Health care providers are currently seeing an explosion in the incidence of gluten ataxia, early dementia, Parkinson's, and aberrant brain function with no clear diagnosis.
We are now seeing many, many people with gluten ataxia.
Others include dermatitis herpetiformis, identified by an itchy rash, and the neurological condition gluten ataxia
This is because the gluten reaction, called gluten ataxia
, targets the cerebellum, the center that controls coordination and complex movements.
Autoantibodies in gluten ataxia
recognize a novel neuronal transglu taminase.
The majority of the patients had gluten ataxia (n = 147), while others had peripheral neuropathy (n = 116), gluten encephalopathy (n = 31), and gluten myopathies (n = 13).
His previous research has found that gluten ataxia is the single most common cause of sporadic, idiopathic ataxia--accounting for 40% of sporadic, idiopathic ataxias and 21% of all ataxias (Brain 2003;126:685-91).
The incidence of gluten ataxia, for example, which manifests in disorders such as autism, is increased up to 30-fold in patients with celiac disease.
6 This is the key mechanism of action in gluten ataxia and other forms of cerebellar degeneration.