Friday, March 21, 2014

New Study Links Infant Gluten Sensitivity to Rare Genetic Syndrome in Parents....

Philadelphia- A study performed at the prestigious Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and published this week in the Annals of Pediatric Medicine, revealed a surprising link between a rare genetic disorder in one or both parents and infant gluten sensitivity.

"This is a truly landmark study that looked at thousands of babies placed on gluten free diets by their parents," Pediatric Geneticist Mort Fishman explained. "Nearly 100% of these young infants with gluten sensitivity have a parent, sometimes two, with a condition known as Magnum Manus."

Man with Magnum Manus shown here waving like an idiot

Magnum Manus, or Big Hand syndrome, was first described by Dr. C. Sagan late last century and has been linked to a number of other conditions. Now gluten intolerance in infants can be added to the list along with chronic Lyme disease, candida overgrowth syndrome, electromagnetic hypersensitivity and many more. Dr. Fishman recommends that any parents concerned about one of these conditions be tested for Magnum Manus:
"I recommend formal genetic testing of course, but a simple at home maneuver can be quite informative. In most humans, the size of the hand is roughly equivalent to the size of the face. Simply place your hand on your face while a friend or loved one observes for a significant size discrepancy."
Dr. Fishman cautions parents with suspected Magnum Manus not to panic. While most babies with gluten sensitivity do have parents with the syndrome, most sufferers don't have children with any major medical problems. Often any perceived symptoms can be explained by more common conditions that don't require special diets or treatment regimens, or by a simple misunderstanding of normal behavior.

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