Can Wheat Cause Nerve Damage? New Study Shows Link Between Gluten and Neuropathy

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Can your morning toast be causing nerve damage in your feet and hands? A new study by England researchers suggests that gluten, the protein in wheat-containing products, may be a main factor in triggering an immune response that causes nerve damage in extremities, called peripheral neuropathy.

Burning, pain, and numbness or tingling, as well as the sensation of pins and needles, in feet and hands are increasingly common symptoms of neuropathy affecting as many as 80 out of 1,000 people.

An early-release abstract from the Academy of Neurology annual meeting shows a strict gluten-free diet was associated with reducing the odds of neuropathic pain by 88.7%.

In people with gluten sensitivity, the lead researcher, Panagiotis Zis, M.D. states, “Ingestion of gluten causes an immune reaction that, in this case, damages nerves, which can be painful. A strict gluten-free diet removes the main factor triggering the inflammation, allowing the immune response to calm down and alleviate the neuropathic symptoms, including pain.”

After brain fog, neuropathy is the second most common neurological issue caused by gluten sensitivity, yet it is the most overlooked.

Typically, neuropathy patients are told there is no treatment to improve nerve damage, and are prescribed multiple medications, vitamins, lotions and exercise in an attempt to lessen the symptoms. However, according to Randall Winchell, D.C., specializing in difficult neuropathy cases, the cause of a patients neuropathy needs to be thoroughly evaluated in order to properly treat individual neuropathy causes, and reports that non-drug alternatives are available to not only lessen symptoms, but to heal the damage.

“We must first take a deep examination of the potential causes of each patients’ neuropathy symptoms, long before prescribing medications in an attempt to simply dull the pain, without a thorough attempt to remove the cause,” states Winchell. “Pinched nerves caused by joint misalignments in the spine are the most overlooked cause of peripheral neuropathy, and yet one of the most simple to reverse. Diabetes, toxin exposure, vitamin B-12 and B-1 deficiency, glucose balance, and now gluten-sensitivity, are just some of the factors we must evaluate in order to properly treat.”

Winchell has found that patients report a satisfactory to complete elimination of symptoms in 89% of patients he treats, following treatment protocols based on patients’ cause of nerve damage, followed by non-invasive laser and electrical therapies that promote nerve healing. He has also found that a gluten-free, low-sugar, high nutrient diet consisting of primarily plant-based foods and smaller portions of meat help to speed the nerve healing process, by rapidly reducing inflammation and the immune response.

“I urge anyone suffering from neuropathy to work with a physician whose goal it is to get to the root of the issue and target recovery, not just symptom management,” says Winchell.

Winchell Chiropractic & Wellness Center specializes in treating difficult neuropathy cases, as well as other structural and nerve conditions. Dr. Randall Winchell has a reputation for his ability to get to the root of conditions that other doctors could not help. He is a gifted diagnostician, and is passionate about alleviating pain and getting his patients back to their best.

For more information on this topic, please call Dr. Randall Winchell at 949-472-4114 or visit our website at

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