Gluten Free Artisan Loaf of Bread fresh from the oven

Did you know? Celiac Disease Facts

Celiac Disease is more than just making bread differently or a fad because all of Hollywood is doing it.  Celiac Disease is a real disease that is affecting over 2 million people, according to the National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse. 

Gluten Free Artisan Loaf of Bread fresh from the oven

Celiac Disease Facts – There are over 300 symptoms of Celiac Disease, that is why it is sometimes hard to diagnose because it may appear to be some other condition.  Not just gastrointestinal symptoms such as irritable bowel, chronic or recurrent diarrhea.  Not everyone gets GI symptoms. There are many other subtle symptoms that begin to add up to a confusing mess for the patient and doctors trying to figure it all out.  Symptoms such as muscle spasms and cramps, nervous system disorders, night blindness, migraine, kidney stones, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, mental illness, GERD,  chronic headaches, sores inside the mouth, infertility, irritability, weight gain or loss.   Just to name a few.

More Celiac Disease Facts –

The most common symptom for adults that are undiagnosed with Celiac Disease is iron deficiency that does not respond to iron therapy.

Common deficiencies are – Iron, calcium, vitamin D, B 12, copper, folate, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin and/or zinc. 

Encouraging new research of an Ascorbate/Vitamin C study,  discovered last year from biopsies of patients with Celiac Disease showed great results. When scientist added Ascorbate/Vitamin C, to the test dish with Celiac Disease gut tissue, the results were dramatic! The various inflammatory markers were gone – abolished!  Bill Sardi from New Hope 360 wrote an article about this last year – Celiac/Gluten Intolerance: Is lack of vitamin C to blame? 

Did you know that if you have one autoimmune disease you also have the genes for others?

Did you know that Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is Celiac of the skin? It is an itchy blistery skin condition that forms after consuming Gluten.  The rash appears within a few hours or within up to 2 days.  When the rash is occurs you will need to get a small biopsy to test for the IgA antibody. DH is treated with a strict Gluten Free diet and medication.

Most of the information I have shared with you is from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.  The center was started in 2001 by a Celiac Disease expert, Dr. Stefano Guandalini. The center was created to educate the public and medical profession. The UCCDC also hosts an annual blood screening in the Fall for 500 people.  The UCCDC is completely funded by donations. Learn more about Celiac Disease research at – www.cureceliacdisease.org

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Salud!

Lisa