Here is a link to an informative article about gluten in the Wall Street Journal (of all places!) Lots of good information.
Elana’s GF Breakfast Bars August 3, 2011
I just love these Breakfast Bars from Elana’s Pantry. I change the recipe a little: I use coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil and I use about 3 tablespoons of agave instead of 1/4 cup. Delicious bars to add to a breakfast. They can work for a Paleo/GF diet when teamed up with eggs or nitrate-free ham and greens. Thanks Elana.
New Discoveries about celiac disease February 11, 2011
The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is pleased to announce that its team of researchers, led by Dr. Bana Jabri, has made new discoveries in understanding the cause of celiac disease.
The opening paragraph of the summary linked to above has a description of celiac disease:
Normally, the immune system of our gut is constantly and closely scrutinizing all ingested proteins, making sure that no inflammatory reactions are generated upon their ingestion. One of the players inducing intestinal regulatory responses is retinoic acid, a metabolite of vitamin A. A notable exception is celiac disease, where genetically susceptible individuals develop an inflammatory response (mediated by both, T cells and antibodies) against dietary gluten, a protein present in wheat.
This is a medical paper and not easily understood but the encouraging fact is that celiac disease is being studied and scientists and physicians are working on a cure or antidote.
Celiac Disease by Jennifer Sygo February 2, 2011
This is an interesting article with good information about celiac disease including why it is so important to be diagnosed:
The longer a celiac sufferer is exposed to gluten, however, the more serious the consequences: Those with celiac are significantly more likely to develop bowel cancer in their lifetimes, and the side-effects of the nutrient deficiencies become more serious over time.
Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/life/story.html?id=2456720#ixzz0dLUWABYs
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There is an interesting and informative article on CNN by Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist. She talks about several reasons that you may not be feeling better with on a gluten free diet as a result of a celiac disease diagnosis.
If you are having problems please check out the article.
Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance?? November 1, 2009
This is one of the most perplexing questions people have. I just received my new issue of Living Without magazine (Dec/Jan 2010). There is an interesting article about the issue of discovering whether you have celiac disease, are gluten sensitive or have a wheat allergy.
There is a sidebar on the subject which refers Alessio Fasano, MD, of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. There is an explanation that “celiac disease and gluten sensitivity or subsets of gluten intolerance”. Fasano has found that gluten sensitivity may be 6 to 7 times more common than celiac disease. Gluten sensitivity causes no intestinal damage like celiac disease does.
I have been able to understand more clearly that there are several gluten-related issues. Celiac disease causes damage to the villi of your intestines which leads to malnutrition symptoms and worse. Gluten sensitivity can cause intestinal distress but not damage. It is important to determine if you have celiac disease because you need to make sure your villi are becoming healthy and realize that any amount of gluten may cause damage to your intestines.
Check out the Living Without magazine if you don’t already subscribe. It provides a wealth of information and recipes for people with all kinds of allergies and food sensitivities.
Researchers at The Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh have been studying people with celiac disease. They have found that about 20 percent of celiac patients produce antibodies that attack a protein called osteoprotegerin. Osteoprotegerin is an important component of the bone breakdown and buildup process. Osteoprotegerin controls how much bone is removed. This shows that people with celiac disease may have osteoporosis from another factor and not just from poorly absorbed calcium and vitamin D.
I am very interested in this study since I have osteoporosis. One of the main questions I have is, would the person still make the antibodies that attack the osteoprotegerin proteins if they are on a gluten-free diet? I will report if I find any more information.