Gluten Ataxia Overview
Gluten ataxia is an autoimmune disease that is brought on by the ingestion of gluten and yeast in people who are genetically susceptible individuals.
The main area of ataxia is the cerebellum. The cerebellum is the portion of the brain that controls coordination and movement. Food intolerances are not well known causes for ataxia therefore other ataxias take preference and are generally ruled out before gluten and yeast sensitivities are identified as the origin. Gluten ataxia is a progressive disease and can cause permanent damage to the cerebellum if not treated promptly.
Ataxia is the least easily identifiable version of gluten and yeast intolerances. Many people with gluten ataxia do not even realize they are intolerant as they do not have any of the typical symptoms of celiac disease which has a known link to gluten and yeast. If you would like to read an over view on celiac disease, please see http://www.glutenataxia.com/celiac-disease/
I know that these diets have only been “suggested/proven” to treat gluten ataxia, but in my opinion a human was never designed to eat either gluten or yeast and we don’t need it to get our nutrients. What I did was to see what nutrients the body needs and the to adjust your gluten/yeast free diet accordingly. I suggest anyone with gluten ataxia who gets the authorization from their doctor do the same.
The main symptoms of Gluten Ataxia are:
- Poor coordination
- Loss of muscle control
- The finer motor control of one’s hand movements – handwriting is affected
- Dysarthria - Inability to form words correctly
- Joint pain
- Abdominal distension
- Lactose intolerance
- Ocular signs
- Dysmetria – control of distance, speed and power
- Unexplained Weight loss
- Numbness or tingling in the patient’s hands and feet
Although all my community forums have gluten and yeast in common, I have dedicated a forum for discussion to this disease.