9mRrMsw.dpuf

Make sure to read the full article by Dr. Vikki Petersen for more information.

A recent interview with Dr Michael Marsh, the founder of the Marsh Classification System of intestinal biopsy, revealed that Dr Marsh himself is in total disagreement with the standard utilized by gastroenterologists to determine whether a patient should be diagnosed with celiac disease and begin a gluten-free diet.

In a fascinating discussion led by Dr Thom O’Bryan from the Gluten eSummit, Dr Marsh revealed that he created his classification system in 1982 and in 1992 formally spoke out at an international conference, making it quite clear that to not recommend a gluten-free diet for a patient with positive blood work but a negative biopsy was a medico-legal situation in the making. Meaning that doctor who refused to recommend a gluten-free diet could be held accountable should that patient later develop severe nutritional deficiencies, osteoporosis or cancer, to name a few of the many possible negative scenarios.

– See more at: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/12/04/celiac-disease-villous-atrophy-isnt-required-for-diagnosis/#sthash.p9mRrMsw.dpuf

Dr Michael Marsh, the founder of the Marsh Classification System of intestinal biopsy, – See more at: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/12/04/celiac-disease-villous-atrophy-isnt-required-for-diagnosis/#sthash.p9mRrMsw.dpuf
Dr Michael Marsh, the founder of the Marsh Classification System of intestinal biopsy, – See more at: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/12/04/celiac-disease-villous-atrophy-isnt-required-for-diagnosis/#sthash.p9mRrMsw.dpuf
Dr Michael Marsh, the founder of the Marsh Classification System of intestinal biopsy, – See more at: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/12/04/celiac-disease-villous-atrophy-isnt-required-for-diagnosis/#sthash.p9mRrMsw.dpuf
Dr Michael Marsh, the founder of the Marsh Classification System of intestinal biopsy, – See more at: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/12/04/celiac-disease-villous-atrophy-isnt-required-for-diagnosis/#sthash.p9mRrMsw.dpuf
Dr Michael Marsh, the founder of the Marsh Classification System of intestinal biopsy, – See more at: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/12/04/celiac-disease-villous-atrophy-isnt-required-for-diagnosis/#sthash.p9mRrMsw.dpuf
Dr Michael Marsh, the founder of the Marsh Classification System of intestinal biopsy, – See more at: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/12/04/celiac-disease-villous-atrophy-isnt-required-for-diagnosis/#sthash.p9mRrMsw.dpuf
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  1. Ping from Gluten Free Anonymous:

    Wow. 30%! Sadly that does not surprise me. So so many are going off gluten, undiagnosed, and finding they feel MUCH better. I hope we can educate doctors everywhere about the damage gluten is causing. If my sister had been diagnosed 17 years ago when doctors in Nevada were testing her, she quite possibly would not be faced with more severe issues she’s had to deal with as a direct side affect of going undiagnosed for so long. It’s possible she would have had a slight intolerance to gluten, like me, instead of full blown celiac or the many other gastrointestinal related problems she now faces. If only they were aware back then. I’m aware of some doctors who still think this is something “made up.” It’s tragic. I’m grateful to the doctors who want to make a difference to help those who are uneducated of what’s going on inside their body or who are struggling with their current diagnosis and need to know where to turn.

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