The Conundrum of Gluten Sensitivity vs. Celiac Disease, Dr. Thomas O’Bryan

This presentation (and the accompanying articles) is the best explanation of gluten sensitivity and celiac that I have seen to date.  In practice I work with many clients with gastrointestinal issues and they often have seen their medical doctor for blood tests on celiac and those were negative.  Some have also done more alternative tests on intolerances and those were negative as well.  The article on “Why the Tests are Often Wrong” is crucial in helping them understand why the tests could be negative and yet they are still more successful on a gluten free diet.  This conundrum creates a stressful situation for the individual who does not want to make the dramatic changes in diet without solid evidence that it will make a difference in their health.

The explanation of the various symptoms caused by gluten sensitivity that are outside the small intestine was sobering.  The increased risk of auto-immune disease such as Diabetes Type II, IBD, Lupus and brain symptoms such as autism symptoms, ADHD, anxiety, depression as well as skin disorders such as Dermatitis Herpetiformis and Psoriatic Arthritis are all documented.  I found this presentation useful for health care practitioners as well as the lay person.

Dr. Thomas O‘Bryan is a nationally recognized expert in celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  He is trained as a Chiropractor, Clinical Nutritionist and received training in Functional Medicine.  He currently practices functional medicine as well as speaking and teaching.


O’Bryan, T. (2010). The Conundrum of Gluten Sensitivity 101: Why the Tests are Often Wrong  Retrieved February 7, 2011, from

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