Gluten doesn't always cause noticeable symptoms, even in those with biopsy-proven Celiac Disease, prior to them instituting a gluten-free diet. Also, gut tissue can be badly inflammed and yet there can be no symptoms present at all. In the world of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, it is known that clinical symptoms often do not correlate well with endoscopic appearance and/or tissue biopsy results...i.e., one can have no symptoms and yet have a horribly inflammed bowel.
Reasons to avoid gluten whether or not one has Lyme:
1. The FDA approved genetically modified wheat a couple years ago. GMO's are known to have health effects but the research showing this has been suppressed in favor of the large agricultural chemical companies behind the GMO foods (food plants that are genetically modified in order to "tolerate" more pesticides).
2. Gluten causes healthy gastrointestinal tissue to become "leaky" - i.e., the gaps between cells in the lining of the intestinal mucosal barrier (the barrier protects us from absorbing bacteria, undigested food, etc., and is an important part of the body's immune system) become larger and enable absorption of things which shouldn't be present in the bloodstream. This "leakiness" of the mucosal barrier lasts upwards of 24-48 hours in those without any genetic predisposition for Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity. In those with the genetic predisposition, those with other causes of gastrointestinal inflammation (inflammatory bowel, infections, etc.) and those with Lyme (because Lyme can cause gluten sensitivity), this period of increased permeability of the mucosal barrier due to gluten ingestion can last weeks.
3. Gluten (and dairy) protein promotes inflammation in the body. Any time inflammation is present in the body, the immune system is activated and put in "fight" mode, thus stressing the adrenal glands, causing blood vessels to "leak" white blood cells into the tissues, and activating a whole host of immune chemical messengers that ultimately results in healthy cells being damaged by the immune system. If one is "healthy" then this is a lot for the body to deal with. If one is sick with anything involving the immune system (which most illness does involve, even healing from an injury), then this is additional stress on the body that is unnecessary.
4. Grains that contain gluten, especially wheat, now contain more gluten percentage-wise than ever before due to cross breeding and genetic manipulation [the initial wheat that was eaten 2000 years ago only contained 1-2% gluten; today's wheat contains 20% or more gluten]. Gluten is the "glue" that enables flour-based products to trap gasses released by the action of yeast on the carbohydrates in the flour. This is good for bread-making, but our bodies lack the enzyme necessary to break down this gluten (cows and other herbivorous animals usually have more of this enzyme than we do, thus why they can eat & digest grass, etc. - what we call wheat is actually the seed from a certain type of grass).
5. A diet high in carbohydrates contributes to the development of blood sugar control issues, belly fat (known to be linked to heart disease and other health problems, per Dr. Oz ), sugar cravings, bacterial/yeast imbalance in the GI tract, etc. Wheat is high in carbohydrate content, and refined white flour products are highest in simpler sugars that definately "feed" yeast.
6. Wheat also contains phytates, which block the absorption of other nutrients. So while the FDA says wheat has B vitamins and other nutrients, some of those nutrients are bound to the phytates and thus not able to be absorbed. Also, any other foods eaten with phytates will also be susceptible to losing nutrients to those which the phytates bond to... Incidentally, legumes such as soy are also high in phytates.
You should discuss yeast issues with your doctor - not everyone on abx has problems if they take probiotics. That said, sometimes it is good to avoid problems in the first place - such as avoiding sugar, taking probiotics, etc.
Some substances with anti-yeast properties include: Oregano, garlic, thyme, biotin, zinc tannates, caprylic acid, etc. It may be wise to discuss the addition of one or more of these substances to your suppliment regime.
I hope this info is helpful....take care,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; Currently weaning off TPN.
Meds: Pulmicort, IV Doxycycline, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Singulair, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (topically & nasally), probiotics, Liver support herbs, Ailanthus, digestive enzymes, homeopathy.