If I've ever talked to you about gluten sensitivity and going gluten free, and you've explained to me that you really don't eat that much, and you're going to cut it out almost completely... almost, then I strongly encourage you to watch this very short video from Dr. Thomas O'Bryan (my favorite chronic disease/gluten expert).
What is Dr O'Bryan talking about when he says, "Total Villous Atrophy"?
Villous atrophy occurs when the villi -- the microscopic, finger-like tentacles that line the wall of the small intestine -- erode away, leaving a virtually flat surface.
In case you're wondering why that matters, here is what your villi are good for:
Definition: Microscopic finger-like projections that line the inner wall of the small intestine. (Singular: villus.) After food passes from the stomach into the small intestine, nutrients in the food are absorbed into the body through the villi. Every person has millions of villi in his intestines.
So Total Villous Atrophy means that your body is not absorbing any nutrients. Often your will body crave nutrients, resulting in unnecessary hunger, and overeating, while suffering from malnurishment.
If you have/had or are still having any of the 250 symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity, please consider going STRICT gluten free.
You may also better understand why I am incessantly (annoying) anal about my consumption of food, and avoiding gluten.
You can find more from Dr O'Bryan at thedr.com
You can find a Certified Gluten Practitioner here: