Are you worse if you know you’ve eaten gluten?

If you realise – after the fact – that you’ve eaten gluten, are you more ill than you would be if you had never found out?

Charlotte (messageboard) points to an interesting article in the Washington Post, which discusses the ‘nocebo’ effect.

While the placebo effect refers to health benefits produced by a treatment that should have no effect, patients experiencing the nocebo effect experience the opposite. They presume the worst, health-wise, and that’s just what they get.

Fascinating. So if you expect the worst possible effects from a ‘glutening’, you are more likely to suffer those effects than if you believe yourself to be asymptomatic …

I suspect that there might be some truth in this, but what do you think?

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Lucy is the mother of a coeliac, and has been managing a gluten free diet for her daughter for 20 years - though, to be fair, she does do most of it herself now...

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