Thyroid UK
87,559 members102,275 posts

Gluten sensitivity in the absence of coeliac disease

Dr John Briffa writes about a recent British Medical Journal article which asks if gluten sensitivity, in the absence of coeliac disease, actually exists. Click on this link for his artiicle;

The conclusion is that for patients who report wheat intolerance or gluten sensitivity, and have a negative result for Coeliac disease, should be diagnosed with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity.

9 Replies

If you have problems with wheat, as I do, try making bread with Spelt flour instead. We have gradually started using it for almost everything now, bread, scones, drop scones, batters and waffles. The only thing we haven't had much success with is pastry. My waistline has shrunk considerably now I am not bloated by modern wheat.


The British Medical Journal article, not that most of us will be able to read beyond the first few paragraphs, is here:

I wonder if we can expect some interesting responses there (which will be visible to all)?



Thank you for posting this,its about time our symptoms were listened too and we were not made to feel stupid I have changed my diet even though i wasn't listened to and don't have lactose or gluten in my food


Yes, we can have gluten intolerance even though not a complete coeliac. Wheat is not the only cereal, of course, which is glutenous but it seems to have the worst effect on people. If there is a gluten intolerance it should be listened to to prevent becoming a coeliac cos, once you're down there, very difficult, if not impossible to get back.

Wonder if it is the spray used on wheat which has an effect on the way it matures that changes the chemical balance - which is why an intolerance may develop?

1 like

now that is possibly the root of many illnesses now developing. I prefer to grow my own vegetables because of this even tho I am now disabled. Its all very well saying the spray is ok but as you say its the resulting chemical changes!


Does spelt contain gluten?


Spelt is a cereal grain in the wheat family and does contain some gluten.

It is not suitable for someone who has coeliac disease.


A very interesting article. It explains many of the questions I have had. My own story is that after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I very soon developed symptoms of IBS. but it is more than that because I am unable to tolerate gluten, wheat, lactose, nuts, and chocolate, which previously I had no problems with ( I thought! ) except the nut thing cos I am allergic


If you think that you may suffer with coeliac disease then look at the following advice from coeliac UK. It recommends to eat some gluten in more than one meal every day for at least 6 weeks before testing.

There is also a home testing kit called Biocard Celiac Test for about £20.

It can be that even with a negative test you have the condition, it is not always easy to diagnose. Anyone with a new diagnosis of IBS should be tested.


You may also like...