‘Dr. Gluten’ of NZ to Speak in Tucsonabout New Theory on Gluten Sensitivity

by Melissa Diane Smith

Dr. Rodney Ford, who is known as “Dr. Gluten” because of his expertise in gluten sensitivity, will present evidence to support his breakthrough idea that gluten sensitivity is caused by neurological harm, not gut damage as is commonly thought, at the Southern Arizona Celiac Support Group meeting in Tucson, Arizona, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2009. The event will take place at the Pima Community College District Office Campus, 4905 E. Broadway, Building C, and it is free and open to the public. To view a map of the location, click here.

Dr. Ford, who is a pediatrician, gastroenterologist, allergist, and director of The Children’s Clinic in Christchurch, New Zealand, will present the argument that gluten sensitivity is a common condition, being present ten times more often in patients at his clinic than celiac disease is. He will also provide information to support his hypothesis that gluten causes more than gut damage, by way of nerve damage, and present his criteria for deciding who should start on a gluten-free diet and when.

Earlier this year, Dr. Ford wrote on the same topic in his medical journal article entitled “The Gluten Syndrome: A Neurological Disease,” which was published in Medical Hypothesis in July. See “SPECIAL REPORT: Gluten Causes Symptoms Because It Damages Nerves, Gluten Sensitivity Specialist Says” to read the Nutrition News & Notes coverage of the article.

During his trip to the United States, Dr. Ford also is scheduled to speak at the HealthNOW Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Forum Event in San Francisco on October 23, at the 32nd Annual Celiac Sprue Association Conference in Erie, PA, on October 31, and at the West End Gluten Intolerance Group Meeting in Richmond, VA, on November 5.

Copyright © 2009 Melissa Diane Smith

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