Should I go Gluten-Free? with Dr. Rory: 003

“Going Gluten-free” Does it really matter?

  • Is it just a fad?
  • What are familiar and unfamiliar signs of Gluten-Sensitivity
  • What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?
  • Am I genetically destined to be sensitive to gluten?
  • Tips on how to start and stick-to a Gluten-free lifestyle


Dr. Rory Faherty will be a regular guest on the Weight Free Wellness Podcast and in his first appearance he shares his personal experience and that of working with patients for nearly 20 years helping people on their health journey. He is a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner.

*Show notes are a summary of the guest’s and, to some extent, the hostess’ thoughts in this podcast. Please listen or watch the podcast for full, complete content!


Familiar and Unfamiliar signs of Gluten-sensitivity?

  • Abnormal fatigue
  • Brain-fog and poor memory ( Dr. Rory says that this is usually the symptom that gets peoples’ attention the most and prompts them to come in for a help.)
  • Bloating
  • Painful digestion
  • Abnormally sore muscles
  • Stiffness
  • Chronic pain
  • General decrease in will
  • Skin problems
  • and a host of newer symptoms that are showing up in patients

Patients may report any of the symptoms listed above (and others) which may indicate gluten-sensitivity on some level.




Should I go Gluten-free? 003


Dr. Rory mentions that a number of patients have come to him after visiting the Gastroenterologist, with information that they test negative for Celiac Disease but still experience any number of the uncomfortable symptoms mentioned above.


This condition is called Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity…

A person can test negative for Celiac Disease (i.e. they do not have the auto-immune responses based on tests) but still be highly reactive to gluten because they may be reacting adversely to other proteins not targeted in the Celiac Disease testing.


“Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive are people who can eat a little bit of gluten and get a lot of response… for example bloat.” says Dr. Rory



With symptoms like these in mind, Dr. Rory may:

  • look into the toxin levels in the body
  • may suggest allergen testing or an elimination diet (ideally testing for 30-60 days)


So, can I still have a few Gluten-containing foods every now-and-then?

Everyone’s body is different. Keep in mind:

  • Gluten can create burden on the body. This is where chronic inflammatory states come from resulting in myriad painful and problematic conditions. (Dr. Rory and Tara share their personal experiences.)
  • Research shows that Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity could be more detrimental on a body in the long-term than Celiac Disease.
  • Gluten-Sensitivity is linked to mal-nutrition, causing stunted growth and other nutrition-related problems. Our diets are calorie-dense, but nutrient-deficient.



Certain populations like the Northern Europeans have a higher percentage of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitive diagnoses.

There are estimates that approximately 20-30% of the population experiences the condition Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.

BUT, Dr. Rory emphasizes, just because we have the genetic markers, does not mean that gene will be expressed as disease. In other words, you may see the genetic marker for breast cancer on your DNA report for example, but there are factors of environment, lifestyle and even a person’s thoughts that can turn the switch on for this gene and for the disease to show up as breast cancer in the body.


Why is so much gluten-sensitivity “popping up”?

It’s hard to say definitively, but clinical practice and observation show that factors such as: stress, toxicity, lifestyle, and the ways in which our food crops have been cultivated and genetically altered can be significant factors.


How will I get nutrients if I eliminate grains from my diet?

Compared to other foods such as organ meats, meat, fruits and vegetables; grains are relatively low in nutrients, says Dr. Rory.


What about fiber?

Considering that fruits and vegetables can easily provide our bodies with enough fiber, the risks far out-weigh the benefits to consume grains for fiber.


How to do an elimination diet, change cooking, and stay on-track?

Doing an elimination diet can be equally daunting and enlightening.

Here are a few great ways to start:


Will I even get to eat gluten again?

Each person’s case is different, but rest-assured, this process doesn’t have to be complicated.

Will and hope go up when we get data- whether this is in the form of lab tests or personal experience.

It’s about balance. Be informed. Take action!


About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome, 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work
Rory Faherty, D.C.