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Parents Feeling the Stress of Increased Celiac Disease Incidence

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Times are changing.  Celiac Disease instead of being the exception, it is now the rule.  More and more children are showing symptoms of Celiac Disease in this century.  The consumer at large does not understand that exposing babies and toddlers to processed food at an early age may lead to this increase of the disease.  Only after their children are affected then the parents must learn what foods and additives their child need to stay away from.  The changes to the family are financial, emotional,  social and physically.  Financial due to the extra cost of gluten-free products, emotional due to the food items the children may no longer eat, socially due to the children feeling isolated from their friends not able to partake in foods their friends eat.  Physically because may doctors will not test for Celiac Disease until the child is seriously affected.  The gold standard of diagnosis (elimination diet), treatment, and follow-up remains controversial and confusing due to many and various symptoms of this disease.

Another problem is the attitudes of non-family members and some individuals at restaurants.  Some, not all, feel (this from recent research), that these allergies are no big deal.  There perception of the problem is considered minor and a little cheating is not a problem.

The above problems cause considerable stress to the parents of these Celiac Disease children.  More research is needed for treatments, prevention and diagnosis of Celiac disease.  More gluten-free diets need to be available to the population at large at a lower cost than present times.


Suggested Diets for Chronic Inflammatory Diseases such as Asthma, Arthritis, and Celiac Disease

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Inflammation has much to do with many of the chronic diseases known to man.  The ones that I am concentrating on today are Asthma, Arthritis and Celiac Disease.  Why, because Asthma seems to hit individuals early and later in life.  While Arthritis comes later in life and Celiac Disease spans the entire life of an individual.  So I am covering with these diseases, the entire life span of an individual.  So what do all these diseases have in common?  Answer inflammation of one sort or another.  The idea to combat these diseases is to eat foods that are anti-inflammatory.

Starting with Gluten-free food, these flours are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory foods. They have been proven effective for pain and injury in arthritis, helping stop the formation of the inflammation factor in asthma, and just a plain miracle food in Celiac Disease.

Apples are wonderful anti-inflammatory and pro alkaline fruit.  The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is really true.  Research indicates that eating 3 to 5 apples a week will decrease asthma attacks approximately 30 percent.  It will also decrease gastric reflux attacks.

Tart cherries are known to have the highest anti-inflammatory content of most foods.  Studies have shown tart cherries, juice and dried cherries especially effective for osteoarthritis pain.

Caffeine has been shown to prevent inflammation in the development of cardiovascular and other diseases.  New studies are showing that people that drink coffee live longer.

A new study on postmenopausal women noted that a diet of anti-inflammatory foods such as: healthy fats, vegetables and fruit, whole grains and gluten-free grains, prevented osteoporosis and bone fracture.

Lastly, researchers have found that resveratrol, a compound in red wine, has anti-inflammatory effects.

Lists of more specific foods that are anti-inflammatory can be found online.

Is It IBS Or Gluten Intolerance?

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Before we discuss IBS vs. Gluten Intolerance (Celiac Disease) it is important that you have not been diagnosed with any inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.  Taking fiber with either of these diseases will cause bowel obstruction, abscessing.  This will result in a trip to the hospital.  Later in this article the “fly in the ointment” lactose intolerance and how it fits in with IBS and Gluten Intolerance will be discussed.

IBS is a chronic, functional disorder of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.  It has recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both.  This symptoms will last for months to years.  It can be accompanied by abdominal pain and discomfort while defecating.  Other symptoms are bloating, abdominal extension, chronic headaches and fatigue.  IBS has food triggers and they are many: red meats, dark pork and chicken, milk, butter, cheeses, ice cream, egg yolks, fried food, coconut, all fats (oil, shortening, butter,margarine), chocolate, coffee, alcohol, carbonated beverages, Sorbital and other artificial sweeteners,  fruit and vegetables with thick skins ( i.e. green peppers, grapes), whole wheat, popcorn, whole nuts, and fresh fruit juices. Check an IBS site for a more complete list.

Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease is the inability to digest the protein gluten.  Gluten is found in wheat, malt, some barley,and rye.  This protein stimulates the immune system to produce certain antibodies.  The result is damage to the lining of the small intestine and the flattening of the villi.  Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease is NOT an allergy.  Allergies can be outgrown while autoimmune disorders are for life.  To stop the symptoms you must stop eating gluten period.  The symptoms of Celiac Disease are more numerous than IBS. Some symptoms are: diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, fatigue, and 35 other symptoms.  You can find the rest in my Blog entitled “The 35 symptoms of Celiac Disease”.  Celiac Disease unlike IBS does not normally have the symptom of constipation.

Now for “The Fly in the Ointment”, with both Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance) and IBS you have a very high risk of destroying your lactose enzyme!  Whether you recovery or not is individual.  The symptoms of Lactose Intolerance is extreme to mild diarrhea in 10 minutes to 2 hours after consumption of the dairy product.  Sometimes even taking a lactose enzyme digestive supplement will not help.  How do you live with IBS, Gluten Intolerance, and Lactose Intolerance?  That is next month’s topic.

Are Small Studies Helpful?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Two new studies are currently making news in the media.  One from Europe and the other from Australia.  The first study is noting that some individuals who test negative for Celiac Disease, still have the same symptoms that Celiac individuals have.  While the other study notes that gluten sensitive individuals are not sensitive to gluten but to FODMAPs, a group of poorly digested carbohydrates that may be the problem.  Both studies had a very small group of participants.  The Australian study did not have a control group or a blind test for each group.  Plus the FODMAPs study was funded by a large company that produces breads, pastas, and cakes.  I find this very suspect.  It saddens me that the media pick up on the second study and not the first.  It seems these days the reporters (I can’t call them journalists), are not doing their research.  The public at large are getting information that has not been tested properly, yet still being promoted by the media. Both these small studies are interesting but more studies are needed.

Notes on New Research and New Tests on Celiac Disease

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Physicians around the world are now more aware of the likely- hood of Celiac Disease.  Some of the classic symptoms the research suggests as guidelines are: weight loss, diarrhea, mal-absorption, and short statue.  The testing by the physicians should show a higher anti-tissue transglutaminase antibody (tTG).  The testing should also show a positive anti-endomysial antibody (EMA) blood test.  The individual should be a heredity risk for the disease, having HLADQ2 or HlADQ8 genes.  This is great except that still Celiac Disease does not have a standard for defining a positive or negative Celiac Disease Blood test.  Most lab professionals vary in their testing and results.  This causes confusion with the physicians and patients.  In the end it will lead back to “Gluten elimination” and ”Gluten challenge”.  With infants this type of testing and elimination is easy, not so with older children and adults.

An exiting new test on the horizon is a new urine test for Celiac Disease.  This test looks for gluten peptides in the urine.  The correlation of gluten peptides in mucosal damage was found higher than other markers available on the market.  According to the researchers as low as 50 mg of gluten peptides can be detected in the urine.  This test is so much easier to do and easier on the patient than a small intestinal biopsy.  Hopefully this test will be available to the public at large for self testing at some point.  While the stool test is accurate, the urine test is accurate and less messy.